1烏斯有一個人名叫約伯，他純全正直，敬畏上帝，遠離罪惡。 2他有七子三女、 3七千隻羊、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。 4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。 5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。
6有一天，眾天使1·6 「眾天使」希伯來文是「上帝的眾子」，2·1和38·7同。來朝見耶和華，撒旦也在他們當中。 7耶和華問撒旦：「你從哪裡來？」撒旦答道：「我在地上到處遊走。」 8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。」 9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。
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。
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. 2Job had seven sons and three daughters. 3He 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.
4His sons used to give feasts in their homes on their birthdays. They would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5The 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.
6One day angels came to the Lord. Satan also came with them. 7The 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.”
8Then 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.”
9“You always give Job everything he needs,” Satan replied. “That’s why he has respect for you. 10Haven’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. 11But 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.”
12The 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.
13One day Job’s sons and daughters were at their oldest brother’s house. They were enjoying good food and drinking wine. 14During that time a messenger came to Job. He said, “The oxen were plowing. The donkeys were eating grass near them. 15Then 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!”
16While 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!”
17While 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!”
18While 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. 19Suddenly 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!”
20After 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. 21He 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.”
22In spite of everything, Job didn’t sin by blaming God for doing anything wrong.