1 There happened to be a man* in the land of Uz+ whose name was Job;*+ and that man proved to be blameless+ and upright,+ and fearing God+ and turning aside from bad.+ 2 And seven sons and three daughters came to be born to him.+ 3 And his livestock+ got to be seven thousand sheep* and three thousand camels and five hundred spans of cattle and five hundred she-asses, along with a very large body of servants; and that man came to be the greatest of all the Orientals.*+ 4 And his sons went and held a banquet+ at the house of each one* on his own day; and they sent and invited their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 And it would occur that when the banquet days had gone round the circuit, Job would send and sanctify them;+ and he got up early in the morning and offered up burnt sacrifices+ according to the number of all of them; for, said Job, “maybe my sons have sinned and have cursed*+ God in their heart.”+ That is the way Job would do always.+ 6 Now it came to be the day when the sons* of the [true] God*+ entered to take their station before Jehovah,+ and even Satan*+ proceeded to enter right among them.+ 7 Then Jehovah said to Satan: “Where do you come from?” At that Satan answered Jehovah and said: “From roving about in the earth+ and from walking about in it.”+ 8 And Jehovah went on to say to Satan: “Have you set your heart upon my servant Job, that there is no one like him in the earth,+ a man blameless+ and upright,+ fearing God+ and turning aside from bad?”+ 9 At that Satan answered Jehovah and said: “Is it for nothing that Job has feared God?+ 10 Have not you yourself put up a hedge about him+ and about his house and about everything that he has all around? The work of his hands you have blessed,+ and his livestock itself has spread abroad in the earth. 11 But, for a change, thrust out your hand, please, and touch everything he has [and see] whether he will not curse* you to your very face.”+ 12 Accordingly Jehovah said to Satan: “Look! Everything that he has is in your hand. Only against him himself do not thrust out your hand!” So Satan went out away from the person* of Jehovah.+ 13 Now it came to be the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their brother the firstborn.+ 14 And there came a messenger+ to Job, and he proceeded to say: “The cattle themselves happened to be plowing+ and the she-asses were grazing at the side of them 15 when the Sa·beʹans*+ came making a raid and taking them, and the attendants they struck down with the edge of the sword; and I got to escape, only I by myself, to tell you.”+ 16 While this one was yet speaking that one came and proceeded to say: “The very fire of God fell from the heavens+ and went blazing among the sheep and the attendants and eating them up; and I got to escape, only I by myself, to tell you.” 17 While that one was yet speaking another one came and proceeded to say: “The Chal·deʹans+ made up three bands and went dashing against the camels and taking them, and the attendants they struck down with the edge of the sword; and I got to escape, only I by myself, to tell you.” 18 While this other one was yet speaking, still another one came and proceeded to say: “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine+ in the house of their brother the firstborn. 19 And, look! there came a great wind*+ from the region of the wilderness, and it went striking the four corners of the house, so that it fell upon the young people and they died. And I got to escape, only I by myself, to tell you.” 20 And Job proceeded to get up and rip+ his sleeveless coat apart and cut the hair+ off his head and fall to the earth+ and bow down+ 21 and say: “Naked I came out of my mother’s belly,+And naked shall I return there.+Jehovah himself has given,+ and Jehovah himself has taken away.+Let the name of Jehovah continue to be blessed.”+ 22 In all this Job did not sin or ascribe anything improper to God.+
^ “Man.” Heb., ʼish.
^ “Job.” Heb., ʼI·yohvʹ, meaning “Object of Hostility.” Not the same as weYohvʹ, “and Iob,” in Ge 46:13.
^ Or, “small cattle,” including sheep and goats.
^ Lit., “sons of the East.”
^ “Each one.” Heb., ʼish.
^ “Have cursed” was the original reading. The text was changed to read “have blessed.” LXX, “thought bad things against”; Sy, “reviled”; Vg, “blessed.” See App 2B.
^ “Sons of.” Heb., benehʹ; LXX, “angels.”
^ “The [true] God.” Heb., ha·ʼElo·himʹ, the definite article ha, “the,” preceding the title ʼElo·himʹ. See App 1F.
^ Heb., has·Sa·tanʹ, “the Resister.” Used throughout chapters 1 and 2. This is the first occurrence of has·Sa·tanʹ in M, although sa·tanʹ, “resister,” without the definite article ha, occurs nine times before this, beginning in Nu 22:22. Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar (GK), §126 d and e, states: “The article is, generally speaking, employed to determine a substantive wherever it is required by Greek and English; thus: . . . (d) When terms applying to whole classes are restricted (simply by usage) to particular individuals . . . or things, e.g. שָׂטָן adversary, הַשָּׂטָן the adversary, Satan . . . .”
^ See vs 5 ftn.
^ Lit., “Sheba.”