New International Reader's Version

Job 1:1-22

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.

Japanese Contemporary Bible

ヨブ 記 1:1-22



1ウツの国にヨブという人が住んでいました。ヨブは人格者で、神を敬い、悪から遠ざかって生活していました。 2-3彼は子だくさんで、息子が七人、娘が三人もいました。それに、羊七千頭、らくだ三千頭、牛五百くびき、雌ろば五百頭がいる上に、大ぜいの召使をかかえていました。名実ともに、その地方きっての資産家だったのです。

4毎年、ヨブの息子たちは、お互いの誕生日ごとに、兄弟姉妹を自宅に招いて祝いました。 5その誕生パーティーが一通り終わると、ヨブは決まって子どもたちを呼び寄せ、彼らの身をきよめる儀式を行いました。ヨブは朝早く起き、子どもたち一人一人のために、焼き尽くすいけにえをささげるのです。ヨブは口ぐせのように、「息子たちが、もしかしたら罪を犯し、心の中で神に背いたかもしれない」と言っていたからで、彼はいつもそのようにしていました。

6ある日、御使いたちが主の前に出た時のことです。その中に、告発者のサタンもいました。 7主はサタンに聞きました。「おまえはどこから来たのか。」「地上を歩き回って、いろいろと見てきたところです。」 8「わたしのしもべヨブを知っているか。彼は世界で一番の人格者で、神を敬い、一点の非の打ちどころもない人物だ。」 9「それは当然です。あなたが特別に心にかけているのだから。 10あなたはいつも、ヨブとその家庭、持ち物を守り、ヨブのすることは何でも栄えるように目をかけています。これでは、金がうなるほどあっても不思議はありません。あなたを拝むふりをして当然です。 11一度ヨブの財産を取り上げてみたら、きっとヨブはあなたをのろうでしょう。」 12-13「では、ヨブの財産のことは、おまえの好きなようにしてよい。ただ、ヨブの体に触れてはならない。」


14-15使者がヨブの家に飛んで来て、悲報を伝えたのです。「大変です! 牛が畑を耕し、そばでろばが草を食べているところへ、いきなりシェバ人が襲いかかりました。家畜はさらわれ、労働者たちは皆殺しです。どうにか助かったのは私一人です。」


17この男が報告し終えないうちに、もう一人の使者が息せき切って駆け込んで来ました。「だんな様! 三組のカルデヤ人の野盗がらくだを奪い、召使たちを殺しました。私一人が、何とか逃げて来たのです。」

18彼がなおも話している間に、さらにもう一人が駆けつけました。「お子さんたちが大変です。皆さん、ご長男の家で宴会を開いておいででした。 19すると突然、砂漠の方から大風が吹きつけて、家を直撃したのです。それで屋根が落ち、その下敷きになって、皆さんお亡くなりに……。私だけが、どうにか命拾いをしました。」

20この時ヨブは立ち上がり、悲しみのあまり上着を引き裂き、地にひれ伏して、 21神に言いました。