CLV(i) 1 There was a man in the country of Uz. Job was his name. And this man was flawless and upright, fearing Elohim and withdrawing from evil. 2 Seven sons and three daughters were born to him, 3 and his acquisitions came to be a flock of seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred pair of oxen and five hundred jennies, besides very many servants. And this man came to be the greatest of all the sons of the East. 4 Now his sons would go and hold a feast, each in his house on his day, and they would send and call to their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 5 And it came to be when the feast days were concluded, that Job would send and have them hallowed. He would rise early in the morning and offer up ascent offerings in number as them all. For Job said, Perhaps my sons have sinned and have scorned Elohim in their heart. Thus Job was doing for all these days. 6 There was a day when the sons of Elohim would come to station themselves before Yahweh, and Satan came also in their midst. 7 Yahweh said to Satan, From where are you coming? Then Satan answered Yahweh and said, From going to and fro in the earth and from walking about in it. 8 So Yahweh said to Satan, Have you set your heart on My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a man flawless and upright, fearing Elohim and withdrawing from evil. 9 Then Satan answered Yahweh and said, Does Job fear Elohim gratuitously? 10 Have you yourself not hedged him about, and about his house and about all that is his all around. The work of his hands you have blessed, and his cattle breach forth throughout the countryside. 11 Howbeit, now put forth your hand and touch all that is his. He shall assuredly scorn you to your face. 12 Hence Yahweh said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your hand, but you must not put forth your hand upon himself. Then Satan went forth from Yahweh's presence. 13 Now the day came when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their brother, the firstborn. 14 And a messenger came to Job and said, The oxen were plowing, and the jennies were grazing at their sides, 15 when the Sabeans swooped down and took them. Then they smote the lads with the edge of the sword, yet I escaped, but I myself alone, to tell it to you. 16 This one was still speaking when another came and said, The fire of Elohim, it fell from the heavens, it consumed the flock and the lads, and it devoured them, yet I escaped, but I myself alone, to tell it to you. 17 This one was still speaking when another came and said, The Chaldeans, they formed three bands, and they emerged on the camels and took them. Then they smote the lads with the edge of the sword, yet I escaped, but I myself alone, to tell it to you. 18 This one was still speaking when another came and said, Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their brother, the firstborn, 19 when behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness, and it assaulted against the four corners of the house. It fell upon the lads, and they died, yet I escaped, but I myself alone, to tell it to you. 20 Then Job arose, tore his robe and sheared his head. He fell to the earth and worshiped. 21 And he said, Naked I came forth from the belly of my mother, and naked I shall return there. Yahweh, He gives, and Yahweh, He takes away. Blessed be the name of Yahweh. 22 In all this, Job neither sinned nor ascribed anything improper to Elohim.