Job 1:13-22

Satan destroys everything that Job has

13 Job's sons and daughters were at a party in the home of his oldest son. 14 A servant rushed up to Job. He told him about things that had just happened. This is what the servant told Job. ‘We were using your oxen to plough the fields. Near where we worked, your donkeys were eating grass in a field. 15 Some bad men from the south came and they attacked us. They took the oxen and the donkeys. And they killed all your servants except me. Instead, I ran away. And I have come to tell you what has happened.’

16 That servant was still speaking, when a second servant ran up to Job. He said, ‘God has sent a fire that has killed your sheep and all your servants except me. And I have come to tell you what has happened.’

17 Before that servant had finished speaking, a third servant ran up to Job. He said, ‘Bad men from the north have attacked your camels and they have taken them away. They killed all your servants except me. Instead, I ran away. And I have come to tell you what has happened.’

18 That servant was still speaking, when a fourth servant ran up to Job. He said, ‘Your children were at a party. They were drinking wine at the home of your oldest son. 19 There was a bad storm and the wind destroyed the house. The house fell on all your children and it killed them. But I am still alive. And I have come to tell you what has happened.’

20 When Job heard all this he was very sad. He tore his clothes and he cut off all his hair. He did this because he was so sad. Then he bent his body to the ground and he worshipped God. 21 And he said, ‘When we are born we have nothing. When we die, we take nothing with us. God has given to us all the things that we have. Sometimes he takes away the things that we have. Only the Lord gives us things. It is only the Lord that takes them away again. But I will still praise the name of the Lord!’

22 Even after all the things that had happened, Job still did not do wrong things. Nor did he say that God had done anything wrong.