The Message

Job 1

11-3 Job was a man who lived in Uz. He was honest inside and out, a man of his word, who was totally devoted to God and hated evil with a passion. He had seven sons and three daughters. He was also very wealthy—seven thousand head of sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred teams of oxen, five hundred donkeys, and a huge staff of servants—the most influential man in all the East!

4-5 His sons used to take turns hosting parties in their homes, always inviting their three sisters to join them in their merrymaking. When the parties were over, Job would get up early in the morning and sacrifice a burnt offering for each of his children, thinking, “Maybe one of them sinned by defying God inwardly.” Job made a habit of this sacrificial atonement, just in case they’d sinned.

The First Test: Family and Fortune

6-7 One day when the angels came to report to God, Satan, who was the Designated Accuser, came along with them. God singled out Satan and said, “What have you been up to?”

Satan answered God, “Going here and there, checking things out on earth.”

God said to Satan, “Have you noticed my friend Job? There’s no one quite like him—honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil.”

9-10 Satan retorted, “So do you think Job does all that out of the sheer goodness of his heart? Why, no one ever had it so good! You pamper him like a pet, make sure nothing bad ever happens to him or his family or his possessions, bless everything he does—he can’t lose!

11 “But what do you think would happen if you reached down and took away everything that is his? He’d curse you right to your face, that’s what.”

12 God replied, “We’ll see. Go ahead—do what you want with all that is his. Just don’t hurt him.” Then Satan left the presence of God.

13-15 Sometime later, while Job’s children were having one of their parties at the home of the oldest son, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys grazing in the field next to us when Sabeans attacked. They stole the animals and killed the field hands. I’m the only one to get out alive and tell you what happened.”

16 While he was still talking, another messenger arrived and said, “Bolts of lightning struck the sheep and the shepherds and fried them—burned them to a crisp. I’m the only one to get out alive and tell you what happened.”

17 While he was still talking, another messenger arrived and said, “Chaldeans coming from three directions raided the camels and massacred the camel drivers. I’m the only one to get out alive and tell you what happened.”

18-19 While he was still talking, another messenger arrived and said, “Your children were having a party at the home of the oldest brother when a tornado swept in off the desert and struck the house. It collapsed on the young people and they died. I’m the only one to get out alive and tell you what happened.”

20 Job got to his feet, ripped his robe, shaved his head, then fell to the ground and worshiped:

21 Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
    naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth.
God gives, God takes.
    God’s name be ever blessed.

22 Not once through all this did Job sin; not once did he blame God.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

约伯记 1


1乌斯有一个人名叫约伯,他纯全正直,敬畏上帝,远离罪恶。 他有七子三女、 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。 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。 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。


有一天,众天使[a]来朝见耶和华,撒旦也在他们当中。 耶和华问撒旦:“你从哪里来?”撒旦答道:“我在地上到处游走。” 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。” 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。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:6 众天使”希伯来文是“上帝的众子”,2:138:7同。