1There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. 2And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. 3His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.1.3 substance: or, cattle1.3 household: or, husbandry1.3 men: Heb. sons
4And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 5And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.1.5 continually: Heb. all the days
6¶ Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.1.6 Satan: Heb. the adversary1.6 among: Heb. in the midst of 7And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?1.8 considered: Heb. set thy heart on 9Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.1.10 substance: or, cattle 11But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.1.11 and he…: Heb. if he curse thee not to thy face 12And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.1.12 power: Heb. hand
13¶ And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: 14And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: 15And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 16While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.1.16 The fire…: or, A great fire 17While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.1.17 fell: Heb. rushed 18While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: 19And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.1.19 from…: Heb. from aside, etc
20Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,1.20 mantle: or, robe 21And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. 22In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.1.22 charged…: or, attributed folly to God
Sehemu Ya Kwanza: Habari Za Awali
Ayubu Na Jamaa Yake
11:1 Mwa 22:21; Yak 5:11; Eze 14:14, 20; Mit 8:13; Mwa 10:23; 6:9; 22:12; Ay 23:7, 10; 2:3; Za 11:7; 107:42; Mit 21:29; Mik 7:2; Kum 4:6; 1The 5:22Katika nchi ya Usi paliishi mtu ambaye aliitwa Ayubu. Mtu huyu alikuwa hana hatia, naye alikuwa mkamilifu; alimcha Mungu na kuepukana na uovu. 21:2 Za 127:3; Rut 4:15; Ay 1:13, 18; 42:13; Za 144:12Alikuwa na wana saba na binti watatu, 31:3 Ay 29:25; Mwa 13:2; 12:16; Ay 1:8; Mwa 25:6; Ay 42:10; Za 103:10naye alikuwa na kondoo elfu saba, ngamia elfu tatu, jozi mia tano za maksai, na punda mia tano, tena alikuwa na idadi kubwa ya watumishi. Alikuwa mtu mkuu sana miongoni mwa watu wa Mashariki.
41:4 Ay 1:13, 18Wanawe walikuwa na desturi ya kufanya karamu katika nyumba zao kwa zamu, nao wangewaalika umbu zao watatu ili kula na kunywa pamoja nao. 51:5 Mwa 8:20; Ay 42:8; 1Fal 21:10-13; Za 74:10; Neh 12:30; Ay 8:4; Za 10:3Wakati kipindi cha karamu kilimalizika, Ayubu angetuma waitwe na kuwafanyia utakaso. Angetoa dhabihu ya sadaka ya kuteketezwa kwa ajili ya kila mmoja wao asubuhi na mapema, akifikiri, “Pengine wanangu wametenda dhambi na kumlaani Mungu mioyoni mwao.” Hii ilikuwa ndiyo desturi ya kawaida ya Ayubu.
Jaribu La Kwanza La Ayubu
61:6 1Fal 22:19; Ay 38:7; 2:1; Dan 7:10; Mwa 6:2; 2Sam 24:1; 2Nya 18:21; Za 109:6; Lk 22:31Siku moja wana wa Mungu1:6 Wana wa Mungu hapa ina maana malaika au viumbe vya mbinguni. walikwenda kujionyesha mbele za Bwana. Shetani1:6 Shetani hapa ina maana ya mshtaki wa watakatifu. naye akaja pamoja nao. 71:7 Mwa 3:1; 1Pet 5:8; Mt 12:43Bwana akamwambia Shetani, “Umetoka wapi?”
Shetani akamjibu Bwana, “Natoka kuzunguka pote duniani, nikitembea huku na huko humo.”
81:8 Ay 42:7-8; Kut 20:20; Yos 1:7; Za 25:16; 26:12; 112:1; 128:4Ndipo Bwana akamwambia Shetani, “Je, umemwangalia huyo mtumishi wangu Ayubu? Hakuna mtu mwingine duniani aliye kama yeye, asiye na hatia, ni mnyofu, mwenye kumcha Mungu, na kuepukana na uovu.”
91:9 1Tim 6:5Shetani akamjibu Bwana, “Je, Ayubu anamcha Mungu bure? 101:10 Za 34:7; 128:1-2; Ay 8:7; 1Sam 25:16; Ay 2:4; 29:6; 42:12, 17Je, wewe hukumjengea boma pande zote yeye na wa nyumbani mwake pamoja na kila kitu alicho nacho? Kazi za mikono yake umezibariki na hivyo makundi yake ya kondoo na mbuzi pamoja na ya wanyama yameenea katika nchi nzima. 111:11 Ay 19:21; Law 24:11; Ufu 12:9-10; Lk 22:31; Isa 3:8; 65:3; Ay 2:5Lakini nyoosha mkono wako na kupiga kila kitu alicho nacho, naye kwa hakika atakulaani mbele za uso wako.”
121:12 Ay 2:6; 1Kor 10:13Bwana akamwambia Shetani, “Vema sana, kwa hiyo, kila kitu alicho nacho kiko mikononi mwako, lakini juu ya huyo mtu mwenyewe usimguse hata kwa kidole.”
Ndipo Shetani akatoka mbele za Bwana.
131:13 Ay 1:2, 4; Mhu 9:12; Lk 12:19, 20Siku moja watoto wa Ayubu walipokuwa wakifanya karamu wakila na kunywa divai katika nyumba ya ndugu yao mkubwa, 141:14 Mwa 36:24akaja mjumbe kwa Ayubu na kusema, “Maksai walikuwa wakilima na punda walikuwa wakilisha karibu nao, 151:15 Mwa 10:7; Ay 6:19; 9:26Waseba wakawashambulia na kuchukua mifugo. Kisha wakawaua watumishi kwa upanga, nami ndimi peke yangu niliyenusurika kukuletea habari!”
161:16 1Fal 18:38; 2Fal 1:12; Ay 20:26; Mwa 18:17; Law 10:2; Hes 11:1-3Alipokuwa bado ananena, mjumbe mwingine akaja na kusema, “Moto wa Mungu ulishuka kutoka mbinguni na kuteketeza kondoo na watumishi, nami ndimi peke yangu niliyenusurika kukuletea habari!”
171:17 Mwa 11:28-31; Ay 9:24Alipokuwa bado ananena, mjumbe mwingine akaja na kusema, “Wakaldayo waliunda vikosi vitatu vya uvamizi na kuwaangukia ngamia wako na kuwachukua wakaondoka nao. Wakawaua watumishi kwa upanga, nami ndimi peke yangu niliyenusurika kukuletea habari.”
181:18 Ay 1:2, 4Alipokuwa bado ananena, mjumbe mwingine akaja na kusema, “Wana wako na binti zako walipokuwa wakifanya karamu, wakila na kunywa divai katika nyumba ya ndugu yao mkubwa, 191:19 Isa 21:1; Mk 7:25; Za 11:6; Isa 5:28; Yer 4:11; 13:24; 18:17; Eze 17:10; Hos 13:15ghafula upepo wenye nguvu ukavuma kutoka jangwani, nao ukaipiga nyumba hiyo pembe zake nne. Ikawaangukia hao watoto nao wamekufa, nami ndimi peke yangu niliyenusurika kukuletea habari!”
201:20 Mwa 37:29; Mk 14:63; Isa 3:24; 15:2; 22:12; Yer 7:29; 16:6; Eze 27:31; 29:18; Mik 1:16; 1Pet 5:6Ndipo Ayubu akasimama, akararua joho lake na kunyoa nywele zake. Kisha akaanguka chini katika kuabudu 211:21 Mhu 5:15; Rut 1:21; Amu 10:15; Efe 5:20; Mwa 45:5; 1Tim 6:7; 1Sam 2:7; Mhu 7:14; Yak 5:11; Amo 3:6; Efe 5:20; Mwa 45:5na kusema:
“Nilitoka tumboni mwa mama yangu uchi,
nami nitaondoka uchi,1:21 Au: nitarudi huko uchi.
Bwana alinipa, naye Bwana ameviondoa,
jina la Bwana litukuzwe.”
221:22 Mit 10:19; Rum 9:20; Ay 2:10; Za 39:1; Isa 53:7Katika mambo haya yote, Ayubu hakutenda dhambi kwa kumlaumu Mungu kwa kufanya ubaya.