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 (Traditional)

約伯記 1


1烏斯有一個人名叫約伯,他純全正直,敬畏上帝,遠離罪惡。 他有七子三女、 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。 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。 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。


有一天,眾天使[a]來朝見耶和華,撒旦也在他們當中。 耶和華問撒旦:「你從哪裡來?」撒旦答道:「我在地上到處遊走。」 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。」 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。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·6 眾天使」希伯來文是「上帝的眾子」,2·138·7同。