Job and His Family in Uz
1There was a man #1 Chr. 1:17in the land of Uz, whose name was #Ezek. 14:14, 20; James 5:11Job; and that man was #Gen. 6:9; 17:1; (Deut. 18:13)blameless and upright, and one who #(Prov. 16:6)feared God and shunned evil. 2And seven sons and three daughters were born to him. 3Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East.
4And his sons would go and feast in their houses, each on his appointed day, and would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning #Gen. 8:20; (Job 42:8)and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and #1 Kin. 21:10, 13cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly.
Satan Attacks Job’s Character
6Now #Job 2:1there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. 7And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”
So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From #(1 Pet. 5:8)going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
8Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
9So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10#Job 29:2–6; Ps. 34:7; Is. 5:2Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? #(Ps. 128:1, 2; Prov. 10:22)You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11#Job 2:5; 19:21But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely #Is. 8:21; Mal. 3:13, 14curse You to Your face!”
12And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
Job Loses His Property and Children
13Now there was a day #(Eccl. 9:12)when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house; 14and a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15when the Sabeans raided them and took them away—indeed they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
16While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
17While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands, raided the camels and took them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
18While he was still speaking, another also came and said, #Job 1:4, 13“Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
20Then Job arose, #Gen. 37:29, 34; Josh. 7:6; Ezra 9:3tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he #(1 Pet. 5:6)fell to the ground and worshiped. 21And he said:
#(Ps. 49:17; Eccl. 5:15); 1 Tim. 6:7“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord #Eccl. 5:19; (James 1:17)gave, and the Lord has #Gen. 31:16; (1 Sam. 2:6)taken away;
#Eph. 5:20; (1 Thess. 5:18)Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
22#Job 2:10In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.