1 Again a there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. 2 And the LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So b Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it." 3 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, c a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he d holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, e to 1 destroy him without cause." 4 So Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. 5 f "But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his g bone and his flesh, and he will surely 2 curse You to Your face!" 6 h And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life."
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils i from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself j while he sat in the midst of the ashes.
9 Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast to your integrity? 3 Curse God and die!" 10 But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. k Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" l In all this Job did not m sin with his lips.
11 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place - Eliphaz the n Temanite, Bildad the o Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. For they had made an appointment together to come p and mourn with him, and to comfort him. 12 And when they raised their eyes from afar, and did not recognize him, they lifted their voices and wept; and each one tore his robe and q sprinkled dust on his head toward heaven. 13 So they sat down with him on the ground r seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.