THE STORY OF JOB
Job i: 1, to ii: 13; xlii: 1 to 17.
T some 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.
THE WELL OF 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 he said:
"It may be that my sons have sinned or have turned away
from God in their hearts; and I will pray God to
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
"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 left alive!"
Then at the same time, one more man came in, and said
"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
"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 Lord."
So even when all was taken from him Job did not turn
away from God, nor did he find fault with God's doings.
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 his
 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
THREE FRIENDS COME TO SEE JOB
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
"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.