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What happens in this picture ?!

The picture appears at the beginning of the Book of Job, so it's hardly surprising that Job is the guy in the picture. He's sitting in the middle of a dung heap, or a pile of animal poo.

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What happens in this picture ?!

The picture appears at the beginning of the Book of Job, so it's hardly surprising that Job is the guy in the picture. He's sitting in the middle of a dung heap, or a pile of animal poo.

Job on the dung hill

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Job had his life sorted out. He was rich, happy, and had loads of kids, And he was very loyal to the Lord. God was proud of Job. In fact, he was so proud that he boasted to the devil about Job.Look how devoutly Job praised God! But Satan had his own ideas about this. It's easy to be devout when you're rich and happy. Satan and God had a bet to see whether Job would still be as loyal if the going got tough. God stripped Job of everything that he had.

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He lost his wealth, his kids, and now here he is, thin as a rake, sitting in pile of poo. To make matters worse, he had a very bossy wife, who was trying to persuade him to curse his God.You can see her to the left of the picture. Her raised finger is the mediaeval maker's way of showing that she is talking to Job. This story has a happy ending. Job ignored his wife, refused to give up on his Godand lived happily ever after.

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This picture comes from the first French bible. It was painted around 1330, which makes it almost 700 years old.