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1 One day the divine beings came to present themselves before the LORD. The Adversary also came among them to present himself before the LORD.
One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord.
2 The LORD said to the Adversary, "Where have you come from?" The Adversary answered the LORD, "From wandering throughout the earth."
The Lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the Lord, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it."
3 The LORD said to the Adversary, "Have you thought about my servant Job, for there is no one like him on earth, a man who is honest, who is of absolute integrity, who reveres God and avoids evil? He still holds on to his integrity, even though you incited me to ruin him for no reason."
The Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still persists in his integrity, although you incited me against him, to destroy him for no reason."
4 The Adversary responded to the LORD, "Skin for skin—people will give up everything they have in exchange for their lives.
Then Satan answered the Lord, "Skin for skin! All that people have they will give to save their lives.
5 But stretch out your hand and strike his bones and flesh. Then he will definitely curse you to your face."
But stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face."
6 The LORD answered the Adversary, "There he is—within your power; only preserve his life."
The Lord said to Satan, "Very well, he is in your power; only spare his life."
7 The Adversary departed from the LORD's presence and struck Job with severe sores from the sole of his foot to the top of his head.
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
8 Job took a piece of broken pottery to scratch himself and sat down on a mound of ashes.
Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes.
9 Job's wife said to him, "Are you still clinging to your integrity? Curse God, and die."
Then his wife said to him, "Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse God, and die."
10 Job said to her, "You're talking like a foolish woman. Will we receive good from God but not also receive bad?" In all this, Job didn't sin with his lips.
But he said to her, "You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
11 When Job's three friends heard about all this disaster that had happened to him, they came, each one from his home—Eliphaz from Teman, Bildad from Shuah, and Zophar from Naamah. They agreed to come so they could console and comfort him.
Now when Job's three friends heard of all these troubles that had come upon him, each of them set out from his home—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They met together to go and console and comfort him.
12 When they looked up from a distance and didn't recognize him, they wept loudly. Each one tore his garment and scattered dust above his head toward the sky.
When they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him, and they raised their voices and wept aloud; they tore their robes and threw dust in the air upon their heads.
13 They sat with Job on the ground seven days and seven nights, not speaking a word to him, for they saw that he was in excruciating pain.
They sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.
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