When you just barely escape

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06.30.2015 Old Testament: Job 19.20

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 19–20 on June 30, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

When I was younger, I used the expressions “skin and bones,” and “skin of my teeth,” not knowing that those sayings come from the Bible, as Job pictured how he barely escaped death,

“My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh,
And I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.”
(Job 19.20) 

Having lost all his wealth and most of the lives of those who worked for him, and having lost his ten children, and having lost his health, and having lost the love of his wife, and having lost the respect of his community, Job probably had not eaten much. There was not much to his body.

How much skin do you have on your teeth? Okay, you get the idea of how close he was to death.

Yet, in all his suffering, he did not curse God.

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