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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.

Japanese Living Bible

ヨブ 記 1

プロローグ

1ウツの国にヨブという人が住んでいました。ヨブは人格者で、神を敬い、悪から遠ざかって生活していました。 2-3 彼は子だくさんで、息子が七人、娘が三人もいました。それに、羊七千頭、らくだ三千頭、牛五百くびき、雌ろば五百頭がいる上に、大ぜいの召使をかかえていました。名実ともに、その地方きっての資産家だったのです。

毎年、ヨブの息子たちは、お互いの誕生日ごとに、兄弟姉妹を自宅に招いて祝いました。 その誕生パーティーが一通り終わると、ヨブは決まって子どもたちを呼び寄せ、彼らの身をきよめる儀式を行いました。ヨブは朝早く起き、子どもたち一人一人のために、焼き尽くすいけにえをささげるのです。ヨブは口ぐせのように、「息子たちが、もしかしたら罪を犯し、心の中で神に背いたかもしれない」と言っていたからで、彼はいつもそのようにしていました。

ある日、御使いたちが主の前に出た時のことです。その中に、告発者のサタンもいました。 主はサタンに聞きました。「おまえはどこから来たのか。」「地上を歩き回って、いろいろと見てきたところです。」 「わたしのしもべヨブを知っているか。彼は世界で一番の人格者で、神を敬い、一点の非の打ちどころもない人物だ。」 「それは当然です。あなたが特別に心にかけているのだから。 10 あなたはいつも、ヨブとその家庭、持ち物を守り、ヨブのすることは何でも栄えるように目をかけています。これでは、金がうなるほどあっても不思議はありません。あなたを拝むふりをして当然です。 11 一度ヨブの財産を取り上げてみたら、きっとヨブはあなたをのろうでしょう。」 12-13 「では、ヨブの財産のことは、おまえの好きなようにしてよい。ただ、ヨブの体に触れてはならない。」

こうして、サタンは出て行きました。それからしばらくして、ヨブの息子、娘たちが長兄の家で祝宴を張っている時、悲劇の幕が切って落とされました。

14-15 使者がヨブの家に飛んで来て、悲報を伝えたのです。「大変です! 牛が畑を耕し、そばでろばが草を食べているところへ、いきなりシェバ人が襲いかかりました。家畜はさらわれ、労働者たちは皆殺しです。どうにか助かったのは私一人です。」

16 彼の話がまだ終わらないうちに、別の使いが、いっそう悪い知らせを伝えました。「恐ろしいことです。神の火が天から下って、羊と牧童を残らず焼き殺しました。難を免れたのは私だけです。」

17 この男が報告し終えないうちに、もう一人の使者が息せき切って駆け込んで来ました。「だんな様! 三組のカルデヤ人の野盗がらくだを奪い、召使たちを殺しました。私一人が、何とか逃げて来たのです。」

18 彼がなおも話している間に、さらにもう一人が駆けつけました。「お子さんたちが大変です。皆さん、ご長男の家で宴会を開いておいででした。 19 すると突然、砂漠の方から大風が吹きつけて、家を直撃したのです。それで屋根が落ち、その下敷きになって、皆さんお亡くなりに……。私だけが、どうにか命拾いをしました。」

20 この時ヨブは立ち上がり、悲しみのあまり上着を引き裂き、地にひれ伏して、 21 神に言いました。

「生まれてきた時、私は裸でした。
死ぬ時も、何一つ持って行けません。
私の持ち物は全部、主が下さったものです。
ですから、主はそれを取り上げる権利もお持ちです。
いつでも、どんなときでも、
主の御名がたたえられますように。」

22 このような事態になっても、ヨブは罪を犯したり、神を悪しざまに言ったりしませんでした。