THE BOOK OF
Job 2 ©
Satan solicits God that he may be permitted to plague Job in his own body, 1, etc. Which is granted unto him on certain conditions, 6. Satan smites Job with grievous boils, 7. His wife likewise mocks him, and he does reprove her, 9. Three of his friends, being come to him, condole with him, yet for a time they hold their peace, 11.
AGAIN there was a day when the 1sons of God 2came to present themselves before the LORD, and 3Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From 4going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
And the LORD said unto Satan, 5Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an 6upright man, one that feareth God, and eschewetha evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou 7movedst me against him, to 8destroy 9him 10without cause.
And Satan answered the LORD, and said, 11Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his 12life.
But put forth thine hand now, and 13touch his bone and his flesh, and he will 14curse thee to thy face.15
And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine 16hand; but 17save his 18life.
¶So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
And 19he took him a 20potsherd to scrape himself withal;b and he 21sat down among the ashes.
¶Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? 22curse God, and die.
But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his 23lips.
¶Now when Job’s three 24friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from 25his own place; Eliphaz the 26Temanite, and Bildad the 27Shuhite, and Zophar the 28Naamathite: for they had 29made an appointment together to come 30to mourn with him and to comfort him.
And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and 31wept; and they rent every one his 32mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads 33toward heaven.
So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.