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.
1Ɔbarima bi tenaa ase wɔ Us1.1 Us yɛ ɔman bi a na ɛda Yordan apueeɛ fam. Na Hiob nyɛ Israelni. asase so a na ne din de Hiob. Na ne ho nni asɛm na ɔyɛ pɛ; na ɔsuro Onyankopɔn, na ɔtwe ne ho firi bɔne ho. 2Na ɔwɔ mmammarima baason ne mmammaa baasa, 3na ɔwɔ nnwan mpem nson, nyoma mpem mmiɛnsa, anantwie mpamho ahanum ne mfunumu bereɛ aha enum, na ɔwɔ asomfoɔ bebree. Na ɔyɛ onipa kɛseɛ paa wɔ nnipa a wɔwɔ Apueeɛ fam nyinaa no mu.
4Na ne mmammarima no to ɛpono nnidisoɔ nnidisoɔ wɔ wɔn afie mu, na wɔto nsa frɛ wɔn nnuammaa baasa no ne wɔn bɔ mu didi, nom. 5Sɛ apontoɔ nna no twam a, Hiob soma kɔfrɛ wɔn na wɔdwira wɔn ho. Ɔsɔre anɔpahema bɔ ɔhyeɛ afɔdeɛ ma wɔn mu biara, ɛfiri sɛ ɔdwene sɛ, “Ebia na me mma no ayɛ bɔne na wɔadome Onyankopɔn wɔ wɔn akoma mu.” Yei yɛ dwuma a na Hiob di no ɛberɛ-ano-berɛ ano.
Hiob Sɔhwɛ A Ɛdi Ɛkan
6Ɛda bi, abɔfoɔ no de wɔn ho bɛkyerɛɛ Awurade, na Satan kaa wɔn ho baeɛ. 7Awurade bisaa Satan sɛ, “Wofiri he na wobaa ha?”
Satan buaa Awurade sɛ, “Mefiri asase so akyinkyinakyinkyini ne emu akɔneabadie mu.”
8Na Awurade bisaa Satan sɛ, “Wadwene me ɔsomfoɔ Hiob ho anaa? Obiara nte sɛ ɔno wɔ asase so, ne ho nni asɛm na ɔtene, ɔyɛ onipa a ɔsuro Onyankopɔn na ɔkyiri bɔne.”
9Satan buaa Awurade sɛ, “Hiob suro Onyankopɔn kwa anaa? 10Wonnyee ban mfaa ɔno, ne fie ne biribiara a ɔwɔ ho anaa? Woahyira ne nsa ano adwuma so, enti ne nnwan ne nʼanantwie ase atrɛ asase no so. 11Na wo deɛ, tene wo nsa na sɛe deɛ ɔwɔ nyinaa, na ɔbɛgyina wʼanim na wadome wo.”
12Awurade ka kyerɛɛ Satan sɛ, “Ɛyɛ, deɛ ɔwɔ nyinaa wɔ wo nsam, nanso ɔno ankasa deɛ, mfa wo nsateaa nka no.”
Na Satan firii Awurade anim kɔeɛ.
13Ɛda bi a Hiob mmammarima ne ne mmammaa redidi na wɔrenom bobesa wɔ wɔn nuabarima panin fie no, 14ɔbɔfoɔ bi baa Hiob hɔ, bɛkaa sɛ, “Anantwie no refɛntɛm na mfunumu no redidi wɔ wɔn nkyɛn no, 15Sebafoɔ1.15 Na Sabafoɔ yɛ atukɔtenafoɔ a na wɔte Arabia anafoɔ fam. bɛto hyɛɛ yɛn so, sesaa wɔn kɔɔeɛ. Wɔde afena kunkumm apaafoɔ no, na me nko ara na medwaneeɛ a merebɛbɔ wo saa amaneɛ yi.”
16Ɛberɛ a ɔgu so rekasa no, ɔbɔfoɔ foforɔ bi ba bɛkaa sɛ, “Onyankopɔn ogya firi soro abɛhye wo nnwan ne wo nnwanhwɛfoɔ no nyinaa, na me nko ara na medwaneeɛ a merebɛbɔ wo amaneɛ yi.”
17Ɔgu so rekasa no, ɔbɔfoɔ foforɔ bi bɛkaa sɛ, “Kaldeafoɔ1.17 Na Kaldeafoɔ yɛ atukɔtenafoɔ a wɔte ɛserɛ a ɛwɔ Mesopotamia so. Wɔn ara na wɔbɛtenaa Babilonia yɛɛ no ahemman. de akorɔmfoɔ akuo mmiɛnsa baa wo nyoma so bɛsoaa wɔn kɔeɛ. Wɔde afena kunkumm asomfoɔ no na me nko ara na medwaneeɛ a merebɛbɔ wo amaneɛ yi.”
18Ɛberɛ a ɔgu so rekasa no, ɔbɔfoɔ foforɔ bi ba bɛkaa sɛ, “Na wo mmammarima ne wo mmammaa redidi na wɔrenom bobesa wɔ wɔn nuabarima panin fie, 19na prɛko pɛ, ahum bi bɔ firii ɛserɛ no so bɛdwiraa efie no ntwea ɛnan no. Efie no dwiri guu wɔn so na akunkum wɔn, na me nko ara na medwaneeɛ a merebɛbɔ wo amaneɛ yi.”
20Yei maa Hiob sɔre gyinaa hɔ, sunsuanee nʼatadeɛ mu na ɔyii ne tirinwi. Afei ɔtenaa fam sɔree Awurade 21kaa sɛ,
“Adagya na mede mefiri me maame yam baeɛ,
na adagya na mede bɛsane akɔ.
Awurade de maeɛ, na Awurade afa;
nhyira nka Awurade din!”
22Yei nyinaa mu no, Hiob anyɛ bɔne sɛ ɔbɛbɔ Onyankopɔn soboɔ.