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.
Ìbẹ̀rẹ̀ ìgbé ayé Jobu
1Ọkùnrin kan wà ní ilẹ̀ Usi, orúkọ ẹni tí í jẹ́ Jobu; ọkùnrin náà sì ṣe olóòtítọ́, ó dúró ṣinṣin, ẹni tí ó bẹ̀rù Ọlọ́run, tí ó kórìíra ìwà búburú, 2A sì bi ọmọkùnrin méje àti ọmọbìnrin mẹ́ta fún un. 3Ohun ọ̀sìn rẹ̀ sì jẹ́ ẹ̀ẹ́dẹ́gbàárin (7,000) àgùntàn, àti ẹgbẹ̀ẹ́dógún (3,000) ìbákasẹ, àti ẹ̀ẹ́dẹ́gbẹ̀ta (500) àjàgà ọ̀dá màlúù, àti ẹ̀ẹ́dẹ́gbẹ̀ta (500) abo kẹ́tẹ́kẹ́tẹ́, ó sì pọ̀; bẹ́ẹ̀ ni ọkùnrin yìí sì pọ̀jù gbogbo àwọn ará ìlà-oòrùn lọ.
4Àwọn ọmọ rẹ̀ a sì máa lọ í jẹun àsè nínú ilé ara wọn, olúkúlùkù ní ọjọ́ rẹ̀; wọn a sì máa ránṣẹ́ pé arábìnrin wọn mẹ́tẹ̀ẹ̀ta láti jẹun àti láti pẹ̀lú wọn. 5Ó sì ṣe, nígbà tí ọjọ́ àsè wọn pé yíká, ni Jobu ránṣẹ́ lọ í yà wọ́n sí mímọ́, ó sì dìde ní kùtùkùtù òwúrọ̀, ó sì rú ẹbọ sísun níwọ̀n iye gbogbo wọn; nítorí tí Jobu wí pé: bóyá àwọn ọmọ mi ti ṣẹ̀, wọn kò sì ṣọpẹ́ fún Ọlọ́run lọ́kàn wọn. Bẹ́ẹ̀ ní Jobu máa ń ṣe nígbà gbogbo.
Ìdánwò Jobu àkọ́kọ́
6Ǹjẹ́ ó di ọjọ́ kan, nígbà tí àwọn ọmọ Ọlọ́run wá í pé níwájú Olúwa, Satani sì wá pẹ̀lú wọn. 7Olúwa sì bi Satani wí pé, “Níbo ni ìwọ ti wá?”
Nígbà náà ní Satani dá Olúwa lóhùn wí pé, “Ní ìlọ-síwá-sẹ́yìn lórí ilẹ̀ ayé, àti ní ìrìnkèrindò nínú rẹ̀.”
8Olúwa sì sọ fún Satani pé, “Ìwọ ha kíyèsi Jobu ìránṣẹ́ mi, pé kò sí ẹni tí ó dàbí rẹ̀ ní ayé, ọkùnrin tí í ṣe olóòtítọ́, tí ó sì dúró ṣinṣin, ẹni tí ó bẹ̀rù Ọlọ́run, ti ó sì kórìíra ìwà búburú.”
9Nígbà náà ni Satani dá Olúwa lóhùn wí pé, “Jobu ha bẹ̀rù Ọlọ́run ní asán bí?” 10“Ìwọ kò ha ti ṣọgbà yìí ká, àti yí ilé rẹ̀ àti yí ohun tí ó ní ká, ní ìhà gbogbo? Ìwọ bùsi iṣẹ́ ọwọ́ rẹ̀, ohun ọ̀sìn rẹ̀ sì ń pọ̀ si ní ilẹ̀. 11Ǹjẹ́, nawọ́ rẹ nísinsin yìí, kí ó sì fi tọ́ ohun gbogbo tí ó ni; bí kì yóò sì bọ́hùn ni ojú rẹ.”
12Olúwa sì dá Satani lóhùn wí pé, “Kíyèsi i, ohun gbogbo tí ó ní ń bẹ ní ìkáwọ́ rẹ, kìkì òun tìkára rẹ̀ ni ìwọ kò gbọdọ̀ fi ọwọ́ rẹ kàn.”
Bẹ́ẹ̀ ni Satani jáde lọ kúrò níwájú Olúwa.
13Ó sì di ọjọ́ kan nígbà tí àwọn ọmọ rẹ̀ ọkùnrin àti obìnrin, tí wọ́n mu ọtí wáìnì nínú ilé ẹ̀gbọ́n wọn ọkùnrin, 14oníṣẹ́ kan sì tọ Jobu wá wí pé: “Àwọn ọ̀dá màlúù ń tulẹ̀, àwọn kẹ́tẹ́kẹ́tẹ́ sì ń jẹ ní ẹ̀gbẹ́ wọn; 15Àwọn ará Sabeani sì kọlù wọ́n, wọ́n sì ń kó wọn lọ pẹ̀lú, wọ́n ti fi idà sá àwọn ìránṣẹ́ pa, èmi nìkan ṣoṣo ní ó sá àsálà láti ròyìn fún ọ.”
16Bí ó ti ń sọ ní ẹnu; ẹnìkan dé pẹ̀lú tí ó sì wí pé, “Iná ńlá Ọlọ́run ti ọ̀run bọ́ sí ilẹ̀, ó sì jó àwọn àgùntàn àti àwọn ìránṣẹ́; èmi nìkan ṣoṣo ní ó sálà láti ròyìn fún ọ.”
17Bí ó sì ti ń sọ ní ẹnu, ẹnìkan sì dé pẹ̀lú tí ó wí pé, “Àwọn ará Kaldea píngun sí ọ̀nà mẹ́ta, wọ́n sì kọlù àwọn ìbákasẹ, wọ́n sì kó wọn lọ, pẹ̀lúpẹ̀lú wọ́n sì fi idà sá àwọn ìránṣẹ́ pa; èmi nìkan ṣoṣo ni ó sá àsálà láti ròyìn fún ọ!”
18Bí ó ti ń sọ ní ẹnu, ẹnìkan dé pẹ̀lú tí ó sì wí pé àwọn ọmọ rẹ ọkùnrin àti obìnrin ń jẹ, wọ́n ń mu ọtí wáìnì nínú ilé ẹ̀gbọ́n. 19Sì kíyèsi i, ẹ̀fúùfù ńláńlá ti ìhà ijù fẹ́ wá kọlu igun mẹ́rẹ̀ẹ̀rin ilé, ó sì wó lu àwọn ọ̀dọ́mọkùnrin náà, wọ́n sì kú, èmi nìkan ṣoṣo ni ó yọ láti ròyìn fún ọ.
20Nígbà náà ni Jobu dìde, ó sì fa aṣọ ìgúnwà rẹ̀ ya, ó sì fá orí rẹ̀ ó wólẹ̀ ó sì gbàdúrà 21wí pé:
“Ní ìhòhò ní mo ti inú ìyá mi jáde wá,
ni ìhòhò ní èmi yóò sì tún padà lọ.
Olúwa fi fún ni, Olúwa sì gbà á lọ,
ìbùkún ni fún orúkọ Olúwa.”
22Nínú gbogbo èyí Jobu kò ṣẹ̀, bẹ́ẹ̀ ni kò sì fi òmùgọ̀ pe Ọlọ́run lẹ́jọ́.