“One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before Yahweh. Satan also came among them. Yahweh said to Satan.
‘Where have you come from?’
Satan answered Yahweh.
‘From going to and fro on the earth,
I am walking up and down on it.’
Yahweh said to Satan.
‘Have you considered my servant Job?
There is no one like him on the earth.
He is a blameless and upright man.
He fears God.
He turns away from evil.’
Then Satan answered Yahweh.
‘Does Job fear God for nothing?
Have you not put a fence around him?
Have you not put a fence around his house and all that he has?
The fence is on every side.
You have blessed the work of his hands.
His possessions have increased in the land.
But stretch out your hand now.
Touch all that he has.
He will curse you to your face.’
Yahweh said to Satan.
All that he has is in your power.
Only do not stretch out your hand against him!’
Satan then went out from the presence of Yahweh.”
Now we have a divine perspective with the 2 main protagonists of the story in a heavenly, other world since Job was not aware of this conversation. Yahweh was the Jewish Israelite God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Satan was the adversary or the powerful evil one, who later became the personification of evil or the devil, just like the serpent in Genesis, chapter 3. The assumption is that everyone knew who they were. Notice that Yahweh and Satan were on good speaking terms with each other. The heavenly beings, or sons of God, are some sort of council with God that is often referred to as the angels of God or some sort of lesser gods, subordinate to the main God. Satan seems to be one of these heavenly subordinate beings or angels. However, he seems more involved with earth. Yahweh started the conversation by asking Satan where he was from. He responded that he had been walking around earth. Yahweh then said that he must have seen his wonderful blameless and upright servant Job, who did no evil. Satan responded that Yahweh had put a fence or hedge all around him. He had blessed his work so that everything increased for him. Satan wanted Yahweh to stretch out his hand and see if he would curse Yahweh. Yahweh said that he would not do that, but he would allow Satan to do whatever he wanted to Job, except personally harm him. So the story begins.