A man named Job lived in Uz. He was a man of integrity: He was decent, he feared God, and he stayed away from evil.
He had seven sons and three daughters.
He owned 7,000 sheep and goats, 3,000 camels, 1,000 oxen, 500 donkeys, and a large number of servants. He was the most influential person in the Middle East.
His sons used to go to each other's homes, where they would have parties. (Each brother took his turn having a party.) They would send someone to invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.
When they finished having their parties, Job would send for them in order to cleanse them from sin. He would get up early in the morning and sacrifice burnt offerings for each of them. Job thought, "My children may have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." Job offered sacrifices for them all the time.
One day when the sons of God came to stand in front of the LORD, Satan the Accuser came along with them.
The LORD asked Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From wandering all over the earth."
The LORD asked Satan, "Have you thought about my servant Job? No one in the world is like him! He is a man of integrity: He is decent, he fears God, and he stays away from evil."
Satan answered the LORD, "Haven't you given Job a reason to fear God?
Haven't you put a protective fence around him, his home, and everything he has? You have blessed everything he does. His cattle have spread out over the land.