Bible (Wikisource)/Job

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Chapter 1[edit]

1 A man there was in the land of 'uz, Iyov (Job) was his name. This man was innocent and honest and God-fearing and avoided evil.

2 And seven sons were born to him, and three daughters. 3 And his livestock were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels and five hundred pairs of cattle, and five hundred she-mules. And many laborers, and this man became bigger than all the men of old.[1]

4 And his sons went and made a feast, each man's household his day, and they sent out and called to their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 5 And it was when their feasting days loomed, and Job sent out and blessed them, and he awoke in the morning, and raised a number of burnt offerings, because Job said, "Maybe my sons sinned and cursed God in their hearts": thus did Job every day.

6 And it was the day and the sons of God filed up before Yahweh, and Satan also came among them.

7 And Yahweh said to Satan, "From where do you come?", and Satan answered Yahweh and said "From roaming the Earth, and walking it."

8 And Yahweh said to Satan, "Have you set your heart to my servant Job? Because there is not like him on Earth, a man innocent, honest, God fearing and avoiding evil."

9 And Satan answered Yahweh, and said: "At no cost, does Job fear God. 10 For did you[2] not ensure him and his household and all he has around: you have blessed his hands' doing, and his livestock has burst forth on the land. 11 But if you put please out your hand, and affect all he has, will he not curse you to your face."

12 And Yahweh said to Satan: "Here is all he has in your hands, only upon him do not send your hand." And Satan left from within Yahweh's presence.

13 And it was the day, and his sons and daughters are eating and drinking wine in the house of their eldest brother. 14 And a messenger came to Job and said: "The oxen were plowing, and the she-mules were grazing next to them. 15 And Shva(Sabeans) fell upon them and took them, and the boys they fell by the sword, and only I alone escaped, to tell you."

16 While this one still spoke, another came and said "The fire of God fell from the skies, and burned at the sheep and the boys and consumed them; and only I alone escaped, to tell you."

17 While this one still spoke, another came and said "Cashdim(Chaldeans) came three heads and spread on the camels and took them, and the boys they struck by the sword, and only I alone escaped, to tell you."

18 While this one still spoke[3], another came and said: "Your sons and daughters are eating and drinking wine in the household of their eldest brother. 19 And here a great wind came from over the savanna, and touched the four corners of the house, and it fell on the boys and they died; and only I alone escaped, to tell you."

20 And Job rose up, and tore his frock, and chopped his hair, and fell to Earth, and bowed. 21 And said: "Naked I came from my mother's belly, and naked I shall return--- Yahweh gave, and Yahweh took, let Yahweh's name be blessed."

22 Despite this, Job did not sin, and did not put a slight unto God.

Chapter 2[edit]

1 On [another] day, the divine court[4] came to attend Yahweh, and among them came the Accuser to attend Yahweh.

2 And Yahweh said to the Accuser: "Where did you come from?" and the Accuser answered Yahweh and said: "From wandering on the earth."

3 And Yahweh said to the Accuser : "Have you noticed[5] my servant Job? There is none like him on earth, an innocent and honest man, who fears God and avoids evil. He still holds on to his innocence, [even though] you incited me to harm him for no reason."

4 And the Accuser answered Yahweh and said: "Skin for skin[6]! A man would give everything he has for his life.

5 But extend your hand and touch his bones and flesh, and see if he doesn't curse[7] you to your face!"

6 And Yahweh said to the Accuser: "He is in your power[8],but watch for his life."

7 And the Accuser left the presence of Yahweh, and struck Job with terrible boils, from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. 8 So he took a piece of pottery to scratch himself with, and sat in the ashes.

9 And his wife said to him: "Do you still hold on to your innocence? Curse[9] God and die!" 10 But he said to her: "You talk like a wicked woman! Can we accept the good from God but not the bad?" In all this, Job had not sinned with his lips[10].

11 Then Job's three friends heard about all these calamities which had befallen him, and each came from his place: Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shukhite, and Tzofar the Naamathite. And they conferred together, to sympathize with him and to console him. 12 And they looked [at him] from afar, bu did not recognize him. So they raised their voices and wept, and each tore off his coat, and threw dust on their heads, up to heaven.

13 And they sat with him on the earth [for] seven days and seven nights, but none would speak to him at all, for they saw how great his pain was.


  1. בְּנֵי קֶדֶם could also mean men of the East, but I translated it as "men of the past", the two words, east and past, being identical. In Jewish mythology, humanity originated in the east.
  2. את Feminine form of you, traditionally corrected to the masculine אַתָּה.
  3. עַד appears here, which means "until", instead of the previous verses' עוֹד, the parallel construction screams for a correction of this, but the traditional text does not correct it. I corrected it to a full parallel construction, as do other translations.
  4. Literally: "sons of God"
  5. Literally: "put your heart to"
  6. Probably a proverb to the effect that one would sacrifice something less important to save his life
  7. The original Hebrew means "bless", used here as a euphemism to avoid even discussing the possibility of cursing God.
  8. Literally "hand"
  9. as above
  10. i.e. in his speech

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