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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.

O Livro

Jó 1

O carácter e a riqueza de Job

1Havia um homem chamado Job que vivia na terra de Uz; era uma pessoa reta que temia a Deus e se afastava do mal. Tinha sete filhos e três filhas. Era também muito rico; possuía 7000 ovelhas, 3000 camelos, 500 juntas de bois e 500 jumentas, tendo ao seu serviço um número considerável de pessoas. Era, sem dúvida, o homem mais rico entre todos os do Oriente.

Os seus filhos costumavam juntar-se para comerem e beberem juntos na casa de cada um, à vez, convidando também as três irmãs. Nessas ocasiões comiam e bebiam abundantemente. Quando aquelas festanças acabavam, e por vezes prolongavam-se por vários dias, Job mandava chamar os filhos e santificava-os, levantando-se de manhã cedo e oferecendo um holocausto por cada um deles, porque Job pensava desta forma: “Talvez os meus filhos tenham pecado e tenham ofendido a Deus nos seus corações!” Essa era a razão por que fazia isso regularmente.

Job é sujeito à primeira prova

Um dia, os anjos vieram apresentar-se perante o Senhor e Satanás veio com eles. “Donde vens?”, perguntou o Senhor a Satanás. Respondeu-lhe: “De passear pela Terra.”

“Reparaste no meu servo Job e como não há na Terra ninguém semelhante a ele? É um homem reto que teme a Deus e se afasta do mal!”

“Sim, mas não é para admirar; ele é assim porque tu o recompensas!”, respondeu Satanás. 10 “Ele tem da tua parte proteção garantida para a sua casa e para os seus bens; fizeste-o prosperar em tudo o que faz, por isso, é tão rico! Não admira pois que te adore! 11 Contudo, basta que lhe tires as riquezas e verás como te amaldiçoa na cara!”

12 E o Senhor replicou-lhe: “Podes fazer o que quiseres com tudo o que lhe pertence, mas não lhe toques fisicamente.”

E Satanás retirou-se da presença do Senhor.

13 Sucedeu que estando os filhos e as filhas de Job a comer e a beber vinho em casa do irmão mais velho, 14 um mensageiro veio a correr à casa de Job com esta notícia: “Os teus bois estavam a lavrar e as jumentas a pastar ao lado. 15 Chegaram os sabeus que caíram sobre os animais e mataram os guardadores; só eu escapei!”

16 Ainda este não tinha acabado de falar quando se chegou outro: “Veio fogo do céu sobre as ovelhas e os pastores todos; só eu consegui escapar e vim logo trazer-te a notícia!”

17 Mal este tinha acabado de falar, eis que um terceiro chega: “Apareceram três bandos de caldeus que deram sobre os camelos e mataram os teus criados; só eu escapei e consegui vir até aqui para te dar a notícia!”

18 Imediatamente após este, apareceu ainda outro a dizer: “Teus filhos e filhas estavam a fazer uma festa na casa do mais velho. 19 Subitamente, levantou-se um forte vento do deserto que fez ruir a casa sobre os que lá estavam, morrendo todos; só eu escapei!”

20 Então Job levantou-se, rasgou a roupa que trazia e rapou o cabelo; ficou profundamente abatido e prostrou-se no chão na presença de Deus:

21 “Saí nu do ventre de minha mãe
e nada levarei quando morrer.
Foi o Senhor que me deu tudo o possuía,
por isso, tinha o direito de tornar levar
aquilo que afinal lhe pertencia.
Que o Senhor seja louvado!”

22 Em tudo isto Job não pecou nem atribuiu a Deus culpa alguma pelo sucedido.