THE BOOK OF
1:1: There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name
was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared
God, and eschewed evil.
1:2: And there were born unto him seven sons and
1:3: His 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 east.
1:4: And his sons went and feasted in their houses,
every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters
to eat and to drink with them.
1:5: And 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.
1:6: Now there was a day when the sons of God came
to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among
1:7: And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest
thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and
fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
1:8: And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered
my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect
and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
1:9: Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth
Job fear God for nought?
1:10: Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and
about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou
hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased
in the land.
1:11: But put forth thine hand now, and touch all
that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
1:12: And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that
he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine
hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
1:13: And there was a day when his sons and his daughters
were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
1:14: And there came a messenger unto Job, and said,
The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
1:15: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them
away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword;
and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
1:16: While he was yet speaking, there came also
another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and
hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them;
and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
1:17: While he was yet speaking, there came also
another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell
upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the
servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone
to tell thee.
1:18: While he was yet speaking, there came also
another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and
drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
1:19: And, behold, there came a great wind from the
wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell
upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone
to tell thee.
1:20: Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved
his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
1:21: And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb,
and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD
hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
1:22: In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God
2:1: Again there was a day when the sons of God came
to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among
them to present himself before the LORD.
2:2: And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest
thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and
fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
2:3: And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered
my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect
and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst
me against him, to destroy him without cause.
2:4: And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin
for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
2:5: But put forth thine hand now, and touch his
bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
2:6: And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is
in thine hand; but save his life.
2:7: So went Satan forth from the presence of the
LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot
unto his crown.
2:8: And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself
withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
2:9: Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still
retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
2:10: But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one
of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at
the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did
not Job sin with his lips.
2:11: Now when Job's three friends heard of all this
evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own
place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar
the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come
to mourn with him and to comfort him.
2:12: And when they lifted up their eyes afar off,
and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they
rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads
2:13: So they sat down with him upon the ground seven
days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they
saw that his grief was very great.
3:1: After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed
3:2: And Job spake, and said,
3:3: Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the
night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
3:4: Let that day be darkness; let not God regard
it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
3:5: Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it;
let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify
3:6: As for that night, let darkness seize upon it;
let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come
into the number of the months.
3:7: Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful
voice come therein.
3:8: Let them curse it that curse the day, who are
ready to raise up their mourning.
3:9: Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark;
let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning
of the day:
3:10: Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's
womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
3:11: Why died I not from the womb? why did I not
give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
3:12: Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts
that I should suck?
3:13: For now should I have lain still and been quiet,
I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
3:14: With kings and counsellers of the earth, which
built desolate places for themselves;
3:15: Or with princes that had gold, who filled their
houses with silver:
3:16: Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been;
as infants which never saw light.
3:17: There the wicked cease from troubling; and
there the weary be at rest.
3:18: There the prisoners rest together; they hear
not the voice of the oppressor.
3:19: The small and great are there; and the servant
is free from his master.
3:20: Wherefore is light given to him that is in
misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;
3:21: Which long for death, but it cometh not; and
dig for it more than for hid treasures;
3:22: Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when
they can find the grave?
3:23: Why is light given to a man whose way is hid,
and whom God hath hedged in?
3:24: For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my
roarings are poured out like the waters.
3:25: For the thing which I greatly feared is come
upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
3:26: I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither
was I quiet; yet trouble came.
4:1: Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
4:2: If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou
be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
4:3: Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou
hast strengthened the weak hands.
4:4: Thy words have upholden him that was falling,
and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
4:5: But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest;
it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
4:6: Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope,
and the uprightness of thy ways?
4:7: Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being
innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
4:8: Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity,
and sow wickedness, reap the same.
4:9: By the blast of God they perish, and by the
breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
4:10: The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the
fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
4:11: The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and
the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
4:12: Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and
mine ear received a little thereof.
4:13: In thoughts from the visions of the night,
when deep sleep falleth on men,
4:14: Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made
all my bones to shake.
4:15: Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair
of my flesh stood up:
4:16: It stood still, but I could not discern the
form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence,
and I heard a voice, saying,
4:17: Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall
a man be more pure than his maker?
4:18: Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and
his angels he charged with folly:
4:19: How much less in them that dwell in houses
of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before
4:20: They are destroyed from morning to evening:
they perish for ever without any regarding it.
4:21: Doth not their excellency which is in them
go away? they die, even without wisdom.
5:1: Call now, if there be any that will answer thee;
and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?
5:2: For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy
slayeth the silly one.
5:3: I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly
I cursed his habitation.
5:4: His children are far from safety, and they are
crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.
5:5: Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh
it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their
5:6: Although affliction cometh not forth of the
dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
5:7: Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks
5:8: I would seek unto God, and unto God would I
commit my cause:
5:9: Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous
things without number:
5:10: Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth
waters upon the fields:
5:11: To set up on high those that be low; that those
which mourn may be exalted to safety.
5:12: He disappointeth the devices of the crafty,
so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
5:13: He taketh the wise in their own craftiness:
and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
5:14: They meet with darkness in the daytime, and
grope in the noonday as in the night.
5:15: But he saveth the poor from the sword, from
their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.
5:16: So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth
5:17: Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth:
therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
5:18: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth,
and his hands make whole.
5:19: He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea,
in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
5:20: In famine he shall redeem thee from death:
and in war from the power of the sword.
5:21: Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue:
neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
5:22: At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh:
neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
5:23: For thou shalt be in league with the stones
of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with
5:24: And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall
be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not
5:25: Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be
great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.
5:26: Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age,
like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.
5:27: Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear
it, and know thou it for thy good.
6:1: But Job answered and said,
6:2: Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and
my calamity laid in the balances together!
6:3: For now it would be heavier than the sand of
the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.
6:4: For the arrows of the Almighty are within me,
the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do
set themselves in array against me.
6:5: Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass?
or loweth the ox over his fodder?
6:6: Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without
salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
6:7: The things that my soul refused to touch are
as my sorrowful meat.
6:8: Oh that I might have my request; and that God
would grant me the thing that I long for!
6:9: Even that it would please God to destroy me;
that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
6:10: Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would
harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed
the words of the Holy One.
6:11: What is my strength, that I should hope? and
what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?
6:12: Is my strength the strength of stones? or
is my flesh of brass?
6:13: Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven
quite from me?
6:14: To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed
from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
6:15: My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook,
and as the stream of brooks they pass away;
6:16: Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and
wherein the snow is hid:
6:17: What time they wax warm, they vanish: when
it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
6:18: The paths of their way are turned aside; they
go to nothing, and perish.
6:19: The troops of Tema looked, the companies of
Sheba waited for them.
6:20: They were confounded because they had hoped;
they came thither, and were ashamed.
6:21: For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down,
and are afraid.
6:22: Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward
for me of your substance?
6:23: Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or,
Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?
6:24: Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause
me to understand wherein I have erred.
6:25: How forcible are right words! but what doth
your arguing reprove?
6:26: Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches
of one that is desperate, which are as wind?
6:27: Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig
a pit for your friend.
6:28: Now therefore be content, look upon me; for
it is evident unto you if I lie.
6:29: Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity;
yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.
6:30: Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my
taste discern perverse things?
7:1: Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth?
are not his days also like the days of an hireling?
7:2: As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow,
and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:
7:3: So am I made to possess months of vanity, and
wearisome nights are appointed to me.
7:4: When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise,
and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto
the dawning of the day.
7:5: My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of
dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.
7:6: My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle,
and are spent without hope.
7:7: O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall
no more see good.
7:8: The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me
no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.
7:9: As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away:
so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.
7:10: He shall return no more to his house, neither
shall his place know him any more.
7:11: Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will
speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness
of my soul.
7:12: Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a
watch over me?
7:13: When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch
shall ease my complaint;
7:14: Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest
me through visions:
7:15: So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death
rather than my life.
7:16: I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me
alone; for my days are vanity.
7:17: What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him?
and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?
7:18: And that thou shouldest visit him every morning,
and try him every moment?
7:19: How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor
let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?
7:20: I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O
thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against
thee, so that I am a burden to myself?
7:21: And why dost thou not pardon my transgression,
and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust;
and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.
8:1: Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
8:2: How long wilt thou speak these things? and
how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
8:3: Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty
8:4: If thy children have sinned against him, and
he have cast them away for their transgression;
8:5: If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and
make thy supplication to the Almighty;
8:6: If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he
would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness
8:7: Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter
end should greatly increase.
8:8: For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age,
and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
8:9: (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing,
because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
8:10: Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and
utter words out of their heart?
8:11: Can the rush grow up without mire? can the
flag grow without water?
8:12: Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not
cut down, it withereth before any other herb.
8:13: So are the paths of all that forget God; and
the hypocrite's hope shall perish:
8:14: Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust
shall be a spider's web.
8:15: He shall lean upon his house, but it shall
not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
8:16: He is green before the sun, and his branch
shooteth forth in his garden.
8:17: His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth
the place of stones.
8:18: If he destroy him from his place, then it shall
deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.
8:19: Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out
of the earth shall others grow.
8:20: Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man,
neither will he help the evil doers:
8:21: Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy
lips with rejoicing.
8:22: They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame;
and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.
9:1: Then Job answered and said,
9:2: I know it is so of a truth: but how should man
be just with God?
9:3: If he will contend with him, he cannot answer
him one of a thousand.
9:4: He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength:
who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?
9:5: Which removeth the mountains, and they know
not: which overturneth them in his anger.
9:6: Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and
the pillars thereof tremble.
9:7: Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not;
and sealeth up the stars.
9:8: Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth
upon the waves of the sea.
9:9: Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades,
and the chambers of the south.
9:10: Which doeth great things past finding out;
yea, and wonders without number.
9:11: Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth
on also, but I perceive him not.
9:12: Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him?
who will say unto him, What doest thou?
9:13: If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud
helpers do stoop under him.
9:14: How much less shall I answer him, and choose
out my words to reason with him?
9:15: Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I
not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.
9:16: If I had called, and he had answered me; yet
would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.
9:17: For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth
my wounds without cause.
9:18: He will not suffer me to take my breath, but
filleth me with bitterness.
9:19: If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and
if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?
9:20: If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn
me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
9:21: Though I were perfect, yet would I not know
my soul: I would despise my life.
9:22: This is one thing, therefore I said it, He
destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
9:23: If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh
at the trial of the innocent.
9:24: The earth is given into the hand of the wicked:
he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and
who is he?
9:25: Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee
away, they see no good.
9:26: They are passed away as the swift ships: as
the eagle that hasteth to the prey.
9:27: If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will
leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:
9:28: I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that
thou wilt not hold me innocent.
9:29: If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?
9:30: If I wash myself with snow water, and make
my hands never so clean;
9:31: Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and
mine own clothes shall abhor me.
9:32: For he is not a man, as I am, that I should
answer him, and we should come together in judgment.
9:33: Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that
might lay his hand upon us both.
9:34: Let him take his rod away from me, and let
not his fear terrify me:
9:35: Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it
is not so with me.
10:1: My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my
complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
10:2: I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew
me wherefore thou contendest with me.
10:3: Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress,
that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine
upon the counsel of the wicked?
10:4: Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as
10:5: Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years
as man's days,
10:6: That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and
searchest after my sin?
10:7: Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there
is none that can deliver out of thine hand.
10:8: Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together
round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
10:9: Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made
me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
10:10: Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled
me like cheese?
10:11: Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh,
and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.
10:12: Thou hast granted me life and favour, and
thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.
10:13: And these things hast thou hid in thine heart:
I know that this is with thee.
10:14: If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt
not acquit me from mine iniquity.
10:15: If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous,
yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore
see thou mine affliction;
10:16: For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce
lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.
10:17: Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and
increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against
10:18: Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth
out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye
had seen me!
10:19: I should have been as though I had not been;
I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
10:20: Are not my days few? cease then, and let
me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
10:21: Before I go whence I shall not return, even
to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
10:22: A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and
of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light
is as darkness.
11:1: Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
11:2: Should not the multitude of words be answered?
and should a man full of talk be justified?
11:3: Should thy lies make men hold their peace?
and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
11:4: For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and
I am clean in thine eyes.
11:5: But oh that God would speak, and open his lips
11:6: And that he would shew thee the secrets of
wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore
that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
11:7: Canst thou by searching find out God? canst
thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
11:8: It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do?
deeper than hell; what canst thou know?
11:9: The measure thereof is longer than the earth,
and broader than the sea.
11:10: If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together,
then who can hinder him?
11:11: For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness
also; will he not then consider it?
11:12: For vain man would be wise, though man be
born like a wild ass's colt.
11:13: If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out
thine hands toward him;
11:14: If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away,
and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.
11:15: For then shalt thou lift up thy face without
spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
11:16: Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and
remember it as waters that pass away:
11:17: And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday;
thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.
11:18: And thou shalt be secure, because there is
hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy
rest in safety.
11:19: Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make
thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
11:20: But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and
they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up
of the ghost.
12:1: And Job answered and said,
12:2: No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom
shall die with you.
12:3: But I have understanding as well as you; I
am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
12:4: I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth
upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed
12:5: He that is ready to slip with his feet is as
a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.
12:6: The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they
that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
12:7: But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach
thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
12:8: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee:
and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
12:9: Who knoweth not in all these that the hand
of the LORD hath wrought this?
12:10: In whose hand is the soul of every living
thing, and the breath of all mankind.
12:11: Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth
taste his meat?
12:12: With the ancient is wisdom; and in length
of days understanding.
12:13: With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel
12:14: Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be
built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
12:15: Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they
dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
12:16: With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived
and the deceiver are his.
12:17: He leadeth counsellers away spoiled, and maketh
the judges fools.
12:18: He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth
their loins with a girdle.
12:19: He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth
12:20: He removeth away the speech of the trusty,
and taketh away the understanding of the aged.
12:21: He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth
the strength of the mighty.
12:22: He discovereth deep things out of darkness,
and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
12:23: He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth
them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.
12:24: He taketh away the heart of the chief of the
people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness
where there is no way.
12:25: They grope in the dark without light, and
he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.
13:1: Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath
heard and understood it.
13:2: What ye know, the same do I know also: I am
not inferior unto you.
13:3: Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I
desire to reason with God.
13:4: But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians
of no value.
13:5: O that ye would altogether hold your peace!
and it should be your wisdom.
13:6: Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings
of my lips.
13:7: Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully
13:8: Will ye accept his person? will ye contend
13:9: Is it good that he should search you out?
or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him?
13:10: He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly
13:11: Shall not his excellency make you afraid?
and his dread fall upon you?
13:12: Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your
bodies to bodies of clay.
13:13: Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may
speak, and let come on me what will.
13:14: Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth,
and put my life in mine hand?
13:15: Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:
but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
13:16: He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite
shall not come before him.
13:17: Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration
with your ears.
13:18: Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know
that I shall be justified.
13:19: Who is he that will plead with me? for now,
if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.
13:20: Only do not two things unto me: then will
I not hide myself from thee.
13:21: Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not
thy dread make me afraid.
13:22: Then call thou, and I will answer: or let
me speak, and answer thou me.
13:23: How many are mine iniquities and sins? make
me to know my transgression and my sin.
13:24: Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest
me for thine enemy?
13:25: Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro?
and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?
13:26: For thou writest bitter things against me,
and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.
13:27: Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and
lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon
the heels of my feet.
13:28: And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a
garment that is moth eaten.
14:1: Man that is born of a woman is of few days,
and full of trouble.
14:2: He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down:
he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
14:3: And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an
one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?
14:4: Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
14:5: Seeing his days are determined, the number
of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that
he cannot pass;
14:6: Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall
accomplish, as an hireling, his day.
14:7: For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down,
that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof
will not cease.
14:8: Though the root thereof wax old in the earth,
and the stock thereof die in the ground;
14:9: Yet through the scent of water it will bud,
and bring forth boughs like a plant.
14:10: But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man
giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
14:11: As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood
decayeth and drieth up:
14:12: So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the
heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of
14:13: O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave,
that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that
thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14:14: If a man die, shall he live again? all the
days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
14:15: Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou
wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
14:16: For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou
not watch over my sin?
14:17: My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and
thou sewest up mine iniquity.
14:18: And surely the mountain falling cometh to
nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.
14:19: The waters wear the stones: thou washest away
the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest
the hope of man.
14:20: Thou prevailest for ever against him, and
he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
14:21: His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it
not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
14:22: But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and
his soul within him shall mourn.
15:1: Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
15:2: Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and
fill his belly with the east wind?
15:3: Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or
with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
15:4: Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest
prayer before God.
15:5: For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and
thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.
15:6: Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I:
yea, thine own lips testify against thee.
15:7: Art thou the first man that was born? or wast
thou made before the hills?
15:8: Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost
thou restrain wisdom to thyself?
15:9: What knowest thou, that we know not? what
understandest thou, which is not in us?
15:10: With us are both the grayheaded and very aged
men, much elder than thy father.
15:11: Are the consolations of God small with thee?
is there any secret thing with thee?
15:12: Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and
what do thy eyes wink at,
15:13: That thou turnest thy spirit against God,
and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?
15:14: What is man, that he should be clean? and
he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15:15: Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints;
yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.
15:16: How much more abominable and filthy is man,
which drinketh iniquity like water?
15:17: I will shew thee, hear me; and that which
I have seen I will declare;
15:18: Which wise men have told from their fathers,
and have not hid it:
15:19: Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no
stranger passed among them.
15:20: The wicked man travaileth with pain all his
days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.
15:21: A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity
the destroyer shall come upon him.
15:22: He believeth not that he shall return out
of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.
15:23: He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where
is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
15:24: Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid;
they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
15:25: For he stretcheth out his hand against God,
and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.
15:26: He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon
the thick bosses of his bucklers:
15:27: Because he covereth his face with his fatness,
and maketh collops of fat on his flanks.
15:28: And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in
houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.
15:29: He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance
continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon
15:30: He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame
shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall
he go away.
15:31: Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity:
for vanity shall be his recompence.
15:32: It shall be accomplished before his time,
and his branch shall not be green.
15:33: He shall shake off his unripe grape as the
vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
15:34: For the congregation of hypocrites shall be
desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
15:35: They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity,
and their belly prepareth deceit.
16:1: Then Job answered and said,
16:2: I have heard many such things: miserable comforters
are ye all.
16:3: Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth
thee that thou answerest?
16:4: I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were
in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake
mine head at you.
16:5: But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and
the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.
16:6: Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and
though I forbear, what am I eased?
16:7: But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made
desolate all my company.
16:8: And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which
is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth
witness to my face.
16:9: He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me:
he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his
eyes upon me.
16:10: They have gaped upon me with their mouth;
they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered
themselves together against me.
16:11: God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and
turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
16:12: I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder:
he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and
set me up for his mark.
16:13: His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth
my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon
16:14: He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he
runneth upon me like a giant.
16:15: I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled
my horn in the dust.
16:16: My face is foul with weeping, and my eyelids
is the shadow of death;
16:17: Not for any injustice in mine hands: also
my prayer is pure.
16:18: O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let
my cry have no place.
16:19: Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven,
and my record is on high.
16:20: My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth
out tears unto God.
16:21: O that one might plead for a man with God,
as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!
16:22: When a few years are come, then I shall go
the way whence I shall not return.
17:1: My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct,
the graves are ready for me.
17:2: Are there not mockers with me? and doth not
mine eye continue in their provocation?
17:3: Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee;
who is he that will strike hands with me?
17:4: For thou hast hid their heart from understanding:
therefore shalt thou not exalt them.
17:5: He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even
the eyes of his children shall fail.
17:6: He hath made me also a byword of the people;
and aforetime I was as a tabret.
17:7: Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and
all my members are as a shadow.
17:8: Upright men shall be astonied at this, and
the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.
17:9: The righteous also shall hold on his way, and
he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
17:10: But as for you all, do ye return, and come
now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.
17:11: My days are past, my purposes are broken off,
even the thoughts of my heart.
17:12: They change the night into day: the light
is short because of darkness.
17:13: If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have
made my bed in the darkness.
17:14: I have said to corruption, Thou art my father:
to the worm, Thou are my mother, and my sister.
17:15: And where is now my hope? as for my hope,
who shall see it?
17:16: They shall go down to the bars of the pit,
when our rest together is in the dust.
18:1: Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
18:2: How long will it be ere ye make an end of words?
mark, and afterwards we will speak.
18:3: Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed
vile in your sight?
18:4: He teareth himself in his anger: shall the
earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out
of his place?
18:5: Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out,
and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
18:6: The light shall be dark in his tabernacle,
and his candle shall be put out with him.
18:7: The steps of his strength shall be straitened,
and his own counsel shall cast him down.
18:8: For he is cast into a net by his own feet,
and he walketh upon a snare.
18:9: The gin shall take him by the heel, and the
robber shall prevail against him.
18:10: The snare is laid for him in the ground, and
a trap for him in the way.
18:11: Terrors shall make him afraid on every side,
and shall drive him to his feet.
18:12: His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction
shall be ready at his side.
18:13: It shall devour the strength of his skin:
even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.
18:14: His confidence shall be rooted out of his
tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.
18:15: It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because
it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
18:16: His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above
shall his branch be cut off.
18:17: His remembrance shall perish from the earth,
and he shall have no name in the street.
18:18: He shall be driven from light into darkness,
and chased out of the world.
18:19: He shall neither have son nor nephew among
his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.
18:20: They that come after him shall be astonied
at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.
18:21: Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked,
and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.
19:1: Then Job answered and said,
19:2: How long will ye vex my soul, and break me
in pieces with words?
19:3: These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are
not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.
19:4: And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error
remaineth with myself.
19:5: If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against
me, and plead against me my reproach:
19:6: Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath
compassed me with his net.
19:7: Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard:
I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.
19:8: He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass,
and he hath set darkness in my paths.
19:9: He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken
the crown from my head.
19:10: He hath destroyed me on every side, and I
am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.
19:11: He hath also kindled his wrath against me,
and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.
19:12: His troops come together, and raise up their
way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.
19:13: He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine
acquaintance are verily estranged from me.
19:14: My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends
have forgotten me.
19:15: They that dwell in mine house, and my maids,
count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.
19:16: I called my servant, and he gave me no answer;
I intreated him with my mouth.
19:17: My breath is strange to my wife, though I
intreated for the children's sake of mine own body.
19:18: Yea, young children despised me; I arose,
and they spake against me.
19:19: All my inward friends abhorred me: and they
whom I loved are turned against me.
19:20: My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh,
and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
19:21: Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye
my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
19:22: Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not
satisfied with my flesh?
19:23: Oh that my words were now written! oh that
they were printed in a book!
19:24: That they were graven with an iron pen and
lead in the rock for ever!
19:25: For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that
he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
19:26: And though after my skin worms destroy this
body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
19:27: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes
shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within
19:28: But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing
the root of the matter is found in me?
19:29: Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth
the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.
20:1: Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
20:2: Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer,
and for this I make haste.
20:3: I have heard the check of my reproach, and
the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.
20:4: Knowest thou not this of old, since man was
placed upon earth,
20:5: That the triumphing of the wicked is short,
and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
20:6: Though his excellency mount up to the heavens,
and his head reach unto the clouds;
20:7: Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung:
they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?
20:8: He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not
be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
20:9: The eye also which saw him shall see him no
more; neither shall his place any more behold him.
20:10: His children shall seek to please the poor,
and his hands shall restore their goods.
20:11: His bones are full of the sin of his youth,
which shall lie down with him in the dust.
20:12: Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though
he hide it under his tongue;
20:13: Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but
keep it still within his mouth:
20:14: Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is
the gall of asps within him.
20:15: He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall
vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
20:16: He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's
tongue shall slay him.
20:17: He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the
brooks of honey and butter.
20:18: That which he laboured for shall he restore,
and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall
the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.
20:19: Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken
the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which
he builded not;
20:20: Surely he shall not feel quietness in his
belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.
20:21: There shall none of his meat be left; therefore
shall no man look for his goods.
20:22: In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall
be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.
20:23: When he is about to fill his belly, God shall
cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him
while he is eating.
20:24: He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the
bow of steel shall strike him through.
20:25: It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea,
the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon
20:26: All darkness shall be hid in his secret places:
a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that
is left in his tabernacle.
20:27: The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and
the earth shall rise up against him.
20:28: The increase of his house shall depart, and
his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
20:29: This is the portion of a wicked man from God,
and the heritage appointed unto him by God.
21:1: But Job answered and said,
21:2: Hear diligently my speech, and let this be
21:3: Suffer me that I may speak; and after that
I have spoken, mock on.
21:4: As for me, is my complaint to man? and if
it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?
21:5: Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand
upon your mouth.
21:6: Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling
taketh hold on my flesh.
21:7: Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea,
are mighty in power?
21:8: Their seed is established in their sight with
them, and their offspring before their eyes.
21:9: Their houses are safe from fear, neither is
the rod of God upon them.
21:10: Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their
cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.
21:11: They send forth their little ones like a flock,
and their children dance.
21:12: They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice
at the sound of the organ.
21:13: They spend their days in wealth, and in a
moment go down to the grave.
21:14: Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us;
for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
21:15: What is the Almighty, that we should serve
him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
21:16: Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel
of the wicked is far from me.
21:17: How oft is the candle of the wicked put out!
and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth
sorrows in his anger.
21:18: They are as stubble before the wind, and as
chaff that the storm carrieth away.
21:19: God layeth up his iniquity for his children:
he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.
21:20: His eyes shall see his destruction, and he
shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21:21: For what pleasure hath he in his house after
him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?
21:22: Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he
judgeth those that are high.
21:23: One dieth in his full strength, being wholly
at ease and quiet.
21:24: His breasts are full of milk, and his bones
are moistened with marrow.
21:25: And another dieth in the bitterness of his
soul, and never eateth with pleasure.
21:26: They shall lie down alike in the dust, and
the worms shall cover them.
21:27: Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices
which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
21:28: For ye say, Where is the house of the prince?
and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?
21:29: Have ye not asked them that go by the way?
and do ye not know their tokens,
21:30: That the wicked is reserved to the day of
destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
21:31: Who shall declare his way to his face? and
who shall repay him what he hath done?
21:32: Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and
shall remain in the tomb.
21:33: The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto
him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable
21:34: How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in
your answers there remaineth falsehood?
22:1: Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
22:2: Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that
is wise may be profitable unto himself?
22:3: Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou
art righteous? or is it gain to him that thou makest thy ways
22:4: Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will
he enter with thee into judgment?
22:5: Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities
22:6: For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother
for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
22:7: Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink,
and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
22:8: But as for the mighty man, he had the earth;
and the honourable man dwelt in it.
22:9: Thou has sent widows away empty, and the arms
of the fatherless have been broken.
22:10: Therefore snares are round about thee, and
sudden fear troubleth thee;
22:11: Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and
abundance of waters cover thee.
22:12: Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold
the height of the stars, how high they are!
22:13: And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he
judge through the dark cloud?
22:14: Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he
seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
22:15: Hast thou marked the old way which wicked
men have trodden?
22:16: Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation
was overflown with a flood:
22:17: Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what
can the Almighty do for them?
22:18: Yet he filled their houses with good things:
but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
22:19: The righteous see it, and are glad: and the
innocent laugh them to scorn.
22:20: Whereas our substance is not cut down, but
the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
22:21: Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace:
thereby good shall come unto thee.
22:22: Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth,
and lay up his words in thine heart.
22:23: If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt
be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
22:24: Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the
gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
22:25: Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and
thou shalt have plenty of silver.
22:26: For then shalt thou have thy delight in the
Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
22:27: Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he
shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
22:28: Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall
be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
22:29: When men are cast down, then thou shalt say,
There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
22:30: He shall deliver the island of the innocent:
and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.
23:1: Then Job answered and said,
23:2: Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke
is heavier than my groaning.
23:3: Oh that I knew where I might find him! that
I might come even to his seat!
23:4: I would order my cause before him, and fill
my mouth with arguments.
23:5: I would know the words which he would answer
me, and understand what he would say unto me.
23:6: Will he plead against me with his great power?
No; but he would put strength in me.
23:7: There the righteous might dispute with him;
so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
23:8: Behold, I go forward, but he is not there;
and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
23:9: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I
cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I
cannot see him:
23:10: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he
hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
23:11: My foot hath held his steps, his way have
I kept, and not declined.
23:12: Neither have I gone back from the commandment
of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than
my necessary food.
23:13: But he is in one mind, and who can turn him?
and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
23:14: For he performeth the thing that is appointed
for me: and many such things are with him.
23:15: Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when
I consider, I am afraid of him.
23:16: For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty
23:17: Because I was not cut off before the darkness,
neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.
24:1: Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty,
do they that know him not see his days?
24:2: Some remove the landmarks; they violently take
away flocks, and feed thereof.
24:3: They drive away the ass of the fatherless,
they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
24:4: They turn the needy out of the way: the poor
of the earth hide themselves together.
24:5: Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they
forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness
yieldeth food for them and for their children.
24:6: They reap every one his corn in the field:
and they gather the vintage of the wicked.
24:7: They cause the naked to lodge without clothing,
that they have no covering in the cold.
24:8: They are wet with the showers of the mountains,
and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
24:9: They pluck the fatherless from the breast,
and take a pledge of the poor.
24:10: They cause him to go naked without clothing,
and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;
24:11: Which make oil within their walls, and tread
their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
24:12: Men groan from out of the city, and the soul
of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
24:13: They are of those that rebel against the light;
they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
24:14: The murderer rising with the light killeth
the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
24:15: The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for
the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his
24:16: In the dark they dig through houses, which
they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the
24:17: For the morning is to them even as the shadow
of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow
24:18: He is swift as the waters; their portion is
cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.
24:19: Drought and heat consume the snow waters:
so doth the grave those which have sinned.
24:20: The womb shall forget him; the worm shall
feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness
shall be broken as a tree.
24:21: He evil entreateth the barren that beareth
not: and doeth not good to the widow.
24:22: He draweth also the mighty with his power:
he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.
24:23: Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon
he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.
24:24: They are exalted for a little while, but are
gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other,
and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.
24:25: And if it be not so now, who will make me
a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?
25:1: Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
25:2: Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace
in his high places.
25:3: Is there any number of his armies? and upon
whom doth not his light arise?
25:4: How then can man be justified with God? or
how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
25:5: Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not;
yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.
25:6: How much less man, that is a worm? and the
son of man, which is a worm?
26:1: But Job answered and said,
26:2: How hast thou helped him that is without power?
how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?
26:3: How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom?
and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?
26:4: To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose
spirit came from thee?
26:5: Dead things are formed from under the waters,
and the inhabitants thereof.
26:6: Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath
26:7: He stretcheth out the north over the empty
place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
26:8: He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds;
and the cloud is not rent under them.
26:9: He holdeth back the face of his throne, and
spreadeth his cloud upon it.
26:10: He hath compassed the waters with bounds,
until the day and night come to an end.
26:11: The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished
at his reproof.
26:12: He divideth the sea with his power, and by
his understanding he smiteth through the proud.
26:13: By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens;
his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.
26:14: Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little
a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can
27:1: Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
27:2: As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment;
and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;
27:3: All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit
of God is in my nostrils;
27:4: My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my
tongue utter deceit.
27:5: God forbid that I should justify you: till
I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
27:6: My righteousness I hold fast, and will not
let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
27:7: Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that
riseth up against me as the unrighteous.
27:8: For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though
he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?
27:9: Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon
27:10: Will he delight himself in the Almighty?
will he always call upon God?
27:11: I will teach you by the hand of God: that
which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
27:12: Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why
then are ye thus altogether vain?
27:13: This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the
27:14: If his children be multiplied, it is for the
sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
27:15: Those that remain of him shall be buried in
death: and his widows shall not weep.
27:16: Though he heap up silver as the dust, and
prepare raiment as the clay;
27:17: He may prepare it, but the just shall put
it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.
27:18: He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a
booth that the keeper maketh.
27:19: The rich man shall lie down, but he shall
not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.
27:20: Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest
stealeth him away in the night.
27:21: The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth:
and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.
27:22: For God shall cast upon him, and not spare:
he would fain flee out of his hand.
27:23: Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall
hiss him out of his place.
28:1: Surely there is a vein for the silver, and
a place for gold where they fine it.
28:2: Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is
molten out of the stone.
28:3: He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth
out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of
28:4: The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant;
even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they
are gone away from men.
28:5: As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and
under it is turned up as it were fire.
28:6: The stones of it are the place of sapphires:
and it hath dust of gold.
28:7: There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and
which the vulture's eye hath not seen:
28:8: The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor
the fierce lion passed by it.
28:9: He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he
overturneth the mountains by the roots.
28:10: He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and
his eye seeth every precious thing.
28:11: He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and
the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.
28:12: But where shall wisdom be found? and where
is the place of understanding?
28:13: Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither
is it found in the land of the living.
28:14: The depth saith, It is not in me: and the
sea saith, It is not with me.
28:15: It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall
silver be weighed for the price thereof.
28:16: It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir,
with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
28:17: The gold and the crystal cannot equal it:
and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
28:18: No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls:
for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
28:19: The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it,
neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
28:20: Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the
place of understanding?
28:21: Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living,
and kept close from the fowls of the air.
28:22: Destruction and death say, We have heard the
fame thereof with our ears.
28:23: God understandeth the way thereof, and he
knoweth the place thereof.
28:24: For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and
seeth under the whole heaven;
28:25: To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth
the waters by measure.
28:26: When he made a decree for the rain, and a
way for the lightning of the thunder:
28:27: Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared
it, yea, and searched it out.
28:28: And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of
the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
29:1: Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
29:2: Oh that I were as in months past, as in the
days when God preserved me;
29:3: When his candle shined upon my head, and when
by his light I walked through darkness;
29:4: As I was in the days of my youth, when the
secret of God was upon my tabernacle;
29:5: When the Almighty was yet with me, when my
children were about me;
29:6: When I washed my steps with butter, and the
rock poured me out rivers of oil;
29:7: When I went out to the gate through the city,
when I prepared my seat in the street!
29:8: The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and
the aged arose, and stood up.
29:9: The princes refrained talking, and laid their
hand on their mouth.
29:10: The nobles held their peace, and their tongue
cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
29:11: When the ear heard me, then it blessed me;
and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:
29:12: Because I delivered the poor that cried, and
the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.
29:13: The blessing of him that was ready to perish
came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
29:14: I put on righteousness, and it clothed me:
my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
29:15: I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to
29:16: I was a father to the poor: and the cause
which I knew not I searched out.
29:17: And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked
the spoil out of his teeth.
29:18: Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I
shall multiply my days as the sand.
29:19: My root was spread out by the waters, and
the dew lay all night upon my branch.
29:20: My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed
in my hand.
29:21: Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept
silence at my counsel.
29:22: After my words they spake not again; and my
speech dropped upon them.
29:23: And they waited for me as for the rain; and
they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
29:24: If I laughed on them, they believed it not;
and the light of my countenance they cast not down.
29:25: I chose out their way, and sat chief, and
dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.
30:1: But now they that are younger than I have me
in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set
with the dogs of my flock.
30:2: Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands
profit me, in whom old age was perished?
30:3: For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing
into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.
30:4: Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper
roots for their meat.
30:5: They were driven forth from among men, (they
cried after them as after a thief;)
30:6: To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caves
of the earth, and in the rocks.
30:7: Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles
they were gathered together.
30:8: They were children of fools, yea, children
of base men: they were viler than the earth.
30:9: And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
30:10: They abhor me, they flee far from me, and
spare not to spit in my face.
30:11: Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted
me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
30:12: Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push
away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.
30:13: They mar my path, they set forward my calamity,
they have no helper.
30:14: They came upon me as a wide breaking in of
waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.
30:15: Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my
soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.
30:16: And now my soul is poured out upon me; the
days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
30:17: My bones are pierced in me in the night season:
and my sinews take no rest.
30:18: By the great force of my disease is my garment
changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.
30:19: He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become
like dust and ashes.
30:20: I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me:
I stand up, and thou regardest me not.
30:21: Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong
hand thou opposest thyself against me.
30:22: Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest
me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.
30:23: For I know that thou wilt bring me to death,
and to the house appointed for all living.
30:24: Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to
the grave, though they cry in his destruction.
30:25: Did not I weep for him that was in trouble?
was not my soul grieved for the poor?
30:26: When I looked for good, then evil came unto
me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
30:27: My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days
of affliction prevented me.
30:28: I went mourning without the sun: I stood up,
and I cried in the congregation.
30:29: I am a brother to dragons, and a companion
30:30: My skin is black upon me, and my bones are
burned with heat.
30:31: My harp also is turned to mourning, and my
organ into the voice of them that weep.
31:1: I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then
should I think upon a maid?
31:2: For what portion of God is there from above?
and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
31:3: Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange
punishment to the workers of iniquity?
31:4: Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
31:5: If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot
hath hasted to deceit;
31:6: Let me be weighed in an even balance, that
God may know mine integrity.
31:7: If my step hath turned out of the way, and
mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved
to mine hands;
31:8: Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea,
let my offspring be rooted out.
31:9: If mine heart have been deceived by a woman,
or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;
31:10: Then let my wife grind unto another, and let
others bow down upon her.
31:11: For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an
iniquity to be punished by the judges.
31:12: For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction,
and would root out all mine increase.
31:13: If I did despise the cause of my manservant
or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;
31:14: What then shall I do when God riseth up?
and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?
31:15: Did not he that made me in the womb make him?
and did not one fashion us in the womb?
31:16: If I have withheld the poor from their desire,
or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
31:17: Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and
the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;
31:18: (For from my youth he was brought up with
me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)
31:19: If I have seen any perish for want of clothing,
or any poor without covering;
31:20: If his loins have not blessed me, and if he
were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
31:21: If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless,
when I saw my help in the gate:
31:22: Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade,
and mine arm be broken from the bone.
31:23: For destruction from God was a terror to me,
and by reason of his highness I could not endure.
31:24: If I have made gold my hope, or have said
to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;
31:25: If I rejoiced because my wealth was great,
and because mine hand had gotten much;
31:26: If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the
moon walking in brightness;
31:27: And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or
my mouth hath kissed my hand:
31:28: This also were an iniquity to be punished
by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.
31:29: If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that
hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:
31:30: Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by
wishing a curse to his soul.
31:31: If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that
we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.
31:32: The stranger did not lodge in the street:
but I opened my doors to the traveller.
31:33: If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by
hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
31:34: Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt
of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out
of the door?
31:35: Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire
is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary
had written a book.
31:36: Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and
bind it as a crown to me.
31:37: I would declare unto him the number of my
steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
31:38: If my land cry against me, or that the furrows
likewise thereof complain;
31:39: If I have eaten the fruits thereof without
money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
31:40: Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle
instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.
32:1: So these three men ceased to answer Job, because
he was righteous in his own eyes.
32:2: Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son
of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was
his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.
32:3: Also against his three friends was his wrath
kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned
32:4: Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because
they were elder than he.
32:5: When Elihu saw that there was no answer in
the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.
32:6: And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered
and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid,
and durst not shew you mine opinion.
32:7: I said, Days should speak, and multitude of
years should teach wisdom.
32:8: But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration
of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
NT SIZE=2>32:9: Great men are not always wise: neither do the
aged understand judgment.
32:10: Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will
shew mine opinion.
32:11: Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear
to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.
32:12: Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there
was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:
32:13: Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom:
God thrusteth him down, not man.
32:14: Now he hath not directed his words against
me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.
32:15: They were amazed, they answered no more: they
left off speaking.
32:16: When I had waited, (for they spake not, but
stood still, and answered no more;)
32:17: I said, I will answer also my part, I also
will shew mine opinion.
32:18: For I am full of matter, the spirit within
me constraineth me.
32:19: Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no
vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
32:20: I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will
open my lips and answer.
32:21: Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person,
neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
32:22: For I know not to give flattering titles;
in so doing my maker would soon take me away.
33:1: Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches,
and hearken to all my words.
33:2: Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue
hath spoken in my mouth.
33:3: My words shall be of the uprightness of my
heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
33:4: The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath
of the Almighty hath given me life.
33:5: If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order
before me, stand up.
33:6: Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's
stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
33:7: Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid,
neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
33:8: Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and
I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
33:9: I am clean without transgression, I am innocent;
neither is there iniquity in me.
33:10: Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he
counteth me for his enemy,
33:11: He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh
all my paths.
33:12: Behold, in this thou art not just: I will
answer thee, that God is greater than man.
33:13: Why dost thou strive against him? for he
giveth not account of any of his matters.
33:14: For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man
perceiveth it not.
33:15: In a dream, in a vision of the night, when
deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
33:16: Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth
33:17: That he may withdraw man from his purpose,
and hide pride from man.
33:18: He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and
his life from perishing by the sword.
33:19: He is chastened also with pain upon his bed,
and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
33:20: So that his life abhorreth bread, and his
soul dainty meat.
33:21: His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot
be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
33:22: Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave,
and his life to the destroyers.
33:23: If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter,
one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
33:24: Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver
him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
33:25: His flesh shall be fresher than a child's:
he shall return to the days of his youth:
33:26: He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable
unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render
unto man his righteousness.
33:27: He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have
sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me
33:28: He will deliver his soul from going into the
pit, and his life shall see the light.
33:29: Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes
33:30: To bring back his soul from the pit, to be
enlightened with the light of the living.
33:31: Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy
peace, and I will speak.
33:32: If thou hast any thing to say, answer me:
speak, for I desire to justify thee.
33:33: If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and
I shall teach thee wisdom.
34:1: Furthermore Elihu answered and said,
34:2: Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear
unto me, ye that have knowledge.
34:3: For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth
34:4: Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among
ourselves what is good.
34:5: For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God
hath taken away my judgment.
34:6: Should I lie against my right? my wound is
incurable without transgression.
34:7: What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning
34:8: Which goeth in company with the workers of
iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.
34:9: For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing
that he should delight himself with God.
34:10: Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding:
far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the
Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
34:11: For the work of a man shall he render unto
him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.
34:12: Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither
will the Almighty pervert judgment.
34:13: Who hath given him a charge over the earth?
or who hath disposed the whole world?
34:14: If he set his heart upon man, if he gather
unto himself his spirit and his breath;
34:15: All flesh shall perish together, and man shall
turn again unto dust.
34:16: If now thou hast understanding, hear this:
hearken to the voice of my words.
34:17: Shall even he that hateth right govern? and
wilt thou condemn him that is most just?
34:18: Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked?
and to princes, Ye are ungodly?
34:19: How much less to him that accepteth not the
persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor?
for they all are the work of his hands.
34:20: In a moment shall they die, and the people
shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall
be taken away without hand.
34:21: For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and
he seeth all his goings.
34:22: There is no darkness, nor shadow of death,
where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
34:23: For he will not lay upon man more than right;
that he should enter into judgment with God.
34:24: He shall break in pieces mighty men without
number, and set others in their stead.
34:25: Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth
them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
34:26: He striketh them as wicked men in the open
sight of others;
34:27: Because they turned back from him, and would
not consider any of his ways:
34:28: So that they cause the cry of the poor to
come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.
34:29: When he giveth quietness, who then can make
trouble? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him?
whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:
34:30: That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people
34:31: Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have
borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:
34:32: That which I see not teach thou me: if I have
done iniquity, I will do no more.
34:33: Should it be according to thy mind? he will
recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and
not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.
34:34: Let men of understanding tell me, and let
a wise man hearken unto me.
34:35: Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his
words were without wisdom.
34:36: My desire is that Job may be tried unto the
end because of his answers for wicked men.
34:37: For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth
his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.
35:1: Elihu spake moreover, and said,
35:2: Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst,
My righteousness is more than God's?
35:3: For thou saidst, What advantage will it be
unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from
35:4: I will answer thee, and thy companions with
35:5: Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold
the clouds which are higher than thou.
35:6: If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him?
or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto
35:7: If thou be righteous, what givest thou him?
or what receiveth he of thine hand?
35:8: Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art;
and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.
35:9: By reason of the multitude of oppressions they
make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of
35:10: But none saith, Where is God my maker, who
giveth songs in the night;
35:11: Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the
earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
35:12: There they cry, but none giveth answer, because
of the pride of evil men.
35:13: Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will
the Almighty regard it.
35:14: Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him,
yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.
35:15: But now, because it is not so, he hath visited
in his anger; yet he knoweth it not in great extremity:
35:16: Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain;
he multiplieth words without knowledge.
36:1: Elihu also proceeded, and said,
36:2: Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that
I have yet to speak on God's behalf.
36:3: I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will
ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
36:4: For truly my words shall not be false: he that
is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
36:5: Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any:
he is mighty in strength and wisdom.
36:6: He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but
giveth right to the poor.
36:7: He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous:
but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish
them for ever, and they are exalted.
36:8: And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden
in cords of affliction;
36:9: Then he sheweth them their work, and their
transgressions that they have exceeded.
36:10: He openeth also their ear to discipline, and
commandeth that they return from iniquity.
36:11: If they obey and serve him, they shall spend
their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
36:12: But if they obey not, they shall perish by
the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.
36:13: But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath:
they cry not when he bindeth them.
36:14: They die in youth, and their life is among
36:15: He delivereth the poor in his affliction,
and openeth their ears in oppression.
36:16: Even so would he have removed thee out of
the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and
that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.
36:17: But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the
wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.
36:18: Because there is wrath, beware lest he take
thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver
36:19: Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold,
nor all the forces of strength.
36:20: Desire not the night, when people are cut
off in their place.
36:21: Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast
thou chosen rather than affliction.
36:22: Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth
36:23: Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can
say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?
36:24: Remember that thou magnify his work, which
36:25: Every man may see it; man may behold it afar
36:26: Behold, God is great, and we know him not,
neither can the number of his years be searched out.
36:27: For he maketh small the drops of water: they
pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:
36:28: Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man
36:29: Also can any understand the spreadings of
the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?
36:30: Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and
covereth the bottom of the sea.
36:31: For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth
meat in abundance.
36:32: With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth
it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.
36:33: The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the
cattle also concerning the vapour.
37:1: At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved
out of his place.
37:2: Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and
the sound that goeth out of his mouth.
37:3: He directeth it under the whole heaven, and
his lightning unto the ends of the earth.
37:4: After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with
the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his
voice is heard.
37:5: God thundereth marvellously with his voice;
great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.
37:6: For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth;
likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.
37:7: He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all
men may know his work.
37:8: Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in
37:9: Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and
cold out of the north.
37:10: By the breath of God frost is given: and the
breadth of the waters is straitened.
37:11: Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud:
he scattereth his bright cloud:
37:12: And it is turned round about by his counsels:
that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of
the world in the earth.
37:13: He causeth it to come, whether for correction,
or for his land, or for mercy.
37:14: Hearken unto this, O stand still, and consider
the wondrous works of God.
37:15: Dost thou know when God disposed them, and
caused the light of his cloud to shine?
37:16: Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds,
the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?
37:17: How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth
the earth by the south wind?
37:18: Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which
is strong, and as a molten looking glass?
37:19: Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we
cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.
37:20: Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man
speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.
37:21: And now men see not the bright light which
is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.
37:22: Fair weather cometh out of the north: with
God is terrible majesty.
37:23: Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him
out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty
of justice: he will not afflict.
37:24: Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not
any that are wise of heart.
38:1: Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind,
38:2: Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words
38:3: Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will
demand of thee, and answer thou me.
38:4: Where wast thou when I laid the foundations
of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
38:5: Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou
knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
38:6: Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened?
or who laid the corner stone thereof;
38:7: When the morning stars sang together, and all
the sons of God shouted for joy?
38:8: Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it
brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
38:9: When I made the cloud the garment thereof,
and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
38:10: And brake up for it my decreed place, and
set bars and doors,
38:11: And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no
further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
38:12: Hast thou commanded the morning since thy
days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;
38:13: That it might take hold of the ends of the
earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
38:14: It is turned as clay to the seal; and they
stand as a garment.
38:15: And from the wicked their light is withholden,
and the high arm shall be broken.
38:16: Hast thou entered into the springs of the
sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?
38:17: Have the gates of death been opened unto thee?
or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?
38:18: Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth?
declare if thou knowest it all.
38:19: Where is the way where light dwelleth? and
as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
38:20: That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof,
and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?
38:21: Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born?
or because the number of thy days is great?
38:22: Hast thou entered into the treasures of the
snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
38:23: Which I have reserved against the time of
trouble, against the day of battle and war?
38:24: By what way is the light parted, which scattereth
the east wind upon the earth?
38:25: Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing
of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;
38:26: To cause it to rain on the earth, where no
man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;
38:27: To satisfy the desolate and waste ground;
and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
38:28: Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten
the drops of dew?
38:29: Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary
frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
38:30: The waters are hid as with a stone, and the
face of the deep is frozen.
38:31: Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades,
or loose the bands of Orion?
38:32: Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?
or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
38:33: Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst
thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
38:34: Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds,
that abundance of waters may cover thee?
38:35: Canst thou send lightnings, that they may
go, and say unto thee, Here we are?
38:36: Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts?
or who hath given understanding to the heart?
38:37: Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who
can stay the bottles of heaven,
38:38: When the dust groweth into hardness, and the
clods cleave fast together?
38:39: Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or
fill the appetite of the young lions,
38:40: When they couch in their dens, and abide in
the covert to lie in wait?
38:41: Who provideth for the raven his food? when
his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.
39:1: Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of
the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
39:2: Canst thou number the months that they fulfil?
or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?
39:3: They bow themselves, they bring forth their
young ones, they cast out their sorrows.
39:4: Their young ones are in good liking, they grow
up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.
39:5: Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who
hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
39:6: Whose house I have made the wilderness, and
the barren land his dwellings.
39:7: He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither
regardeth he the crying of the driver.
39:8: The range of the mountains is his pasture,
and he searcheth after every green thing.
39:9: Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee,
or abide by thy crib?
39:10: Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band
in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?
39:11: Wilt thou trust him, because his strength
is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?
39:12: Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring
home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?
39:13: Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks?
or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?
39:14: Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth
them in dust,
39:15: And forgetteth that the foot may crush them,
or that the wild beast may break them.
39:16: She is hardened against her young ones, as
though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;
39:17: Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither
hath he imparted to her understanding.
39:18: What time she lifteth up herself on high,
she scorneth the horse and his rider.
39:19: Hast thou given the horse strength? hast
thou clothed his neck with thunder?
39:20: Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper?
the glory of his nostrils is terrible.
39:21: He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in
his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
39:22: He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted;
neither turneth he back from the sword.
39:23: The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering
spear and the shield.
39:24: He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and
rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.
39:25: He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he
smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and
39:26: Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch
her wings toward the south?
39:27: Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and
make her nest on high?
39:28: She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon
the crag of the rock, and the strong place.
39:29: From thence she seeketh the prey, and her
eyes behold afar off.
39:30: Her young ones also suck up blood: and where
the slain are, there is she.
40:1: Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
40:2: Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty
instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
40:3: Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
40:4: Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee?
I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
40:5: Once have I spoken; but I will not answer:
yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.
40:6: Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the
whirlwind, and said,
40:7: Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand
of thee, and declare thou unto me.
40:8: Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt
thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
40:9: Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder
with a voice like him?
40:10: Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency;
and array thyself with glory and beauty.
40:11: Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold
every one that is proud, and abase him.
40:12: Look on every one that is proud, and bring
him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
40:13: Hide them in the dust together; and bind their
faces in secret.
40:14: Then will I also confess unto thee that thine
own right hand can save thee.
40:15: Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee;
he eateth grass as an ox.
40:16: Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and
his force is in the navel of his belly.
40:17: He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews
of his stones are wrapped together.
40:18: His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his
bones are like bars of iron.
40:19: He is the chief of the ways of God: he that
made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
40:20: Surely the mountains bring him forth food,
where all the beasts of the field play.
40:21: He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert
of the reed, and fens.
40:22: The shady trees cover him with their shadow;
the willows of the brook compass him about.
40:23: Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth
not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
40:24: He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth
41:1: Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook?
or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
41:2: Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore
his jaw through with a thorn?
41:3: Will he make many supplications unto thee?
will he speak soft words unto thee?
41:4: Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou
take him for a servant for ever?
41:5: Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or
wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
41:6: Shall the companions make a banquet of him?
shall they part him among the merchants?
41:7: Canst thou fill his skin with barbed iron?
or his head with fish spears?
41:8: Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle,
do no more.
41:9: Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not
one be cast down even at the sight of him?
41:10: None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who
then is able to stand before me?
41:11: Who hath prevented me, that I should repay
him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
41:12: I will not conceal his parts, nor his power,
nor his comely proportion.
41:13: Who can discover the face of his garment?
or who can come to him with his double bridle?
41:14: Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth
are terrible round about.
41:15: His scales are his pride, shut up together
as with a close seal.
41:16: One is so near to another, that no air can
come between them.
41:17: They are joined one to another, they stick
together, that they cannot be sundered.
41:18: By his neesings a light doth shine, and his
eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
41:19: Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks
of fire leap out.
41:20: Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of
a seething pot or caldron.
41:21: His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth
out of his mouth.
41:22: In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow
is turned into joy before him.
41:23: The flakes of his flesh are joined together:
they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
41:24: His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard
as a piece of the nether millstone.
41:25: When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are
afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
41:26: The sword of him that layeth at him cannot
hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
41:27: He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten
41:28: The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones
are turned with him into stubble.
41:29: Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth
at the shaking of a spear.
41:30: Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp
pointed things upon the mire.
41:31: He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he
maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
41:32: He maketh a path to shine after him; one would
think the deep to be hoary.
41:33: Upon earth there is not his like, who is made
41:34: He beholdeth all high things: he is a king
over all the children of pride.
42:1: Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
42:2: I know that thou canst do every thing, and
that no thought can be withholden from thee.
42:3: Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge?
therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful
for me, which I knew not.
42:4: Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will
demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
42:5: I have heard of thee by the hearing of the
ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
42:6: Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust
42:7: And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken
these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My
wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for
ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant
42:8: Therefore take unto you 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 him
will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that
ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant
42:9: So 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.
42:10: And 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.
42:11: Then came there unto him all his brethren,
and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance
before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned
him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought
upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every
one an earring of gold.
42:12: So 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
42:13: He had also seven sons and three daughters.
42:14: And he called the name of the first, Jemima;
and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third,
42:15: And in all the land were no women found so
fair as the daughters of and their father gave them inheritance
among their brethren.
42:16: After this lived Job an hundred and forty
years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.
42:17: So Job died, being old and full of days.