1 Afterward the day came when the sons of the true God entered to take their station before Jehovah, and Opposer also entered among them to take his station before Jehovah.
2 Then Jehovah said to Opposer: “Where have you come from?” Opposer answered Jehovah: “From roving about on the earth and from walking about in it.”
3 And Jehovah said to Opposer: “Have you taken note of my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth. He is an upright man of integrity, fearing God and shunning what is bad. He is still holding firmly to his integrity, even though you try to incite me against him to destroy him for no reason.”
4 But Opposer answered Jehovah: “Skin for skin. A man will give everything that he has for his life.
5 But, for a change, stretch out your hand and strike his bone and flesh, and he will surely curse you to your very face.”
6 Then Jehovah said to Opposer: “Look! He is in your hand! Only do not take his life!”
7 So Opposer went out from the presence of Jehovah and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
8 And Job took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself, and he was sitting among the ashes.
9 Finally his wife said to him: “Are you still holding firmly to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
10 But he said to her: “You are talking like one of the senseless women. Should we accept only what is good from the true God and not accept also what is bad?” In all of this, Job did not sin with his lips.
11 Three companions of Job heard about all the calamities that had come upon him, and each came from his own place—Elʹiphaz the Teʹmanite, Bilʹdad the Shuʹhite, and Zoʹphar the Naʹamathite. So they agreed to meet together to go and sympathize with Job and comfort him.
12 When they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. They began to weep loudly and to rip their garments apart, and they threw dust into the air and onto their heads.
13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.