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The story of Job includes the account of the Lord and Satan making an agreement that Satan would be allowed to tempt and try Job. However this is simply a matter of “a poetic narrative that emphasizes Satan’s role as our adversary. In reality, the Lord has power over Satan and has no need to bargain with him.” (Old Testament Seminary Teacher Manual, Lesson 107, Job 1-16)
Though the Book of Job might seem like just an interesting story, it has long been noted as one of the greatest pieces of religious literature of all time! Victor Hugo (the author of Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame) said “The book of Job is perhaps the greatest masterpiece of the human mind” (Henry H. Halley, Pocket Bible Handbook, Chicago, 1946, p. 232).
We always, always, always have power over temptation! This story portrays Satan’s direct attempts to bring down a righteous man. It seems like such temptations would be impossible to overcome, but the Prophet Joseph Smith taught: “All beings who have bodies have power over those who have not. The devil has no power over us only as we permit him. The moment we revolt at anything which comes from God, the devil takes power” [The Words of Joseph Smith, ed. Andrew F. Ehat and Lyndon W. Cook (1980), 60].
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