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1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and turned away from evil. 2And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. 3His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the children of the east.

4And his sons went and held a feast in the house of each one upon his day; and they sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 5And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt-offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and renounced God in their hearts. this did Job continually.

6Now it came to pass on the day when the sons of God came to present themselves before Jehovah, that Satan also came among them. 7And Jehovah said unto Satan, where do you come from? Then Satan answered Jehovah, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8And Jehovah said unto Satan, have you considered my servant Job? for there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and turns away from evil. 9Then Satan answered Jehovah, and said, does Job fear God for nothing? 10Have you not made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has, on every side? you have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will renounce you to your face. 12And Jehovah said unto Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; only upon his person put not forth your hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of Jehovah.

13And it fell on a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brotherís house, 14that there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them; 15and the Sa-be-ans fell upon them, and took them away: yes, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell you. 16While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and has burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell you. 17While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have taken them away, yes, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell you. 18While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brotherís house; 19and, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell you.

20Then Job arose, and rent his robe, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped; 21and he said, Naked came I out of my motherís womb, and naked shall I return there: Jehovah gave, and Jehovah has taken away; blessed be the name of Jehovah. 22In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.


2 Again it came to pass on *** the day when the sons of God came to present themselves before Jehovah, that Satan came also among them to present himself before Jehovah. 2And Jehovah said unto Satan, From where have you come? And Satan answered Jehovah, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 3And Jehovah said unto Satan, have you considered my servant Job? for there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and turns away from evil: and he still holds fast his integrity, although you moved me against him, to destroy him without cause. 4And Satan answered Jehovah, and said, Skin for skin, yes, all that a man has will he give for his life. 5But put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will renounce you to your face. 6And Jehovah said unto Satan, Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.

7So Satan went forth from the presence of Jehovah, and struck Job with great boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. 8And Job took a potsherd to scrape himself therewith; and he sat among the ashes. 9Then said his wife unto him, do you still hold fast your integrity? renounce God, and die. 10But he said unto her, you speak as one of the foolish women speaks. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did Job not sin with his lips.

11Now when Jobís three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place: E-li-phaz the Te-man-ite, and Bil-dad the Shu-hite, and Zo-phar the Naía-math-ite, and they made an appointment together to come to bemoan him and to comfort him. 12And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his robe, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. 13So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.


3 After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day. 2And Job answered and said: 3Let the day perish wherein I was born, And the night which said, There is a man-child conceived. 4Let that day be darkness; Let not God from above seek for it, Neither let the light shine upon it. 5Let darkness and the shadow of death claim it for their own; Let a cloud dwell upon it; Let all that makes the day black terrify it. 6As for that night, let thick darkness seize upon it: Let it not rejoice among the days of the year; Let it not come into the number of the months. 7Lo, let that night be barren; Let no joyful voice come therein. 8Let them curse it that curse the day, Who are ready to rouse up leviathan. 9Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark: Let it look for light, but have none; Neither let it behold the eyelids of the morning: 10Because it shut not up the doors of my motherís womb, Nor hid trouble from my eyes.

11Why did I not died from the womb? Why did I not give up the ghost when my mother bare me? 12Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breast, that I should suck? 13For now should I have lain down and been quiet; *** I should have slept; then had I been at rest, 14With kings and counselors of the earth, Who built up waste places for themselves; 15Or with princes that had gold, Who filled their houses with silver: 16Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, As infants that never saw light. 17There the wicked cease from troubling; And there the weary are at rest. 18There the prisoners are at ease together; They hear not the voice of the taskmaster. 19The small and the great are there: And the servant is free from his master.

20why is light given to him that is in misery, And life unto the bitter in soul; 21Who long for death, but it comes not, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures; 22Who rejoice exceedingly, And are glad, when they can find the grave? 23Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, And whom God has hedged in? 24For my sighing comes before I eat, And my groanings are poured out like water. 25For the thing which I fear comes upon me, And that which I am afraid of comes unto me. 26I am not at ease, neither am I quiet, neither have I rest; But trouble comes.


4 Then answered E-li-phaz the Te-man-ite, and said, 2If one attempts to commune with you, will you be grieved? But who can withhold himself from speaking? 3Behold, you have instructed many, And you have strengthened the weak hands. 4Your words have upheld him that was falling, And you have made firm the feeble knees. 5But now it is come unto you, and you become faint; It touches you, and you are troubled. 6Is not your fear of God your confidence, And the integrity of your ways your hope?

7Remember, I pray you, who ever perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off? 8According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, And sow trouble, reap the same. 9By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of his anger are they consumed. 10The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions, are broken. 11The old lion perishes for lack of prey, And the whelps of the lioness are scattered abroad.

12Now a thing was secretly brought to me, And my ear received a whisper thereof. 13In thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men, 14Fear came upon me, and trembling, Which made all my bones to shake. 15Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair of my flesh stood up. 16It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof; A form was before my eyes: There was silence, and I heard a voice, saying, 17Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his Maker? 18Behold, he puts no trust in his servants; And his angels he charges with folly: 19How much more them that dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth! 20between morning and evening they are destroyed: They perish for ever without any regarding it. 21Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.


5 Call now; is there any that will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn? 2For vexation kills the foolish man, And jealousy slays the silly one. 3I have seen the foolish taking root: But suddenly I cursed his habitation. 4His children are far from safety, And they are crushed in the gate, Neither is there any to deliver them: 5Whose harvest the hungry eats up, And takes it even out of the thorns; And the snare opens for their substance.

6For affliction comes not forth from the dust, Neither does trouble spring out of the ground; 7But man is born unto trouble, As the sparks fly upward. 8But as for me, I would seek unto God, And unto God would I commit my cause; 9Who does great things and unsearchable, Marvelous things without number: 10Who gives rain upon the earth, And sent waters upon the fields; 11So that he sets up on high those that are low, And those that mourn are exalted to safety. 12He frustrates the devices of the crafty, So that their hands cannot perform their enterprise. 13He takes the wise in their own craftiness; And the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong. 14They meet with darkness in the day-time, And grope at noonday as in the night. 15But he saves from the sword of their mouth, Even the needy from the hand of the mighty. 16So the poor has hope, And iniquity stops her mouth.

17Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects: Therefore despise not the chastening of the Almighty. 18For he bruises greatly, and he binds up; He wounds, and his hands make whole. 19He will deliver you in six troubles; yes, in seven there shall no evil touch you. 20In famine he will redeem you from death; And in war from the power of the sword. 21You shall be hid from the scourge of the tongue; Neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes. 22At destruction and dearth you shall laugh; Neither shall you be afraid of the beasts of the earth. 23For you shall be in league with the stones of the field; And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you. 24And you shall know that your tent is in peace; And you shall visit your fold, and shall miss nothing. 25You shall know also that your seed shall be great, And your offspring as the grass of the earth. 26You shall come to your grave in a full age, Like as a shock of grain comes in in its season. 27Consider this, we have searched it, so it is; Hear it, and know it for your good.


6 Then Job answered and said, 2Oh that my vexation were but weighed, And all my calamity laid in the balances! 3For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas: Therefore have my words been rash. 4For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, The poison whereof my spirit drinks up: The terrors of God do set themselves in array against me. 5Does the wild ass bray when he has grass? Or does the ox low over his fodder? 6Can that which has no savor be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg? 7My soul refuses to touch them; They are as loathsome food to me.

8Oh that I might have my request; And that God would grant me the thing that I long for! 9Even that it would please God to crush me; That he would let free his hand, and cut me off! 10And be it still my consolation, yes, let me exult in pain that spares not, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One. 11What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient? 12Is my strength the strength of stones? Or is my flesh of brass? 13Is it not that I have no help in me, And that wisdom is driven from me?

14To him that is ready to faint kindness should be showed from his friend; Even to him that forsakes the fear of the Almighty. 15My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, As the channel of brooks that pass away; 16Which are black by reason of the ice, And wherein the snow hides itself: 17The time they become warm, they vanish; When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place. 18The caravans that travel by the way of them turn aside; They go up into the waste, and perish. 19The caravans of Te-ma looked, The companies of She-ba waited for them. 20They were put to shame because they had hoped; They came there, and were confounded. 21For now you are nothing; you see a terror, and are afraid.

22Did I say, Give unto me? Or, Offer a present for me of your substance? 23Or, Deliver me from the adversaryís hand? Or, Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors? 24Teach me, and I will hold my peace; And cause me to understand wherein I have erred. 25How forcible are words of uprightness! But your reproof, what does it reprove? 26Do you think to reprove words, Seeing that the speeches of one that is desperate are as wind? 27yous, you would cast lots upon the fatherless, And make merchandise of your friend. 28Now therefore be pleased to look upon me; For surely I shall not lie to your face. 29Return, I pray you, let there be no injustice; yes, return again, my cause is righteous. 30Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern mischievous things?


7 Is there not a warfare to man upon earth? And are not his days like the days of a hireling? 2As a servant that earnestly desires the shadow, And as a hireling that looks for his wages: 3So am I made to possess months of misery, And wearisome nights are appointed to me. 4When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? And I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day. 5My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; My skin closes up, and breaks out afresh. 6My days are swifter than a weaverís shuttle, And are spent without hope.

7Oh remember that my life is a breath: my eye shall no more see good. 8The eye of him that sees me shall behold me no more; your eyes shall be upon me, but I shall not be. 9As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, So he that goes down to Sheol shall come up no more. 10He shall return no more to his house, Neither shall his place know him any more. 11Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. 12Am I a sea, or a sea-monster, That you set a watch over me? 13When I say, My bed shall comfort me, My couch shall ease my complaint; 14Then you scare me with dreams, And terrify me through visions: 15So that my soul chooses strangling, And death rather than these my bones. 16I loathe my life; I would not live alway: Let me alone; for my days are vanity.

17What is man, that you should magnify him, And that you should set your mind upon him, 18And that you should visit him every morning, And try him every moment? 19How long will you not look away from me, Nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? 20If I have sinned, what did I do unto you, O you watcher of men? Why have you set me as a mark for you, So that I am a burden to myself? 21And why do you not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? For now shall I lie down in the dust; And you will seek me diligently, but I shall not be.


8 Then answered Bil-dad the Shu-hite, and said, 2How long will you speak these things? And how long shall the words of your mouth be like a mighty wind? 3Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert righteousness? 4If your children have sinned against him, And he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression; 5If you would seek diligently unto God, And make your supplication to the Almighty; 6If you were pure and upright: Surely now he would awake for you, And make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous. 7And though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would greatly increase.

8For inquire, I pray you, of the former age, And apply yourself to that which their fathers have searched out: 9(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, Because our days upon earth are a shadow); 10Shall not they teach you, and tell you, And utter words out of their heart? 11Can the rush grow up without mire? Can the flag grow without water? 12While it is yet in its greenness, and not cut down, It withers before any other herb. 13So are the paths of all that forget God; And the hope of the godless man shall perish: 14Whose confidence shall be cut off, And whose trust is a spiderís web. 15He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: He shall hold fast, but it shall not endure. 16He is green before the sun, And his shoots go forth over his garden. 17His roots are wrapped about the stone-heap, He beholds the place of stones. 18If he be destroyed from his place, Then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen you. 19Behold, this is the joy of his way; And out of the earth shall others spring.

20Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, Neither will he uphold the evil-doers. 21He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, And your lips with shouting. 22They that hate you shall be clothed with shame; And the tent of the wicked shall be no more.


9 Then Job answered and said, 2Of a truth I know that it is so: But how can man be just with God? 3If he be pleased to contend with him, He cannot answer him one of a thousand. 4He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: Who has hardened himself against him, and prospered?-- 5Him that removes the mountains, and they know it not, When he overturns them in his anger; 6That shakes the earth out of its place, And the pillars thereof tremble; 7That commanded the sun, and it rises not, And seals up the stars; 8That alone stretches out the heavens, And treads upon the waves of the sea; 9That makes the Bear, O-riíon, and the ple-ia-des, And the chambers of the south; 10That does great things past finding out, yes, marvelous things without number. 11Lo, he goes by me, and I see him not: He passes on also, but I perceive him not. 12Behold, he seizes the prey, who can hinder him? Who will say unto him, What are you doing? 13God will not withdraw his anger; The helpers of Rahab do stoop under him.

14How much less shall I answer him, And choose out my words to reason with him? 15Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer; I would make supplication to my judge. 16If I had called, and he had answered me, yet would I not believe that he listened unto my voice. 17For he breaks me with a tempest, And multiplies my wounds without cause. 18He will not suffer me to take my breath, But fills me with bitterness. 19If we speak of strength, lo, he is mighty! And if of justice, Who, says he, will summon me? 20yough I be righteous, my own mouth shall condemn me: though I be perfect, it shall prove me perverse. 21I am perfect; I regard not myself; I despise my life.

22It is all one; therefore I say, He destroys the perfect and the wicked. 23If the scourge slay suddenly, He will mock at the trial of the innocent. 24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covers the faces of the judges thereof: If it be not he, who then is it?

25Now my days are swifter than a post: They flee away, they see no good, 26They are passed away as the swift ships; As the eagle that swoops on the prey. 27If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad countenance, and be of good cheer; 28I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that you will not hold me innocent. 29I shall be condemned; Why then do I labor in vain? 30If I wash myself with snow water, And make my hands never so clean; 31yet will you plunge me in the ditch, And my own clothes shall abhor me. 32For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, That we should come together in judgment. 33There is no umpire between us, That might lay his hand upon us both. 34Let him take his rod away from me, And let not his terror make me afraid: 35Then would I speak, and not fear him; For I am not so in myself.


10 My soul is weary of my life; I will give free course to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; Show me why you contend with me. 3Is it good unto you that you should oppress, That you should despise the work of your hands, And shine upon the counsel of the wicked? 4Have you eyes of flesh? Or do you see as man sees? 5Are your days as the days of man, Or your years as manís days, 6That you inquire after my iniquity, And search after my sin, 7Alyough you know that I am not wicked, And there is none that can deliver out of your hand?

8Your hands have framed me and fashioned me Together round about; yet you do destroy me. 9Remember, I beseech you, that you have fashioned me as clay; And will you bring me into dust again? 10Have you not poured me out as milk, And curdled me like cheese? 11You have clothed me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews. 12You have granted me life and lovingkindness; And your visitation has preserved my spirit. 13yet these things you did hide in your heart; I know that this is with you:

14If I sin, then you mark me, And you will not acquit me from my iniquity. 15If I be wicked, woe unto me; And if I be righteous, yet shall I not lift up my head; Being filled with dishonor, And looking upon my affliction. 16And if my head exalt itself, you hunt me as a lion; And again you show yourself marvelous upon me. 17You renew your witnesses against me, And increase your indignation upon me: Changes and warfare are with me. 18why then have you brought me forth out of the womb? I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me. 19I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave. 20Are not my days few? cease then, And let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, 21Before I go where I shall not return, Even to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death; 22The land dark as midnight, The land of the shadow of death, without any order, And where the light is as midnight.


11 Then answered Zo-phar the Naía-math-ite, and said, 2Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be justified? 3Should your boastings make men hold their peace? And when you mock, shall no man make you ashamed? 4For you say, My doctrine is pure, And I am clean in your eyes. 5But oh that God would speak, And open his lips against you, 6And that he would show you the secrets of wisdom! For he is manifold in understanding. Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your iniquity deserves.

7can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty unto perfection? 8It is high as heaven; what can you do? Deeper than Sheol; What can you know? 9The measure thereof is longer than the earth, And broader than the sea. 10If he pass through, and shut up, And all unto judgment, then who can hinder him? 11For he knows false men: He sees iniquity also, even though he consider it not. 12But vain man is void of understanding, yes, man is born as a wild assís colt.

13If you set your heart aright, And stretch out your hands toward him; 14If iniquity be in your hand, put it far away, And let not unrighteousness dwell in your tents. 15Surely then shall you lift up your face without spot; yes, you shall be steadfast, and shall not fear: 16For you shall forget your misery; you shall remember it as waters that are passed away, 17And your life shall be clearer than the noonday; though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning. 18And you shall be secure, because there is hope; yes, you shall search about you, and shall take your rest in safety. 19Also you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; yes, many shall make suit unto you. 20But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, And they shall have no way to flee; And their hope shall be the giving up of the ghost.


12 Then Job answered and said, 2No doubt but you are the people, And wisdom shall die with you. 3But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yes, who knows not such things as these? 4I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbor, I who called upon God, and he answered: The just, the perfect man is a laughing-stock. 5In the thought of him that is at ease there is contempt for misfortune; It is ready for them whose foot slips.

6The tents of robbers prosper, And they that provoke God are secure; Into whose hand God brings abundantly. 7But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and they shall tell you: 8Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you; And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto you. 9Who knows not in all these, That the hand of Jehovah has worked this, 10In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind? 11Doesh not the ear try words, Even as the palate tastes its food?

12With aged men is wisdom, And in length of days understanding. 13With God is wisdom and might; He has counsel and understanding. 14Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again; He shuts up a man, and there can be no opening. 15Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up; Again, he sent them out, and they overturn the earth. 16With him is strength and wisdom; The deceived and the deceiver are his. 17He leads counselors away stripped, And of judges he makes fools. 18He loosens the bond of kings, And he binds their loins with a girdle. 19He leads priests away stripped, And overthrows the mighty. 20He removes the speech of the trusty, And takes away the understanding of the elders. 21He pours contempt upon princes, And loosens the belt of the strong. 22He uncovers deep things out of darkness, And brings out to light the shadow of death. 23He increases the nations, and he destroys them: He enlarges the nations, and he leads them captive. 24He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth, And causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way. 25They grope in the dark without light; And he makes them to stagger like a drunken man.


13 Lo, my eye has seen all this, my ear has heard and understood it. 2What you know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you. 3Surely I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God. 4But you are forgers of lies; you are all physicians of no value. 5Oh that you would altogether hold your peace! And it would be your wisdom. 6Hear now my reasoning, And listen to the pleadings of my lips. 7Will you speak unrighteously for God, And talk deceitfully for him? 8Will you show partiality to him? Will you contend for God? 9Is it good that he should search you out? Or as one deceives a man, will you deceive him? 10He will surely reprove you, If you do secretly show partiality. 11Shall not his majesty make you afraid, And his dread fall upon you? 12Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.

13Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak; And let come on me what will. 14why should I take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my hand? 15Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope: Nevertheless I will maintain my ways before him. 16This also shall be my salvation, That a godless man shall not come before him. 17Hear diligently my speech, And let my declaration be in your ears. 18Behold now, I have set my cause in order; I know that I am righteous. 19Who is he that will contend with me? For then would I hold my peace and give up the ghost. 20Only do not two things unto me; Then will I not hide myself from your face: 21Withdraw your hand far from me; And let not your terror make me afraid. 22Then call, and I will answer; Or let me speak, and you answer me.

23How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me to know my transgression and my sin. 24why hide your face, And hold me for your enemy? 25Will you harass a driven leaf? And will you pursue the dry stubble? 26For you write bitter things against me, And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth: 27You also put my feet in the stocks, And mark all my paths; you set a bound to the soles of my feet: 28yough I am like a rotten thing that consume, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.


14 Man, that is born of a woman, Is of few days, and full of trouble. 2He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: He flees also as a shadow, and continues not. 3And do you open your eyes upon such a one, And bring me into judgment with you? 4Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? no one. 5Seeing his days are determined, The number of his months is with you, And you have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; 6Look away from him, that he may rest, Till he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day.

7For there is hope for a tree, If it be cut down, that it will sprout again, And that the tender branch will not cease. 8yough the root wax old in the earth, And the stock die in the ground; 9yet through the scent of water it will bud, And put forth boughs like a plant. 10But man dies, and is laid low: yes, man gives up the ghost, and where is he? 11As the waters fail from the sea, And the river waste and dries up; 12So man lies down and rises not: *** Till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, Nor be roused out of their sleep. 13Oh that you would hide me in Sheol, That you would keep me secret, until your wrath be past, That you would appoint me a set time, and remember me! 14If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my warfare would I wait, Till my release should come. 15You would call, and I would answer you: you would have a desire for the work of your hands.

16But now you number my steps: do you not watch over my sin? 17My transgression is sealed up in a bag, And you fasten up my iniquity. 18But the mountain falling comes to nothing; And the rock is removed out of its place; 19The waters wear the stones; The overflowings thereof wash away the dust of the earth: So you destroy the hope of man. 20You prevail for ever against him, and he passes; you change his countenance, and send him away. 21His sons come to honor, and he knows it not; And they are brought low, but he perceives it not of them. 22But his flesh upon him has pain, And his soul within him mourns.


15 Then answered E-li-phaz the Te-man-ite, and said, 2Should a wise man make answer with vain knowledge, And fill himself with the east wind? 3Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good? 4yous, you do away with fear, And hinder devotion before God. 5For your iniquity teaches your mouth, And you choose the tongue of the crafty. 6Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; yes, your own lips testify against you. 7Are you the first man that was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills? 8Have you heard the secret counsel of God? And do you limit wisdom to yourself? 9What do you know, that we know not? What do you understand, which is not in us? 10With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men, Much older than your father. 11Are the consolations of God too small for you, Even the word that is gentle toward you? 12Why does your heart carry you away? And why do your eyes flash, 13That against God you turn your spirit, And let words go out of your mouth? 14What is man, that he should be clean? And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? 15Behold, he puts no trust in his holy ones; yes, the heavens are not clean in his sight: 16How much less one that is abominable and corrupt, A man that drinks iniquity like water!

17I will show you, hear me; And that which I have seen I will declare: 18(Which wise men have told From their fathers, and have not hid it; 19Unto whom alone the land was given, And no stranger passed among them): 20The wicked man travails with pain all his days, Even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor. 21A sound of terrors is in his ears; In prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. 22He believes not that he shall return out of darkness, And he is waited for of the sword. 23He wanders abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? He knows that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. 24Distress and anguish make him afraid; They prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. 25Because he has stretched out his hand against God, And behaves himself proudly against the Almighty; 26He runs upon him with a stiff neck, With the thick bosses of his bucklers; 27Because he has covered his face with his fatness, And gathered fat upon his loins; 28And he has dwelt in desolate cities, In houses which no man inhabited, Which were ready to become heaps; 29He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, Neither shall their possessions be extended on the earth. 30He shall not depart out of darkness; The flame shall dry up his branches, And by the breath of Godís mouth shall he go away. 31Let him not trust in vanity, deceiving himself; For vanity shall be his recompense. 32It shall be accomplished before his time, And his branch shall not be green. 33He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, And shall cast off his flower as the olive-tree. 34For the company of the godless shall be barren, And fire shall consume the tents of bribery. 35They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity, And their heart prepares deceit.


16 Then Job answered and said, 2I have heard many such things: Miserable comforters are you all. 3Shall vain words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer? 4I also could speak as you do; If your soul were in my soulís stead, I could join words together against you, And shake my head at you. 5But I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips would assuage your grief.

6yough I speak, my grief is not assuaged; And though I forbear, how am I eased? 7But now he has made me weary: you have made desolate all my company. 8And you have laid fast hold on me, which is a witness against me: And my leanness rises up against me, It testifies to my face. 9He has torn me in his wrath, and persecuted me; He has gnashed upon me with his teeth: my adversary sharpens his eyes upon me. 10They have gaped upon me with their mouth; They have struck me upon the cheek reproachfully: They gather themselves together against me. 11God delivers me to the ungodly, And castes me into the hands of the wicked. 12I was at ease, and he shattered me; yes, he has taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces: He has also set me up for his mark. 13His archers compass me round about; He clings my reins asunder, and does not spare; He pours out my gall upon the ground. 14He breaks me with breach upon breach; He runs upon me like a giant. 15I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, And have laid my horn in the dust. 16My face is red with weeping, And on my eyelids is the shadow of death;

17Alyough there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure. 18O earth, cover not my blood, And let my cry have no resting-place. 19Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And he that vouches for me is on high. 20My friends scoff at me: But my eye pours out tears unto God, 21That he would maintain the right of a man with God, And of a son of man with his neighbor! 22For when a few years are come, I shall go the way where I shall not return.


17 My spirit is consumed, my days are extinct, The grave is ready for me. 2Surely there are mockers with me, And my eye dwells upon their provocation. 3Give now a pledge, be surety for me with yourself; Who is there that will strike hands with me? 4For you have hid their heart from understanding: Therefore shall you not exalt them. 5He that denounces his friends for a prey, Even the eyes of his children shall fail. 6But he has made me a byword of the people; And they spit in my face. 7My eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, And all my members are as a shadow. 8Upright men shall be astonished at this, And the innocent shall stir up himself against the godless. 9yet shall the righteous hold on his way, And he that has clean hands shall wax stronger and stronger.

10But as for you all, come on now again; And I shall not find a wise man among you. 11My days are past, my purposes are broken off, Even the thoughts of my heart. 12They change the night into day: The light, say they, is near unto the darkness. 13If I look for Sheol as my house; If I have spread my couch in the darkness; 14If I have said to corruption, you are my father; To the worm, you are my mother, and my sister; 15Where then is my hope? And as for my hope, who shall see it? 16It shall go down to the bars of Sheol, When once there is rest in the dust.


18 Then answered Bil-dad the Shu-hite, and said, 2How long will you hunt for words? Consider, and afterwards we will speak. 3why are we counted as beasts, And are become unclean in your sight? 4You that tear yourself in your anger, Shall the earth be forsaken for you? Or shall the rock be removed out of its place?

5yous, the light of the wicked shall be put out, And the spark of his fire shall not shine. 6The light shall be dark in his tent, And his lamp above him shall be put out. 7The steps of his strength shall be straitened, And his own counsel shall cast him down. 8For he is cast into a net by his own feet, And he walks upon the toils. 9A gin shall take him by the heel, And a snare shall lay hold on him. 10A noose is hid for him in the ground, And a trap for him in the way.

11Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, And shall chase him at his heels. 12His strength shall be hunger-bitten, And calamity shall be ready at his side. 13The members of his body shall be devoured, yes, the first-born of death shall devour his members. 14He shall be rooted out of his tent where he trusts; And he shall be brought to the king of terrors. 15There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his: Brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation. 16His roots shall be dried up beneath, And above shall his branch be cut off. 17His remembrance shall perish from the earth, And he shall have no name in the street. 18He shall be driven from light into darkness, And chased out of the world. 19He shall have neither son nor sonís son among his people, Nor any remaining where he sojourned. 20They that come after shall be astonished at his day, As they that went before were affrighted. 21Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous, And this is the place of him that knows not God.


19 Then Job answered and said, 2How long will you vex my soul, And break me in pieces with words? 3These ten times have you reproached me: you are not ashamed that you have wronged me. 4And be it indeed that I have erred, my error remains with myself. 5If indeed you will magnify yourselves against me, And plead against me my reproach; 6Know now that God has subverted me in my cause, And has compassed me with his net. 7Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry for help, but there is no justice.

8He has walled up my way that I cannot pass, And has set darkness in my paths. 9He has stripped me of my glory, And taken the crown from my head. 10He has broken me down on every side, and I am gone; And my hope has he plucked up like a tree. 11He has also kindled his wrath against me, And he counts me unto him as one of his adversaries. 12His troops come on together, And cast up their way against me, And camp round about my tent. 13He has put my brethren far from me, And my acquaintance are wholly estranged from me. 14My kinsfolk have failed, And my familiar friends have forgotten me. 15They that dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger; I am an alien in their sight. 16I call unto my servant, and he gives me no answer, though I entreat him with my mouth. 17My breath is strange to my wife, And my supplication to the children of my own mother. 18Even young children despise me; If I arise, they speak against me. 19All my familiar friends abhor me, And they whom I loved are turned against me. 20My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh, And I am escaped with the skin of my teeth. 21Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O you my friends; For the hand of God has touched me. 22Why do you persecute me as God, And are not satisfied with my flesh?

23Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! 24That with an iron pen and lead They were graven in the rock for ever!  *** 25But as for me I know that my Redeemer lives, And at last he will stand up upon the earth: 26And after my skin, even this body, is destroyed, Then without my flesh shall I see God; 27Whom I, even I, shall see, on my side, And my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. My heart is consumed within me. 28If you say, How we will persecute him! And that the root of the matter is found in me; 29Be afraid of the sword: For wrath brings the punishments of the sword, That you may know there is a judgment.


20 Then answered Zo-phar the Naía-math-ite, and said, 2Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, Even by reason of my hurry that is in me. 3I have heard the reproof which puts me to shame; And the spirit of my understanding answered me. 4know you not this of old time, Since man was placed upon earth, 5That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless but for a moment? 6yough his height mount up to the heavens, And his head reach unto the clouds; 7yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: They that have seen him shall say, Where is he? 8He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yes, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night. 9The eye which saw him shall see him no more; Neither shall his place any more behold him.

10His children shall seek the favor of the poor, And his hands shall give back his wealth. 11His bones are full of his yeth, But it shall lie down with him in the dust. 12yough wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue, 13yough he spare it, and will not let it go, But keep it still within his mouth; 14yet his food in his bowels is turned, It is the gall of asps within him. 15He has swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again; God will cast them out of his belly. 16He shall suck the poison of asps: The viperís tongue shall slay him. 17He shall not look upon the rivers, The flowing streams of honey and butter. 18That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down; According to the substance that he has gotten, he shall not rejoice. 19For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor; He has violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up. 20Because he knew no quietness within him, He shall not save anything of that wherein he delights. 21There was nothing left that he devoured not; Therefore his prosperity shall not endure. 22In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: The hand of every one that is in misery shall come upon him.

23When he is about to fill his belly, God will cast the fierceness of his wrath upon him, And will rain it upon him while he is eating. 24He shall flee from the iron weapon, And the bow of brass shall strike him through. 25He draws it forth, and it comes out of his body; yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall: Terrors are upon him. 26All darkness is laid up for his treasures: A fire not blown by man shall devour him; It shall consume that which is left in his tent. 27The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, And the earth shall rise up against him. 28The increase of his house shall depart; His goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath. 29This is the portion of a wicked man from God, And the heritage appointed unto him by God.


21 Then Job answered and said, 2Hear diligently my speech; And let this be your consolations. 3Suffer me, and I also will speak; And after that I have spoken, mock on. 4As for me, my complaint is to man? And why should I not be impatient? 5Mark me, and be astonished, And lay your hand upon your mouth. 6Even when I remember I am troubled, And horror takes hold on my flesh.

7why do the wicked live, Become old, yes, wax mighty in power? 8Their seed is established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes. 9Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them. 10Their bull genders, and fails not; Their cow calves, and castes not her calf. 11They send forth their little ones like a flock, And their children dance. 12They sing to the timbrel and harp, And rejoice at the sound of the pipe. 13They spend their days in prosperity, And in a moment they go down to Sheol. 14And they say unto God, Depart from us; For we desire not the knowledge of your ways. 15What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit should we have, if we pray unto him? 16Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand: The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

17How oft is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? That their calamity comes upon them? That God distributes sorrows in his anger? 18That they are as stubble before the wind, And as chaff that the storm carries away? 19You say, God lays up his iniquity for his children. Let him recompense it unto himself, that he may know it: 20Let his own eyes see his destruction, And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty. 21For what care has he for his house after him, When the number of his months is cut off? 22Shall any teach God knowledge, Seeing he judges those that are high? 23One dies in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and quiet: 24His pails are full of milk, And the marrow of his bones is moistened. 25And another dies in bitterness of soul, And never tastes of good. 26They lie down alike in the dust, And the worm covers them.

27Behold, I know your thoughts, And the devices wherewith you would wrong me. 28For you say, Where is the house of the prince? And where is the tent wherein the wicked dwelt? 29Have you not asked wayfaring men? And do you not know their evidences, 30That the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity? That they are led forth to the day of wrath? 31Who shall declare his way to his face? And who shall repay him what he has done? 32yet shall he be borne to the grave, And men shall keep watch over the tomb. 33The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, And all men shall draw after him, As there were innumerable before him. 34How then can you comfort me in vain, Seeing in your answers there remains only falsehood?


22 Then answered E-li-phaz the Te-man-ite, and said, 2Can a man be profitable unto God? Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself. 3Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous? Or is it gain to him, that you makes your ways perfect? 4Is it for your fear of him that he reproves you, That he enters with you into judgment?

5Is not your wickedness great? Neither is there any end to your iniquities. 6For you have taken pledges of your brother for nothing, And stripped the naked of their clothing. 7You have not given water to the weary to drink, And you have withheld bread from the hungry. 8But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; And the honorable man, he dwelt in it. 9You have sent widows away empty, And the arms of the fatherless have been broken. 10Therefore snares are round about you, And sudden fear troubles you, 11Or darkness, so that you can not see, And abundance of waters cover you. 12Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the height of the stars, how high they are! 13And you say, What does God know? Can he judge through the thick darkness? 14Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he sees not; And he walks on the vault of heaven.

15Will you keep the old way Which wicked men have trodden? 16Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundation was poured out as a stream, 17Who said unto God, Depart from us; And, What can the Almighty do for us? 18yet he filled their houses with good things: But the counsel of the wicked is far from me. 19The righteous see it, and are glad; And the innocent laugh them to scorn, 20Saying, Surely they that did rise up against us are cut off, And the remnant of them the fire has consumed.

21Acquaint yourself with him now, and be at peace: Thereby good shall come unto you. 22Receive, I pray you, the law from his mouth, And lay up his words in your heart. 23If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, If you put away unrighteousness far from your tents. 24And lay your treasure in the dust, And the gold of O-phir among the stones of the brooks; 25And the Almighty will be your treasure, And precious silver unto you. 26For then shall you delight yourself in the Almighty, And shall lift up your face unto God. 27You shall make your prayer unto him, and he will hear you; And you shall pay your vows. 28You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto you; And light shall shine upon your ways. 29When they cast you down, you shall say, There is lifting up; And the humble person he will save. 30He will deliver even him that is not innocent: yes, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.


23 Then Job answered and said, 2Even today is my complaint rebellious: My stroke is heavier than my groaning. 3Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat! 4I would set my cause in order before him, And fill my mouth with arguments. 5I would know the words which he would answer me, And understand what he would say unto me. 6Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? no; but he would give heed unto me. 7There the upright might reason with him; So should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

8Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; And backward, but I cannot perceive him; 9On the left hand, when he does work, but I cannot behold him; He hides himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him. 10But he knows the way that I take; When he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold. 11My foot has held fast to his steps; His way have I kept, and turned not aside. 12I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

13But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? And what his soul desires, even that he does. 14For he performs that which is appointed for me: And many such things are with him. 15Therefore am I terrified at his presence; When I consider, I am afraid of him. 16For God has made my heart faint, And the Almighty has terrified me; 17Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.


24 Why are times not laid up by the Almighty? And why do not they that know him see his days? 2There are they that remove the landmarks; They violently take away flocks, and feed them. 3They drive away the ass of the fatherless; They take the widowís ox for a pledge. 4They turn the needy out of the way: The poor of the earth all hide themselves. 5Behold, as wild asses in the desert They go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food; The wilderness yields them bread for their children. 6They cut their provender in the field; And they glean the vintage of the wicked. 7They lie all night naked without clothing, And have no covering in the cold. 8They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And embrace the rock for want of a shelter. 9There are they that pluck the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge of the poor; 10So that they go about naked without clothing, And being hungry they carry the sheaves. 11They make oil within the walls of these men; They tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst. 12From out of the populous city men groan, And the soul of the wounded cries out: yet God regards not the folly.

13These are of them that rebel against the light; They know not the ways thereof, Nor abide in the paths thereof. 14The murderer rises with the light; He kills the poor and needy; And in the night he is as a thief. 15The eye also of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying, No eye shall see me: And he disguises his face. 16In the dark they dig through houses: They shut themselves up in the day-time; They know not the light. 17For the morning is to all of them as thick darkness; For they know the terrors of the thick darkness.

18Swiftly they pass away upon the face of the waters; Their portion is cursed in the earth: They turn not into the way of the vineyards. 19Drought and heat consume the snow waters: So does Sheol those that have sinned. 20The womb shall forget him; The worm shall feed sweetly on him; He shall be no more remembered; And unrighteousness shall be broken as a tree. 21He devours the barren that bears not, And does not good to the widow. 22yet God preserves the mighty by his power: He rises up that that has no assurance of life. 23God gives them to be in security, and they rest thereon; And his eyes are upon their ways. 24They are exalted; yet a little while, and they are gone; yes, they are brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others, And are cut off as the tops of the ears of grain. 25And if it be not so now, who will prove me a liar, And make my speech worth nothing?


25 Then answered Bil-dad the Shu-hite, and said, 2Dominion and fear are with him; He makes peace in his high places. 3Is there any number of his armies? And upon whom does not his light arise? 4How then can man be just with God? Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? 5Behold, even the moon has no brightness, And the stars are not pure in his sight: 6How much less man, that is a worm! And the son of man, that is a worm!


26 Then Job answered and said, 2How have you helped him that is without power! How have you saved the arm that has no strength! 3How have you counseled him that has no wisdom, And plentifully declared sound knowledge! 4To whom have you uttered words? And whose spirit came forth from you?

5They that are deceased tremble Beneath the waters and the inhabitants thereof. *** 6Sheol is naked before God, And Abaddon has no covering. 7He stretches out the north over empty space, And does the earth hang upon nothing. 8He binds up the waters in his thick clouds; And the cloud is not rent under them. 9He encloses the face of his throne, And spreads his cloud upon it. 10He has described a boundary upon the face of the waters, Unto the confines of light and darkness. 11The pillars of heaven tremble And are astonished at his rebuke. 12He stirs up the sea with his power, And by his understanding he does smite through Rahab. 13By his Spirit the heavens are garnished; His hand has pierced the swift serpent. 14Lo, these are but the outskirts of his ways: And how small a whisper do we hear of him! But who can understand the thunder of his power?


27 And Job again took up his parable, and said, 2As God lives, who has taken away my right, And the Almighty, who has vexed my soul: 3(For my life is yet whole in me, And the spirit of God is in my nostrils); 4Surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness, Neither shall my tongue utter deceit. 5Far be it from me that I should justify you: Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. 6My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: My heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

7Let my enemy be as the wicked, And let him that rises up against me be as the unrighteous. 8For what is the hope of the godless, though he get himself gain, When God takes away his soul? 9Will God hear his cry, When trouble comes upon him? 10Will he delight himself in the Almighty, And call upon God at all times?

11I will teach you concerning the hand of God; That which is with the Almighty will I not conceal. 12Behold, all you yourselves have seen it; Why then are you become altogether vain? 13This is the portion of a wicked man with God, And the heritage of oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty: 14If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword; And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. 15Those that remain of him shall be buried in death, And his widows shall make no lamentation. 16yough he heap up silver as the dust, And prepare raiment as the clay; 17He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, And the innocent shall divide the silver. 18He builds his house as the moth, And as a booth which the keeper makes. 19He lies down rich, but he shall not be gathered to his fathers; He opened his eyes, and he is not. 20Terrors overtake him like waters; A tempest steals him away in the night. 21The east wind carries him away, and he departs; And it sweeps him out of his place. 22For God shall hurl at him, and not spare: He would fain flee out of his hand. 23Men shall clap their hands at him, And shall hiss him out of his place.


28 Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place for gold which they refine. 2Iron is taken out of the earth, And copper is molten out of the stone. 3Man sets an end to darkness, And searches out, to the furthest bound, The stones of obscurity and of thick darkness. 4He breaks open a shaft away from where men sojourn; They are forgotten of the foot; They hang afar from men, they swing to and fro. 5As for the earth, out of it comes bread; And underneath it is turned up as it were by fire. 6The stones thereof are the place of sapphires, And it has dust of gold. 7That path no bird of prey knows, Neither has the falconís eye seen it: 8The proud beasts have not trodden it, Nor has the fierce lion passed thereby. 9He puts forth his hand upon the flinty rock; He overturns the mountains by the roots. 10He cuts out channels among the rocks; And his eye sees every precious thing. 11He binds the streams that they trickle not; And the thing that is hid he brings forth to light. 12But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? 13Man knows not the price thereof; Neither is it found in the land of the living.

14The deep says, It is not in me; And the sea says, It is not with me. 15It cannot be gotten for gold, Neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. 16It cannot be valued with the gold of O-phir, With the precious onyx, or the sapphire. 17Gold and glass cannot equal it, Neither shall it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold. 18No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal: yes, the price of wisdom is above rubies. 19The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

20From where then comes wisdom? And where is the place of understanding? 21Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, And kept close from the birds of the heavens. 22Destruction and Death say, We have heard a rumor thereof with our ears. 23God understands the way thereof, And he knows the place thereof. 24For he looks to the ends of the earth, And sees under the whole heaven; 25To make a weight for the wind: yes, he metes out the waters by measure. 26When he made a decree for the rain, And a way for the lightning of the thunder; 27Then did he see it, and declare it; He established it, yes, and searched it out. 28And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.


29 And Job again took up his parable, and said, 2Oh that I were as in the months of old, As in the days when God watched over me; 3When his lamp shined upon my head, *** And by his light I walked through darkness; 4As I was in the ripeness of my days, When the friendship of God was upon my tent; 5When the Almighty was yet with me, And my children were about me; 6When my steps were washed with butter, And the rock poured me out streams of oil!

7When I went forth to the gate unto the city, When I prepared my seat in the street, 8The young men saw me and hid themselves, And the aged rose up and stood; 9The princes refrained from talking, And laid their hand on their mouth; 10The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth. 11For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me; And when the eye saw me, it gave witness unto me: 12Because I delivered the poor that cried, The fatherless also, that had none to help him. 13The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me; And I caused the widowís heart to sing for joy. 14I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: My justice was as a robe and a diadem. 15I was eyes to the blind, And feet was I to the lame. 16I was a father to the needy: And the cause of him that I knew not I searched out. 17And I broke the jaws of the unrighteous, And plucked the prey out of his teeth.


30 But now they that are younger than I have me in shame, Whose fathers I disdained to set with the dogs of my flock. 2yous, the strength of their hands, whereto should it profit me? Men in whom ripe age is perished. 3They are gaunt with want and famine; They gnaw the dry ground, in the gloom of wasteness and desolation. 4They pluck salt-wort by the bushes; And the roots of the broom are their food. 5They are driven forth from the midst of men; They cry after them as after a thief; 6So that they dwell in frightful valleys, In holes of the earth and of the rocks. 7Among the bushes they bray; Under the nettles they are gathered together. 8They are children of fools, yes, children of base men; They were scourged out of the land. 9And now I am become their song, yes, I am a byword unto them. 10They abhor me, they stand aloof from me, And spare not to spit in my face. 11For he has loosed his cord, and afflicted me; And they have cast off the bridle before me. 12Upon my right hand rises the rabble; They thrust aside my feet, And they cast up against me their ways of destruction. 13They mar my path, They set forward my calamity, Even men that have no helper. 14As through a wide breach they come: In the midst of the ruin they roll themselves upon me.

15Terrors are turned upon me; They chase my honor as the wind; And my welfare is passed away as a cloud. 16And now my soul is poured out within me; Days of affliction have taken hold upon me. 17In the night season my bones are pierced in me, And the pains that gnaw me take no rest. 18By Godís great force is my garment disfigured; It binds me about as the collar of my coat. 19He has cast me into the mire, And I am become like dust and ashes. 20I cry unto you, and you do not answer me: I stand up, and you gaze at me. 21You are turned to be cruel to me; With the might of your hand you persecute me. 22You lifts me up to the wind, you cause me to ride upon it; And you dissolve me in the storm. 23For I know that you will bring me to death, And to *** the house appointed for all living. 24Howbeit does not one stretch out the hand in his fall? Or in his calamity therefore cry for help? 25Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? Was not my soul grieved for the needy? 26When I looked for good, then evil came; And when I waited for light, there came darkness. 27My heart is troubled, and rests not; Days of affliction are come upon me. 28I go mourning without the sun: I stand up in the assembly, and cry for help. 29I am a brother to jackals, And a companion to ostriches. 30My skin is black, and falls from me, And my bones are burned with heat. 31Therefore is my harp turned to mourning, And my pipe into the voice of them that weep.


31 I made a covenant with my eyes; How then should I look upon a virgin? 2For what is the portion from God above, And the heritage from the Almighty on high? 3Is it not calamity to the unrighteous, And disaster to the workers of iniquity? 4Does not he see my ways, And number all my steps? 5If I have walked with falsehood, And my foot has hurried to deceit 6(Let me be weighed in an even balance, That God may know my integrity); 7If my step has turned out of the way, And my heart has walked after my eyes, And if any spot has cleaved to my hands: 8Then let me sow, and let another eat; yes, let the produce of my field be rooted out.

9If my heart has been enticed unto a woman, And I have laid wait at my neighborís door; 10Then let my wife grind unto another, And let others bow down upon her. 11For that would be a heinous crime; yes, it would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges: 12For it is a fire that consume unto Destruction, And would root out all my increase. 13If I have despised the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-servant, When they contended with me; 14What then shall I do when God rises up? And when he visits, what shall I answer him? 15Did not he that made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?

16If I have withheld the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, 17Or have eaten my morsel alone, And the fatherless have not eaten thereof 18(no, from my yeth he grew up with me as with a father, And her have I guided from my motherís womb); 19If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering; 20If his loins have not blessed me, And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep; 21If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, Because I saw my help in the gate: 22Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, And my arm be broken from the bone. 23For calamity from God is a terror to me, And by reason of his majesty I can do nothing.

24If I have made gold my hope, And have said to the fine gold, you are my confidence; 25If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, And because my hand had gotten much; 26If I have beheld the sun when it shined, Or the moon walking in brightness, 27And my heart has been secretly enticed, And my mouth has kissed my hand: 28This also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges; For I should have denied the God that is above. 29If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, Or lifted up myself when evil found him; 30(yes, I have not suffered by mouth to sin By asking his life with a curse); 31If the men of my tent have not said, Who can find one that has not been filled with his meat? 32(The sojourner has not lodged in the street; But I have opened my doors to the traveler);

33If like Adam I have covered my transgressions, By hiding my iniquity in my bosom, 34Because I feared the great multitude, And the contempt of families terrified me, So that I kept silence, and went not out of the door-- 35Oh that I had one to hear me! (Lo, here is my signature, let the Almighty answer me); And that I had the indictment which my adversary has written! 36Surely I would carry it upon my shoulder; I would bind it unto me as a crown: 37I would declare unto him the number of my steps; As a prince would I go near unto him. 38If my land cries out against me, And the furrows thereof weep together; 39If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, Or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life: 40Let thistles grow instead of wheat, And cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.


32 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2Then was kindled the wrath of E-li-hu the son of Bar-a-chel the Bu-zite, of the family of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God. 3Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. 4Now E-li-hu had waited to speak unto Job, because they were elder than he. 5And when E-li-hu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was kindled.

6And E-li-hu the son of Bar-a-chel the Bu-zite answered and said, I am young, and you are very old; why I held back, and did not show you my opinion. 7I said, Days should speak, And multitude of years should teach wisdom. 8But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding. 9It is not the great that are wise, Nor the aged that understand justice. 10Therefore I said, listen to me; I also will show my opinion. 11Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your reasonings, while you searched out what to say. 12yous, I attended unto you, And, behold, there was none that convinced Job, Or that answered his words, among you. 13Beware unless you say, We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not man: 14For he has not directed his words against me; Neither will I answer him with your speeches.

15They are amazed, they answer no more: They have not a word to say. 16And shall I wait, because they speak not, Because they stand still, and answer no more? 17I also will answer my part, I also will show my opinion. 18For I am full of words; The spirit within me constrains me. 19Behold, my breast is as wine which has no vent; Like new wine-skins it is ready to burst. 20I will speak, that I may be refreshed; I will open my lips and answer. 21Let me not, I pray you, respect any manís person; Neither will I give flattering titles unto any man. 22For I know not to give flattering titles; Else would my Maker soon take me away.


33 Therefore, Job, I pray you, hear my speech, And listen to all my words. 2Behold now, I have opened my mouth; My tongue has spoken in my mouth. 3My words shall utter the uprightness of my heart; And that which my lips know they shall speak sincerely. 4The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. 5If you can, answer me; Set your words in order before me, stand forth. 6Behold, I am toward God even as you are: I also am formed out of the clay. 7Behold, my terror shall not make you afraid, Neither shall my pressure be heavy upon you.

8Surely you have spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the voice of your words, saying, 9I am clean, without transgression; I am innocent, neither is there iniquity in me: 10Behold, he finds occasions against me, He counts me for his enemy: 11He puts my feet in the stocks, He marks all my paths. 12Behold, I will answer you, in this you are not just; For God is greater than man. 13Why do you strive against him, Because he does not give account of any of his matters?

14For God speaks once, yes twice, though man regards it not. 15In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, In slumberings upon the bed; 16Then he opened the ears of men, And seals their instruction, 17That he may withdraw man from his purpose, And hide pride from man; 18He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from perishing by the sword.

19He is also chastened with pain upon his bed, And with continual strife in his bones; 20So that his life abhors bread, And his soul dainty food. 21His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; And his bones that were not seen stick out. 22yous, his soul draws near unto the pit, And his life to the destroyers. 23If there be with him an angel, An interpreter, one among a thousand, To show unto man what is right for him; 24Then God is gracious unto him, and says, Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom. 25His flesh shall be fresher than a childís; He returns to the days of his youth. 26He prays unto God, and he is favorable unto him, So that he sees his face with joy: And he restores unto man his righteousness. 27He sings before men, and says, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, And it profited me not: 28He has redeemed my soul from going into the pit, And my life shall behold the light.

29Lo, all these things does God work, Twice, yes thrice, with a man, 30To bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of the living. 31Mark well, O Job, listen unto me: Hold your peace, and I will speak. 32If you have anything to say, answer me: Speak, for I desire to justify you. 33If not, listen unto me: Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom.


34 Moreover E-li-hu answered and said, 2Hear my words, you wise men; And give ear unto me, you that have knowledge. 3For the ear tries words, As the palate tastes food. 4Let us choose for us that which is right: Let us know among ourselves what is good. 5For Job has said, I am righteous, And God has taken away my right: 6Notwithstanding my right I am accounted a liar; My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression. 7What man is like Job, Who drinks up scoffing like water, 8Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, And walks with wicked men? 9For he has said, It profits a man nothing That he should delight himself with God.

10Therefore listen unto me, you men of understanding: Far be it from God, that he should do wickedness, And from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity. 11For the work of a man will he render unto him, And cause every man to find according to his ways. 12yous, of a surety, God will not do wickedly, Neither will the Almighty pervert justice. 13Who gave him a charge over the earth? Or who has disposed the whole world? 14If he set his heart upon himself, If he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; 15All flesh shall perish together, And man shall turn again unto dust.

16If now you have understanding, hear this: listen to the voice of my words. 17Shall even one that hates justice govern? And will you condemn him that is righteous and mighty?-- 18Him that says to a king, you are vile, Or to nobles, you are wicked; 19That respects not the persons of princes, Nor regards the rich more than the poor; For they all are the work of his hands. 20In a moment they die, even at midnight; The people are shaken and pass away, And the mighty are taken away without hand. 21For his eyes are upon the ways of a man, And he sees all his goings. 22There is no darkness, nor thick gloom, Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. 23For he need not further to consider a man, That he should go before God in judgment. 24He breaks in pieces mighty men in ways past finding out, And sets others in their stead. 25Therefore he takes knowledge of their works; And he overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed. 26He strikes them as wicked men In the open sight of others; 27Because they turned aside from following him, And would not have regard in any of his ways: 28So that they caused the cry of the poor to come unto him, And he heard the cry of the afflicted. 29When he gives quietness, who then can condemn? And when he hides his face, who then can behold him? Alike whether it be done unto a nation, or unto a man: 30That the godless man reign not, That there be none to ensnare the people.

31For has any said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more: 32That which I see not you teach me: If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more? 33Shall his recompense be as you will, that you refuse it? For you must choose, and not I: Therefore speak what you know. 34Men of understanding will say unto me, yes, every wise man that hears me: 35Job speaks without knowledge, And his words are without wisdom. 36Would that Job were tried unto the end, Because of his answering like wicked men. 37For he adds rebellion unto his sin; He claps his hands among us, And multiplies his words against God.


35 Moreover E-li-hu answered and said, 2do you think this to be your right, Or say you, My righteousness is more than Godís, 3That you say, What advantage will it be unto you? And, What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned? 4I will answer you, And your companions with you. 5Look unto the heavens, and see; And behold the skies, which are higher than you. 6If you have sinned, what effects you against him? And if your transgressions be multiplied, what do you do unto him? 7If you be righteous, what do you give him? Or what does he receive of your hand? 8Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are; And your righteousness may profit a son of man.

9By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty. 10But none says, Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night, 11Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens? 12There they cry, but none gives answer, Because of the pride of evil men. 13Surely God will not hear an empty cry, Neither will the Almighty regard it.

14How much less when you say you behold him not, The cause is before him, and you wait for him! 15But now, because he has not visited in his anger, Neither does he greatly regard arrogance; 16Therefore does Job open his mouth in vanity; He multiplies words without knowledge.


36 E-li-hu also proceeded, and said, 2Suffer me a little, and I will show you; For I have yet somewhat to say on Godís behalf. 3I will bring my knowledge from afar, And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. 4For truly my words are not false: One that is perfect in knowledge is with you.

5Behold, God is mighty, and despises not any: He is mighty in strength of understanding. 6He preserves not the life of the wicked, But gives to the afflicted their right. 7He withdraws not his eyes from the righteous: But with kings upon the throne He sets them for ever, and they are exalted. 8And if they be bound in fetters, And be taken in the cords of afflictions; 9Then he shows them their work, And their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly. 10He opened also their ear to instruction, And commanded that they return from iniquity. 11If they listen and serve him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures. 12But if they listen not, they shall perish by the sword, And they shall die without knowledge. 13But they that are godless in heart lay up anger: They cry not for help when he binds them. 14They die in yeth, And their life perishes among the unclean.

15He delivers the afflicted by their affliction, And opened their ear in oppression. 16Yes, he would have allured you out of distress Into a broad place, where there is no restraint; And that which is set on your table would be full of fatness. 17But you are full of the judgment of the wicked: Judgment and justice take hold on you. 18For let not wrath stir you up against chastisements; Neither let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside. 19Will your cry avail, that you be not in distress, Or all the forces of your strength? 20Desire not the night, When peoples are cut off in their place. 21Take heed, regard not iniquity: For this have you chosen rather than affliction. 22Behold, God does loftily in his power: Who is a teacher like unto him? 23Who has commanded him his way? Or who can say, you have worked unrighteousness?

24Remember that you magnify his work, Whereof men have sung. 25All men have looked thereon; Man beholds it afar off. 26Behold, God is great, and we know him not; The number of his years is unsearchable. 27For he draws up the drops of water, Which distil in rain from his vapor, 28Which the skies pour down And drop upon man abundantly. 29Yes, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, The thunderings of his pavilion? 30Behold, he spreads his light around him; And he covers the bottom of the sea. 31For by these he judges the peoples; He gives food in abundance. 32He covers his hands with the lightning, And gives it a charge that it strike the mark. 33The noise thereof tells concerning him, The cattle also concerning the storm that comes up.


37 Yes, at this my heart trembles, And is moved out of its place. 2Hear, oh, hear the noise of his voice, And the sound that goes out of his mouth. 3He sent it forth under the whole heaven, And his lightening unto the ends of the earth. 4After it a voice roars; He thunders with the voice of his majesty; And he restrains not the lightnings when his voice is heard. 5God thunders marvelously with his voice; Great things does he, which we cannot comprehend.

6For he says to the snow, Fall on the earth; Likewise to the shower of rain, And to the showers of his mighty rain. 7He seals up the hand of every man, That all men whom he has made may know it. 8Then the beasts go into coverts, And remain in their dens. 9Out of the chamber of the south comes the storm, And cold out of the north. 10By the breath of God ice is given; And the breadth of the waters is straitened. 11yous, he loads the thick cloud with moisture; He spreads abroad the cloud of his lightning: 12And it is turned round about by his guidance, That they may do whatsoever he commanded them Upon the face of the habitable world, 13Whether it be for correction, or for his land, Or for lovingkindness, that he cause it to come.

14listen unto this, O Job: Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. 15do you know how God lays his charge upon them, And causes the lightning of his cloud to shine? 16do you know the balancing of the clouds, The wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge? 17How your garments are warm, When the earth is still by reason of the south wind? 18can you with him spread out the sky, Which is strong as a molten mirror? 19Teach us what we shall say unto him; For we cannot set our speech in order by reason of darkness. 20Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

21And now men see not the light which is bright in the skies; But the wind passes, and clears them. 22Out of the north comes golden splendor: God has upon him terrible majesty. 23Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: He is excellent in power; And in justice and plenteous righteousness he will not afflict. 24Men do therefore fear him: He regards not any that are wise of heart.


38 Then Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 2Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge? 3Gird up your loins like a man; For I will demand of you, and declare you unto me.

4Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare it, if you have understanding. 5Who determined the measures thereof, if you know? Or who stretched the line upon it? 6Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner-stone thereof, 7When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy? 8Or who shut up the sea with doors, When it broke forth, as if it had issued out of the womb; 9When I made clouds the garment thereof, And thick darkness a swaddling-band for it, 10And marked out for it my bound, And set bars and doors, 11And said, This far shall you come, but no further; And here shall your proud waves be stayed?

12Have you commanded the morning since your days began, And caused the dayspring to know its place; 13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it? 14It is changed as clay under the seal; And all things stand forth as a garment: 15And from the wicked their light is withheld, And the high arm is broken. 16Have you entered into the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep? 17Have the gates of death been revealed unto you? Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death? 18Have you comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare it, if you know it all. 19Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And as for darkness, where is the place thereof, 20That you should take it to the bound thereof, And that you should discern the paths to the house thereof? 21Doubtless, you know, for you were then born, And the number of your days is great! 22Have you entered the treasuries of the snow, Or have you seen the treasures of the hail, 23Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, Against the day of battle and war? 24By what way is the light parted, Or the east wind scattered upon the earth?

25Who has cleft a channel for the floodwater, Or the way for the lightning of the thunder; 26To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; On the wilderness, wherein there is no man; 27To satisfy the waste and desolate ground, And to cause the tender grass to spring forth? 28Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew? 29Out of whose womb came the ice? And the hoary frost of heaven, who has gendered it? 30The waters hide themselves and become like stone, And the face of the deep is frozen. 31can you bind the cluster of the ple-ia-des, Or free the bands of O-riíon? 32can you lead forth the Maz-za-roth in their season? Or can you guide the Bear (Arc-tu-rus) with her train (sons)? 33know you the ordinances of the heavens? can you establish the dominion thereof in the earth? 34can you lift up your voice to the clouds, That abundance of waters may cover you? 35can you send forth lightnings, that they may go, And say unto you, Here we are? 36Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who has given understanding to the mind? 37Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven, 38When the dust runs into a mass, And the clods cleave fast together? 39can you hunt the prey for the lioness, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, 40When they couch in their dens, And abide in the covert to lie in wait? 41Who provides for the raven his prey, When his young ones cry unto God, And wander for lack of food?


39 Do you know the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? Or can you mark when the hinds do calve? 2can you number the months that they fulfil? Or know you the time when they bring forth? 3They bow themselves, they bring forth their young, They cast out their pains. 4Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open field; They go forth, and return not again. 5Who has sent out the wild ass free? Or who has loosed the bonds of the swift ass, 6Whose home I have made the wilderness, And the salt land his dwelling-place? 7He scorns the tumult of the city, Neither hears he the shoutings of the driver. 8The range of the mountains is his pasture, And he searches after every green thing. 9Will the wild-ox be content to serve you? Or will he abide by your crib? 10can you bind the wild-ox with his band in the furrow? Or will he harrow the valleys after you? 11Will you trust him, because his strength is great? Or will you leave to him your labor? 12Will you confide in him, that he will bring home your seed, And gather the grain of your threshing-floor?

13The wings of the ostrich wave proudly; But are they the pinions and plumage of love? 14For she leaves her eggs on the earth, And warms them in the dust, 15And forgets that the foot may crush them, Or that the wild beast may trample them. 16She deals hardly with her young ones, as if they were not hers: though her labor be in vain, she is without fear; 17Because God has deprived her of wisdom, Neither has he imparted to her understanding. 18What time she lifts up herself on high, She scorns the horse and his rider.

19Have you given the horse his might? have you clothed his neck with the quivering mane? 20Have you made him to leap as a locust? The glory of his snorting is terrible. 21He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength: He goes out to meet the armed men. 22He mocks at fear, and is not dismayed; Neither turns he back from the sword. 23The quiver rattles against him, The flashing spear and the javelin. 24He swallows the ground with fierceness and rage; Neither believes he that it is the voice of the trumpet. 25As oft as the trumpet sounds he says, Aha! And he smells the battle afar off, The thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

26Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars, (And) stretches her wings toward the south? 27Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up, And makes her nest on high? 28On the cliff she dwells, and makes her home, Upon the point of the cliff, and the stronghold. 29From there she spies out the prey; Her eyes behold it afar off. 30Her young ones also suck up blood: And where the slain are, there is she.


40 Moreover Jehovah answered Job, and said, 2Shall he that cavils contend with the Almighty? He that argues with God, let him answer it. 3Then Job answered Jehovah, and said, 4Behold, I am of small account; What shall I answer you? I lay my hand upon my mouth. 5Once have I spoken, and I will not answer; yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.

6Then Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 7Gird up your loins now like a man: I will demand of you, and you will declare unto me. 8Will you even revoke my judgment? will you condemn me, that you may be justified? 9Or have you an arm like God? And can you thunder with a voice like him? 10Deck yourself now with excellency and dignity; And array yourself with honor and majesty. 11Pour forth the overflowings of your anger; And look upon every one that is proud, and abase him. 12Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; And tread down the wicked where they stand. 13Hide them in the dust together; Bind their faces in the hidden place. 14Then will I also confess of you That your own right hand can save you.

15Behold now, behemoth, which I made as well as you; He eats grass as an ox. 16Lo now, his strength is in his loins, And his force is in the muscles of his belly. 17He moves his tail like a cedar: The sinews of his thighs are knit together. 18His bones are as tubes of brass; His limbs are like bars of iron. 19He is the chief of the ways of God: He only that made him gives him his sword. 20Surely the mountains bring him forth food, Where all the beasts of the field do play. 21He lies under the lotus-trees, In the covert of the reed, and the fen. 22The lotus-trees cover him with their shade; The willows of the brook compass him about. 23Behold, if a river overflow, he trembles not; He is confident, though a Jordan swell even to his mouth. 24Shall any take him when he is on the watch, Or pierce through his nose with a snare?


41 can you draw out leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord? 2can you put a rope into his nose? Or pierce his jaw through with a hook? 3Will he make many supplications unto you? Or will he speak soft words unto you? 4Will he make a covenant with you, That you should take him for a servant for ever? 5Will you play with him as with a bird? Or will you bind him for your maidens? 6Will the bands of fishermen make traffic of him? Will they part him among the merchants? 7can you fill his skin with barbed irons, Or his head with fish-spears? 8Lay your hand upon him; Remember the battle, and do so no more. 9Behold, the hope of him is in vain: Will not one be cast down even at the sight of him? 10None is so fierce that he dare stir him up; Who then is he that can stand before me?

11Who has first given unto me, that I should repay him? Whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine. 12I will not keep silent concerning his limbs, Nor his mighty strength, nor his goodly frame. 13Who can strip off his outer garment? Who shall come within his jaws? 14Who can open the doors of his face? Round about his teeth is terror. 15His strong scales are his pride, Shut up together as with a close seal. 16One is so near to another, That no air can come between them. 17They are joined one to another; They stick together, so that they cannot be sundered. 18His sneezings flash forth light, And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. 19Out of his mouth go burning torches, And sparks of fire leap forth. 20Smoke goes out of his nostrils, As of a boiling pot and burning rushes. 21His breath kindles coals, And a flame go forth from his mouth. 22In his neck abides strength, And terror dances before him. 23The flakes of his flesh are joined together: They are firm upon him; They cannot be moved. 24His heart is as firm as a stone; yes, firm as the lower millstone. 25When he raised himself up, the mighty are afraid: By reason of consternation they are beside themselves. 26If one lay at him with the sword, it cannot avail; Nor the spear, the dart, nor the pointed shaft. 27He counts iron as straw, And brass as rotten wood. 28The arrow cannot make him flee: Sling-stones are turned with him into stubble. 29Clubs are counted as stubble: He laughs at the rushing of the javelin. 30His underparts are like sharp potsherds: He spreads as it were a threshing-wain upon the mire. 31He makes the deep to boil like a pot: He makes the sea like a pot of ointment. 32He makes a path to shine after him; One would think the deep to be hoary. 33Upon earth there is not his like, That is made without fear. 34He beholds everything that is high: He is king over all the sons of pride.


42 Then Job answered Jehovah, and said, 2I know that you can do all things, And that no purpose of your can be restrained. 3Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore have I uttered that which I understood not, Things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. 4Hear, I beseech you, and I will speak; I will demand of you, and you declare unto me. 5I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees you: 6why I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.

7And it was so, that, after Jehovah had spoken these words unto Job, Jehovah said to E-li-phaz the Te-man-ite, My wrath is kindled against you, and against your two friends; for you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has. 8Now therefore, take unto you seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt-offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you; from him will I accept, that I deal not with you after your folly; for you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has. 9So E-li-phaz the Te-man-ite and Bil-dad the Shu-hite and Zo-phar the Naía-math-ite went, and did according as Jehovah commanded them: and Jehovah accepted Job.



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