The holiness, riches, and religious care of Job for his children.
Job 1:1 In the lande of Hus there was a man whose name was Iob: & the same was a perfect & iust man, soch a one as feared God & exchued euell. Job 1:2 And he had seuen sonnes, & thre daughters Job 1:3 His substaunce also was seuen .M. shepe, & thre .M. camels, .v.C. youck of oxen, & fyue .C. she asses, and a very greate housholde: so that he was one of the most principall men among all them of the east countre. Job 1:4 And his sonnes went and made banckettes: one daye in one house, another daye in another, and sent for theyr thre systers, to eat & drincke with them. Job 1:5 And it fortuned, that when they had passed ouer the tyme of their bancketting rounde aboute, Iob sent for them, and sanctified them, and gat vp early, and offered for euery one a brentofferynge. For Iob sayde: lest peraduenture my sonnes haue done some offence, & haue bene vnthankfull to God in their hertes. Thus did Iob euery daye.
Satan, appearing before God, by calumniation obtaineth leave to tempt Job.
Job 1:6 And vpon a daye when the children of God cam & stode before the Lord, it fortuned that Sathan cam also among them. Job 1:7 And the Lorde sayde vnto Sathan. From whence commest thou? Sathan answered the Lord, and sayde: I haue gone about the lande, and walcked thorow it. Job 1:8 And the Lorde sayde vnto Sathan: hast þu not considered my seruaunt Iob, how þt there is none lyke him in the land? a perfect & a iust man: soch a one as feareth God, and exchueth euell? Job 1:9 Sathan answered, and sayde vnto the Lord. Doth Iob feare God for naught? Job 1:10 hast thou not preserued him, & his house, and all þt he hath on euery syde? Thou hast blessed the worckes of hys handes, and hys possessyon is encreased in the lande. Job 1:11 But laye thyne hand now vpon hym and touch all that he hath, and he shal curse the to thy face. Job 1:12 And the Lorde sayde vnto Satan: lo, all that he hath, be in thy power: onely vpon hym selfe se that thou laye not thyne hande. And Satan went forth from the presence of the Lorde.
Understanding of the loss of his goods and children, in his mourning he blesseth God.
Job 1:13 And vpon a certayn daye it fortuned, that his sonnes and daughters were eatyng and drincking wyne in their eldest brothers house, Job 1:14 and there came a messenger vnto Iob, and sayde: Whyle the oxen were a plowyng, and the asses goynge in the pasture besyde them, Job 1:15 the Sabees came in vyolently, and toke them awaye: yee, they haue slayne thy seruauntes with the edge of the sweard, and I onely ranne my waye, to tell the. Job 1:16 Whyle he was yet speakyng, there came another, and sayde: The fyre of God is fallen from heauen, and hath brent vp all thy shepe and seruantes, and consumed them: & I onely ranne my waye, to tell the. Job 1:17 And whyle he was yet speakinge, there came another, and sayde: The Caldees made thre armyes, and fell in vpon the camels, and haue caryed them awaye, yee, and slayne thy seruauntes with the swearde: and I onely am gotten awaye, to tell the. Job 1:18 And whyle he was yet speakyng, there came another, and sayde: Thy sonnes and thy daughters were eatynge and drynckynge wyne in theyr eldest brothers house, Job 1:19 and beholde, there came a myghtye greate wynde out of the south, and smote the foure corners of the house: which fell vpon thy children, and they are deed, and I am gotten a waye alone to tell the. Job 1:20 Then Iob stode vp, and rent his clothes, and shaued hys heade, fell downe vpon the grounde, worshipped, Job 1:21 and sayd: Naked came I out of my mothers wombe, and naked shall I turne thyther agayne. The Lord gaue, and the Lorde hath taken awaye blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:22 In all these thynges dyd Iob not offende, ner murmured foolyshly agaynst God.