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Job 1

Jobs rigdom og gudfrygtighed

1En mand ved navn Job boede i området Utz.[a] Han var en retskaffen og gudfrygtig mand, der gjorde sit bedste for ikke at synde imod Gud. 2-3 Han havde syv sønner og tre døtre, og han var meget rig. Han ejede 7000 får, 3000 kameler, 500 par okser, 500 hunæsler samt et stort antal tjenestefolk, så han var den rigeste mand i området øst for Israel.

Jobs sønner elskede at holde fest på omgang hos hinanden. De inviterede altid deres tre søstre med, og der blev spist og drukket i flere dage. Hver gang en sådan fest var forbi, sendte Job bud efter dem, for at de kunne gennemgå en renselsesceremoni. Han stod op tidligt om morgenen og bragte et brændoffer for hver af dem for at bede Gud om tilgivelse, hvis de i festens kådhed var kommet til at synde mod Gud og i tankerne havde forbandet ham.

Gud tillader Satan at sætte Job på prøve

En dag, da englene[b] trådte frem for Herren, var også Satan[c] iblandt dem.

„Hvad har du bedrevet, Satan?” spurgte Herren.

„Jeg har gennemtravet jorden på kryds og tværs!” svarede Satan.

„Nå, det har du,” fortsatte Herren. „Lagde du mærke til min tjener Job? Han er enestående blandt mennesker, en retskaffen og gudfrygtig mand, der gør sit bedste for ikke at begå nogen synd.”

„Det er da klart,” indvendte Satan. 10 „Du har jo altid holdt hånden over ham og hans familie og alt, hvad han ejer. Du har velsignet ham på alle måder. Se bare, hvor rig han er blevet! 11 Men prøv engang at tage hans rigdom fra ham, så skal jeg love dig for, at han vil forbande dig lige op i dit åbne ansigt!”

12 Da svarede Herren: „Gør, hvad du vil, med hans rigdom, Satan, men du må ikke gøre ham selv fortræd.”

Så gik Satan bort fra Herren.

13 Ulykken ramte Job en dag, hvor hans sønner og døtre holdt fest hjemme hos den ældste bror. 14-15 Først kom en mand løbende hen til Job og råbte: „Da vi var ved at pløje med okserne, og æslerne gik og græssede i nærheden, overfaldt sabæerne[d] os pludselig! De stjal alle dyrene og dræbte dine arbejdere. Jeg var den eneste, der undslap.”

16 Mens han endnu talte, kom en anden mand løbende med følgende besked: „Der brød et uvejr løs, og lynene slog ned og dræbte både fårene og hyrderne. Jeg var den eneste, der undslap.”

17 Mens han endnu talte, kom en tredje mand løbende med flere dårlige nyheder: „Vi blev pludselig overfaldet af tre kaldæiske røverbander, som stjal alle kamelerne og dræbte dine arbejdere. Jeg var den eneste, der undslap.”

18 Mens han endnu talte, kom en fjerde mand løbende med den værste besked af alle: „Dine sønner og døtre var samlet til fest i din ældste søns hus. 19 Men pludselig kom en kraftig ørkenstorm og rystede huset så voldsomt, at det styrtede sammen og begravede dine børn. De omkom alle, og jeg var den eneste, der undslap.”

20 Da rejste Job sig og rev sin kappe itu som udtryk for sin dybe sorg og fortvivlelse. Derefter barberede han alt sit hår af og kastede sig til jorden for Guds ansigt. 21 „Nøgen kom jeg til verden, og nøgen skal jeg herfra!” sagde han. „Herren gav, og Herren tog. Al ære tilkommer ham!”

22 På trods af denne tragedie syndede Job ikke. Han anklagede ikke Gud for det, der var sket.

Notas al pie

  1. 1,1 Dette område menes at ligge i det nuværende Jordan, ikke langt fra Amman.
  2. 1,6 Ordret: „Guds sønner”, som her henviser til de overnaturlige væsener, Gud skabte og brugte som sine sendebud og tjenere. Det samme gælder for Job 2,1 og 38,7.
  3. 1,6 Navnet „Satan” betyder „modstander, anklager”.
  4. 1,14-15 Sabæerne boede øst for Det Røde Hav og er bl.a. kendt fra dronningen af Saba.

King James Version

Job 1

1There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:

14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:

15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:

19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.