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Job 1:4-6 Common English Bible (CEB)

Each of his sons hosted a feast in his own house on his birthday. They invited their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When the days of the feast had been completed, Job would send word[a] and purify his children.[b] Getting up early in the morning, he prepared entirely burned offerings for each one of them, for Job thought, Perhaps my children have sinned and then cursed[c] God in their hearts. Job did this regularly.

Job’s motives questioned

One day the divine beings[d] came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Adversary[e] also came among them.


  1. Job 1:5 Heb lacks word.
  2. Job 1:5 Or them
  3. Job 1:5 Or blessed. The verb for bless is a euphemism for curse in 1:11; 2:5, 9; whereas in 1:10, 21 and 42:12 it has its usual meaning.
  4. Job 1:6 Or children of God
  5. Job 1:6 Heb hassatan
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Job 1:4-6 New International Version (NIV)

His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When 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.

One day the angels[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b] also came with them.


  1. Job 1:6 Hebrew the sons of God
  2. Job 1:6 Hebrew satan means adversary.
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