Satan appearing again before God obtaineth further leave to tempt Job.
Job 2:1 It happened also vpon a tyme, that when the seruauntes of God came & stode before the Lorde, Sathan came amonge them, and stode before hym. Job 2:2 And the Lorde sayde vnto Sathan: From whence commest thou? Sathan answered & sayde: I haue gone aboute the lande, & walked thorow it. Job 2:3 Then sayde the Lorde vnto Sathan: hast thou not consydered my seruaunt Iob, how that he is an innocent and vertuous man soch one as feareth God, and extrueth euel, and that there is none lyke hym in the land? But thou mouedest me agaynst hym, to punyshe hym: yet is it in vayne, for he contynueth still in his godlynesse. Job 2:4 Sathan answered þe Lorde, and sayde: Skynne for skynne? yee a man will geue all that euer he hath, for his lyfe. Job 2:5 But laye thyne hande vpon him, touche hym ones vpon the bone and fleshe, and (I holde) he shall curse the to thy face. Job 2:6 Then sayde the Lorde vnto Sathan: lo, there hast thou hym in thy power, but spare his lyfe.
He smiteth him with sore boils.
Job 2:7 So went Sathan forth from the Lorde, and smote Iob with maruelous sore byles, from the sole of the fote vnto hys crowne: Job 2:8 so that he sat vpon the grounde in the asshes and scraped of the fylth of hys sores wyth potsherde.
Job reproveth his wife, moving him to curse God.
Job 2:9 Then sayd his wyfe vnto him: Doest thou contynue in thy perfectnes? curse God, and dye. Job 2:10 But Iob sayde vnto her: Thou speakest lyke a folysh woman. Seynge we haue receyued prosperite at the hand of God, wherfore shuld we not be content with aduersyte also? In all these thynges, dyd not Iob synne with his lyppes.
His three friends condole with him in silence.
Job 2:11 Now when Iobs frendes herde of all the trouble, that happened vnto hym, there came thre of them, euery one from hys owne place: namelye, Eliphas the Thamanite, Baldad the Suhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. For they were agreed together to come, to shewe theyr compassyon vpon him, and to comforte hym. Job 2:12 So when they lyfte vp theyr eyes a farre of, they knewe hym not. Then they cryed, and wepte: then euerye one of them rente hys clothes, and sprynckled dust vpon theyr heades in the ayre. Job 2:13 They sat them doune by hym also vpon the grounde .vij. dayes and .vij. nightes. Nether was there eny of them that spake one worde vnto hym, for they sawe that hys payne was verye greate.