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
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[a]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。