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bim that hath no wisdom ? and

CHAP. XXVII. how hast thou plentifully de

THE HYPOCRITE IS WITHOUT clared the thing as it is ?

4 To whom hast thou uttered words ? and whose spirit came MOREOVER, Job continufrom thee?

ed his parable, and said, 5 Dead things are formed from 2 As God liveth, who hath under the waters, and the inha taken away my judgment; and bitants thereof.

the Almighty, who hath vexed 6 Hell is naked before him, my soul ; and destruction hath no cover 3 All the while my breath is ing

in me, and the Spirit of God is 7 He stretcheth out the north in my nostrils ; over the empty place, and 4 My lips shall not speak hangeth the earth upon no wickedness, nor my tongue thing.

utter deceit.

5 God forbid that I should in his thick clouds, and the justify you: till I die I will cloud is not rent under them. not remove mine integrity from

9 He holdeth back the face of me. his throne, and spreadeth his 6 My righteousness I hold cloud upon it.

fast, and will not let it go : my 10 He hath compassed the heart shall not reproach me so waters with bounds, until the long as I live. day and night come to an 7 Let mine enemy be as the

wicked, and he that riseth up 11 The pillars of heaven trem- against me as the unrighteble and are astonished at his reproof.

8 For what is the hope of the 12 He divideth the sea with hypocrite, though he hath gainhis power, and by his under-ed, when God taketh

away

his standing he smiteth through soul ?

9 Will God hear his cry when 13 By his Spirit he hath gar- trouble cometh upon him ? nished the heavens; his hand 10 Will he delight himself in hath formed the crooked ser- the Almighty? will he always pent.

call upon God? 14 Lo, these are parts of his 11 I will teach you by the ways; but how little a portion hand of God: that which is is heard of him; but the thun with the Almighty will I not der of his power who can un

conceal. derstand?

12 Behold, all ye yourselves

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WISDOM IS THE GIFT OF

GOD.

have seen it; why then are ye CHAP. XXVIII. thus altogether vain?

13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which SURELY there is a vein for they shall receive of the Al- the silver, and a place for gold mighty.

where they fine it. 14 If his children be multi 2 Iron is taken out of the earth, plied, it is for the sword; and and brass is molten out of the his offspring shall not be satis stone. fied with bread.

3 He setteth an end to dark. 15 Those that remain of him ness, and searcheth out all pershall be buried in death : and fection: the stones of darkness, his widows shall not weep.

and the shadow of death. 16 Though he heap up silver 4 The flood breaketh out from as the dust, and prepare rai the inhabitant, even the waters ment as the clay ;

forgotten of the foot: they are 17 He may prepare it, but the dried up, they are gone away just shall put it on, and the in

from men. nocent shall divide the sil- 5 As for the earth, out of it ver.

cometh bread : and under it is 18 He buildeth his house as a turned up as it were fire. moth, and as a booth that the 6 The stones of it are the keeper maketh.

place of sapphires : and it hath 19 The rich man shall lie dust of gold. down, but he shall not be ga 7 There is a path which no thered: he openeth his eyes,

fowl knoweth, and which the and he is not.

vulture's eye hath not seen: 20 Terrors take hold on him

8 The lion's whelps have not as waters, a tempest stealeth trodden it, nor the fierce lion him away in the night.

passed by it. 21 The east wind carrieth him

9 He putteth forth his hand away, and he departeth: and as upon the rocks; he overtorneth a storm hurleth him out of his the mountains by the roots. place.

10 He cutteth out rivers 22 For God shall cast upon among the rocks; and his eye him, and not spare: he would seeth every precious thing: fain flee out of his hand.

11 He bindeth the floods from 23 Men shall clap their hands overflowing; and the thing that at him, and shall hiss him out is hid bringeth he forth to of his place.

light.
12 But where shall wisdom

the pre

be found ? and where is the 25 To make the weight for place of understanding ? the winds; and he weigheth the

13 Man knoweth not the waters by measure. price 'thereof; neither is it 26 When he made a decree found in the land of the liv- for the rain, and a way for the ing.

lightning of the thunder : 14 The depth saith, It is not 27 Then did he see it, and in me: and the sea saith, It is declare it ; he prepared it, yea, not with me.

and searched it out. 15 It cannot be gotten for 28 And unto man he said, gold, neither shall silver be Behold, the fear of the LORD, weighed for the price there that is wisdom; and to depart of.

from evil is understanding. 16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the

CHAP. XXIX. cious onyx, or the sapphire.

JOB BEMOANETH HIMSELF. 17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the ex MOREOVER Job continuchange of it shall not be for ed his parable, and said, jewels of fine gold.

2 Oh that I were as in months 18 No mention shall be made past, as in the days when God of coral, or of pearls : for the preserved me; price of wisdom is above ru 3 When his candle shined

upbies.

on my head, and when by his 19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall light I walked through darknot equal it, neither shall it be ness ; valued with pure gold.

4 As I was in the days of my 20 Whence then cometh wis- youth, when the secret of God dom ? and where is the place was upon my tabernacle ; of understanding ?

5 When the Almighty was 21 Seeing it is hid from the yet with me, when my children eyes of all living, and kept close were about me; from the fowls of the air.

6 When I washed my steps 22 Destruction and death say, with butter, and the rock pour. We have heard the fame there. ed me out rivers of oil ; of with our ears.

7 When I went out to the 23 God understandeth the way gate through the city, when I thereof, and he knoweth the prepared my seat in the street ! place thereof.

8 The young men saw me, 24 For he looketh to the ends and hid themselves : and the of the earth, and seeth under aged arose, and stood up. the whole heaven;

9 The princes refrained talk.

usnes

ing, and laid their hand on their || not again ; and my speech drop mouth,

ped upon them. 10 The nobles held their peace, 23 And they waited for me as and their tongue cleaved to the for the rain; and they opened roof of their mouth.

their mouth wide as for the lat. 11 When the ear heard me,

ter rain. then it blessed me; and when 24 If I laughed on them, they the eye saw me, it gave witness believed it not : and the light to me :

of my countenance they cast 12 Because I delivered the not down, poor that cried, and the father 25 I chose out their way, and less, and him that had none to sat chief, and dwelt as a king in help him.

the army, as one that comfort, 13 The blessing of him thateth the mourners. was ready to perish came upon me : and I caused the widow's

CHAP. XXX. heart to sing for joy. 14 I put on righteousness,

JOB's HONOUR TURNED TO and it clothed me: my judg

CONTEMPT. ment was as a robe and a dia BUT now they that are youngdem.

er than I, have me in derision, 15 I was eyes to the blind, whose fathers I would have dis. and feet was I to the lame. dained to have set with the dogs 16 I was a father to the poor :

of my flock. and the cause which I knew not 2 Yea, whereto might the I searched out.

strength of their hands profit 17 And I brake the jaws of the me, in whom old age was pewicked, and plucked the spoil rished? out of his teeth.

3 For want and famine they 18 Then I said, I shall die in were solitary; fleeing into the my nest, and I shall multiply wilderness in former time desomy days as the sand.

late and waste. 19 My root was spread out 4 Who cut up mallows by the by the waters, and the dew lay bushes, and

bushes, and juniper roots for all night upon my branch.

their meat. 20 My glory was fresh in me, 5 They were driven forth from and

my bow was renewed in my among men, (they cried after hand.

them as after a thief,) 21 Unto me men gave ear, and 6 To dwell in the cliffs of the waited, and kept silence at my valleys, in caves of the earth, counsel.

and in the rocks. 22 After my words they spake 7 Among the bushes they

me.

spit in

brayed; under the nettles they | mire, and I am become like were gathered together.

dust and ashes. 8 They were children of fools, 20 I cry unto thee, and thou yea, children of base men : they dost not hear me: I stand up, were viler than the earth. and thou regardest me not.

9 And now am I their song, 21 Thou art become cruel yea, I am their by-word. to me : with thy strong hand

10 They abhor me, they flee thou opposest thyself against far from me, and spare not to

my
face.

22 Thou liftest me up to the 11 Because he hath loosed wind : thou causest me to ride my cord, and afflicted me, they upon it, and dissolvest my subhave also let loose the bridle be- stance. fore me.

23 For I know that thou wilt 12 Upon my right hand rise bring me to death, and to the the youth; they push away my house appointed for all living.

24 Howbeit he will not stretch me the ways of their destruc

of their destruc-out his hand to the grave, tion.

though they cry in his destruc13 They mar my path, they tion. set forward my calamity, they 25 Did not I weep for him have no helper.

that was in trouble ? was not 14 They came upon me as a my soul grieved for the poor? wide breaking in of waters : 26 When I looked for good, the desolation they rolled them then evil came unto me: and selves upon me.

when I waited for light, there 15 Terrors are turned upon came darkness. me : they pursue my soul as the 27 My bowels boiled, and wind : and my welfare passeth rested not : the days of afflicaway as a cloud.

tion prevented me. 16 And now my soul is pour 28 I went mourning without ed out upon me; the days of the sun: I stood up, and I cri. affliction have taken hold upon ed in the congregation. mé.

29 I am a brother to dragons, 17 My bones are pierced in and a companion to owls. me in the night season : and my 30 My skin is black upon me, sinews take no rest.

and my bones are burned with 18 By the great force of my

heat. disease is my garment changed: 31 My harp also is turned it bindeth me about as the col- to mourning, and my organ lar of my coat.

into the voice of them that 19 He hath cast me into the weep. .

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