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438 Job's confulence in God.

JOB.

. He cntrcaleth God for favour. 25 They grope in the dark without 27 Thou puttest my feet also in the light, and he maketh them to stagger like stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my a drunken mun.

paths ; thou settest a print upon the CHAP. XIII.

heels of my feet. 1 Job reproveth his friends of partiality. 28 And he, as a rotten thing, consum

14 He professeth liis confidence in God, eth, as a garment that is moth-eaten. 20 and entreateth to know his own sins,

CHAP. XIV. and God's purpose in afflicting him. 1 Job entreatcih God for favour, by the O, mine eye hath seen all this, mine shortness of life, and certainty of death.

7Though life once lost be irrecoverable, 2 What ye know, the same do I know yet he waiteth for his change. 16 By also: I am not inferior unto you.

sin the creature is subject to corruption. 3 Surely I would speak to the Almigh- M is a is of ty, and I desire to reason with G d.

few days, and full of trouble. 4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all 2 He cometh forth like a flower, and physicians of no value.

is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, 5 ( that ye would altogether hold your and continueth not. peace; and it should be your wisdom. 3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon

6 Hear now my reasoning, and heark- such an one, and bringest me into judgen to the pleadings of my lips.

ment with thee? 7 Will ye speak wickedly for God? 4 Who can bring a clean thing out of and talk deceitfully for him?"

an unclean? not one. 8 Will ye accept his person? will ye 5 Seeing his days are determined, the contend for God?

number of his months are with thee, 9 is it good that he should search you thou hast appointed his bounds that he out? or as one man mocketh another, do

cannot pass; ye so mock him?

6 Turn from him, that he may rest, 10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his secretly accept persons.

day. 11 Shall not his excellency make you 7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be afraid ? and his clread fall upon you? cut down, that it will sprout again, and

12 Your remembrances are like unto that the tender branch" thereof will not ashes, your bolies to borlies of clay. 13 Hold your peace,

me alone, that I 8 Though the root thereof wax old in may speak, and let come on ine what will. | the earth, and the stock thereof die in the

14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in ground; my teeth, and put my life in mine hand? 9 Yet through the scent of water it will

15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. in him: but I will maintain mine own 10 But man dieth, and wasteth away : ways before him.

yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where 16 He also shall be my salvation: for an || is he? hypocrite shall not come before him. 11 As the waters fail from the sea, and

17 Hear diligently my speech, and my | the flood decayeth and drieth up: declaration with your ears.

12 So man lieth down, and riseth not : 18 Behold now, I have ordered my till the heavens be no more, they shall not cause; I know that I shall be justified. awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

19 Who is he that will plead with me? 13 ( that thou wouldest hide me in the for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, give up the ghost.

until thy wrath be past, that thou would20 f Only do not two things unto me: est appoint me a set time, and rememthen will I not hide myself from thee. ber me!

21 Withdraw thine hand far from me: 14 If a man die, shall he live again? and let not thy dread make me afraid. all the days of my appointed time will I

22 Then call thou, and I will answer: wait, till my change come. or let me speak, and answer thou me. 15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer

23 How many are mine iniquities and thee: thou wilt have a desire to the sins ? make me to know my transgression work of thine hands. and my sin.

16 For now thou numberest my steps: 24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and dost thou not watch over my sin ? holdest me for thine enemy?

17 My transgression is sealed up in a 25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity. and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry 18 And surely the mountain falling stubble?

cometh to pought, and the rock is re26 For thou writest bitter things a- moved out of his place. gainst me, and makest me to possess the 19 The waters wear the stones: thou iniquities of my youth.

washest away the things which grow out!

cease.

Eliphaz refiroveth Job. CHAP. xv, xvi. The unquietness of the ticked. 439 of the dust of the earth ; and thou de- || prosperity the destroyer shall come upon strovest the hope of man.

him. 20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, 22 He believeth not that he shall reand he passcth: thou changest his coun- turn out of darkness, and he is waited for tenance, and sendest him away.

of the sword. 21 His sons come to honour, and he 23 He wandereth abroad for bread, knoweth is not ; and they are brought cauins, here is it? he knoweth that the low, but he perceiveth it not of thein. day of darkness is ready at his hand.

22 But his flesh upon him shall have 24 Tronble and anguish shall make him pain, and his soul within him shall mourn. afraid ; they shall prevail against him, as CHAP. XV.

a king ready to the battle. 1 Eliphaz refiroweth Job of impietij in 25 For he stretcheth out his hand ajustif, ing himself 17 He proveth by | gainst Gor', and strengtheneth himself

recision theunquietness of wicked men. against the Almighty. TIR WHEN answered Eliphaz the Tema- 26 He runneth upon him, even on his nite, and said,

neck, upon the thick busses of his buck2 Should a wise man utter vain knowl

leis : edge, and fill his belly with the east wind ? 27 Because he covereth his face with

3 Should lie reason with unprofitable || his fatness, and inakoth collops of fat on talk ? or with speeches wherewith he can his flanks. do no good?

28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, 4 Yea, thou, castest off fear, and re- and in houses which no man inhabiteth, strainest prayer before God.

which are ready to become heaps. 5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniqui- 29 He shall not be rich, neither shall ty, and thou choosest the tongue of the his substance continue, neicher shall he Grafty.

prolong the perfection thereof upon the 6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, earth. and not I: yea, thine own lips testify a- 30 He shall not depart out of darkness; gainst thee.

the flame shall dry up his branches, and 7 Art thou the first man that was born? by the breath of his mouth shall he go or wast thou made before the hills ? away.

8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? 31 Let not him that is deceived trust and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? | in vanity : for vanity shall be his recom9 What knowest thou that we know

pense. not? what understandest thou, which is 32 It shall be accomplished bcfore his not in us?

time, and his branch shall not be green. 10 With us are both the gray-headed 33 He shall shake off his unripe grape and very aged men, much elder than thy | as the vine, and shall cast off his Power father.

as the olive. 11 Are the consolations of God small 34 For the congregation of hypocrites with thee? is there any secret thing with shall be desolate, and fire shall consume thee?

the tabernacles of bribery. 12 Why doth thine heart carry the a- 35 They conceive mischief, and bring way? and what do thine eyes wink at, forth vanity, and their belly prepareth

13 That thou turnest thy spirit against deceit. God, and lettest such words go out of

CHAP. XVI. thy mouth?

1 Job reproveth his friends of unmerci14 What is man, that he should be fulness. 7 He showeth the pitifulness clean? and he which is born of a woman, of his case. 17 He maintaincin his inthat he should be righteous?

HEN Job answered and said, saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

miserable comforters are re all. 16 How much more abominable and 3 Shall vaia words have an end ? or filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity | what emboldeneth thee that thou anlike water?

swerest ? 17 I will shew thee, hear me ; and 4. I also could speak as ye do: if your that which I have seen, I will declare ; soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap

18 Which wise men have told from up words against you, and shake mine their fathers, and have not hid it :

head at you. 19 Unto whom alone the earth was 5 But I would strengthen you with my given, and no stranger passed among them. mouth, and the moving of my lips should

20 The wicked man travaileth with assuage your grief: pain all his days, and the number of 6 Though I speak, my grief is not asyears is hidden to the oppressor.

suaged : and though I forbear, what am I 21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in ll eased ?

nocence.

15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his | TET have heard many such things:

410 Job shemeth his caluraity. JOD.

His hope is in death. 7 But now he hath made me weary : 7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of thou hast made desolate all my company. sorrow, and ail my members are as a

8 And thou hast filled me withi wrin- shadow. kles, which is a witness against me: and 8 Upright men shall be astonied at this, my lcanness rising up in me beareth wit- and the innocent shall stir up himself ness to my face.

against the hypocrite. 9 He teareth me in his wrath, who 9 The righteous also shall hold on his hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with way, and he that hath clean hands shall his tecth; mine enemy sharpeneth his be stronger and stronger. eyes upon me.

10 But as for you all, do ye return, 10 They have gaped upon me with and come now: for I cannot find one wise thie ir moth; they have smitten me upon man among you. the check reproachfully; they have gath- 11 My days are past, my purposes are ered themselves together against me. broken off, even the thoughts of my

11 God hath delivered me to the un- heart. goally, and turned me over into the hands 12 They change the night into day : the of the wicked.

light is short because of darkness. 12 I was at ease, but he hath broken 13 If I wait, the grave is mine house : me asunder: he hath also taken me by my I have made my bed in the darkness. neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set 14 I have said to corruption, Thou art me up for his mark.

my father: to the worm, thou art my 13 His archers compass me round a- mother, and my sister. but, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and 15 And where is now my hope? as for doth not spare; he poureth out my gali my hope, who shall see it? upon the ground.

16 They shall go down to the bars of 14 He breaketh me with breach upon the pit, when our rest together is in breach, he runneth upon me like a giant. the dust. 15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my

CHAP. XVIII. skin, and defled my horn in the dust. 1 Bildad reproveth Job of firesumption

16 My face is foul with weeping, and and impatience. 5 The calamities of the on my eyelids is the shadow of death ; wicked. 17 Not for any injustice in mine hands :

ΤΗ also my prayer is pure.

'HEN answered Bildad the Shuhite,

and said, 18 () earth, cover not thou my blood, 2 How long will it be ere ye make an and let my cry have no piace.

enel of words? mark, and afterwards we 19 Also now, behold, my witness is in

will speak. heaven, and my record is on high.

3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts,. 20 My friends scorn me: but mine eye and reputed vile in your sight? poureth out tears unto God.

4 He teareth himself in his anger: shall 21 () that one might plead for a man the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall with God, as a man pleadeth for his the rock be removed out of his place ? neighbour!

5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall 22 When a few years are come, then I be put out, and the spark of his fire shall shall go the way whence I shall not return. not shine. CHAP, XVII.

6 The light shall be dark in his taber1 Job appealeth from men to God. 6 The nacle, and his candle shall be put out

unmerciful dealing of men with the af- with him. flicted, may astonishi, but not discour- 7. The steps of his strength shall be age the righitous. 11 Job's hope is not straitened, and his own counsel shall cast in life, but in death.

him down. is

8 For he is cast into a net by his own tinct, the graves are ready for me. feet, and he walketh upon a snare. 2 Are there noi mockers with me? and 9. The gin shall take him by the heel, doth not mine eye continue in their prov- and the robber shall prevail against him. ocation ?

10 The snare is said for him in the 3 Lay down now, put me in a surety ground, and a trap for him in the way. with thee; whois he that will strike hands 11 Terrors shall make him afraid on evwith me?

ery side, and shall drive him to his feet. 4 For thou hast lidl their heart from 12 His strength shall be hunger-bitten, understanding: therefore shalt thou not and destruction shall be ready at his side. exalt them.

13 It shall devour the strength of his 5 He thaispeaketh flatterv to his friends, skin: even the first-born of death shall deeven the eyes of his children shall fail. vour lis strength.

6 He hath maile me also a by-word of 14 His confidence shall be rooted out the people ; and aforetime I was as a of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him tabret.

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Job's misery represented. CHAP.XIX, XX. State and portion of the wicked. 441

15 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, be- || 17 My breath is strange to my wife, cause it is none of his : brimstone shall, though I entreated for the children's sake be scattered upon his habitation.

of mine own body. 16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, 18 Yea, young children despised me; I and above shall his branch be cut off: arose, and they spake against me.

17 His remembrance shall perish from 19 All my inward friends abhorred the earth, and he shall have no name in me: and they whom I loved are turned the street.

against me. 18 He shall be driven from light into 20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and darkness, and chased out of the world. to my flesh, and I am escaped with the

19 He shall neither have son nor neph-skin of my teeth. ew among his people, nor any remaining 21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon in his dwellings.

me, () ye my friends; for the hand of 20 They that come after him shall be God hath touched me: astonied at his day, as they that went 22 Why do ye persecute me as God, before were affrighted.

and are not satisfied with my flesh ? 21 Surely such are the dwellings of the 23 Oh that my words were now written! wicked, and this is the place of him that Oh that they were printed in a book! knoweth not Gol.

24 That they were graven with an iron CHAP. XIX.

pen and lead, in the rock for ever! 1 Job, complaining of his friends cruelty, 25 For I know that my Redeemer liv

& he weth there is misery enough in himeth, and that he shall stand at the latter to feed their cruelty. 21 lle craveth duy upon the earth : pily. 25 He believcth the resurrection. 26 And though after my skin worms HEN Job answered and said, destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I

see Göxl: and break me in pieces with words? 27 Whom I shall see for myself, and

3 These ten times have ye reproached mine eyes shall behold, and not another ; me : ye are not ashamed that ye make though my reins be consumed within me. yourselves strange to me.

28 But ye should say, Why persecute 4 And be it indeed that I have erred, we him, seeing the root of the matter is mine error remaineth with myself. found in me?

5 If indeed ye will magnity yourselves 29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath against me, and plead against me my bringeth the punishments of the sword, reproach :

that ye may know there is a judgment. 6 Know now that God hath over

CHAP. XX. throwl me, and hath compassed me with Zophar sheweth the state and portion of bis net.

the quicked. 7. Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I 'HEN answered Zophar the Naamaam not heard : I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.

2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me 8 He hath fenced up my way that I to answer, and for this I make haste. cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in 3 I have heard the check of my remy paths.

proach, and the spirit of my understand9 He hath stripped me of my glory, ing causeth me to answer. and taken the crown from my hierd. 4 Knowest thou not this of old, since

10 He hath destroyed me on every side, man was placed upon earth, and I am gone : and mine hope háth he 5. That the triumphing of the wicked removed like a tree.

is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but 11 He hath also kindled his wrath a- for a moment? gainst me, and he counteth me unto him 6 Though his excellency mount up to as one of his enemies.

the heavens, and his head reach unto 12 His troops come together, and raise the clouds ; up their way against me, and encamp 7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his round about my tabernacle.

own dung : they which have seen him, 13 He hath put my brethren far from shall say, Where is he? me, and mine acquaintance are verily 8 He shall fly away as a dream, and estranged from me.

shall not be found: yea, he shall be chas14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my fa- ed away as a vision of the night. miliar friends have forgotten me.

9 The eye also which saw hiun shall see 15 They that dwell in mine house, and him no more ; neither shall his place any my maids, count me for a stranger: I am

more behold him. an alien in their sight.

10 His children shall seek to please 16 I called my servant, and he gave the poor, and his hands shall restore me no answer; I'entreated him with my their goods. mouth.

11 His bones are full of the sin of his

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442 Job sheweih cause for his grief. JOB. The happy and unhały alike in death. youth, which shall lie down with him in 4 As for me, is my complaint to man! the dust.

and if it were so, why should not my spir12 Though wickedness be sweet in his it be troubled ? mouth, though he hide it under his tongue; 5 Mark me, and be astonished, and lay

13 Though he spare it, and forsake it your hand upon your mouth. not; but keep it still within his mouth : 6 Even when I remember I am afraid,

14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh. it is the gall of asps within him.

7 Wherefore do the wicked live, be15 He hath swallowed down riches, and come old, yea, are mighty in power? he shall vomit them up again : God shall 8 Their seed is established in their sight cast them out of his belly.

with them, and their offspring before 16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the their eyes. viper's tongue shall slay him.

9 Their houses are safe from fear, nei*17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, ther is the rod of God upon them. the brooks of honey and butter.

10 Their bull gendereth, and faileth 18 That which he laboured for shall not ; their cow calveth, and casteth not he restore, and shall not swallow it down: her calf. according to his substance shall the resti- 11 Thev send forth their little ones like tution be, and he shall not rejoice therein. a flock, and their children dance.

19 Because he hath oppressed and 12 They take the timbrel and harp, and Hath forsaken the poor ; because he hath rejoice at the sound of the organ). vialently taken away an house which he 13 They spend their days in wealth, builded not ;

and in a moment go down to the grave. 20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in 14 Therefore they say unto God, Dehis belly, he shall not save of that which | part from us; for we desire not the knowlhe desired.

edge of thy ways. 21 There shall none of his meat be left ; 15 What is the Almighty, that we therefore shall no man look for his goods. should serve him? and what profit should

22 In the fulness of his sufficiency, he we have, if we pray unto him? shall be in straits: every hand of the wick- 16 Lo, their good is not in their hand : ed shall come upon him.

the counsel of the wicked is far from me. 23 When he is about to fill his belly, 17 How oft is the candle of the wicked God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon put out? and how oft cometh their dehim, and shall rain it upon him while he struction upon them? God distributeth is eating

sorrows in his anger. 24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, 18 They are as stubble before the and the bow of steel shall strike him wind, and as chaff that the storm carrithrough

25 It is drawn, and cometh out of the 19 God layeth up his iniquity for his body; yea, the glittering sword cometh children : he rewardeth him, and he out of his gall: terrors are upon him. shall know it.

26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret 20 His eyes shall see his destruction, places: a fire not blown shall consu me and he shall drink of the wrath of the him ; it shall go ill with him that is left | Almighty. in his tabernacle.

21 For what pleasure hath he in his 27 The heavens shall reveal his iniqui- | house after him, when the number of his ty; and the earth shall rise up against him. | months is cut off in the midst ?

28 The increase of his house shall de- 22 Shall any teach God knowledge ? part, and his goods shall flow away in the seeing he judgeth those that are high. day of his wrath.

23 One dieth in his full strength, be29 This is the portion of a wicked man irg wholly at ease and quiet. from God, and the heritage appointed 24 His breasts are full of milk, and his unto him by God.

bones are moistened with marrow. CHAP. XXI.

25 And another dieth in the bitterness of 1 Job sheweth, that even in the judg- || his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.

ment of man he hath reason to be 26 They shall lie down alike in the dust, grieved. 7 Sometimes the wicked do and the worms shall cover them. 80 pirosper, as they despise God. 16 27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and Sometimes their destruction is manifest. the devices which ye wrongfully imagine 23 The happy and unhappy are alike against me. in drah.

28 For ye say, Where is the house of

the prince? and where are the dwelling 2 Hear diligently my specch, and places of the wicked? let this be your cousolations.

29 Have ye not asked them that go by 3 Suffer me that I may speak; and af- the way? and do ye not know their tokens, ter that I have spoken, mock on.

30 That the wicked is reserved to the

eth away;

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