Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, the

Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, the

Good fortune may be followed by misfortune. The term alludes to the Bible’s Book of Job, in which Job suffers considerable misfortune. “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). Today it is generally used more lightly and without invoking the deity, as in, “After winning the prize, we just learned we have to pay tax on it—the Lord giveth and taketh away.” The New York Times travel section, in a piece about one airline providing pillows and the other no longer doing so, played on the phrase in a headline: “Virgin Giveth, American Taketh Away” (Dec. 12, 2004). For a modern equivalent, see also win some, lose some.
See also: and, lord