Question 200

Q: Do we know the length of time Job faced his trials?

Asked by: Anthony


A: No Anthony, I don’t think we have any clues as to how long Job’s trial lasted.

But if you read the end of the book, you do discover that ending was to help us to see that Job prospered again. If I recall correctly, he ended up with double the number of animals and even ended up with ten more children, of all things. He lost ten and he still has ten in this life. So that gives us some kind of a time frame, but we don’t know how long he sat in the ash heap. We don’t know how long he was there before God began to restore him. All that we have is the story as it stands.

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