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.
Sehemu Ya Kwanza: Habari Za Awali
Ayubu Na Jamaa Yake
11:1 Mwa 22:21; Yak 5:11; Eze 14:14, 20; Mit 8:13; Mwa 10:23; 6:9; 22:12; Ay 23:7, 10; 2:3; Za 11:7; 107:42; Mit 21:29; Mik 7:2; Kum 4:6; 1The 5:22Katika nchi ya Usi paliishi mtu ambaye aliitwa Ayubu. Mtu huyu alikuwa hana hatia, naye alikuwa mkamilifu; alimcha Mungu na kuepukana na uovu. 21:2 Za 127:3; Rut 4:15; Ay 1:13, 18; 42:13; Za 144:12Alikuwa na wana saba na binti watatu, 31:3 Ay 29:25; Mwa 13:2; 12:16; Ay 1:8; Mwa 25:6; Ay 42:10; Za 103:10naye alikuwa na kondoo elfu saba, ngamia elfu tatu, jozi mia tano za maksai, na punda mia tano, tena alikuwa na idadi kubwa ya watumishi. Alikuwa mtu mkuu sana miongoni mwa watu wa Mashariki.
41:4 Ay 1:13, 18Wanawe walikuwa na desturi ya kufanya karamu katika nyumba zao kwa zamu, nao wangewaalika umbu zao watatu ili kula na kunywa pamoja nao. 51:5 Mwa 8:20; Ay 42:8; 1Fal 21:10-13; Za 74:10; Neh 12:30; Ay 8:4; Za 10:3Wakati kipindi cha karamu kilimalizika, Ayubu angetuma waitwe na kuwafanyia utakaso. Angetoa dhabihu ya sadaka ya kuteketezwa kwa ajili ya kila mmoja wao asubuhi na mapema, akifikiri, “Pengine wanangu wametenda dhambi na kumlaani Mungu mioyoni mwao.” Hii ilikuwa ndiyo desturi ya kawaida ya Ayubu.
Jaribu La Kwanza La Ayubu
61:6 1Fal 22:19; Ay 38:7; 2:1; Dan 7:10; Mwa 6:2; 2Sam 24:1; 2Nya 18:21; Za 109:6; Lk 22:31Siku moja wana wa Mungu1:6 Wana wa Mungu hapa ina maana malaika au viumbe vya mbinguni. walikwenda kujionyesha mbele za Bwana. Shetani1:6 Shetani hapa ina maana ya mshtaki wa watakatifu. naye akaja pamoja nao. 71:7 Mwa 3:1; 1Pet 5:8; Mt 12:43Bwana akamwambia Shetani, “Umetoka wapi?”
Shetani akamjibu Bwana, “Natoka kuzunguka pote duniani, nikitembea huku na huko humo.”
81:8 Ay 42:7-8; Kut 20:20; Yos 1:7; Za 25:16; 26:12; 112:1; 128:4Ndipo Bwana akamwambia Shetani, “Je, umemwangalia huyo mtumishi wangu Ayubu? Hakuna mtu mwingine duniani aliye kama yeye, asiye na hatia, ni mnyofu, mwenye kumcha Mungu, na kuepukana na uovu.”
91:9 1Tim 6:5Shetani akamjibu Bwana, “Je, Ayubu anamcha Mungu bure? 101:10 Za 34:7; 128:1-2; Ay 8:7; 1Sam 25:16; Ay 2:4; 29:6; 42:12, 17Je, wewe hukumjengea boma pande zote yeye na wa nyumbani mwake pamoja na kila kitu alicho nacho? Kazi za mikono yake umezibariki na hivyo makundi yake ya kondoo na mbuzi pamoja na ya wanyama yameenea katika nchi nzima. 111:11 Ay 19:21; Law 24:11; Ufu 12:9-10; Lk 22:31; Isa 3:8; 65:3; Ay 2:5Lakini nyoosha mkono wako na kupiga kila kitu alicho nacho, naye kwa hakika atakulaani mbele za uso wako.”
121:12 Ay 2:6; 1Kor 10:13Bwana akamwambia Shetani, “Vema sana, kwa hiyo, kila kitu alicho nacho kiko mikononi mwako, lakini juu ya huyo mtu mwenyewe usimguse hata kwa kidole.”
Ndipo Shetani akatoka mbele za Bwana.
131:13 Ay 1:2, 4; Mhu 9:12; Lk 12:19, 20Siku moja watoto wa Ayubu walipokuwa wakifanya karamu wakila na kunywa divai katika nyumba ya ndugu yao mkubwa, 141:14 Mwa 36:24akaja mjumbe kwa Ayubu na kusema, “Maksai walikuwa wakilima na punda walikuwa wakilisha karibu nao, 151:15 Mwa 10:7; Ay 6:19; 9:26Waseba wakawashambulia na kuchukua mifugo. Kisha wakawaua watumishi kwa upanga, nami ndimi peke yangu niliyenusurika kukuletea habari!”
161:16 1Fal 18:38; 2Fal 1:12; Ay 20:26; Mwa 18:17; Law 10:2; Hes 11:1-3Alipokuwa bado ananena, mjumbe mwingine akaja na kusema, “Moto wa Mungu ulishuka kutoka mbinguni na kuteketeza kondoo na watumishi, nami ndimi peke yangu niliyenusurika kukuletea habari!”
171:17 Mwa 11:28-31; Ay 9:24Alipokuwa bado ananena, mjumbe mwingine akaja na kusema, “Wakaldayo waliunda vikosi vitatu vya uvamizi na kuwaangukia ngamia wako na kuwachukua wakaondoka nao. Wakawaua watumishi kwa upanga, nami ndimi peke yangu niliyenusurika kukuletea habari.”
181:18 Ay 1:2, 4Alipokuwa bado ananena, mjumbe mwingine akaja na kusema, “Wana wako na binti zako walipokuwa wakifanya karamu, wakila na kunywa divai katika nyumba ya ndugu yao mkubwa, 191:19 Isa 21:1; Mk 7:25; Za 11:6; Isa 5:28; Yer 4:11; 13:24; 18:17; Eze 17:10; Hos 13:15ghafula upepo wenye nguvu ukavuma kutoka jangwani, nao ukaipiga nyumba hiyo pembe zake nne. Ikawaangukia hao watoto nao wamekufa, nami ndimi peke yangu niliyenusurika kukuletea habari!”
201:20 Mwa 37:29; Mk 14:63; Isa 3:24; 15:2; 22:12; Yer 7:29; 16:6; Eze 27:31; 29:18; Mik 1:16; 1Pet 5:6Ndipo Ayubu akasimama, akararua joho lake na kunyoa nywele zake. Kisha akaanguka chini katika kuabudu 211:21 Mhu 5:15; Rut 1:21; Amu 10:15; Efe 5:20; Mwa 45:5; 1Tim 6:7; 1Sam 2:7; Mhu 7:14; Yak 5:11; Amo 3:6; Efe 5:20; Mwa 45:5na kusema:
“Nilitoka tumboni mwa mama yangu uchi,
nami nitaondoka uchi,1:21 Au: nitarudi huko uchi.
Bwana alinipa, naye Bwana ameviondoa,
jina la Bwana litukuzwe.”
221:22 Mit 10:19; Rum 9:20; Ay 2:10; Za 39:1; Isa 53:7Katika mambo haya yote, Ayubu hakutenda dhambi kwa kumlaumu Mungu kwa kufanya ubaya.