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.
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.