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Job procesCcih Si oilier, and let othera bow down upon
H For this is a heinous crime; yea, itisan iniquity Co be punished by the
12 For it is a fire tliat consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.
13 If I did despise the cause of my man-servant, or of my maid-servant, when they contended with me:
14 What then shall I do wuen God risethup? and when lie visiteth, what Bhall I answer him?
15 Did not \\f. that made me in the womb, make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
16 If I have withheld the poor from iheir desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath no; en thereof;
18 (For from my youth he brought up with me, as with a fa and I have guided her from my ther's womb :)
19 If 1 have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without cov cring;
9.0 If his loins have not blessed me and if he were noc warmed with tin fleece of my sheep;
21 If I have lifted up m. the fatherless, when I s; the gate;
22 Then let mine arm shoulder-blade, and mii ken from the bone.
S3 For destruction Jrc terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.
24 If 1 have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou an my confidence;
25 If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gotten much;
26 If I beheld the sun when itshined, or the moon walking in brightness;
27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:
28 This also were an iniquity co be punished by the judge: for 1 should have denied the God chac is above.
29 If I rejoiced at the destruction of oim that hated me, or lifted up myself v/neu evil found ii'm: ,
v my help in
Ijb. his integrity
30 Neither have I 6uiTered my mouth to siii, by wishing a-curse to Ins soul.
31 If the men of my taueniacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh 1 we cannot be satisfied.
32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: buc 1 opened my doors to the traveller.
33 If I covered my transgression as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not ontof the door?
35 Oh that one would hear mel behold, my desire is,chac the Almighty would answer me, and chac mine adversary had written a book.
3b' Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to
37 1 woi'J-1 declare unto him the of my steps; as a prince
38 If in. the furrows plain;
39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
40 I,et thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.
SO these three men ceaaed to answer Job, because he ivas righteous in his own eyes.
2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzile, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.
3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and ycc had condeni
4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had 6poken, because they ivere elder than he.
6 When Elihu saw that chere teas no answer in the mouth of these ture» nen, then his wrath was kindled.
6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buziteanswered and said,I«myoung; and ye are very old; wherefore 1 was afraid, and durst not show you mina opinion.
7 1 said, l)ays should spcaV, nnd mul
Go J callctk men CHAP, tilude of years should teach wisdom.
8 But there is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of die Almighty givetb tliem understanding.
9 Great men are not always wise; neither do the aged understand judgment.
10 Therefore I said,Hearken to me; I also will show mine opinion.
11 Behold, 1 wailed for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.
12 Yea, 1 attended unto you, and.behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:
13 Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thruslethhim down, oot man.
14 Now he hath not directed Aw words against me; neither will 1 answer him with your speeches.
15 They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.
16 When 1 had waited (for they soake not, but stood still, and answered no more;)
111 said, 1 will answer also my part, I also will show mine opinion.
18 For 1 am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.
19 Behold, my belly « as wine ichich hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
2u I will speak, that 1 may be refreshed: 1 will open my lips and an swer.
21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person; neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
22 Fori know not to give flattering titles ; in so doing my Maker would soon take me away.
WHEREFORE, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath 6pokeu in my mouth.
3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
6 If thou canst answer me, set thy
in order before me, stand up. 9 Behold, I am according to thy
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wish in God'a stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall iby hand be heavy upon thee.
8 Surely thou hast spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
9 lam clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
10 Behold, he flndeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy;
11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he maiketh all my paths.
12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.
13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he give Hi not account of a«y of his matters.
14 For God speaketli once,yea twice, i/et man perceivelh it not,
*15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falkih upon men, in slumberings upon the be"i;
16 Then he opeueih the ears ot men, and sealelh their instruction,
17 That he may withdraw man from Ids puipose, and hide pride from loai
15 He keepelh back his soul from Uie pit, and his life from perishing by the
19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of bis bones with strong_pam .•
20 So that bis lile abhorreth bread, and his Boui dainty meat.
21 His tlesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen ; and his bones that were not seen, stick out.
22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroy
23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, oue among a thousand, to show unto man his uprightness:
24 Then he is gracious unto hiin, and saith,Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth.
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.
27 He looketh upon men, am if'any
~~~/ God omnipotent J( say, I have sinned, and perverted that tu/rich was right, and it profited mc not;
28 He will deliver his soul from go ing into the pit, and his life shall see the light
29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,
30 To bring back his 60ul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
3J Mark well,0 Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and 1 will speak.
32 If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, fori desire to justify thee.
33 If not, hearken unto me : hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.
FURTHERMORE Elihu answer-
3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteUi meat.
4 Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what i.s good.
6 For Job hath said, I am righteous; and God hath taken away my judgment
6 Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without transgression.
7 What man is like Job,7u/to drinketh up scorning like water;
8 Which goeth in company with the workersof iniquity, and walkelh with wicked men?
9 For he hath said, It profitetli a man nothing that he should delighthimself with God.
10 Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: farbeitfrom God, thai he should do wickedm and j'rom the Almighty, that heshould\ commit iniquity.
11 For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to Aw ways.
12 Yea, 6Urely God will not do wickedly, neither wil1 the Almighty pervert judgment.
13 Who hath given him a charge over the earth ? or who hath disposed the whole world?
cannot beun'ust. gather unto himself his spirit and lib breath;
15 All flesh shall perish 1ogether,ano man shall turn again unto dust.
16 If now thou hast understanding, hear this : hearken to the voice of m_" words.
17 Shall even he that hatetli right govern ? and wilt thou condemn liio". that is most just?
18 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked ? and lo princes, Ye are unj godly?
19 Hoiumudi lessto him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardelh the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.
20 In a moment shall they die, and the people shall he troubled at midnight, and pas9away : and the mighty shall be taken away without hand,
21 For his eyes are upon the wa}ra of man, and he seeth all his goings.
22 There is no darkness, norsiiadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
23 For he will not lay upon man more than right, that he should enter into judgment with God.
2-1 He shall break in pieces mighty men without number,and set others in their stead.
2ft Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturned them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
26 He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
27 Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:
28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.
29 When he givelh quietness, who then can make trouble ? and when he hideth his face, who tlien can behold him ? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:
30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
31 Surely it is meet to be said unto God. I have borne chastisement, lwill not olTei id any viorc:
32 That which 1 see not teach thou nc : if I have done iniquity, I will do
33 Should it be according to thy mind? lie will recompense it, whether thou
14 If he set his heart upon man, if he .refuse, or whether thou choose; and
not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.
34 Let men of understanding tell me. and let a wise man hearken unto we.
35 Jobhath spoken without knowledge, and his words ivere without wisdom.
36 My desire is, that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men.
37 For headdeth rebellion unto his sin, he chippeth his hands among us. and mukiplietli his words against God.
EL1HU spake moreover, and said,
•1 I will answer thee, and thy com panions with thee.
5 Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are high er thaji thou.
6 If thou sinnest,what dnest thou against him? or if thy Ira Degressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto
7 If thou be thou him? or thy hand?
8 Thy wickedness may h as thou art; and thy righteousness may projii the son of man. I
9 By reason of the multitude of op-1 pressions they make the oppressed to cry : they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
10 But none saith,Wbere is God my Maker, whogiveth songs in the night;
11 Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and make Hi us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
12 There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evi' men.
13 Surely God will not hear vanity neither will the Almighty regard it.
14 Although thou say est thou shalt1 not see him, yet judgment is before nim; therefore trust thou in him.
15 But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet he knoweth it not in great extremity:
ISTherefore doth Job open his mouth
vain; he multiplittli words without knowledge.
ELIHU also proceeded, and eaid?
fetch my knowledge from
6 Behold, God is mighty, and despiselh not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.
6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked : but giveth right to the poor.
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.
"And if they be bound in fetters,and be holden in cords of affliction;
9 Then he showeth them their work and their transgressions that they have
10 He openeth also their ear to disci pline, and comnuuidelh that they re turn from iniquity.
11 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures
12 But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.
13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not, when he bindeth them.
14 They die in youth, and their life s among the unclean.
15 He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.
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.
17 But tliou hast fulfilled the judg ment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.
18 Because tlitre is wrath, bcivare lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great rarusom cannot deliver thee.
19 Will he esteem thy riches? no notgold,uor all the forces of strength. God's works arc
CO Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.
21 Take heed, regard not iniquity; for this h,ast thou chosen rather than affliction.
22 Behold, God cxalteth by his power: who teachcth like him?
23 Who hath enjoined him his way?| or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?
24 Remember that thou magnify his »vork, which men behold.
23 Every man may see it: man behold it afar off.
26 Behold,God isgreat,and we k Awn noi, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
27 Tor he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according! lo the vapour thereof,
28 Which tine clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.
29 Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?
30 Behold, he spreadelh his light upon it, and covereth the bottom "of the sea.
31 For by them judgeth he the peole; he giveth meat in abundance.
32 With clouds he covereth the light; and cominaiulelh it not to shine, by the cloud that conieih betwixt.
33 The noise thereof showelh concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.
AT this also my heart trembleth,| and is moved out of his p';>
2 Hear attentively the noise voice, and the sound tliai goeth outof his mouth.
3 He clirecleth it under the whole heaven,and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.
4 After it a voice roareth: he thun dereth with the voice of his excellen cy; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.
6 God thundereth marvellously his voice; great thingsdoeth be,which we cannot comprehend.
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.
7 He sealeth up the hand of every man; tha» all men maj' know his worL I
JOB. :c be magta/iea.
8 Theu the beasts go into dens, ana remain in their places.
9 Outof the south eoro.Hli the whirlwind; and cold out of the north.
10 By the breath of God frost ie given; and the breaalh of the waters
11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud; he ecaltereth his bright cloud,
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.
13 He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.
J-t Hearken unto this, O Job: 6tand still,and consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his
loud to shine?
16 Dost thou know the balancings ol he clouds, the wondrous works of him vhich is perfect in knowledge?
17 How thy garments ore warm, "lien he quielelh the earth by the
13 Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking-glass?
19 Teach us what we shall say untc iim ; Jl>r we cannot order ott" speech
by reason of darkness.
20 Shall it be told him that 1 speak? If a man speak, surely he shall be
21 And now men see not the bright light which if in the clouds; but the wind passeth, and cleansein them.
22 Fair weather comelh out of the north-, with God is terrible majesty.
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.
24 Men do therefore fear him: he ■especteth not any thai are wise of heart.
THEN the Loud answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2 Who wthis that darkeneth counse. by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for 1 will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
4 Where wast thou when 1 laid Uie