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ESTHER. The enemies of the Jews slain. shall come unto my people? or how can I en. 1 4 For Mordecai was great in the king's house, dure to see the destruction of my kindred ?

and his fame went out throughout all the prov. 71 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Es. inces : for this man Mordecai waxed greater ther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Be. and greater. hold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, 5 Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with and him they have hanged upon the gallows, the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and de. because he laid his hund upon the Jews.

struction, and did what they would unto those 8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, that hated them. in the king's name, and seal it with the king's 6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew ring: for the writing which is written in the and destroyed five hundred men. king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, 7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and As. may no man reverse.

patha, 9 Then were the king's scribes called at that 8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha, time in the third month, that is, the month Si. 9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, van, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and Vajezatha, and it was written, according to all that Mor. 10 The ten sons of Haman the son of Hamdecai commanded, unto the Jews, and to the medatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew they ; but Jieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the on the spoil laid they not their hand. provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, 11 On that day the number of those that were an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto slain in Shushan the palace was brought before every province according to the writing thereof, the king. and unto every people after their language, and 12 11 And the king said unto Esther the queen, to the Jews according to their writing, and ac. The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred cording to their language.

men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of 10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' name, Haman ; what have they done in the rest of the and sealed it with the king's ring, and sent let. king's provinces ? now what is thy petition ? ters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, and it shall be granted thee: or what is thy recamels, and young dromedaries :

quest further? and it shall be done. 11 Wherein the king granted the Jews which | 13 Then said Esther, If it please the king, let were in every city to gather themselves togeth. it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan er, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, to do to-morrow also according unto this day's and to cause to perish, all the power of the decree, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged people and province that would assault them, upon the gallows. both little ones and women, and to take the 14 And the king commanded it so to be done: spoil of them for a prey,

and the decree was given at Shushan ; and 12 Upon one day in all the provinces of king they hanged Haman's ten sons. Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day 15 For the Jews that were in Shushan gathof the twelfth month, which is the month ered themselves together on the fourteenth day Adar.

also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred 13 The copy of the writing for a command. men at Shushan; but on the prey they laid not ment to be given in every province was pub. their hand. lished unto all people, and that the Jews should 16 But the other Jews that were in the king's be ready against that day to avenge themselves provinces gathered themselves together, and on their enemies.

stood for their lives, and had rest from their ene. 14 So the posts that rode upon mules and cam. mies, and slew of their foes seventy and five els went out, being hastened and pressed on by thousand, but they laid not their hands on the the king's commandment. And the decree was prey, given at Shushan the palace.

17 On the thirteenth day of the month Adar: 15 1 And Mordecai went out from the pres. and on the fourteenth day of the same rested ence of the king in royal apparel of blue and they, and mude it a day of feasting and glad. white, and with a great crown of gold, and ness. with a garment of fine linen and purple: and 18 But the Jews that were at Shushan assem. the city of Shushan rejoiced, and was glad:. bled together on the thirteenth day thereof, and

16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth and honour.

day of the same they rested, and made it a day 17 And in every province, and in every city, of feasting and gladness. whithersoever the king's commandment and his 19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the four. feast and a good day. And many of the people teenth day of the month Adar a day of gladness of the land became Jews; for the fear of the and feasting, and a good day, and of sending Jews fell upon them.

portions one to another. CHAPTER IX.

20 | And Mordecai wrote these things, and

sent letters unto all the Jews that were in all the 1 The Jews (the rulers, for fear of Mordecai,

provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh and helping them) slay their enemies, with the

tar, ten sons of Haman. 12 Ahasuerus, at the 21 To establish this among them, that they request of Esther, granteth another day of | should keep the fourteenth day of the month slaughter, and Haman's sons to be hanged. Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly, 20 The two days of Purim are made festi. 22 As the days wherein the Jews rested from val.

their enemies, and the month which was turned NOW in the twelfth month, that is, the month unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourn.

Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, ing into a good day : that they should make when the king's commandment and his decreé them days of feasting and joy, and of sending drew near to be put in execution, in the day | portions one to another, and gifts to the poor. that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have 23 And the Jews undertook to do as they power over them, (though it was turned to the had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that them; hated them :)

24 Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, 2 The Jews gathered themselves together in the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had de. their cities throughout all the provinces of the vised against the Jews to destroy them, and king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, their hurt: and no man could withstand them ; and to destroy them; for the fear of them fell upon all people.

25 But when Esther came before the king, he 3 And all the rulers of the provinces, and the commanded by letters that his wicked device, lieutenants, and the deputies, and officers of the which he devised against the Jews, should reking helped the Jews : because the fear of Mor. turn upon his own head, and that he and his decai fell upon them,

sons should be hanged on the gallows.


ions uns, and month Adars, made shes that

be hanged ead, and ews, shodeyice, Satan obtaineth leave


of God to tempt Job. 26 Wherefore they called these days Purim 31 To confirm these days of Purim in their after the name of Pur. Therefore for all the | times appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew words of this letter, and of that which they had l and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and seen concerning this matter, and which had as they had decreed for themselves and for come unto them,

their seed, the matters of the fastings and their 27 The Jews ordained, and took upon them, cry. and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined 32 And the decree of Esther confirmed these themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, matters of Purim ; and it was written in the that they would keep these two days according book. to their writing, and according to their appoint

CHAPTER X. ed time every year;.

28And that these days should be remembered 1 Ahasuerus's greatness. 3 Mordecai's ad. and kept throughout every generation, every

vancement. family, every province, and every city; and that

AND the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon these days of Purim should not fail from among the land, and upon the isles of the sea.. the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from 2 And all the acts of his power and of his their seed.

might, and the declaration of the greatness of 29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him, Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all are they not written in the book of the Chroni. authority, to confirm this second letter of Pu. cles of the kings of Media and Persia ? rim.

3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king 30 And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and ac. the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the cepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to truth,

I all his seed.



PLERE was 9. marand that mean God; and

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hands, and his substance is increased in the

land. 1 The holiness, riches, and religious care of

11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch Job for his children. 6 Satan appearing be.

all that he hath,and he will curse thee to thy face. fore God, by calumniation obtaineth leave to

12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all tempt Job. 13 Understanding of the loss of

that he hath is in thy power; only upon him. his goods and children, in his mourning he

self put not forth thine hand. So Satan went blesseth God.

forth from the presence of the LORD. THERE was a man in the land of Uz, whose 13 11 And there was a day when his sons and

name was Job ; and that man was perfect | his daughters were eating and drinking wine in and upright, and one that feared God, and es. | their eldest brother's house: chewed evil.

14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and 2 And there were born unto him seven sons said, The oxen were ploughing, and the asses and three daughters,

3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, 15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took and three thousand camels, and five hundred them away; yea, they have slain the servants yoke of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and with the edge of the sword ; and I only am esa very great household ; so that this man was caped alone to tell thee. the greatest of all the men of the east.

16 While he was yet speaking, there came al. 4 And his sons went and feasted in their so another, and said, The fire of God is fallen houses, every one his day; and sent and called from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep and for their three sisters to eat and to drink with the servants, and consumed them; and I only them.

am escaped alone to tell thee, 5 And it was so, when the days of their feast. 17 While he was yet speaking, there came al. ing were gone about, that Job sent and sanctifi. so another, and said, The Chaldeans made out ed them, and rose up early in the morning, and three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have offered burnt-offerings according to the number carried them away, yea, and slain the servants of them all: for Job said, It may be that my with the edge of the sword; and I only am essons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. caped alone to tell thee. Thus did Job continually.

18 While he was yet speaking, there came al61 Now there was a day when the sons of so another, and said, Thy sons and thy daugh. God came to present themselves before the Lord, ters were eating and drinking wine in their eld. and Satan came also among them.

est brother's house : 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence 19 And behold, there came a great wind from comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the and said, From going to and fro in the earth, house, and it fell upon the young men, and they and from walking up and down in it.

are dead ; and I only am escaped alone to tell 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou thee. considered my servant Job, that there is none 20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, man, one that feareth God, and escheweth and worshipped,

21 And said, Naked came I out of my mo9 Then Satan answered the LORD and said, ther's womb, and naked shall I return thither: Doth Job fear God for nought ?

The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, away ; blessed be the name of the LORD.. and about his house, and about all that he hath 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his foolishly.

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Job curseth the day of his birth. JOB. Eliphaz relateth his vision. CHAPTER II.

let it look for light, but have none; neither let it

see the dawning of the dıy. 1 Satan appearing again before God obtaineth

10 Because it shut not up the doors of my further leave to tempt Job. 7 He smiteth

mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine him with sore boils. 9 Job reproveth his

eyes. wife, moving him to curse God. 11 His

11 Why died I not from the womb? why did I three friends condole with him in silence.

not give up the ghost when I came out of the AGAIN there was a day when the sons of God belly ?

came to present themselves before the LORD, 12 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the and Satan came also among them to present breasts that I should suck ? himself before the LORD.

13 For now should I have lain still and been 2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From quiet, I should have slept : then had I been at whence comest thou? And Satan answered rest, the LORD, and said, From going to and fro 14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, in the earth, and from walking up and down which built desolate places for themselves; in it.

15 Or with princes that had gold, who filled 3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou their houses with silver: considered my servant Job, that there is none 16 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright been; as infants which never saw light, man, one that teareth God, and escheweth evil? 17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although and there the weary be at rest. thou movedst me against him, to destroy him 18. There the prisoners rest together; they hear without cause.

not the voice of the oppressor. 4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, 19 The small and great are there ; and the ser. Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he vant is free from his master. give for his life.

20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in 5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to 21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; thy face.

and dig for it more than for hid treasures ; 6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he 22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, is in thine hand; but save his life.

when they can find the grave? 7. So went Satan forth from the presence of 23 Why is light given to a man whose way is the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from hid, and whom God hath hedged in ? the sole of his foot unto his crown.

24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, 8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape and my roarings are poured out like the wa. himself withal ; and he sat down among the ters.

25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come 9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come still retain thine integrity ? curse God, and unto me. die.

26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, nei. 10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one ther was I quiet ; yet trouble came. of the foolish women speaketh. What! shall

CHAPTER IV. we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin

11 Eliphaz reproveth Job for want of religion. with his lips.

7 He teacheth God's judgments to be nut for 11 T Now when Job's three friends heard of all the righteous, but for the wicked. 12 His this evil that was come upon him, they came

fearful vision, to humble the excellency of every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Te. creatures before God. manite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the THEN Eliphaz the Temanite answered and Naamathite: for they had made an appointment said, together to come to mourn with him, and to 2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou coinfort him.

be grieved ? but who can withhold himself from 12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, speaking ? and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, 3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, hast strengthened the wenk hands.' and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward 4 Thy words have upholden him that was hea ven.

falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble 13 So they sat down with him upon the ground knees. seven days and seven nights, and none spake a 5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou word unto him : for they saw that his grief was fa intest; it toucheth thee, and thou art trou. very great.


6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy

hope, and the uprightness of thy ways? 1 Job curses the day and services of his birth.

7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, 13 The ease of death. 20 He complaincth of

being innocent ? or where were the righteous cut life, because of his anguish.

off? AFTER this opened Job his mouth, and cursed 8 Even as I have seen, they that plough ini. A his day.

quity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. 2 And Job spake, and said,

9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the 3 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and breath of his nostrils are they consumed. the night in which it was said, There is a man 10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the child conceived.

fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are 4 Let that day be darkness ; let not God re. broken, gard it from above, neither let the light shine 11 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, upon it.

and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad. 5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain 12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, it; let a cloud dwell upon it ; let the blackness and mine ear received a little thereof. of the day terrify it.

13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, 6 As for that night, let darkness seize upon when deep sleep falleth on men, it: let it not be joined unto the days of the 14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which year ; let it not come into the number of the made all my bones to shake. months,

15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the 7 Lo, let that night be solitary ; let no joyful hair of my flesh stood up: voice come therein.

16 It stood still, but I could not discern the 8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, are ready to raise up their mourning.

there was silence, and I heard a voice, suy. 9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; | ing,

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The end of God's corrections. CHAPTER VII. Job reproveth his friends 17 Shall mortal man be more just than God ? |

CHAPTER VI. . shall a man be more pure than his Maker? 18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and

1 Job sheweth that his complaints are not causehis angels he charged with folly

less. 8 He wisheth for death, wherein he is 19 How much less in them that dwell in houses

assured of comfort. 14 He reproveth his of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which

friends of unkindness. are crushed before the moth?

BUT Job answered and said, 20 They are destroyed from morning to even. 2 Oh that my grief were thoroughly weigh. ing ; they perish for ever without any regard. ed, and my calamity laid in the balances toing it.

gether! 21 Doth not their excellency which is in 3 For now it would be heavier than the sand them go away ? they die, even without wis. of the sea : therefore my words are swallowed dom. CHAPTER V.

4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within

me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: 1 The harm of inconsideration. 3 The end of

the terrors of God do set themselves in urray the wicked is misery. 6 God is to be regarded

against me. in affliction. 17 The happy end of God's

5 Doth the wild ass brny when he hath grass ? correction.

or loweth the ox over his fodder ? CALL now, if there be any that will answer 6 Can thnt which is unsavoury be eaten with.

thee ; and to which of the saints wilt thou out salt? or is there any taste in the white of an turn?

2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy The things that my soul refused to touch slayeth the silly one.

are as my sorrowful meat. 3 I have seen the foolish taking root : but sud. 8 Oh that I might have my request; and denly I cursed his habitution.

that God would grant me the thing that I long 4 His children are far from safety, and they are for! crushed in the gate, neither is there any to de. 9 Even that it would please God to destroy liver them.

me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut 5 Whose harvest the hungry enteth up, and me off! taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber 10 Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I swalloweth np their substance.

would harden myself in sorrow : let him not 6 Although affliction cometh not forth of the spare ; for I have not concealed the words of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the Holy One. ground:

11 What is my strength, that I should hope ? 7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks And what is mine end, that I should prolong my fiy upward:

Jife? 8 I would seek unto God, and unto God would 12 Is my strength the strength of stones ? or is I commit my cause :

my flesh of brass? 9 Which doeth great things and unsearchable ; 13 Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driv. marvellous things without number:

en quite from me? 10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, and send. 14 To him that is afflicted pity should be eth waters upon the fields :

shewed from his friend ; but he forsaketh the 11 To set up on high those that be low ; fear of the Almighty. that those which mourn may be exalted to 15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a safety.

brook, and as the streuin of brooks they pass 12 He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, awny; so that their hands cannot perform their enter 16 Which are blackish by reason of the ice, prise.

and wherein the snow is hid: 13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness : 17 What time they wax warm, they vanish: and the counsel of the froward is carried head when it is hot, they are consumed out of their long.

place. 14 They meet with darkness in the day-time, 18 The paths of their way are turned aside ; and grope in the noon-day as in the night.

they go to nothing, and perish. 15 But he saveth the poor from the sword, 19 The troops of Tema looked, the companies from their mouth, and from the hand of the

of Sheba waited for them. mighty.

20 They were confounded because they had 16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stop. | hoped ; they came thither, und were asham. peth her mouth.

17 Behold, happy is the man whom God cor. 21 For now ye are nothing ; ye see my casting recteth : therefore despise not thou the chasten. down, and are afraid. ing of the Almighty :

22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a re. 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he ward for me of your substance? woundeth, and his hands make whole.

23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand ? 19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles : yea, in or, Redeem me from the hand of the migh. seven there shall no evil touch thee.

ty? 20 In famine he shall redeem thee from death : 24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and in war from the power of the sword.

and cause me to understand wherein I have 21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the erred. tongue : neither shalt thou be afraid of destruc. 25 How forcible are right words! but what tion when it cometh.

doth your arguing reprove ? 22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: 26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as earth.

wind? 23 For thou shalt be in league with the stones 27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be dig a pit for your friend. at peace with thee.

28 Now therefore be content, look upon me; 24 And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle for it is evident unto you if I lie. shall be in pence; and thou shalt visit thy habi. 29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniqui. tation, and shalt not sin.

ty ; yen, return again, my righteousness is in it. 25 Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be 30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my great, and thine offspring as the grass of the taste discern perverse things? earth. 26 Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age,

CHAPTER VII. like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season. 11 Job ercuseth his desire of death. 12 He com.

27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is: hear plaineth of his own restlessness, 17 and God's it, and know thou it for thy good.

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Job excuseth his desire of death. JOB. He alloweth God's perfections." TS there not an appointed time to man upon 10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and

earth ? are not his days also like the days of ] utter words out of their heart? an hireling?

11 Can the rush grow up without mire ? can 2 As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, the flag grow without water ? and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his 12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not work:

cut down, it withereth before any other herb. 3 So am I made to possess months of van. 13 So are the paths of all that forget God; ity, and wearisome nights are appointed to and the hypocrite's hope shall perish : • me.

14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose 4 When I lie down, I say, When shall I trust shall be a spider's web. arise, and the night be gone ? and I am full of 15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the not stand : he shall hold it fast, but it shall not day.

endure. 5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of 16 He is green before the sun, and his branch dust ; my skin is broken, and become loath shooteth forth in his garden. some.

17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and 6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, seeth the place of stones. and are spent without hope.

18 If he destroy him from his place, then 7 O remember that my life is wind : mine eye it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen shall no more see good.

thee. 8 The eye of him that hath seen me shall see 19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am of the earth shall others grow. not.

20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect 9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth man, neither will be help the evil doers : away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall 21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and come up no more.

thy lips with rejoicing. 10 He shall return no more to his house, 22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with neither shall his place know him any more. shame; and the dwelling-place of the wicked

11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I shull come to nought. will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will

CHAPTER IX. complain in the bitterness of my soul. 12 Am I a sen, or a whale, that thou settest a

| 1 Job, acknowledging God's justice, sheweth watch over me?

there is no contending with him. 22 Man's 13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my

innocency is not to be condemned by a filiccouch shall ease my complaint ;

tions. 14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and THEN Job answered and said, terrifiest ine through visions :

2 I know it is so of a truth : but how 15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and should man be just with God? death rather than my life.

3 If he will contend with him, he cannot an. 16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me swer him one of a thousand. alone ; for my days are vanity.

4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: 17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify who hath hardened himself against him, and him ? and that thou shouldest set thine heart up hath prospered? on him?

5 Which removeth the mountains, and they 18 And that thou shouldest visit him every I know not: which overturneth them in his anger; morning, and try him every moment?

6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, 19 How long wilt thou not depart from me, and the pillars thereof tremble ; nor let me alone till I swallow down my spit. 7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth tle?

not; and sealeth up the stars ; 20 I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, 8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, O thou preserver of men ? why hast thou set me and treadeth upon the waves of the sea ; as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to 9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Plei. myself?

ades, and the chumbers of the south; 21 And why dost thou not pardon my trans 10 Which doeth great things past finding out; gression, and take away mine iniquity ? for yea, and wonders without number. now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt | 11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not : he seek me in the morning, but I shall not be. passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder CHAPTER VIII.

him ? who will say unto him, What doest 1 Bildad sheweth God's justice in dealing with men according to their works. 8 He allegeth 13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the antiquity to prove the certain destruction of proud helpers do stoop under him. the hypocrite. 20 He applieth God's just 14 How much less shall I answer him, and dealing to Job.

choose out my words to reason with him? THEN answered Bildad the Shuhite, and 15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would

I not answer, but I would make supplication to 2 How long wilt thou speak these things? my judge. and how long shall the words of thy mouth be 16 If I had called, and he had answered me; like a strong wind ?

vet would I not believe that he had hearkened 3 Doth God pervert judgment; or doth the unto my voice. Almighty pervert justice ?

17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and 4 If thy children have sinned against him, and multiplieth my wounds without cause. he have cast them away for their transgres. 18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, sion;

but filleth me with bitterness. 5 If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, 19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and make thy supplication to the Almighty; and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to

6 If thou wert pure and upright, surely now plead ? he would awake for thee, and make the habita. 20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall tion of thy righteousness prosperous.

condemn me: If I say, I am perfect, it shall 7 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy also prove me perverse. latter end should greatly increase.

21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not 8 For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, know my soul: I would despise my life. and prepare thyself to the search of their fa. 22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He thers :

destroyeth the perfect and the wicked. 9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know 23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh nothing, because our days upon earth are a at the trial of the innocent, shadow :)

| 24 The earth is given into the hand of the

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