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upon a maid?

CHAP. XXXI. sumeth to destruction, and

would root out all mine in. JOB PROFESSETH HIS INTE

crease. GRITY.

13 If I did despise the cause I MADE a covenant with mine of my man-servant or of my eyes; why then should I think maid-servant, when they con

tended with me; 2 For what portion of God 14 What then shall I do when is there from above? and what God riseth up ? and when he inheritance of the Almighty visiteth, what shall I answer from on high ?

him ? 3 Is not destruction to the 15 Did not he that made me wicked ? and a strange punish- in the womb, make him ? and ment to the workers of iniqui- did not one fashion us in the ty?

womb ? 4 Doth not he see my ways,

16 If I have withheld the poor and count all my steps ?

from their desire, or have caus5 If I have walked with vani. ed the eyes of the widow to ty, or if my foot hath hastened fail ; to deceit;

17 Or have eaten my morsel 6 Let me be weighed in an myself alone, and the fatherless even balance, that God may hath not eaten thereof; know mine integrity.

18 (For from my youth he was 7 If my step hath turned out brought up with me, as with a of the way, and mine heart father, and I have guided her walked after mine eyes, and if from my mother's womb;) any blot hath cleaved to mine 19 If I have seen any perish hands;

for want of clothing, or any 8 Then let me sow, and let poor without covering; another eat; yea, let my off 20 If his loins have not blessspring be rooted out.

ed me, and if he were not warm9 If mine heart have been deed with the fleece of my sheep; ceived by a woman, or if I have 21 If I have lifted up my laid wait at my neighbour's against the fatherless, when I door ;

saw my help in the gate : 10 Then let my wife grind un 22 Tben let mine arm fall from to another, and let others bow my shoulder-blade, and mine down

arm be broken from the bone. 11 For this is an heinous 23 For destruction from God crime ; yea, it is an iniquity to was a terror to me, and by reabe punished by the judges. son of his highness I could not 12 For it is a fire that con endure.


upon her.

24 If I have made gold my 36 Surely I would take it uphope, or have said to the fine on my shoulder, and bind it as gold, Thou art my confidence ; a crown to me. 25 If I rejoiced because my

37 I would declare unto him wealth was great, and because the number of my steps ; as a mine hand had gotten much; prince would I go near unto him. 26 If I beheld the sun when 38 If

38 If my land cry against me, it shined, or the moon walking or that the furrows likewise in brightness ;

thereof complain; 27 And my heart hath been 39 If I have eaten the fruits secretly enticed, or my mouth thereof without money, or have hath kissed my hand :

caused the owners thereof to 28 This also were an iniquity lose their life : to be punished by the judge : for 40 Let thistles grow instead I should have denied the God of wheat, and cockle instead of that is above.

barley. The words of Job are 29 If I rejoiced at the destruc- ended. tion of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found

CHAP. XXXII. him: 30 Neither have I suffered my

ELIHU REPROVETH JOB. mouth to sin by wishing a curse SO these three men ceased to his soul.

to answer Job, because he was 31 If the men of my taberna- righteous in his own eyes. cle said not, Oh that we had of 2 Then was kindled the wrath his flesh! we cannot be satisfied. of Elihu the son of Barachel

32 The stranger did not lodge the Buzite, of the kindred of in the street : but I opened my Ram : against Job was his wrath doors to the traveller.

kindled, because he justified 33 If I covered my transgres- himself rather than God. sions as Adam, by hiding mine 3 Also against his three friends iniquity in my bosom:

was his wrath kindled, because 34 Did I fear a great multi- they had found no answer, and tude, or did the contempt of yet had condemned Job. families terrify me, that I kept si

4 Now Elihu had waited till lence, and went not out of the Job had spoken, because they door?

were elder than he. 35 Oh that one would hear 5 When Elihu saw that there me ! behold, my desire is, that was no answer in the mouth of the Almighty would answer these three men, then his wrath me, and that mine adversary was kindled. had written a book :

6 And Elihu the son of Bara.



chel the Buzite answered and 18 For I am full of matter; the said, I am young, and ye are spirit within me constraineth very old; wherefore I was afraid, me. and durst not shew you mine 19 Behold, my belly is as wine opinion.

which hath no vent; it is ready 7 I said, Days should speak, | to burst like new bottles. and multitude of years should 20 I will speak, that I may be teach wisdom.

refreshed: I will open my lips 8 But there is a spirit in man: and answer. and the inspiration of the Al 21 Let me not, I pray you, mighty giveth them understand- | accept any

accept any man's person, neither ing.

let me give flattering titles unto 9 Great men are not always man. wise : neither do the aged un 22 For I know not to give derstand judgment.

flattering titles; in so doing my 10 Therefore I said, Hearken Maker would soon take me to me; I also will shew mine opi- | away. nion.

11 Behold, I waited for your CHAP. XXXIII. words; I gave ear to your reaye searched out


WHEREFORE, Job, I pray 12 Yea, I attended unto you, thee, hear my speeches, and and, behold, there was none of hearken to all my words. you that convinced Job, or that 2 Behold, now I have opened answered his words:

my mouth, my tongue hath 13 Lest ye should say, We spoken in my mouth. have found out wisdom: God 3 My words shall be of the thrusteth him down, not man. uprightness of my heart and

14 Now he hath not directed my lips shall utter knowledge bis words against me: neither clearly. will I answer him with your 4. The Spirit of God hath made speeches.

me, and the breath of the Al. 15 They were amazed, they mighty hath given me life. answered no more, they left off -5 If thou canst answer me, set speaking

thy words in order before me; 16 When I had waited, (for || stand up. they spake not, but stood still, 6 Behold, I am according to and answered no more,)

thy wish in God's stead: I also 17 I said, I will answer also am formed out of the clay. iny part; I also will shew mine

7 Behold, my terror shall not opinion.

make thee afraid, neither shall

sons, whilst

my hand be heavy upon thee. || bones that were not seen stick

8 Surely thou hast spoken in out. mine hearing, and I have heard 22 Yea, his soul draweth near the voice of thy words, saying, unto the grave, and - his life to

9 I am clean without trans the destroyers. gression, I am innocent, neither 23 If there be a messenger is there iniquity in me.

with him, an interpreter, one 10 Behold, he findeth occa among a thousand, to shew unto sions against me, he counteth man his uprightness : me for his enemy;

24 Then he is gracious unto 11 He putteth my feet in the him, and saith, Deliver hin stocks, he marketh all my paths. from going down to the pit: I

12 Behold, in this thou art not have found a ransom. just: I will answer thee, that 25 His Aesh shall be fresher God is greater than man.

than a child's: he shall return 13 Why dost thou strive to the days of his youth: against him? for he giveth not 26 He shall pray unto God, account of any of his matters. and he will be favourable unto

14 For God speaketh once, yea him: and he shall see his face twice, yet man perceiveth it with joy: for he will render unto not.

man his righteousness. 15 In a dream, in a vision of 27 He looketh upon men, and the night, when deep sleep fall- | if any say, I have sinned, and eth upon men, in slumberings perverted that which was right, upon the bed;

and it profiteth me not; 16 Then he openeth the ears 28 He will deliver his soul of men, and sealeth their in- from going into the pit, and his struction,

life shall see the light. 17 That he may withdraw man 29 Lo, all these things worketh from his purpose, and hide pride God oftentimes with man, from man.

30 To bring back his soul 18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened from the pit, and his life from with the light of the living. perishing by the sword.

31 Mark well, O Job, hearken 19 He is chastened also with unto me: hold thy peace, and I pain upon his bed, and the mul- will speak. titude of his bones with strong 32 If thou hast any thing to pain:

say, answer me: speak, ior I 20 So that his life abhorreth desire to justify thee. bread, and his soul dainty meat. 33 If not, hearken unto me : 21 His flesh is consumed away, hold thy peace, and I shall teach that it cannot be seen; and his thee wisdom.

CHAP. XXXIV. hath disposed the whole world?

14 If he set his heart upon GOD CANNOT BE UNJUST.

man, if he gather unto himself FURTHERMORE, Elihu his spirit and his breath; answered and said,

15 All flesh shall perish to2 Hear my words, O ye wise gether, and man shall turn again men; and give ear unto me, ye unto dust. that have knowledge.

16 If now thou hast under3 For the ear trieth words, as standing, hear this: hearken to the mouth tasteth meat.

the voice of my words. 4 Let us choose to us judg 17 Shall even he that hateth ment: let us know among our right, govern ? and wilt thou selves what is good.

condemn him that is most just? 5 For Job hath said, I am 18 Is it fit to say to a king, righteous: and God hath taken Thou art wicked ? and to prinaway my judgment.

ces, Ye are ungodly? 6 Should I lie against my right? 19 How much less to him that my wound is incurable without accepteth not the persons of transgression.

princes, nor regardeth the rich 7 What man is like Job, who more than the poor? for they all drinketh up scorning like water; are the work of his hands.

8 Which goeth in company 20 In a moment shall they die, with the workers of iniquity, and the people shall be troubled and walketh with wicked men? | at midnight, and pass away: and

9 For he hath said, It profiteth the mighty shall be taken away a man nothing that he should without hand. delight himself with God. 21 For his eyes are upon the

10 Therefore hearken unto me, ways of man, and he seeth all ye men of understanding: far his goings. be it from God that he should do 22 There is no darkness, nor wickedness; and from the Al-shadow of death, where the wormighty, that he should commit || kers of iniquity may hide them. iniquity.

selves. 11 For the work of a man shall 23 For he will not lay upon he render unto him, and cause man more than right; that he every man to find according to should enter into judgment with

God. 12 Yea, surely God will not 24. He shall break in pieces do wickedly, neither will the mighty men without number, Almighty pervert judgment. and set others in their stcad.

13 Who hath given him a 25 Therefore he knoweth their charge over the earth? or who works, and he overturneth them

bis ways.

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