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Job expostulates toith God. CHAP, X, XI. God's wisdom is unsearchable. I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort me, and increasest thine indignation upon myself :
me; changes and war are against me. 28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know 18 Wherefore then hast thou brought that thou wilt not hold me innocent. me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had
29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in given up the ghost, and no eye had seen rain ?
me! 30 If I wash myself with snow-water, 19 I should have been as though I had and make my hands never so clean; not been; I should have been carried from
31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the the womb to the grave. ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor 20 Are not my days few ? cease then, me.
and let me alone, that I may take comfort 32 For he is not a man, as I am, that 1 a little, should answer him, and we should come 21 Before I go whence I shall not return, together in judgment.
even to the land of darkness, and the sha33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt dow of death; us, that might lay his hand upon us both, 22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself ;
34 Let him take his rod away from me, and of the shadow of death, without any and let not his fear terrify me:
order, and where the light is as darkness. 35 Then would I speak, and not fear
CHAP. XI. him; but it is not so with me, CHAP. X,
THEN answered Zophar the NaamaMY
Y soul is weary of my life; I will 2 Should not the multitude of words be
leave my complaint up in myself; I answered ? and should a man full of talk will speak in the bitterness of my soul. be justified ?
2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn 3 Should thy lies make men hold their me; shew me wherefore thou contendest peace ? and when thou mockest
, shall no with me.
man make thee ashamed? 3 Is it good unto thee that thou should 4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is est oppress, that thou shouldest despise the pure, and I am clean in thine eyes. work of thine hands, and shine upon the 5 But oh that God would speak, and counsel of the wicked ?
open his lips against thee; 4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou 6 And that he would shew thee the seas man seeth?
crets of wisdom, that they are double to 5 Are thy days as the days of man? are that which is ! Know therefore that God thy years as man's days,
exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity 6. That thou inquirest after mine ini- deserveth. quity, and searchest after my sin ?
7 Canst thou by searching find out God? 7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; canst thou find out the Almighty unto perand there is none that can deliver out of fection? thine hand.
8 It is as high as heaven; what canst 8 Thine hands have made me and fa- thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou shioned me together round about; yet thou know? dost destroy me.
9 The measure thereof is longer than 9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou the earth, and broader than the sea. hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou 10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather bring me into dust again?
together, then who can hinder him? 10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, 11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth and curdled me like cheese?
wickedness also; will he not then consider 11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and it? flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and 12 For vain man would be wise, though sinews.
man be born like a wild ass's colt. 12 Thou hast granted me life and fa 13 If thou prepare thine heart, and vour, and thy visitation hath preserved my stretch out thine hands toward him; spirit.
14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far 13 And these things hast thou hid in away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy thine heart: I know that this is with thee. tabernacles.
14 If I sin, then thou markest me, 15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face and thou wilt 'not acquit me from mine without spot; yea, thou shalt be steadfast, iniquity.
and shalt not fear: 15 If I be wicked, wo unto me; and if 16 Because thou shalt forget thy misery, I be righteous, yet will I not lift up mine and remember it as waters that pass away; head. "I am full of confusion; therefore 17 And thine age shall be clearer than see thou mine affliction;
the noon-day : thou shalt shine forth, thou 16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me shalt be as the morning, as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest 18 And thou shalt be secure, because thyself marvellous upon me.
there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about 17 Thou renewest thy witnesses against thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.
The omnipotence of God.
Job reproves his friends. 19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none them to wander in a wilderness where there shall make thee afraid ; yea, many shall is no way. Make suit unto thee.
| 25 They grope in the dark without light, 20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and he maketh ihem to stagger like a drunkand they shall not escape, and their hope en man. shall be as the giving up of the ghost.
IT O, mine eye hath seen all this, mine AND Job answered and said,
U ear hath heard and understood it. h 2 No doubt but ye are the people, 2 What ye know, the same do I know and wisdom shall die with you.
also : I am not inferior unto you. 3 But I have understanding as well as 3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who and I desire to reason with God. knoweth not such things as these? 1 4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all
4 l am as one mocked of his neighbour, physicians of no value. who calleth upon God, and he answereth 5 O that ye would altogether bold your him : the just upright man is laughed to peace; and it should be your wisdom. scorn.
| 6 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken 5 He that is ready to slip with his feet to the pleadings of my lips. is as a lamp despised in the thought of him 7 Will ye speak wickedly for God? and that is at ease.
talk deceitfully for him ? 6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, 8 Will ye accept his person? will ye and they that provoke God are secure; contend for God ? into whose hand God bringeth abundantly. 9 Is it good that he should search you
7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall out ? or as one man mocketh another, do teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and ye so mock him? they shall tell thee :
| 10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do 8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall secretly accept persons. teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall 11 Shall not his excellency make you declare unto thee.
Jafraid? and his dread fall upon you ? 9 Who knoweth not in all these that the 12 Your remembrances are like unto hand of the LORD hath wrought this? Washes, your bodies to bodies of clay.
10 In whose hand is the soul of every 13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I living thing, and the breath of all man- may speak, and let come on me what will. kind.
14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my 11 Doth not the ear try words ? and the teeth, and put my life in mine hand? mouth taste his meat ?
| 15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust 12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in in him : but I will maintain mine own length of days understanding.
ways before him, 13 With him is wisdom and strength, he 16 He also shall be my salvation : for an hath counsel and understanding.
Thypocrite shall not come before him. 14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it 17 Hear diligently, my speech, and my cannot be built again : he shutteth up a declaration with your ears. man, and there can be no opening. . 18 Behold, now, I have ordered my cause;
15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, I know that I shall be justified. and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, 19 Who is he that will plead with me? and they overturn the earth.
for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give 16 With him is strength and wisdom: up the ghost. the deceived and the deceiver are his. I 20 Only do not two things unto me:
17 He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, then will I not hide myself from thee. and maketh the judges fools.
| 21 Withdraw thine hand far from me: 18 He looseth the bond of kings, and and let not thy dread make me afraid. girdeth their loins with a girdle.
| 22 Then call thou, and I will answer: 19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and or let me speak, and answer thou me. overthroweth the mighty.
| 23 How many are mine iniquities and 20 He removeth away the speech of the sins ? make me to know my transgression trusty, and taketh away the understanding and my sin. of the aged.
| 24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and 21 He poureth contempt upon princes, holdest me for thine enemy? and weakeneth the strength of the mighty. 25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and
22 He discovereth deep things out of fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble ! darkness, and bringeth out to light the 26 For thou writest bitter things against shadow of death.
me, and makest me to possess the iniquities 23 He increaseth the nations, and de- of my youth. stroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, 27 Thou puttest my feet also in the and straighteneth them agair.
stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my 24 He taketh away the heart of the chief paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of the people of the arth, and causeth of my feet.
Job entreats God's favour. CHAP. XIV, XV. Eliphaz reproves Job.
28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, 2 Should a wise man utter vain knowas a garment that is moth-eaten.
ledge, and fill his belly with the east CHAP. XIV.
wind ? MAN that is born of a woman is of few 3 Should he reason with unprofitable
talk ? or with speeches wherewith he can 2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is do no good ? cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and 4. Yea, thou castest off fear, and recontinueth not.
strainest prayer before God. 3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon 5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, such an one, and bringest me into judg- and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. ment with thee?
6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, 4 Who can bring a clean thing out of and not I; yea, thine own lips testify an unclean ? not one.
against thee. 5 Seeing his days are determined, the 7 Art thou the first man that was born ? number of his months ure with thee; thou or wast thou made before the hills ? hast appointed his bounds that he cannot 8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? pass;
and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? 6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till 9 What knowest thou that we know not? he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day. what understandest thou, which is not in
7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut us? down, that it will sprout again, and that 10 With us are both the gray-headed the tender branch thereof will not cease. and very aged men, much elder than thy
8. Though the root thereof wax old in the father. earth, and the stock thereof die in the 11 Are the consolations of God small ground;
with thee? is there any secret thing with 9 Yet through the scent of water it will thee? bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. 12 Why doth thine heart carry thee
10 But man dieth, and wasteth away : away? and what do thine eyes wink at, yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where 13 That thou turnest thy spirit against is he?
God, and lettest such words go out of thy 11 As the waters fail from the sea, and mouth? the flood decayeth and drieth up:
14 What is man, that he should be 12 So man lieth down, and riseth not : clean ? and he which is born of a woman, till the heavens be no more, they shall not that he should be righteous ? awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. 15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his
13 Othat thou wouldest hide me in the saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, his sight. until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest 16 How much more abominable and appoint me a set time, and remember me! filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like
14 If a man die, shall he live again? all water? the days of my appointed time will I wait, 17 I will shew thee, hear me, and that till my change come.
which I have seen, I will declare ; 15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer 18 Which wise men have told from their thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work fathers, and have not hid it: of thine hands.
19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, 16 For now thou numberest my steps: and no stranger passed among them. dost thou not watch over my sin ?
20 The wicked man travaileth with pain 17 My transgression is sealed up in a all his days, and the number of years is hidbag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity. den to the oppressor.
18 And surely the mountain falling 21 A dreadful sound is in his ears : in cometh to nought, and the rock is removed prosperity the destroyer shall come upon out of his place.
him. 19 The waters wear the stones : thou 22 He believeth not that he shall return washest away the things which grow out of out of darkness, and he is waited for of the the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest sword. the hope of man.
23 He wandereth abroad for bread, say20 Thou prerailest for ever against him, ing, Where is it? he knoweth that the day and he passeth : thou changest his counte- of darkness is ready at his hand. nance, and sendest him away.
24 Trouble and anguish shall make him 21 His sons come to honour, and he afraid ; they shall prevail against him, as a knoweth it not; and they are brought low, king ready to the battle. but he perceiveth it not of them.
25 For he stretcheth out his hand against 22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, God, and strengtheneth himself against the and his soul within him shall mourn. Almighty. CHAP. XV.
26 He runneth upon him, even on his ite, and
Because he covereth his face with his
The answered Eliphaz the Teman-neck, upon the heick beste hil hic buciklemis
The calamity of Job.
He appeals to Goda fatness, and maketh collops of fat on hisl 16 My face is foul with weeping, and on flanks.
my eyelids is the shadow of death; 29 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, 17 Not for any injustice in mine hands: and in houses which no man inhabiteth, also my prayer is pure. which are ready to become heaps. 118 ) earth, cover not thou my blood, and
29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his let my cry have no place. substance continue, neither shall he prolongl 19 Also now, behold, my witness is in the perfection thereof upon the earth. heaven, and my record is on high.
30 He shall not depart out of darkness; 20 My friends scorn me: but mine eye the flame shall dry up his branches, and by poureth out tears unto God. the breath of his mouth shall he go away. I 21 O that one might plead for a man
31 Let not him that is deceived trust in with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighvanity : for vanity shall be his recompense.bour!
32 It shall be accomplished before his 22 When a few years are come, then I time, and his branch shall not be green shall go the way whence I shall not return. 33 He shall shake off his unripe grape
CHAP. XVII. as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as M Y breath is corrupt, my days are exthe olive.
11 tinct, the graves are ready for me. 34 For the congregation of hypocrites 2 Are there not mockers with me? and shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the doth not mine eye continue in their provotabernacles of bribery.
cation ? 35 They conceive mischief, and bring 3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit. thee: who is he that will strike hands with CHAP. XVI.“
me ? M HEN Job answered and said,
4 For thou hast hid their heart from un1 2 I have heard many such things: derstanding; therefore shalt thou not exalt miserable comforters are ye all.
them. 3 Shall vain words have an end? or what! 5 He that speaketh flattery to his friends, emboldeneth thee that thou answerest ? even the eyes of his children shall fail.
4 I also could speak as ye do: if your 6 He hath made me also a by-word of soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap the people: and aforetime I was as a tabret. up words against you, and shake mine head 7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorat you.
row, and all my members are as a shadow. 5 But I would strengthen you with my 8 Upright men shall be astonied at this, mouth, and the moving of my lips should and the innocent shall stir up himself assuage your grief.
against the hypocrite. 6 Though I speak, my grief is not as- 9 The righteous also shall hold on his suaged: and though I forbear, what am I way, and he that hath clean hands shall be eased ?
stronger and stronger. 7 But now he hath made me weary: thou 10 But as for you all, do ye return, and hast made desolate all my company. come now: for I cannot find one wise man
8 And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, among you. which is a witness against me: and my 11 My days are past, my purposes are leanness rising up in me beareth witness broken off, even the thoughts of my heart. to my face.
| 12 They change the night into day : the 9 He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth light is short because of darkness. me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth ; 13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me. have made my bed in the darkness.
10 They have gaped upon me with their 14 I have said to corruption, Thou art mouth; they have smitten me upon the my father : to the worm, Thou art my mocheek reproachfully; they have gathered ther, and my sister. themselves together against me.
15 And where is now my hope? as for 11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, my hope, who shall see it? and turned me over into the hands of the 16 They shall go down to the bars of the wicked.
pit, when our rest together is in the dust. 12 I was at ease, but he hath broken me
CHAP. XVIII. asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, THEN answered Bildad the Shuhite, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for and said, his mark.
| 2 How long will it be ere ye make an 13 His archers compass me round about; end of words ? mark, and afterward we will he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not speak. spare; he poureth out ray gall upon the 3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, ground.
and reputed vile in your sight? 14 He breaketh me with breach upon 4 He teareth himself in his anger : shall breach; he runneth upon me like a giant. the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the
15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, rock be removed out of his place ? and defiled my horn in the dust.
| 5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be
Tile calamities of the wicked. CHAP. XIX, XX. Job's belief in the resurrection put out, and the spark of his fire shall not and I am gone: and mine hope bath he res shine.
moved like a tree. 6 The light shall be dark in his taberna- 11 He bath also kindled his wrath against cle, and his candle shall be put out with me, and he counteth me unto him as one of him.
his enemies. 7 The steps of his strength shall be strait-) 12 His troops come together, and raise ened, and his own counsel shall cast him up their way against me, and cncamp round down.
about my tabernacle. 8 For he is cast into a net by his own 13 He hath put my brethren far from me, feet, and he walketh upon a snare. and mine acquaintance are verily estranged
9 The gin shall take him by the heel, and from me. the robber shall prevail against him.
14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my fa10 The snare is laid for him in the miliar friends have forgotten me. ground, and a trap for him in the way. L 15 They that dwell in mine house, and
11 Terrors shall make him afraid on my maids, count me for a stranger: I am every side, and shall drive him to his an alien in their sight. feet.
16 I called my servant, and he gave me 12 His strength shall be hunger-bitten, no answer; I entreated him with my mouth. and destruction shall be ready at his side. I 17 My breath is strange to my wife,
13 It shall devour the strength of his though I entreated for the children's sake skin: even the first-born of death shall de- of mine own body your his strength.
18 Yea, young children despised me; I 14 His confidence shall be rooted out of arose, and they spake against me. his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the 19 All my inward friends abhorred me: king of terrors.
and they whom I loved are turned against
cause it is none of his : brimstone shall be 20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to scattered upon his habitation.
my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin 16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, of my teeth. and above shall his branch be cut off. I 21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon
17 His remembrance shall perish from me, O ye my friends; for the land of God the earth, and he shall have no name in the hath touched me. street.
122 Why do ye persecute me as God, and 18 He shall be driven from light into are not satisfied with my flesh ? darkness, and chased out of the world. I 23 O that my words were now written !
19 He shall neither have son nor nephew O that they were printed in a book! among his people, nor any remaining in his 24 That they were graven with an iron dwellings.
pen and lead in the rock for ever! 20 They that come after him shall be asf25 For I know that my Redeemer liveth, tonied at his day, as they that went be- and that he shall stand at the latter day fore were affrighted.
upon the earth: 21 Surely such are the dwellings of the 26 And though after my skin worms dewicked, and this is the place of him that stroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see knoweth not God.
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and THEN Job answered and said,
mine eyes shall behold, and not another ; 1 2 How long will ye vex my soul, and though my reins be consumed within me. break me in pieces with words?
28 But ye should say, Why persecute 3 These ten times have ye reproached we him, seeing the root of the matter is me: ye are not ashamed that ye make found in me? yourselves strange to me.
29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath 4 And be it indeed that I have erred, bringeth the punishments of the sword, that mine error remaineth with myself.
ye may know there is a judgment. 5 If indeed ye will magnify yoursclves
CHAP. XX. against me, and plead against me my re- THEN answered Zophar the Naamaproach:
11 thite, and said, .6 Know now that God hath overthrowns 2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to me, and hath compassed me with his net. answer, and for this I make haste.
7 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am 31 have heard the check of my renot heard: 1 cry aloud, but there is no judg- proach, and the spirit of my understanding ment.
causeth me to answer. 8 He hath fenced up my way that I can- 4 Knowest thou not this of old, since not pass, and he hath set darkness in my man was placed upon earth, paths.
| 5 That the triumphing of the wicked is 9 He hath stripped me of my glory, and short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for taken the crown from my head.
a moment? 10 He hath destroyed me on every side, 6 Though his excellency mount up to