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The Holy Bible: The American Standard Version
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1:1There 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. 1:2And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. 1:3His 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. 1:4And 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. 1:5And 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. Thus did Job continually. 1:6Now it came to pass on the day when the sons of God came to present themselves before Jehovah, that Satan also came among them. 1:7And Jehovah said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered Jehovah, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 1:8And Jehovah said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job? for there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and turneth away from evil. 1:9Then Satan answered Jehovah, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 1:10Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath, on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 1:11But put forth thy hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will renounce thee to thy face. 1:12And Jehovah said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thy hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of Jehovah. 1:13And it fell on a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house, 1:14that there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them;1:15and the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away: yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 1:16While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 1:17While 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, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 1:18While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house; 1:19and, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote 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 thee. 1:20Then Job arose, and rent his robe, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped; 1:21and he said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: Jehovah gave, and Jehovah hath taken away; blessed be the name of Jehovah. 1:22In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
2:1Again 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. 2:2And Jehovah said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered Jehovah, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 2:3And Jehovah said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job? for there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and turneth away from evil: and he still holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. 2:4And Satan answered Jehovah, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. 2:5But put forth thy hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will renounce thee to thy face. 2:6And Jehovah said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thy hand; only spare his life. 2:7So Satan went forth from the presence of Jehovah, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. 2:8And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself therewith; and he sat among the ashes. 2:9Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still hold fast thine integrity? renounce God, and die. 2:10But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. 2:11Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place: Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, and they made an appointment together to come to bemoan him and to comfort him. 2:12And 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. 2:13So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.
And the night which said, There is a man-child conceived.
Let not God from above seek for it,
Neither let the light shine upon it.
Let a cloud dwell upon it;
Let all that maketh black the day terrify it.
Let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
Let it not come into the number of the months.
Let no joyful voice come therein.
Who are ready to rouse up leviathan.
Let it look for light, but have none;
Neither let it behold the eyelids of the morning:
Nor hid trouble from mine eyes.
Why did I not give up the ghost when my mother bare me?
Or why the breast, that I should suck?
I should have slept; then had I been at rest,
Who built up waste places for themselves;
Who filled their houses with silver:
As infants that never saw light.
And there the weary are at rest.
They hear not the voice of the taskmaster.
And the servant is free from his master.
And life unto the bitter in soul;
And dig for it more than for hid treasures;
And are glad, when they can find the grave?
And whom God hath hedged in?
And my groanings are poured out like water.
And that which I am afraid of cometh unto me.
But trouble cometh.
But who can withhold himself from speaking?
And thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
And thou hast made firm the feeble knees.
It toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
And the integrity of thy ways thy hope?
Or where were the upright cut off?
And sow trouble, reap the same.
And by the blast of his anger are they consumed.
And the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
And the whelps of the lioness are scattered abroad.
And mine ear received a whisper thereof.
When deep sleep falleth on men,
Which made all my bones to shake.
The hair of my flesh stood up.
A form was before mine eyes:
There was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?
And his angels he chargeth with folly:
Whose foundation is in the dust,
Who are crushed before the moth!
They perish for ever without any regarding it.
They die, and that without wisdom.
And to which of the holy ones wilt thou turn?
And jealousy slayeth the silly one.
But suddenly I cursed his habitation.
And they are crushed in the gate,
Neither is there any to deliver them:
And taketh it even out of the thorns;
And the snare gapeth for their substance.
Neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
As the sparks fly upward.
And unto God would I commit my cause;
Marvellous things without number:
And sendeth waters upon the fields;
And those that mourn are exalted to safety.
So that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
And the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.
And grope at noonday as in the night.
Even the needy from the hand of the mighty.
And iniquity stoppeth her mouth.
Therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty.
He woundeth, and his hands make whole.
Yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
And in war from the power of the sword.
Neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
Neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.
And thou shalt visit thy fold, and shalt miss nothing.
And thine offspring as the grass of the earth.
Like as a shock of grain cometh in in its season.
Hear it, and know thou it for thy good.
And all my calamity laid in the balances!
Therefore have my words been rash.
The poison whereof my spirit drinketh up:
The terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.
Or loweth the ox over his fodder?
Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
They are as loathsome food to me.
And that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
That he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
Yea, let me exult in pain that spareth not,
That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
And what is mine end, that I should be patient?
Or is my flesh of brass?
And that wisdom is driven quite from me?
Even to him that forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
As the channel of brooks that pass away;
And wherein the snow hideth itself:
When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
They go up into the waste, and perish.
The companies of Sheba waited for them.
They came thither, and were confounded.
Ye see a terror, and are afraid.
Or, Offer a present for me of your substance?
Or, Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors?
And cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
But your reproof, what doth it reprove?
Seeing that the speeches of one that is desperate are as wind?
And make merchandise of your friend.
For surely I shall not lie to your face.
Yea, return again, my cause is righteous.
Cannot my taste discern mischievous things?
And are not his days like the days of a hireling?
And as a hireling that looketh for his wages:
And wearisome nights are appointed to me.
When shall I arise, and the night be gone?
And I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.
My skin closeth up, and breaketh out afresh.
And are spent without hope.
Mine eye shall no more see good.
Thine eyes shall be upon me, but I shall not be.
So he that goeth down to Sheol shall come up no more.
Neither shall his place know him any more.
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
That thou settest a watch over me?
My couch shall ease my complaint;
And terrifiest me through visions:
And death rather than these my bones.
Let me alone; for my days are vanity.
And that thou shouldest set thy mind upon him,
And try him every moment?
Nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?
Why hast thou set me as a mark for thee,
So that I am a burden to myself?
For now shall I lie down in the dust;
And thou wilt seek me diligently, but I shall not be.
And how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a mighty wind?
Or doth the Almighty pervert righteousness?
And he hath delivered them into the hand of their transgression;
And make thy supplication to the Almighty;
Surely now he would awake for thee,
And make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
Yet thy latter end would greatly increase.
And apply thyself to that which their fathers have searched out:
Because our days upon earth are a shadow);
And utter words out of their heart?
Can the flag grow without water?
It withereth before any other herb.
And the hope of the godless man shall perish:
And whose trust is a spider's web.
He shall hold fast thereby, but it shall not endure.
And his shoots go forth over his garden.
He beholdeth the place of stones.
Then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.
And out of the earth shall others spring.
Neither will he uphold the evil-doers.
And thy lips with shouting.
And the tent of the wicked shall be no more.
But how can man be just with God?
He cannot answer him one of a thousand.
Who hath hardened himself against him, and prospered?-
When he overturneth them in his anger;
And the pillars thereof tremble;
And sealeth up the stars;
And treadeth upon the waves of the sea;
And the chambers of the south;
Yea, marvellous things without number.
He passeth on also, but I perceive him not.
Who will say unto him, What doest thou?
The helpers of Rahab do stoop under him.
And choose out my words to reason with him?
I would make supplication to my judge.
Yet would I not believe that he hearkened unto my voice.
And multiplieth my wounds without cause.
But filleth me with bitterness.
And if of justice, Who, saith he, will summon me?
Though I be perfect, it shall prove me perverse.
I despise my life.
He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
He will mock at the trial of the innocent.
He covereth the faces of the judges thereof:
If it be not he, who then is it?
They flee away, they see no good,
As the eagle that swoopeth on the prey.
I will put off my sad countenance, and be of good cheer;
I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.
Why then do I labor in vain?
And make my hands never so clean;
And mine own clothes shall abhor me.
That we should come together in judgment.
That might lay his hand upon us both.
And let not his terror make me afraid:
For I am not so in myself.
I will give free course to my complaint;
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
Show me wherefore thou contendest with me.
That thou shouldest despise the work of thy hands,
And shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
Or seest thou as man seeth?
Or thy years as man's days,
And searchest after my sin,
And there is none that can deliver out of thy hand?
Together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
And wilt thou bring me into dust again?
And curdled me like cheese?
And knit me together with bones and sinews.
And thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.
I know that this is with thee:
And thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.
And if I be righteous, yet shall I not lift up my head;
Being filled with ignominy,
And looking upon mine affliction.
And again thou showest thyself marvellous upon me.
And increasest thine indignation upon me:
Changes and warfare are with me.
I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me.
I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
And let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
Even to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;
The land of the shadow of death, without any order,
And where the light is as midnight.
And should a man full of talk be justified?
And when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
And I am clean in thine eyes.
And open his lips against thee,
For he is manifold in understanding.
Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity
Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
Deeper than Sheol; what canst thou know?
And broader than the sea.
And all unto judgment, then who can hinder him?
He seeth iniquity also, even though he consider it not.
Yea, man is born as a wild ass's colt.
And stretch out thy hands toward him;
And let not unrighteousness dwell in thy tents.
Yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
Thou shalt remember it as waters that are passed away,
Though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning.
Yea, thou shalt search about thee, and shalt take thy rest in safety.
Yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
And they shall have no way to flee;
And their hope shall be the giving up of the ghost.
And wisdom shall die with you.
I am not inferior to you:
Yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
I who called upon God, and he answered:
The just, the perfect man is a laughing-stock.
It is ready for them whose foot slippeth.
And they that provoke God are secure;
Into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
And the birds of the heavens, and they shall tell thee:
And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
That the hand of Jehovah hath wrought this,
And the breath of all mankind?
Even as the palate tasteth its food?
And in length of days understanding.
He hath counsel and understanding.
He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
Again, he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
The deceived and the deceiver are his.
And judges maketh he fools.
And he bindeth their loins with a girdle.
And overthroweth the mighty.
And taketh away the understanding of the elders.
And looseth the belt of the strong.
And bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
He enlargeth the nations, and he leadeth them captive.
And causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
And he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.
Mine ear hath heard and understood it.
I am not inferior unto you.
And I desire to reason with God.
Ye are all physicians of no value.
And it would be your wisdom.
And hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
And talk deceitfully for him?
Will ye contend for God?
Or as one deceiveth a man, will ye deceive him?
If ye do secretly show partiality.
And his dread fall upon you?
Your defences are defences of clay.
And let come on me what will.
And put my life in my hand?
Nevertheless I will maintain my ways before him.
That a godless man shall not come before him.
And let my declaration be in your ears.
I know that I am righteous.
For then would I hold my peace and give up the ghost.
Then will I not hide myself from thy face:
And let not thy terror make me afraid.
Or let me speak, and answer thou me.
Make me to know my transgression and my sin.
And holdest me for thine enemy?
And wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?
And makest me to inherit the iniquities of my youth:
And markest all my paths;
Thou settest a bound to the soles of my feet:
Like a garment that is moth-eaten.
Is of few days, and full of trouble.
He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
And bringest me into judgment with thee?
The number of his months is with thee,
And thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
Till he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day.
If it be cut down, that it will sprout again,
And that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
And the stock thereof die in the ground;
And put forth boughs like a plant.
Yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
And the river wasteth and drieth up;
Till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake,
Nor be roused out of their sleep.
That thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past,
That thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
All the days of my warfare would I wait,
Till my release should come.
Thou wouldest have a desire to the work of thy hands.
Dost thou not watch over my sin?
And thou fastenest up mine iniquity.
And the rock is removed out of its place;
The overflowings thereof wash away the dust of the earth:
So thou destroyest the hope of man.
Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
And they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
And his soul within him mourneth.
And fill himself with the east wind?
Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
And hinderest devotion before God.
And thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.
Yea, thine own lips testify against thee.
Or wast thou brought forth before the hills?
And dost thou limit wisdom to thyself?
What understandest thou, which is not in us?
Much elder than thy father.
Even the word that is gentle toward thee?
And why do thine eyes flash,
And lettest words go out of thy mouth?
And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
Yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight:
A man that drinketh iniquity like water!
And that which I have seen I will declare:
From their fathers, and have not hid it;
And no stranger passed among them):
Even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.
In prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.
And he is waited for of the sword.
He knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
They prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
And behaveth himself proudly against the Almighty;
With the thick bosses of his bucklers;
And gathered fat upon his loins;
In houses which no man inhabited,
Which were ready to become heaps;
Neither shall their possessions be extended on the earth.
The flame shall dry up his branches,
And by the breath of God's mouth shall he go away.
For vanity shall be his recompense.
And his branch shall not be green.
And shall cast off his flower as the olive-tree.
And fire shall consume the tents of bribery.
And their heart prepareth deceit.
Miserable comforters are ye all.
Or what provoketh thee that thou answerest?
If your soul were in my soul's stead,
I could join words together against you,
And shake my head at you.
And the solace of my lips would assuage your grief.
And though I forbear, what am I eased?
Thou hast made desolate all my company.
And my leanness riseth up against me,
It testifieth to my face.
He hath gnashed upon me with his teeth:
Mine adversary sharpeneth his eyes upon me.
They have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully:
They gather themselves together against me.
And casteth me into the hands of the wicked.
Yea, he hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces:
He hath also set me up for his mark.
He cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare;
He poureth out my gall upon the ground.
He runneth upon me like a giant.
And have laid my horn in the dust.
And on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
And my prayer is pure.
And let my cry have no resting -place.
And he that voucheth for me is on high.
But mine eye poureth out tears unto God,
And of a son of man with his neighbor!
I shall go the way whence I shall not return.
The grave is ready for me.
And mine eye dwelleth upon their provocation.
Who is there that will strike hands with me?
Therefore shalt thou not exalt them.
Even the eyes of his children shall fail.
And they spit in my face.
And all my members are as a shadow.
And the innocent shall stir up himself against the godless.
And he that hath clean hands shall wax stronger and stronger.
And I shall not find a wise man among you.
Even the thoughts of my heart.
The light, say they, is near unto the darkness.
If I have spread my couch in the darkness;
To the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister;
And as for my hope, who shall see it?
When once there is rest in the dust.
Consider, and afterwards we will speak.
And are become unclean in your sight?
Shall the earth be forsaken for thee?
Or shall the rock be removed out of its place?
And the spark of his fire shall not shine.
And his lamp above him shall be put out.
And his own counsel shall cast him down.
And he walketh upon the toils.
And a snare shall lay hold on him.
And a trap for him in the way.
And shall chase him at his heels.
And calamity shall be ready at his side.
Yea, the first-born of death shall devour his members.
And he shall be brought to the king of terrors.
Brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
And above shall his branch be cut off.
And he shall have no name in the street.
And chased out of the world.
Nor any remaining where he sojourned.
As they that went before were affrighted.
And this is the place of him that knoweth not God.
And break me in pieces with words?
Ye are not ashamed that ye deal hardly with me.
Mine error remaineth with myself.
And plead against me my reproach;
And hath compassed me with his net.
I cry for help, but there is no justice.
And hath set darkness in my paths.
And taken the crown from my head.
And my hope hath he plucked up like a tree.
And he counteth me unto him as one of his adversaries.
And cast up their way against me,
And encamp round about my tent.
And mine acquaintance are wholly estranged from me.
And my familiar friends have forgotten me.
I am an alien in their sight.
Though I entreat him with my mouth.
And my supplication to the children of mine own mother.
If I arise, they speak against me.
And they whom I loved are turned against me.
And I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
For the hand of God hath touched me.
And are not satisfied with my flesh?
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
They were graven in the rock for ever!
And at last he will stand up upon the earth:
Then without my flesh shall I see God;
And mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger.
My heart is consumed within me.
And that the root of the matter is found in me;
For wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword,
That ye may know there is a judgment.
Even by reason of my haste that is in me.
And the spirit of my understanding answereth me.
Since man was placed upon earth,
And the joy of the godless but for a moment?
And his head reach unto the clouds;
They that have seen him shall say, Where is he?
Yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
Neither shall his place any more behold him.
And his hands shall give back his wealth.
But it shall lie down with him in the dust.
Though he hide it under his tongue,
But keep it still within his mouth;
It is the gall of asps within him.
God will cast them out of his belly.
The viper's tongue shall slay him.
The flowing streams of honey and butter.
According to the substance that he hath gotten, he shall not rejoice.
He hath violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it
He shall not save aught of that wherein he delighteth.
Therefore his prosperity shall not endure.
The hand of every one that is in misery shall come upon him.
And will rain it upon him while he is eating.
And the bow of brass shall strike him through.
Yea, the glittering point cometh out of his gall:
Terrors are upon him.
A fire not blown by man shall devour him;
It shall consume that which is left in his tent.
And the earth shall rise up against him.
His goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
And the heritage appointed unto him by God.
And let this be your consolations.
And after that I have spoken, mock on.
And why should I not be impatient?
And lay your hand upon your mouth.
And horror taketh hold on my flesh.
Become old, yea, wax mighty in power?
And their offspring before their eyes.
Neither is the rod of God upon them.
Their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.
And their children dance.
And rejoice at the sound of the pipe.
And in a moment they go down to Sheol.
For we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
And what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
That their calamity cometh upon them?
That God distributeth sorrows in his anger?
And as chaff that the storm carrieth away?
Let him recompense it unto himself, that he may know it:
And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
When the number of his months is cut off?
Seeing he judgeth those that are high?
Being wholly at ease and quiet:
And the marrow of his bones is moistened.
And never tasteth of good.
And the worm covereth them.
And the devices wherewith ye would wrong me.
And where is the tent wherein the wicked dwelt?
And do ye not know their evidences,
That they are led forth to the day of wrath?
And who shall repay him what he hath done?
And men shall keep watch over the tomb.
And all men shall draw after him,
As there were innumerable before him.
Seeing in your answers there remaineth only falsehood?
Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself.
Or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
That he entereth with thee into judgment?
Neither is there any end to thine iniquities.
And stripped the naked of their clothing.
And thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
And the honorable man, he dwelt in it.
And the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
And sudden fear troubleth thee,
And abundance of waters cover thee.
And behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
Can he judge through the thick darkness?
And he walketh on the vault of heaven.
Which wicked men have trodden?
Whose foundation was poured out as a stream,
And, What can the Almighty do for us?
But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
And the innocent laugh them to scorn,
And the remnant of them the fire hath consumed.
Thereby good shall come unto thee.
And lay up his words in thy heart.
If thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents.
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks;
And precious silver unto thee.
And shalt lift up thy face unto God.
And thou shalt pay thy vows.
And light shall shine upon thy ways.
And the humble person he will save.
Yea, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of thy hands.
My stroke is heavier than my groaning.
That I might come even to his seat!
And fill my mouth with arguments.
And understand what he would say unto me.
Nay; but he would give heed unto me.
So should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
And backward, but I cannot perceive him;
He hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.
When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
His way have I kept, and turned not aside.
I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
And many such things are with him.
When I consider, I am afraid of him.
And the Almighty hath terrified me;
Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.
And why do not they that know him see his days?
They violently take away flocks, and feed them.
They take the widow's ox for a pledge.
The poor of the earth all hide themselves.
They go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food;
The wilderness yieldeth them bread for their children.
And they glean the vintage of the wicked.
And have no covering in the cold.
And embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
And take a pledge of the poor;
And being hungry they carry the sheaves.
They tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
And the soul of the wounded crieth out:
Yet God regardeth not the folly.
They know not the ways thereof,
Nor abide in the paths thereof.
He killeth the poor and needy;
And in the night he is as a thief.
Saying, No eye shall see me:
And he disguiseth his face.
They shut themselves up in the day-time;
They know not the light.
For they know the terrors of the thick darkness.
Their portion is cursed in the earth:
They turn not into the way of the vineyards.
So doth Sheol those that have sinned.
The worm shall feed sweetly on him;
He shall be no more remembered;
And unrighteousness shall be broken as a tree.
And doeth not good to the widow.
He riseth up that hath no assurance of life.
And his eyes are upon their ways.
Yea, 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.
And make my speech nothing worth?
He maketh peace in his high places.
And upon whom doth not his light arise?
Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
And the stars are not pure in his sight:
And the son of man, that is a worm!
How hast thou saved the arm that hath no strength!
And plentifully declared sound knowledge!
And whose spirit came forth from thee?
Beneath the waters and the inhabitants thereof.
And Abaddon hath no covering.
And hangeth the earth upon nothing.
And the cloud is not rent under them.
And spreadeth his cloud upon it.
Unto the confines of light and darkness.
And are astonished at his rebuke.
And by his understanding he smiteth through Rahab.
His hand hath pierced the swift serpent.
And how small a whisper do we hear of him!
But the thunder of his power who can understand?
And the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul:
And the spirit of God is in my nostrils);
Neither shall my tongue utter deceit.
Till I die I will not put away mine integrity from me.
My heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
And let him that riseth up against me be as the unrighteous.
When God taketh away his soul?
When trouble cometh upon him?
And call upon God at all times?
That which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
Why then are ye become altogether vain?
And the heritage of oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty:
And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
And his widows shall make no lamentation.
And prepare raiment as the clay;
And the innocent shall divide the silver.
And as a booth which the keeper maketh.
He openeth his eyes, and he is not.
A tempest stealeth him away in the night.
And it sweepeth him out of his place.
He would fain flee out of his hand.
And shall hiss him out of his place.
And a place for gold which they refine.
And copper is molten out of the stone.
And searcheth out, to the furthest bound,
The stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.
They are forgotten of the foot;
They hang afar from men, they swing to and fro.
And underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.
And it hath dust of gold.
Neither hath the falcon's eye seen it:
Nor hath the fierce lion passed thereby.
He overturneth the mountains by the roots.
And his eye seeth every precious thing.
And the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.
And where is the place of understanding?
Neither is it found in the land of the living.
And the sea saith, It is not with me.
Neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
With the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
Neither shall it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
Yea, the price of wisdom is above rubies.
Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
And where is the place of understanding?
And kept close from the birds of the heavens.
We have heard a rumor thereof with our ears.
And he knoweth the place thereof.
And seeth under the whole heaven;
Yea, he meteth out the waters by measure.
And a way for the lightning of the thunder;
He established it, yea, and searched it out.
Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
And to depart from evil is understanding.
As in the days when God watched over me;
And by his light I walked through darkness;
When the friendship of God was upon my tent;
And my children were about me;
And the rock poured me out streams of oil!
When I prepared my seat in the street,
And the aged rose up and stood;
And laid their hand on their mouth;
And their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
And when the eye saw me, it gave witness unto me:
The fatherless also, that had none to help him.
And I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
My justice was as a robe and a diadem.
And feet was I to the lame.
And the cause of him that I knew not I searched out.
And plucked the prey out of his teeth.
And I shall multiply my days as the sand:
And the dew lieth all night upon my branch;
And my bow is renewed in my hand.
And kept silence for my counsel.
And my speech distilled upon them.
And they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
And the light of my countenance they cast not down.
And dwelt as a king in the army,
As one that comforteth the mourners.
Whose fathers I disdained to set with the dogs of my flock.
Men in whom ripe age is perished.
They gnaw the dry ground, in the gloom of wasteness and desolation.
And the roots of the broom are their food.
They cry after them as after a thief;
In holes of the earth and of the rocks.
Under the nettles they are gathered together.
They were scourged out of the land.
Yea, I am a byword unto them.
And spare not to spit in my face.
And they have cast off the bridle before me.
They thrust aside my feet,
And they cast up against me their ways of destruction.
They set forward my calamity,
Even men that have no helper.
In the midst of the ruin they roll themselves upon me.
They chase mine honor as the wind;
And my welfare is passed away as a cloud.
Days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
And the pains that gnaw me take no rest.
It bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.
And I am become like dust and ashes.
I stand up, and thou gazest at me.
With the might of thy hand thou persecutest me.
And thou dissolvest me in the storm.
And to the house appointed for all living.
Or in his calamity therefore cry for help?
Was not my soul grieved for the needy?
And when I waited for light, there came darkness.
Days of affliction are come upon me.
I stand up in the assembly, and cry for help.
And a companion to ostriches.
And my bones are burned with heat.
And my pipe into the voice of them that weep.
How then should I look upon a virgin?
And the heritage from the Almighty on high?
And disaster to the workers of iniquity?
And number all my steps?
And my foot hath hasted to deceit
That God may know mine integrity);
And my heart walked after mine eyes,
And if any spot hath cleaved to my hands:
Yea, let the produce of my field be rooted out.
And I have laid wait at my neighbor's door;
And let others bow down upon her.
Yea, it were an iniquity to be punished by the judges:
And would root out all mine increase.
When they contended with me;
And when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?
And did not one fashion us in the womb?
Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
And the fatherless hath not eaten thereof
And her have I guided from my mother's womb);
Or that the needy had no covering;
And if he hath not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
Because I saw my help in the gate:
And mine arm be broken from the bone.
And by reason of his majesty I can do nothing.
And have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;
And because my hand had gotten much;
Or the moon walking in brightness,
And my mouth hath kissed my hand:
For I should have denied the God that is above.
Or lifted up myself when evil found him;
By asking his life with a curse);
Who can find one that hath not been filled with his meat?
But I have opened my doors to the traveller);
By hiding mine iniquity in my bosom,
And the contempt of families terrified me,
So that I kept silence, and went not out of the door-
(Lo, here is my signature, let the Almighty answer me);
And that I had the indictment which mine adversary hath written!
I would bind it unto me as a crown:
As a prince would I go near unto him.
And the furrows thereof weep together;
Or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
And cockle instead of barley.
The words of Job are ended.
32:1So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 32:2Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God. 32:3Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. 32:4Now Elihu had waited to speak unto Job, because they were elder than he. 32:5And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was kindled.
I am young, and ye are very old;
Wherefore I held back, and durst not show you mine opinion.
And multitude of years should teach wisdom.
And the breath of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
Nor the aged that understand justice.
I also will show mine opinion.
I listened for your reasonings,
Whilst ye searched out what to say.
And, behold, there was none that convinced Job,
Or that answered his words, among you.
God may vanquish him, not man:
Neither will I answer him with your speeches.
They have not a word to say.
Because they stand still, and answer no more?
I also will show mine opinion.
The spirit within me constraineth me.
Like new wine-skins it is ready to burst.
I will open my lips and answer.
Neither will I give flattering titles unto any man.
Else would my Maker soon take me away.
And hearken to all my words.
My tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
And that which my lips know they shall speak sincerely.
And the breath of the Almighty giveth me life.
Set thy words in order before me, stand forth.
I also am formed out of the clay.
Neither shall my pressure be heavy upon thee.
And I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
I am innocent, neither is there iniquity in me:
He counteth me for his enemy:
He marketh all my paths.
For God is greater than man.
For that he giveth not account of any of his matters?
Yea twice, though man regardeth it not.
When deep sleep falleth upon men,
In slumberings upon the bed;
And sealeth their instruction,
And hide pride from man;
And his life from perishing by the sword.
And with continual strife in his bones;
And his soul dainty food.
And his bones that were not seen stick out.
And his life to the destroyers.
An interpreter, one among a thousand,
To show unto man what is right for him;
Deliver him from going down to the pit,
I have found a ransom.
He returneth to the days of his youth.
So that he seeth his face with joy:
And he restoreth unto man his righteousness.
I have sinned, and perverted that which was right,
And it profited me not:
And my life shall behold the light.
Twice, yea thrice, with a man,
That he may be enlightened with the light of the living.
Hold thy peace, and I will speak.
Speak, for I desire to justify thee.
Hold thy peace, and I will teach thee wisdom.
And give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.
As the palate tasteth food.
Let us know among ourselves what is good.
And God hath taken away my right:
My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.
Who drinketh up scoffing like water,
And walketh with wicked men?
That he should delight himself with God.
Far be it from God, that he should do wickedness,
And from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
And cause every man to find according to his ways.
Neither will the Almighty pervert justice.
Or who hath disposed the whole world?
If he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;
And man shall turn again unto dust.
Hearken to the voice of my words.
And wilt thou condemn him that is righteous and mighty?-
Or to nobles, Ye are wicked;
Nor regardeth the rich more than the poor;
For they all are the work of his hands.
The people are shaken and pass away,
And the mighty are taken away without hand.
And he seeth all his goings.
Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
That he should go before God in judgment.
And setteth others in their stead.
And he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
In the open sight of others;
And would not have regard in any of his ways:
And he heard the cry of the afflicted.
And when he hideth his face, who then can behold him?
Alike whether it be done unto a nation, or unto a man:
That there be none to ensnare the people.
I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:
If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more?
For thou must choose, and not I:
Therefore speak what thou knowest.
Yea, every wise man that heareth me:
And his words are without wisdom.
Because of his answering like wicked men.
He clappeth his hands among us,
And multiplieth his words against God.
Or sayest thou, My righteousness is more than God's,
And, What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?
And thy companions with thee.
And behold the skies, which are higher than thou.
And if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?
Or what receiveth he of thy hand?
And thy righteousness may profit a son of man.
They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.
Who giveth songs in the night,
And maketh us wiser than the birds of the heavens?
Because of the pride of evil men.
Neither will the Almighty regard it.
The cause is before him, and thou waitest for him!
Neither doth he greatly regard arrogance;
He multiplieth words without knowledge.
For I have yet somewhat to say on God's behalf.
And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
One that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
He is mighty in strength of understanding.
But giveth to the afflicted their right.
But with kings upon the throne
He setteth them for ever, and they are exalted.
And be taken in the cords of afflictions;
And their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.
And commandeth that they return from iniquity.
They shall spend their days in prosperity,
And their years in pleasures.
And they shall die without knowledge.
They cry not for help when he bindeth them.
And their life perisheth among the unclean.
And openeth their ear in oppression.
Into a broad place, where there is no straitness;
And that which is set on thy table would be full of fatness.
Judgment and justice take hold on thee.
Neither let the greatness of the ransom turn thee aside.
Or all the forces of thy strength?
When peoples are cut off in their place.
For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
Who is a teacher like unto him?
Or who can say, Thou hast wrought unrighteousness?
Whereof men have sung.
Man beholdeth it afar off.
The number of his years is unsearchable.
Which distil in rain from his vapor,
And drop upon man abundantly.
The thunderings of his pavilion?
And he covereth the bottom of the sea.
He giveth food in abundance.
And giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.
The cattle also concerning the storm that cometh up.
And is moved out of its place.
And the sound that goeth out of his mouth.
And his lightening unto the ends of the earth.
He thundereth with the voice of his majesty;
And he restraineth not the lightnings when his voice is heard.
Great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.
Likewise to the shower of rain,
And to the showers of his mighty rain.
That all men whom he hath made may know it.
And remain in their dens.
And cold out of the north.
And the breadth of the waters is straitened.
He spreadeth abroad the cloud of his lightning:
That they may do whatsoever he commandeth them
Upon the face of the habitable world,
Or for lovingkindness, that he cause it to come.
Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
And causeth the lightning of his cloud to shine?
The wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge?
When the earth is still by reason of the south wind?
Which is strong as a molten mirror?
For we cannot set our speech in order by reason of darkness.
Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?
But the wind passeth, and cleareth them.
God hath upon him terrible majesty.
He is excellent in power;
And in justice and plenteous righteousness he will not afflict.
He regardeth not any that are wise of heart.
By words without knowledge?
For I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Declare, if thou hast understanding.
Or who stretched the line upon it?
Or who laid the corner-stone thereof,
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
When it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb;
And thick darkness a swaddling-band for it,
And set bars and doors,
And here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
And caused the dayspring to know its place;
And the wicked be shaken out of it?
And all things stand forth as a garment:
And the high arm is broken.
Or hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep?
Or hast thou seen the gates of the shadow of death?
Declare, if thou knowest it all.
And as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
And that thou shouldest discern the paths to the house thereof?
And the number of thy days is great!
Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
Against the day of battle and war?
Or the east wind scattered upon the earth?
Or the way for the lightning of the thunder;
On the wilderness, wherein there is no man;
And to cause the tender grass to spring forth?
Or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
And the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
And the face of the deep is frozen.
Or loose the bands of Orion?
Or canst thou guide the Bear with her train?
Canst thou establish the dominion thereof in the earth?
That abundance of waters may cover thee?
And say unto thee, Here we are?
Or who hath given understanding to the mind?
Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,
And the clods cleave fast together?
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
And abide in the covert to lie in wait?
When his young ones cry unto God,
And wander for lack of food?
Or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
Or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?
They cast out their pains.
They go forth, and return not again.
Or who hath loosed the bonds of the swift ass,
And the salt land his dwelling-place?
Neither heareth he the shoutings of the driver.
And he searcheth after every green thing.
Or will he abide by thy crib?
Or will he harrow the valleys after thee?
Or wilt thou leave to him thy labor?
And gather the grain of thy threshing-floor?
But are they the pinions and plumage of love?
And warmeth them in the dust,
Or that the wild beast may trample them.
Though her labor be in vain, she is without fear;
Neither hath he imparted to her understanding.
She scorneth the horse and his rider.
Hast thou clothed his neck with the quivering mane?
The glory of his snorting is terrible.
He goeth out to meet the armed men.
Neither turneth he back from the sword.
The flashing spear and the javelin.
Neither believeth he that it is the voice of the trumpet.
And he smelleth the battle afar off,
The thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
(And) stretcheth her wings toward the south?
And maketh her nest on high?
Upon the point of the cliff, and the stronghold.
Her eyes behold it afar off.
And where the slain are, there is she.
He that argueth with God, let him answer it.
I lay my hand upon my mouth.
Yea, twice, but I will proceed no further.
I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be justified?
And canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
And array thyself with honor and majesty.
And look upon every one that is proud, and abase him.
And tread down the wicked where they stand.
Bind their faces in the hidden place.
That thine own right hand can save thee.
He eateth grass as an ox.
And his force is in the muscles of his belly.
The sinews of his thighs are knit together.
His limbs are like bars of iron.
He only that made him giveth him his sword.
Where all the beasts of the field do play.
In the covert of the reed, and the fen.
The willows of the brook compass him about.
He is confident, though a Jordan swell even to his mouth.
Or pierce through his nose with a snare?
Or press down his tongue with a cord?
Or pierce his jaw through with a hook?
Or will he speak soft words unto thee?
That thou shouldest take him for a servant for ever?
Or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
Will they part him among the merchants?
Or his head with fish-spears?
Remember the battle, and do so no more.
Will not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
Who then is he that can stand before me?
Whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
Nor his mighty strength, nor his goodly frame.
Who shall come within his jaws?
Round about his teeth is terror.
Shut up together as with a close seal.
That no air can come between them.
They stick together, so that they cannot be sundered.
And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
And sparks of fire leap forth.
As of a boiling pot and burning rushes.
And a flame goeth forth from his mouth.
And terror danceth before him.
They are firm upon him; they cannot be moved.
Yea, firm as the nether millstone.
By reason of consternation they are beside themselves.
Nor the spear, the dart, nor the pointed shaft.
And brass as rotten wood.
Sling-stones are turned with him into stubble.
He laugheth at the rushing of the javelin.
He spreadeth as it were a threshing-wain upon the mire.
He maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
One would think the deep to be hoary.
That is made without fear.
He is king over all the sons of pride.
And that no purpose of thine can be restrained.
Therefore have I uttered that which I understood not,
Things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
But now mine eye seeth thee:
And repent in dust and ashes.
42:7And it was so, that, after Jehovah had spoken these words unto Job, Jehovah said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends; for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 42:8Now 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; for him will I accept, that I deal not with you after your folly; for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 42:9So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as Jehovah commanded them: and Jehovah accepted Job.
42:10And Jehovah turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: and Jehovah gave Job twice as much as he had before. 42:11Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him concerning all the evil that Jehovah had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one a ring of gold. 42:12So Jehovah blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: And he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses. 42:13He had also seven sons and three daughters. 42:14And he called the name of the first, Jemimah: and the name of the second, Keziah; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch. 42:15And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. 42:16And after this Job lived a hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations. 42:17So Job died, being old and full of days.