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约伯传 Job
1又有一天,天主的众子都前来侍立在上主面前,撒殚也夹在他们当中,侍立在上主面前。1Once more the sons of God came to present themselves before Yahweh, and again Satan was with them.
2上主向撒殚说:「你从那里来?」撒殚回答上主说:「我走遍了世界,周游了各地回来。」2Yahweh asked Satan, "Where have you been?" Satan answered, "Going up and down the earth, roaming about."
3上主对撒殚说:「你曾留心注意到我的仆人约伯吗?世上没有一个像他那样十全十美,生性正直,敬畏天主,远避邪恶的人。你虽然激动我加害他,无端叫他倾家荡产,但他依然保持自己的完善。」3Yahweh asked again, "Have you noticed my servant Job? No one on earth is as blameless and upright as he, a man who fears God and avoids evil. He still holds fast to his integrity even if you provoked me to ruin him without cause."
4撒殚回答上主说:「那只不过是以皮换皮罢了!人都肯拾弃所有,去保全自己的性命。4Satan replied, "Skin for skin! For his own life, anyone will give everything he owns.
5但是你若伸手打击他的骨和肉,他必定当面诅咒你。」5But lay your hand against his own flesh and bones and he will curse you to your face."
6上主向撒殚说:「看,任你处置他,但要保留他的命。」6Yahweh said to Satan, "Very well, he is in your power. But spare his life."
7撒殚从上主那里出来,就使约伯从足踵到头顶都长了毒疮。7So Satan left the presence of Yahweh and afflicted Job with festering sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.
8约伯坐在灰土堆中,用瓦片刮身。8Job took a potsherd to scrape himself and sat among the ashes.
9他的妻子向他说:「你还保持你的完善吗?你倒不如诅咒天主,死了算了!」9His wife said to him, "Do you still hold on to your integrity? Curse God and die!"
10约伯向她说:「你说话,真像一个糊涂女人!难道我们只由天主那里接受恩惠,而不接受灾祸吗?」就这一切事而论,约伯没有犯失言的过错。10Job replied, "You talk foolishly. If we receive good things from God, why can't we accept evil from him?" In spite of this calamity, Job did not utter a sinful word.
11约伯的三位朋友,特曼人厄里法次、叔亚人彼耳达得、纳阿玛人左法尔,听说他遭遇了灾祸,就各从本地起程,来到一起,去慰问他、劝勉他,11Three of Job's friends - Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite - heard of the misfortune that came upon him. They set out from their own homes and journeyed together to offer their sympathy and consolation to Job.
12他们从远处举目一望,已认不得他,就放声大哭,撕破了自己的外衣,把灰扬起,落在自己头上。12Failing to recognize him from the distance, they wept aloud, tore their garments and poured dust upon their heads.
13他们于是同他在灰土中,坐了七天七夜,因见他受苦太大,没有人敢向他说一句话。13For seven days and seven nights, they sat on the ground beside him. They did not say a word to Job, for they saw how terribly he suffered.
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