Â One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. The LORD said to Satan, â€œWhere have you come from?â€ Satan answered the LORD, â€œFrom going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.â€ The LORD said to Satan, â€œHave you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil.â€ Then Satan answered the LORD, â€œDoes Job fear God for nothing? Have you not put a fence around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.â€ The LORD said to Satan, â€œVery well, all that he has is in your power; only do not stretch out your hand against him!â€ So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
Â One day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the eldest brotherâ€™s house, a messenger came to Job and said, â€œThe oxen were plowing and the donkeys were feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell on them and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.â€ While he was still speaking, another came and said, â€œThe fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; I alone have escaped to tell you.â€ While he was still speaking, another came and said, â€œThe Chaldeans formed three columns, made a raid on the camels and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.â€ While he was still speaking, another came and said, â€œYour sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brotherâ€™s house, and suddenly a great wind came across the desert, struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; I alone have escaped to tell you.â€
Â Then Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head, and fell on the ground and worshiped. He said, â€œNaked I came from my motherâ€™s womb, and naked shall I return there; the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.â€
Â In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong-doing.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.