1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and the man was perfect
and upright, and one who feared God and turned away from evil.
2 And seven sons and three daughters were born to him.
3 Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred
yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man
was the greatest of all the people of the East.
4 And his sons went and prepared feasts in their houses, each on his appointed day, and
sent and invited their three sisters to eat and drink with them.
5 So it was, when the days of feasting had made the rounds, that Job would send and sanctify 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 sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts. Thus Job did over time.
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before
Jehovah, and Satan also came among them.
7 And Jehovah said to Satan, From where do you come? So Satan answered Jehovah and
said, From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking about on it.
8 Then Jehovah said to Satan, Have you set your heart on My servant Job, that there is
none like him on the earth, a perfect and upright man, one who fears God and turns away
9 So Satan answered Jehovah and said, Does Job fear God for nothing?
10 Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that
he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock have
flourished in the land.
11 However, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and will he not curse You
to Your face!
12 And Jehovah said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your hand; only do not stretch
forth your hand upon him. So Satan went out from the presence of Jehovah.
13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the firstborn brother's house;
14 and a messenger came to Job and said, The oxen were plowing and the donkeys
feeding beside them,
15 when the Sabeans fell upon them and took them away; indeed they have killed the
servants with the edge of the sword; and only I alone am escaped to tell you!
16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, The fire of God has fallen
from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and
only I alone am escaped to tell you!
17 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, The Chaldeans formed three
bands, rushed in upon the camels and took them away, yea, and killed the servants with
the edge of the sword; and only I alone am escaped to tell you!
18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the firstborn brother's house,
19 and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four
corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead; and only I
alone am escaped to tell you!
20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell down upon the
ground and prostrated himself;
21 and he said: Naked I have come from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return
there. Jehovah has given, and Jehovah has taken away; blessed is the name of Jehovah.
22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with folly.