speak of His servant
Job with pride in his uprightness, sought to change His mind. He
went before Jehovah and urged that the man of Uz be put to the
test of losing all his worldly goods.
So Jehovah agreed
to put His servant to the test.
One day soon
after, a messenger came to tell Job that his oxen and asses and
servants had been set upon by the Sabeans and that he alone had
escaped death or capture.
While he was yet
speaking, another servant came in to say that all Job's sheep and
those guarding them had been consumed by fire. And another came to
report that the Chaldeans had stolen Job's camels.
Before he had
finished, there came one last servant to say, "Your sons and
daughters were all eating in their eldest brother's house, when a
great wind came from the wilderness. It smote all four corners of
the house at once, and the house was destroyed, and all the
children and servants were killed."
Then Job arose,
tearing his clothes in grief. He shaved his head, fell to the
ground, and worshiped God, saying, "The Lord gave, and now
the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
Then the Lord
said to Satan, "Although you have afflicted him without
cause, there still is none so good on the earth as my servant
But Satan argued,
"A man will give all he has to save his life. But touch his
bone or flesh and he will curse You."
And the Lord
said, "He is in your power, only save his life."
So Satan smote
Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his
head. Then Job's wife, in despair, came to the city gate where Job
sat in the dust scraping his sores with a piece of broken pottery,
and said to him, "Curse God, and die." But Job answered.
"You speak like a foolish woman. We receive good from the
hand of the Lord. Shall we not therefore also receive evil?"
came and mourned and argued with him, but still Job would not
raise his voice against the Lord.
At last God,
knowing that Job would be faithful to the end, saw that it was
needless to test him further. Job had remained true to his faith
against all the temptations and trials devised by Satan, so God
rewarded him twofold in worldly goods, and the remainder of Job's
days were full of peace and contentment.