Job 19:20 I'm a pile of skin and bones; I have barely escaped by the skin of my teeth."
The Literal version has this:
(YLT) To my skin and to my flesh Cleaved hath my bone, And I deliver myself with the skin of my teeth.
Job was the lab rat in a dispute between Yehovah and the SATAN and the variable introduced was a horrific case of boils:
Job 2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
Job 2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
Job 2:5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 2:6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
Job 2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
Job 2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
In the context Job describes how revolting his disease has made him to others:
Job 19:13 "My brothers are alienated from me; my acquaintances are estranged; Job 19:14 my relatives have failed me; and my friends have abandoned me. Job 19:15 Those who live in my house—and my maidservants, too!—treat me like a stranger; they think I'm a foreigner. Job 19:16 "I call to my servant, but he doesn't respond, even though I beg to him earnestly. Job 19:17 My wife says my breath stinks; even my children say I smell bad! Job 19:18 Even little children hate me; when I get up, they mock me. Job 19:19 My closest friends detest me; even the ones I love have turned against me. Job 19:20 I'm a pile of skin and bones; I have barely escaped by the skin of my teeth." Job 19:21 "Be gracious to me, be gracious to me, my friends, because God's hand has struck me. Job 19:22 Why are you chasing me, as God has been doing? Aren't you satisfied that I'm sick?
If I'm not mistaken, in verse 19:20 Job is saying "all of my other skin is wrecked. The only skin I have left is this nasty film on my teeth!"
This excellent speech discusses the imposition of a European pharaoh upon Egypt (in Africa) and how a man in that dynasty came to be referred to as "the Christ" and his servants "the bishops of Christ" and how the Africans and Jews were made to worship him on pain of death, long before Jesus!
Here is the text of the historical reference from Hadrian's letter to Servianus:
"...81 From Hadrian Augustus to Servianus22 the consul, greeting. The land of Egypt, the praises of which you have been recounting to me, my dear Servianus, I have found to be wholly light-minded, unstable, and blown about by every breath of rumour.2 There those who worship Serapis are, in fact, Christians, and those who call themselves bishops of Christ are, in fact, devotees of Serapis. 3 There is no chief of the Jewish synagogue, no Samaritan, no Christian presbyter, who is not an astrologer, a soothsayer, or an anointer. 4 Even the Patriarch himself, when he comes to Egypt, is forced by some to worship Serapis, p401by others to worship Christ. 5 They are a folk most seditious, most deceitful, most given to injury; but their city is prosperous, rich, and fruitful, and in it no one is idle. 6 Some are blowers of glass, others makers of paper, all are at least weavers of linen23 or seem to belong to one craft or another; the lame have their occupations, the eunuchs have theirs, the blind have theirs, and not even those whose hands are crippled are idle. 7 Their only god is money, and this the Christians, the Jews, and, in fact, all nations adore. And would that this city had a better character, for indeed it is worthy by reason of its richness and by reason of its size to hold the chief place in the whole of Egypt...."
This is an amazing piece of history that throws light on the creation of the Catholic/Protestant debacle.
Okay, well after giving this passage some consideration and consulting a commentary (Barnes) I've come to the following conclusions:
* the "great princes" are archangels * the guy with the appearance of lightning that spoke with Daniel was a regular angel * the "prince of the kingdom of Persia" was a regular angel assigned to Persia to observe and report to God anything newsworthy and also to intervene as called for
So contrary to popular belief there are more than one archangels.
How many? Well there are seven. Their names are given in The Scrolls of Enoch:
[Chapter 20] 1,2 And these are the names of the holy angels who watch. Uriel, one of the holy angels, who is 3 over the world and over Tartarus. Raphael, one of the holy angels, who is over the spirits of men. 4,5 Raguel, one of the holy angels who takes vengeance on the world of the luminaries. Michael, one 6 of the holy angels, to wit, he that is set over the best part of mankind and over chaos. Saraqael, 7 one of the holy angels, who is set over the spirits, who sin in the spirit. Gabriel, one of the holy 8 angels, who is over Paradise and the serpents and the Cherubim. Remiel, one of the holy angels, whom God set over those who rise.
These are "the seven spirits before the throne" and "the seven spirits of God" and "the angel[s] of God's presence":
Rev_1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; Rev_3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Rev_4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Rev_5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Isa 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
Luk_1:19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
I just came upon an interesting verse in Sirach (considered apocryphal by Protestants) that Paul quotes in Col 1:17
Brenton Sir 43:26 By him the end of them hath prosperous success, and by his word all things consist.
KJV Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
So the author of Colossians quotes a verse in Sirach that refers to God's "word" (utterance) and applies it to Jesus!
Let's look at the context:
Sir 43:23 By his counsel he appeaseth the deep, and planteth islands therein. Sir 43:24 They that sail on the sea tell of the danger thereof; and when we hear it with our ears, we marvel thereat. Sir 43:25 For therein be strange and wondrous works, variety of all kinds of beasts and whales created. Sir 43:26 By him [God] the end of them [the sailor] hath prosperous success, and by his [God's] word [utterance] all things consist [they/their ships don't fall apart].
So the original context refers to sailors succeeding in their journey over the treacherous ocean by God's counsel.
So could it be that we should understand Col 1:17 to be saying, by virtue of this allusion, that Jesus is the one who causes the church/assembly to prosper and not fall apart? Or rather, that God through Jesus causes the church/assembly to prosper and not fall apart?
I think so. I think Jesus is being said to be the counsel of God in Col 1:17.