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in the night, so that they are de unto his sin, he clappeth his stroyed.

hands among us, and multiplieth 26 He striketh them as wicked his words against God. men in the open sight of others;

27 Because they turned back CHAP. XXXV. from him, and would not con

COMPARISON NOT TO BE sider any of his ways:

MADE WITH GOD. 28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, ELIHU spake moreover, and and he heareth the cry of the said, afflicted.

2 Thinkest thou this to be 29 When he giveth quietness, right, that thou saidst, My who then can make trouble? || righteousness is more than and when he hideth his face, | God's? who then can behold him ? whe 3 For thou saidst, What adther it be done against a nation, || vantage will it be unto thee? or against a man only:

and What profit shall I have, if 30 That the hypocrite reign | I be cleansed from my sin ? not, lest the people be ensnared. 4 I will answer thee, and thy

31 Surely it is meet to be said companions with thee. unto God, I have borne chastise 5 Look unto the heavens, and ment, I will not offend any see; and behold the clouds which more :

are higher than thou. 32 That which I see not, teach 6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou me: if I have done iniquity, thou against him? or if thy I will do no more.

transgressions be multiplied, , 33 Should it be according to what doest thou unto him? thy mind? he will recompense

7 If thou be righteous, what it, whether thou refuse, or whe- || givest thou him? or what rether thou choose; and not I:ceiveth he of thine hand? therefore speak what thou know 8 Thy wickedness may hurt a est.

man as thou art; and thy righte34 Let men of understanding || ousness may profit the son of tell me,

and let a wise man man. hearken unto me.

9 By reason of the multitude 35 Job hath spoken without of oppressions they make the opknowledge, and his words were pressed to cry: they cry out by without wisdom.

reason of the arm of the mighty. 36 My desire is that Job may 10 But none saith, Where is be tried unto the end, because God my Maker, who giveth of his answers for wicked men. songs in the night; 37 For he addeth rebellion 11 Who teacheth us more than

the beasts of the earth, and ma

7 He withdraweth not his eyes keth us wiser than the fowls of from the righteous : but with heaven?

kings are they on the throne; 12 There they cry, but none yea, he doth establish them for giveth answer, because of the

ever, and they are exalted. pride of evil men.

8 And if they be bound in fet. 13 Surely God will not hear ters, and be holden in cords of vanity, neither will the Almigh- affliction ; ty regard it.

9 Then he sheweth them their 14. Although thou sayest thou work, and their transgressions shalt not see him, yet judgment that they have exceeded. is before him ; therefore trust 10 He openeth also their ear to thou in him.

discipline, and commandeth that 15 But now, because it is not they return from iniquity. so, he hath visited in his anger; 11 If they obey and serve him, yet he knoweth it not in great they shall spend their days in extremity :

prosperity, and their years in 16 Therefore doth Job open pleasures : his mouth in vain; he multi 12 But if they obey not, they plieth words without know shall perish by the sword, and ledge.

they shall die without know.

ledge. CHAP. XXXVI.

13 But the hypocrites in heart

heap up wrath : they cry not THE JUSTICE OF GOD'S WAYS.

when he bindeth them. ELIHU also proceeded, and 14 They die in youth, and their

life is among the unclean. 2 Suffer me a little, and I will 15 He delivereth the poor in shew thee that I have yet to his affiction, and openeth their speak on God's behalf.

ears in oppression. 3 I will fetch my knowledge 16 Even so would he have refrom afar, and will ascribe moved thee out of the strait in. righteousness to my Maker. to a broad place, where there is

4 For truly my words shall no straitness; and that which not be false : he that is perfect should be set on thy table sbould in knowledge is with thee. be full of fatness.

5 Behold, God is mighty, and 17 But thou hast fulfilled the despiseth not any: be is mighty judgment of the wicked: judg, in strength and wisclom. ment and justice take hold on

6 He preserveth not the life of thee. the wicked : but giveth right to 18 Because there is wrath, be

ware lest he take thee away


the poor.

with his stroke: then a great ran not to shine by the cloud that som cannot deliver thee.

cometh betwixt. 19 Will he esteem thy riches ? 33 The noise thereof sheweth no, not gold, nor all the forces of concerning it, the cattle also strength.

concerning the vapour. 20 Desire not the night when people are cut off in their place. CHAP. XXXVII. 21 Take heed, regard not ini

GOD'S GREAT WORKS. quity : for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

AT this also my heart trem22 Behold, God exalteth by bleth, and is moved out of his his power : who teacheth like place. him?

2 Hear attentively the noise of 23 Who hath enjoined him his his voice, and the sound that way? or who can say, Thou goeth out of his mouth. hast wrought iniquity?

3 He directeth it under the 24. Remember that thou mag-whole heaven, and his lightning nify his work, which men be- unto the ends of the earth. hold.

4 After it a voice roareth : he 25 Every man may see it; thundereth with the voice of his man may behold it afar off. excellency; and he will not stay

26 Behold, God is great, and them when his voice is heard. we know him not, neither can 5 God thundereth marvellousthe number of his years bely with his voice ; great things searched out.

doeth he, which we cannot com27 For he maketh small the prehend, drops of water: they pour down 6 For he saith to the snow, Be rain according to the vapour thou on the earth; likewise to thereof:

the small rain, and to the great 28 Which the clouds do drop rain of his strength. and distil upon man abundantly. 7 He sealeth up the hand of

29 Also can any understand the every man ; that all men may spreadings of the clouds, or the know his work. noise of his tabernacle ?

8 Then the beasts go into dens,

, 30 Behold, he spreadeth his and remain in their places. light upon it, and covereth the 9 Out of the south cometh the bottom of the sea.

whirlwind : and cold out of the 31 For by them judgeth he the north. people; he giveth meat in abun 10 By the breath of God frost dance.

is given: and the breadth of the 32 With clouds he covereth waters is straitened. the light; and commandeth it 11 Also by watering he wea

rieth the thick cloud : he scat- | ment, and in plenty of justice : tereth his bright cloud;

he will not affict. 12 And it is turned round 24 Men do therefore fear him : about by his counsels: that they he respecteth not any that are may do whatsoever he com wise of heart. mandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.

CHAP. XXXVIII. 13 He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his


SEARCHABLE. land, or for mercy.

14 Hearken unto this, O Job: THEN the LORD answered stand still, and consider the Job out of the whirlwind, and wondrous works of God.

said, 15 Dost thou know when God 2 Who is this that darkeneth disposed them, and caused the counsel by words without know. light of his cloud to shine ?

ledge? 16 Dost thou know the balan

3 Gird up now thy loins like cings of the clouds, the won a man; for I will demand of drous works of him which is thee, and answer thou me. perfect in knowledge ?

4 Where wast thou when I 17 How thy garments are

are laid the foundations of the earth? warm, when he quieteth the declare, if thou hast understandearth by the south wind ?

ing. 18 Hast thou with him spread 5 Who hath laid the measures out the sky, which is strong, and thereof, if thou knowest ? or as a molten looking-glass? who hath stretched the line up

19 Teach us what we shall say on it ? unto him ; for we cannot order 6 Whereupon are the foundaour speech by reason of darkness. tions thereof fastened ? or who

20. Shall it be told him that I laid the corner-stone thereof; speak ? if a man speak, surely 7 When the morning stars sang he shall be swallowed up. together, and all the sons of God

21 And now men see not the shouted for joy ? bright light which is in the 8 Or who shut up the sea with clouds : but the wind passeth, | doors, when it brake forth, as if and cleanseth them.

it had issued out of the womb ? 22 Fair weather cometh out of 9 When I made the cloud the the north ; with God is terrible garment thereof, and thick darkmajesty.

ness a swaddling band for it, 23 Touching the Almighty, we 10 And brake up for it my decannot find him out; he is ex creed place, and set bars and cellent in power, and in judg- || doors,

11 And said, Hitherto shalt || against the day of battle and war? thou come, but no further : and 24 By what way is the light here shall thy proud waves be parted, which scattereth the east stayed?

wind upon the earth? 12 Hast thou commanded the 25 Who hath divided a watermorning since thy days; and course for the overflowing of caused the day-spring to know waters, or a way for the lighthis place,

ning of thunder; 13 That it might take hold of 26To cause it torainonthe earth, the ends of the carth, that the where no man is; on the wilderwicked might be shaken out of it? ness, wherein there is no man;

14 It is turned as clay to the 27 To satisfy the desolate and seal; and they stand as a gar waste ground; and to cause the ment.

bud of the tender herb to spring 15 And from the wicked their forth? light is withholden, and the high 28 Hath the rain a father? or arm shall be broken.

who hath begotten the drops of 16 Hast thou entered into the the dew ? springs of the sea ? or hast thou 29 Out of whose womb came walked in the search of the depth? the ice ? and the hoary frost of

17 Have the gates of death heaven, who hath gendered it? been opened unto thee? or hast 30 The waters are hid as with thou seen the doors of the sha a stone, and the face of the deep dow of death?

is frozen, 18 Hast thou perceived the 31 Canst thou bind the sweet breadth of the earth ? declare, if influences of Pleiades, or loose thou knowest it all.

the bands of Orion ? 19 Where is the way where 32 Canst thou bring forth Mazlight dwelleth ? and as for dark- zaroth in his season? or canst ness, where is the place thereof, thou guide Arcturus with his

20 That thou shouldest take it sons? to the bound thereof, and that 33 Knowest thou the ordinanthou shouldest know the paths ces of heaven ? canst thou set to the house thereof?

the dominion thereofin the earth? 21 Knowest thou it, because 34 Canst thou lift up thy voice thou wast then born? or because to the clouds, that abundance of the number of thy days is great ? | waters may cover thee?

22 Hast thou entered into the 35 Canst thou send lightnings, treasures of the snow? or hast that they may go,

that they may go, and say unto thou seen the treasures of thehail, thee, Here we are?

23 Which I have reserved 36 Who hath put wisdom in against the time of trouble, the inward parts? or who hath

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