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1 In the land of Uza there lived a man whose name was Job.b This man was blamelessc and upright;d he feared Gode and shunned evil.f 2 He had seven sonsg and three daughters,h 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys,i and had a large number of servants.j He was the greatest mank among all the people of the East.l
4 His sons used to hold feastsm in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified.n Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offeringo for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinnedp and cursed Godq in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”u
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?”y Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedgez around him and his household and everything he has?a You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.b 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has,c and he will surely curse you to your face.”d
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
13 One day when Job’s sons and daughtersg were feastingh and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazingi nearby, 15 and the Sabeansj attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
17 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeansm formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
18 While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughtersn were feastingo and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 19 when suddenly a mighty windp swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead,q and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!r”
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;w
may the name of the Lord be praised.”x
22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.y
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