The Bible, King James version, Book 18: Job
Book 18 Job
18:001:001 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
18:001:002 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
18:001:003 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
18:001:004 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
18:001:005 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
18:001:006 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
18:001:007 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
18:001:008 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
18:001:009 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
18:001:010 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
18:001:011 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
18:001:012 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
18:001:013 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
18:001:014 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
18:001:015 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
18:001:016 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
18:001:017 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
18:001:018 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
18:001:019 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
18:001:020 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
18:001:021 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
18:001:022 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
18:002:001 Again 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.
18:002:002 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
18:002:003 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
18:002:004 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
18:002:005 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
18:002:006 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
18:002:007 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
18:002:008 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
18:002:009 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
18:002:010 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
18:002:011 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil 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.
18:002:012 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.
18:002:013 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.
18:003:001 After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
18:003:002 And Job spake, and said,
18:003:003 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
18:003:004 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
18:003:005 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
18:003:006 As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.
18:003:007 Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
18:003:008 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.
18:003:009 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:
18:003:010 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
18:003:011 Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
18:003:012 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
18:003:013 For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
18:003:014 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves;
18:003:015 Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
18:003:016 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.
18:003:017 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.
18:003:018 There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
18:003:019 The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
18:003:020 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;
18:003:021 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;
18:003:022 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?
18:003:023 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?
18:003:024 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
18:003:025 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
18:003:026 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
18:004:001 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
18:004:002 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
18:004:003 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
18:004:004 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
18:004:005 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
18:004:006 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
18:004:007 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
18:004:008 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
18:004:009 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
18:004:010 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
18:004:011 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
18:004:012 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
18:004:013 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
18:004:014 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
18:004:015 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
18:004:016 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
18:004:017 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
18:004:018 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
18:004:019 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
18:004:020 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.
18:004:021 Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.
18:005:001 Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?
18:005:002 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.
18:005:003 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
18:005:004 His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.