The Three Friends

“Shall We Receive Only Good And Not Evil?”
Job Replied, He Questioned God But Never Cursed Him”

There are many stories of faith and trust in God’s

Word, but one well known story of Job has been

A comfort and help down through the ages, for in

Spite of great loss and affliction he was ever faithful

To God.

There is a man called Job in

The land of Uz, beyond where

The Euphrates River flows,

Dividing into streams of blue

Waters.

~~~~

Flocks of peacocks with their

Flirtatious cries strut about,

Sporting pink and orange plumes

Among white lily and Star of

Bethlehem blooms.

Wild donkeys and mountain

Goats rest in the shade of the

Broom tree plant.

~~~~

As far as the eye can see, all of

This land belongs to the

Patriarch Job, a wealthy man

With many herds and families,

And seven sons and three

Daughters.

~~~~

Now it seems that this is a story

That existed from the very

Beginning of time,

When it was written we are not

Sure, but it is inspired by God’s

Word.

It is a sad story but has a happy

Ending.

~~~~

The villain of this story is jealous

And accuses the God of this man

Of unfairness,

Speaking one day “You have

Favored Job and if you remove

His children and land he will

Curse you.”

God replying “Alright take these

Things away but do not harm

Him.”

~~~~

One early morning after his sons

And daughters feasted the night

Before, Job arose to offer prayers.

His servant entered with the news

“Your children and herds have been

Slain and I am the only one that

Remains.”

Job is astonished but does not find

Fault, trusting the God he exalts.

~~~~

Then the foe of Job says “Surely,

If you afflict this man’s body he will

Curse you to his face.”

Job was afflicted with boils

Covering his body, shaving his head,

He sat in ashes.

~~~~

Yet he does not charge God with

Wrong, replying “Shall we receive

Only good and not evil?”

Job questioned God but never

Cursed him.

He is a victim of a wager between

God and the devil!

~~~~

When Job’s three friends heard

Of his dilemma they rushed to his

Side, deploring the sight of his

Sufferings, sitting down with him

For seven days and nights.

After seven days Job broke the

Silence cursing the day he was

Born.

~~~~

“Why did not the earth swallow

Me before I was put to the

Breast, why did I not die,

Coming from my mother’s womb?”

~~~~

Then Job’s friends drew near

With reproaches,

“Job you are at fault, if you had

Not sinned, these sufferings would

Not be received with

Chastisement.”

He replied, “Lord they accuse me

Of sinning day and night.”…

~~~~

And in spite of this man’s anguish

And pain he still never cursed God,

And he was blessed with much

More than he had possessed, and

With seven more sons and three

Daughters.

~~~~

The Book of Job spanning over

Centuries, gives words of comfort

To those who question since time

Began, “Why the suffering of all

Mankind!”

Excerpts from the book ‘The Three Friends’

Read more at: www.donnaspoetry.com

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