Job 2:4
New International Version
"Skin for skin!" Satan replied. "A man will give all he has for his own life.

New Living Translation
Satan replied to the LORD, "Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life.

English Standard Version
Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life.

Berean Study Bible
“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give up all he owns in exchange for his life.

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

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

Christian Standard Bible
"Skin for skin!" Satan answered the LORD. "A man will give up everything he owns in exchange for his life.

Contemporary English Version
Satan answered, "There's no pain like your own. People will do anything to stay alive.

Good News Translation
Satan replied, "A person will give up everything in order to stay alive.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Skin for skin!" Satan answered the LORD. "A man will give up everything he owns in exchange for his life.

International Standard Version
Satan answered the LORD, "Skin for skin! The man will give up everything that he owns in exchange for his health.

NET Bible
But Satan answered the LORD, "Skin for skin! Indeed, a man will give up all that he has to save his life!

New Heart English Bible
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, "Skin for skin. Indeed, all that a man has he will give for his life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Satan answered the LORD, "Skin for skin! Certainly, a man will give everything he has for his life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Satan answered the LORD, and said: 'Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

New American Standard 1977
And Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Satan answered the LORD and said, Skin for skin, all that a man has he will give for his life.

King James 2000 Bible
And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man has will he give for his life.

American King James Version
And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yes, all that a man has will he give for his life.

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the devil answered and said to the Lord, Skin for skin, all that a man has will he give as a ransom for his life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Satan answered, and said: Skin for skin, and all that a man hath he will give for his life:

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

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

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
And the Adversary answereth Jehovah and saith, 'A skin for a skin, and all that a man hath he doth give for his life.
Study Bible
Job Loses His Health
3Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one on earth like him—blameless and upright, fearing God and shunning evil. He still retains his integrity, even though you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause.” 4“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give up all he owns in exchange for his life. 5But stretch out Your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse You to Your face.”…
Cross References
Job 2:3
Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one on earth like him--blameless and upright, fearing God and shunning evil. He still retains his integrity, even though you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause."

Job 2:5
But stretch out Your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse You to Your face."

Treasury of Scripture

And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yes, all that a man has will he give for his life.

all that.

Esther 7:3,4
Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request: …

Isaiah 2:20,21
In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; …

Jeremiah 41:8
But ten men were found among them that said unto Ishmael, Slay us not: for we have treasures in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he forbare, and slew them not among their brethren.







Lexicon
“Skin
ע֣וֹר (‘ō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5785: Skin, hide, leather

for
בְּעַד־ (bə·‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 1157: In up to, over against, at, beside, among, behind, for

skin!”
ע֗וֹר (‘ō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5785: Skin, hide, leather

Satan
הַשָּׂטָ֛ן (haś·śā·ṭān)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7854: An opponent -- Satan, the arch-enemy of good

replied.
וַיַּ֧עַן (way·ya·‘an)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond

“A man
לָאִ֔ישׁ (lā·’îš)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

will give up
יִתֵּ֖ן (yit·tên)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

all
וְכֹל֙ (wə·ḵōl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

he owns
אֲשֶׁ֣ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

in exchange for
בְּעַ֥ד (bə·‘aḏ)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 1157: In up to, over against, at, beside, among, behind, for

his life.
נַפְשֽׁוֹ׃ (nap̄·šōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion
(4) Skin for skin.--This is a more extreme form of the insinuation of Job 1:9. He means Job takes care to have his quid pro quo; and if the worst come to the worst, a man will give up everything to save his life. If, therefore, Job can save his life at the price of subservience to God, he will willingly pay that price rather than die; but his service is worth no more than that selfish object implies.

Verse 4. - And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin. No doubt a proverbial expression, resembling "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth; Tit for tat," and the like; but not expressive of retaliation. Satan means that, to keep his own "skin" intact, a man will sacrifice another's "skin;" even that of his nearest and dearest. Job, he insinuates, submitted to the loss of his children without a murmur, because he feared that otherwise God would stretch forth his hand against his person, and smite it or destroy it. He cannot imagine any motive for submission and apparent resignation but a selfish one (comp. Job 1:9). Yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life; i.e. "a man will submit to the loss, not only of all his possessions, but even of those whom he loves best, to save his own life - he will do anything for that." So the "false accuser." All the numerous acts of self-sacrifice which human history presents, and has presented from the first, are ignored. 2:1-6. How well is it for us, that neither men nor devils are to be our judges! but all our judgment comes from the Lord, who never errs. Job holds fast his integrity still, as his weapon. God speaks with pleasure of the power of his own grace. Self-love and self-preservation are powerful in the hearts of men. But Satan accuses Job, representing him as wholly selfish, and minding nothing but his own ease and safety. Thus are the ways and people of God often falsely blamed by the devil and his agents. Permission is granted to Satan to make trial, but with a limit. If God did not chain up the roaring lion, how soon would he devour us! Job, thus slandered by Satan, was a type of Christ, the first prophecy of whom was, that Satan should bruise his heel, and be foiled.
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