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Job expostulateth with God. CHAPTER XII. Zophar sharply reproveth Job. wicked : he covereth the faces of the judges of the shadow of death, without any order, and thereof; if not, where, and who is he?

where the light is as darkness. 25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

CHAPTER XI. 25 They are passed away as the swift ships: 1 Zophar reproveth Job for justifying himself. as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.

5 God's wisdom is unsearchable. 13 The as. 27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I

sured blessing of repentance. will leave off my heaviness, and comfort my. THEN answered Zophar the Naamathite, and self:

I said, 38 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that 2 Should not the multitude of words be an. thou wilt not hold me innocent.

swered? and should a man full of talk be justi. 29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in fied ? vain ?

3 Should thy lies make men hold their peace ? 30 If I wash myself with snow-water, and and when thou mockest, shall no man make make my hands never so clean;

thee ashamed ? 31 Yet shult thou plunge me in the ditch, and 4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, mine own clothes shall abhor me.

and I am clean in thine eyes. 32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should 5 But Oh that God would speak, and open his answer him, and we should come together in lips against thee; judgment.

6 And that he would shew thee the secrets of 33 Neither is there any betwixt us, wisdom, that they are double to that which is! that might lay his hand upon us both.

Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less 34 Let him take his rod away from me, and than thine iniquity deserveth. let not his fear terrify me:

7 Canst thou by searching find out God? 35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfecbut it is not so with me.

tion? CHAPTER X.

8 It is as high as heaven ; what canst thou

do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? 1 Job, taking liberty of complaint, expostulat 9 The measure thereof is longer than the

eth with God about his afflictions. 18 He earth, and broader than the sea. complaincth of life, and craveth a little ease 10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather to. before death.

gather, then who can hinder him? M Y soul is weary of my life; I will leave my 11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wick.

I complaint upon myself; I will speak in the edness also ; will he not then consider it? bitterness of my soul.

12 For vain man would be wise: though man 2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; be born like a wild ass's colt, shew me wherefore thou contendest with me. 13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out

3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest op thine hands toward him; press, that thou shouldest despise the work of 14 If iniquity be in thine band, put it far thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tab. wicked?

ernacles. 4 Hast thou eyes of flesh ? or seest thou as 15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without man seeth?

spot; yea, thou shalt be steadfast, and shalt not 5 Are thy days as the days of man? are thy fear: years as min's days,

16 Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and 6 That thou inquírest after mine iniquity, and remember it as waters that pass a way ; searchest after my sin ?

17 And thine age shall be clearer than the 7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked ; and noon-day : thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be there is none that can deliver out of 'thine as the morning. hand.

18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is 8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned | hope ; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou me together round about ; yet thou dost destroy shalt take thy rest in safety. me.

19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall 9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast make thee afraid ; yea, many shall make suit made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me unto thee. into dust again?

20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and 10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as curdled me like cheese?

the giving up of the ghost. 11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh,

CHAPTER XII. and hast fenced me with bones and sinews. 12 Thou bast granted me life and favour, and

| 1 Job maintaineth himself against his friends thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

that reprove him. 7 He acknowledgeth the 13 And these things hust thou hid in thine general doctrine of God's omnipotency. heart: I know that this is with thee.

AND Job answered and said, 14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou A 2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wis. wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.

dom shall die with you. 15 If I be wicked, wo unto me; und if I be 3 But I have understanding as well as you ; I righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not full of confusion; therefore see thou mine af. such things as these? fliction ;

4 I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who 16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the fierce lion: and again thou sbewest thyself mar. just upright man is laughed to scorn. vellous upon me.

5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a 17 Thou renewest thy witnesses ngainst me, lamp despised in the thought of him that is at and increasest thine indignation upon me; ease. changes and war are against me.

6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they 18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth that provoke God are secure ; into whose hand out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the God bringeth abundantly. ghost, and no eye had seen me!

7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach 19 I should have been as though I had not thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall been ; I should have been carried from the womb tell thee : to the grave.

8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee : 20 Äre not my days few ? cease then, and let and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. me alone, that I may take comfort a little,

9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand 21 Before I go whence I shall not return, even of the LORD hath wrought this? to the land of darkness, and the shadow of death ; 10 In whose hand is the soul of every living 22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and thing, and the breath of all mankind.

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Job's confidence in God.

JOB. He entreateth God's favour. 11 Poth not the ear try words ? and the mouth 1 21. Withdraw thine hand far from me : and let taste his meat?

not thy dread make me afraid. 12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length 22 Then cull thou, and I will answer : or let of days understanding.

me speak, and answer thou me. 13 With himn is wisdom and strength, he hath 23 How many are mine iniquities and sins? counsel and understanding.

mnke me to know my transgression and my sin. 14 Behold, he brenketh down, and it cannot 24 Wheretore hidest thou thy face, and holdest be built again : he shutteth up a man, and there me for thine enemy? can be no opening.

25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? 15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble ? they dry up : also he sendeth them out, and they 26 For thou writest bitter things against me, overturn the earth.

and mukest me to possess the iniquities of my 16 With hun is strength and wisdom : the de. | youth.. ceiver and the deceiver are his.

27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and 17 He lendeth counsellors away spoiled, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settes maketh the judges fools.

a print upon the heels of my feet. 18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth 28 And he, is a rotten thing, consumeth, as a their loins with a girdle.

garinent that is moth-eaten. 19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and over

CHAPTER XIV. throweth the mighty. 20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty

1 Job entreateth God for favour, by the shortand taketh away the understanding of the

ness of life, and certainly of death. 7 Though

life once lost be irrecoverable, yet he waiteth 21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and

for his change. 16 By sin the creature is werkeneth the strength of the mighty.

subject to corruption. 22 He discovereth deep things out of dark. VAN that is born of a woman is of few days, ness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of W and full of trouble. death.

2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut 23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continu. them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth eth not. them again.

3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such 24 He taketh away the heart of the chief an one, and bringest nie into judgment with thee? of the people of the earth, and causeth them 4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an un. to wander in a wilderness where there is no clean ? not one. way.

5 Seeing his days are determined, the number 25 They grope in the dark without light, and of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed he maketh them to stugger like a drunken

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1 6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he CHAPTER XIII.

shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut 1 Job reproveth his friends of partiality. 14

down, that it will sprout again, and that the He professeth his confidence in God: 20 and

tender branch thereof will not cease, entreateth to know his own sins, and God's 8 Though the root thereof wax old in the purpose in afflicting him.

earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; I O, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath 9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, I heard and understood it.

and bring forth boughs like a plunt. 2 What ye know, the same do I know also: I 10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, am not inferior unto you.

man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? 3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and 11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the I desire to reason with God.

flood decayeth and drieth up : 4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physi. 12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the cians of no value..

heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor 5 O that ye would altogether hold your peace; be raised out of their sleep. and it should be your wisdom.

13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, 6 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy pleadings of my lips.

wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a 7 Will ye spenk wickedly for God? and talk set time, and remember me ! deceitfully for him?

14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the 8 Will ye accept his person ? will ye contend days of my appointed time will I wait, till my for God?

change come. 9 Is it good that he should search you out? or 15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine him?

hands. 10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly 16 For now thou numberest my steps : dost accept persons.

thou not watch over my sin ? 11 Shall not his excellency make you afraid ? 17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and and his dread fall upon you?

thou sewest up mine iniquity. 12 Your remembrances are like unto ashes, 18 And surely the mountain falling cometh your bodies to bodies of clay.

to nought, and the rock is removed out of his 13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may place. speuk, and let come on me what will.

19 The waters wear the stones: thon washest 14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, away the things which grow out of the dust and put my life in mine hand?

of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of 15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: 1 man. but I will maintain mine own ways before 20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and him.

he passeth : thou changest his countenance, and 16 He also shall be my salyntion : for an hypo. sendest him away. crite shall not come before him.

21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth 17 Ilear diligently my speech, and my declara. | it not; and they are brought low, but he per. tion with your ears.

ceiveth it not of them. 18 Behold, now, I have ordered my cause; Il 22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and know that I shall be justified.

his soul within him sball mourn. 19 Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the

CHAPTER XV. ghost.

1 Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety in justify. 20 Only do not two things unto me: then will ing himself. 17 He proveth by tradition the I not hide myself from thee.

unquietness of wicked men.


Eliphaz reproveth Job. CHAPTER XVII. Job reproveth his friends. THEN answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and I THEN Job answered and said, said,

2 I have heard many such things: misera. 2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, ble comforters are ye all, and fill his belly with the east wind ?

3 Shall vain words have an end? or whatem. 3 Should he reason with upprofitable talk ? boldeneth thee that thou answerest? or with speeches wherewith he can do no 4 I also could speak as ye do: if your soul good ?

were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words 4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest against you, and shake my head at you. prayer before God.

5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, 5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and and the moving of my lips should assuage your thon choosest the tongue of the crafty.

grief. 6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not 6 Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged : I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.

and though I forbear, what am I eased ? 7 Art thou the first man that was born ? or 7 But now he hath made me weary : thou hast wast thou made before the hills?

made desolate all my company. . 8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost 8 And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

which is a witness against me: and my lean9 What knowest thou that we know not? ness rising up in me beareth witness to my what understandest thou, which is not in us? face,

10 With us are both the gray.hended and very 9 He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: aged men, much elder than thy father.

he gnasheth upon me with his teeth ; mine ene. 11 Are the consolations of God small with my sharpeneth his eyes upon me. . thee? is there any secret thing with thee?

10 They have gaped upon me with their 12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek and what do thine eyes wink at,

reproachfully; they have gathered themselves 13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, together against me, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?

11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, 14 What is man, that he should be clean? and and turned me over into the hands of the wick: he which is born of a woman, that he should be ed. righteous ?

12 I was at ease, but he hath broken me asun15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints : der: he hath also taken me by my neck, and yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his 16 How much more abominable and filthy is mark. man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

13 His archers compass me round about, he 17 I will shew thee, hear me ; and that which clea veth my reins asunder, and doth not spare ; I have seen, I will declare ;

he poureth out my gall upon the ground. 18 Which wise men have told from their fa. 14 He brea keth me with breach upon breach, thers, and have not hid it:

he runneth upon me like a giant. 19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and 15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and no stranger passed among them.

defiled my horn in the dust. 20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all 16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my his days, and the number of years is bídden to eyelids is the shadow of death; the oppressor.

17 Not for any injustice in mine hands : also 21 Adrendful sound is in his ears: in prosperi. my prayer is pure. ty the destroyer shall come upon him.

18'0 enrth, cover not thou my blood, and let 22 He believeth not that he shall return out of my cry have no place. darkness, und he is waited for of the sword.

19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, 23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, and my recordis on high. Where is it? he knoweth that the day of dark 20 My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth ness is ready at his hand.

out tears unto God. 24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid ; 21 O that one might plead for a man with God, they shall prevail against him, as a king ready as a man pleadeth for his neighbour! to the battle.

22 When a few years are come, then I shall go 25 For he stretcheth out his hand against the way whence I shall not return. God, and strengtheneth himself against the Al.

CHAPTER XVII. mighty. 26He runneth upon him, even on his neck,

1 Job appealeth from men to God. 6 The unupon the thick bosses of his bucklers :

merciful dealing of men with the afflicted 27 Because he covereth his face with his fat. may astonish, but not discourage the rightness, and maketh coilops of fat on his flanks.

cous. 11 His hope is not in life, but in 28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in

death. houses which no man inhabiteth, which are M Y breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the ready to become heaps.

· graves are ready for me. 29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his sub. 2 Äre there not mockers with me? and doth stance continue, neither shall be prolong the per. not mine eye continue in their provocation ? fection thereof upon the earth.

3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with 30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the thee: who is he that will strike hands with flame shall dry up his branches, and by the

me? breath of his mouth shall he go away.

4 For thou hast hid their heart from under31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: standing ; therefore shalt thou not exalt them. for vanity shall be his recompense.

5 He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even 32 It shall be accomplished before his time, the eyes of his children shall fail. and his branch shall not be green.

6 He hath made me also a by-word of the peo. 33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as ple: and aforetime I was as a tabret. the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the 7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, olive.

and all my members are as a shadow. 34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be 8 Upright men shall be astonished at this, and desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles the innocent shall stir up himself against the of bribery.

hypocrite. 35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth 9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.

and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger

and stronger. CHAPTER XVI.

10 But us for you all, do ye return, and come

now: for I cannot find one wise man among 1 Job reproveth his friends of unmercifulness. you.

7 He showeth the pitifulness of his case. 17 11 My days are past, my purposes are broken He maintaineth his innocency.

I off, even the thoughts of my heart.

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The calamities of the wicked.

Their certain portion. 12 They change the night into day : the light 18 He hath fenced up my way that I cannot is short because of darkness.

pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths. 13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have 9 He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken made my bed in the darkness,

the crown from my head. 14 I have said to corruption, Thou art my fa. 10 He hath destroyed me on every side, and I. ther : to the worm, Thou art my mother, and am gone : and mine hope hath he removed like my sister.

a tree. 15 And where is now my hope? as for my 11 He hath also kindled his wrath against me, hope, who shall see it?

and he counteth me unto him as one of his ene. 16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, mies. when our rest together is in the dust.

12 His troops come together, and raise up their CHAPTER XVIII.

way against me, and encamp round about my

tabernacle. 1 Bildad reproveth Job of presumption and

13 He hath put my brethren far from me, and impatience. 5 The calamities of the wicked.

mine acquaintance are verily estranged from THEN answered Bildad the Shuhite, and me.

14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar 2 How long will it be ere ye make an end friends have forgotten me. of words ? mark, and afterwards we will 15 They that dwell in mine house, and my speak.

maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in 3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and their sight. reputed vile in your sight?

16 I called my servant, and he gave me no an. 4 He teareth himself in his anger : shall the swer; I entreated him with my mouth. earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be 17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I removed out of his place ?

entreated for the children's sake of mine own 5 Yeu, the light of the wicked shall be put out, body. and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

18 Yea, young children despised me; I arose, 6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and, and they spake against me. his candle shall be put out with him.

19 All my inward friends abhorred me: and 7 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, | they whom I loved are turned against me. and his own counsel shall cast him down.

20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my 8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my he walketh upon a snare.

teeth. 9 The gin shall take him by the heel, and the 21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, o robber shall prevail against him.

ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched 10 The snare is laid for him in the ground, me. and a trap for him in the way.

22 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are 11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, not satisfied with my flesh ? and shall drive him to his feet.

23 O that my words were now written ! O that 12 His strength shall be hunger.bitten, and de. they were printed in a book! struction shall be ready at his side.

24 That they were graven with an iron pen 13 It shall devour the strength of his skin :) and lead in the rock for ever! even the first-born of death shall devour his 125 For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and strength.

that he shall stand at the latter day upon the 14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his earth: tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of 26 And though after my skin worms de. terrors.

stroy this body, yet in my tesh shall I see 15 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is God : none of his : brimstone shall be scattered upon 27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes his habitation.

shall behold, and not another; though my reins 16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and be consumed within me. above shall his branch be cut off.

28 But ye should say, Why persecute we 17 His remembrance shall perish from the him, seeing the root of the matter is found in earth, and he shall have no name in the me street.

29 Be ye afraid of the sword : for wrath bring. 18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, eth the punishments of the sword, that ye may and chased out of the world.

know there is a judgment. 19 He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his

CHAPTER XX. dwellings. 20 They that come after him shall be astonied

Zophar sheweth the state and portion of the

wicked. at his day, as they that went before were af. frighted.

HEN answered Zopbar the Naamathite, and 21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not 2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to an. God.

swer, and for this I make haste. CHAPTER XIX.

3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and

the spirit of my understanding causeth me to an. 1 Job, complaining of his friends' cruelty,

swer. sheweth there is misery enough in him to feed

4 Knowest thou not this of old, since man was their cruelty, 21, 28 He craveth pity. 23 He

placed upon earth, believeth the resurrection.

5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, THEN Job answered and said,

and the joy of the hypocrite but for a mo. 2 How long will ye vex my soul, and break ment? me in pieces with words?

6 Though his excellency mount up to the heav. 3 These ten times have ye reproached me : ye ens, and his head reach unto the clouds ; are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange 7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own to me.

dung : they which have seen him shall say, 4 And be it indeed that I have erred, mine er Where is he? ror remaineth with myself...

8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not 5 If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against be found : yea, he shall be chased away as a me, and plead against me my reproach :

vision of the night, 6 Know now that God hath overthrown me, 9 The eye also which saw him shall see him no and hath compassed me with his net.

more ; neither shall his place any more behold 7 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not him. heard : I cry aloud, but there is no judg. 10 His children shall seek to please the poor, ment.

| and his hands shall restore their goods.



1 Job, compere is misere crav

Wicked men sometimes prosper. CHAPTER XXII. Eliphaz accuseth Job.

11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, 15 What is the Almighty, that we should which shall lie down with him in the dust. serve him? and what profit should we have, if

12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, we pray unto him? though he hide it under his tongue;.

16 Lo, their good is not in their hand : the 13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but counsel of the wicked is far from me.. keep it still within his mouth :

17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put 14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is out? and how oft cometh their destruction up. the gall of asps within him.

on them? God distributeth sorrows in his an. 15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he

ger. shall vomit them up again : God shall cast them 18 They are as stubble before the wind, and out of his belly.

as chaff that the storm carrieth away... 16 He shall suck the poison of asps : the viper's 19 God layeth up his iniquity for his children: tongue shall slay him.

he rewardeth him, and he shall know it. 17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the 20 His eyes shall see his destruction, and he brooks of honey and butter.

shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty. 18 That which he laboured for shall he restore, I 21 For what pleasure hath he in his house af. and shall not swallow it down : according to his ter him, when the number of his months is cut substance shall the restitution be, and he shall off in the midst ? not rejoice therein.

22 Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he 19 Because he hath oppressed and hath forsa. | judgeth those that are high. ken the poor ; because he hath violently taken 23 One dieth in his full strength, being wholly away an house which he builded not;

at ease and quiet. 20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his 24 His breasts are full of milk, and his bones belly, he shall not save of that which he desired. are moistened with marrow.

21 There shall none of his meat be left ; there. 25 And another dieth in the bitterness of his fore shall no man look for his goods.

soul, and never eateth with pleasure. 22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be 26'They shall lie down alike in the dust, and in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come the worms shall cover them. upon him.

27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the 23 When he is about to fill his belly, God devices which ye wrongfully imagine against shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and me. shall rain it upon him while he is eating.

28 For ye say, Where is the house of the 24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and prince? and where are the dwelling-places of the bow of steel shall strike him through.

the wicked ? 25 It is drawn, and cometh out of the body : 29 Have ye not asked them that go by the yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: way? and do ye not know their tokens, terrors are upon him.

30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of 26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret destruction ? they shall be brought forth to the places : a fire not blown shall consume him : day of wrath. it shall go ill with him that is left in his taber 31 Who shall declare his way to his face? nacle.

and who shall repay him what he hath done? 27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and 32 Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and the earth shall rise up against him.

shall remain in the tomb. 28 The increase of his house shall depart, 33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto and his goods shall flow away in the day of his him, and every man shall draw after him, as

there are innumerable before him. 29 This is the portion of a wicked man from 34 How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in God, and the heritage appointed unto him by your answers there remaineth falsehood ?


1 Eliphaz sheweth that man's goodness profit. 1 Job sheweth that even in the judgment of man eth not God. 5 He accuseth Job of divers he hath reason to be grieved. 7 Sometimes sins. 21. He exhorteth him to repentance, the wicked do so prosper, as they despise with promises of mercy. God. 16 Sometimes their destruction is man. THEN Eliphaz the Temanite answered and ifest. 22 The happy and unhappy are alike in death. 27 The judgment of the wicked is 2 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he in another world.

that is wise may be profitable unto himself? BUT Job answered and said,

3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that 2 Hear diligently my speech, and let this be thou art righteous ? or is it gain to him, that your consolations.

thou makest thy ways perfect? 3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after that 4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will I have spoken, mock on.

he enter with thee into judgment ? 4 As for me, is my complaint to man? and 5 Is not thy wickedness great ? and thine inif it were so, why should not my spirit be iquities infinite ? troubled ?

6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy bro. , 5 Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your ther for nought, and stripped the naked of their hand upon your mouth.

clothing. 6 Even when I remember I am afraid, and 7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to trembling taketh hold on my flesh.

drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the 7 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, hungry. yea, are mighty in power ?

8 But as for the mighty man, he had the 8 Their seed is established in their sight with earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it. them, and their offspring before their eyes.

9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and 9 Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the arms of the fatherless have been broken. the rod of God upon them.

10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and 10 Their bull gendereth, and faileth not: their sudden fear troubleth thee; cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.

11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see ; and 11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, abundance of waters cover thee. and their children dance.

12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and 12 They take the timbrel and harp, and re behold the height of the stars, how high they joice at the sound of the organ.

are ! 13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a 13 And thou sayest, How doth God know?' moment go down to the grave.

can he judge through the dark cloud ? 14 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from 14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of ways.


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