1Another day, the sons of God came to attend on Yahweh and Satan came with them too. 2So Yahweh said to Satan, 'Where have you been?' 'Prowling about on earth,' he answered, 'roamingaround there.' 3So Yahweh asked him, 'Did you pay any attention to my servant Job? There is no one like him on theearth: a sound and honest man who fears God and shuns evil. He persists in his integrity stil ; you achieved nothing by provoking me to ruin him.' 4'Skin after skin!' Satan replied. 'Someone wil give away al he has to save his life. 5But stretch out your hand and lay a finger on his bone and flesh; I warrant you, he wil curse you to yourface.' 6'Very wel ,' Yahweh said to Satan, 'he is in your power. But spare his life.' 7So Satan left the presence of Yahweh. He struck Job down with malignant ulcers from the sole of hisfoot to the top of his head. 8Job took a piece of pot to scrape himself, and went and sat among the ashes. 9Then his wife said to him, 'Why persist in this integrity of yours? Curse God and die.' 10'That is how a fool of a woman talks,' Job replied. 'If we take happiness from God's hand, must we nottake sorrow too?' And in al this misfortune Job uttered no sinful word. 11The news of al the disasters that had fal en on Job came to the ears of three of his friends. Each ofthem set out from home -- Eliphaz of Teman, Bildad of Shuah and Zophar of Naamath -- and by commonconsent they decided to go and offer him sympathy and consolation. 12Looking at him from a distance, they could not recognise him; they wept aloud and tore their robes andthrew dust over their heads. 13They sat there on the ground beside him for seven days and seven nights. To Job they spoke never aword, for they saw how much he was suffering.
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