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Commentary on Job

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1, 1 :

Uz: somewhere in Edom or Arabia. Job: a not uncommon name in ancient Semitic circles; its original meaning was “enemy.”

1, 2f :

The numbers mentioned here indicate Job's great wealth and happiness, external proof of God's friendship.

1, 3 :

Men of the East: that is, east of Palestine.

1, 6 :

Sons of God: angels. Satan: literally, “adversary.”

1, 15 :

Sabeans: from southern Arabia.

1, 16 :

Lightning: literally, “God's fire.”

1, 21 :

Go back again: to the earth; cf Gn 2, 7; Sir 40, 1 .

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