The Story of Job
Job i: 1, to ii:
13; xlii: 1 to 17.
time in those early days, we do not know just at
what time, whether in the days of Moses or
later—there was living a good man named Job. His
home was in the land of Uz, which may have been on
the edge of the desert, east of the land of Israel.
Job was a very rich man. He had sheep, and camels,
and oxen, and asses, counted by the thousand. In all
the east there was no other man so rich as Job.
And Job was a good man. He served the Lord God, and
prayed to God every day, with an offering upon God's
altar, as men worshipped in those times. He tried to
live as God wished him to live, and was always kind
and gentle. Every day, when his sons were out in the
field, or were having a feast together in the house
of any of them, Job went out to his altar, and
offered a burnt-offering for each one of his sons
and his daughters, and prayed to God for them; for
"It may be that my sons have sinned or have turned
away from God in their hearts; and I will pray God
to forgive them."
At one time, when the angels of God stood before the
Lord, Satan the Evil One came also, and stood among
them, as though he were one of God's angels. The
Lord God saw Satan, and said to him, "Satan, from
what place have you come?" "I have come," answered
Satan, "from going up and down in the earth and
looking at the people upon it."
Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you looked at my
servant Job? And have you seen that there is not
another man like him in the earth, a good and a
perfect man, one who fears God and does nothing
evil?" Then Satan said to the Lord: "Does Job fear
God for nothing? Hast thou not made a wall around
him, and around his house, and around everything
that he has? Thou hast given a blessing upon his
work, and has made him rich. But if thou wilt
stretch forth thy hand, and take away from him all
that he has, then he will turn away from thee and
will curse thee to thy face."
Then the Lord said to the Evil One, "Satan, all that
Job has is in your power; you can do to his sons,
and his flocks, and his cattle, whatever you wish;
only lay not your hand upon the man himself."
Then Satan went forth from the Lord; and soon
trouble began to come upon Job. One day, when all
his sons and daughters were eating and drinking
together in their oldest brother's house, a man came
running to Job, and said:
"The oxen were plowing, and the asses were feeding
beside them, when the wild men from the desert came
upon them, and drove them all away; and the men who
were working with the oxen and caring for the asses
have all been killed; and I am the only one who has
fled away alive!"
While this man was speaking, another man came
rushing in; and he said:
"The lightning from the clouds has fallen on all the
sheep, and on the men who were tending them; and I
am the only one who has come away alive!"
Before this man had ended, another came in; and he
"The enemies from Chaldea have come in three bands,
and have taken away all the camels. They have killed
the men who were with them; and I am the only one
Then at the same time, one more man came in, and
said to Job:
"Your sons and your daughters were eating and
drinking together in their oldest brother's house,
when a sudden and terrible wind from the desert
struck the house, and it fell upon them. All your
sons and your daughters are dead, and I alone have
lived to tell you of it."
Thus in one day, all that Job had—his flocks, and
his cattle, and his sons and his daughters—all were
taken away; and Job, from being rich, was suddenly
made poor. Then Job fell down upon his face before
the Lord, and he said:
"With nothing I came into the world, and with
nothing I shall leave it. The Lord gave, and the
Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the
So even when all was taken from him Job did not turn
away from God, nor did he find fault with God's
And again the angels of God were before the Lord,
and Satan, who had done all this harm to Job, was
among them. The Lord said to Satan, "Have you looked
at my servant Job? There is no other man in the
world as good as he; a perfect man, one that fears
God and does no wrong act. Do you see how he holds
fast to his goodness, even after I have let you do
him so great harm?" Then Satan answered the Lord,
"All that a man has he will give for his life. But
if thou wilt put thy hand upon and touch his bone
and his flesh, he will turn from thee, and will
curse thee to thy face."
And the Lord said to Satan, "I will give Job into
your hand; do to him whatever you please; only spare
Then Satan went out and struck Job, and caused
dreadful boils to come upon him, over all his body,
from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.
And Job sat down in the ashes in great pain; but he
would not speak one word against God. His wife said
to him, "What is the use of trying to serve God? You
may as well curse God, and die!"
But Job said to her, "You speak as one of the
foolish women. What? shall we take good things from
the Lord? and shall we not take evil things also?"
So Job would not speak against God. Then three
friends of Job came to see him, and to try to
comfort him in his sorrow and pain. Their names were
Eliphaz, and Bildad, and Zophar. They sat down with
Job, and wept, and spoke to him. But their words
were not words of comfort. They believed that all
these great troubles had come upon Job to punish him
for some great sin, and they tried to persuade Job
to tell what evil things he had done, to make God so
angry with him.
For in those times most people believed that
trouble, and sickness, and the loss of friends, and
the loss of what they had owned, came to men because
God was angry with them on account of their sins.
These men thought that Job must have been very
wicked because they saw such evils coming upon him.
They made long speeches to Job, urging him to
confess his wickedness.
Job said that he had done no wrong, that he had
tried to do right; and he did not know why these
troubles had come; but he would not say that God had
dealt unjustly in letting him suffer. Job did not
understand God's ways, but he believed that God was
good; and he left himself in God's hands. And at
last God himself spoke to Job and to his friends,
telling them that it is not for man to judge God,
and that God will do right by every man. And the
Lord said to the three friends of Job:
"You have not spoken of me what is right, as Job
has. Now bring an offering to me; and Job shall pray
for you, and for his sake I will forgive you."
So Job prayed for his friends, and God forgave them.
And because in all his troubles Job had been
faithful to God, the Lord blessed Job once more, and
took away his boils from him, and made him well.
Then the Lord gave to Job more than he had ever
owned in the past, twice as many sheep, and oxen,
and camels, and asses. And God gave again to Job
seven sons and three daughters; and in all the land
there were no women found so lovely as the daughters
of Job. After his trouble, Job lived a long time, in
riches, and honor, and goodness, under God's care.