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so vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles. he shall return to the days of his youth

201 will speak, that I may be refreshed : 26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be | wiil open my lips, and answer.

favourable unto him; and he shall see his 21. Let me noi, ! pray you, accept any face with joy: for he will render unto man man's person ; neither let me give flattering his righteousness. lilles unto man.

27" He looketh upon men; and if any say, 22 For I know not to give flattering titles; 1 bave sinned, and perveried thul which was in so doing ray Maker would soon take me right, and it profited me not; away.

28' He will deliver his soul from going in CHAP, XXXII.

to the pit, and his life shall see the liglit. WHERECORE,

Job, I pray thee, hear 29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftenmy speeches, and hearken to all my times with inan, words.

30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to 2 Behold, now I bave opened my mouth, be enlightened with the light of the living. my tongue hath spoken in iny mouth. 31 Mark well, 0 Job; liearken unto me

3. My words shall be of the uprightness of hold thy peace, and I will speak. my heart; and my lips shall utter knowledge 32 Ji thou hast any thing to say, answer ciearly.

me: speak; for I desire to justify thee. 4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the 33 If not, hearken unto me: hold thy breath of the Almiglity bath given me life. peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom. 5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words

CHIP. XXXIV. in order before me, stand up.

FURTHERMORE, Elihu answered and 6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead; I also am formed out of the clay. 2 Hear my words, O ye wise men; and

7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee give ear unto me, ye thai lave knowledge: afraid, neither shall my land be heavy upon 3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth thee.

tasteth meat. & Surely thou bast spoken in mine liear 4 Let us choose to us judgment; let us ing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, know among ourselves wliat is gond.. saying,

5 For Joh liath said, I am rigliceous; and ý (am clean without transgression, I am God liath taken away my judgment. innocent; neither is there iniquity in me. 6 Should I lie against my right?iny wound

10 Behold, he findeth nccasions against is incurable without transgression. me, he counteth me for his enemy;

7 What man is like Job, who drinketh up 11 He pulteth my feet in the stocks, le scorning like water ? marketh all my paths.

8 Which goeth in company with the work. 12 Behold, in this thou art not just; I will ers of iniquiry, and walketh with wicked men, answer thee, that God is greater than man. 9 For lie bath said, it profiteth a man no.

13 Why dost thou strive against him ? for thing that he should delight himself with he giveth not account of any of his maliers. God. 14 For God speaketli ouce, yea lwice, yet

10 Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of man perceiveth it not.

understanding : Far be it from God, that he 15 'In a dream, in a vision of the night, should do wickedness; and from the Alwhen deep sleep falleth upon men, in slum-mighty, thu: he should commit iniquity. berings upon the bed ;

i For the work of a man shall be render 16 Then be openeth the ears of men, and unto him, and cause every man to find acsealeth their instruction,

cording to his ways. 17 That lie may withdraw man from his 12 Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, purpose, and hide pride from man. neither will the Almighty perverı judgment.

18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, 13 Who hath given him a charge over and his lise from perishing by the sword. the earth ? or who hath disposed the wl.ole

19 He is chastenied also will pain upon his world? bed, and the multitude of his bones with 14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gastrong pain :

liser unto himself his spirit and bis breath; 20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his 15 All Aesh shall perish together, and man mul dainty meat.

shall turn again into dust. 21 His flesh is consumed away, that it 16 If now thou hast understanding, hear cannot be seen; and his bones thai were not this; hearken to the voice of my words: seen stick out.

11 Shalleven he that hateth right govern 22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the and wilt thou condemn lin that is most just? grave, and his life to the destroyers.

18 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wick 23 Is there be a messenger with him, an ed ? anul io princes, Ye are uvgodly? interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew 19 How much less to him that accepteth unto man his uprightness ,

not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the 24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, rich more than the poor? for they all are tho Deliver bim from going down to the pit ; I work of his hands. have found a ransom.

20 In a moment shall they die, and the 25 His fesh shall be fresher than a child's : Ipeople shall be troubled at midnight and


pass away; and the mighty shall be taken|sions they make the oppressed to cry, they away without hand.

cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty: 21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, '10 Bui none saith, Where is God my Ma. and he seeth all bis goings.

ker, who giveth songs in the night ; 22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of 11 Who teache:l: us more than the beasts death, where the workers of iniquity inay of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the hide themselves.

fowls of heaven? 23 For he will not lay upon man more 12 There they cry, but none giveth anthan right, that he should enter into judg. swer, because of thie pride of evil men. ment with God.

13 Surely God will not hear vanily, nei. 24 He shall break in pieces mighty men ther will the Almighty regard it. without number, and set others in their stead. 14 Although thou sayest thou shall not see

25 Therefore he knoweth their works, and him, yet judgment is before him ; therefore he overturneth them in the night, so that trust ilou in bim. they are destroyed.

15 But now, because it is not so, he hath 26 He strikell them as wicked men in the visited in his anger; yet he knoweth it not open siglit of others;

in great extremity : 27 Because they turned back from him, 16 Therefore doil Job open his mouth in and would not consider any of his ways : vain; he multiplieth words without know

28 So that they cause the cry of the poor ledge. to come unto bim, and lie lieareth the cry of

CHAP. XXXVI. the afflicted.

LIHU also proceeded, and said, 29 When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble and when he bideth his face, that I have yet to speak on God's behalf. who then can beliold him ? wliether it be 3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, done against a nation, or against a man only: and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the 4 For truly my words shall not be false: he people be ensnared.

that is perfect in knowledge is with three. 31 Surely it is meet to be said unto God, 5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom. any more:

6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked: 32 That rehich I see not, teach thou me; but giveth right to the poor. if I have done iniquity, I will do no more. 7 He withdraweth not bis eyes from the

33 Should it be according to thy mind? he righteous: but with kings are they on the will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, whether thou choose ; and not l: therefore and they are exalted. speak what thou kusowest.

8 And if they be bound in setters, and be 34 Let men of understanding tell me ; holden in cords of affliction ; and let a wise roan hearken unto ine.

9 Then he sheweth them their work, and 35 Job liath spoken without knowledge, their transgressions that they have exceeded. and his words were without wisdom.

10 He openeth also their ear to disciplme, 36 My desire is, that Job may be tried and commandeth that they return froin in unto the end, because of his answers for iquity: wicked men.

11 If they obey and serve him, they sliall 37 For be addeth rebellior unto his sin; he spend their days in prosperity, and their clappeti his hands among us, and multipli- years in pleasures : eth his words against God.

12 But if they obey not, they shall perish CHAP. XXXV.

by the sword, and they shall die without LIHU spake moreover, and said, knowledge.

, that 13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up thou saidst, My righteousness is more than wrath; they cry not when he bindesh them: God's ?

14 They uie in youth, and their lite is 3 For thou saidst, What advantage will it among the unclean. be unto thee ? and, W'lial profit shall I have 15 He delivereth the poor in his affliction Ý I be cleansed from my sin ?

and openetn their ears in oppression: 4 1 will answer thee, and thy companions lo Even so would he have removed thee sith thee.

out of the strait into a broad place, where 5 Look unto the heavens, and see ; and be there is no straitness ; and that which kold the clouds, which are higher than thou should be set on thy table should be full

6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against of fatness. him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, 17 But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of what doesí thou unto him?

the wicked: judgment and justice take hold 7 If thou be righteous, what givest thou on thee. um ? or what receiveth be of thine band' L 18 Because there is wrath, berare lest he

8 Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou take thee away with his stroke: then a great art; and thy righteousness may profit the ransom cannoi deliver thee. son of man.

19 Will he esteem thy riches ? no, not guld, By reason of the multitude of oppres- por all the forces of strength.

20 Desire not the niglio, when people are 16 Dost thiou know the balancings of the cut off in their place.

clouds, the wondrous works of him which is 21 Take heed, regard not iniquity": for this perfect in knowledge ? bost thou chosen rather than a tetion. 17 How thy garments are warın, when he

2.2 Behold, God exalteth by his power : quieteth the earth by the south wind? who teachelh like him?

18 Hast thou with bim spread out the sky 3 Who hath enjoined him his way? or which is strong, and as a multen looking who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity? glass ?

24 Remember that thou magnify his work, 19 Teach us what we shall say unto him; which men behold.

for we cannot order our speech by reason of 25 Every man may see it; man may behold darkness. il afar off.

20 Shall it be told him that I speak? Jfa 26 Beliold, God is great, and we know him man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up. not, neither can the number of his years be 21 And now men see not the bright light searched

which is in the clouds; but the wind passeth 27 For he maketh small the drops of water: and cleanseth them. they pour down rain according !o the vapour 22 Fair weather cometh out of the north: thereof,

wi:h God is terrible majesty'. 28 Which the clouds do drop and distil up 23 Touching the Almigliy, we cannot find on man abundantly,

him oui: he is excelleni in power, and in 29 Also can any understand the spreadings judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will of the clouds, or ihe noise of his tabernacle? | not afflict.

30 Behol!, he spreadeth his liglit upon it, 24 Men do therefore fear liim: he respectand covereth the bottom of the sea. jeth not any that are wise of heart. 31 For by them judgeth he the people; be

CHAP. XXXVII. giveth meai in abundance.

32 With clouds he covcreth the light; and THEN the Loro answered Job out of the commandeth it not to shine by the clored that 2 Who is this that darkeneth counset by cometh betwixt.

words without knowledge ? 33 The noise thereof sheweth concerning 3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I it, the cattle also concerning the vapour. will demand of thee, and answer thou me. CHAP. XXXVII.

4 Where wast thou when I laid the founT this also my beart trembleth, and is dations of the earth? declare, is thou hast

understanding 2. Hear attentively ihe noise of his voice, 5 Who hail laid the measures thereof, if and the sound that goeth out of liis mouth. thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line

3 He directeth it under the whole heaven, upon it? and his lightning unto the ends of the earth. 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof

4 After it a voice roareth; he thunderell fastened? or who laid the corner-stone thereof, with the voice of his excellency: and he will 7 When the morning-stars sang together, not stav them when his voice is heard. and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

5 Göd thundereth marvellously with his 8 Or who shut up the sea with dours, whep voice: greai things doeth lie, which we can- it brake forth, as if it had issued cul of the pot comprehend.

womb? 6 For lie saith to the snow, Be thou on the 9 When I made the cloud the garen! earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlinggreat rain of his strength.

band for it, 7 He sealeth up the hand of every man; 10 And brake up for it my decreed pluce, that all men may know bis work.

and set bars and cloors, 8 Then the beasts go into dens, and re 11 And said, Hitherto sialt thou come, but main in their places.

no further; and here shall thy proud waves 9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind; be stayed?" and cold out of the north.

12 Hast thou cominanded the morning 10 By the breath of God frost is given; since thy days; and caused the day-spring to and the breadth of the waters is stratened. know his place;

11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick 13 That it might take hold of the ends of cloud ; le scattereth lois bright cloud, the earth, that the wicked might be shakea

12 And it is turned round about by his out of it? counsels; that they may do whatsoever he 14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they commandeth them upon the face of the world stand as a garment. in the earth.

15 And from the wicked their ligbt is with 13 He causeth it to come, whether for cor- holden, and the brigh arm shall be broken. rection, or for his land, or for mercy.

16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the 14 Ilearken unto this, 0 Job: siand still, sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the and consider the wondrous works of God. depth ?

15 Dost thou know when God disposed 17 Have the gates of death been opened them, and caused the light of bis. cloud to unto thee? or hast uiou seen the doors of the shine

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18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the 4 Their young ones are in good liking, earth? declare if thou knowest it all. they grow up with corn; they go forth, and

19 Where is the way where liglie dwelleth ? return not unto them. and as for darkness, where is the place thereof, 5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or

20 That thou shouldest lake it to the bound who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass ? thereof, and that thou shouldest know the 6 Whose house l have made the wilderness, paths to the house thereof?

and the barren land his dwellings. 21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast 7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neithen born? or because the number of thy days ther regarded be the crying of the driver. is great?

8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, 22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of and he searchetli alier every green thing the snow; or hast thou seen the treasures of 9 Will the unicoru be willing to serve ilee, thie hail,

or abide by thy crib? 23 Which I have reserved against the time 10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his of trouble, against the day of battle and war? band in the lurrow? or will he liarrow the

24 By what way is the light parted, uchichvallers after thee: Kaltereil the east wind upon the earth? I'Will thou trust him, because bis strengu

25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to bim? overflowing of waters; or a way for the liglic 12 Will thou believe bin, that he will bring ning of thunder;

home ihy seed, and gather it into thy barn? 20 To cause it to rain on the earth, where 13 Gurest thou the goodly wings unto the no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there peacocks ? or wings and featliers unto the is no man;

ostrich ? 27 Tosatisfy the desolate and waste ground; 14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and to cause the bud of the tender herb to and warmetli them in the dust, spring forth?

15 And forgelieth that the foot may crusli 28° Hath the rain a father? or who haili them, or that ihe wild beast may break them. begotten the drops of dew?

16 She is hardened against her young ones, 29 Out of wliose womb came the ice? and as though they were not hers: hier labour iš the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gender- in vain without fear; ed it?

17 Because God hath deprived her of wise 30 The waters are liid as with a stone, andjdom, neither hath le imparted to her under the face of the deep is frozen.

standing 31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences or 18 What time she listeth up herself on high, Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion ? she scorneth the horse and his rider.

32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in 19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast kis season? or canst thou guide Arcturus thou clothed his neck with thunder? with his sons ?

20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grass 33 K nowest thou the ordinances of hea- hopper? the giory of his nostrils is terrble. ven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in 21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth the earth?

in his strength: he goeth on io meet the arm34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, led men. that abundance of waters may cover thee? 22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affright

35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they ed; neither turneth he back from the sword. may go, and say unto thee, Here we are? 23 The quiver rattleth against him, the

36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward glittering spear and :be sliield. parts? or who hath given understanding to 24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceihe heart?

ness and rage: neither believeth he that it is 37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom the sound of the trumpet. or who can stay the bottles of heaven, 25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha,

38. When the dust groweth into hardness, and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thun and the clods cleave fast together? der of the captains, and the shouting:

39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion, 26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, ana or fill the appetite of the young lions, stretca her wings toward the south?

40 When they couch in their dens, and 27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy com abide in the covert to lie in wait?

mand, and make her nest on high? 41 Who provideth for the raven his food? 28 She dwelleth and abidetli on the rock, when his young ones cry unio God, they upon the cragorehe rock,and the strong place. wander for lack of meat.

29 From thence she seekell the prey, and CHAP. XXXIX.

her eyes behold afar off. KN

NOWEST thou the time when the wild 30'Her young ones also suck up blood : and

goats of the rock bring forth? or canst wirere the slain are, there is she. thon mark when the hinds do calve ?

CHAP. XL. thou months they fu!612 ur knowest thou the times when MOREOVER, me LORD answered Job, they bring forth?

2 Shall he that contendeth with the Al. $ They bow themselves, they bring forth mighty instruct him he that reproveth Code Weir young ones, they cast out their sorrows. llet him answer it.

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31 'Then Job answered the l.ord, and said,l 9 Behold, the nope of lim is in vain : shal'

4 Behold, I am sile; what shall I answer not one be cast down even at the sight of him? thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. 10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up:

5 Once have I spoken, but I will not answer; who then is able to stand before me? yea, twice, but I will proceed no further. 11 Who haib prevented me, that I should

6 1 Then answered the LORD unto Job out repay him ? tchatsoever is under the whole of the wliirlwind, and said,

heaven is mine. 7 Gird up uy loins now like a man: I will 12 I will not conceal his parts, nor bis powdemand of thee, and declare thou unto me. er, nor his comely proportion.

8 Wilt thou also disannut my judgment? 13 Who can discover the face of bis garwilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be ment? or who can come to him with his righteous ?

double bridle ? 9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou 14 Who can open the doors of his face? thunder with a voice like him?

bis teeth are terrible round aboul. 10 Deck thyself now with majesty and ex 15 His scales are liis pride, shut up togecellency; and array thyself with glory and ther os with a close seal. beauty

16 One is so near to another, that no air 11 Cast alvroad the rage of thy wrath ; and can come between diem. behold every one that is proud,and abase him. 17 They are joined one to another, they

12 Look on every one that is proud, and stick together, that they cannot be sundered. bring him low; and tread down the wicked 18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and Ta their place.

his eyes are like the eyelids of the morn13 Hide them in the dust together; and ing. bind their faces in secret.

19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and 14 Then will I also confess unto thee that sparks of fire leap out. thine own right hand can save thee.

20 Out of bis nostrils goeth smoke, as out 15 1 Behold now behemoth, which I made of a seerning pot or caldron. with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.

21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame 16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and goeth out of his mouth. his force is in the navel of his belly,

22 In his neck remaineth strength, and 17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the si- sorrow is turned into joy before him. news of his stones are wrapped together. 23 The flakes of hiš Aesh are joined toge- 18 His bones are us strong pieces of brass; ther: they are firm in themselves; they canbis bones are like bars of iron.

not be moved. 19 He is the chier of the ways of God: he 24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as that made himn can make his sword 10 ap-harri as a piece of the nether millstone. proach unto him.

25 When he raiseth up biinself, the migh20. Surely the mountains bring him forth ty are afraid: by reason of breakings they food, where all the beasts of the held play. purify themselves.

21. He lieth under the shady trees, in the 26 The sword of him that layeth at him covert of the reed, and sens.

cannot hold ; the spear, the dart, nor the ha 22 The shady trees cover him with their bergeon. shadow; the willows of the brook compass 27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass him about.

as rotten wood. 23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and 28 The arrow cannot make bin flee; basteth not: he trusteth that lie can draw up sling-stones are turned with him into stubble Jordan into liis mouth.

29 Darts are cuunted as stubble: he laugh 24 He takeh it with his eyes ; his nose eth at the shaking of a spear. pierceth through snares.

30 Sharp stones are under him: he spread CHAP. XLI.

eth sharp pointed things upon the mire. CAINST dlou, draw out Leviathan

with an 31 He maketli the deep to boil like a pot, look ? or his tongue with a cord which be maketh the sea like a pot of ojntment. Miou lettest down?

32 He maketh a path to shine after him 2 Canst thou put an look into his nose ? one would think the deep to be hoary. or vore his jaw through with a thorn ? 33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is

3 Will he make many supplications unto made without fear. thee? will he speak soft words unto thee? 34 He beholdeth all bigh things : he is a

4 Will he make a covenant witb thee? wilt king over all the children of pride. thou take him for a servant for ever?

CHAP. XLII. 5. Wildor bipolala witorlim as wich a bird ? THEN:hob answerede die Losed, and said,

6 Shall thy companions make a banquet thing, and that no thought can be withhold of him ? shall they part him among the mer- en from thee. chants ?

3 Who is be that hideth counsel without 7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed knowledge therefore have I uttered that I irons ? or his head with fish-spears?

understood not ; things too wonderful for 8Lay thine hand upon him, remember the me, which I knew not. baule, do no more.

4 Hear, ! beseech thee, and I will speak :1

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