Bible: Job 1-2

I. The Prologue (1:1-2:13)

Job’s Good Life 1  2 

1:1 There was a man 3  in the land of Uz 4  whose 5  name was Job. 6  And that man was pure 7  and upright, 8  one who feared God and turned away from evil. 9  1:2 Seven 10  sons and three daughters were born to him. 11  1:3 His possessions 12  included 13  7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys; in addition he had a very great household. 14  Thus he 15  was the greatest of all the people in the east. 16 

1:4 Now his sons used to go 17  and hold 18  a feast in the house of each one in turn, 19  and they would send and invite 20  their three 21  sisters to eat and to drink with them. 1:5 When 22  the days of their feasting were finished, 23  Job would send 24  for them and sanctify 25  them; he would get up early 26  in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to 27  the number of them all. For Job thought, “Perhaps 28  my children 29  have sinned and cursed 30  God in their hearts.” This was Job’s customary practice. 31 

Satan’s Accusation of Job 32 

1:6 Now the day came when 33  the sons of God 34  came to present themselves before 35  the Lordand Satan 36  also arrived among them. 1:7 The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” 37  And Satan answered the Lord, 38  “From roving about 39  on the earth, and from walking back and forth across it.” 40  1:8 So the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered 41  my servant Job? There 42  is no one like him on the earth, a pure and upright man, one who fears God and turns away 43  from evil.”

1:9 Then Satan answered the Lord, “Is it for nothing that Job fears God? 44  1:10 Have you 45  not made a hedge 46  around him and his household and all that he has on every side? You have blessed 47  the work of his hands, and his livestock 48  have increased 49  in the land. 1:11 But 50  extend your hand and strike 51  everything he has, and he will no doubt 52  curse you 53  to your face!

1:12 So the Lord said to Satan, “All right then, 54  everything he has is 55  in your power. 56  Only do not extend your hand against the man himself!” 57  So Satan went out 58  from the presence of the Lord. 59 

Job’s Integrity in Adversity 60 

1:13 Now the day 61  came when Job’s 62  sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 1:14 and a messenger came to Job, saying, “The oxen were plowing 63  and the donkeys were grazing beside them, 1:15 and the Sabeans 64  swooped down 65  and carried them all away, and they killed 66  the servants with the sword! 67  And I – only I alone 68  – escaped to tell you!”

1:16 While this one was still speaking, 69  another messenger arrived 70  and said, “The fire of God 71  has fallen from heaven 72  and has burned up the sheep and the servants – it has consumed them! And I – only I alone – escaped to tell you!”

1:17 While this one was still speaking another messenger arrived and said, “The Chaldeans 73  formed three bands and made a raid 74  on the camels and carried them all away, and they killed the servants with the sword! 75  And I – only I alone – escaped to tell you!”

1:18 While this one was still speaking another messenger arrived and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 1:19 and suddenly 76  a great wind 77  swept across 78  the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they died! And I – only I alone – escaped to tell you!”

1:20 Then Job got up 79  and tore his robe. 80  He shaved his head, 81  and then he threw himself down with his face to the ground. 82  1:21 He said, “Naked 83  I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will return there. 84  The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. 85  May the name of the Lord 86  be blessed! 1:22 In all this Job did not sin, nor did he charge God with moral impropriety. 87 

Satan’s Additional Charge

2:1 Again the day came when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also arrived among them to present himself before the Lord. 88  2:2 And the Lord said to Satan, “Where do you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, 89  “From roving about on the earth, and from walking back and forth across it.” 90  2:3 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a pure and upright man, one who fears God and turns away from evil. And he still holds firmly 91  to his integrity, 92  so that 93  you stirred me up to destroy him 94  without reason.” 95 

2:4 But 96  Satan answered the Lord, “Skin for 97  skin! 98  Indeed, a man will give up 99  all that he has to save his life! 100  2:5 But extend your hand and strike his bone and his flesh, 101  and he will no doubt 102  curse you to your face!

2:6 So the Lord said to Satan, “All right, 103  he is 104  in your power; 105  only preserve 106  his life.”

Job’s Integrity in Suffering

2:7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and he afflicted 107  Job with a malignant ulcer 108  from the sole of his feet to the top of his head. 109  2:8 Job took a shard of broken pottery to scrape 110  himself 111  with while he was sitting 112  among the ashes. 113 

2:9 Then 114  his wife said to him, “Are you still holding firmly to your integrity? 115  Curse 116  God, and die! 117  2:10 But he replied, 118 You’re talking like one of the godless 119  women would do! Should we receive 120  what is good from God, and not also 121  receive 122  what is evil?” 123  In all this Job did not sin by what he said. 124 

The Visit of Job’s Friends 125 

2:11 When Job’s three friends heard about all this calamity that had happened to him, each of them came from his own country 126 Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. 127  They met together 128  to come to show sympathy 129  for him and to console 130  him. 2:12 But when they gazed intently 131  from a distance but did not recognize 132  him, they began to weep loudly. Each of them tore his robes, and they threw dust into the air over their heads. 133  2:13 Then they sat down with him on the ground for seven days and seven nights, yet no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his pain 134  was very great. 135 

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