By Robert Alter
Acclaimed for its masterful new translation and insightful remark, The David Story is a clean, vibrant rendition of 1 of the good works in Western literature. Robert Alter's fabulous translation provides us David, the gorgeous, musical hero who slays Goliath and, via his struggles with Saul, advances to the kingship of Israel. yet this David is additionally totally human: an bold, calculating guy who navigates his life's path with a mistaken ethical imaginative and prescient. the implications for him, his family members, and his kingdom are tragic and bloody. historic personage and full-blooded imagining, David is the construction of a literary artist akin to the Shakespeare of the historical past performs.
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Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (1:18-21). This is the Bible’s first mention of worship, and as such it is highly significant and foundational to our understanding of the true essence of worship. Jesus said, “for the Father is seeking such to worship Him” (John 4:23). In other words, the Father isn’t seeking worship, He’s seeking worshipers.
May that day be darkness; may God above not seek it, nor the light shine upon it. May darkness and the shadow of death claim it; may a cloud settle on it; may the blackness of the day terrify it” (3:3-5). • “Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb? Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse? For now I would have lain still and been quiet, I would have been asleep; then I would have been at rest” (3:11-13). • “Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter of soul, who long for death, but it does not come, and search for it more than hidden treasures; who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad when they can find the grave?
God designed that the first book of the Bible ever written should instruct and serve the saints at the very end of the ages, for there is a falling and refining that is prophecied concerning the endtime saints: “And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time” (Daniel 11:35). I am dedicating this book to today’s endtime generation—the generation of my children Joel, Katie, and Michael—those who will encounter greater fires than their predecessors.