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Satan appears before God.

JOB. He obtains leave to tempt Job, 26 Wherefore they called these days provinces of the kingdom of. Ahasuerus, Purim after the name of Pur. There- with words of peace and truth, fore for all the words of this letter, and 31 To confirm these days of Purim in of that which they had seen concerning their times appointed, according as Morthis matter, and which had come unto decai the Jew and Esther the queen had them,

enjoined them, and as they had decreed 27 The Jews ordained, and took upon for themselves and for their seed, the matthem, and upon their seed, and upon all ters of the fastings and their cry. such as joined themselves unto them, so as 32 And the decree of Esther confirmed it should not fail, that they would keep these matters of Purim; and it was written these two days according to their writing, in the book. and according to their appointed time eve

CHAP. X. ry year;

AND the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute 28 And that these days should be re-A upon the land, and upon the isles of membered and kept throughout every ge- the sea. neration, every family, every province, and 2 And all the acts of his power and of every city; and that these days of Pu-This might, and the declaration of the greatrim should not fail from among the Jews, ness of Mordecai, whereunto the king adnor the memorial of them perish from their vanced him, are they not written in the seed.

book of the chronicles of the kings of Media 29 Then Esther the queen, the daugh- and Persia ? ter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, 3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto wrote with all authority, to confirm this king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, second letter of Purim.

and accepted of the multitude of his bre 30 And he sent the letters unto all the thren, seeking the wealth of his people, and Jews, to, the hundred twenty and seven Ispeaking peace to all his seed.

I The Book of JOB.

lis none like him in the earth, a perfect and THERE was a man in the land of Uz, an upright man, one that feareth God, and

1 whose name was Job; and that man escheweth evil? was perfect and upright, and one that fearl 9 Then Satan answered the LORD and ed God, and eschewed evil.

said, Doth Job fear God for nought ? 2 And there were born unto him seren 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about sons and three daughters.

him, and about his house, and about all that 3 His substance also was seven thousand he hath on every side? thou hast blessed sheep, and three thousand camels, and five the work of his hands, and his substance is hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred increased in the land. she-asses, and a very great household; so 11 But put forth thine hand now, and that this man was the greatest of all the touch all that he hath, and he will curse men of the east.

thee to thy face. 4 And his sons went and feasted in their 12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behouses, every one his day; and sent and hold, all that he hath is in thy power; only called for their three sisters to eat and to upon himself put not forth thine hand. So drink with them.

Satan went forth from the presence of the 5 And it was so, when the days of their LORD. feasting were gone about, that Job sent and 13 I And there was a day when his sons sanctified them, and rose up early in the and his daughters were eating and drinking morning and offered burnt-offerings accord- wine in their eldest brother's house : ing to the number of them all: for Job 14 And there came a messenger unto said, It may be that my sons have sinned, Job, and said, The oxen were ploughing, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did and the asses feeding beside them: Job continually.

15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and 6. Now there was a day when the sons took them away; yea, they have slain the of God came to present themselves before servants with the edge of the sword; and I the LORD, and Satan came also among only am escaped alone to tell thee. them.

1 16 While he was yet speaking, there 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, came also another, and said, The fire of Whence comest thou ? Then Satan an- God is fallen from heaven, and bath burned swered the LORD, and said, From going to up the sheep and the servants, and conand fro in the earth, and from walking up sumed them; and I only am escaped alone and down in it.

to tell thee. 8 Ard the LORD said unto Satan, Hast 17 While he was yet speaking, there th'u considered my servant Job, that there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans

Job smitten with boils. CHAP. II, III. He curses the day of his birth made out three bands, and fell upon the they came every one from his own place, camels, and have carried them away, yea, Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuand slain the servants with the edge of the hite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell had made an appointment together to come thee.

to mourn with him, and to comfort him. 18 While he was yet speaking, there 12 And when they lifted up their eyes came also another, and said, l'hy sons and afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up thy daughters were eating and drinking their voice, and wept; and they rent every wine in their eldest brother's house : one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon

19 And behold, there came a great wind their heads toward heaven. from the wilderness, and smote the four 13 So they sat down with him upon the corners of the house, and it fell upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and young men, and they are dead; and I only none spake a word unto him: for they saw am escaped alone to tell thee.

that his grief was very great. 20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle,

CHAP. III. and shaved his head, and fell down upon AFTER this opened Job his mou:h, and

21 And said, Naked came l out of my 2 And Job spake, and said, mother's womb, and naked shall I return 3 Let the day perish wherein I was born, thither; The LORD gave, and the Lord and the night in which it was said, There bath taken away: blessed be the name of is a man child conceived. the LORD.

4 Let that day be darkness; let not God 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged regard it from above, neither let the light God foolishly.

shine upon it. CHAP. II.

5 Let darkness and the shadow of death A GAIN there was a day when the sons stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the

of God came to present themselves blackness of the day terrify it. before the LORD, and Satan came also 6 As for that night, let darkness seize among them to present himself before the upon it; let it not be joined unto the days LORD.

of the year, let it not come into the number 2 And the Lord said unto Satan, From of the months. whence comest thou ? And Satan answered 7 Lo, let that night be solitary ; let no the LORD, and said, From going to and fro joyful voice come therein. in the earth, and from walking up and down & Let them curse it that curse the day, in it.

who are ready to raise up their mourning 3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast 9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be thou considered my servant Job, that there dark; let it look for light, but have none; is none like him in the earth, a perfect and neither let it see the dawning of the day: an upright man, one that feareth God, and 10 Because it shut not up the doors of escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from his integrity, although thou movedst me mine eyes. against him, to destroy him without cause. 11 Why died I not from the womb? why

4 And Satan answered the Lord, and did I not give up the ghost when I came said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath out of the belly will he give for his life.

12 Why did the knees prevent me? or 5 But put forth thine hand now, and why the breasts that I should suck ? touch his bone and his flesh, and he will 13 For now should I have lain still and curse thee to thy face.

been quiet, I should have slept: then had I 6 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, been at rest, he is in thine hand; but save his life. 14 With kings and counsellors of the

7 So went Satan forth from the pre-earth, which built desolate places for themsence of the LORD, and smote Job with selves; sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his 15 Or with princes that had gold, who crown.

filled their houses with silver: 8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape 16 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had himself withal; and he sat down among not been; as infants which never saw light. he ashes.

17 There the wicked cease from trous 9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost bling; and there the weary be at rest. thou still retain thine integrity ? curse God, 18 There the prisoners rest together; and die

they hear not the voice of the oppressor. 10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest 19 The small and great are there; and as one of the foolish women speaketh. the servant is free from his master. What! shall we receive good at the hand. 20 Wherefore is light given to him that of God, and shall we not receive evil? In is in misery, and life unto the bitter in snul; all this did not Job sin with his lips. 21 Which long for death, but it cometh

11 Now when Job's three friends heard not; and dig for it more than for hid tregó of all this evil that was come upon him, sures;

Eliphaz reproves Job.

JOB. God to be sought in affliction. 22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are in them go away? they die, even without glad, when they can find the grave? wisdom. 23 Why is light given to a man whose

CHAP. V. way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in! | TALL now, if there be any that will

24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, answer thee; and to which of the and my roarings are poured out like the saints wilt thou turn ? waters.

2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and 25 For the thing which I greatly feared envy slayeth the silly one. is come upon me, and that which I was 3 I have seen the foolish taking root: afraid of is come unto me.

but suddenly I cursed his habitation. 26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, 4 His children are far from safety, and neither was I quiet; yet trouble came. they are crushed in the gate, neither is CHAP. IV.

there any to deliver them. THEN Eliphaz the Temanite answered 5 Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, 1 and said,

and taketh it even out of the thorns, and 2 If we assay to commune with thee, the robber swalloweth up their substance. wilt thou be grieved ? but who can withhold 6 Although affliction cometh not forth himself from speaking ?

of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out 3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and of the ground; thou hast strengthened the weak hands. 7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the

4 Thy words have upholden him that sparks fly upward. was falling, and thou hast strengthened the 8 I would seek unto God, and unto God feeble knees.

would I commit my cause : 5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou 9 Which doeth great things and unfaintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art searchable ; marvellous things without troubled.

number: 6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, 10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, and thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways? sendeth waters upon the fields :

Remember, I pray thee, who ever 11 To set up on high those that be low; perished, being innocent ? or where were that those which mourn may be exalted to the righteous cut off?

safety. 8 Even as I have seen, they that plough! 12 He disappointeth the devices of the iniquity, and SOW wickedness, reap the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform same.

their enterprise. 9 By: the blast of God they perish, and 13 He taketh the wise in their own by the breath of his nostrils are they con- craftiness : and the counsel of the froward sumed.

lis carried headlong. 10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice 14 They meet with darkness in the dayof the fierce lion, and the teeth of the youngtime, and grope in the noon-day as in the lions, are broken.

night. 11' The old lion perisheth for lack of 15 But he saveth the poor from the prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scat-sword, from their mouth, and from the hand tered abroad.

of the mighty. 12 Now a thing was secretly brought to 16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity me, and mine ear received a little thereof. stoppeth her mouth.

13 In thoughts from the visions of the i7 Behold, happy is the man whom Gud night, when deep sleep falleth on men, correcteth : therefore despise not thou the

14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, chastening of the Almighty : which made all my bones to shake. I 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up:

15 Then a spirit passed before my face; he woundeth, and his hands make whole. the hair of my flesh stood up:

1 19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: 1 16 It stood still, but I could not discern yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. the form thereof: an image was before 20 In famine he shall redeem thee from mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a death: and in war from the power of the voice, saying,

sword. 17 Shall mortal man be more just than 21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge God ? shall a man be more pure than his of the tongue : neither shalt thou be afraid maker?

of destruction when it cometh. 18 Behold, he put no trust in his ser-22 At destruction and famine thou shalt vants; and his angels he charged with folly : laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the

19 How much less in them that dwell in beasts of the earth. houses of clay, whose foundation is in the 23 For thou shalt be in league with the dust, which are crushed before the moth? stones of the field : and the beasts of the

20 They are destroyed from morning to field shall be at peace with thee. evening; they perish for ever without any 24 And thou shalt know that thy taberregarding it.

nacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt 21 Doth not their excellency which is visit thy habitation and shalt not sin.


Job iishes for death. CHAP. VI, VII.

He cxcuses that desire. 25 Thou shalt know also that thy seed hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of shall be great, and thine offspring as the the mighty ? grass of the earth.

24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: 26 Thou shalt come to thy grave in a and cause me to understand wherein I full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in have erred. his season.

25 Hlow forcible are right words! but 27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; what doth your arguing reprove ? hear it, and know thou it for thy good. 26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and CHAP. VI.

the speeches of one that is desperate, which BUT Job answered and said, are as wind ?

27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and weighed, and my calamity laid in the ba- ye dig a pit for your friend. lances together!

28 Now therefore be content, look

upon 3 For now it would be heavier than the me; for it is evident unto you if I lie. sand of the sea : therefore my words are 29 Return, I pray you, let it not be swallowed up.

iniquity; yea, return again, my righteous4 For the arrows of the Almighty are ness is in it. within me, the poison whereof drinketh up 30 Is there iniquity in my tongue ? canmy spirit: the terrors of God do set them- not my taste discern perverse things? selves in array against me.

CHAP. VII. 5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath S there not an appointed time to man grass ? or loweth the ox over his fodder? upon earth? are not his days also like

6 Can that which is unsavoury be eaten the days of an hireling? without salt? or is there any taste in the 2 As a servant earnestly desireth the white of an egg?

shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the 7 The things that my soul refused to reward of his work : touch are as my sorrowful meat.

3. So am I made to possess months of 8 Oh that I might have my request ; vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed and that God would grant me the thing to me. that I long for!

4 When I lie down, I say, When shall I 9 Even that it would please God to de- arise, and the night be gone? and I am stroy me; that he would let loose his hand, full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning and cut me off!

of the day. 10 Then should I yet have comfort ; 5 My flesh is clothed with worms and Fea, I would harden myself in sorrow : let clods of dust; my skin is broken, and behim not spare; for I have not concealed come loathsome. the words of the Holy One.

6 My days are swifter than a weaver's 11 What is my strength, that I should shuttle, and are spent without lope. hope? And what is mine end, that I 70 remember that my life is wind : should prolong my life?

mine eye shall no more see good. 12 Is my strength the strength of stones? 8 The eye of him that hath seen me or is my flesh of brass ?

shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon 13 Is not my help in me? and is wisdom me, and I am not. driven quite from me ?

9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth 14 To him that is afflicted pity should away: so he that goeth down to the grave be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh shall come up no more. the fear of the Almighty.

10 He shall return no more to his house, 15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully neither shall his place know him any more. as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they 11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; pass away;

I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I 16 Which are blackish by reason of the will complain in the bitterness of my soul. ice, and wherein the snow is hid :

12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou 17 What time they wax warm, they settest a watch over me? vanish : when it is hot, they are consumed 13 When I say, My bed shall comfort out of their place.

me, my couch shall ease my complaint; 18 The paths of their way are turned 14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, aside;

they go to nothing, and perish. and terrifiest me through visions : 19 The troops of Tema looked, the 15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, companies of Sheba waited for them. and death rather than my life.

20 They were confounded because they 16 I loathe it ; I would not live alway: had hoped; they came thither, and were let me alone; for my days are vanity. ashamed.

17 What is man, that thou shouldest 21 For now ye are nothing ; ye see my magnify him ? and that thou shouldest set casting down, and are afraid.

thine heart upon him ? 22 Did I say, Bring unto me! or, Give 18 And that thou shouldest visit him a reward for me of your substance ? every morning, and try him every moment? 23. Or, Deliver me from the enemy's! 19 How long wilt thou not depart from

Bildad sheros God's justice. JOB.

No contending with God. me, nor let me alone till I swallow down

CHAP. IX. my spittle ?

THEN Job answered and said, 20ʻI have sinned; what shall I do unto 1 2 I know it is so of a truth: but how thee, O thou preserver of men ? why hast should man be just with God? thou set me as a mark against thee, so that 3 If he will contend with him, he cannot I am a burden to myself?

answer him one of a thousand. 21 And why dost thou not pardon my 4 He is wise iu heart, and mighty in transgression, and take away mine iniqui- strength: who hath hardened himself ty ? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and against him, and hath prospered ? thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I 5 Which removeth the mountains, and shall not be.

they know not: which overturneth them in CHAP. VIII.

his anger. THEN answered Bildad the Shuhite, 6 Which shaketh the earth out of her I and said,

Tplace, and the pillars thereof tremble. 2 How long wilt thou speak these 7 Which commandeth the sun, and it things ? and how long shall the words of riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. thy mouth be like a strong wind ?

18 Which alone spreadeth out the hea3 Doth God pervert judgment? or doth vens, and treadeth upon the waves of the the Almighty pervert justice ?

sea. 4 If thy children have sinned against 9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and him, and he have cast them away for their Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. transgression;

I 10 Which doeth great things past find5 If thou wouldest seek unto God be-ling out; yea, and wonders without nümtimes, and make thy supplication to the ber. Almighty ;

11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him 6 If thou wert pure and upright; surely not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him now he would awake for thee, and make not. the habitation of thy righteousness pros- 12 Behold, he taketh away, who can perous.

hinder him ? who will say unto him, What 7 Though thy beginning was small, yet doest thou? thy latter end should greatly increase. 13 If God will not withdraw his anger,

8 For inquire, I pray thee, of the former the proud helpers do stoop under him. age, and prepare thyself to the search of 14 How much less shall I answer him, their fathers :

and choose out my words to reason with 9 (For we are but of yesterday, and him? know nothing, because our days upon 15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet earth are a shadow :)

would I not answer, but I would make sup10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell plication to my judge. thee, and utter words out of their heart? [16 If I had called, and he had answered

11 Can the rush grow up without mire ? me; yet would I not believe that he had can the flag grow without water?

hearkened unto my voice. 12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and 17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, not cut down, it withereth before any other and multiplieth my wounds without cause. herb.

I 18 He will not suffer me to take my 13 So are the paths of all that forget breath, but filleth me with bitterness. God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish : 19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong:

14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and and if of judgment, who shall set me a whose trust shall be a spider's web. time to plead?

15 He shall lean upon his house, but it 20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall condemn 'me: if I say, I an perfect, shall not endure.

lit shall also prove me perverse. 16 Fle is green before the sun, and his 21 Though I were perfect, yet would I branch shooteth forth in his garden. not know my soul: I would despise my

17 His roots are wrapped about the life. heap, and seeth the place of stones,

22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, 18 If he destroy him from his place, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked. then it shall deny him, saying, I have not 23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will seen thee.

laugh at the trial of the innocent. 19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, 24 The earth is given into the hand of and out of the earth shall others grow. the wicked: he covereth the faces of the

20 Behold, God will not cast away a per-judges thereof; if not, where, and who fect man, neither will he help the evil doers :lis he?

21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, 25 Now my days are swifter than a post: and thy liys with rejoicing.

they flee away, they see no good. 22 They that hate thee shall be clothed 26 They are passed away as the swift with shame; and the dwelling-place of the ships : as the eagle that hasteth to the pres. wicked shall come to nought.

| 27 If I say, I will forget my complaint.

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