Job 1
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1In the land of Uz there was a man whose name was Job. And this man was blameless and upright, fearing God and shunning evil.1In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.
2He had seven sons and three daughters,2He had seven sons and three daughters,
3and he owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a very large number of servants. Job was the greatest man of all the people of the East.3and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
4Job’s sons would take turns holding feasts in their homes, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.4His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.
5And when the days of feasting were over, Job would send for his children to purify them, rising early in the morning to offer burnt offerings for all of them. For Job thought, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.5When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, "Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular custom.
6One day the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.6One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.
7“Where have you come from?” said the LORD to Satan. “From roaming through the earth,” he replied, “and walking back and forth in it.”7The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it."
8Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one on earth like him, a man who is blameless and upright, who fears God and shuns evil.”8Then 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."
9Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing?9"Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied.
10Have You not placed a hedge on every side around him and his household and all that he owns? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.10"Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.
11But stretch out Your hand and strike all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face.”11But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face."
12“Very well,” said the LORD to Satan. “Everything he has is in your hands, but you must not lay a hand on the man himself.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.12The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
13One day, while Job’s sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house,13One day when Job's sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house,
14a messenger came and reported to Job: “While the oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby,14a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby,
15the Sabeans swooped down and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”15and the Sabeans 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!"
16While he was still speaking, another messenger came and reported: “The fire of God fell from heaven. It burned and consumed the sheep and the servants, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”16While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
17While he was still speaking, another messenger came and reported: “The Chaldeans formed three bands, raided the camels, and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”17While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The Chaldeans 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!"
18While he was still speaking, another messenger came and reported: “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house,18While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, "Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house,
19when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on the young people and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”19when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
20Then Job stood up, tore his robe, and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshiped,20At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship
21saying: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.”21and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised."
22In all this, Job did not sin or charge God with wrongdoing.22In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
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