Satan asks God to take away Job's blessings and says his faith will disappear.
God agrees to the scheme, and Satan, measure by measure, takes away Job's possessions and his children and inflicts him with physical suffering.
Job's condition is so pitiful that when friends find him, they remain silent for a week.
To Job's surprise, the Lord responds to him in a storm.
To Job's intense questioning, God basically says, "My reasons are none of your business.