Satan’s Second Test of Job
1One day the sons of God #Gn 6:2Jb 1:6|NoBook| 38:7 came again to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before the Lord. 2The Lord asked Satan, “Where have you come from? ”
“From roaming through the earth,” Satan answered Him, “and walking around on it.”
3Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, #Jb 6:29 who fears God and turns away from evil. #Jb 1:1|NoBook| 28:28Pr 3:7 He still retains his integrity, even though you incited Me against him, to destroy him without just cause.”
4“Skin for skin! ” Satan answered the Lord. “A man will give up everything he owns in exchange for his life. 5But stretch out Your hand and strike #Jb 1:11|NoBook| 4:5|NoBook| 19:21 his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse You to Your face.”
6“Very well,” the Lord told Satan, “he is in your power; only spare his life.” 7So Satan left the Lord’s presence and infected Job with terrible boils from the sole of his foot to the top of his head. #Dt 28:27 8Then Job took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself while he sat among the ashes. # This custom demonstrated mourning. #2Sm 13:19Jb 42:6
9His wife said to him, “Do you still retain your integrity? Curse God and die! ”
10“You speak as a foolish woman speaks,” he told her. “Should we accept only good from God and not adversity? ” Throughout all this Job did not sin in what he said. # Lit sin with his lips
Job’s Three Friends
11Now when Job’s three friends — Eliphaz the Temanite, #Gn 36:341Ch 1:45Jb 42:9 Bildad the Shuhite, #Gn 25:2Jb 8:1|NoBook| 18:1 and Zophar the Naamathite — heard about all this adversity that had happened to him, each of them came from his home. They met together to go and sympathize with him and comfort #Jb 42:11Ps 69:20Jr 16:5 him. 12When they looked from a distance, they could barely recognize him. They wept aloud, #Jdg 21:2Ru 1:92Sm 13:36 and each man tore his robe and threw dust into the air and on his head. #Jos 7:6Lm 2:10Ezk 27:30 13Then they sat on the ground with him seven days and nights, #Gn 50:10Ezk 3:15|NoBook| 45:21 but no one spoke a word to him because they saw that his suffering #Gn 34:5Jb 16:6Ps 39:2 was very intense.
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