Trial the Touchstone
Job 1:11
But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.

1. Satan can only guess at the hearts of men. He would undertake and enter warranty with God that Job would blaspheme if God did but touch him, but he was deceived: Satan did but speak at a venture.

2. Affliction is the trial and touchstone of sincerity. When God doth afflict you, then He doth bring you to the touchstone, to see whether you are good metal or no; He doth bring you then to the furnace, to try whether you be dross or gold, or what you are. Affliction is the great discoverer. That unmasks us. Satan was not out in the thing. While religion and prosperity go together, it is hard to say which a man follows; but when once they are forced to a separation, where the heart was will soon be manifest The upright in heart are like Ruth, — whatsoever becometh of the Gospel, they will be sharers with it in the same condition. When zeal is kindled only with the beams of worldly hopes, when worldly hopes fail our zeal is extinct, and our endeavour is cut off with our expectation.

(J. Caryl.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

WEB: But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will renounce you to your face."

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