Job 1

There was a certain man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was true, blameless, righteous, and godly, abstaining from everything evil. And he had seven sons and three daughters. And his substance consisted of seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys in the pastures, and a very great household, and he had a great husbandry on the earth; and that man was most noble of the men of the east. And his sons, visiting one another, prepared a banquet every day, taking with them also their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the banquet were completed, Job sent and purified them, having risen up in the morning, and offered sacrifices for them, according to their number, and one calf for a sin offering for their souls; for Job said, Lest perhaps my sons have thought evil, and cursed God in their minds. Thus, then Job did continually. And it came to pass one day, that behold, the angels of God came to stand before the Lord, and the devil came with them. And the Lord said to the devil, From where have you come? And the devil answered the Lord and said, I have come from compassing the earth, and walking up and down in the world. And the Lord said to him, Have you diligently considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on all the earth, a blameless man, true, godly, abstaining from everything evil? Then the devil answered, and said before the Lord, Does Job worship the Lord for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge about him, and about his household, and all his possessions round about? And have You not blessed the works of his hands, and multiplied his substance upon the land? 11 But put forth Your hand, and touch all that he has, and he will curse You to Your face. 12 Then the Lord said to the devil, Behold, I give all that he has into your hand, but touch not himself. So the devil went out from the presence of the Lord. 13 And it came to pass on a certain day, that Job's sons and his daughters were drinking wine in the house of their elder brother. 14 And behold, there came a messenger to Job, and said to him, The oxen were plowing, and the donkeys were feeding near them; 15 when the spoilers came and took them for prey, and killed the servants with the sword; and I alone have escaped, and have come to tell you. 16 While he was yet speaking, there came another messenger, and said to Job, Fire has fallen from heaven, and burned up the sheep, and likewise have devoured the shepherds; and I alone have escaped, and have come to tell you. 17 While he was yet speaking, there came another messenger, and said to Job, The horsemen formed three companies against us, and surrounded the camels, and took them for prey, and killed the servants with the sword; and I alone have escaped, and have come to tell you. 18 While he was yet speaking, another messenger came and said to Job, While your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking with their older brother, 19 suddenly a great wind came from across the desert, and caught the four corners of the house, and the house fell upon your children, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped, and have come to tell you. 20 So Job arose and tore his clothes, and shaved the hair of his head, and fell on the ground and worshipped, 21 and said, I myself came forth naked from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away. As it seemed good to the Lord, so has it come to pass; blessed be the name of the Lord. 22 In all these events that befell him, Job sinned not before the Lord, and did not impute wrong to God.
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