1There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job;
and that man was perfect and upright and one who feared God and avoided evil.
2And seven sons and three daughters were born to him.
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 men of the
4And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every
one on 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 cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
6Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves
before the LORD and Satan also came among them. 7And the LORD
said to Satan, Where have you come from? Then Satan answered the LORD and
said, From going to and fro in the earth and from walking up and down in
it. 8And the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant
Job, that there is no one like him in the earth, a perfect and an
upright man, one who fears God and avoids evil? 9Then Satan answered
the LORD 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 curse you to your face. 12And the LORD said
to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not
put forth your hand on himself. So Satan went forth from the presence of
13And there was a day when his sons and his daughters
were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
14And there came a messenger to Job and said, The oxen were plowing
and the asses feeding beside them: 15And the Sabeans fell on
them and took them away; yes, they have killed the servants with the
edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell you.
16While he was yet speaking, another also came 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, another also came and said,
The Chaldeans made out three bands and fell on the camels and have carried
them away, yes and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I
only am escaped alone to tell you. 18While he was still
speaking, another also came and said, Your sons and your daughters
were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house:
19And, behold, a great wind came from the wilderness and struck
the four corners of the house and it fell on the young men and they are dead;
and I only am escaped alone to tell you.
20Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell
down on the ground and worshipped, 21And said, Naked I came out
of my mother's womb and naked I shall return there: the LORD gave and the
LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. 22In all
this Job did not sin, nor charge God foolishly.
1Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves
before the LORD and Satan also came among them to present himself before
the LORD. 2And the LORD said to Satan, Where have you come from?
And Satan answered the LORD and said, From going to and fro in the earth
and from walking up and down in it. 3And the LORD said to Satan,
Have you considered my servant Job, that there is no one like him
in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one who fears God and avoids
evil? and still he holds fast his integrity, although you moved me against
him, to destroy him without a cause. 4And Satan answered the LORD
and said, Skin for skin, yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.
5But put forth your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh
and he will curse you to your face. 6And the LORD said to Satan,
Behold, he is in your hand; but save his life.
7So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and struck Job
with sore boils from the sole of his foot to his crown. 8And he
took a potsherd to scrape himself with it; and he sat down among the ashes.
9Then his wife said to him, Do you still retain your integrity?
curse God and die. 10But he said to 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 Job did not sin with his lips.
11Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that had
come on him, every one came from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite and
Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment
together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him. 12And when
they lifted up their eyes afar off and did not know him, they lifted up their
voice and wept; and each one tore his robe and they sprinkled dust on their
heads toward heaven. 13So they sat down with him on the ground
seven days and seven nights and no one spoke a word to him: for they saw
that his grief was very great.
1After this Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.
2And Job spoke, and said, 3Let the day in which I was
born perish and the night in which it was said, There is a man child
conceived. 4Let that day be darkness; do not let God regard it
from above, nor let the light shine on it. 5Let darkness and the
shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell on it; let the blackness of the
day terrify it. 6As for that night, let darkness seize
on it; let it not be joined to the days of the year, let it not come into
the number of months. 7Lo, let that night be solitary, let no
joyful voice come there. 8Let them curse it who curse the day,
who are ready to raise up their mourning. 9Let the stars of its
twilight be dark; let it look for light but have none; neither let it see
the dawning of the day: 10Because it did not shut up the doors
of my mother's womb, nor did it hide sorrow from my eyes.
11Why did I not die from the womb? why did I not
give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? 12Why did the
knees receive me? or why the breasts that I should suck? 13For
now I would have lain still and been quiet, I would have slept: then I would
have been at rest, 14With kings and counselors of the earth, who
built desolate places for themselves; 15Or with princes who had
gold, who filled their houses with silver: 16Or I would not have
been as a hidden untimely birth; as infants who never saw light.
17There the wicked cease from troubling others;
and there the weary are at rest. 18There the prisoners
rest together; they do not hear the voice of the oppressor. 19The
small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
20Therefore light is given to him who is in misery and life to
the bitter in soul; 21Who long for death and dig for
it more than for hidden treasures; but it does not come;
22Who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can
find the grave? 23Why is light given to a man whose way
is hidden, and whom God has hedged in? 24For my sighing comes
before I eat and my roarings are poured out like water. 25For
the thing which I greatly feared is come on me and that which I was afraid
of is come to me. 26I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither
was I quiet; yet trouble came.
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2If we try 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 who was falling and you have strengthened the feeble
knees. 5But now it has come on you and you faint; it touches you
and you are troubled. 6Is not this your fear,
your confidence, your hope and the uprightness of your ways?
7 I pray you, remember, who ever perished, being innocent?
or where were the righteous cut off? 8Even as I have seen, they
who plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. 9By the
blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils they are 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 stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
12Now a thing was secretly brought to me and my ear received a
little of it. 13In thoughts from the visions of the night, when
deep sleep falls on men, 14Fear came on me and trembling, which
made all my bones shake. 15Then a spirit passed before my face;
the hair of my flesh stood up: 16It stood still, but I could not
discern the form of it: an image 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 he charged his
angels with folly: 19How much less in those who dwell
in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who
are crushed before the moth? 20They are destroyed from morning
to evening: they perish forever without anyone regarding it.
21Does not their excellency which is in them go away?
they die, even without wisdom.
1Call now, if there is any who will answer you; and to which of
the saints will you turn? 2For wrath kills the foolish man and
envy 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, nor is there any to deliver
them. 5Whose harvest the hungry eat up and take it even
out of the thorns and the robber swallows up their substance.
6Affliction does not come out of the dust, nor does trouble spring
out of the ground; 7Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks
fly upward. 8I would seek to God and I would commit my cause to
God : 9Who does great things and unsearchable marvelous things
without number: 10Who gives rain on the earth and sends waters
on the fields: 11To set up on high those who are low; that those
who mourn may be exalted to safety. 12He disappoints the devices
of the crafty, so that their hands can not perform their enterprise.
13He takes the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of
the presumptuous is carried headlong. 14They meet with darkness
in the daytime and grope in the noonday as in the night. 15But
he saves the poor from the sword, from the mouth and the hand of the mighty.
16So the poor has hope and iniquity shuts her mouth.
17Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects: therefore
despise not the chastening of the Almighty: 18For he makes sore
and binds up: he wounds and his hands make whole. 19He shall deliver
you in six troubles: yes, in seven no evil shall touch you. 20In
famine he shall redeem you from death: and in war from the power of the sword.
21You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue: nor shall
you be afraid of destruction when it comes. 22 You shall laugh
at destruction and famine: nor shall you be afraid of the animals of the
earth. 23For you shall be in league with the stones of the field:
and the animals of the field shall be at peace with you. 24And
you shall know that your tabernacle shall be in peace; and you shall
visit your habitation and shall not sin. 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
a shock of corn comes in his season. 27Lo this, we have searched
it, so it is; hear it, and know it for your good.
1But Job answered and said, 2Oh that my grief were
thoroughly weighed and my calamity laid in the balances together!
3For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore
my words are swallowed up. 4For the arrows of the Almighty
are within me, the poison of which my spirit drinks up: the terrors
of God set themselves in array against me. 5Does the wild ass
bray when he has grass? or the ox low over his fodder? 6Can that
which is unsavory be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in
the white of an egg? 7The things that my soul refused
to touch are my sorrowful meat.
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 destroy me; that he would let his hand loose and cut me off!
10Then I would yet have comfort; yes, I would harden myself in
sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy
One. 11What is my strength, that I should hope? and what
is my end, that I should prolong my life?
12Is my strength the strength of stones? or my flesh
of brass? 13Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven
quite from me?
14 Pity should be shown from his friend to him who is
afflicted; but he forsakes the fear of the Almighty. 15My brothers
have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they
pass away; 16Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and
in which the snow is hidden: 17At what time they grow warm, they
vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
18The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing
and perish. 19The troops of Teman looked, the companies of Sheba
waited for them. 20They were confounded because they had hoped;
they came there and were ashamed. 21For now you are nothing; you
see my casting down and are afraid.
22Did I say, Bring to me? or, Give a reward to me of your substance?
23Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the
hand of the mighty? 24Teach me and I will hold my tongue: and
cause me to understand in what I have erred. 25How forcible are
right words! but what does your arguing prove? 26Do you imagine
to prove words and the speeches of one who is desperate, which are
as wind? 27Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless and you dig a
pit for your friend. 28Now therefore be content, look on
me; because it will be evident to you if I am lying. 29I
pray you, do not return iniquity; yes, return again my righteousness to it.
30Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse
1Is there not an appointed time to man on earth? are
not his days also like the days of a hireling? 2As a servant
earnestly desires the shadow, and as a hireling looks for the reward
of his work: 3So I am made to possess months of vanity 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 toward the dawning of the day. 5My flesh is clothed with worms
and clods of dust; my skin is broken and become loathsome. 6My
days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle and are spent without hope.
7O remember that my life is wind: my eyes shall not see
good anymore. 8The eyes of him who has seen me shall not see me
anymore: your eyes are on me and I am not.
9As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away: so he who
goes down to the grave shall not come up anymore. 10He shall noy
return to his house anymore, 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 whale, 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 my life. 16I loathe it;
I would not live always: let me alone; for my days are vanity.
17What is man, that you should magnify him? and that
you should set your heart on him? 18And that you should
visit him every morning and try him every moment? 19How
long will you not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my
spittle? 20I have sinned; what shall I do to you, O you preserver
of men? why have you set me as a mark against you, so that I am a burden
to myself? 21And why do you not pardon my transgression and take
away my iniquity? for now I shall sleep in the dust; and you shall seek me
in the morning, but I shall not be.
1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said, 2How long
will you speak these things and how long shall the words
of your mouth be like a strong wind? 3Does God pervert
judgment? or does the Almighty pervert justice? 4If your children
have sinned against him and he has cast them away for their transgression.
5If you would seek to God often 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.
7Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end should greatly
8For I pray you, inquire of the former age and prepare yourself
to the search of their fathers: 9(For we are but of yesterday
and know nothing, because our days on earth are a shadow:)
10Shall they not teach you, and tell you and utter words
out of their heart? 11Can the reed grow up without mire? can the
flag grow without water? 12While it is still in its greenness
and not cut down, it withers before any other herb.
13So are the paths of all who forget God; and the hypocrite's
hope shall perish: 14Whose hope shall be cut off and whose trust
shall be a spider's web. 15He shall lean on his house,
but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
16He is green before the sun and his branch shoots forth
in his garden. 17His roots are wrapped about the heap,
and sees the place of stones. 18If he destroys him 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 grow.
20Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither
will he help the evil doers: 21Till he fill your mouth with laughing
and your lips with rejoicing. 22They who hate you shall be clothed
with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nothing.
1Then Job answered and said, 2I know it is
so of a truth: but how should man be just with God? 3If he will
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 has prospered? 5Who
removes the mountains and they do not know: who overturns them in his anger.
6Who shakes the earth out of her place and its pillars tremble.
7Who commands the sun and it does not rise; and seals up the stars.
8Who alone spreads out the heavens and treads on the waves of
the sea. 9Who makes Arcturus, Orion and Pleiades and the chambers
of the south. 10Who does great things past finding out; yes and
wonders without number. 11Lo, he goes by me and I do not see
him: he passes on also, but I do not perceive him.
12Behold, he takes away, who can hinder him? who will say to him,
What are you doing? 13If God will not withdraw his anger,
the proud helpers stoop under him.
14How much less shall I answer him and choose out my
words to reason with him? 15To whom, though I were righteous,
yet I would not answer, but I would make supplication to
my judge. 16If I had called and he had answered me; yet
I would not believe that he had listened to 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 I speak of strength, lo, he is
strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?
20If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I
say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
21Though I were perfect, yet I would
not know my soul: I would despise my life.
22This is one thing, therefore I said
it, He destroys the perfect and the wicked. 23If the
scourge slays suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covers the
faces of the its judges; if it is not God, where and who
is he that does 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 hurries to the prey. 27If I say, I will forget my
complaint, I will leave off my heaviness and comfort myself:
28I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that you will not hold
me innocent. 29If I am wicked, why do I then labor in
vain? 30If I wash myself with snow water and make my hands ever
so clean; 31Yet you shall 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, when we should come together in judgment.
33Neither is there any daysman between us, who might
lay his hand on us both. 34Let him take his rod away from me and
let not his fear terrify me: 35Then I would speak and
not fear him; but it is not so with me.
1My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint to myself;
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2I will say to God,
Do not condemn me; show me why you contend with me. 3Is it
good for you that you should oppress, that you should despise the work of
your hands and shine on 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? are your years as man's days, 6That
you inquire after my iniquity and search after my sin? 7You know
that I am not wicked; yet there is no one who can deliver me
out of your hand.
8Your hands have made me and fashioned me together round about;
yet you destroy me. 9 I beseech you, remember that you have made
me as the clay; and you will 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 have fenced me with bones and sinews.
12You have granted me life and favor and your visitation has preserved
my spirit. 13And these things you have hid 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 am wicked, woe to me; and if I am righteous,
yet I will not lift up my head. I am full of confusion;
therefore see my affliction; 16For it increases. You hunt me as
a fierce lion: and again you show yourself marvelous to me. 17You
renew your witnesses against me and increase your indignation on me; changes
and war are against me. 18Why then have you brought me
out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost and no eyes 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 a little comfort,
21Before I go where I shall not return, even
to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; 22A land of darkness,
as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order
and where the light is like darkness.
1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said, 2Should
not this multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be
justified? 3Should your lies make men hold their peace? and when
you mock, shall no man make you ashamed? 4For you have said, 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, that they are double to
that which is! Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your
7Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty
to perfection? 8He is as high as heaven; what can you
do? deeper than sheol; what can you know? 9The measure of it
is longer than the earth and broader than the sea. 10If
he cuts off and shuts up, or gathers together, then who can hinder him?
11For he knows vain men: he sees wickedness also; will he not
then consider it? 12For vain man wants to be wise, although
man is born like a wild ass's colt.
13If you prepare your heart and stretch out your hands toward
him; 14If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away and
let not wickedness dwell in your tabernacles. 15For then you shall
lift up your face without spot; yes, you shall be steadfast and shall not
fear: 16Because you shall forget your misery, and remember
it as water that passes away: 17And your age
shall be clearer than the noonday; you shall shine forth, you shall be as
the morning. 18And you shall be secure, because there is hope;
yes, you shall dig about you and you shall take your rest in safety.
19Also you shall lie down and no one shall make you afraid; yes,
many shall make requests of you. 20But the eyes of the wicked
shall fail and they shall not escape and their hope shall be as
giving up the ghost.
1And Job answered and said, 2No doubt but you
are the people and wisdom will die with you. 3But I have
understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yes, who
does not know such things as these? 4I am like one mocked
by his neighbor, who calls on God and he answers him? the just and upright
man is laughed to scorn. 5He who is ready to slip with
his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him who
is at ease.
6The tabernacles of robbers prosper and they who provoke God are
secure; into whose hand God brings abundantly. 7But ask
now the animals, and they shall teach you; and the fowls of the air and they
shall tell you: 8Or speak to the earth and it shall teach you:
and the fish of the sea shall declare to you. 9Who does not know
in all these that the hand of the LORD has wrought this? 10In
whose hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of all
mankind? 11Does not the ear try words? and the mouth taste its
12Wisdom is with the ancient and understanding is
in length of days. 13Wisdom and strength are with him,
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 water, and it dries up: he also sends
them out and they overturn the earth. 16Strength and wisdom>
is with him: the deceived and the deceiver are his.
17He leads counselors away spoiled and makes the judges fools.
18He looses the bond of kings and girdes their loins with a girdle.
19He leads princes away spoiled and overthrows the mighty.
20He takes away the speech of the steadfast and takes away the
understanding of the aged. 21He pours contempt on princes and
weakens the strength of the mighty. 22He discovers deep things
out of darkness and brings the shadow of death out to light. 23He
increases the nations and destroys them: he enlarges the nations and narrows
them again. 24He takes away the heart of the chief 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 stagger like a drunken man.
1Lo, my eyes has seen all this, my ear has heard and
understood it. 2What you know, I also know the same:
I am not inferior to 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. 5O
that you would altogether hold your peace! and that should be your wisdom.
6Hear now my reasoning and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
7Will you speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?
8Will you accept his person? will you contend for God?
9Is it good that he should search you out? and as one man mocks
another, so you mock him? 10He will surely reprove you,
if you secretly accept persons. 11Shall not his excellency make
you afraid? and his dread fall on you? 12Your remembrances
are like ashes, your bodies as bodies of clay.
13Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak and let whatever
will come on me. 14Why do I take my flesh in my teeth
and put my life in my hand? 15Though he slay me, I will still
trust in him but I will maintain my own ways before him. 16He
also shall be my salvation: for a hypocrite shall not come before
him. 17Hear diligently my speech and my declaration with your
ears. 18Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that
I shall be justified. 19Who is he who will plead
with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.
20Only do not do two things to me: then I will not hide
myself from you. 21Do not withdraw your hand far from me:
and do not let your dread 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 do you hide your face and hold
me for your enemy? 25Will you break a leaf driven to and fro and
will you pursue the dry stubble? 26For you write bitter things
against me and make me to possess the iniquities of my youth.
27You also put my feet in the stocks and look narrowly to all
my paths; you set a print on the heels of my feet. 28And he, consumes
as a rotten thing, as a garment that is moth eaten.
1Man who is born of 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 does not continue. 3And do you
open your eyes on 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
are with you, you have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
6Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish his
day as a hireling.
7For there is hope of a tree, if it is cut down, that it will
sprout again, and that its tender branch will not cease. 8Though
its root grows old in the earth and its stock dies in the ground;
9Yet through the scent of water it will bud and bring
forth boughs like a plant. 10But man dies and wastes away: yes,
man gives up the ghost and where is he? 11As
the waters fail from the sea and the flood decays and dries up:
12So man lies down and rises not: till the heavens are
no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
13O that you would hide me in the grave, that you would keep me
secret, until your wrath is past, that you would appoint me a set time and
remember me! 14If a man dies shall he live again? all
the days of my appointed time I will wait until my change comes.
15You shall call and I will answer you: you will have a desire
to the work of your hands.
16For now you number my steps: do you not watch over my sin?
17My transgression is sealed up in a bag and you sew
up my iniquity. 18And surely the mountain falling comes to nothing
and the rock is removed out of his place. 19The waters wear the
stones: you wash away the things which grow out of the dust of the
earth; and 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 does not know it; and
they are brought low, but he does not perceives it of them.
22But his flesh on him shall have pain and his soul within him
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 2Should
a wise man utter vain knowledge and fill his belly with the east wind?
3Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches with
which he can do no good? 4Yes, you cast off fear and restrain
prayer before God. 5For your mouth utters your iniquity 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 who was born? or were
you made before the hills? 8Have you heard the secret of God and
do you retain wisdom to yourself? 9What do you know, that we do
not know? what do you understand, which is not in us?
10With us are both the gray headed and very aged men,
much older than your father. 11Are the consolations of
God small with you? is there any secret thing with you? 12Why
does your heart carry you away and what do your eyes wink at,
13That you turn your spirit against God and let such
words go out of your mouth? 14What is man, that he should
be clean and he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15Behold, he puts no trust in his saints; yes, the heavens are
not clean in his sight. 16How much more abominable and filthy
is man who drinks iniquity like water?
17I will show you, hear me; and that which I have seen
I will declare; 18Which wise men have told from their fathers
and have not hidden it: 19To whom alone the earth was
given and no stranger passed among them. 20The wicked man travails
with pain all his days and the number of years is hidden to the
oppressor. 21A dreadful sound is in his ears: the destroyer
shall come on him in prosperity. 22He does not believe that he
shall return out of darkness and he is waited for by the sword.
23He wanders abroad for bread, saying, Where is
it? he knows that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
24Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail
against him, as a king ready to the battle. 25For he stretches
out his hand against God and strengthens himself against the Almighty.
26He runs on him, even on his neck, on the thick
rims of his bucklers: 27Because he covers his face with his fatness
and makes excessive fat on his flanks. 28And he dwells
in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabits, which are
ready to become heaps. 29He shall not be rich, neither shall his
substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection of it on the
earth. 30He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall
dry up his branches and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
31Let not him who is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall
be its 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.
34For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate
and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery. 35They conceive
mischief and bring forth vanity and their belly prepares deceit.
1Then Job answered and said, 2I have heard many such
things: you all are miserable comforters. 3Shall vain
words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer? 4I also
could speak as you do: if your soul were in my soul's place, I could
heap up words against you and shake my head at you.
5But I would strengthen you with my mouth and the moving
of my lips should assuage your grief.
6Though I speak, my grief is not restrained: and though
I forbear, what am I eased? 7But now he has made me weary: you
have made all my company desolate. 8And you have filled me with
wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness
rising up in me bears witness to my face. 9He who hates me tears
me in his wrath,: he gnashes on me with his teeth; my enemy sharpens
his eyes on me. 10They have gaped on me with their mouth; they
have struck me on the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves
together against me. 11God has delivered me to the ungodly and
turned me over into the hands of the wicked. 12I was at ease,
but he has broken me apart: he has also taken me by my neck, and
shaken me to pieces and set me up for his target. 13His archers
surround me round about, he splits my reins apart and does not spare; he
pours out my gall on the ground. 14He breaks me with breach upon
breach, he runs on me like a giant. 15I have sewn sackcloth on
my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust. 16My face is foul with
weeping and the shadow of death is on my eyelids;
17But not for any injustice in my hands: also my prayer
is pure. 18O earth, do not cover my blood and let my
cry have no place. 19Also now, behold, my witness is
in heaven and my record is on high. 20My friends scorn
me: but my eyes pour out tears to God. 21O that
one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbor!
22When a few years are come, then I shall go the way from
where I shall not return.
1My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are
ready for me. 2Are there not mockers with me? and
do not my eyes continue in their provocation? 3Lay down now, put
me in a surety with you; who is he who will strike hands
with me? 4For you have hid their heart from understanding: therefore
you shall not exalt them. 5He who speaks flattery to
his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
6He has also made me a byword of the people and I was an object
of contempt in their presence. 7My eyes also are 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 hypocrite. 9The righteous also shall hold to his way,
and he who has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
10But as for you all, return and go now: for I cannot find
one 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 is short
because of darkness. 13If I wait, the grave is my house:
I have made my bed in the darkness. 14I have said to corruption,
You are my father: to the worm, You are my mother and my sister.
15And where now is my hope? as for my hope, who shall
see it? 16They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when
our rest together is in the dust.
1Then answered Bildad the Shuhite and said, 2How long
will it be before you make an end of words? mark and afterwards
we will speak. 3Why are we counted as animals, and reputed
vile in your sight? 4He tears himself in his anger: shall the
earth be forsaken for you? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?
5Yes, 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 tabernacle
and his candle shall be put out with him. 7The steps of his strength
shall be narrowed, and his own counsel shall cast him down. 8For
he is cast in a net by his own feet and he walks on a snare. 9The
gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail
against him. 10The snare is laid for him in the ground
and a trap for him in the way.
11Terrors shall make him afraid on every side and shall drive
him to his feet. 12His strength shall be hunger bitten and destruction
shall be ready at his side. 13It shall devour the strength
of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.
14His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle and it
shall bring him to the king of terrors. 15It shall dwell in his
tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered
on his habitation. 16His roots shall be dried up beneath and above
his branch shall 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 neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any
remaining in his dwellings. 20Those who come after him
shall be astonished at his day, as they who went before were frightened.
21Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked and this
is the place of him who does not know God.
1Then 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 make yourselves
strange to me. 4And if indeed it is that I have erred,
my error remains with myself. 5If indeed you will magnify
yourselves against me and plead my reproach against me:
6Know now that God has overthrown me and has compassed me with
his net. 7Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry
aloud, but there is no judgment.
8He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass and he has set darkness
in my paths. 9He has stripped me of my glory and taken the crown
from my head. 10He has destroyed me on every side and
I am gone: and he has removed my hope like a tree. 11He has also
kindled his wrath against me and he counts me to him as one of his
enemies. 12His troops come together and raise up their way against
me and encamp around my tabernacle. 13He has put my brothers far
from me and my acquaintances are truly estranged from me. 14My
kinsfolk have failed and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
15Those who dwell in my house and my maids, count me as a stranger:
I am an alien in their sight. 16I called my servant, and he gave
no answer; I entreated him with my mouth. 17My breath is strange
to my wife, though I entreated for the children of my own body's
sake. 18Yes, young children despised me; I arose and
they spoke against me. 19All my closest friends abhorred me: and
those whom I love are turned against me. 20My bone cleaves to
my skin and to my flesh and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
21Have pity on me, have pity on me, O 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 printed
in a book! 24That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in
the rock for ever! 25For I know that my redeemer lives
and that later he shall stand on the dust:
26And though after my skin,
worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh I shall see God:
27Whom I shall see for myself and my eyes shall behold and not
another; although my reins be consumed within me. 28But
you should say, Why do we persecute him, seeing 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.
1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,
2Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer and I make haste
for this. 3I have heard the check of my reproach and
the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer. 4Do you not
know this of old, since man was placed on earth, 5That the triumphing
of the wicked is short and the joy of the hypocrite is but
for a moment? 6Though his excellency mounts up to the heavens
and his head reaches to the clouds; 7Yet he shall perish
for ever like his own dung: they who 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
eyes also which saw him shall see him no more; nor shall
his place behold him any more.
10His children shall seek to please the poor and his hands shall
restore their goods. 11His bones are full of the sin
of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust. 12Though
wickedness is sweet in his mouth, although he hides it under his
tongue; 13Though he does not spare it, not forsake it;
but keeps it still within his mouth: 14Yet his meat 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 shall cast them out of his belly. 16He shall suck the poison
of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him. 17He shall not see
the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter. 18He shall
restore that which he labored for and shall not swallow it down:
According to his substance the restitution shall be and
he shall not rejoice in it. 19Because he has oppressed
and has forsaken the poor; because he has violently taken
away a house which he did not build; 20Surely he shall not feel
quietness in his belly, he shall not save from that which he desired.
21None of his meat shall be left; therefore no man shall look
for his goods. 22In the fullness of his sufficiency he shall be
in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come on him.
23When he is about to fill his belly, God shall
cast the fury of his wrath on him and shall rain it on him while
he is eating. 24He shall flee from the iron weapon, and
the bow of steel shall strike him through. 25It is drawn and comes
out of the body; yes, the glittering sword comes out of his gall: terrors
are on him. 26All darkness shall be hidden in
his secret places: a fire that is not blown shall consume him; it
shall go ill with him who is left in his tabernacle. 27The heaven
shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
28The increase of his house shall depart, and 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 to him by God.
1But Job answered and said, 2Hear diligently my speech
and let this be your consolation. 3Suffer me that I may speak;
and after that I have spoken, mock on. 4As for me, is
my complaint to man and if it were, why should my spirit not be
troubled? 5Mark me and be astonished and lay your hand
on your mouth. 6Even when I remember I am afraid and
trembling takes hold on my flesh.
7Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power?
8Their seed is established in their sight with them and their
offspring before their eyes. 9Their houses are safe from
fear, neither is the rod of God on them. 10Their bull
genders and does not fail; their cow calves and does not cast her calf.
11They send forth their little ones like a flock and their children
dance. 12They take the timbrel and harp and rejoice at the sound
of the organ. 13They spend their days in wealth and in a moment
go down to the grave. 14Therefore they say to God, Depart from
us; for we do not desire the knowledge of your ways. 15What
is the Almighty, that we should serve him and what profit should
we have if we pray to him? 16Lo, their goodness is not
in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17How often is the candle of the wicked put out! and how
often does their destruction come on them! God distributes
sorrows in his anger. 18They are as stubble before the wind and
as chaff that the storm carries away. 19God lays up his iniquity
for his children: he rewards him and he shall know it.
20His eyes shall see his destruction and he shall drink of the
wrath of the Almighty. 21For what pleasure has he in
his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?
22Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judges those
who are high. 23One dies in his full strength, being wholly at
ease and quiet. 24His breasts are full of milk and his bones are
moistened with marrow. 25And another dies in the bitterness of
his soul and never eats with pleasure. 26They shall lie down alike
in the dust and the worms shall cover them.
27Behold, I know your thoughts and the devices which
you wrongfully imagine against me. 28For you say, Where
is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling
places of the wicked? 29Have you not asked them who go by the
way? and do you not know their tokens, 30That the wicked are reserved
to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
31Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him
for what he has done? 32Yet he shall be brought to the
grave and shall remain in the tomb. 33The clods of the valley
shall be sweet to him, and every man shall draw after him, as there
were innumerable before him. 34How then do you comfort me
in vain, seeing there remains falsehood in your answers?
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 2Can
a man be profitable to God, as he who is wise may be profitable to himself?
3Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous?
or is it gain to him, that you make your ways perfect?
4Will he reprove you for fear of you? will he enter with you into
5Is not your wickedness great? and your iniquities infinite?
6For you have taken a pledge from 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 dwelled 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, How
does God know? can he judge through the dark cloud? 14Thick clouds
are a covering to him, so that he does not
see; and he walks in the circuit of heaven.
15Have you marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
16Who were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown
with a flood: 17Who said to God, Depart from us: and what can
the Almighty do for them? 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. 20But our substance is not cut down, but
the fire consumes the remnant of them.
21Acquaint yourself with him now and be at peace: thereby good
shall come to you. 22I beg you, receive the law from his mouth
and lay up his words in your heart. 23If you return to the Almighty,
you shall be built up, you shall put away iniquity far from your tabernacles.
24Then you shall lay up gold as dust and the gold of
Ophir as the stones of the brooks. 25Yes, the Almighty shall be
your defense and you shall have plenty of silver. 26For then you
shall have your delight in the Almighty and shall lift up your face to God.
27You shall make your prayer to him and he shall hear you and
you shall pay your vows. 28You shall also decree a thing and it
shall be established to you: and the light shall shine on your ways.
29When men are cast down, then you shall say, There
is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person. 30He
shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it shall be delivered by the
pureness of your hands.
1Then Job answered and said, 2Even today my complaint
is bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. 3Oh
that I knew where I might find him! that I might come to his seat!
4I would order my cause before him and fill my mouth
with arguments. 5I would know the words which he would
answer me and understand what he would say to me. 6Will he plead
against me with his great power? No; but he would put
strength in me. 7There the righteous might dispute with
him; so I should be delivered from my judge for ever.
8Behold, I go forward, but he is not there;
and backward, but I cannot perceive him: 9On the left hand, where
he works, 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 his steps, I have kept his way and not declined.
12Nor I have gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have
esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
13But he is in one mind and who can turn him?
and he does even what his soul desires. 14For he performs
the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are
with him. 15Therefore I am troubled at his presence: when I consider,
I am afraid of him. 16For God makes my heart soft and the Almighty
troubles me: 17Because I was not cut off before the darkness,
nor has he covered the darkness from my face.
1Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they who
know him not see his days? 2Some remove the landmarks;
they violently take away flocks and feed from them. 3They
drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
4They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide
themselves together. 5Behold, they go out to their work
as wild asses in the desert, rising often for a prey: the wilderness
yields food for them and for their children.
6They all reap their corn in the field: and they gather
the vintage of the wicked. 7They cause the naked to lodge without
clothing, so that they have no covering in the cold.
8They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the
rock for want of a shelter. 9They pluck the fatherless from the
breast and take a pledge of the poor. 10They cause him
to go naked without clothing and they take away the sheaf from the
hungry; 11They make oil within their walls, and
tread their winepresses and suffer thirst. 12Men groan
from out of the city and the soul of the wounded cries out: yet God lays
not this folly to them.
13They are of those who rebel against the light; they do not know
its ways, nor abide in its paths. 14The murderer rising with the
light kills the poor and needy and in the night is like a thief.
15Also the eyes of the adulterer wait for the twilight, saying,
No eyes shall see me: and disguises his face. 16In the
dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves
in the daytime: they do not know the light. 17For the morning
is to them even as the shadow of death: if one knows
them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
18He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed
in the earth: he does not behold the way of the vineyards.
19Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so does the
grave those who have sinned. 20The womb shall forget
him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be remembered no more;
and wickedness shall be broken as a tree. 21He evil entreats the
barren who does not bear: and does no good to the widow.
22He also draws the mighty with his power: he rises up and no
man is sure of life. 23Though it is given him
to be in safety, on which he rests; yet his eyes are on
their ways. 24They are exalted for a little while, but are gone
and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all others and
cut off as the tops of the ears of corn. 25And if it is
not so now, who will make me a liar and make my speech worth nothing?
1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said, 2Dominion
and fear are with him, he makes peace in his high places.
3Is there any number of his armies? and on whom does his light
not arise? 4How then can man be justified with God? or how can
he who is born of a woman be clean? 5In his eyes the
moon does not shine, yes, even the stars are not bright. 6How
much less man, who is a worm? and the son of man, who is
1But Job answered and said, 2How have you helped him
who is without power? How do you save the arm that has
no strength? 3How have you counseled him who has no wisdom?
and how have you plentifully declared the thing as it is?
4To whom have you uttered words? and whose spirit came from you?
5Dead things and its inhabitants are formed from under
the waters. 6Sheol is naked before him and destruction
has no covering. 7He stretches out the north over the empty place,
and hangs the earth on nothing. 8He binds up the waters
in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not torn under them. 9He
holds back the face of his throne, and spreads his cloud on it.
10He has compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night
come to an end. 11The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished
at his reproof. 12He divides the sea with his power and by his
understanding he strikes through the proud. 13By his spirit he
has garnished the heavens; his hand has formed the crooked serpent.
14Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion
is heard of him? And who can understand the thunder of his power?
1Moreover Job continued his parable and said,
2As God, who has taken away my judgment lives;
and the Almighty who has vexed my soul; 3All the while
my breath is in me and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;
4My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
5God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove
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 he who rises up against me
as the unrighteous. 8For what is the hope of the hypocrite,
though he has gained, when God takes away his soul? 9Will God
hear his cry when trouble comes on him? 10Will he delight himself
in the Almighty? will he always call on God?
11I will teach you by the hand of God: I will not conceal
that which is with the Almighty. 12Behold, you
yourselves have seen all; why then are you thus altogether vain?
13This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the
heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive from the Almighty.
14If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword:
and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. 15Those who
remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.
16Though he heaps up silver as the dust and prepares 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 a moth and as a booth that the keeper makes.
19The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he
opens his eyes and he is not. 20Terrors take hold on
him as waters, a tempest steals him away in the night. 21The east
wind carries him away and he departs: and as a storm hurls him out of his
place. 22For God shall cast on 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.
1Surely there is a vein for the silver and a place for gold
where they refine it. 2Iron is taken out of
the earth and brass is melted out of the stone.
3He set an end to darkness and searches out all perfection: the
stones of darkness and the shadow of death. 4A river breaks out
at the foot among the dwelling of the forgotten ones: then they are
dried up, they are gone away from men. 5As for the earth,
out of it comes bread: and under it fire is turned up. 6Its stones
are the place of sapphires: and it has gold dust.
7There is a path which no fowl knows, and which the vulture's
eye has not seen: 8The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor
the fierce lion passed by it. 9He puts forth his hand on the rock;
he overturns the mountains by the roots. 10He cuts out rivers
among the rocks; and his eyes see every precious thing. 11He binds
the floods from overflowing; and he brings to light the thing that is
hidden. 12But where shall wisdom be found? and where is
the place of understanding? 13Man does not know the value of it;
nor is it found in the land of the living.
14The depth says, It is not in me: and the sea says,
It is not with me. 15It cannot be gotten for gold, nor
can silver be weighed for its price. 16It cannot be valued
with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
17The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and its exchange
shall not be for jewels of fine gold. 18No mention shall
be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above
rubies. 19The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, nor shall
it be valued with pure gold.
20Where then comes wisdom? and where is the place of
understanding? 21Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of all living
and kept close from the fowls of the air. 22Destruction and death
say, We have heard of its fame with our ears. 23God understands
its way and he knows its place. 24For he looks to the ends of
the earth, and sees under the whole heaven; 25To take
the weight for the winds; and he weighs the waters by measure.
26When he made a decree for the rain and a way for the lightning
of the thunder: 27Then he saw it and declared it; he prepared
it, yes and searched it out. 28And to man he said, Behold, the
fear of the Lord: that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
1Moreover Job continued his parable and said, 2Oh that
I were as in months past, as in the days when
God preserved me; 3When his candle shined on my head, and
when I walked through darkness by his light; 4As
I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was on my
tabernacle; 5When the Almighty was still with me,
when my children were about me; 6When I washed
my steps with butter and the rock poured out rivers of oil for me ;
7When I went out to the gate through the city, when I
prepared my seat in the street! 8The young men saw me and hid
themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up. 9The princes
refrained talking and laid their hand on their mouth.
10The nobles held their peace and their tongue cleaved to the
roof of their mouth. 11When the ear heard me, then it
blessed me; and when the eyes saw me, it gave witness to me:
12Because I delivered the poor who cried and the fatherless and
him who had no one to help him. 13The blessing of him
who was ready to perish came on me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing
for joy. 14I put on righteousness and it clothed me: my judgment
was as a robe and a diadem. 15I was eyes to the blind,
and I was feet to the lame. 16I was a father
to the poor: and the cause which I did not know I searched out.
17And I broke the jaws of the wicked and plucked the spoil out
of his teeth.
1But now those who are younger than I have me in derision,
whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.
2Yes, how might the strength of their hands
profit me, in whom old age was perished? 3For want and
famine they were alone; fleeing into the wilderness in former time
desolate and waste. 4Who cut up salt herbs by the bushes and juniper
roots for their meat. 5They were driven out from among
men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)
6To dwell in the clefts of the valleys, in caves of the
earth and in the rocks. 7 They were gathered together
under the nettles, they brayed; among the bushes. 8They
were children of fools, yes, children of base men: they were viler than
the earth. 9And now I am their song, yes, I am their byword.
10They abhor me, they flee far from me and do not spare to spit
in my face. 11Because he has loosed my cord and afflicted me,
they have also let loose the bridle before me. 12On my
right hand the youths rise; they push away my feet, and they raise
up the ways of their destruction against me. 13They mar my path,
they set forward my calamity, they have no helper. 14They came
on me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation
they rolled themselves on me.
15Terrors are turned on me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and
my welfare passes away as a cloud. 16And now my soul is poured
out on me; the days of affliction have taken hold on me. 17My
bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.
18 My garment is changed by the great force of my disease:
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 to you and
you do not hear me: I stand up and you do not regard me. 21You
are become cruel to me: with your strong hand you oppose yourself against
me. 22You lift me up to the wind; you cause me to ride on
it and dissolve my substance. 23For I know that
you will bring me to death and to the house appointed for
all living. 24But he will not stretch out his hand to
the grave, though they cry in his destruction. 25Did I not weep
for him who was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?
26When I looked for good, then evil came to me: and when
I waited for light, darkness came. 27My bowels boiled and did
not rest: the days of affliction went before me. 28I went mourning
without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.
29I am a brother to dragons, and a companion of owls.
30My skin is black on me and my bones are burned with heat.
31My harp also is turned to mourning and my organ into
the voice of those who weep.
1I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I diligently
think on a maid? 2For what portion of God is there from
above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
3Is not destruction for the wicked? and a strange
punishment to the workers of iniquity? 4Does he not see
my ways, and count all my steps? 5If I have walked with vanity,
or if my foot has hurried to deceit; 6Let 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 walked after my eyes and if any blot has
cleaved to my hands; 8Then let me sow and let another
eat; yes, let my offspring be rooted out.
9If my heart has been deceived by a woman, or if I have
laid wait at my neighbor's door; 10Then let my wife grind
to another and let others bow down on her. 11For this is
a heinous crime; yes, it is an iniquity to be punished by
the judges. 12For it is a fire that consumes
to destruction, and would root out all my increase. 13If I despised
the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, 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 who 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
myself alone and the fatherless has not eaten of it; 18(For from
my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father and I have
guided her from my mother's womb;) 19If I have seen any perish
for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; 20If his loins
have not blessed me and if he were not warmed with the
fleece of my sheep; 21If I have lifted up my hand against the
fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate: 22Then let
my arm fall from my shoulder blade and my arm be broken from the bone.
23For destruction from God was a terror to me
and by reason of his highness I could not endure.
24If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold,
You are my confidence; 25If I rejoiced because my wealth
was great and because my hand had gotten much; 26If I
beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;
27And my heart has been secretly enticed, or my mouth has kissed
my hand: 28This also is an iniquity to be punished
by the judge: for I should have denied the God who is above.
29If I rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, or lifted
up myself when evil found him: 30Neither have I suffered my mouth
to sin by wishing a curse to his soul. 31Have not the men of my
tabernacle said, Who has been given of his meat and not been satisfied!
32The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened
my doors to the traveler.
33If I covered my transgressions like Adam, by hiding my iniquity
in my bosom: 34Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt
of families terrify me, so that I kept silence, and did not go out
of the door? 35Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is,
that the Almighty would answer me and that my adversary had
written a book. 36Surely I would take it on my shoulder,
and bind it as a crown to me. 37I would declare
to him the number of my steps; I would go near to him as a prince.
38If my land cries against me, or that the furrows of it likewise
complain; 39If I have eaten its fruits without money, or have
caused its owners to lose their life: 40Let thistles grow instead
of wheat and noxious weeds instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.
1So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was
righteous in his own eyes. 2Then the wrath of Elihu the son of
Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram was kindled against Job. His wrath
was kindled, because he justified himself rather than God. 3Also
his wrath was kindled against his three friends, because they had found no
answer and still had condemned Job. 4Now Elihu had waited
till Job had spoken, because they were older than he.
5When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth
of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.
6And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I
am young and you are very old; therefore I was afraid and
I did not dare to 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 inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding.
9Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged
understand judgment. 10Therefore I said, Listen to me; I will
also show my opinion. 11Behold, I waited for your words; I gave
ear to your reasons, while you searched out what to say. 12Yes,
I attended to you and behold, there was not one of you who convinced
Job, or who answered his words: 13Lest you should say,
We have found out wisdom: God can thrust him down, man not has not confuted
him. 14Now he has not directed his words against
me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.
15They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.
16When I had waited, (for they did not speak, but stood still,
and answered no more;) 17I said, I will answer
also my part, I also will show my opinion. 18For I am full of
the matter, the spirit within me constrains me. 19Behold, my belly
is as wine which has no vent; it is ready to burst like
new bottles. 20I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open
my lips and answer. 21 I pray you, do not let me accept any man's
person, neither let me give flattering titles to man. 22For I
do not know how to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker
would soon take me away.
1Therefore, I pray you Job, hear my speeches and listen to all
my words. 2Behold, I have now opened my mouth, my tongue has spoken
in my mouth. 3My words shall be of the uprightness of
my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly. 4The Spirit
of God has made me and the breath of the Almighty has given me life.
5If you can answer me, set your words in order before
me, stand up. 6Behold, I am in God's place according
to your wish: I also am formed out of the clay. 7Behold, my terror
shall not make you afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy on 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, in this you are not just: I will answer you,
that God is greater than man. 13Why do you strive against him
for he gives no account of any of his matters?
14For God speaks once, yes twice, yet man does not perceive
it. 15In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls
on men, in slumberings on the bed; 16Then he opens the ears of
men and seals their instruction, 17That he may withdraw man from
his purpose and hide pride from man. 18He keeps his soul
back from the pit and his life from perishing by the sword.
19He is chastened also with pain on his bed and the multitude
of his bones with strong pain: 20So that his life abhors
bread and his soul dainty meat. 21His flesh is consumed away,
that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
22Yes, his soul draws near to the grave and his life to the
destroyers. 23If there is a messenger with him, an interpreter,
one among a thousand, to show to man his uprightness: 24Then he
is gracious to him and says, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have
found a ransom. 25His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he
shall return to the days of his youth: 26He shall pray to God
and he will be favorable to him: and he shall see his face with joy: for
he will render to man his righteousness. 27He looks on men and
if any say, I have sinned and perverted that which was
right and it did not profit me; 28He will deliver his soul from
going into the pit and his life shall see the light.
29Lo, all these things God works oftentimes with man,
30To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with
the light of the living. 31Mark well, O Job, listen to 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 to me:
hold your peace and I shall teach you wisdom.
1Furthermore Elihu answered and said, 2Hear my words,
O you wise men; and give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
3For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tastes meat.
4Let us choose judgment for us, let us know among ourselves what
is good. 5For Job has said, I am righteous: and God has
taken away my judgment. 6Should I lie against my right? my wound
is incurable without transgression. 7What man is
like Job, who drinks up scorning 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 to me, you men of understanding: far be it
from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty,
that he should commit iniquity. 11He shall
render to him for the work of a man, and cause every man to find according
to his ways. 12Yes, surely God will not do wickedly,
neither will the Almighty pervert judgment. 13Who has given him
a charge over the earth? or who has disposed the whole world? 14If
he sets his heart on man, if he gathers to himself his spirit and
his breath; 15All flesh shall perish together and man shall turn
again to dust.
16If now you have understanding, hear this: listen to
the voice of my words. 17Shall even he who hates right govern?
and will you condemn him who is most just? 18Is it fit
to say to a king, You are wicked? and to princes, You
are ungodly? 19How much less to him who accepts
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
shall die and the people shall be troubled at midnight and pass away: and
the mighty shall be taken away without hand. 21For his eyes
are on the ways of man and he sees all his goings.
22There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the
workers of iniquity may hide themselves. 23For he will not lay
on man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with
God. 24He shall break mighty men in pieces without number and
set others in their place. 25Therefore he knows 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 back from him and would not consider any
of his ways: 28So that they cause the cry of the poor to come
to him and he hears the cry of the afflicted. 29When he gives
quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hides his face,
who then can behold him? whether it is done against a nation, or
only against a man: 30So that the hypocrite does not reign. lest
the people are ensnared.
31Surely it is fitting to be said to God, I have borne
chastisement, I will not offend any more:
32That which I do not see teaches me: if I have done
iniquity, I will do no more. 33Should it be according
to your mind? he will recompense it, whether you refuse, or whether you choose;
and not I: therefore speak what you know. 34Let men of understanding
tell me and let a wise man listen to me. 35Job has spoken without
knowledge and his words were without wisdom. 36My desire
is that Job may be tried to the end because of his answers
for wicked men. 37For he adds rebellion to his sin, he claps his
hands among us and multiplies his words against God.
1Elihu spoke moreover and said, 2Do you think this
is right, that you said, My righteousness is more than
God's? 3For you said, What advantage will it be to you?
and, What profit shall I have, if I am cleansed from my
sin? 4I will answer you and your companions with you.
5Look to the heavens and see; and behold the clouds which
are higher than you. 6If you sin, what do you do against him?
or if your transgressions be multiplied, what do you do to him?
7If you are righteous, what do you give to him? or what does he
receive of your hand? 8Your wickedness may hurt a man
as you are; and your righteousness may profit the son of
9By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the
oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
10But no one says, Where is God my maker, who gives songs
in the night; 11Who teaches us more than the animals of the earth
and makes us wiser than the fowls of heaven? 12They cry there
but no one gives an answer, because of the pride of evil men.
13Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard
14Although you say you shall not see him, yet judgment
is before him; therefore trust in him. 15But now, because
it is not so, he has visited in his anger; yet he does
not know it in great extremity: 16Therefore Job opens
his mouth in vain; he multiplies words without knowledge.
1Elihu also proceeded and said, 2Suffer me a little
and I will show you that I have yet to speak on God's behalf.
3I will fetch my knowledge from afar and will ascribe righteousness
to my Maker. 4For truly my words shall not be
false: he who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
5Behold, God is mighty and despises no one he
is mighty in strength and wisdom. 6He does not preserve
the life of the wicked: but gives right to the poor. 7He does
not withdraw his eyes from the righteous: but they are on the throne
with kings, yes, he does not establish them for ever and they are exalted.
8And if they are bound in fetters, and are held
in cords of affliction; 9Then he shows them their work and their
transgressions that they have exceeded. 10He opens also their
ear to discipline and commands that they return from iniquity.
11If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their
days in prosperity and their years in pleasures. 12But if they
do not obey, they shall perish by the sword and they shall die without knowledge.
13But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they do not cry when
he binds them. 14They die in youth and their life is
among the unclean.
15He delivers the poor in his affliction and opens their ears
in oppression. 16Even so he would have removed you out of the
narrow place into a broad place, where there is
no straitness; and that which would be set on your table would be
full of fatness. 17But you have fulfilled the judgment of the
wicked: so judgment and justice take hold on you.
18Because there is wrath, beware lest he take
you away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver you.
19Will he esteem your riches? no, not gold, nor all the
forces of strength. 20 Do not desire the night, when
people are cut off in their place. 21Take heed, do not regard
iniquity: for you have chosen this rather than affliction.
22Behold, God exalts by his power: who teaches like him?
23Who has appointed his way to him? or who can say, You have worked
24Remember that you magnify his work, which men behold.
25Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.
26Behold, God is great and we do not know him,
neither can the number of his years be searched out. 27For he
makes the drops of water small: they pour down rain according to its vapor:
28Which the clouds drop and distill on man abundantly.
29Also can any one understand the spreading of the clouds,
or the noise of his tabernacle? 30Behold, he spreads
his light on it and covers the bottom of the sea. 31For by them
he judges the people; he gives meat in abundance. 32With clouds
he covers the light; and commands it not to shine by the
cloud that comes between. 33Its noise tells about it, the
cattle also about the vapor.
1My heart also trembles at this and is moved out of its place.
2Hear the noise of his voice attentively and the sound
that goes out of his mouth. 3He directs it under the
whole heaven and his lightning to the ends of the earth. 4A voice
roars after it: he thunders with the voice of his excellency; and he will
not stay them when his voice is heard. 5God thunders marvelously
with his voice; he does great things, which we cannot comprehend.
6For he says to the snow, Be on the earth; likewise to
the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. 7He seals
up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work. 8Then
the animals go into dens and remain in their places. 9Out of the
south the whirlwind comes: and cold out of the north. 10By the
breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
11Also by watering he wearies the thick cloud: he scatters his
bright cloud: 12And it is turned round about by his counsels:
that they may do what ever he commands them on the face of the world in the
earth. 13He causes it to come, whether for correction, or for
his land, or for mercy.
14Listen to this, O Job: stand still and consider the wondrous
works of God. 15Do you know when God disposed them and caused
the light 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 he quiets the earth
with the south wind? 18Have you spread out the sky with
him, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?
19Teach us what we shall say to him; for we cannot order
our speech by reason of darkness. 20Shall it be told
to him that I speak? if a man speaks, surely he shall be swallowed up.
21And now men do not see the bright light which
is in the clouds: but the wind passes and cleanses them.
22Fair weather comes out of the north. With God is terrible
majesty. 23Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him
out: he is excellent in power and in judgment and in plenty of justice:
he will not afflict. 24Therefore men fear him: he does not respect
any who are wise of heart.
1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
2Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you and
you will answer me.
4Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare,
if you have understanding. 5Who has laid the measures of it. if
you know? or who has stretched the line on it? 6Where are the
foundations of it fastened? or who laid its corner stone, 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 the
cloud its garment and thick darkness a swaddling band for it,
10And broke up for it my decreed place and set bars and
doors, 11And said, You shall come to here but no further: and
here shall your proud waves be stayed?
12Have you commanded the morning since your days; and
caused the dayspring to know his place; 13That it might take hold
of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
14It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as
a garment. 15And from the wicked their light is withheld and the
high arm shall be broken. 16Have you entered into the springs
of the sea? or have you walked in the search of the depth? 17Have
the gates of death been opened to you? or have you seen the doors of the
shadow of death? 18Have you perceived the breadth of the earth?
declare if you know it all. 19Where is the way
where light dwells? and as for darkness, where is
its place, 20That you should take it to its bound and that you
should know the paths to its house? 21 Do you know
it, because you were born then or because the number of
your days is great? 22Have you entered into the treasures
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, which scatters
the east wind on the earth?
25Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters,
or a way for the lightning of thunder; 26To cause it to rain on
the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, in which
there is no man; 27To satisfy the desolate and waste
ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb 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 are hidden as with
a stone and the face of the deep is frozen. 31Can you bind the
sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 32Can
you bring forth the Zodiac in his season? or can you guide Arcturus with
his sons? 33Do you know the ordinances of heaven? can you set
their dominion in the earth? 34Can you lift up your voice to the
clouds, that abundance of waters may cover you? 35Can you send
lightnings, that they may go and say to you, Here we are?
36Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? or who has given
understanding to the heart? 37Who can number the clouds in wisdom?
or who can stay the bottles of heaven, 38When the dust grows into
hardness, and the clods cleave fast together? 39Will you hunt
the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,
40When they couch in their dens, and abide in
the covert to lie in wait? 41Who provides food for the raven?
when his young ones cry to God, they wander for lack of meat.
1Do you know the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth?
or can you mark when the hinds calve? 2Can you number
the months that they fulfill? or do you know the time when they
bring forth? 3They bow themselves, they bring forth their young
ones, they cast out their sorrows. 4Their young ones are in good
liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth and do not return to them.
5Who has sent out the wild ass free? or who has loosed the bands
of the wild ass? 6Whose house I have made the wilderness and the
barren land his dwellings. 7He scorns the multitude of the city,
neither does he regard the crying of the driver. 8The range of
the mountains is his pasture and he searches after every green thing.
9Will the wild goat be willing to serve you, or abide in your
crib? 10Can you bind the wild goat 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 your labor to him?
12Will you believe him, that he will bring home your seed and
gather it into your barn?
13 Did you give the goodly wings to the peacocks?
or wings and feathers to the ostrich? 14Which leaves her eggs
in the earth and warms them in dust, 15And forgets that the foot
may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them. 16She is
hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her
labor is in vain without fear; 17Because God has deprived her
of wisdom, neither has he imparted to her understanding. 18At
the time that she lifts up herself on high, she scorns the horse and his
19Have you given the horse strength? have you clothed his neck
with thunder? 20Can you make him afraid as a grasshopper? the
glory of his nostrils is terrible. 21He paws in the valley
and rejoices in his strength: he goes on to meet the armed men.
22He mocks at fear and is not afraid; nor does he turn back from
the sword. 23The quiver rattles against him, the glittering spear
and the shield. 24He swallows the ground with fierceness and rage:
nor does he believe that it is the sound of the trumpet.
25He says among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smells the battle
afar off, the thunder of the captains and the shouting.
26Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, and stretch her wings
toward the south? 27Does the eagle mount up at your command and
make her nest on high? 28She dwells and abides on the rock, on
the crag of the rock and the strong place. 29From there she seeks
the prey, and her eyes behold afar off. 30Her young ones
also suck up blood and where the killed are, there she is.
1Moreover the LORD answered Job and said, 2Shall he
who contends with the Almighty instruct him? he who reproves God,
let him answer it. 3Then Job answered the LORD and said,
4Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay my hand
on my mouth. 5I have spoken once; but I will not answer: yes,
twice; but I will proceed no further.
6Then the LORD 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 to me. 8Will you also annul my judgment? will you
condemn me, that you may be righteous? 9Have you an arm like God?
or can you thunder with a voice like him? 10Deck yourself now
with majesty and excellency; and array yourself with glory and beauty.
11Cast abroad the rage of your wrath: and behold every one who
is proud and abase him. 12Look on every one who is
proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
13Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces
in secret. 14Then I will also confess to you that your own right
hand can save you.
15Behold now behemoth, which I made with you; he eats grass as
an ox. 16Lo now, his strength is in his loins and his
force is in the navel of his belly. 17He moves his tail
like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. 18His
bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like
bars of iron. 19He is the chief of the ways of God: he
who made him can make his sword to approach to him.
20Surely the mountains bring forth food for him, where all the
animals of the field play. 21He lies under the shady trees, in
the covert of the reed and fens. 22The shady trees cover him
with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
23Behold, he drinks up a river, and does not hurry: he
trusts that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. 24He takes it
with his eyes: his nose pierces through snares.
1Can you draw out leviathan with a hook? or his tongue with a
cord which you let down? 2Can you put a hook into his
nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? 3Will he make many
supplications to you? will he speak soft words to you?
4Will he make a covenant with you? will you take him for a servant
forever? 5Will you play with him as with a bird? or will
you bind him for your maidens? 6Shall the companions make a banquet
of him? shall they part him among the merchants? 7Can you fill
his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears? 8Lay
your hand on him, remember the battle, do no more. 9Behold, the
hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight
of him? 10No one is so fierce who dares to stir him up:
who then is able to stand before me?
11Who has gone before me, that I should repay him? what ever
is under the whole heaven is mine. 12I will not conceal his
parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion. 13Who can discover
the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his
double bridle? 14Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth
are terrible round about. 15His 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 to one another, they stick together, so that
they cannot be divided. 18By his neesings a light shines and his
eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. 19Out of his
mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
20Out of his nostrils goes smoke, as out of a seething
pot or caldron. 21His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes out
of his mouth. 22Strength remains in his neck and dismay dances
before him. 23The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they
are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved. 24His heart is as
firm as a stone; yes, as hard as a piece of the lower millstone.
25When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid: by reason
of breakings they purify themselves. 26The sword of him who lays
at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon. 27He
esteems iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. 28The
arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned into stubble by him.
29Darts are counted as stubble: he laughs at the shaking of a
spear. 30Sharp stones are under him: he spreads sharp
pointed things on 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 ancient.
33On earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
34He beholds all high things: he is a king over
all the children of pride.
1Then Job answered the LORD and said, 2I know that
you can do every thing and that no thought can be withheld
from you. 3Who is he who hides counsel without knowledge?
therefore I have uttered what I did not understand; things too wonderful
for me, which I did not know. 4Hear, I beseech you and I will
speak: I will demand of you and you will declare to me. 5I have
heard of you by the hearing of the ear: but now my eyes see you.
6Therefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.
7And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these
words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, 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.
8Therefore take now 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 I will accept him: lest I deal with you after
your folly, in that you have not spoken of me the thing which is
right, like my servant Job. 9So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad
the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did according as
the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
10And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for
his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11Then all his brothers came to him and all his sisters and all
those who had been of his acquaintance before and ate bread with him in his
house: and they bemoaned him and comforted him over all the evil that the
LORD had brought on him: every man also gave him a piece of money and every
one an earring of gold. 12So the LORD blessed the latter end of
Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep and six thousand
camels and a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand she asses. 13He
had also seven sons and three daughters. 14And he called the name
of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of
the third, Kerenhappuch. 15And in all the land were no women found
so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them an
inheritance among their brothers. 16After this Job lived a hundred
forty years and saw his sons and his sons' sons, even four generations.
17So Job died, being old and full of days.