Job 2

1On another day, the angels came to meet with the Lord. Even Satan came to meet with the Lord. 2The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you been?” Satan answered the Lord, “I have been wandering around on the earth.” 3Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you seen my servant Job? There is no person on earth like Job. Job is a good and faithful man. He worships God and refuses to do evil things. He still is faithful, even though you asked me to let you destroy everything he has for no reason.” 4Satan answered, “Skin for skin! A person will give everything he has to save his life. 5If you use your power to hurt his body, then he will curse you to your face!” 6So the Lord said to Satan, “All right, Job is in your power. But you are not allowed to kill him.” 7Then Satan went away from the Lord. Satan gave Job painful sores. The painful sores were all over Job’s body from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head. 8So Job sat near the garbage piles. He used a piece of broken pottery to scrape his sores. 9Job’s wife said to him, “Are you still faithful to God? Why don’t you curse God and die!” 10Job answered his wife, “You talk like a foolish woman! God gives us good things, and we accept them. So we should also accept trouble ˻and not complain˼.” All these things happened. But Job did not sin. He did not speak against God. 11Three of Job’s friends were Eliphaz from Teman, Bildad from Shuah, and Zophar from Naamah. These three friends heard about all the bad things that happened to Job. These three friends left their homes and met together. They agreed to go and show sympathy to Job and to comfort him. 12But when the three friends saw Job from far away, they were not sure it was Job—he looked so different! They began to cry loudly. They tore their clothes and threw dirt in the air and on their heads ˻to show they were sad and upset˼. 13Then the three friends sat on the ground with Job for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to Job, because they saw Job was suffering so much.

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