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29 This is the portion of a harp, and rejoice at the sound wicked man from God, and the of the organ. heritage appointed unto him by 13 They spend their days in God.

wealth, and in a moment go down to the

grave. CHAP. XXI.

14 Therefore they say unto

God, Depart from us; for we THE DESTRUCTION OF THE

desire not the knowledge of thị

ways. BUT Job answered and said, 15 What is the Almighty, that 2 Hear diligently my speech, we should serve him? and what and let this be your consola-profit should we have, if we tions.

pray unto him ? 3 Suffer me that I may speak; 16 Lo, their good is not in and after that I have spoken, their hand : the counsel of the mock on.

wicked is far from me. 4 As for me,

is my complaint 17 How oft is the candle of the to man? and if it were so, why wicked put out? and bow oft should not my spirit be troub- cometh their destruction upon led ?

them ? God distributeth sorrows 5 Mark me, and be astonished, in his anger. and lay your hand upon your 18 They are as stubble before mouth.

the wind, and as chaff that the 6 Even when I remember, I storm carrieth away. am afraid, and trembling tak 19 God layeth up his iniquity eth hold on my flesh.

for his children: he rewardeth 7 Wherefore do the wicked him, and he shall know it. live, become old, yea, 20 His eyes shall see his de. mighty in power ?

struction, and he shall drink of 8 Their seed is established in the wrath of the Almighty. their sight with them, and their 21 For what pleasure bath he offspring before their eyes. in his house after him, when the

9 Their houses are safe from number of his months is cut off fear, neither is the rod of God in the midst?

22 Shall any teach God know10 Their bull gendereth, and ledge ? seeing he judgeth those faileth not; their cow calveth, that are high. and casteth not her calf.

23 One dieth in his full strength, 11 They send forth their little being wholly at case and quiet. ones like a flock, and their chil 24 His breasts are full of milk, dren dance.

and his bones are moistened 12 They take the timbrel and with marrow.


upon them.


25 And another dieth in the || God, as he that is wise may be bitterness of his soul, and never profitable unto himself? eateth with pleasure.

3 Is it any pleasure to the Al26 They shall lie down alike mighty, that thou art righteous? in the dust, and the worms shall or is it gain to him, that thou cover them.

makest thy ways perfect ? 27 Behold, I know your 4 Will he reprove thee for fear thoughts, and the devices which of thee? will he enter with thee ye wrongfully imagine against into judgment ?

5 Is not thy wickedness great? 28 For ye say, Where is the and thine iniquities infinite? house of the prince? and where 6 For thou hast taken a pledge are the dwelling places of the from thy brother for nought, and wicked?

stripped the naked of their clo29 Have ye not asked them thing. that go by the way? and do ye 7 Thou hast not given water to not know their tokens,

the weary to drink, and thou 30 That the wicked is resery-hast withholden bread from the

to . they shall be brought forth to 8 But as for the mighty man, the day of wrath.

he had the earth; and the ho. 31 Who shall declare his way nourable man dwelt in it. to his face? and who shall repay 9 Thou hast sent widows away him what he hath done?

empty, and the arms of the fa32 Yet shall he be brought to therless have been broken: the grave, and shall remain in 10 Therefore snares are round the tomb.

about thee, and sudden fear 33 The clods of the valley troubleth thee; shall be sweet unto him, and 11 Or darkness, that thou every man shall draw after him, canst not see; and abundance of as there are innumerable before waters cover thee him.

12 Is not God in the height of 34 How then comfort ye me in heaven? and behold the height vain, seeing in your answers of the stars, how high they are! there remaineth falsehood ? 13 And thou sayest, How doth

God know? can he judge CHAP. XXII.

through the dark cloud ?

14 Thick clouds are a covering JOB ACCUSED OF DIVERS SINS.

to him, that he seeth not; and THEN Eliphaz the Teman- he walketh in the circuit of ite answered and said,

heaven. 2 Can a man be profitable unto 15 Hast thou marked the old

way which wicked men have thing, and it shall be establishtrodden ?

ed unto thee: and the light shall 16 Which were cut down out shine upon thy ways. of time, whose foundation was 29 When men are cast down, overflown with a flood :

then thou shalt say. There is 17 Which said unto God, De- lifting up; and he shall save the part from us: and what can the humble person. Almighty do for them?

30 He shall deliver the island 18 Yet he filled their houses of the innocent: and it is deliwith good things: but the coun vered by the pureness of thine sel of the wicked is far from me. hands.

19 The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh

CHAP. XXIII. them to scorn.

GOD'S DECREE IS IMMUTABLE. 20 Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant THEN Job answered and of them the fire consumeth. said,

21 Acquaint now thyself with 2 Even to-day is my complaint him, and be at peace: thereby bitter : my stroke is heavier than good shall come unto thee. my groaning. 22 Receive, I pray thee, the 3 Oh that I knew where I law from his mouth, and lay up might find him! that I might his words in thine heart.

come even to his seat! 23 If thou return to the Al 4 I would order my cause bemighty, thou shalt be built up, fore him, and fill my mouth with thou shalt put away iniquity far arguments. from thy tabernacles.

5 I would know the words 24 Then shalt thou lay up which he would answer me, and gold as dust, and the gold of understand what he would say Ophir as the stones of the brooks. unto me.

25 Yea, the Almighty shall be 6 Will he plead against me thy defence, and thou shalt with his great power? No; but have plenty of silver.

he would put strength in me. 26 For then shalt thou have 7 There the righteous might thy delight in the Almighty, dispute with him ; so should I and shalt lift up thy face unto be delivered for ever from my God.

judge. 27 Thou shalt make thy pray 8 Behold, I go forward, but he er unto him, and he shall hear is not there; and backward, but thee, and thou shalt pay thy I cannot perceive him : vows.

9 On the left hand, where he 28 Thou shalt also decree a doth work, but I cannot behold

bim : he hideth himself on the 2 Some remove the land-marks: right hand, that I cannot see they violently take away flocks, bim:

and feed thereof. 10 But he knoweth the way 3 They drive away the ass of that I take : when he hath tried the fatherless; they take the wi. me, I shall come forth

forth as dow's ox for a pledge. gold.

4 They turn the needy out of 11 My foot hath held his the way: the poor of the earth steps; his way have I kept, hide themselves together. and not declined.

5 Behold, as wild asses in the 12 Neither have I gone back desert, go they forth to their from the commandment of his work, rising betimes for a prey: lips ; I have esteemed the the wilderness yieldeth food for words of his mouth more than them, and for their children. my necessary food

6 They reap every one his corn 13 But he is in one mind, and in the field : and they gather who can turn him ? and what the vintage of the wicked. his soul desireth, even that he 7 They cause the naked to doeth.

lodge without clothing, that 14 For he performeth the they have no covering in the thing that is appointed for me: cold.. and many such things are with 8 They are wet with the showhim.

ers of the mountains, and em15 Therefore am I troubled at brace the rock for want of a his presence : when I consider, shelter. I am afraid of him.

9 They pluck the fatherless 16 For God maketh my heart from the breast, and take a soft, and the Almighty trou- pledge of the poor. bleth me:

10 They cause bim to go naked 17 Because I was not cut off without clothing, and they take before the darkness, neither away the sheaf from the hungry; hath he covered the darkness 11 Which make oil within from my face.

their walls, and tread their

wine-presses, and suffer thirst. CHAP. XXIV.

12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wound.

ed crieth out; yet God layeth PUNISHED.

not folly to them. WHY, seeing times are not 13 They are of those that rehidden from the Almighty, do bel against the light; they know they that know him not see his not the ways thereof, nor abide days?

in the paths thereof.

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2 How hast thou helped him that is without power? how

3 How hast thou counselled

14 The murderer rising with tle while, but are gone and the light killeth the poor and brought low; they are taken needy, and in the night is as a out of the way as all other, and thief.

cut off as the tops of the ears 15 The eye also of the adul- of corn. terer waiteth for the twilight, 25 And if it be not so now, saying, No eye shall see me : who will make me a liar, and and disguiseth his face. make my speech nothing worth?

16 In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked

CHAP. XXV. for themselves in the day-time: they know not the light.


BEFORE GOD. 17 For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death : THEN answered Bildad the if one know them, they are in Shuhite, and said, the terrors of the shadow of 2 Dominion and fear are with death.

him; he maketh peace in his 18 He is swift as the waters ; high places. their portion is cursed in the 3 Is there any number of his earth: he beholdeth not the armies ? and upon whom doth way of the vineyards.

not his light arise ? 19 Drought and heat consume 4. How then can man be jus. the snow waters : so doth the tified with God? or how can he grave those which have sin be clean that is born of a woned.

man? 20 The womb shall forget 5 Behold, even to the moon, him; the worm shall feed sweet and it shineth not; yea, the ly on him; he shall be no more stars are not pure in his sight: remembered; and wickedness 6 How much less man, that shall be broken as a tree.

a worm ; and the son of man, 21 He evil entreateth the bar- which is a worm ? ren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.

CHAP. XXVI. 22 He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth

JOB REPROVETH BILDAD. up, and no man is sure of BUT Job answered and life.

said, 23 eth, yet his eyes are upon their savest thou the arm that barb ways.

no strength 24 They are exalted for a lit

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