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Job 1 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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Job and His Family

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There was a man in the country of Uz  named Job.  He was a man of perfect integrity,  who feared God and turned away from evil. 

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He had seven sons and three daughters. 

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His estate included 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys,  and a very large number of servants. Job was the greatest man among all the people of the east. 

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His sons used to take turns having banquets at their homes. They would send an invitation to their three sisters to eat and drink with them.

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Whenever a round of banqueting was over, Job would send for his children and purify them, rising early in the morning to offer burnt offerings for [fn] all of them. For Job thought: Perhaps my children have sinned, having cursed God in their hearts.  This was Job’s regular practice.

  
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One day the sons of God  came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan [fn] also came with them.

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The LORD asked Satan, “Where have you come from? ”

“From roaming through the earth,”  Satan answered Him, “and walking around on it.”

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Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity,  who fears God and turns away from evil.” 

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Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing?

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Haven’t You placed a hedge around  him, his household, and everything he owns? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

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But stretch out Your hand and strike  everything he owns, and he will surely curse You to Your face.”

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“Very well,” the LORD told Satan, “everything he owns is in your power. However, you must not lay a hand on Job himself.” So Satan left the LORD’s presence.

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One day when Job’s sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house,

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a messenger came to Job and reported: “While the oxen were plowing and the donkeys grazing nearby,

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the Sabeans  swooped down and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you! ”

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He was still speaking when another messenger came and reported: “A lightning storm [fn] struck from heaven.  It burned up the sheep and the servants and devoured them, and I alone have escaped to tell you! ”

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That messenger was still speaking when yet another came and reported: “The Chaldeans formed three bands, made a raid on the camels, and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you! ”

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He was still speaking when another messenger came and reported: “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house.

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Suddenly a powerful wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on the young people so that they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you! ”

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Then Job stood up, tore  his robe, and shaved  his head. [fn] He fell to the ground and worshiped,

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Naked I came from my mother’s womb, 

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The LORD gives, and the LORD takes away.

Praise the name of Yahweh. 

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Throughout all this Job did not sin or blame God for anything. [fn]  

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Lit for the number of
Or the adversary
Lit The fire of God
This custom demonstrated mourning.
Lit will return there ; Ps 139:13,15
Lit or ascribe blame to God

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