1 Again there was a day when the sons of God (Elohim) came to present themselves before יהוה, and the Satan came also among them to present himself before יהוה.
2 And יהוה said unto the Satan, “From whence comest you?” And the Satan answered יהוה, and said, “From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”
3 And יהוה said unto the Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job (Iyyov), that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God (Elohim), and shunned evil? And still he holdeth fast his integrity, although you movedst Me against him, to destroy him without cause.”
4 And the Satan answered יהוה, and said, “Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
5 But put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse You to Your face!”
6 And יהוה said unto the Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but preserve his life.”
7 So went the Satan forth from the presence of יהוה, and smote Job (Iyyov) with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
9 Then said his wife unto him, “Dost you still retain your integrity? Curse God (Elohim), and die!”
10 But he said unto her, “You speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God (Elohim), and shall we not receive disaster (raah)?” In all this Job (Iyyov) did not sin with his lips.
11 Now when Job (Iyyov)’s three friends heard of all this disaster (raah) that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite; for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.
12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him, for they saw that his grief was very great.