Job’s Wife

“Job Mocked by his Wife,” Georges de La Tour (17th c.)

Inspired by the Georges de La Tour painting below, the following poem attempts to give an added voice to the eloquence of Tour’s work by “unmuting” Job’s wife. As a character in the Book of Job, a  a Gentile living during the time of the patriarchs, Job’s wife is not prominent. But, perhaps, she delivers the most bitter blow to Job. Through her, we hear the voice of Satan speaking most directly to Job when she asks,  “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die” (Job 2:9). In the midst of his sufferings, I believe Job’s greatest challenge was to withstand this voice and choose to trust God.


 

No, Job, I didn’t sign up for this.
The ships lost at sea, drowning spices
Camels marauded, flocks lit into carrion husks
Children buried by an ill-wind where they danced
And my jewels? Bartered for funeral meats

Source: Job’s Wife

2 comments

  1. She certainly suffers through these trials and tribulations. Job is the earliest literature we have which tries to explain suffering and promote faith and hope and perseverance. I think Job is very problematic as I have heard so many people lament in the 12 Step rooms of addiction that in their suffering they feel God is testing them. Personally, I don’t need a God that tests me. Testing my faith seems very selfish and unnecessarily torturous, unmerited. It is Satan and evil that tests you. Our God is supposed to love us and fortify us for life’s travails not create horrors to plague us. That was the nature of the gods of Greek mythology who seemed to relish in creating difficulties for us human creatures as entertainment.

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