Job 2:4

“And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skinne for skinne, yea all that a man hath, wil he giue for his life.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Satan answered Jehovah, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Satan said in answer to the Lord, Skin for skin, all a man has he will give for his life.
- Basic English Bible

And Satan answered Jehovah and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life;
- Darby Bible

And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, even, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
- Webster's Bible

Satan answered Yahweh, and said, "Skin for skin. Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.
- World English Bible

And the Adversary answereth Jehovah and saith, `A skin for a skin, and all that a man hath he doth give for his life.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Satan answered the LORD, and said: 'Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Job 2:4


2:4 Skin, &c. - The sense is, this is so far from being an evidence of Job's sincere and generous piety, that it is only an act of mere self - love; he is contented with the loss of his estate, and children too, so long as he sleeps in a whole skin; and he is well pleased, that thou wilt accept of these a ransom in his stead; and it is not true patience which makes him seem to bear his crosses so submissively, but policy, that he may appease thy wrath against him, and prevent those farther plagues, which, for his hypocrisy, he fears thou wilt otherwise bring upon his own carcase.


Discussion for Job 2:4

  • Satan is saying Not without reason. You have given him this and You have given him that but You put his skin to the test and he will literally sell his soul to maintain, rescue, protect his flesh. In essence, Satan is belligerent. He is talking to God flippantly from going up and down in the world. He is so sure of himself because of a previous incident he orchestrated, Gen 3 17 also ended in skin for skin. Actually he is arrogant enough to believe this. So now he is convinced that he can work Job like he did Adam and Eve and bring about a down fall. But Job showed him a thing or two. Briefly, it 's just a test. God test hearts and weighs spirits. Also Satan said, from going up and down. God knows that ain 't nothing new under the sun. He already knows the answer. He already worked it. It 's why Job was chosen. He was born for that very event. As pharaoh was for his. Nebuchadnezzar for his. Moses for his. In the end God will be glorified. Elihu said it best. Job it ain 't about you, it 's about God. Glory, honor, praise, fame is for God. The devil is mighty, but my God is Almighty! Amen

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