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Eliphaz reproveth Joh. CHAP. iv, v. God to be sought in affliction. 433

21 Which long for death, but it cometh God? shall a man be more pure than his hot; and dig for it more than for hid | maker ? treasures ;

18 Behold, he put no trust in his ser22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are vants; and his angels he charged with glad, when they can tind the grave?

folly : 23 Why is light given to a man whose 19 How much less in them that dwell in way is hid, and wliom God hath hedged houses of clay, whose foundation is in the in ?

dust, which are crushed before the moth? 24 For my signing cometh before I eat, 20 They are destroyed from morning and my roarings are poured out like the to evening : they perish for ever without waters.

any regarding it. 25 For the thing which I greatly fear- 21 Doth not their excellency which is ed is come upon me, and that which I in them go away they die, even withwas afraid of is come unto me.

out wisdom. 26 I was not in safety, neither had I

CHAP. V. rest, neither was I quiet; vet trouble came. 1 The harm of inconsideration. 3 The CHAP. IV.

end of the evickoel is misery. 6 God is 1 Eliphaz reproveth Job for want ofrelig- to be regarded in affliction. 17 The ion. 7 He

happiy end of God's correction.

ALL now, if there ed. 12 His fearful vision to humble the excellencies of creatures before God. saints wilt thou turn ? HEN Eliphaz the Temanite an- 2 For wrath killeth the foolish man,

and envy slayeth the silly one. 2 If we assay to commune with thee, 5 I have seen the foolish taking root : wilt thou be grieved ? but who can with but suddenly I cursed his habitation. hold himself from speaking ?

4 His children are far from safety, and 3 Behold, thou hastinstructed many, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is thou hast strengthened the weak hanc's. there any to deliver them.

4 Thy words have upholden him that 5 Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, was falling, and thou hast strengthened and taketh it even out of the thorns, the feeble knees.

and the robber swalloweth up their sub5 But now it is come upon thee, and stance. thou faintest; it toucheth ihee, and thou 6 Although affliction cometh not forth art troubled.

of the dust, neither doth trouble spring 6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, out of the ground; thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways? 7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the

7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever sparks fly upward. perished, being innocent? or where were 8 I would seck unto God, and unte the righteous cut off?

God would I commit my cause : 8 Even as I have seen, they that plough 9 Which dceth great things and uniniquity, and sow wickedness, rcap the searchable ; marvellous things without same.

number : 9 By the blast of God they perish, and 10 Who giveth rain upon the carth, by the breath of his nostrils are they con- and sendeth waters upon the ficlis: sumed.

11 To set up on high those that below; 10 The roaring of the lion, and the that those which mourn may be exalted voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of to safety. the young lions, are broken.

12 He disappointeth the devices of the 11 The old lion perisheth for lack of crafty, so that their hands cannot perprey, and the stout lion's whelps are scat- form their entcrprize. tered abroad.

13 He taketh the wise in their own 12 Now a thing was secretly brought craftiness; and the counsel of the froward to me, and mine ear received a little is carried headlong. thereof.

14 They meet with darkness in the 13 In thoughts from the visions of the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in night, when deep sleep falleth on men,

the night. 14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, 15 But he saveth the poor from the which made all my bones to shake. sword, from their mouth, and from the

15 Then a spirit passed before my face; || hand of the mighty. the hair of my flesh stood up:

16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity 16 It stood still, but I could not discern | stoppeth ber touch the form thereof; an image was before 17 Behold, happy is the man whom mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard God correcteth : therefore despise not a voice, saying,

thou the chastening of the Almighty ; 17 Shall mortal man be more just thap 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth 434 Job justifieth his complaints. JOB.

Job reproveth his friends. up: he woundeth, and his hands make 13 Is not my help in me? and is wiswhole.

dom driven quite from me? 19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: 14 To him that is afflicted pity should yea, in seven there shall no evil touch be sheqved from his friend; but he forthee.

saketh the fear of the Almighty. 20 In famine he shall redeem thee 15 Mv brethren have dealt deceitfully from death : and in war from the power as a brook, and as the stream of brook's of the sword.

they pass away; 21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge 16 Which are blackish by reason of the of the tongue : neither shalt thou be a- ice, and wherein the snow is hid : fraid of destruction when it cometh.

i7 What time they wax warm, they 22 Ar destruction and famine thou shalt vanish : when it is hot, they are consumlaugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the ed out of their place. beasts of the earth.

18 The paths of their way are turned 23 For thou shalt be in league with the aside ; they go to nothing, and perish. stones of the field : and the beasts of the 19 The trops of Tema looked, the field shall be at peace with thee. companies of Sheba waited for them.

24 And thou shalt know that thy taber- 20 They were confounded because nacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt they had hoped; they came thither, and visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin. were ashamed.

25 Thou shalt know also that thy seed 21 For now ye are nothing; ye see my shall be great, and thine offspring as the casting down, and are afraid. grass of the earth.

22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give 26 Thou shalt come to thy grave in a a reward for me of your substance? full age, like as a shock of corn cometh 23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's in in his season.

hand ? or, Redeem me from the hand of 27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; the mighty ? hear it, and know thou it for thy good. 24 Teach me, and I will hold my CHAP, VỊ.

tongue : and cause me to understand 1 Job sheweth that his complaints are not wherein I have erred.

causeiess. 8 He wisheth for death, 25 How forcible are right words! but wherein he is assured of comfort. 14 what doth your arguing reprove? He reproveth his friends of unkindness. 26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, UT Job answered and said,

and the speeches of one that is desperate, weighed, and my calamity laid in the bal- 27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, ances together!

and ye dig a pit for your friend. 3 For now it would be heavier than the 28 Now therefore be content, look upon sand of the sea : therefore my words are me; for it is evident unto you if I lie. swallowed up.

29 Return, I pray you, let it not be in4 For the arrows of the Almighty are liquity ; yea, return again, my righteouswithin me, the poison whereof drinketh ness is in it. up my spirit : the terrors of God do set 30 Is there iniquity in my tongue ? canthemselves in array against me.

not my taste discern perverse things? 5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath

CHAP. VII. grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder? 1 Job ercuseth his desire of death. 12 He

6 Can that which is unsavoury be eat- complaineth of his own restlessness, and en without salt? or is there any taste in of God's watchfulness. the white of an egg ?

IS there not an appointed time to man 7 The things that my soul refused to upon earth? are not his days also like touch are as my sorrowful meat.

the days of an hireling? 8 Oh that I might have my request ; 2 As a servant earnestly desireth the and that God would grant me the thing shadow, and as an nireling looketh for the that I long for!

reward of his work : 9 Even that it would please God to de- 3 So am I made to possess months of stroy me; that he would let loose his vanity, and wearisome nights are appointhand, and cut me off!

ed to me. 10 Then should I yet have comfort ; 4 When I lie down, I say, When shall yea, I would harden myself in sorrow : I arise, and the night be gone? and I am let him not spare; for I have not con- full of tossings to and fro unto the dawnce iled the words of the Holy One. ing of the day.

11 What is my strength, that I should 5 My fiesh is clothed with worms and hope? and what is mine end, that I clods of dust; my skin is broken, and beshould prolong my life?

come loathsome. 12 Is my strength the strength of 6 My days are swifter than a weaver's stones ? or is my flesh of brass?

shuttle, and are spent without hope.

Bohohar merediens were throughly which arpaschando

my soul.

He excuseth his desire of death. CHAP. VIII. IX. The hypocrite's destruction. 435

7 O remember that my life is wind : 7 Though thy beginning was small, yet mine eye shall no more see good.

thy latter end should greatly increase. 8 The eye of him that hath seen me 8 For inquire, I pray thee, of the forshall see me no more : thine eyes are upon mer age, and prepare thyself to the search me, and I am not.

of their fathers : 9 As the cloud is consumed and van- 9 (For we are but of yesterday, and isheth away : so he that goeth down to know nothing, because our days upon the grave shall come up no more. earth are a shadow:)

10 He shall return no more to his 10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell house, neither shall his place know him thee, and utter words out of their heart? any more.

11 Can the rush grow up without mire? 11 Therefore. I will not refrain my can the flag grow without water? mouth ; I will speak in the anguish of my 12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of not cut down, it withereth before any

other hierb. '12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou 13 So are the paths of all that forget settest a watch over me?

God; and the hypocrite's hope shall per13 When I say, My bed shall comfort || ish : me, my couch shall ease my complaint ; 14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and

14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, whose trust shall be a spider's web. and terrifiest me through visions :

15 He shall lean upon his house, but it 15 Su that my soul chooseth strangling, I shall not starld: he shall hold it fast, but and death rather than my life.

it shall not endure. 16 I loathe il ; I would not live always: 16 He is green before the sun, and his let me alone ; for my days are vanity. branch shooteth forth in his garden.

17 What is man, that thou shouldest 17 His roots are wrapped about the magnify him? and that thou shouldest set heap, and seeth the place of stones. thine heart upon him?

18 If he destroy him from his place, 18 And that thou shouldest visit him then it shall deny him, saying, I have not every morning, and try him every mo

seen thee. ment?

19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, 19 How long wilt thou not depart from and out of the earth shall others grow. me, nor let me alone till I swallow down 20 Behold, God will not cast away a my spittle ?

perfect man, neither will he help the evil 20 I have sinned ; what shall I do unto doers: thee, thou preserver of men ? why hast 21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, thou set me as a mark against thee, so that and thy lips with rejoicing. I am a burden to myself?

22 They that hate thee shall be clothed 21 And why dost thou not pardon my | with shame; and the dwelling place of transgression, and take away mine iniqui- the wicked shall come to nought. ty? for now shall I sleep in the dust ; and

CHAP. IX. thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I 1 Job, acknowledging God's justice, shenushall not be.

eth that there is no contending with CHAP. VIII.

him. 22 Man's innocency is not to be 1 Bildad sheweth God's justice in dealing condemned by afflictions.

with men according to their works. 8 'HEN Job answered and said,
He allegeth antiquity to prove the cer-
tain destruction of the hypocrite. 20 should man be just with God?
He applicth God's just dealing to Job. 3 If he will contend with him, he can-

HÉN answered Bildad the Shubite, not answer him one of a thousand
and said,

4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in 2 How long wilt thou speak these things? | strength : who hath hardened himselfaand how long shall the words of thy mouth gainst him, and hath prospered ? be like a strong wind ?

5 Which remoreth the mountains, and 3 Doth God pervert judgment ; or they know not : which overturneth them doth the Almighty pervert justice?

4 If thy children have sinned against 6 Which shaketh the earth out of her him, and he have cast them away for place, and the pillars thereof tremble. their transgression ;

7 Which commandeth the sun, and it 5 If thou wouldest seek unto God riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. betimes, and make thy supplication to 8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavthe Almighty;

ens, and treadeth upon the waves of the 6 If thou wert pure and upright ; surely now he would awake for thee, and 9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and make the habitation of thy righteousness Pleiades, and the chambers of the south, prosperous.

10 Which doeth great things past

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in his anger:

sea.

out cause.

486 No contending with God. JOB. Job expostulateth with God. finding out; yea, and wonders without 35 Then would I speak, and not fear number.

him ; but it is not so with me. 11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him

CHAP. X. not: he passeth on also, but I perceive | 1 Job, taking liberty of complaint, exțioshim not.

tulatcti with God about his afflictions. 12 Behold, he taketh away, who can 18 He complaineth of life, and craveth hinder him ? who will say unto him, a little ease before deain. What doest thou ?

Y 13 If God will not withdraw his anger,

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leave my complaint upon myself; I the proud helpers do stoop under him. will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

14 How much less shall I answer him, 2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn and choose out my words to reason with me; shew me wherefore thou contendest him ?

with me. 15 Whom, though I were righteous, 3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldyet would I not answer, but I would make est oppress, that thou shouldest despise supplication to my judge.

the work of thine hands, and shine upon 16 If I had called, and he had answer- the counsel of the wicked ? ed me ; yet would I not believe that he 4 Hast thou eyes of flesh or seest thou had hearkened unto my voice.

as man seeth 17 For he breaketh me with a tem- 5 Are thy days as the days of man? pest, and multiplieth my wounds with- are thy years as man's days,

6 That thou inquirest after mine ini18 He will not suffer me to take my quity, and searchest after my sin? breath, but filieth ine with bitterness. 7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked ;

19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is and there is none that can deliver out of strong: and if of judgment, who shall set thine hand. me a time to plead

8 Thine hands have made me and fash20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth ioned me together round about; yet thou shall condemn me : if I say, I am perfect, dost destroy me. it shall also prove me perverse.

9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou 21 Though I were perfect, yet would I hast made me as the clay ; and wilt thou not know my soul : I would despise my bring me into dust again? life.

10 Hast thou not poured me out as 22 This is one thing, therefore I said | milk, and curdled me like cheese? it, he destroyeth the perfect and the 11 Thou hast clothed me with skin wicked.

and fiesh, and hast fenced me with bones 23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will and sinews. laugh at tlie trial of the innocent.

12 Thou hast granted me life and fa24 The earth is given into the hand vour, and thy visitation hath

preserved of the wicked; he covereth the faces of my spirit. the judges thereof; if not, where, and 13 And these things hast thou hid in who is he?

thine heart: I know that this is with thee. 25 Now my days are swifter than a 14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and post : they Ace away, they see no good. thou wilt not acquit me from mine ini

26 They are passed away as the swift quity. ships: as the cagle that liasteth to the prey. 15 If I be wicked, woe unto me; and

27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my I will leave off my heaviness, and com- head. I am full of confusion ; therefore fort myself:

see thou mine aflliction ; 28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know 16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me that thou wilt not hold me innocent, as a fierce lion : and again thou shewest

29 If I be wicked, why then labour I | thyself marvellous upon me. in vain?

17 Thou renewest thy witnesses a30 If I wash myself with snow water, gainst me, and increasest thine indignaand make my hands never so clean ; tion upon me ; changes and war are a

31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the gainst me. ditch, and mine own clothes shall ab- 18 Wherefore then hast thou brought

me forth out of the womb ? Oh that I 32 For he is not a man, as I am, that had given up the ghost, and no eye had I should answer him, and we should come seen me ! together in judgment.

19 I should have been as though I had 33 Neither is there any daysman be- not been ; I should have been carried from twixt us, that might lay his hand upon the womb to the grave. us both.

20 Are not my days few ? cease then, 34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let me alone, that I may take comand let not his fear terrify me:

fort a little,

hor me.

God's wisdom unscarchable. CHAP. XI, XII.

God's cirisotence. 4.37 21 Before I go whence I shall not re

CHAP. XII. turn, even to the land of darkness, and 1 Job maintaileth hiinself against liis the shadow of death;

friends that reprove him. 7 He ac22 A land of darkness, as darkness it- knowledgeth the sincral doctrine of self; and of the shadow of death, with- God's omnipotency. out any order, and where the light is as

AND Job answered and said, darkness.

2 No doubt but ye are the people, CHAP. XI.

and wisdom shall die with you. i Zophar reproveth Job for justifying 3 But I have understanding as well as

himself: 5God's Tvisdomis unsearchable. you; I am not inferior to you: ye:1, who

13 The assured blessing of repentance.knoweth not such things as these? THI 'HEN answered Zoplar the Naa- 4 I am as one mocked of his neighmathite, and said,

bour, who calleth upon God, and he an2 Should not the multitude of words | swereth him : the just upright man is be answered ? and should a man full of laughed to scorn. talk be justified?

5 He that is ready to slip with li': feet 3 Should thy lies make men hold their is as a lamp despised in the thought of peace? and when thou mockest, shall no him that is at ease. man make thee ashamed?

6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, 4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is and they that provoke God are secure; pure, and I am clean in thine eyes. into whose hand God bringethubundantly.

5 But oh that God would speak, and 7 But ask now the beasts, and they open his lips against thec;

shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, 6 And that he would shew thee the se- and they shall tell thee: crets of wisdom, that they are double to 8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall that which is! Know therefore that God teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity declare unto thce. deserte!h.

9 Who knoweth not in all these that the 7 Canst thou by searching find out hand of the Lord hath wrought this? God? canst thou find out the Almighty 10 In whose hand is the soul of every livunto perfection?

ing thing, and the breath of all mankind. 8 It is as high as heaven; what canst 11 Doth not the ear try words? and the thou do? deeper than hell; what canst

month taste his meat? thou kaow?

12 With the ancient is wisdom; and 9 The measure thereof is longer than in length of days understanding. the earth, and broader than the sea. 13 With him is wisdom and strength,

10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather he hath counsel and understanding. together, then who can hinder him? 14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it

11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth cannot be built again : be shutteth up a wickedness also; will he not then con

man,

and there can be no opening. sider it?

15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, 12 For vain man would be wise, though and they dry up: also he sendeth them man be born like a wild ass's colt.

out, anil they overturn the earth. 13 If thou prepare thine heart, and 16 With him is strength and wisdom: stretch out thine hands toward him; the deceived and the deceiver are his.

14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it 17 He leadeth counsellors away spoilfar away, and let not wickedness dwelled, and maketh the judges fools. ja thy tabernacles.

18 He looseth the bond of kings, and 15' For then shalt thou lift up thy face girdeth their loins with a girdie. without spot; yea, thou shalt be stead- 19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, fast, and shalt not fear:

and overthroweth the mighty. 16 Because thou shalt forget thy mise- 20 He removeth away the speech of ry, and remember it as waters that pass the trusty, and taketh away the undera way:

standing of the 17 And thine age shall be clearer than 21 He poureth contempt upon princes, the noonday ; thou shalt shine forth, thou and weakeneth the strength of the mighty: shalt be as the morning.

22 He discovereth deep things out of 18 And thou shalt be secure, because darkness, and bringeth out to light the there is hope ; yea, thou shalt dig about shadow of death. thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety. 29 He increaseth the nations, and de

19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none siroveth them: he enlargeth the nations, siiall make thiee afraid ; yea, many shall and straitencth them again. make suit unto thee.

24. He taketh away the licart of the 20 But the eyes of the wicked shall chief of the people of the earth, and fail, and they shall not escape, and their canseth them to wander in a wilderness biope shall beas the giving up of the ghost. where there is no way.

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