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Job 2 International Standard Version (ISV)

Satan’s Second Attack on Job

Some time later, divine beings again[a] presented themselves to the Lord, and Satan accompanied them to present himself to the Lord. The Lord asked Satan, “Where have you come from?”

In response, Satan told the Lord, “From wandering all over the earth and walking back and forth throughout it.”

The Lord asked Satan, “Have you considered[b] my servant Job? There is no one like him on earth. The man is blameless as well as upright. He fears God and keeps away from evil. He remains firm in his integrity, even though you have been urging me to overwhelm him without cause.”

Satan answered the Lord, “Skin for skin! The man will give up everything that he owns in exchange for his health.[c] However, stretch out your hand[d] and strike his bones and flesh, and he’ll curse you to your face, won’t he?”

Then the Lord told Satan, “Very well then, he is under your control.[e] Just preserve his life.”[f]

So Satan left the Lord’s presence and struck Job with terrible boils from the sole of his feet to the top of his head. Job[g] took a broken piece of pottery to scrape himself while sitting among the ashes.

Job Refuses to Curse God

Then his wife told him, “Do you remain firm in your integrity? Curse God and die!”

10 But he replied to her, “You’re talking like foolish women do. Are we to accept[h] what is good from God but not tragedy?”

Throughout all of this, Job did not sin by what he said.[i]

Job’s Friends Visit

11 When Job’s three friends heard all these tragedies that happened to him, they each traveled from their home towns[j] to visit him. Eliphaz came from Teman,[k] Bildad came from Shuah,[l] and Zophar came from Naamath.[m] They met together and went to console and comfort him. 12 Observing him from a distance, at first they didn’t even recognize him, so they raised their voices and burst into tears. They each ripped their robes, threw ashes into the air on their heads, 13 and sat with Job[n] on the ground for a full week[o] without saying a word, since they could see the great extent of his anguish.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 2:1 Lit. later, the sons of God
  2. Job 2:3 Lit. you set your heart over
  3. Job 2:4 Lit. his soul
  4. Job 2:5 Or send judgment
  5. Job 2:6 Lit. hand
  6. Job 2:6 Lit. his soul
  7. Job 2:8 Lit. He
  8. Job 2:10 Or receive
  9. Job 2:10 Lit. by his lips
  10. Job 2:11 Lit. from his place
  11. Job 2:11 Lit. Eliphaz the Temanite; i.e. from Teman in Edom, and so throughout the book
  12. Job 2:11 Lit. Bildad the Shuhite; i.e. from Shuah, and so throughout the book
  13. Job 2:11 Lit. Zophar the Naamathite; i.e. from Naamath in Arabia, and so throughout the book
  14. Job 2:13 Lit. him
  15. Job 2:13 Lit. for seven days and seven nights
International Standard Version (ISV)

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Job 2 New International Version (NIV)

On another day the angels[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”

“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”

So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.

His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”

10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish[b] woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”

In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. 12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. 13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 2:1 Hebrew the sons of God
  2. Job 2:10 The Hebrew word rendered foolish denotes moral deficiency.
New International Version (NIV)

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