1乌斯有一个人名叫约伯，他纯全正直，敬畏上帝，远离罪恶。 2他有七子三女、 3七千只羊、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。 4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。 5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。
6有一天，众天使1:6 “众天使”希伯来文是“上帝的众子”，2:1和38:7同。来朝见耶和华，撒旦也在他们当中。 7耶和华问撒旦：“你从哪里来？”撒旦答道：“我在地上到处游走。” 8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。” 9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。
Job’s Character and Wealth
1There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil. 2 Seven sons and three daughters were born to him. 3 His possessions also were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and very many servants; and that man was the greatest of all the [a]men of the east. 4 His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and [b]Satan also came among them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” 8 The Lord said to Satan, “Have you [c]considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, [d]fearing God and turning away from evil.” 9 Then Satan answered the [e]Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” 12 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your [f]power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord.
Satan Allowed to Test Job
13 Now on the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the [g]donkeys feeding beside them, 15 and [h]the Sabeans [i]attacked and took them. They also [j]slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and [k]I alone have escaped to tell you.” 16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and 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 also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and [l]slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness 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 arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 He said,
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked I shall 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 [m]blame God.
Notas al pie
- Job 1:3 Lit sons
- Job 1:6 I.e. the adversary, and so throughout chs 1 and 2
- Job 1:8 Lit set your heart to
- Job 1:8 Or revering
- Job 1:9 Lit Lord and said
- Job 1:12 Lit hand
- Job 1:14 Lit female donkeys
- Job 1:15 Lit Sheba
- Job 1:15 Lit fell upon
- Job 1:15 Lit smote
- Job 1:15 Lit only I alone, and so also vv 16, 17, 19
- Job 1:17 Lit smote
- Job 1:22 Lit ascribe unseemliness to