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 to and fro 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 eldest brother’s house, 14a messenger came to Job and said, ‘The oxen were ploughing 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 eldest 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 shall depart.1:21 Or shall 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 apuei fam. Na Hiob nyɛ Israelni. asase so a na ne din de Hiob. Na ne ho nni asɛm na ɔyɛ pɛ; na osuro Onyankopɔn, na ɔtwe ne ho fi bɔne ho. 2Na ɔwɔ mmabarima baason ne mmabea baasa, 3na ɔwɔ nguan mpem ason, yoma mpem abiɛsa, anantwi mpamho ahannum ne mfurumbere ahannum, na ɔwɔ asomfo bebree. Na ɔyɛ onipa kɛse pa ara wɔ nnipa a wɔwɔ Apuei fam nyinaa no mu.
4Na ne mmabarima no to pon nnidiso nnidiso wɔ wɔn afi mu, na wɔto nsa frɛ wɔn nuabeanom baasa no ne wɔn bɔ mu didi, nom. 5Sɛ aponto nna no twa mu a, Hiob soma kɔfrɛ wɔn na wodwira wɔn ho. Ɔsɔre anɔpahema bɔ ɔhyew afɔre ma wɔn mu biara, efisɛ na osusuw sɛ, “Ebia na me mma no ayɛ bɔne na wɔadome Onyankopɔn wɔ wɔn koma mu.” Eyi yɛ dwuma a na Hiob di no bere ano bere ano.
Hiob Sɔhwɛ A Edi Kan
6Da bi, abɔfo no de wɔn ho bɛkyerɛɛ Awurade, na Satan kaa wɔn ho bae. 7Awurade bisaa Satan se, “Wufi he na wobaa ha?”
Satan buaa Awurade se, “Mifi asase so akyinkyinakyinkyin ne emu akɔneabadi mu.”
8Na Awurade bisaa Satan se, “Woadwene me somfo Hiob ho ana? Obiara nte sɛ ɔno wɔ asase so, ne ho nni asɛm na ɔteɛ, ɔyɛ onipa a osuro Onyankopɔn na okyi bɔne.”
9Satan buaa Awurade se, “Hiob suro Onyankopɔn kwa ana? 10Wunnyee ban mfaa ɔno, ne fie ne biribiara a ɔwɔ ho ana? Woahyira ne nsa ano adwuma so, enti ne nguan ne nʼanantwi ase atrɛw asase no so. 11Na wo de, teɛ wo nsa na sɛe nea ɔwɔ nyinaa, na obegyina wʼanim na wadome wo.”
12Awurade ka kyerɛɛ Satan se, “Eye, nea ɔwɔ nyinaa wɔ wo nsam, nanso ɔno ankasa de, mfa wo nsateaa nka no.”
Na Satan fii Awurade anim kɔe.
13Da bi a Hiob mmabarima ne ne mmabea redidi na wɔrenom bobesa wɔ wɔn nuabarima panyin fi no, 14ɔbɔfo bi baa Hiob hɔ bɛkae se, “Anantwi no refuntum na mfurum no redidi wɔ wɔn nkyɛn no, 15Sabiafo1.15 Na Sabiafo yɛ atubrafo a na wɔte Arabia anafo fam. bɛtow hyɛɛ yɛn so, sesaw wɔn kɔe. Wɔde afoa kunkum apaafo no, na me nko ara na miguanee a merebɛbɔ wo saa amanneɛ yi.”
16Bere a ogu so rekasa no, ɔbɔfo foforo bi ba bɛkae se, “Onyankopɔn gya fi soro abɛhyew wo nguan ne wo nguanhwɛfo no nyinaa, na me nko ara na miguanee a merebɛbɔ wo amanneɛ yi.”
17Ogu so rekasa no, ɔbɔfo foforo bi bɛkae se, “Kaldeafo1.17 Na Kaldeafo yɛ atubrafo a wɔte sare a ɛwɔ Mesopotamia so. Wɔn ara na wɔbɛtenaa Babilonia yɛɛ no ahemman. de akorɔmfo akuw abiɛsa baa wo yoma so bɛsoaa wɔn kɔe. Wɔde afoa kunkum asomfo no na me nko ara na miguanee a merebɛbɔ wo amanneɛ yi.”
18Bere a ogu so rekasa no, ɔbɔfo foforo bi ba bɛkae se, “Na wo mmabarima ne wo mmabea redidi na wɔrenom bobesa wɔ wɔn nuabarima panyin fi, 19na prɛko pɛ, ahum bi bɔ fii sare no so bedwiraa ofi no ntwea anan no. Ofi no dwiriw guu wɔn so na akunkum wɔn, na me nko ara na miguanee a merebɛbɔ wo amanneɛ yi.”
20Eyi maa Hiob sɔre gyinaa hɔ, sunsuan nʼatade mu na oyii ne tinwi. Afei ɔtenaa fam sɔree Awurade 21kae se,
“Adagyaw na mede fi me na yam bae,
na adagyaw na mede bɛsan akɔ.
Awurade de mae, na Awurade afa;
nhyira nka Awurade din!”
22Eyi nyinaa mu no, Hiob anyɛ bɔne sɛ ɔbɛbɔ Onyankopɔn sobo.