1There was a man who lived in the land of Uz. His name was Job. He was honest. He did what was right. He had respect for God and avoided evil.2Job had seven sons and three daughters.3He owned 7,000 sheep and 3,000 camels. He owned 500 pairs of oxen and 500 donkeys. He also had a large number of servants. He was the most important man among all of the people in the east.4His sons used to take turns giving big dinners in their homes. They would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.5When the time for enjoying good food was over, Job would have his children made pure and clean. He would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them. He would do it early in the morning. He would think, "Perhaps my children have sinned. Maybe they have spoken evil things against God in their hearts." That's what Job always did for his children when he felt they had sinned.6One day angels came to the Lord. Satan also came with them.7The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered, "From traveling all around the earth. I've been going from one end of it to the other."8Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you thought about my servant Job? There isn't anyone on earth like him. He is honest. He does what is right. He has respect for me and avoids evil."9"You always give Job everything he needs," Satan replied. "That's why he has respect for you.10Haven't you guarded him and his family? Haven't you taken care of everything he has? You have blessed everything he does. His flocks and herds are spread all through the land.11"But reach out your hand and strike down everything he has. Then I'm sure he will speak evil things against you. In fact, he'll do it right in front of you."12The LORD said to Satan, "All right. I am handing everything he has over to you. But do not touch the man himself." Then Satan left the LORD and went on his way.13One day Job's sons and daughters were at their oldest brother's house. They were enjoying good food and drinking wine.14During that time a messenger came to Job. He said, "The oxen were plowing. The donkeys were eating grass near them.15Then the Sabeans attacked us and carried the animals off. They killed some of the servants with their swords. I'm the only one who has escaped to tell you!"16While he was still speaking, a second messenger came. He said, "God sent lightning from the sky. It struck the sheep and killed them. It burned up some of the servants. I'm the only one who has escaped to tell you!"17While he was still speaking, a third messenger came. He said, "The Chaldeans separated themselves into three groups. They attacked your camels and carried them off. They killed the rest of the servants with their swords. I'm the only one who has escaped to tell you!"18While he was still speaking, a fourth messenger came. He said, "Your sons and daughters were at their oldest brother's house. They were enjoying good food and drinking wine.19Suddenly a strong wind blew in from the desert. It struck the four corners of the house. The house fell down on your children. Now all of them are dead. I'm the only one who has escaped to tell you!"20After Job heard all of those reports, he got up and tore his robe. He shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground and worshiped the Lord.21He said, "I was born naked. And I'll leave here naked. You have given, and you have taken away. May your name be praised."22In spite of everything, Job didn't sin by blaming God for doing anything wrong.
1On another day angels came to the Lord. Satan also came to him along with them.2The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered, "From traveling all around the earth. I've been going from one end of it to the other."3Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you thought about my servant Job? There isn't anyone on earth like him. He is honest. He does what is right. He has respect for me and avoids evil. You tried to turn me against him. You wanted me to destroy him without any reason. But he still continues to be faithful."4Satan replied, "A man will give everything he has to save himself. So Job is willing to give up the lives of his family to save his own life.5"But reach out your hand and strike his flesh and bones. Then I'm sure he will speak evil things against you. In fact, he'll do it right in front of you."6The LORD said to Satan, "All right. I am handing him over to you. But you must spare his life."7Then Satan left the LORD and went on his way. He sent painful sores on Job. They covered him from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head.8He got part of a broken pot. He used it to scrape his skin. He did it while he was sitting in ashes.9His wife said to him, "Are you still continuing to be faithful to the LORD? Speak evil things against him and die!"10Job replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. We accept good things from God. So we should also accept trouble when he sends it." In spite of everything, Job didn't say anything that was sinful.11Job had three friends named Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They heard about all of the troubles that had come to Job. So they started out from their homes. They had agreed to meet together. They wanted to go and show their concern for Job. They wanted to comfort him.12When they got closer to where he lived, they could see him. But they could hardly recognize him. They began to sob out loud. They tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.13Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him. That's because they saw how much he was suffering.
1After a while, Job opened his mouth to speak. He called down a curse on the day he had been born.2He said,3"May the day I was born be wiped out. May the night be wiped away when people said, 'A boy is born!'4May that day turn into darkness. May God in heaven not care about it. May no light shine on it.5May darkness and deep shadow take it back. May a cloud settle over it. May blackness cover up its light.6May deep darkness take over the night I was born. May it not be included among the days of the year. May it never appear in any of the months.7May no children ever have been born on that night. May no shout of joy be heard in it.8May people call down a curse on that day. May those who are ready to wake up the sea monster Leviathan curse that day.9May its morning stars become dark. May it lose all hope of ever seeing daylight. May it not see the first light of the morning sun.10It didn't keep my mother from letting me be born. It didn't keep my eyes from seeing trouble.11"Why didn't I die when I was born? Why didn't I die as I came out of my mother's body?12Why was I placed on her knees? Why did her breasts give me milk?13If all of that hadn't happened, I would be lying down in peace. I'd be asleep and at rest in the grave.14I'd be with the earth's kings and advisers. They had built for themselves places that are now destroyed.15I'd be with rulers who used to have gold. They had filled their houses with silver.16Why wasn't I buried like a baby who was born dead? Why wasn't I buried like a child who never saw the light of day?17In the grave, sinful people don't cause trouble anymore. And there those who are tired find rest.18Prisoners also enjoy peace there. They don't hear a slave driver shouting at them anymore.19The least important and most important people are there. And there the slaves are set free from their owners.20"Why is the light that leads to life given to those who suffer? Why is it given to those whose spirits are bitter?21Why is life given to those who long for death that doesn't come? Why is it given to those who would rather search for death than for hidden treasure?22Why is life given to those who are actually happy and glad when they reach the grave?23Why is life given to a man like me? God hasn't told me what will happen to me. He has surrounded me with nothing but trouble.24I sigh instead of eating food. Groans pour out of me like water.25What I was afraid of has come on me. What I worried about has happened to me.26I don't have any peace and quiet. I can't find any rest. All I have is trouble."
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied,2"Job, suppose someone tries to talk to you. Will that make you uneasy? I can't keep from speaking up.3Look, you taught many people. You made weak hands strong.4Your words helped those who had fallen down. You made shaky knees strong.5Now trouble comes to you. And you are unhappy about it. It strikes you down. And you are afraid.6Shouldn't you worship God and trust in him? Shouldn't your honest life give you hope?7"Here's something to think about. Have blameless people ever been wiped out? Have honest people ever been completely destroyed?8Here's what I've observed. People gather a crop from what they plant. If they plant evil and trouble, that's what they will harvest.9The breath of God destroys them. The blast of his anger wipes them out.10Powerful lions might roar and growl. But their teeth are broken.11Lions die because they don't have any food. Then their cubs are scattered.12"A message came to me in secret. It was as quiet as a whisper.13I had a scary dream one night. I was sound asleep.14Fear and trembling grabbed hold of me. That made every bone in my body shake.15A spirit glided past my face. The hair on my body stood on end.16Then the spirit stopped. But I couldn't tell what it was. Something stood there in front of me. I heard a soft voice.17It said, 'Can a human being be more right than God? Can a mere man be more pure than the One who made him?18God doesn't trust those who serve him. He even brings charges against his angels.19So he'll certainly find fault with human beings. After all, they are made out of dust. They can be crushed more easily than a moth.20Between sunrise and sunset they are broken to pieces. Nobody even notices. They disappear forever.21Like a tent that falls down, they get weak. They die because they didn't follow God's wisdom.' "
1Eliphaz continued, "Call out if you want to, Job. But who will answer you? Which one of the holy angels will you turn to?2Anger kills foolish people. Jealousy destroys those who are childish.3I saw that foolish people were having success. But suddenly a curse came down on their houses.4Their children aren't safe at all. They lose their case in court. No one speaks up for them.5Hungry people eat up the crops of those who are foolish. They even take the food that grows among thorns. Thirsty people long for the wealth of the foolish.6Hard times don't just grow out of the soil. Trouble doesn't jump out of the ground.7People are born to have trouble. And that's just as sure as sparks fly up.8"If I were you, I'd make my appeal to God. I'd bring my case to be judged by him.9He does wonderful things that can't be understood. He does miracles that can't even be counted.10He sends rain on the earth. He sends water on the countryside.11He lifts up those who are lowly in spirit. He lifts up those who are sad. He keeps them safe.12He stops those who are tricky from doing what they plan to do. The work of their hands doesn't succeed.13Some people think they are so wise. But God catches them in their own tricks. He sweeps away the evil plans of sinful people.14Darkness covers them in the daytime. At noon they feel their way around as if it were night.15God saves needy people from the cutting words of their enemies. He saves them from their powerful hands.16So those who are poor have hope. And God shuts the mouths of people who don't treat others fairly.17"Blessed is the person God corrects. So don't hate the Mighty One's training.18He wounds. But he also bandages up those he wounds. He harms. But his hands also heal those he harms.19From six troubles he will save you. Even if you are in trouble seven times, no harm will come to you.20When there isn't enough food, God will keep you from dying. When you go into battle, he won't let a sword strike you down.21He will keep you safe from words that can hurt you. You won't need to be afraid when everything is being destroyed.22You will laugh when things are being destroyed. You will enjoy life even when there isn't enough food. You won't be afraid of wild animals.23You will make a covenant with the stones in the fields. They won't keep your crops from growing. Even wild animals will be at peace with you.24You will know that the tent you live in is secure. You will check out your property. You will see that nothing is missing.25You can be sure you will have a lot of children. They will be as many as the blades of grass on the earth.26You will go down to the grave while you are still very strong. You will be like a crop that is gathered at the right time.27"We have carefully studied all of those things. And they are true. So pay attention to them. Apply them to yourself."