Job's Character and Wealth
1 There was a man in the land R1 of Uz whose name was Job; R2 and that man was blameless, R3 upright, fearing R4 God and turning R5 away from evil. 2 Seven R6 sons and three daughters were born to him. 3 His R7 possessions also were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and very many servants; and that man was the R8 greatest of all the men F1 of the east. 4 His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt R9 offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, "Perhaps R10 my sons have sinned and cursed R11 God in their hearts." Thus Job did continually.
6 Now R12 there was a day when the sons R13 of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan F2 also came among them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "From R14 roaming about on the earth and walking around on it." 8 The LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered F3 My R15 servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a R16 blameless and upright man, fearing F4 God and turning away from evil." 9 Then Satan R17 answered the LORD F5 , "Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 "Have R18 You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You R19 have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions R20 have increased in the land. 11 "But R21 put forth Your hand now and touch R22 all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face." 12 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power, F6 only do not put forth your hand on him." So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD.
Satan Allowed to Test Job
13 Now on the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys F7 feeding beside them, 15 and the F8 Sabeans R23 attacked F9 and took them. They also slew F10 the servants with the edge of the sword, and I F11 alone have escaped to tell you." 16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, "The R24 fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you." 17 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, "The Chaldeans R25 formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and slew F12 the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you." 18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, "Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, 19 and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you."
20 Then Job arose and tore R26 his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 He said,
"Naked R27 I came from my mother's womb,
And naked I shall return there.
The LORD R28 gave and the LORD has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the LORD."
22 Through R29 all this Job did not sin nor did he blame F13 God.
F1: Lit sons
F2: I.e. the adversary, and so throughout chs 1 and 2
F3: Lit set your heart to
F4: Or revering
F5: Lit L\ORD/ and said
F6: Lit hand
F7: Lit female donkeys
F8: Lit Sheba
F9: Lit fell upon
F10: Lit smote
F11: Lit only I alone, and so also vv 16, 17, 19
F12: Lit smote
F13: Lit ascribe unseemliness to
R1: Jeremiah 25:20; Lamentations 4:21
R2: Ezekiel 14:14,20; James 5:11
R3: Genesis 6:9; 17:1; Deuteronomy 18:13
R4: Genesis 22:12; 42:18; Exodus 18:21; Proverbs 8:13
R5: Job 1:28:28
R6: Job 1:42:13
R7: Job 1:42:12
R8: Job 1:29:25
R9: Genesis 8:20; Job 1:42:8
R10: Job 1:8:4
R11: 1 Kings 21:10,13
R12: Job 1:2:1
R13: Job 1:38:7
R14: 1 Peter 5:8
R15: Numbers 12:7; Joshua 1:2,7; Job 1:42:7,8
R16: Job 1:1:1
R17: Revelation 12:9f
R18: Job 1:29:2-6; Psalms 34:7
R19: Job 1:31:25
R20: Job 1:1:3; 31:25
R21: Job 1:2:5
R22: Job 1:19:21
R23: Genesis 10:7; Job 1:6:19
R24: Genesis 19:24; Leviticus 10:2; Numbers 11:1-3
R25: Genesis 11:28,31
R26: Genesis 37:29,34; Joshua 7:6
R27: Ecclesiastes 5:15
R28: 1 Samuel 2:7,8; Job 1:2:10
R29: Job 1:2:10