JOB'S PHYSICAL SUFFERING
Financial Loss: Servants (not that humans are in same category as animals, however,
it added to loss of finances), oxen, donkeys, sheep, & camels. Job 1:13-17
of Children: Job 1:18-19
Painful boils over entire body - Job 2:7-8
Constant nagging pain (I'm sure extreme itching was part of the pain and possibly
nerve pain which could include numbing, tingling, and crawling sensations) - 2:8; 30:17
Physical appearance distorted - 2:12; 30:18
eating(?) - 3:24
Difficulty sleeping - 7:3-4
Flesh caked with worms and dirt due to open, wet sores - 7:5
Progression of disease - new boils continually breaking out - 7:5
Terrifying nightmares probably from ongoing, agonizing discomfort - 7:13-14
Flushed face from crying and darkened eyes (literal or figurative?) - 16:16
"Breath is offensive." Repulsive symptoms that are loathsome to others,
whether or not that means literal breath or that his whole being is repulsive, it stands to reason not only his breath but
his body would, most likely, have a bad odor due to pus, worms, and rotting flesh. 19:17
of weight - 19:20
No getting away from gnawing, painful symptoms - constant
presence day and night 30:16-18
Decaying and destruction of flesh necrotizing
Disease lasting for months - 7:3; 29:2
Fever - Fever would be a product of the body fighting infection. With infected boils
covering his body, it would be my guess Job would have had high fevers, at times (the fever from infection can produce
dehydration, extreme nausea, headache, chills and sweating which would aggravate broken skin) - 30:30
Possibility of many symptoms not mentioned (keep reading to see the description of the symptoms of infection)
MEDICAL INFORMATION CONCERNING
term for a boil is a furuncle. Recurring boils is ferunculosis and a collection of boils in one area is a carbuncle.
It is usually due to the staphylococus bacteria. Small boils may drain in 5 to 7 days. Large ones may not drain spontaneously
and may need to be surgically lanced. These usually cause scarring. They are usually 3 to 10 cm wide, sometimes more. Some
can get as large as a golf ball. There are a number of complications that can develop and the scriptures do point to complications
in Job (see scriptures at top of page). If the following complications can occur with much less outbreaks, what in the world
did Job have to go through!!
The Complications That May Arise From a Boil/Boils:
of outer skin, producing inflammation, tenderness, pain, redness, area feeling hot, swollen.
The bacteria from the boil can easily spread to other areas of the skin
and even into the bloodstream, if the skin around the boil is injured by squeezing. If the infection spreads, the patient
will usually develop chills and fever, swollen lymph nodes and red lines in the skin running outward from the boil.
Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection
(deep infection): Skin friable (easily crumbled or pulverized; also :
marked by erosion and bleeding), bluish, maroon or black. Extensive thrombosis (blood clot) or impairment or congestion
of dermal blood vessels.
Spread of more
boils and infection.
Sepsis (bacteria in bloodstream):
infection could pass into kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bowel, skin, lungs (pneumonia), bone, heart, brain or spinal cord.
This can cause death, but of course, Satan was limited in the case of Job, he could not kill him.
With various infections come added pain, swelling, fever, nausea, malaise,
ill feeling, drainage of pus through skin, weeping, oozing and crusting of infection on skin, pus, dead tissue of skin, severe
itching, excessive sweating, chills, low back pain, swelling of legs, ankles, feet, anorexia, muscle pain, night sweats, shortness
of breath, cough, joint pains, seizures, vomiting, rapid heart rate, extensive peeling of dead tissue of skin, feeling of
being extremely ill, swelling of lymph nodes, loss of bladder or bowel control, weakness, muscle spasms, sinus drainage and
- Staph bacteria that cause boils generally enter
through a cut, scratch or other break in your skin. As soon as this occurs, specialized white blood cells called neutrophils
rush to the site to fight the infection. This leads to inflammation and eventually to the formation of pus — a mixture
of old white blood cells, bacteria and dead skin cells. Most skin infections do not result in death of skin and nearby tissues.
Sometimes, however, bacterial infection can cause small blood vessels in the infected area to clot. This clotting causes the
tissue fed by these vessels to die from lack of blood. Because the body's immune defenses that travel through the bloodstream
(such as white blood cells and antibodies) can no longer reach this area, the infection spreads rapidly and may be difficult