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Job 1

ESV 1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. MSG 1 Job was a man who lived in Uz. He was honest inside and out, a man of his word, who was totally devoted to God and hated evil with a passion. ESV 2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. MSG 2 He had seven sons and three daughters. ESV 3 He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. MSG 3 He was also very wealthy - seven thousand head of sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred teams of oxen, five hundred donkeys, and a huge staff of servants - the most influential man in all the East! ESV 4 His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. MSG 4 His sons used to take turns hosting parties in their homes, always inviting their three sisters to join them in their merrymaking. ESV 5 And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, "It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did continually. MSG 5 When the parties were over, Job would get up early in the morning and sacrifice a burnt offering for each of his children, thinking, "Maybe one of them sinned by defying God inwardly." Job made a habit of this sacrificial atonement, just in case they'd sinned. The First Test: Family and Fortune ESV 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. MSG 6 One day when the angels came to report to God, Satan, who was the Designated Accuser, came along with them. ESV 7 The LORD said to Satan, "From where have you come?" Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it." MSG 7 God singled out Satan and said, "What have you been up to?" Satan answered God, "Going here and there, checking things out on earth." ESV 8 And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?" MSG 8 God said to Satan, "Have you noticed my friend Job? There's no one quite like him - honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil." ESV 9 Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "Does Job fear God for no reason? MSG 9 Satan retorted, "So do you think Job does all that out of the sheer goodness of his heart? ESV 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. MSG 10 Why, no one ever had it so good! You pamper him like a pet, make sure nothing bad ever happens to him or his family or his possessions, bless everything he does - he can't lose! ESV 11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face." MSG 11 "But what do you think would happen if you reached down and took away everything that is his? He'd curse you right to your face, that's what." ESV 12 And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. MSG 12 God replied, "We'll see. Go ahead - do what you want with all that is his. Just don't hurt him." Then Satan left the presence of God. ESV 13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, MSG 13 Sometime later, while Job's children were having one of their parties at the home of the oldest son, ESV 14 and there came a messenger to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, MSG 14 a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys grazing in the field next to us ESV 15 and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you." MSG 15 when Sabeans attacked. They stole the animals and killed the field hands. I'm the only one to get out alive and tell you what happened." ESV 16 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, "The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you." MSG 16 While he was still talking, another messenger arrived and said, "Bolts of lightning struck the sheep and the shepherds and fried them - burned them to a crisp. I'm the only one to get out alive and tell you what happened." ESV 17 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, "The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you." MSG 17 While he was still talking, another messenger arrived and said, "Chaldeans coming from three directions raided the camels and massacred the camel drivers. I'm the only one to get out alive and tell you what happened." ESV 18 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, "Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, MSG 18 While he was still talking, another messenger arrived and said, "Your children were having a party at the home of the oldest brother ESV 19 and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you." MSG 19 when a tornado swept in off the desert and struck the house. It collapsed on the young people and they died. I'm the only one to get out alive and tell you what happened." ESV 20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. MSG 20 Job got to his feet, ripped his robe, shaved his head, then fell to the ground and worshiped: ESV 21 And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." MSG 21 Naked I came from my mother's womb, naked I'll return to the womb of the earth. God gives, God takes. God's name be ever blessed. ESV 22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. MSG 22 Not once through all this did Job sin; not once did he blame God.

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