the sea shall declare unto thee. 9 Who knoweth not in all these, that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? 10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. 13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding. 23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: hę enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again. 24 He taketli away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.

CHAP. XIII. Job professeth trust in God.

Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it. 7 Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him 11 Shall not his excellency make you afraid ? and his dread fall upon you ? 15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. 16 He also shall be my salvation : for an hypocrite shall not come before him. 23 How many are mine iniquities and sins ? make me to know my transgression and my sin. 24 Where. fore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy? 25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble ? 26 For thou wriiest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.

Chap. XIV. Man's mortality. Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. 2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down : he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. 5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass: 6 Turn from him that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hircling, his day. 7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. 8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; 9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. 10 But man dieth and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? 11 As the waters fail from the sea; and the flood decayeth and drieth up: 12 So man lieth down, and riseth not till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. 14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my changé come.

CHAP. XV. Eliphaz reproveth Job. Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, 7 Art thou the first man that was born ? or wast thou made before the hills ? 8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? 11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee? 13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth? 14 What is man, that he should be clean ? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous ? 15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints, yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. 16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water? 20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor. 25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and he strengtheneth himself against the Almighty. 26 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers. 34 For the congregation

of hypocrites, shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.

CHAP. XVI. Job's appeal to God. Then Job answered and said, 2 I have heard many such things : miserable comforters are ye all. 3 Shall vain words have an end? or what embol. deneth thee that thou answerest? 4 I also could speak as ye do : if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake miné

5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips shouldassuage your grief. 11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me orer into the hands of the wicked. 19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. 20 My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God. 21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour! 22 When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

head at you.

Chap. XVIII. Calamities of the Wicked. Then answered: Bildad the Shuhite, and said, 2 How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? Mark, and afterwards we will speak. 5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. 6. The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him. 7 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down. 14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors. 16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branches be cut off. 17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street, 18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world. 19 He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings. 20 They that come after him shall be astonished at his day, as they that went before were affrighted. 21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.

CHAP. XIX. Death and Resurrection. THEN Job answered and said, 2. How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words? 4 And be it indeed, that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself. 5 If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my, reproach: 6 Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed

with his net. 8 He hath fenced up, my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths. 9 He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head. 21 Have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me. 22 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with

23 Oh, that my words were now writ. ten: oh, that they were printed in a book! 24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead, in the rock for ever! 25 For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. 26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I sec God: 27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another: though my reins he consumed within me. 28 But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me? 29 Be ye afraid of the


my flesh?

sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.

CHAP. XX. The Portion of the Wicked. THEN answered Zophar the Naamathite and said, 4. Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth, 5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment? 6 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds ; 7 Yet he shall perish for ever: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he? 12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue: 13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth: 14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him. 19 Be'cause he hath oppressed, and hath forsaken the poor, because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not: 20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his body, he shall not save of that which he desired. 27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity: and the earth shall rise up against him. 28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath. 29. This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God. Chap. XXI. The Wicked do sometimes prosper.

But Job answered and said, 3 Suffer me that I may speak: and after that I have spoken, mock

7 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? 9 Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them. 11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. 13 They spend


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