Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

约伯记 1

约伯的敬虔

1乌斯有一个人名叫约伯,他纯全正直,敬畏上帝,远离罪恶。 他有七子三女、 七千只羊、三千只骆驼、五百对牛、五百头母驴及许多仆婢。他在东方人中最富有。 约伯的儿子们经常轮流在自己家里设宴,派人邀请他们的三个姊妹来一起吃喝。 宴会的日子结束后,约伯便派人召来他的儿女,为他们行洁净礼。他清早起来,为他们每个人献上燔祭,因为他想:“也许我的孩子们犯了罪,心中亵渎了上帝。”约伯常常这样做。

撒旦控告约伯

有一天,众天使[a]来朝见耶和华,撒旦也在他们当中。 耶和华问撒旦:“你从哪里来?”撒旦答道:“我在地上到处游走。” 耶和华问撒旦:“你注意到我的仆人约伯了吗?世上没有人像他那样纯全正直,敬畏我,远离罪恶。” 撒旦说:“约伯敬畏你难道无缘无故吗? 10 你岂不是像篱笆一样四面保护他及其全家和一切产业吗?你使他事事蒙福,牛羊遍地。 11 倘若你伸手毁坏他拥有的一切,他必当面亵渎你。” 12 耶和华对撒旦说:“好吧,他的一切都在你手中,但不可伤害他。”撒旦便从耶和华面前退去。

约伯失去所有

13 有一天,约伯的儿女正在长兄家吃喝, 14 有报信的人来对约伯说:“牛正在耕田、驴正在旁边吃草的时候, 15 示巴人忽然来袭,抢走了牲口,用刀杀了你的仆人,只有我一人逃脱来向你报信。” 16 话音未落,又有人来报信说:“上帝的火从天而降,烧死了羊群和牧人,只有我一人逃脱来向你报信。” 17 话音未落,又有人来报信说:“迦勒底人分三队来袭,抢走了骆驼,用刀杀了你的仆人,只有我一人逃脱来向你报信。” 18 话音未落,又有人来报信说:“你的儿女正在长兄家吃喝的时候, 19 忽然从旷野刮来一阵狂风,摧毁了房子四角,房子倒塌,压死了屋里所有的人,只有我一人逃脱来向你报信。”

20 约伯站起来,撕裂外袍,剃掉头发,俯伏在地上敬拜, 21 说:“我从母腹赤身而来,也必赤身而去。赏赐的是耶和华,收回的也是耶和华。耶和华的名当受称颂!” 22 约伯遭此不幸,仍没有犯罪,也没有埋怨上帝。

Footnotes

  1. 1:6 众天使”希伯来文是“上帝的众子”,2:138:7同。

New Living Translation

Job 1

Prologue

1There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.

Job’s sons would take turns preparing feasts in their homes, and they would also invite their three sisters to celebrate with them. When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.

Job’s First Test

One day the members of the heavenly court[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan,[b] came with them. “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan.

Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”

Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”

Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. 10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 11 But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

12 “All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.

13 One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting at the oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger arrived at Job’s home with this news: “Your oxen were plowing, with the donkeys feeding beside them, 15 when the Sabeans raided us. They stole all the animals and killed all the farmhands. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

16 While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

17 While he was still speaking, a third messenger arrived with this news: “Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

18 While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home. 19 Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 21 He said,

“I came naked from my mother’s womb,
    and I will be naked when I leave.
The Lord gave me what I had,
    and the Lord has taken it away.
Praise the name of the Lord!”

22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.

Footnotes

  1. 1:6a Hebrew the sons of God.
  2. 1:6b Hebrew and the satan; similarly throughout this chapter.