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C H A P. VI.

own craftiness : and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

14 They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night.

15 But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.

16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.

17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty :

18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles : yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.

20 In famine he shall redeem thee from death : and in war from the power of the sword.

21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue : neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.

22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

23 For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field : and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.

24 And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin.

25 Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.

26 Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.

27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.

But Job answered and said,

2 Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!

3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea : therefore my words are swallowed up.

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.

5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass ? or loweth the ox over his fodder ?

6 Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

7 The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.

8 Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

9 Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

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.

11 What is my strength, that I should hope ? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?

12 Is my strength the strength of stones ? or is my flesh of brass?

13 Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

14 To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend ; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.

15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;

16 Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is bid:

17 What time they wax warm, they vanish : when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.

18 The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.

19 The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

20 They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.

21 For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.

22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?

23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand ? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?

24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue : and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

25 How forcible are right words ! but what doth your arguing reprove?

26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.

28 Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.

29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity ; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.

30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

CHAP. VII. Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?

2 As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:

3 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

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.

5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.

6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

7 O remember that my life is wind : mine eye shall no more see good. 8 The

eye

of him that hath seen me shall see me no more : thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.

9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away : so he that goeth down to the

grave

shall come up no

more.

10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall bis place know him any more.

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.

12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;

14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions :

15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than

my life.

16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.

17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

18 And that thou shouldest visit bim every morning, and try him every moment?

19 How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

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?

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.

and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)

10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?

11 Can the rush grow up without mire! can the flag grow without water?

12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.

13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:

14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.

15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.

16 He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.

17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of

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THEN answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

2 How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?

3 Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;

5 If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;

6 If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the babitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

7 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

8 For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:

9 (For we are but of yesterday,

18 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.

19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.

20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect mun, neither will he help the evil, doers:

21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.

22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

CHAP. IX. THEN Job answered and said,

2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

16 Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:

17 What time they wax warm, they vanish : when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.

18 The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.

19 The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

20 They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.

21 For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.

22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance ?

23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand ? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?

24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

25 How forcible are right words ! but what doth your arguing re

2 As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:

3 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

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.

5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.

6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

7 O remember that my life is wind : mine eye shall no more see good. 8 The

eye

of him that hath seen me shall see me no more : thine

eyes are upon me, and I am not.

9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away : so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.

10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.

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.

12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;

14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions :

15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than

prove?

26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind ?

27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.

28 Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.

29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.

30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

CHAP. VII. Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?

my life.

16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity

17 What is man, that thou should- and know nothing, because our days est magnify him? and that thou upon earth are a shadow :) shouldest set thine heart upon him? 10 Sball not they teach thee, and

18 And that thou shouldest visit tell thee, and utter words out of their bim every morning, and try him heart? every moment?

11 Can the rush grow up without 19 How long wilt thou not depart mire? can the flag grow without from me, nor let me alone till I water? swallow down my spittle?

12 Whilst it is yet in his green20 I have sinned; what shall I do ness, and not cut down, it withereth unto thee, O thou preserver of men? before any other herb. why hast thou set me as a mark a- 13 So are the paths of all that gainst thee, so that I am a burden forget God; and the hypocrite's to myself?

hope shall perish: 21 And why dost thou not pardon 14 Whose hope shall be cut off, my transgression, and take away and whose trust shall be a spider's mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep web. in the dust; and thou shalt seek me 15 He shall lean upon his house, in the morning, but I shall not be. but it shall not stand: he shall bold

it fast, but it shall not endure. CHAP. VIII.

16 He is green before the sun,

and his branch shooteth forth in his The answered Bildad the Shu- garden. hite, and said,

17 His roots are wrapped about 2 How long wilt thou speak these the heap, and seeth the place of things? and how long shall the words stones. of thy mouth be like a strong wind? 18 If he destroy him from his

3 Doth God pervert judgment? place, then it shall deny him, saying, or doth the Almighty pervert jus- I have not seen thee. tice?

19 Behold, this is the joy of his 4 If thy children have sinned a- way, and out of the earth shall others gainst him, and he have cast them

grow. away for their transgression;

20 Behold, God will not cast 5 If thou wouldest seek unto God

away a perfect man, neither will betimes, and make thy supplication he help the evil, doers : to the Almighty;

21 Till be fill thy mouth with 6 If thou wert pure and upright; laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing. surely now he would awake for thee, 22 They that hate thee shall be and make the babitation of thy clothed with shame; and the dwellrighteousness prosperous.

ing place of the wicked shall come 7 Though thy beginning was to nought. small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

CHAP. IX. 8 For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to

THEN Job answered and said, the search of their fathers:

2 I know it is so of a truth: but 9 (For we are but of yesterday, how should man be just with God?

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