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Againe there was a day when the sonnes of God came to present themselues before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himselfe before the Lord.
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And the Lord said vnto Satan, From whence commest thou?
And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to & fro in the earth, and from walking vp and downe in it.
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And the Lord said vnto Satan, Hast thou considered my seruant Iob, that there is none like him in the earth;
a perfect and an vpright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth euill?
and still hee holdeth fast his integritie, although thou moouedst mee against him, to destroy him without cause.
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And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skinne for skinne, yea all that a man hath, wil he giue for his life.
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But put foorth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
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And the Lord said vnto Satan, Behold, hee is in thine hand, but saue his life.
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So went Satan foorth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Iob with sore biles, from the sole of his foote vnto his crowne.
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And hee tooke him a potsheard to scrape himselfe withall;
and hee sate downe among the ashes.
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Then saide his wife vnto him, Doest thou still reteine thine integritie?
Curse God, and die.
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But he said vnto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh;
what?
shall wee receiue good at the hand of God, and shall wee not receiue euill?
In all this did not Iob sinne with his lippes.
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Now when Iobs three friends heard of all this euill, that was come vpon him, they came euery one from his owne place: Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite;
for they had made an appointment together to come to mourne with him, and to comfort him.
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And when they lift vp their eyes afarre off, and knew him not, they lifted vp their voice, and wept;
and they rent euery one his mantle, and sprinckled dust vpon their heades toward heauen.
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So they sate downe with him vpon the ground seuen dayes, and seuen nights, and none spake a word vnto him;
for they saw that his griefe was very great.