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.

Tagalog Contemporary Bible

Job 1:1-22

Ang Matuwid na Pamumuhay ni Job

1May isang lalaking nakatira sa lupain ng Uz na ang pangalan ay Job. Matuwid siya, walang kapintasan ang pamumuhay, may takot sa Dios at umiiwas sa kasamaan. 2Mayroon siyang pitong anak na lalaki at tatlong anak na babae. 3Ang mga pag-aari naman niya ay 7,000 tupa, 3,000 kamelyo, 500 pares ng baka at 500 ang kanyang asnong babae. Marami ang kanyang alipin. Siya ang pinakamayaman sa buong silangan ng Israel.

4Nakaugalian na ng mga anak niyang lalaki na halinhinang maghanda sa kani-kanilang mga bahay at inaanyayahan nilang dumalo ang tatlo nilang kapatid na babae. 5Tuwing matatapos ang handaan, naghahandog si Job para sa kanyang mga anak. Maaga siyang gumigising at nag-aalay ng handog na sinusunog1:5 handog na sinusunog: Tingnan sa Talaan ng mga Salita sa likod. para sa bawat anak niya, dahil naisip niyang baka nagkasala ang mga ito at sinadyang magsalita ng masama laban sa Dios. Ito ang palaging ginagawa ni Job.

Ang Unang Pagsubok kay Job

6Isang araw, nagtipon ang mga anghel1:6 anghel: sa literal, mga anak ng Dios. sa presensya ng Panginoon, at sumali sa kanila si Satanas. 7Sinabi ng Panginoon kay Satanas, “Saan ka nanggaling?” Sumagot si Satanas, “Parooʼt parito na naglilibot sa mundo.” 8Sinabi sa kanya ng Panginoon, “Napansin mo ba ang lingkod kong si Job? Wala siyang katulad sa buong mundo. Matuwid siya at malinis ang pamumuhay. May takot siya sa akin at umiiwas sa kasamaan.” 9Sumagot si Satanas, “May takot si Job sa iyo dahil pinagpapala mo siya. 10Iniingatan mo siya at ang sambahayan niya, pati na ang lahat ng ari-arian niya. Pinagpapala mo ang lahat ng ginagawa niya. Kaya lalong dumarami ang kanyang mga hayop sa buong lupain. 11Pero subukan mong kunin ang lahat ng iyan sa kanya at siguradong isusumpa ka niya.” 12Sinabi ng Panginoon kay Satanas, “Sige, kunin mo ang lahat ng mayroon siya, pero huwag mo siyang sasaktan.” Kaya umalis agad si Satanas sa harapan ng Panginoon.

13Isang araw, habang nagkakasayahan sa handaan ang mga anak ni Job sa bahay ng panganay, 14dumating sa bahay ni Job ang isa niyang tauhan at ibinalita ang ganito, “Habang nag-aararo po kami gamit ang inyong mga baka, at pinapastol ang inyong mga asno sa di-kalayuan, 15bigla kaming sinalakay ng mga Sabeo. Kinuha po nila ang mga hayop at pinatay ang aking mga kasama. Ako lang po ang nakatakas para magbalita sa inyo!”

16Habang nagsasalita pa ang tauhan, dumating din ang isa pang tauhan ni Job at sinabi, “Tinamaan po ng apoy ng Dios ang inyong mga tupa at ang mga pastol nito, at nasunog. Ako lang po ang nakaligtas para magbalita sa inyo!”

17Habang nagsasalita pa siya, may isa pang dumating at nagbalita, “Sinalakay po kami ng tatlong pangkat ng mga Caldeo. Kinuha po nila ang mga kamelyo at pinatay ang aking mga kasama. Ako lang po ang nakatakas para magbalita sa inyo!”

18Habang nagsasalita pa siya, may isa pang dumating at nagbalita, “Habang nagkakasayahan po ang inyong mga anak sa bahay ng kanilang nakatatandang kapatid, 19bigla pong dumating ang malakas na hangin mula sa ilang at nawasak po ang bahay. Nabagsakan po ang inyong mga anak at namatay. Ako lang po ang nakaligtas para magbalita sa inyo!”

20Nang marinig iyon ni Job, tumayo siya at pinunit ang kanyang damit dahil sa pagdadalamhati. Pagkatapos, inahitan niya ang kanyang buhok sa ulo at nagpatirapa sa lupa para sumamba sa Panginoon. 21Sinabi niya, “Ipinanganak akong walang dala at mamamatay din akong walang dala. Ang Panginoon ang nagbigay ng lahat ng mayroon ako at ang Panginoon din ang kumuha nito. Purihin ang pangalan ng Panginoon!” 22Sa kabila ng lahat ng nangyari, hindi nagkasala si Job. Hindi niya sinisi ang Dios.