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1 One day when the angels came to report to God, Satan also showed up. 1 On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him.
2 God singled out Satan, saying, "And what have you been up to?" Satan answered God, "Oh, going here and there, checking things out." 2 And 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."
3 Then God said to Satan, "Have you noticed my friend Job? There's no one quite like him, is there - honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil? He still has a firm grip on his integrity! You tried to trick me into destroying him, but it didn't work." 3 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason."
4 Satan answered, "A human would do anything to save his life. 4 "Skin for skin!" Satan replied. "A man will give all he has for his own life.
5 But what do you think would happen if you reached down and took away his health? He'd curse you to your face, that's what." 5 But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face."
6 God said, "All right. Go ahead - you can do what you like with him. But mind you, don't kill him." 6 The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life."
7 Satan left God and struck Job with terrible sores. Job was ulcers and scabs from head to foot. 7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.
8 They itched and oozed so badly that he took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself, then went and sat on a trash heap, among the ashes. 8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
9 His wife said, "Still holding on to your precious integrity, are you? Curse God and be done with it!" 9 His wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!"
10 He told her, "You're talking like an empty-headed fool. We take the good days from God - why not also the bad days?" Not once through all this did Job sin. He said nothing against God. Job's Three Friends 10 He replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
11 Three of Job's friends heard of all the trouble that had fallen on him. Each traveled from his own country - Eliphaz from Teman, Bildad from Shuhah, Zophar from Naamath - and went together to Job to keep him company and comfort him. 11 When Job's three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.
12 When they first caught sight of him, they couldn't believe what they saw - they hardly recognized him! They cried out in lament, ripped their robes, and dumped dirt on their heads as a sign of their grief. 12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.
13 Then they sat with him on the ground. Seven days and nights they sat there without saying a word. They could see how rotten he felt, how deeply he was suffering. 13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.