Book of Job
The Book of Job is one of the books of the Hebrew Bible.
Note: There are many different translations of the Bible, and most have some small differences between their texts.
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New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures: There happened to be a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man proved to be blameless and upright, and fearing God and turning aside from bad.
NKJV 1:1 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.
NIV 1:1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.
- Now it came to be the day when the sons of the [true] God entered to take their station before Jehovah, and even Satan proceeded to enter right among them. Then Jehovah said to Satan: “Where do you come from?” At that Satan answered Jehovah and said: “From roving about in the earth and from walking about in it.”
- Then Jehovah said to Satan: “Where have you come from?” Satan answered Jehovah: “From roving about on the earth and from walking about in it.” And Jehovah said to Satan: “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.” At that Satan answered Jehovah: “Is it for nothing that Job has feared God? Have you not put up a protective hedge around him and his house and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock has spread out in the land. But, for a change, stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your very face.” Then Jehovah said to Satan: “Look! Everything that he has is in your hand. Only do not lay your hand on the man himself!” So Satan went out from the presence of Jehovah.
New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures: Afterward it came to be the day when the sons of the [true] God entered to take their station before Jehovah, and Satan also proceeded to enter right among them to take his station before Jehovah.
NKJV 2:1 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.
NIV 2:1 On another day the angels[a] came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before Him.
Finally his wife said to him: “Are you still holding firmly to your integrity? Curse God and die!” 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.
- To the One doing great and unsearchable things,
- Wonderful things without number.
- 10 He gives rain to the earth
- And sends waters upon the fields.
- 11 He raises the lowly up high,
- And he raises up the dejected one to salvation.
- 12 He frustrates the schemes of the crafty,
- So that the work of their hands does not succeed.
- 13 He catches the wise in their own cunning,
- So that the plans of the shrewd are thwarted.
- He commands the sun not to shine
- And seals off the light of the stars;
- 8 He spreads out the heavens by himself,
- And he treads upon the high waves of the sea.
- 9 He made the Ash, the Ke′sil, and the Ki′mah constellations,
- And the constellations of the southern sky;
- 10 He does great and unsearchable things,
- Wonderful things that cannot be counted.
New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures: 21 Let me not, please, show partiality to a man; And on an earthling man I shall not bestow a title; 22 For I certainly do not know how I can bestow a title; Easily my Maker would carry me away.
NKJV 21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.
NIV 21 I will show no partiality, nor will I flatter anyone; 22 for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.
- God is greater than we can know; The number of his years is beyond comprehension.
- He draws up the drops of water;
- They condense into rain from his mist;
- 28 Then the clouds pour it down;
- They shower down upon mankind.
- 29 Can anyone understand the layers of clouds,
- The thundering from his tent?
- 30 See how he spreads his lightning over it
- And covers the depths of the sea.
- 31 By these he sustains the peoples;
- He gives them food in abundance.
- Do you know how God controls the clouds
- And how he causes the lightning to flash from his cloud?
- Do you know how the clouds float?
- These are the wonderful works of the One perfect in knowledge.
New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures: 1 And Jehovah proceeded to answer Job out of the windstorm and say: 2 “Who is this that is obscuring counsel By words without knowledge? 3 Gird up your loins, please, like an able-bodied man, And let me question you, and you inform me. 4 Where did you happen to be when I founded the earth? Tell [me], if you do know understanding.
NKJV 1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. 4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
NIV 1 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: 2 “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? 3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. 4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
- In which direction does the light reside?
New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures: 6 And Jehovah went on to answer Job out of the windstorm and say: 7 “Gird up your loins, please, like an able-bodied man; I shall question you, and you inform me. 8 Really, will you invalidate my justice? Will you pronounce me wicked in order that you may be in the right?
NKJV 6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. 8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
NIV 6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm: 7 “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. 8 “Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
- So Jehovah blessed the last part of Job’s life more than the beginning, and Job came to have 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 pairs of cattle, and 1,000 female donkeys. He also came to have seven more sons and three more daughters.
- Great men are not always wise, Nor do the aged always understand justice.
- Elihu was a fourth friend of Job mentioned in the Book of Job. Job 32:9; Modern King James.
- Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.
- Job 31:35; Modern King James.