Job 1-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
Job and His Family in Uz
1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and [a]shunned evil. 2 And seven sons and three daughters were born to him. 3 Also, 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 [b]people of the East.
4 And 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. 5 So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and [c]sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed[d] God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly.
Satan Attacks Job’s Character
So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
9 So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not [i]made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse[j] You to Your face!”
12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your [k]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
13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house; 14 and a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15 when the [l]Sabeans [m]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!”
16 While 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 [n]consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
17 While 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!”
18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and suddenly a great wind came from [o]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!”
20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
Satan Attacks Job’s Health
2 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”
Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
3 Then 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? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to [p]destroy him without cause.”
4 So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. 5 But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely [q]curse You to Your face!”
6 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.”
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes.
9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? [r]Curse God and die!”
10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Job’s Three Friends
11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. For they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him, and to comfort him. 12 And when they raised their eyes from afar, and did not recognize him, they lifted their voices and wept; and each one tore his robe and sprinkled dust on his head toward heaven. 13 So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.
Job Deplores His Birth
3 After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2 And Job [s]spoke, and said:
3 “May the day perish on which I was born,
11 “Why did I not die at birth?
20 “Why is light given to him who is in misery,
Eliphaz: Job Has Sinned
4 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2 “If one attempts a word with you, will you become weary?
7 “Remember now, who ever perished being innocent?
12 “Now a word was secretly brought to me,
Eliphaz: Job Is Chastened by God
5 “Call out now;
8 “But as for me, I would seek God,
17 “Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects;
Job: My Complaint Is Just
6 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Oh, that my grief were fully weighed,
8 “Oh, that I might have my request,
11 “What strength do I have, that I should hope?
14 “To him who is [ag]afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend,
24 “Teach me, and I will hold my tongue;
Job: My Suffering Is Comfortless
7 “Is there not a time of hard service for man on earth?
6 “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
11 “Therefore I will not restrain my mouth;
17 “What is man, that You should exalt him,
Bildad: Job Should Repent
8 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “How long will you speak these things,
8 “For inquire, please, of the former age,
11 “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
19 “Behold, this is the joy of His way,
Job: There Is No Mediator
9 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Truly I know it is so,
14 “How then can I answer Him,
21 “I am blameless, yet I do not know myself;
25 “Now my days are swifter than a runner;
32 “For He is not a man, as I am,
Job: I Would Plead with God
10 “My soul loathes my life;
8 ‘Your hands have made me and fashioned me,
13 ‘And these things You have hidden in Your heart;
18 ‘Why then have You brought me out of the womb?
Zophar Urges Job to Repent
11 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2 “Should not the multitude of words be answered?
7 “Can you search out the deep things of God?
10 “If He passes by, imprisons, and gathers to judgment,
13 “If you would prepare your heart,
Job Answers His Critics
12 Then Job answered and said:
2 “No doubt you are the people,
4 “I am one mocked by his friends,
7 “But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
13 “With Him are wisdom and strength,
Job Defends Himself
13 “Behold, my eye has seen all this,
13 “Hold[bz] your peace with me, and let me speak,
Job’s Despondent Prayer
20 “Only two things do not do to me,
28 “Man[cc] decays like a rotten thing,
Job Speaks of Life’s Woes
14 “Man who is born of woman
7 “For there is hope for a tree,
13 “Oh, that You would hide me in the grave,
18 “But as a mountain falls and crumbles away,
Eliphaz Accuses Job of Folly
15 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2 “Should a wise man answer with empty knowledge,
7 “Are you the first man who was born?
14 “What is man, that he could be pure?
17 “I will tell you, hear me;
27 “Though he has covered his face with his fatness,
Job Reproaches His Pitiless Friends
16 Then Job answered and said:
2 “I have heard many such things;
6 “Though I speak, my grief is not relieved;
15 “I have sewn sackcloth over my skin,
18 “O earth, do not cover my blood,
Job Prays for Relief
17 “My spirit is broken,
3 “Now put down a pledge for me with Yourself.
6 “But He has made me a byword of the people,
10 “But please, come back again, [cy]all of you,
Bildad: The Wicked Are Punished
18 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “How long till you put an end to words?
5 “The light of the wicked indeed goes out,
Job Trusts in His Redeemer
19 Then Job answered and said:
2 “How long will you torment my soul,
7 “If I cry out concerning [dj]wrong, I am not heard.
13 “He has removed my brothers far from me,
21 “Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends,
23 “Oh, that my words were written!
Zophar’s Sermon on the Wicked Man
20 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2 “Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer,
4 “Do you not know this of old,
12 “Though evil is sweet in his mouth,
20 “Because he knows no quietness in his [dr]heart,
Job’s Discourse on the Wicked
21 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Listen carefully to my speech,
4 “As for me, is my complaint against man?
17 “How often is the lamp of the wicked put out?
22 “Can anyone teach God knowledge,
27 “Look, I know your thoughts,
Eliphaz Accuses Job of Wickedness
22 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2 “Can a man be profitable to God,
4 “Is it because of your fear of Him that He corrects you,
12 “Is not God in the height of heaven?
19 “The righteous see it and are glad,
21 “Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace;
Job Proclaims God’s Righteous Judgments
23 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Even today my complaint is bitter;
8 “Look, I go forward, but He is not there,
13 “But He is unique, and who can make Him change?
Job Complains of Violence on the Earth
24 “Since times are not hidden from the Almighty,
2 “Some remove landmarks;
9 “Some snatch the fatherless from the breast,
13 “There are those who rebel against the light;
18 “They should be swift on the face of the waters,
22 “But God draws the mighty away with His power;
25 “Now if it is not so, who will prove me a liar,
Bildad: How Can Man Be Righteous?
25 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “Dominion and fear belong to Him;
Job: Man’s Frailty and God’s Majesty
26 But Job answered and said:
2 “How have you helped him who is without power?
5 “The dead tremble,
Job Maintains His Integrity
27 Moreover Job continued his discourse, and said:
2 “As God lives, who has taken away my justice,
7 “May my enemy be like the wicked,
11 “I will teach you [ex]about the hand of God;
13 “This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
Job’s Discourse on Wisdom
28 “Surely there is a mine for silver,
12 “But where can wisdom be found?
20 “From where then does wisdom come?
Job’s Summary Defense
29 Job further continued his discourse, and said:
2 “Oh, that I were as in months past,
7 “When I went out to the gate by the city,
18 “Then I said, ‘I shall die in my nest,
21 “Men listened to me and waited,
Job’s Wealth Now Poverty
30 “But now they mock at me, men [fm]younger than I,
9 “And now I am their taunting song;
16 “And now my soul is poured out because of my plight;
20 “I cry out to You, but You do not answer me;
24 “Surely He would not stretch out His hand against a heap of ruins,
Job Defends His Righteousness
31 “I have made a covenant with my eyes;
5 “If I have walked with falsehood,
9 “If my heart has been enticed by a woman,
13 “If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant
16 “If I have kept the poor from their desire,
24 “If I have made gold my hope,
29 “If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me,
38 “If my land cries out against me,
The words of Job are ended.
Elihu Contradicts Job’s Friends
32 So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 Then the wrath of Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was aroused against Job; his wrath was aroused because he justified himself rather than God. 3 Also against his three friends his wrath was aroused, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
4 Now because they were years older than he, Elihu had waited [gd]to speak to Job. 5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was aroused.
6 So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said:
“I am young in years, and you are very old;
10 “Therefore I say, ‘Listen to me,
15 “They are dismayed and answer no more;
Elihu Contradicts Job
33 “But please, Job, hear my speech,
8 “Surely you have spoken [gk]in my hearing,
12 “Look, in this you are not righteous.
19 “Man is also chastened with pain on his bed,
23 “If there is a messenger for him,
29 “Behold, God works all these things,
31 “Give ear, Job, listen to me;
Elihu Proclaims God’s Justice
34 Elihu further answered and said:
2 “Hear my words, you wise men;
5 “For Job has said, ‘I am righteous,
10 “Therefore listen to me, you [gs]men of understanding:
16 “If you have understanding, hear this;
21 “For His eyes are on the ways of man,
31 “For has anyone said to God,
34 “Men of understanding say to me,
Elihu Condemns Self-Righteousness
35 Moreover Elihu answered and said:
2 “Do you think this is right?
4 “I will answer you,
9 “Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out;
Elihu Proclaims God’s Goodness
36 Elihu also proceeded and said:
2 “Bear with me a little, and I will show you
5 “Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one;
13 “But the hypocrites in heart store up wrath;
16 “Indeed He would have brought you out of dire distress,
22 “Behold, God is exalted by His power;
Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty
24 “Remember to magnify His work,
26 “Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him;
God’s Works and Wisdom
37 “At this also my heart trembles,
14 “Listen to this, O Job;
19 “Teach us what we should say to Him,
The Lord Reveals His Omnipotence to Job
38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
2 “Who is this who darkens counsel
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors,
12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
16 “Have you entered the springs of the sea?
19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
22 “Have you entered the treasury of snow,
25 “Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water,
31 “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,[ho]
34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
God Continues to Challenge Job
39 “Do you know the time when the wild mountain goats bear young?
5 “Who set the wild donkey free?
9 “Will the wild ox be willing to serve you?
13 “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
19 “Have you given the horse strength?
26 “Does the hawk fly by your wisdom,
God’s Power and Wisdom
40 Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said:
2 “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?
Job’s Response to God
3 Then Job answered the Lord and said:
4 “Behold, I am vile;
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