1 And it came to pass on a certain day, that the sons of God came to stand before the Lord, and the devil came among them to stand before the Lord. 2 And the Lord, said to the devil: "From what place did you come?" Then the devil said before the Lord: "I came from going through the world, and walking about the whole earth." 3 And the Lord said to the devil: "Have you then observed my servant Job, that there is none among men upon the earth like him, a harmless, true, blameless, godly man, abstaining from all evil? and he yet cleaves to innocence, whereas you told me to destroy his substance without cause?" 4 And the devil answered and said to the Lord: "Skin for skin, all that a man has will he give as a ransom for his life. 5 No, but send forth your hand, and touch his bones and his flesh: truly he will rant to your face." 6 And the Lord said to the devil: "Behold, I deliver him up to you; only save his life." 7 So the devil went out from the Lord, and struck Job with sore boils from his feet to his head. 8 And he took a potsherd to scrape away the discharge, and sat upon a dung-heap outside the city. 9 And when much time had passed, his wife said to him: "How long will you hold out, saying, "Behold, I wait yet a little while, expecting the hope of my deliverance?" for, behold, your memorial is abolished from the earth, even your sons and daughters, the pangs and pains of my womb which I bore in vain with sorrows; and you yourself sit down to spend the nights in the open air among the corruption of worms, and I am a wanderer and a servant from place to place and house to house, waiting for the setting of the sun, that I may rest from my labors and my pangs which now beset me: but say some word against the Lord, and die." 10 But he looked on her, and said to her: You have spoken like one of the foolish women. If we have received good things from the hand of the Lord, shall we not endure bad things?" In all these things that happened to him, Job did not sin at all with his lips before God. 11 Now his three friends having heard of all the evil that had come upon him, came to him each from his own country: Eliphaz the Temanite -a king, Baldad sovereign of the Shuhites, Zophar king of he Minaeans: and they came to him with one accord, to comfort and to visit him. 12 And when they saw him from a distance they did not know him; and they cried with a loud voice, and wept, and rent their garments, and sprinkled dust upon their heads, 13 and they sat down beside him seven days and seven nights, and not one of them spoke; for they saw that his affliction was dreadful and very great.
1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before Yahweh, and Satan came also among them to present himself before Yahweh. 2 And Yahweh said to Satan: "From where did you come? And Satan answered Yahweh, and said: "From going back and forth in the earth, and from walking up and down in it." 3 And Yahweh said to Satan: Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and avoids evil? and still he holds fast to his integrity, although you moved me against him, to destroy him without cause." 4 And Satan answered Yahweh, and said: "Skin for skin, yes, all that a man has will he give for his life. 5 Put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face." 6 And Yahweh said to Satan: "Behold, he is in your hand; but preserve his life."
7 So Satan went forth from the presence of Yahweh, and struck Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And Job took a potsherd to scrape himself with; and he sat down among the ashes.
9 Then his wife said to him: "Do you still retain your integrity? curse God, and die." 10 But he said to her: "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came from their own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him. 12 And when they lifted up their eyes far off, and did not know him, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent their mantles, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. 13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word to him: for they saw that his grief was very great.