the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away

One's good fortune can very easily and abruptly be reversed. The phrase originates in the Bible. A: "I can't believe it. I finally get that big promotion, and then the company goes bankrupt!" B: "The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away." I was ecstatic to see all the money I had made in my first month as a contractor—until I realized how much would go to taxes. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
All these heaviest things the load-bearing spirit taketh upon itself: and like the camel, which, when laden, hasteneth into the wilderness, so hasteneth the spirit into its wilderness.
"Forasmuch as it is ordained of God that all flesh hath spirit and thereby taketh on spiritual powers, so, also, the spirit hath powers of the flesh, even when it is gone out of the flesh and liveth as a thing apart, as many a violence performed by wraith and lemure sheweth.
For to know much of other men's matters, cannot be because all that ado may concern his own estate; therefore it must needs be, that he taketh a kind of play-pleasure, in looking upon the fortunes of others.
For (as I after leaned) they call an officer that taketh rewards, twice paid."
Now some of you clothe yourselves as curtal friars, and some as rustic peasants, and some as tinkers, or as beggars, but see that each man taketh a good bow or broadsword, in case need should arise.
You may remember the old Persian saying, 'There is danger for him who taketh the tiger cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.' There is as much sense in Hafiz as in Horace, and as much knowledge of the world."
The advocate's trade taketh all the grain, and leaveth only straw to the other scientific professions.
Analyst Wayne Brown said: "this deal highlights significant shareholder value for current holders, but such with all things from this management team, they giveth with one-hand and taketh with the other.
People often say that the Lord gives, and the Lord taketh away, but sometimes, Kenyans lend too little power to agents of death themselves.
Where one hand giveth and other taketh: a precious balance between deceit and charity, with religion as the fig leaf.
But what life giveth the armchair sports fan with one hand, it taketh with the other.
My favourite beach is Diani and spending time with the Fishermen, a different breed, typically slim always cryptic but somehow ennobled because of their intuitive understanding of the ocean and how the ocean is like the Lord: "The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away".
The "good" and perhaps even more bullish news is the indication that what is being taketh away from Q2 is being giveth to Q3.
Because while the new fixture list giveth, it also taketh away.