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 (Traditional)

約伯記 1

約伯的敬虔

1烏斯有一個人名叫約伯,他純全正直,敬畏上帝,遠離罪惡。 他有七子三女、 七千隻羊、三千隻駱駝、五百對牛、五百頭母驢及許多僕婢。他在東方人中最富有。 約伯的兒子們經常輪流在自己家裡設宴,派人邀請他們的三個姊妹來一起吃喝。 宴會的日子結束後,約伯便派人召來他的兒女,為他們行潔淨禮。他清早起來,為他們每個人獻上燔祭,因為他想:「也許我的孩子們犯了罪,心中褻瀆了上帝。」約伯常常這樣做。

撒旦控告約伯

有一天,眾天使[a]來朝見耶和華,撒旦也在他們當中。 耶和華問撒旦:「你從哪裡來?」撒旦答道:「我在地上到處遊走。」 耶和華問撒旦:「你注意到我的僕人約伯了嗎?世上沒有人像他那樣純全正直,敬畏我,遠離罪惡。」 撒旦說:「約伯敬畏你難道無緣無故嗎? 10 你豈不是像籬笆一樣四面保護他及其全家和一切產業嗎?你使他事事蒙福,牛羊遍地。 11 倘若你伸手毀壞他擁有的一切,他必當面褻瀆你。」 12 耶和華對撒旦說:「好吧,他的一切都在你手中,但不可傷害他。」撒旦便從耶和華面前退去。

約伯失去所有

13 有一天,約伯的兒女正在長兄家吃喝, 14 有報信的人來對約伯說:「牛正在耕田、驢正在旁邊吃草的時候, 15 示巴人忽然來襲,搶走了牲口,用刀殺了你的僕人,只有我一人逃脫來向你報信。」 16 話音未落,又有人來報信說:「上帝的火從天而降,燒死了羊群和牧人,只有我一人逃脫來向你報信。」 17 話音未落,又有人來報信說:「迦勒底人分三隊來襲,搶走了駱駝,用刀殺了你的僕人,只有我一人逃脫來向你報信。」 18 話音未落,又有人來報信說:「你的兒女正在長兄家吃喝的時候, 19 忽然從曠野颳來一陣狂風,摧毀了房子四角,房子倒塌,壓死了屋裡所有的人,只有我一人逃脫來向你報信。」

20 約伯站起來,撕裂外袍,剃掉頭髮,俯伏在地上敬拜, 21 說:「我從母腹赤身而來,也必赤身而去。賞賜的是耶和華,收回的也是耶和華。耶和華的名當受稱頌!」 22 約伯遭此不幸,仍沒有犯罪,也沒有埋怨上帝。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·6 眾天使」希伯來文是「上帝的眾子」,2·138·7同。