May 19 - St. Job, the Much-Suffering, Righteous Man of God

The Devil disputed with God, saying that Job only praised the Lord because He had given him so many good things. He said if God would take everything away from Job, and send him misfortunes, then Job would no longer glorify Him . . .

The Righteous Job the Much-Suffering

A very long time ago, twenty centuries before the birth of Christ, there lived a righteous elder named Job. He was pious and God-fearing.

The Lord gave him ten amazing children, a devoted wife, and faithful friends. His life was filled with glory, honor, and riches, and he praised God every day for the wonderful life He had given him.

But once, the Devil disputed with God, saying that Job only praised the Lord because He had given him so many good things. He said if God would take everything away from Job, and send him misfortunes, then Job would no longer glorify Him.

Thus the Lord sent the righteous Job difficult trials, in order to put the Devil to shame. In one moment Job was deprived, not only of his riches, but of all his children as well.

Job did not murmur against God, but simply called upon Him with the words, 

"The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

But the Devil was not appeased, saying that Job would be righteous as long as he himself was not harmed. Then Job was afflicted with the terrible disease of leprosy. He was covered all over in sores, and he had to leave the city.

And even then, this righteous man did not sin at all before God.

After that, the Lord blessed Job, and made him healthy again. He received double the wealth that he had before. And in place of his children who had died, ten more were born, who were more beautiful than any other children on earth. Job himself lived for 140 more years.

The nineteenth of May is the feast day of the Righteous Job the Much-Suffering.

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