Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers


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Better yet, he corrects the words of his friends who insult him and, whatever they utter against the combatant with malice and scorn, the illustrious Job turns into a benediction for God. But if you say, In what way? Learn this. For Bildad, with a certain malicious intent in his statements, started with this introduction: 'Will the Lord be unjust when He judges, or will He, Who has made all things, pervert justice?' (Job 8:3). What can Job say to that? How has he replied to his adversary and marvelously managed to overturn one who meant to knock Job down? Let us attend, for 'Job answered, saying: I know of a truth that it is so: for how shall a mortal man be just before the Lord?' (9:1-3).. St. Hesychius of Jerusalem, quoted in Wisdom, Let us Attend: Job, the Fathers, and the Old Testament by Johanna Manley.

In Job there was no trace of avarice; therefore, when he lost everything, he remained undisturbed. St. John Climacus, "The Ladder of Divine Ascent," (Boston; Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 1978), STEP 17: On Non-Permissiveness (that Hastens One Heavenwards)

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