The Book of Job


Chapter 1

Job, a just and perfect man, is blessed with great riches—Satan obtains permission from the Lord to tempt and try Job—Job’s property and children are destroyed, and yet he praises and blesses the Lord.

Chapter 2

Satan obtains permission from the Lord to afflict Job physically—Job is smitten with boils—Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar come to comfort him.

Chapter 3

Job curses the circumstances of his birth—He asks, Why died I not from the womb?

Chapter 4

Eliphaz reproves Job, asking such questions as, Are the righteous cut off? Shall a man be more pure than his maker?

Chapter 5

Eliphaz counsels Job: Man is born unto trouble, seek unto God, and happy is the man whom God corrects.

Chapter 6

Job bemoans his grief—He prays that God will grant his petitions—Those who are afflicted should be pitied—How forcible are right words!

Chapter 7

Job asks, Is there an appointed time for man on earth? What is man that Thou shouldst magnify him? Why dost Thou not pardon my transgression?

Chapter 8

Bildad asks, Doth God pervert judgment?—Bildad says, Our days upon earth are a shadow, and God will not cast away a perfect man.

Chapter 9

Job acknowledges the justice and greatness of God and concludes that man cannot contend against Him.

Chapter 10

Job is weary of life—He reasons with God about his afflictions—He asks, Why hast Thou brought me forth out of the womb?

Chapter 11

Zophar asks, Canst thou by searching find out God?—Zophar says that the hope of the wicked will fade away as though it had died.

Chapter 12

Job says, The souls of all things are in the hands of the Lord, with the ancient is wisdom, and the Lord governs in all things.

Chapter 13

Job testifies of his confidence in the Lord and says, Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him, and He also will be my salvation.

Chapter 14

Job testifies of the shortness of life, the certainty of death, and the guarantee of a resurrection—He asks, If a man die, will he live again?—Job answers that he will await the Lord’s call to come forth from the grave.

Chapter 15

Eliphaz sets forth the disquietude of wicked men—They do not believe they will return out of darkness and be resurrected.

Chapter 16

Job speaks against the wicked who oppose him—Though even his friends scorn him, he testifies that his witness is in heaven and his record is on high.

Chapter 17

Job speaks of the sorrow of death and of the grave in that day when the body returns to the dust.

Chapter 18

Bildad tells of the damned state of the wicked who know not God.

Chapter 19

Job tells of the ills that have befallen him and then testifies, I know that my Redeemer lives—Job prophesies that he will be resurrected and that in his flesh he will see God.

Chapter 20

Zophar shows the condition of the wicked—He says, The triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment.

Chapter 21

Job admits that the wicked sometimes prosper in this life—Then he testifies that their judgment will be hereafter in the day of wrath and destruction.

Chapter 22

Eliphaz accuses Job of various sins and exhorts him to repent.

Chapter 23

Job seeks the Lord and asserts his own righteousness—He says, When the Lord has tried me, I will come forth as gold.

Chapter 24

Murderers, adulterers, those who oppress the poor, and wicked people in general often go unpunished for a little while.

Chapter 25

Bildad bemoans the lowly state of man and classifies him as a worm.

Chapter 26

Job reproves Bildad’s lack of empathy—He extols the power, greatness, and strength of the Lord.

Chapter 27

Job asserts his righteousness—When the wicked are buried in death, terrors will take hold of them.

Chapter 28

Wealth comes out of the earth—Wisdom cannot be purchased—The fear of the Lord is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.

Chapter 29

Job recalls his former prosperity and greatness—He was blessed because of his righteousness, his charity, and his good deeds.

Chapter 30

Job is derided by the children of vile and base men—In his afflicted state, he cries to the Lord—Job says that he wept for those in trouble.

Chapter 31

Job invites judgment so that God may know his integrity—If he has done ill, Job welcomes the penalties for so doing.

Chapter 32

Elihu, in anger, answers Job and his three friends—Elihu says, There is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty gives understanding—He also says, Great men are not always wise.

Chapter 33

Elihu says, God is greater than man, He speaks to man in dreams and visions, He ransoms those cast into the pit, and He delivers their souls and gives them life.

Chapter 34

Elihu teaches, God cannot be unjust, commit iniquity, pervert judgment, or respect persons—Man should bear chastisement and do iniquity no more.

Chapter 35

Elihu contrasts the weakness of man and the power of God—Our wickedness hurts other men, and our righteousness helps them—Man should trust in the Lord.

Chapter 36

Elihu says, Those who are righteous are prospered—The wicked perish and die without knowledge—Elihu praises the greatness of God.

Chapter 37

Elihu concludes, saying, The Lord controls the laws of nature—God reigns in terrible majesty.

Chapter 38

God asks Job where he was when the foundations of the earth were laid, when the morning stars sang together, and when all the sons of God shouted for joy—The phenomena of nature show the greatness of God and the weakness of man.

Chapter 39

Man’s weakness and ignorance are compared with God’s mighty works—Does man even know how the laws of nature operate?

Chapter 40

The Lord challenges Job, and Job replies humbly—The Lord speaks of His power to Job—He asks, Hast thou an arm like God?—He points to His power in the behemoth.

Chapter 41

The Lord points to His power in the leviathan—All things under the whole heaven are the Lord’s.

Chapter 42

Job repents in dust and ashes—He sees the Lord with his eyes—The Lord chastises Job’s friends, accepts Job, blesses him, and makes his latter days greater than his beginning.