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again, my righteousness is in it. I goèth down to the grave shall
30 Is there iniquity in my come up no more. tongue? cannot my taste dis 10 He shall return no more cern perverse things?
to his house, neither shall his
place know him any more. CHAP. VII.
11 Therefore I will not refrain
my mouth ; I will speak in the JOB EXCUSETH HIS DESIRE
anguish of my spirit ; I will OF DEATH.
complain in the bitterness of IS there not an appointed | my soul. time to man upon earth? are not 12 Am I a sea, or a whale, his days also like the days of an that thou settest a watch over hireling?
2 As a servant earnestly de 13 When I say, My bed shall sireth the shadow, and as an comfort me, my couch shall hireling looketh for the reward ease my complaint ; of his work:
14 Then thou scarest me with 3 So am I made to possess dreams, and terrifiest me through months of vanity, and weari. | visions : some nights are appointed to 15 So that my soul chooseth me.
strangling, and death, rather 4 When I lie down, I say, than my life. When shall I arise, and the 16 I loath it; I would not night be gone? and I am full of live alway: let me alone ; for tossings to and fro unto the my days are vanity. dawning of the day.
17 What is man, that thou 5 My flesh is clothed with shouldest magnify him? and worms and clods of dust; my that thou shouldest set thine skin is broken, and become heart upon him? loathsome.
18 And that thou shouldest 6 My days are swifter than a visit him every morning, and weaver's shuttle, and are spent try him every moment? without hope.
19 How long wilt thou not 7 O remember that my life is depart from me, nor let me wind : mine eye shall no more | alone till I swallow down my see good.
spittle ? 8 The eye of him that hath 20 I have sinned; what shall seen me shall see me no more: I do unto thee, O thou preservthine eyes are upon me, and I er of men ; why hast thou set am not.
me as a mark against thee, so 9 As the cloud is consumed that I am a burden to myself ? and vanisheth away : so he that 21 And why dost thou not
pardon my transgression, and || 10 Shall not they teach thee, take away mine iniquity ? for and tell thee, and utter words now shall I sleep in the dust; out of their heart? and thou shalt seek me in the
u Can the rush grow up morning, but I shall not be. without mire ? can the flag grow
without water ? CHAP. VIII.
12 Whilst it is yet in his
greenness, and not cut down, BILDAD SHE WETH. GOD's
it withereth before any other JUSTICE
herb. THEN answered Bildad the 13 So are the paths of all that Shuhite, and said,
forget God; and the hypocrite's 2 How long wilt thou speak hope shall perish : these things ? and how long shall 14 Whose hope shall be cut the words of thy mouth be like off, and whose trust shall be a a strong wind?
spider's web. 3 Doth God pervert judg
judg- 15 He shall lean upon his ment? or doth the Almighty house, but it shall not stand : pervert justice ?
he shall hold it fast, but it shall 4 If thy children have sinned not endure. against him, and he have cast 16 He is green before the sun, them away for their transgres- and his branch shooteth forth in sion;
5 If thou wouldest seek unto 17 His roots are wrapped aGod betimes, and make thy bout the heap, and seeth the supplication to the Almighty ; place of stones.
6 If thou wert pure and up 18 If he destroy him from his right; surely now he would place, then it shall deny him, awake for thee, and make the saying, I have not seen thee. habitation of thy righteousness 19 Behold, this is the joy of prosperous.
his way, and out of the earth 7 Though thy beginning was
shall others grow. small, yet thy latter end should 20 Behold, God will not cast greatly increase.
away a perfect man, neither will 8 For enquire, I pray thee, of he help the evil doers : the former age, and prepare 21 Till he fill thy mouth with thyself to the search of their fa- laughing, and thy lips with rethers;
joicing. 9 (For we are but of yester 22 They that hate thee shall be day, and know nothing, be-clothed with shame ; and the cause our days upon earth are a dwelling-place of the wicked shadow :)
shall come to nought.
13 If God will not withdraw
his anger, the proud helpers do THE INNOCENT OFTEN
stoop under him. AFFLICTED.
14 How much less shall I anTHEN Job answered and swer him, and choose out my said,
words to reason with him? 2 I know it is so of a truth : 15 Whom, though I were but how should man be just righteous, yet would I not anwith God?
swer, but I would make sup3 If he will contend with him, plication to my judge. he cannot answer him one of 16 If I had called, and he had a thousand.
answered me ; yet would I not 4 He is wise in heart, and believe that he had hearkened mighty in strength : who hath unto
unto my voice. hardened himself against him, 17 For he breaketh me with a and hath prospered ?
tempest, and multiplieth my 5 Which removeth the moun wounds without cause. tains, and they know not : 18 He will not suffer me to which overturneth them in his take my breath, but filleth me anger.
with bitterness. 6 Which shaketh the earth 19 If I speak of strength, lo, out of her place, and the pillars he is strong: and if of judgthereof tremble.
ment, who shall set me a time 7 Which commandeth the to plead? sun, and it riseth not; and seal 20 If I justify myself, mine eth up the stars.
own mouth shall condemn me : 8 Which alone spreadeth out if I say, I am perfect, it shall the heavens, and treadeth upon also prove me perverse. the waves of the sea.
21 Though I were perfect, yet 9 Which maketh Arcturus, would I not know my soul : I Orion, and Pleiades, and the would despise my life. chambers of the south.
22 This is one thing, there10 Which doeth great things fore I said it, He destroyeth the past finding out; yea, and won perfect and the wicked. ders without number.
23 If the scourge slay sudden11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I ly, he will laugh at the trial of see him not: he passeth on al- the innocent. so, but I perceive him not. 24 The earth is given into the
12 Behold, he taketh away, hand of the wicked : he coverwho can hinder him ? who will eth the faces of the judges say unto him, What doest thereof; if not, where, and who thou ?
25 Now my days are swifter 2 I will say unto God, Do than a post: they flee away, not condemn me; shew me they see no good.
wherefore thou contendest with 26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as 'the eagle 3 Is it good unto thee that that hasteth to the prey.
thou shouldest oppress, that 27 If I say, I will forget my thou shouldest despise the work complaint, I will leave off my of thine hands, and shine upon heaviness, and comfort myself : the counsel of the wicked ?
28 I am afraid of all my sor 4 Hast thou eyes of flesh ? or rows, I know that thou wilt not seest thou as man seeth ? hold me innocent.
5 Are thy days as the days of 29 If I be wicked, why then man? are thy years as man's labour I in vain ?
days, 30 If I wash myself with snow 6 That thou enquirest after water, and make my hands ne
mine iniquity, and searchest af. ver so clean;
ter my sin ? 31 Yet shalt thou plunge me 7 Thou knowest that I am not in the ditch, and mine own wicked ; and there is none that clothes shall abhor me.
can deliver out of thine hand. 32 For he is not a man, as I 8 Thine hands have made me, am, that I should answer him, and fashioned me together round and we should come together in about; yet thou dost destroy me. judgment.
9 Remember, I beseech thee, 33 Neither is there any days- that thou hast made me as the man betwixt us, that might lay clay; and wilt thou bring me his hand upon us both.
into dust again? 34 Let him take his rod away 10 Hast thou not poured me from me, and let not his fear out as milk, and curdled me terrify me:
like cheese? 35 Then would I speak, and 11 Thou hast clothed me with not fear him ; but it is not so skin and fesh, and hast fenced with me.
me with bones and sinews.
12 Thou hast granted me life CHAP. X.
and favour, and thy visitation
hath preserved my spirit. JOB EXPOSTULATETH WITH
13 And these things hast thou GOD.
hid in thine heart: I know that MY soul is weary of my life; this is with thee. I will leave my complaint upon 14 If I sin, then thou markest myself; I will speak in the bit- me, and thou wilt not acquit me terness of my soul.
from mine iniquity.
* 15 If I'be wicked, woe unto 2 Should not the multitude of me ; and if I be righteous, yet words be answered ? and should will I not lift up my head, I am a man full of talk be justifi. full of confusion; therefore see ed? thou mine affliction ;
3 Should thy lies make men 16 For it increaseth. Thou hold their peace ? and when huntest me as a fierce lion: and thou mockest, shall no man again thou shewest thyself mar make thee ashamed ? vellous upon me.
4 For thou hast said, My doc17 Thou renewest thy wit-trine is pure, and I am clean in nesses against me, and increas- || thine eyes. est thine indignation upon me ; 5 But that God would changes and war are against speak, and open his lips against me.
thee; 18 Wherefore then hast thou 6 And that he would shew brought me forth out of the thee the secrets of wisdom, that womb ? Oh that I had given up they are double to that which is ! the ghost, and no eye had seen Know, therefore, that God ex .
acteth of thee less than thine 19 I should have been as iniquity deserveth.
. though I had not been; I should 7 Canst thou by searching find have been carried from the womb out God ? canst thou find out
the Almighty unto perfection? · 20 Åre not my days few? | 8 It is as high as heaven : what cease then, and let me alone, canst thou do ? deeper than that I may take comfort a lit- hell; what canst thou know? tle,
9 The measure thereof is lon21 Before I go whence I shall ger than the earth, and broader not return, even to the land of than the sea. darkness, and the shadow of 10 If he cut off, and shut up, death;
or gather together, then who 22 A land of darkness, as can hinder him? darkness itself; and of the sha 11 For he knoweth vain men: dow of death, without any or
he seeth wickedness also; will der, and where the light is as he not then consider it ? darkness
12 For vain man would be
wise, though man be born like CHAP. XI.
a wild ass's colt.
13 If thou prepare thine heart, ZOPHAR REPROVETH JOB.
and stretch out thine hands towTHEN answered Zophar the ard him ; Naamathite, and said,
14 If iniquity be in thine hand,
to the grave.