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Job 1

Prologue

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. He had seven sons and three daughters, and 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.

His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When 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.

One day the angels[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b] also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”

Then 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.”

“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. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

12 The 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.

13 One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, 15 and 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!”

16 While 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!”

17 While 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!”

18 While 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, 19 when 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!”

20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
    and naked I will depart.[c]
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
    may the name of the Lord be praised.”

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Footnotes

  1. Job 1:6 Hebrew the sons of God
  2. Job 1:6 Hebrew satan means adversary.
  3. Job 1:21 Or will return there

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Job 1

Jobs rigdom og gudfrygtighed

1En mand ved navn Job boede i området Utz.[a] Han var en retskaffen og gudfrygtig mand, der gjorde sit bedste for ikke at synde imod Gud. 2-3 Han havde syv sønner og tre døtre, og han var meget rig. Han ejede 7000 får, 3000 kameler, 500 par okser, 500 hunæsler samt et stort antal tjenestefolk, så han var den rigeste mand i området øst for Israel.

Jobs sønner elskede at holde fest på omgang hos hinanden. De inviterede altid deres tre søstre med, og der blev spist og drukket i flere dage. Hver gang en sådan fest var forbi, sendte Job bud efter dem, for at de kunne gennemgå en renselsesceremoni. Han stod op tidligt om morgenen og bragte et brændoffer for hver af dem for at bede Gud om tilgivelse, hvis de i festens kådhed var kommet til at synde mod Gud og i tankerne havde forbandet ham.

Gud tillader Satan at sætte Job på prøve

En dag, da englene[b] trådte frem for Herren, var også Satan[c] iblandt dem.

„Hvad har du bedrevet, Satan?” spurgte Herren.

„Jeg har gennemtravet jorden på kryds og tværs!” svarede Satan.

„Nå, det har du,” fortsatte Herren. „Lagde du mærke til min tjener Job? Han er enestående blandt mennesker, en retskaffen og gudfrygtig mand, der gør sit bedste for ikke at begå nogen synd.”

„Det er da klart,” indvendte Satan. 10 „Du har jo altid holdt hånden over ham og hans familie og alt, hvad han ejer. Du har velsignet ham på alle måder. Se bare, hvor rig han er blevet! 11 Men prøv engang at tage hans rigdom fra ham, så skal jeg love dig for, at han vil forbande dig lige op i dit åbne ansigt!”

12 Da svarede Herren: „Gør, hvad du vil, med hans rigdom, Satan, men du må ikke gøre ham selv fortræd.”

Så gik Satan bort fra Herren.

13 Ulykken ramte Job en dag, hvor hans sønner og døtre holdt fest hjemme hos den ældste bror. 14-15 Først kom en mand løbende hen til Job og råbte: „Da vi var ved at pløje med okserne, og æslerne gik og græssede i nærheden, overfaldt sabæerne[d] os pludselig! De stjal alle dyrene og dræbte dine arbejdere. Jeg var den eneste, der undslap.”

16 Mens han endnu talte, kom en anden mand løbende med følgende besked: „Der brød et uvejr løs, og lynene slog ned og dræbte både fårene og hyrderne. Jeg var den eneste, der undslap.”

17 Mens han endnu talte, kom en tredje mand løbende med flere dårlige nyheder: „Vi blev pludselig overfaldet af tre kaldæiske røverbander, som stjal alle kamelerne og dræbte dine arbejdere. Jeg var den eneste, der undslap.”

18 Mens han endnu talte, kom en fjerde mand løbende med den værste besked af alle: „Dine sønner og døtre var samlet til fest i din ældste søns hus. 19 Men pludselig kom en kraftig ørkenstorm og rystede huset så voldsomt, at det styrtede sammen og begravede dine børn. De omkom alle, og jeg var den eneste, der undslap.”

20 Da rejste Job sig og rev sin kappe itu som udtryk for sin dybe sorg og fortvivlelse. Derefter barberede han alt sit hår af og kastede sig til jorden for Guds ansigt. 21 „Nøgen kom jeg til verden, og nøgen skal jeg herfra!” sagde han. „Herren gav, og Herren tog. Al ære tilkommer ham!”

22 På trods af denne tragedie syndede Job ikke. Han anklagede ikke Gud for det, der var sket.

Footnotes

  1. 1,1 Dette område menes at ligge i det nuværende Jordan, ikke langt fra Amman.
  2. 1,6 Ordret: „Guds sønner”, som her henviser til de overnaturlige væsener, Gud skabte og brugte som sine sendebud og tjenere. Det samme gælder for Job 2,1 og 38,7.
  3. 1,6 Navnet „Satan” betyder „modstander, anklager”.
  4. 1,14-15 Sabæerne boede øst for Det Røde Hav og er bl.a. kendt fra dronningen af Saba.