In the land of *hus, there was a man called Job: an innocent and virtuous man, such one as feared God, *exchewed evil. This man had seven sons, and three daughters. His substance was seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred she asses, and a very great household: so that he was one of the most principal men among all them of the east country. And his sons went, and made banquets: one day in one house, another day in another, and sent for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. So when they had passed over the time of their banqueting round about, Job sent for them, and cleansed them again, and gat up early, and offered for everyone a burnt offering. For Job thought thus: peradventure my sons have done some offense, and have been unthankful to God in their hearts. And thus did Job everyday. Now upon the time, when the servants of God came and stood before the Lord, *Sathan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Sathan: From whence comest thou? Sathan answered the Lord, and said: I have gone about the land and walked through it.
Then said the Lord unto Sathan: hast thou not considered my servant Job, and how that he is an innocent and virtuous man: such one as feareth God, and *extueth evil, and that there is none like him in the land? Sathan answered, and said unto the Lord: Doth Job fear God for nought? hast thou not preserved him, his house, and all his substance on every side? hast thou not blessed the work of his hands? Is not his possession is increased in the land? But lay thine hand upon him a little, touch once all that he hath, and ( I hold ) he shall curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Sathan: lo all that he hath, be in thy power: only upon him self see that thou lay not thine hand. Then went Sathan forth from the Lord.
Now upon a certain day when his sons and his daughters were eating, and drinking wine in their eldest brothers house, there came a messenger unto Job, and said: While the oxen were plowing, and the Asses going in the pasture beside them: the *Sabeens came in violently, and took them all away: yee, they have slain thy servants with the sword, and I only ran my way, to tell thee.
And while he was yet speaking, there came another, and said: The fire of God is fallen from heaven, it hath consumed, and burnt up all thy sheep and servants: and I only ran my way , to tell thee. In the mean season while he was yet speaking, there came another, and said: The *Caldees made three armies, and fell upon thy camels, which they have carried away, yee and slain thy servants with the sword: and I only am gotten away, to tell thee: While he was speaking, there came yet another, and said: Thy sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brothers house, and suddenly there came a mighty great wind out of the South, and smote the four corners of the house: which fell upon thy children, so that they are dead: and I am gotten away alone, to tell thee.
Then Job stood up, and rent his clothes, shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, worshipped, and said: Naked came I out of my mothers womb, and naked shall I turn thither again. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, now blessed be the name of the Lord. In all these things did Job not offend, ner murmur foolishly against God.