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Job 1

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. Job had seven sons and three daughters. He 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.

His sons used to give feasts in their homes on their birthdays. They would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. The 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.

One day angels came to the Lord. Satan also came with them. The 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.”

Then 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.”

“You always give Job everything he needs,” Satan replied. “That’s why he has respect for you. 10 Haven’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. 11 But 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.”

12 The 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.

13 One day Job’s sons and daughters were at their oldest brother’s house. They were enjoying good food and drinking wine. 14 During that time a messenger came to Job. He said, “The oxen were plowing. The donkeys were eating grass near them. 15 Then 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!”

16 While 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!”

17 While 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!”

18 While 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. 19 Suddenly 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!”

20 After 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. 21 He 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.”

22 In spite of everything, Job didn’t sin by blaming God for doing anything wrong.

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Jó 1

Introdução

1Na terra de Uz vivia um homem chamado Jó. Era homem íntegro e justo; temia a Deus e evitava fazer o mal. Tinha ele sete filhos e três filhas, e possuía sete mil ovelhas, três mil camelos, quinhentas juntas de boi e quinhentos jumentos, e tinha muita gente a seu serviço. Era o homem mais rico do oriente.

Seus filhos costumavam dar banquetes em casa, um de cada vez, e convidavam suas três irmãs para comerem e beberem com eles. Terminado um período de banquetes, Jó mandava chamá-los e fazia com que se purificassem. De madrugada ele oferecia um holocausto[a] em favor de cada um deles, pois pensava: “Talvez os meus filhos tenham, lá no íntimo, pecado e amaldiçoado a Deus”. Essa era a prática constante de Jó.

A Primeira Provação de Jó

Certo dia os anjos[b] vieram apresentar-se ao Senhor, e Satanás[c] também veio com eles. O Senhor disse a Satanás: “De onde você veio?”

Satanás respondeu ao Senhor: “De perambular pela terra e andar por ela”.

Disse então o Senhor a Satanás: “Reparou em meu servo Jó? Não há ninguém na terra como ele, irrepreensível, íntegro, homem que teme a Deus e evita o mal”.

“Será que Jó não tem razões para temer a Deus?”, respondeu Satanás. 10 “Acaso não puseste uma cerca em volta dele, da família dele e de tudo o que ele possui? Tu mesmo tens abençoado tudo o que ele faz, de modo que os seus rebanhos estão espalhados por toda a terra. 11 Mas estende a tua mão e fere tudo o que ele tem, e com certeza ele te amaldiçoará na tua face.”

12 O Senhor disse a Satanás: “Pois bem, tudo o que ele possui está nas suas mãos; apenas não toque nele”.

Então Satanás saiu da presença do Senhor.

13 Certo dia, quando os filhos e as filhas de Jó estavam num banquete, comendo e bebendo vinho na casa do irmão mais velho, 14 um mensageiro veio dizer a Jó: “Os bois estavam arando e os jumentos estavam pastando por perto, 15 quando os sabeus os atacaram e os levaram embora. Mataram à espada os empregados, e eu fui o único que escapou para lhe contar!”

16 Enquanto ele ainda estava falando, chegou outro mensageiro e disse: “Fogo de Deus caiu do céu e queimou totalmente as ovelhas e os empregados, e eu fui o único que escapou para lhe contar!”

17 Enquanto ele ainda estava falando, chegou outro mensageiro e disse: “Vieram caldeus em três bandos, atacaram os camelos e os levaram embora. Mataram à espada os empregados, e eu fui o único que escapou para lhe contar!”

18 Enquanto ele ainda estava falando, chegou ainda outro mensageiro e disse: “Seus filhos e suas filhas estavam num banquete, comendo e bebendo vinho na casa do irmão mais velho, 19 quando, de repente, um vento muito forte veio do deserto e atingiu os quatro cantos da casa, que desabou. Eles morreram, e eu fui o único que escapou para lhe contar!”

20 Ao ouvir isso, Jó levantou-se, rasgou o manto e rapou a cabeça. Então prostrou-se, rosto em terra, em adoração, 21 e disse:

“Saí nu do ventre da minha mãe,
    e nu partirei[d].
O Senhor o deu, o Senhor o levou;
louvado seja o nome do Senhor”.

22 Em tudo isso Jó não pecou e não culpou a Deus de coisa alguma.

Notas al pie

  1. 1.5 Isto é, sacrifício totalmente queimado.
  2. 1.6 Hebraico: os filhos de Deus.
  3. 1.6 Satanás significa acusador.
  4. 1.21 Ou nu voltarei para lá