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A prosecuting angel whose name means "the adversary". In one of 's  visions, the prophet sees the   accusing the   in post-exilic times, of an unspecified charge. God defends the priest. The 's  image as an evil character stems primarily from his role in setting up the story of   is a righteous individual who has a rich and peaceful life. The   argues before God that   is virtuous because God has treated him well. Were God to replace his charmed existence with a miserable one,   would not remain faithful to God. God allows the   to deprive   of all his possessions, to kill his children, and to strike   with boils. Through all his suffering (and his wife's scorn),   remains true to God whom he will not curse nor criticize for his troubles. Thus the   appears to lose the challenge he has put to God.


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