Job 1:1-12

Satan meets with God

1 Many years ago, a man lived in a place called Uz. His name was Job and he was a very good man. He was fair to everybody and he did the right things. He was afraid to make God angry. And he refused to do wrong things. 2 Job had seven sons and three daughters. 3 He had 7,000 sheep and 3,000 camels. He had 500 pairs of oxen and 500 donkeys. And he had many servants. There was no one in the east part of the world who was richer than Job.

4 Each year, Job's sons had birthday parties in their homes. They had lots to eat and lots to drink. And they always asked their three sisters to come. 5 After each party, Job would ask his children to visit him. He thought that they might have done wrong things. Or perhaps they had had wrong thoughts about God. So he would get up early the next morning and sacrifice an animal to God for each of them. They might have done wrong things. So he would ask God to forgive them for those things.

6 One day, the Lord's angels came to him in heaven. And Satan came with them. 7 The Lord asked Satan where he had been. Satan replied, ‘I have been going all over the earth. I have been watching the things that happen there.’

1:6When we write Lord like this, it is a special name for God. Sometimes people write it as ‘Yahweh’, or as ‘Jehovah’. It is his own name that he told Moses. See Exodus 3:14. It means ‘I am who I am’. This shows that God has always been there and he always will be there.
1:6Some of the events that you read about in this part of the book happen in heaven. Job does not know anything about these events. So he does not know why all the bad things have happened. But he still wants us to worship God.

8 Then the Lord asked Satan, ‘You have seen Job, who is my servant. What do you think about him? There is no one on earth that is like him. He is a very good person. He is afraid to make me angry and he obeys me. He refuses to do things that are wrong.’

9 ‘He may be afraid to make you angry and he may obey you,’

Satan replied. ‘There are good reasons why he does that. 10 You do not let any bad things happen to him. So he knows that he will be safe. You do this for all his family. You make sure that all his things are safe. You have helped his business so that he has become very rich. He has many sheep and lots of cows. 11 But take away the things that he has. Then he will certainly let you know that he is cursing you.’

12 So the Lord told Satan, ‘Job has many things. Do what you want with any of them. But do not hurt Job's body.’

Then Satan left God.