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And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

1:12 in thy power. Satan here is proposing a scientific experiment, as it were, testing Job’s professed faith in God by causing him to suffer great loss. God is allowing it, at least in Job’s case, knowing that Job’s faith will not fail, thus demonstrating to “the principalities and powers in the heavenly places...the manifold wisdom of God” (Ephesians 3:10).

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