1In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2He had seven sons and three daughters, 3and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
4His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, ‘Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.’ This was Job’s regular custom.
6One day the angels1:6 Hebrew the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan1:6 Hebrew satan means adversary. also came with them. 7The Lord said to Satan, ‘Where have you come from?’
Satan answered the Lord, ‘From roaming throughout the earth, going to and fro on it.’
8Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job? There is no-one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.’
9‘Does Job fear God for nothing?’ Satan replied. 10‘Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.’
12The Lord said to Satan, ‘Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.’
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
13One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the eldest brother’s house, 14a messenger came to Job and said, ‘The oxen were ploughing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, 15and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!’
16While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, ‘The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!’
17While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, ‘The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!’
18While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, ‘Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the eldest brother’s house, 19when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!’
20At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21and said:
‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I shall depart.1:21 Or shall return there
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.’
22In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Ciugo cia Kwambĩrĩria
11:1 Kĩam 10:23; Jak 5:11; Thab 11:7Bũrũri-inĩ wa Uzu nĩ kwarĩ mũndũ watũire kuo wetagwo Ayubu.1:1 Bũrũri wa Uzu warĩ mwena wa irathĩro wa Rũũĩ rwa Jorodani; Ayubu ndaarĩ mũndũ wa Isiraeli. Mũndũ ũcio ndaarĩ ũcuuke ningĩ aarĩ mũndũ mũrũngĩrĩru; nĩetigĩrĩte Ngai na agatheemaga maũndũ marĩa mooru. 2Ayubu aarĩ na ariũ mũgwanja na airĩtu atatũ, 31:3 Kĩam 13:2; Thab 103:10ningĩ nĩ aarĩ na ngʼondu 7,000, na ngamĩĩra 3,000, na ndegwa cia kũigana kuohwo macooki 500, na ndigiri 500, na nĩ aarĩ na ndungata nyingĩ mũno. Nĩwe warĩ mũndũ ũrĩa mũnene mũno kũrĩ andũ arĩa angĩ othe a mwena wa Irathĩro.
4Ariũ ake nĩmagĩaga na iruga o mũndũ riita rĩake gwake mũciĩ, na nĩmetaga aarĩ a nyina acio atatũ nĩguo marĩĩanĩre na manyuuanĩre nao. 51:5 Neh 12:30; 1Ath 21:10, 13Na matukũ ma maruga maathira, Ayubu nĩamatũmanagĩra moke nĩguo amatherie. Nĩokagĩra rũciinĩ tene akaruta igongona rĩa njino nĩ ũndũ wa o ũmwe wao, tondũ eeciiragia atĩrĩ, “No gũkorwo ciana ciakwa nĩciĩhĩtie ikaruma Ngai na ngoro.” Ũcio nĩguo warĩ mũtũgo wa Ayubu wa mahinda mothe.
Kũgerio kwa Ayubu kwa Mbere
61:6 1Ath 22:19; Luk 22:31Na rĩrĩ, mũthenya ũmwe araika nĩmathiire kũrũgama mbere ya Jehova, na Shaitani o nake agĩthiĩ hamwe nao. 71:7 1Pet 5:8Nake Jehova akĩũria Shaitani atĩrĩ, “Uuma kũ?”
Nake Shaitani agĩcookeria Jehova atĩrĩ, “Nyuma kũriũnga thĩ, o na gũcangacanga kuo kũndũ na kũndũ.”
81:8 Thab 25:12; Thaam 20:20Ningĩ Jehova akĩũria Shaitani atĩrĩ, “Nĩũcũũranĩtie ũhoro wa ndungata yakwa Ayubu? Ũkoona atĩ kũu thĩ gũtirĩ mũndũ ũngĩ ũhaana take; ndarĩ ũcuuke na nĩmũrũngĩrĩru, mũndũ mwĩtigĩri-Ngai na ũtheemaga maũndũ marĩa mooru?”
9Shaitani agĩcookia atĩrĩ, “Kaĩ Ayubu agĩĩtigagĩra Ngai o ro ũguo tũhũ? 101:10 1Sam 25:16; Thab 34:7Githĩ wee ndũmũirigĩire na ũkamũrigiicĩria hamwe na nyũmba yake, o hamwe na maũndũ make mothe? Nĩũrathimĩte wĩra wa moko make, nĩ ũndũ ũcio ũhiũ wake na ndũũru ciake ciyũrĩte bũrũri wothe. 111:11 Luk 22:31; Alaw 24:11No rĩrĩ, ta tambũrũkia guoko gwaku ũhutie indo ciothe iria arĩ nacio, na ti-itherũ ndarĩ hĩndĩ ategũkũruma o ũthiũ-inĩ waku.”
121:12 1Akor 10:13Jehova akĩĩra Shaitani atĩrĩ, “No wega, indo ciothe iria arĩ nacio nĩndaciiga moko-inĩ maku, nowe mwene ndũkanamũhutie.”
Nake Shaitani akiuma hau mbere ya Jehova.
13Na rĩrĩ, mũthenya ũmwe hĩndĩ ĩrĩa ariũ na aarĩ a Ayubu maarĩĩaga na makanyua ndibei kwa mũrũ wa nyina wao ũrĩa mũkũrũ-rĩ, 141:14 Kĩam 36:24mũkinyia-ũhoro agĩkora Ayubu, akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Ndegwa nĩkũrĩma ikũrĩmaga na mĩraũ, nacio ndigiri ikũrĩĩaga o hau hakuhĩ, 15nao andũ a Sabea1:15 Andũ a Sabea maarĩ arĩithi arĩa morũũraga na mahiũ mao. macitharĩkĩra na macitaha. Ndungata nacio maciũraga na rũhiũ rwa njora, na no niĩ nyiki ndahonoka, ndagĩũka gũkũrehere ũhoro!”
161:16 2Ath 1:12; Alaw 10:2O akĩaragia-rĩ, mũkinyia-ũhoro ũngĩ agĩũka, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Mwaki wa Ngai uumire na igũrũ na wacina ngʼondu o na ndungata waniina biũ; no niĩ nyiki ndahonoka, ndagĩũka gũkũrehere ũhoro!”
171:17 Kĩam 11:28O akĩaragia-rĩ, mũkinyia-ũhoro ũngĩ agĩũka, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Akalidei1:17 Akalidei maarĩ arĩithi arĩa morũũraga na mahiũ mao. Maatũũraga Mesopotamia, na nĩo thuutha-inĩ maathondekire ũthamaki wa Babuloni. meyũmba mbũtũ ithatũ, maatharĩkĩra ngamĩĩra ciaku na macitaha, maathiĩ nacio. Ndungata nacio maciũraga na rũhiũ rwa njora; na no niĩ nyiki ndahonoka, ndagĩũka gũkũrehere ũhoro!”
18O akĩaragia-rĩ, mũkinyia-ũhoro o ũngĩ agĩũka, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Ariũ na aarĩ aku mekũrĩĩaga, makĩnyuuaga ndibei kwa mũrũ wa nyina wao ũrĩa mũkũrũ; 191:19 Thab 11:6; Ezek 24:26na rĩrĩ, o hĩndĩ ĩyo rũhuho rũnene rwahurutana ruumĩte werũ-inĩ, na ruo rwahũũra nyũmba ĩyo koine ciayo inya, yamomoka, yamagwĩra maakua; na no niĩ nyiki ndahonoka, ndagĩũka gũkũrehere ũhoro!”
201:20 Kĩam 37:20; 1Pet 5:6Nake Ayubu aigua-ũhoro ũcio, akĩrũgama, agĩtembũranga nguo yake ya igũrũ, na akĩenjwo mũtwe. Agĩcooka akĩĩgũithia thĩ, akĩhooya Ngai, 211:21 Koh 5:15; 1Tim 6:7akiuga atĩrĩ:
“Ndoimire nda ya maitũ ndĩ njaga,
na ngoima thĩ ĩno ndĩ njaga.
Nĩ Jehova waheanire, na nĩ Jehova wacookera:
rĩĩtwa rĩa Jehova rĩrogoocwo.”
221:22 Thab 39:1; Arom 9:20Thĩinĩ wa maũndũ macio mothe-rĩ, Ayubu ndaigana kwĩhia na ũndũ wa gũtuĩra Ngai mahĩtia.