Job 1:1-22, NLT
1There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.
4Job’s sons would take turns preparing feasts in their homes, and they would also invite their three sisters to celebrate with them.
Job’s First Test
6One day the members of the heavenly court*1:6a Hebrew the sons of God. came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan,*1:6b Hebrew and the satan; similarly throughout this chapter. came with them.
Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”
8Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”
9Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God.
12“All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.
13One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting at the oldest brother’s house,
16While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
17While he was still speaking, a third messenger arrived with this news: “Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
18While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home.
20Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship.
“I came naked from my mother’s womb,
and I will be naked when I leave.
The Lord gave me what I had,
and the Lord has taken it away.
Praise the name of the Lord!”
22In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.