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Bible Reading Plan – Day 262

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Satan Tests Job

1There was a man named Job, living in the land of Uz, who worshipped God and was faithful to him. He was a good man, careful not to do anything evil. 2He had seven sons and three daughters, 3and owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 1,000 head of cattle, and 500 donkeys. He also had a large number of servants and was the richest man in the East.

4Job's sons used to take it in turns to give a feast, to which all the others would come, and they always invited their three sisters to join them. 5The morning after each feast, Job would get up early and offer sacrifices for each of his children in order to purify them. He always did this because he thought that one of them might have sinned by insulting God unintentionally.

6When the day came for the heavenly beings to appear before the LORD, Satan was there among them. 7The LORD asked him, “What have you been doing?”

Satan answered, “I have been walking here and there, roaming round the earth.”

8“Did you notice my servant Job?” the LORD asked. “There is no one on earth as faithful and good as he is. He worships me and is careful not to do anything evil.”

9Satan replied, “Would Job worship you if he got nothing out of it? 10You have always protected him and his family and everything he owns. You bless everything he does, and you have given him enough cattle to fill the whole country. 11But now suppose you take away everything he has — he will curse you to your face!”

12“All right,” the LORD said to Satan, “everything he has is in your power, but you must not hurt Job himself.” So Satan left.

Job's Children and Wealth are Destroyed

13One day when Job's children were having a feast at the home of their eldest brother, 14a messenger came running to Job. “We were ploughing the fields with the oxen,” he said, “and the donkeys were in a nearby pasture. 15Suddenly the Sabeans attacked and stole them all. They killed every one of your servants except me. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

16Before he had finished speaking, another servant came and said, “Lightning struck the sheep and the shepherds and killed them all. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

17Before he had finished speaking, another servant came and said, “Three bands of Chaldean raiders attacked us, took away the camels, and killed all your servants except me. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

18Before he had finished speaking, another servant came and said, “Your children were having a feast at the home of your eldest son, 19when a storm swept in from the desert. It blew the house down and killed them all. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

20Then Job stood up and tore his clothes in grief. He shaved his head and threw himself face downwards on the ground. 21He said, “I was born with nothing, and I will die with nothing. The LORD gave, and now he has taken away. May his name be praised!”

22In spite of everything that had happened, Job did not sin by blaming God.

Satan Tests Job Again

1When the day came for the heavenly beings to appear before the LORD again, Satan was there among them. 2The LORD asked him, “Where have you been?”

Satan answered, “I have been walking here and there, roaming round the earth.”

3“Did you notice my servant Job?” the LORD asked. “There is no one on earth as faithful and good as he is. He worships me and is careful not to do anything evil. You persuaded me to let you attack him for no reason at all, but Job is still as faithful as ever.”

4Satan replied, “A person will give up everything in order to stay alive. 5But now suppose you hurt his body — he will curse you to your face!”

6So the LORD said to Satan, “All right, he is in your power, but you are not to kill him.”

7Then Satan left the LORD's presence and made sores break out all over Job's body. 8Job went and sat by the rubbish heap and took a piece of broken pottery to scrape his sores. 9His wife said to him, “You are still as faithful as ever, aren't you? Why don't you curse God and die?”

10Job answered, “You are talking nonsense! When God sends us something good, we welcome it. How can we complain when he sends us trouble?” In spite of everything he suffered, Job said nothing against God.

Job's Friends Come

11Three of Job's friends were Eliphaz, from the city of Teman, Bildad, from the land of Shuah, and Zophar, from the land of Naamah. When they heard how much Job had been suffering, they decided to go and comfort him. 12While they were still a long way off they saw Job, but did not recognize him. When they did, they began to weep and wail, tearing their clothes in grief and throwing dust into the air and on their heads. 13Then they sat there on the ground with him for seven days and nights without saying a word, because they saw how much he was suffering.

Job's Complaint to God

1Finally Job broke the silence and cursed the day on which he had been born.

Job

2-3O God, put a curse on the day I was born;

put a curse on the night when I was conceived!

4Turn that day into darkness, God.

Never again remember that day;

never again let light shine on it.

5Make it a day of gloom and thick darkness;

cover it with clouds, and blot out the sun.

6Blot that night out of the year,

and never let it be counted again;

7make it a barren, joyless night.

8Tell the sorcerers to curse that day,

those who know how to control Leviathan.

9Keep the morning star from shining;

give that night no hope of dawn.

10Curse that night for letting me be born,

for exposing me to trouble and grief.

11I wish I had died in my mother's womb

or died the moment I was born.

12Why did my mother hold me on her knees?

Why did she feed me at her breast?

13If I had died then, I would be at rest now,

14sleeping like the kings and rulers

who rebuilt ancient palaces.

15Then I would be sleeping like princes

who filled their houses with gold and silver,

16or sleeping like a stillborn child.

17In the grave wicked people stop their evil,

and tired workers find rest at last.

18Even prisoners enjoy peace,

free from shouts and harsh commands.

19Everyone is there, the famous and the unknown,

and slaves at last are free.

20Why let people go on living in misery?

Why give light to those in grief?

21They wait for death, but it never comes;

they prefer a grave to any treasure.

22They are not happy till they are dead and buried;

23God keeps their future hidden

and hems them in on every side.

24Instead of eating, I mourn,

and I can never stop groaning.

25Everything I fear and dread comes true.

26I have no peace, no rest,

and my troubles never end.

The First Dialogue

(4.1—14.22)
Eliphaz

1-2Job, will you be annoyed if I speak?

I can't keep quiet any longer.

3You have taught many people

and given strength to feeble hands.

4When someone stumbled, weak and tired,

your words encouraged him to stand.

5Now it's your turn to be in trouble,

and you are too stunned to face it.

6You worshipped God, and your life was blameless;

and so you should have confidence and hope.

7Think back now. Name a single case

where a righteous person met with disaster.

8I have seen people plough fields of evil

and sow wickedness like seed;

now they harvest wickedness and evil.

9Like a storm, God destroys them in his anger.

10The wicked roar and growl like lions,

but God silences them and breaks their teeth.

11Like lions with nothing to kill and eat,

they die, and all their children are scattered.

12Once a message came quietly,

so quietly I could hardly hear it.

13Like a nightmare it disturbed my sleep.

14I trembled and shuddered;

my whole body shook with fear.

15A light breeze touched my face,

and my hair bristled with fright.

16I could see something standing there;

I stared, but couldn't tell what it was.

Then I heard a voice out of the silence:

17“Can anyone be righteous in the sight of God

or be pure before his Creator?

18God does not trust his heavenly servants;

he finds fault even with his angels.

19Do you think he will trust a creature of clay,

a thing of dust that can be crushed like a moth?

20Someone may be alive in the morning,

but die unnoticed before evening comes.

21All that he has is taken away;

he dies, still lacking wisdom.”

1Call out, Job. See if anyone answers.

Is there any angel to whom you can turn?

2To worry yourself to death with resentment

would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.

3I have seen fools who looked secure,

but I called down a sudden curse on their homes.

4Their children can never find safety;

no one stands up to defend them in court.

5Hungry people will eat the fool's crops —

even the grain growing among thorns

and thirsty people will envy his wealth.

6Evil does not grow in the soil,

nor does trouble grow out of the ground.

7No indeed! People bring trouble on themselves,

as surely as sparks fly up from a fire.

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