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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.

New International Reader's Version

Job 1

The Story Begins

1There was a man who lived in the land of Uz. His name was Job. He was honest. He did what was right. He had respect for God and avoided evil. Job had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7,000 sheep and 3,000 camels. He owned 500 pairs of oxen and 500 donkeys. He also had a large number of servants. He was the most important man among all the people in the east.

His sons used to give feasts in their homes on their birthdays. They would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. The time for enjoying good food would end. Then Job would make plans for his children to be made pure and “clean.” He would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them. He would do it early in the morning. He would think, “Perhaps my children have sinned. Maybe they have spoken evil things against God in their hearts.” That’s what Job always did for his children when he felt they had sinned.

One day angels came to the Lord. Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

Satan answered, “From traveling all around the earth. I’ve been going from one end of it to the other.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you thought about my servant Job? There isn’t anyone on earth like him. He is honest. He does what is right. He has respect for God and avoids evil.”

“You always give Job everything he needs,” Satan replied. “That’s why he has respect for you. 10 Haven’t you guarded him and his family? Haven’t you taken care of everything he has? You have blessed everything he does. His flocks and herds are spread all through the land. 11 But now reach out your hand and strike down everything he has. Then I’m sure he will speak evil things against you. In fact, he’ll do it right in front of you.”

12 The Lord said to Satan, “All right. I am handing everything he has over to you. But do not touch the man himself.”

Then Satan left the Lord and went on his way.

13 One day Job’s sons and daughters were at their oldest brother’s house. They were enjoying good food and drinking wine. 14 During that time a messenger came to Job. He said, “The oxen were plowing. The donkeys were eating grass near them. 15 Then the Sabeans attacked us and carried off the animals. They killed some of the servants with their swords. I’m the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

16 While he was still speaking, a second messenger came. He said, “God sent lightning from the sky. It struck the sheep and killed them. It burned up some of the servants. I’m the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

17 While he was still speaking, a third messenger came. He said, “The Chaldeans separated themselves into three groups. They attacked your camels and carried them off. They killed the rest of the servants with their swords. I’m the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

18 While he was still speaking, a fourth messenger came. He said, “Your sons and daughters were at their oldest brother’s house. They were enjoying good food and drinking wine. 19 Suddenly a strong wind blew in from the desert. It struck the four corners of the house. The house fell down on your children. Now all of them are dead. I’m the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

20 After Job heard all these reports, he got up and tore his robe. He shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground and worshiped the Lord. 21 He said,

“I was born naked.
    And I’ll leave here naked.
The Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away.
    May the name of the Lord be praised.”

22 In spite of everything, Job didn’t sin by blaming God for doing anything wrong.