The Plague and the Book of Jobs

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The Plague and the Book of Jobs How there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. The LORD said to Satan, "Whence have you come?" Satan answered the LORD, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it." And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?" Then Satan answered the LORD, "Does Job fear God for nought? Hast thou not put a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But put forth thy hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse thee to thy face." And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only upon himself do not put forth your hand." (Source: Chapter 1, 6-12, http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/RsvBJob.html) The report is geared towards establishing the presence of hope in the face of extreme suffering. The report argues that suffering should be seen as more of a means to correct one’s flaws and develop fully than to be seen as something negative. My support is therefore for the way of life adopted by the doctor in Albert Camus’ book, The Plague. The report will first present a brief outline of the two stories and then put forward their similarities and differences. Finally the report

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