Amplified Bible

Job 1

Job’s Character and Wealth

1[a]There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God [with reverence] and abstained from and turned away from evil [because he honored God]. Seven sons and three daughters were born to him. He also possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke (pairs) of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a very great number of servants, so that this man was the greatest [and wealthiest and most respected] of all the men of the east (northern Arabia). His sons used to go [in turn] and feast in the house of each one on his [b]day, and they would send word and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When the days of their feasting were over, Job would send [for them] and consecrate them, rising early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and [c]cursed God in their hearts.” Job did this at all [such] times.

Now there was a day when the sons of God (angels) came to present themselves before the [d]Lord, and Satan (adversary, accuser) also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Then Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming around on the earth and from walking around on it.” The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered and reflected on My servant Job? For there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God [with reverence] and abstains from and turns away from evil [because he honors God].” Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not put a hedge [of protection] around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands [and conferred prosperity and happiness upon him], and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But put forth Your hand now and touch (destroy) all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face.” 12 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that Job has is in your power, only do not put your hand on the man himself.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord.

Satan Allowed to Test Job

13 Now there was a day when Job’s sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 14 and a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were feeding beside them, 15 and the [e]Sabeans attacked and swooped down on them and took away the animals. They also killed the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 16 While he was still speaking, another [messenger] also came and said, “The fire of God (lightning) has fallen from the heavens and has burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 17 While he was still speaking, another [messenger] also came and said, “The [f]Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and have taken them away and have killed the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 18 While he was still speaking, another [messenger] also came and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and suddenly, a great wind came from across the desert, and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”

20 Then Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head [in mourning for the children], and he fell to the ground and worshiped [God]. 21 He said,

“Naked (without possessions) I came [into this world] from my mother’s womb,
And naked I will return there.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.

Notas al pie

  1. Job 1:1 The written structure of this book is unusual because it combines prose and poetry. No other book in the Bible uses this prose-poetry-prose pattern. Chapters 1 and 2 are prose, and introduce the poetic monologues and dialogues that comprise the essence of the story of Job. The opening verse of each of the intervening chapters is also prose as is the denouement in ch 42:7-17. A slightly longer introductory prose section is in ch 32:1-6a. Job is probably the most ancient book in the Bible and in addition to its biblical message it is highly regarded as a literary masterpiece.
  2. Job 1:4 Lit house of each man his day. It has been inferred by some that his refers to Job, and that his day was Job’s birthday or some other special occasion for him. But the Hebrew wording indicates instead that his refers to each of the brothers in turn, and since there were seven of them, it follows that they held a banquet every day of the week, rotating from house to house, as is also indicated in v 5. This is evidence both of the brothers’ prosperity and the close relationship they maintained with one another.
  3. Job 1:5 Lit blessed, a euphemism for “cursed.” The very idea of cursing God was so repugnant and sacrilegious to the godly that they would not use the word in speech or thought.
  4. Job 1:6 Heb YHWH (Yahweh), and so throughout chs 1, 2, 12, 38, 40, 42.
  5. Job 1:15 Terrorizing robbers from SW Arabia.
  6. Job 1:17 Marauding nomads from the Arabian desert. Much later the Chaldeans became the dominant people in the Babylonian Empire.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

约伯记 1


1乌斯有一个人名叫约伯,他纯全正直,敬畏上帝,远离罪恶。 他有七子三女、 七千只羊、三千只骆驼、五百对牛、五百头母驴及许多仆婢。他在东方人中最富有。 约伯的儿子们经常轮流在自己家里设宴,派人邀请他们的三个姊妹来一起吃喝。 宴会的日子结束后,约伯便派人召来他的儿女,为他们行洁净礼。他清早起来,为他们每个人献上燔祭,因为他想:“也许我的孩子们犯了罪,心中亵渎了上帝。”约伯常常这样做。


有一天,众天使[a]来朝见耶和华,撒旦也在他们当中。 耶和华问撒旦:“你从哪里来?”撒旦答道:“我在地上到处游走。” 耶和华问撒旦:“你注意到我的仆人约伯了吗?世上没有人像他那样纯全正直,敬畏我,远离罪恶。” 撒旦说:“约伯敬畏你难道无缘无故吗? 10 你岂不是像篱笆一样四面保护他及其全家和一切产业吗?你使他事事蒙福,牛羊遍地。 11 倘若你伸手毁坏他拥有的一切,他必当面亵渎你。” 12 耶和华对撒旦说:“好吧,他的一切都在你手中,但不可伤害他。”撒旦便从耶和华面前退去。


13 有一天,约伯的儿女正在长兄家吃喝, 14 有报信的人来对约伯说:“牛正在耕田、驴正在旁边吃草的时候, 15 示巴人忽然来袭,抢走了牲口,用刀杀了你的仆人,只有我一人逃脱来向你报信。” 16 话音未落,又有人来报信说:“上帝的火从天而降,烧死了羊群和牧人,只有我一人逃脱来向你报信。” 17 话音未落,又有人来报信说:“迦勒底人分三队来袭,抢走了骆驼,用刀杀了你的仆人,只有我一人逃脱来向你报信。” 18 话音未落,又有人来报信说:“你的儿女正在长兄家吃喝的时候, 19 忽然从旷野刮来一阵狂风,摧毁了房子四角,房子倒塌,压死了屋里所有的人,只有我一人逃脱来向你报信。”

20 约伯站起来,撕裂外袍,剃掉头发,俯伏在地上敬拜, 21 说:“我从母腹赤身而来,也必赤身而去。赏赐的是耶和华,收回的也是耶和华。耶和华的名当受称颂!” 22 约伯遭此不幸,仍没有犯罪,也没有埋怨上帝。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:6 众天使”希伯来文是“上帝的众子”,2:138:7同。