A man in the land of Uz was named Job. That man was honest, a person of absolute integrity; he feared God and avoided evil.
He had seven sons and three daughters,
and owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred pairs of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a vast number of servants, so that he was greater than all the people of the east.
Each of his sons hosted a feast in his own house on his birthday. They invited their three sisters to eat and drink with them.
When the days of the feast had been completed, Job would send worda and purify his children.b Getting up early in the morning, he prepared entirely burned offerings for each one of them, for Job thought, Perhaps my children have sinned and then cursedc God in their hearts. Job did this regularly.
One day the divine beingsd came to present themselves before the LORD, and the Adversarye also came among them.
The LORD said to the Adversary, "Where did you come from?" The Adversary answered the LORD, "From wandering throughout the earth."
The LORD said to the Adversary, "Have you thought about my servant Job; surely there is no one like him on earth, a man who is honest, who is of absolute integrity, who reveres God and avoids evil?"