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His limbs are consumed ;
Yea, his limbs are devoured by the first-born of death.
His confidence is torn away from his tabernacle,
And he is brought before the king of terrors ;
Terror dwells in the tabernacle, no longer his;
Brimstone is scattered upon his habitation.
His roots below are dried up,
And his branches above are withered.
His memory perisheth from the earth,
And he hath no name in the street.
He is thrust from light into darkness,
And driven out of the world.
He hath no son, nor kinsman amongst his people,
Nor survivor in his dwellingplace.
They, that come after him shall be amazed at his fate,
As they of his own time were struck with horror.
Such is the dwelling of the unrighteous man;
Such is the place of him that feareth not God.
THE HAPPINESS OF THE VIRTUOUS.
CHAPTER XXII. VERSES 21-30.
Be reconciled to Him, and thou shalt have peace;
Thus shall prosperity return to thee.
Receive, I pray thee, instruction from his mouth,
And lay up his words in thine heart.
If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up;
If thou put away iniquity from thy tabernacle,
Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust,
And the gold of Ophir as stones of the brook.
Then shall the Almighty be thy gold;
Yea, treasures of silver unto thee;
For then shalt thou have delight in the Almighty,
And shalt lift up thy face unto God.
Thou shalt pray unto him, and he shall hear thee,
And thou shalt perform thy vows.
The purpose which thou formest, shall prosper with thee,
And light shall shine upon thy ways.
When men are cast down, thou shalt say, “ There is exalt-
And the humble person he will save.
He will deliver even him, that is not innocent;
The purity of thy hands shall save him.
THE HOLINESS AND POWER OF GOD.
CHAPTERS XXV. XXVI.
THEN answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said :
Dominion and fear are with Him;
He maintaineth peace in his high places.
Is there any numbering of his armies
And upon whom doth not his light arise?
How then can man be righteous before God?
Or how can he be pure, that is born of woman?
Behold! even the moon shineth not,
And the stars are not pure in his sight.
How much less man, a worm!
And the son of man, a reptile!
Then Job answered and said :
How hast thou helped the weak,
And strengthened the feeble arm?
How hast thou counselled the ignorant?
And what wonderful wisdom hast thou shown?
To whom hast thou uttered these words,
And whose spirit spake through thee?
Departed spirits beneath tremble;
The waters, and their inhabitants.
Hades is naked before him ;
And Destruction hath no covering.
He stretcheth out the North over empty space,
And hangeth the earth upon nothing
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds,
And the cloud is not rent under them.
He covereth the face of his throne,
And spreadeth his clouds upon it.
He hath drawn a circular bound upon the waters,
To the confines of light and darkness.
The pillars of heaven tremble,
And are confounded at his rebuke.
By his power he stirreth
And by his wisdom he smiteth its pride.
By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens;
His hand hath formed the Northern Serpent.
Lo! these are but the borders of his works;
How faint the whisper we have heard of him!
But the thunder of his power who can understand ?
CHAPTER xxviii. VERSES 12-28.
But where shall wisdom be found ?
And where is the place of understanding ?
Man knoweth not the price thereof;
Nor can it be found in the land of the living.
The deep saith, It is not in me;
And the sea saith, It is not with me.
It cannot be gotten for gold,
Nor shall silver be weighed out as the price thereof.
It cannot be purchased with the gold of Ophir,
With the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
Gold and crystal are not to be compared with it;
Nor can it be purchased with jewels of fine gold.
No mention shall be made of coral, or of crystal,
For wisdom is more precious than pearls.
The topaz of Æthiopia cannot equal it,
Nor can it be purchased with the purest gold.
Whence then cometh wisdom?
And where is the place of understanding?
Since it is hidden from the eyes of all the living,
And kept close from the fowls of the air.
Destruction and Death say,
We have heard of its fame with our ears.
God only knoweth the way to it;
He only knoweth its dwelling-place.
For he seeth to the ends of the earth,
And surveyeth all things under the whole heaven.
When he gave the winds their weight,
And adjusted the waters by measure ;
When he prescribed laws to the rain,
And a path to the glittering thunderbolt ;
Then did he see it, and make it known;
He established it, and searched it out;
But he said unto man,
Behold! the fear of the Lord, that is thy wisdon,
And to depart from evil, thy understanding.
THE JUSTICE AND THE POWER OF GOD.
FROM CHAPTER XXXVI. VERSE 22, THROUGH CHAPTER XXXVIII.
BEHOLD, God is exalted by his power;
What potentate is like him?
Who hath prescribed to him his way?
Or who can say to him, “ Thou hast done wrong."
Forget not to magnify his work,
Which men celebrate with songs.
All mankind gaze upon it;
Mortals behold it from afar.
Behold, God is great; we cannot know him,
Nor search out the number of his years.
Lo, he draweth up the drops of water,
Which form rain from his vapour;
The clouds pour it down,
And distil it upon man in abundance.
Who can understand the spreading of his clouds,
And the rattling of his pavilion ?
Behold, he spreadeth around himself his light,
And he covereth the bottom of the sea.
By these he punisheth nations,
And by these he giveth food in abundance.
In both hands he holds the lightning ;
He commissions it against an enemy;
He makes known his purpose against man,
And the herds and plants of the earth.
At this my heart trembleth,
And is moved out of its place.
Hear, O hear the sound of his voice,
And the noise, which issueth from his mouth.
He sendeth it through the whole heavens,
And his nightning to the ends of the earth.
After it a voice roareth,
He thundereth with the voice of his majesty,
And restraineth not the tempest, when his voice is heard.
God thundereth marvellously with his voice;
Great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.
For he saith to the snow, “Be thou on the earth ;"
Likewise to the rain, even the rains of his might.
He sealeth up the hand of every man,
That all his labourers may acknowledge him.
Then the beasts go into dens,
And abide in their caverns.
Out of the South cometh the whirlwind,
And cold out of the North.
By the breath of God ice is formed,
And the broad waters are made solid.
He causeth the clouds to descend in rain,
And his lightning scattereth the mists.
He leadeth them
about by his wisdom, That they may execute his commands throughout the
world; Whether he cause them to come for punishment, Or for his earth, or for mercy.
Give ear unto this, O Job! Stand still, and consider the wond'rous works of God. Dost thou know when God ordained them, And caused the lightning of his cloud to flash ? Dost thou understand the balancing of the clouds, The wondrous works of him that is perfect in wisdom? How thy garments become warm, When he maketh the earth sultry by his south wind ? Canst thou like him spread out the sky, Firm like a molten mirror ? Teach us what we shall say to him, For we cannot address him by reason of darkness. If I speak, will it be told him? Verily if a man speak to him, he will be consumed.
Men cannot look
When it is bright in the skies,
When the wind hath passed over them, and made them
And a golden splendour cometh from the firmament,-
But with God is terrible majesty!
The Almighty, we cannot find him out;
He is excellent in power and justice,
Perfect in righteousness, but he giveth no account of his
Therefore let men fear him,
Whom none of the men of wisdom can behold.
Then spake Jehovah to Job out of the whirlwind, and
Who is this, that darkeneth my counsels by words
without knowledge ? Gird up thy loins like a man; I will ask thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou, when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, since thou hast such knowledge! Who fixed its dimensions, since thou knowest! Or who stretched out the line upon it! Upon what were its foundations fixed ? And who laid its corner stone, When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Hast thou ever commanded the morning,
Or caused the day-spring to know its place,
That they should lay hold of the ends of the earth,
And shake the wicked out of it?
It is changed as wax by the seal;
And all things stand forth as in rich apparel.
But from the wicked their light is withheld,
And the high raised arm is broken.
Hast thou penetrated to the springs of the sea,
And walked through the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been disclosed to thee,
And hast thou seen the gates of the shadow of death
Hast thou discovered the breadth of the earth?
Declare, since thou knowest it all!
Where is the way to the abode of light?
And darkness, where is its dwelling place,
That thou mayest lead each of them to its boundary,
And know the paths to its mansion ?
Surely thou knowest! for thou wast then born!
And the number of thy years is great!