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Job's protestation CHAP. XXXI, XXXII. of integrity in several duties. death, and to the house appointed for all up with me, as with a father, and I have ing.

guided her from my mother's womb;) 24 Howbeit he will not stretch out his 19 If I have seen any perish for want of und to the grave, though they cry in his clothing, or any poor without covering; struction.

| 20 If his loins have not blessed me, and 25 Did not I weep for him that was in if he were not warmed with the fleece of ouble ? was not my soul grieved for the my sheep; por ?

| 21 If I have lifted up my hand against the 26 When I looked for good, then evil fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate : ime unto me.: and when I waited for light, 22 Then let mine arm fall from my shoulere came darkness.

der-blade, and mine arm be broken from 27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the bone. le days of affliction prevented me. | 23 For destruction from God was a ter

28 I went mourning without the sun: I ror to me, and by reason of his highness I ood up, and I cried in the congregation. could not endure.

29 I am a brother to dragons, and a 24 If I have made gold my hope, or bmpanion to owls.

have said to the fine gold, Thou art my 30 My skin is black upon me, and my confidence; pnes are burned with heat.

25 If I rejoiced because my wealth was 31 My harp also is turned to mourning, great, and because mine hand had gotten nd my organ into the voice of them that much; eep.

26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or CHAP. XXXI.

the moon walking in brightness; [ MADE a covenant with mine eyes; 27 And my heart hath been secretly enL why then should I think upon a maid ? ticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:

2 For what portion of God is there from 28 This also were an iniquity to be pubove ? and what inheritance of the Al-nished by the judge: for I should have delighty from on high?

nied the God that is above. 3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and 29 If I rejoiced at the destruction of him

strange punishment to the workers of that hated me, or lifted up myself when hiquity ?

evil found him: 4 Doth not he see my ways, and count 30 Neither have I suffered my mouth to . ll my steps?

sin by wishing a curse to his soul. 5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my 31 If the men of my tabernacle said not, bot hath hasted to deceit;

Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be 6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, satisfied. hat God may know mine integrity.

32 The stranger did not lodge in the 17 If my step hath turned out of the way, street: but I opened my doors to the trand mine heart walked after mine eyes, and veller. fany blot hath cleaved to mine hands; | 33 If I covered my transgressions as 18 Then let me sow, and let another eat; Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my boea, let my offspring be rooted out.

som : 9 If mine heart have been deceived by 34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the woman, or if I have laid wait at my contempt of families terrify me, that I kept leighbour's door;

silence, and went not out of the door? | 10 Then let my wife grind unto another, 35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, nd let others bow down upon her. my desire is, that the Almighty would an

11 For this is an heinous crime; yea, it swer me, and that mine adversary had s an iniquity to be punished by the judges. written a book.

12 For it is a fire that consumeth to de- 36 Surely I would take it upon my truction, and would root out all mine in- shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me. rease.

37 I would declare unto him the num| 13 If I did despise the cause of my man- ber of my steps ; as a prince would I go ervant or of my maid-servant, when they near unto him. ontended with me;

| 38 If my land cry against me, or that 14 What then shall I do when God the furrows likewise thereof complain; iseth up? and when he visiteth, what 39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof hall I answer him?

without money, or have caused the owners 15 Did not he that made me in the womb thereof to lose their life: hake him ? and did not one fashion us in 40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, he womb ?

and cockle instead of barley. The words 16 If I have withheld the poor from of Job are ended. heir desire, or have caused the eyes of the

CHAP. XXXII. vidow to fail;

ISO these three men ceased to answer 17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, Job, because he was righteous in his nd the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; own eyes. 18 (For from my youth he was brought 2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu

Elihu reproves Job's friends. JOB.

He reasons with Job. the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kin- the breath of the Almighty hath given me dred of Ram : against Job was his wrath life. kindled, because he justified himself rather 5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words than God.

, in order before me, stand up. 3 Also against his three friends was his 6 Behold, I am according to thy wish wrath kindled, because they had found no in God's stead: I also am formed out of answer, and yet had condemned Job. the clay.

4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had 7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee spoken, because they were elder than he. afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy *5 When Elihu saw that there was no an- upon thee. swer in the mouth of these three men, then 8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearhis wrath was kindled.

ling, and I have heard the voice of thy 6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the words, saying, Buzite answered and said, I am young, and 9 I am clean without transgression, I am ye are very old ; therefore I was afraid, innocent ; neither is there iniquity in me. and durst not shew you mine opinion. 1 10 Behold, he findeth occasions against

7 I said, Days should speak, and multi-me, he counteth me for his enemy. tude of years should teach wisdom.

11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he 8 But there is a spirit in man: and the marketh all my paths. inspiration of the Almighty giveth them 12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will understanding.

answer thee, that God is greater than man. 9 Great men are not always wise; nei-) 13 Why dost thou strive against him? ther do the aged understand judgment. for he giveth not account of any of his

10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I matters. also will shew mine opinion.

! 14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, 11 Behold, I waited for your words; Ilyet man perceiveth it not. gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye search- 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, ed out what to say.

when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slum12 Yea, I attended unto you, and be- berings upon the bed ; hold, there roas none of you that convinced 16 Then he openeth the ears of men, Job, or that answered his words :

and sealeth their instruction, 13 Lest ye should say, We have found 17 That he may withdraw man from his out wisdom : God thrusteth him down, not purpose, and hide pride from man. man.

s 18 He keepeth back his soul from the 14 Now he hath not directed his words pit, and his life from perishing by the against me : neither will I answer him with sword. your speeches.

| 19 He is chastened also with pain upon 15 They were amazed, they answered his bed, and the multitude of his bones no more: they left off speaking.

with strong pain: 16 When I had waited, (for they spake 20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and not, but stood still, and answered no his soul dainty meat. more ;)

21 His flesh is consumed away, that it 17 I said, I will answer also my part, I cannot be seen; and his bones that were also will shew mine opinion.

not seen stick out. 18 For I am full of matter, the spirit 22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the within me constraineth me.

grave, and his life to the destroyers. 19 Behold, my belly is as wine which 23 If there be a messenger with him, hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new an interpreter, one among a thousand, to bottles.

shew unto man his uprightness : 20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed : 24 Then he is gracious unto him, and I will open my lips and answer.

saith, Deliver him from going down to the 21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any pit: I have found a ransom. man's person, neither let me give flatter-1 25 His flesh shall be fresher than a ing titles unto man.

child's: he shall return to the days of his 22 For I know not to give flattering youth: titles ; in so doing, my Maker would soon 26 He shall pray unto God, and he will take me away.

be favourable unto him : and he shall see CHAP. XXXIII.

his face with joy : for he will render unto W HEREFORE, Job, I pray thee, man his righteousness.

I hear my speeches, and hearken to 27 He looketh upon men, and if any all my words.

say, I have sinned, and perverted that 2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, which was right, and it profited me not; my tongue hath spoken in my mouth. 1 28 He will deliver his soul from going

3 My words shall be of the uprightness into the pit, and his life shall see the light. of my heart: and my lips shall utter know- 29 Lo, all these things worketh God ledge clearly.

oftentimes with man, 4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and 30 To bring back his soul from the pit,

Elihů accusas Jou. CHAP. XXXIV, XXXV.

lle reproves Job. to be enlightened with the light of the 23 For he will not lay upon man more living.

thon right : that he should enter into judg31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me : ment with God. hold thy peace, and I will speak.

24 He shall break in pieces mighty men 32 I thou hast any thing to say, answer without number, and set others in their nie: speak, for I desire to justify thee. stead.

33 If not, hearken unto me: hold thy 25 Therefore he knoweth their works, peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom. and he overturneth them in the night, so CHAP. XXXIV.

that they are destroyed. FURTHERMORE Elihu answered and 26 He striketh them as wicked men in

the open sight of others; 2 Ilear my words, O ye wise men; and 27 "Because they turned back from him, give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge. and would not consider any of his ways:

3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth 28 So that they cause the cry of the tasteth meat.

poor to come unto him, and he heareth the 4 Let us choose to us judgment: let us cry of the afflicted. know among ourselves what is good. 29 When he giveth quietness, who then

5 For Job hath said I am righteous: and can make trouble ? and when he hideth his God hath taken away my judgment. face, who then can behold him ? whether

6 Should I lie against my right? my it be done against a nation, or against a wound is incurable without transgression. man only :

7 What man is like Job, who drinketh 30 That the hypocrite reign not, Jest up scorning like water?

the people be ensnared. & Which goeth in company with the 31 Surely it is meet to be said unto God, workers of iniquity, and walketh with I have borne chastisement, I will not offend wicked men.

any more : 9 For he hath said, It profiteth a man 32 That which I see not teach thou me: nothing that he should delight himself with if I have done iniquity, I will do no more. God.

33 Should it be according to thy mind? 10 Therefore hearken unto me, ye men he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, of understanding : far be it from God, that or whether thou choose; and not I: therene should do wickedness; and from the fore speak what thou knowest. Almighty, that he should commit iniquity. 34 Let men of understanding tell me,

11 For the work of a man shall he render and let a wise man hearken unto me. unto him, and cause every man to find ac 35 Job hath spoken without knowledge, cording to his ways.

and his words were without wisdom. 12 Yea, surely God will not do wick 36 My desire is that Job may be tried edly, neither will the Almighty pervert unto the end, because of his answers for judgment.

wicked men. 13 Who hath given him a charge over 37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, the earth? or who hath disposed the whole he clappeth his hands among us, and mulworld ?

tiplieth his words against God. 14 If he set his heart upon man, if he

CHAP. XXXV. gather unto himself his spirit and his ElThinkest thou this to be right

, that breath;

15 All flesh shall perish together, and thou saidst, My righteousness is more than man shall turn again unto dust.

God's? 16 If now thou hast understanding, hear 3 For thou saidst, What advantage will this : hearken to the voice of my words. it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I

17 Shall even he that hateth right go- hare if I be cleansed from my sin ? vern? and wilt thou condemn him that is 4 I will answer thee, and thy companions most just ?

with thee. 18 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art 5 Look unto the heavens, and see; and wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly? behold the clouds which are higher than

19 How much less to him that accepteth thcu. not the persons of princes, nor regardeth 6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against the rich more than the poor? for they all him ? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, are the work of his hands.

what doest thou unto him? 20 In a moment shall they die, and the 7 If thou be righteous, what givest thou peuple shall be troubled at midnight, and him ? or what receiveth he of thine hand ? pass away: and the mighty shall be taken 8 Thy wickedness muy hurt a man as away without hand.

thou art: and thy righteousness may profit 21 For his eyes are upon the ways of the son of man. man, and he seeth all his goings.

9 By reason of the multitude of oppres 22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of sions they make the oppressed to cry: they death, where the workers of iniquity may cry out by reason of the arm of the hide themselves,


Justice of God's ways.


God is to be feared. 10 But none saith, Where is God my take thee away with his stroke: then a maker, who giveth songs in the night; great ransom cannot deliver thee.

11 Who teacheth us more than the beasts 19 Will he esteem thy riches ? no, not of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the gold, nor all the forces of strength. fowls of heaven ?

I 20 Desire not the night, when people are 12 There they cry, but none giveth an- cut off in their place. swer, because of the pride of evil men. 21 Take heed, regard not iniquity : for

13 Surely God will not hear vanity, nei- this hast thou chosen rather than affliction. ther will the Almighty regard it.

| 22 Behold, God exalteth by his power: 14 Although thou sayest thou shalt not who teacheth like him? see him, yet judgment is before him; there- 23 Who hath enjoined him his way? or fore trust thou in him.

who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity ? 15 But now, because it is not so, he hath 24 Remember that thou magnify his visited in his anger; yet he knoweth it not work, which men behold. in great extremity :

| 25 Every man may see it; man may be16 Therefore doth Job open his mouth hold it afar off. in vain; he multiplieth words without 26 Behold, God is great, and we know knowledge.

him not, neither can the number of his CHAP. XXXVI.

years be searched out. L LIHU also proceeded and said, I 27 For he maketh small the drops of wa

2 Suffer me a little, and I will shew ter : they pour down rain according to the thee that I have yet to speak on God's be-vapour thereof: half.

28 Which the clouds do drop and distil 3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, upon man abundantly. and will ascribe righteousness to my Ma-l. 29 Also can any understand the spreadker.

lings of the clouds, or the noise of his taber4 For truly my words shall not be false : nacle? he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee. 30 Behold, he spreadeth his light upon

5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth it, and covereth the bottom of the sea. not any: he is mighty in strength and wis- 31 For by them judgeth he the people; dom.

The giveth meat in abundance. 6 He preserveth not the life of the wick- 32 With clouds he covereth the light; ed: but giveth right to the poor.

and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud 7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the that cometh betwixt. righteous: but with kings are they on the 33 The noise thereof sheweth concerning the throne; yea, he doth establish them for it, the cattle also concerning the vapour. ever, and they are exalted.

CHAP. XXXVII. 8 And if they be bound in fetters, and be A T this also my heart trembleth, and is holden in cords of affliction;

Al moved out of his place. 9 Then he sheweth them their work. 2 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and their transgressions that they have ex- and the sound that goeth out of his mouth. ceeded.

| 3 He directeth it under the whole hea10 He openeth also their ear to discipline, ven, and his lightning unto the ends of the and commandeth that they return from ini- earth. quity.

1 4 After it a voice roareth; he thundereth 11 If they obey and serve him, they shall with the voice of his excellency: and he spend their days in prosperity, and their will not stay them when his voice is heard. years in pleasures.

15 God thundereth marvellously with his 12 But if they obey not, they shall perish voice; great things doeth he, which we canby the sword, and they shall die without not comprehend. knowledge.

6 For he saith to the snow, Be thou on 13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to wrath: they cry not when he bindeth the great rain of his strength. them.

17 He sealeth up the hand of every man; 14 They die in youth, and their life is that all men may know his work. among the unclean.

| 8 Then the beasts go into dens, and re15 He delivereth the poor in his afflic- main in their places. tion, and openeth their ears in oppression. 9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind :

16 Even so would he have removed thee and cold out of the north. out of the strait into a broad place, where 10 By the breath of God frost is given : there is no straitness; and that which and the breadth of the waters is straitened. should be set on thy table should be full of 11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick fatness.

cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: 17 But thou hast fulfilled the judgment 12 And it is turned round about by his pf the wicked; judgment and justice take counsels: that they may do whatsoever he bold on thee.

conimandeth them upon the face of the 18 Because there is wrath, beware lest he world in the earth.

God challenges Job to answer. CHAP. XXXVIII. He convinces Job of ignorance.

13 He causeth it to come, whether for 14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and Orrection, or for his land, or for mercy. they stand as a garment.

14 Hearken unto this, () Job: stand still,! 15 And from the wicked their light is nd consider the wondrous works of God. withholden, and the high arm shall be

15 Dust thou know when God disposed broken. nem, and caused the light of his cloud to 16 Hast thou entered into the springs of aine ?

the sea ? or hast thou walked in the search 16 Dost thou know the balancings of the of the depth ? louds, the wondrous works of him which is 17 Have the gates of death been opened erfect in knowledge ?

unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of 17 How thy garments are warm, when the shadow of death ? le quieteth the earth by the south wind ? 18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of

18 Hast thou with him spread out the the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. ky, which is strong, and as a molten look- 19 Where is the way where light dwell29-glass?

eth ? and as for darkness, where is the I 19 Teach us what we shall say unto him ; place thereof, or we cannot order our specch by reason 20 That thou shouldest take it to the darkness.

bound thereof, and that thou shouldest 20 Shall it be told him that I speak ? if a know the paths to the house thereof? han speak, surely he shall be swallowed up. 21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast 121 And now men see not the bright light then born? or because the number of thy

hich is in the clouds : but the wind pass- days is great ? th, and cleanseth them.

22 Hast thou entered into the treasures 22 Fair weather cometh out of the north : of the snow ? or hast thou seen the treaith God is terrible majesty.

sures of the hail, 23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot 23 Which I have reserved against the nd him out: he is excellent in power, and time of trouble, against the day of battle and

judgment, and in plenty of justice: he war? ill not afflict.

124 By what way is the light parted, 24 Men do therefore fear him: he re-20hich scattereth the east wind upon the pecteth not any that are wise of heart. earth? CHAP. XXXVIII.

25 Who hath divided a watercourse for THEN the LORD answered Job out of the overflowing of waters, or a way for the 1 the whirlwind, and said,

lightning of thunder; 2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by 26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where ords without knowledge ?

no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there 3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for is no man; will demand of thee, and answer thou me. 27 To satisfy the desolate and waste

4 Where wast thou when I laid the foun- ground; and to cause the bud of the tenations of the earth ? declare, if thou hast der herb to spring forth ? nderstanding.

28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath 5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if begotten the drops of dew? nou knowest? or who liath stretched the 29 Out of whose womb came the ice? ne upon it?

and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath 6 Whereupon are the foundations there-gendered it? f fastened? or who laid the corner-stone 30 The waters are hid as arith a stone, ereof:

and the face of the deep is frozen. 7 When the morning stars sang toge- 31 Canst thou bind the street infinences her, and all the sons of God shouted for of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? py?

32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in 18 Or who shut up the sea with doors, bis season? or canst thou guide Arcturus

hen it brake forth, as if it had issued out with his sons ?
f the womb ?

133 Knowest thou the ordinances of hea-
9 When I made the cloud the garment ven? canst thou set the dominion thereof
hereof, and thick darkness a swaddling in the earth?
and for it,

| 34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the 10 And brake up for it my decreed place, clouds, that abundance of waters may nd set bars and doors,

cover thee? 11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, 35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they ut no further : and here shall thy proud may go, and say unto thee, Here we are? yaves be stayed ?

36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward 12 Hast thou commanded the morning parts? or who hath given understanding to ince thy days; and caused the day-spring the heart? b know his place;

37 Who can number the clouds in wis13 That it might take hold of the ends of dom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, he earth, that the wicked might be shaken! 38 When the dust growcth into hardness, ut of it?

land the clods cleare last together? .

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