Job Is Every Man

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From Jonathan Edwards’ sermon, “Nakedness of Job”:

Almost every man will doubtless say that, if they knew they should lose all their great estate and be deprived entirely of all their outward prosperity, as Job was, they would entertain no thought of striving and laying themselves out for a great estate in the world, seeing they must certainly in this manner be deprived of it, and they know not how soon….

Perhaps, when you read the history of Job, you read it as a strange thing that happened but once in the world; but, for the time to come, read it as a thing that happens daily, and frequently, for every man at death is as much deprived of all his worldly goods as Job was. The great men in the world, as kings, princes, and lords, when they die are as much deprived of all their outward prosperity as Job was: ‘tis lost at once, and gone forever, never to be possessed more. Job’s losses came indeed sudden, and in a little time one messenger came after another in a very strange manner, but the dying man is deprived of all his external prosperity and world good at once, at one breath, even his last breath. This history of Job is only a shadow of death; it is no more than happens to every man in the world. (Yale Works, vol. 10, pp. 403-404)