Alternative Bible Translations
Did God Cause Satan to Attack Job?
“And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? (Job 1:8; King James Version)
How it should have been translated:
“And Jehovah saith unto the Adversary, `Hast thou set thy heart against My servant Job because there is none like him in the land, a man perfect and upright, fearing God, and turning aside from evil?” (Young’s Literal Translation )
Commentary on Job 1:8:
“....we see here that even the dark mind of Satan is an open book to God. It might sound at first as though God’s words ....were a provocation or incitement to Satan. God knew what was already there in that evil-designing mind, just as he knew all of Satan’s goings to and fro before ever he asked, ‘Whence comest thou?’ The questions are asked, not because God does not know but to compel confession on the part of Satan.” - Baxter, J. Sidlow Baxter’s Explore the Book (Nashville, TN: Zondervan, 1986), p. 38.
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