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man with God, and the heritage of gotten of the foot: they are dried oppressors, which they shall receive

up, they are gone away from men. of the Almighty.

5 As for the earth, out of it cometh 14 If his children be multiplied, bread: and under it is turned up as it is for the sword: and his offspring it were fire. shall not be satisfied with bread.

6 The stones of it are the place of 15 Those that remain of him shall sapphires: and it hath dust of gold. be buried in death: and his widows 7 There is a path which no fowl shall not weep.

knoweth, and which the vulture's 16 Though he heap up silver as

eye

hath not seen : the dust, and prepare raiment as the 8 The lion's whelps have not clay;

trodden it, nor the fierce lion pass17 He may prepare it, but the ed by it. just shall put it on, and the innocent 9 He putteth forth his hand upon shall divide the silver.

the rock; he overturneth the moun18 He buildeth his house as a tains by the roots. moth, and as a booth that the keeper

10 He cutteth out rivers among maketh.

the rocks; and his eye seeth every 19 The rich man shall lie down, precious thing. but he shall not be gathered: he 11 He bindeth the floods from openeth his eyes, and he is not.

overflowing; and the thing that is 20 Terrors take hold on him as hid bringeth he forth to light. waters, a tempest stealeth him away 12 But where shall wisdom be in the night.

found? and where is the place of .21 The east wind carrieth him understanding? away, and he departeth: and as a 13 Man knoweth not the price storm hurleth him out of his place. thereof; neither is it found in the

22 For God shall cast upon him, land of the living. and not spare: he would fain flee 14 The depth saith, It is not in out of his hand.

me: and the sea saith, It is not with 23 Men shall clap their hands at me. him, and shall hiss him out of his 15 It cannot be gotten for gold, place.

neither shall silver be weighed for

the price thereof. CHAP. XXVIII.

16 It cannot be valued with the

gold of Ophir, with the precious SURELY there is a vein for the

onyx, or the sapphire. silver, and a place for gold where 17 The gold and the crystal canthey fine it.

not equal it: and the exchange of it 2 Iron is taken out of the earth, shall not be for jewels of fine gold. and brass is molten out of the stone. 18 No mention shall be made of

3 He setteth an end to darkness, coral, or of pearls: for the price of and searcheth out all perfection: the wisdom is above rubies. stones of darkness, and the shadow 19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall of death.

not equal it, neither shall it be va4 The flood breaketh out from lued with pure gold. the inhabitants; even the waters for- 20 Whence then cometh wisdom?

and where is the place of understanding?

21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.

22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.

23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.

24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole

7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up:

9 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me,

it
gave

witness to me: 12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing

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28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding

CHAP. XXIX. MOREOVER Job continued his parable, and said,

2 Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

3 When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;

4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;

5 When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;

6 When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;

14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.

16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

17 And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.

19 My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.

20 My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.

21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

22 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped

upon them.

23 And they waited for me as for

the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

24 If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.

25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the

and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.

13 They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.

14 They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon

mourners.

me.

CHAP. XXX.

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.

2 Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?

3 For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.

4 Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.

5 They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)

6 To dwell in the cliffs of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.

7 Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.

8 They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.

9 And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.

10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in

15 Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind : and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.

16 And now iny soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.

17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season : and my sinews take no rest.

18 By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

19 He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.

20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.

21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.

22 Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.

23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

24 Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.

25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?

26 When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

27 My bowels boiled, and rested

my face.

11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.

12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet,

mot: the days of affliction prevented

me.

28 I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.

29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.

31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

CHAP. XXXI. I Made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

2 For what portion of God is there from above! and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity ?

4 Doth not be see my ways, and count all my steps?

5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;

6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.

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; 8 Then let me sow,

and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.

9 If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;

10 Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down

12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.

13 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;

14 What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?

15 Did not he 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 their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;

17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;

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;)

19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;

20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:

22 Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.

23 For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.

24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;

25 If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;

26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;

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CHAP. XXXII.

27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand :

28 This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.

29 If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found bim:

30 Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.

31 If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.

32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.

33 If I covered my transgressions 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 out of the door?

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.

36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.

37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.

38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;

39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life :

40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

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.

3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer,

and
yet

had condemned Job.

4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.

5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.

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.

7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

9 Great men are not always w neither do the aged understand judgment.

10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me;

I also will shew mine opinion. 11 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.

12 Yea, I 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 thrusteth him down, not man. 14 Now he hath not directed his

wise:

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