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Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”b
3 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.c And he still maintains his integrity,d though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”e
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.k 8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.l
In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.p
11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite,q Bildad the Shuhiter and Zophar the Naamathite,s heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.t 12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him;u they began to weep aloud,v and they tore their robesw and sprinkled dust on their heads.x 13 Then they sat on the groundy with him for seven days and seven nights.z No one said a word to him,a because they saw how great his suffering was.
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