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Q: Bible ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Bible
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: dogsbollocks-ga
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Posted: 16 Feb 2004 10:53 PST
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Question ID: 307348
There is phrase in the bible "What God has giveth, he shall taketh".
Can you clarify the exact wording of the phrase, and its location ?

Request for Question Clarification by missy-ga on 16 Feb 2004 11:06 PST
Do you mean "The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away" ?

Subject: Re: Bible
Answered By: missy-ga on 16 Feb 2004 12:18 PST
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Hi dogsbollocks,

I've searched on several versions of the phrase you've given, and I'm
confident that the phrase you're looking for is commonly quoted as:

"The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away."

The full verse can be found in the Old Testament book of Job, chapter
1, verse 21 (Revised Standard Version):

"And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I
return; the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the
name of the LORD."

Job 1:21 (RSV)

In the King James Version, the verse reads:

"And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I
return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed
be the name of the LORD."

Job 1:21 (KJV)

You can see additional versions using's Online
Searchable Study Bible:

Hope this helps!


Search terms: [ bible ], then variations on the phrase at Crosswalk.
dogsbollocks-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Bible
From: pugwashjw-ga on 17 Feb 2004 03:04 PST
Hi Dogsbollocks, Missy has done a good job in the researching, but the
quoted scripture at Job 1;18 ends with Blessed be the NAME of the
LORD. In many translations, Jesus is sometimes referred to as Lord..
Capital "L" small o,r,d, God himself is always ALL CAPITALS... LORD..
But this is a title, not a name. How can we bless, or respect God`s
name if we do not use it or remove it from Bible translations. God`s
actual name is translated from the Hebrew Tetragrammaton [ meaning
four letters] JHVH or YHWH. As there are no vowels, the true
pronunciation has been lost, and people have used YAHWEH, as close as
they can get. But it is still God`s name. The english translation of
YAHWEH comes out as JEHOVAH. God`s name. Its in the King James
translation at Psalm 83;18, Exodus 3;15 and at Exodus 6;3, God himself
says " And I used to appear to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God
Almighty, But as respects my name, Jehovah [ YHWH] I DID NOT MAKE
MYSELF KNOWN TO THEM". So even God himself separates his title from
his name. Anyone who removes his name from the Bible is doing the
wrong thing.

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