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 back and forth 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 oldest brother’s house, 14a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing 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 oldest 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 will depart.1:21 Or will 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.
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.