Job:Chapter 1


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約伯傳 Job
1從前在胡茲地方,有一個人名叫約伯,為人十全十美,生性正直,敬畏天主,遠離邪惡。 1There was a man in the land of Hus, whose name was Job, and that man was simple and upright, and fearing God, and avoiding evil.
2他生了七個兒子,三個女兒。 2And there were born to him seven sons and three daughters.
3家畜有七千隻羊,三千駱駝,五百對牛,五百母驢,且有很多僕人。此人是當時東方人民中最偉大的人物。 3And his possession was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a family exceeding great: and this man was great among all the people of the east.
4他的每個兒子,按日輪流在家中設宴,且派人邀請他們的三個姊妹來一同宴飲。 4And his sons went, and made a feast by houses every one in his day. And sending they called their three sisters to eat and drink with them.
5及至宴飲的日子輪流一週,約伯總是派人召集他們來聖潔他們,清早起來照子女的數目,獻上全燔祭品說:「恐怕我的兒子犯了罪,心中詛咒了天主。」約伯常常如此行事。 5And when the days of their feasting were gone about, Job sent to them, and sanctified them: and rising up early offered holocausts for every one of them. For he said: Lest perhaps my sons have sinned, and have blessed God in their hearts. So did Job all days.
6有一天,天主的眾子都來侍立在上主面前,撒殫也夾在他們當中。 6Now on a certain day when the sons of God came to stand before the Lord, Satan also was present among them.
7上主問撒殫說:「你從那裏來?」撒殫回答上主說:「我走遍了世界,周遊了各地回來。」 7And the Lord said to him: Whence comest thou? And he answered and said: I have gone round about the earth, and walked through it.
8上主對撒殫說:「你曾留心注意到我的僕人約伯沒有?因為世上沒有一個像他那樣十全十美,生性正直,敬畏天主,遠避邪惡的人。」 8And the Lord said to him: Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a simple and upright man, and fearing God, and avoiding evil?
9撒殫回答上主說:「約伯那裏是無緣無故敬畏天主的呢? 9And Satan answering, said: Doth Job fear God in vain?
10你不是四面保護他、他的家庭和他所有的一切麼?並且凡是他親手做的,你都祝福了;你使他的牲畜在地上繁殖增多。 10Hast not thou made a fence for him, and his house, and all his substance round about, blessed the works of his hands, and his possession hath increased on the earth?
11但是你若伸手打擊他所有的一切,他必定當面詛咒你。」 11But stretch forth thy hand a little, and touch all that he hath, and see if he blesseth thee not to thy face.
12上主對撒殫說:「看,他所有的一切,都隨你處理,只是不要伸手加害他的身體。」撒殫遂離開天主走了。 12Then the Lord said to Satan: Behold, all that he hath is in thy hand: only put not forth thy hand upon his person. And Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
13有一天,他的兒子同他的女兒,正在長兄家裏歡宴飲酒的時候, 13Now upon a certain day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their eldest brother,
14有個帶信的人跑來向約伯說:「牛正在耕田,母驢在一旁吃草的時候, 14There came a messenger to Job, and said: The oxen were ploughing, and the asses feeding beside them,
15舍巴人突然闖來將牲口搶了去,用刀將那些僕人殺了,只有我一人逃脫,來向你報告。」 15And the Sabeans rushed in, and took all away, and slew the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell thee.
16這人還在報告時,另一個人跑來說:「天主的火由天降下,將羊群和僕人都燒死了,只有我一人逃脫,來向你報告。」 16And while he was yet speaking, another came, and said: The fire of God fell from heaven, and striking the sheep and the servants, hath consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell thee.
17這人還在報告時,另一個人跑來說:「加色丁人分成三隊闖入駱駝群,將駱駝搶走了,用刀將僕人殺了,只有我一人逃脫,來向你報告。」 17And while he also was yet speaking, there came another, and said: The Chaldeans made three troops, and have fallen upon the camels, and taken them, moreover they have slain the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell thee.
18這人還在報告時,另一個人跑來說;「你的兒女正在長兄家宴飲的時候, 18He was yet speaking, and behold another came in, and said: Thy sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their elder brother:
19忽然從曠野那邊吹來一陣颶風,颳倒了房屋的四角,壓死了你的孩子,只有我一人幸免,來向你報告。」 19A violent wind came on a sudden from the side of the desert, and shook the four corners of the house, and it fell upon thy children and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to fell thee.
20約伯就起來,撕裂了自己的外氅,剃去頭髮,俯伏在地叩拜, 20Then Job rose up, and rent his garments, and having shaven his head fell down upon the ground and worshipped,
21說「我赤身脫離母胎,也要赤身歸去;上主賜的,上主收回,願上主的名受到讚美!」 21And said: Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: as it hath pleased the Lord so is it done: blessed be the name of the Lord.
22就這一切事而論,約伯並沒有犯罪,也沒有說抱怨天主的話。 22In all these things Job sinned not by his lips, nor spoke he any foolish thing against God.




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