King James Version
The Story Begins
1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was
Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that
feared God, and eschewed evil.
2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three
3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three
thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five
hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this
man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one
his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat
and to drink with them.
5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone
about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early
in the morning, and offered 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 did Job
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then
Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in
the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my
servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a
perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and
9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his
house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast
blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is
increased in the land.
11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath,
and he will curse thee to thy face.
12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is
in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So
Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were
eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen
were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea,
they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and
I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and
said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned
up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I
only am escaped alone to tell thee.
17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and
said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the
camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the
servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped
alone to tell thee.
18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and
said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking
wine in their eldest brother's house:
19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness,
and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon
the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped
alone to tell thee.
20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head,
and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked
shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath
taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.1
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
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