One day the angels1 came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan2 also came with them.3
The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it."4
Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job?5 There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God6 and shuns evil."7
"Does Job fear God for nothing?"8 Satan replied.
"Have you not put a hedge9 around him and his household and everything he has?10 You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.11
But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has,12 and he will surely curse you to your face."13
The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has14 is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger."15 Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
One day when Job's sons and daughters16 were feasting17 and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house,
a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing18 nearby,
and the Sabeans19 attacked and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The fire of God fell from the sky20 and burned up the sheep and the servants,21 and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The Chaldeans22 formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, "Your sons and daughters23 were feasting24 and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house,
when suddenly a mighty wind25 swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead,26 and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!27"
At this, Job got up and tore his robe28 and shaved his head.29 Then he fell to the ground in worship30
and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart.31 The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;32 may the name of the LORD be praised."33
In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.34
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