1:1There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God, and turned away from evil. 1:2There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. 1:3His possessions also were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred she-donkeys, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the children of the east. 1:4His sons went and held a feast in the house of each one on his birthday; and they sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 1:5It was so, when the days of their feasting had run their course, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, "It may be that my sons have sinned, and renounced God in their hearts." Thus did Job continually.
Then Satan answered Yahweh, and said, "From going back and forth in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."
1:8Yahweh said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant, Job? For there is none like him in the earth, a blameless and an upright man, one who fears God, and turns away from evil."
1:9Then Satan answered Yahweh, and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing? 1:10Haven't you made a hedge around him, and around his house, and around all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 1:11But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will renounce you to your face."
1:12Yahweh said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power. Only on himself don't put forth your hand."
So Satan went forth from the presence of Yahweh. 1:13It fell on a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house, 1:14that there came a messenger to Job, and said, "The oxen were plowing, and the donkeys feeding beside them, 1:15and the Sabeans attacked, and took them away. Yes, they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you."
1:16While he was still speaking, there also came another, and said, "The fire of God has fallen from the sky, and has burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you."
1:17While he was still speaking, there came also another, and said, "The Chaldeans made three bands, and swept down on the camels, and have taken them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you."
1:18While he was still speaking, there came also another, and said, "Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house, 1:19and, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young men, and they are dead. I alone have escaped to tell you."
1:20Then Job arose, and tore his robe, and shaved his head, and fell down on the ground, and worshiped. 1:21He said, "Naked I came out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there. Yahweh gave, and Yahweh has taken away. Blessed be the name of Yahweh." 1:22In all this, Job did not sin, nor charge God with wrongdoing.
2:1Again it happened on the day when the sons of God came to present themselves before Yahweh, that Satan came also among them to present himself before Yahweh. 2:2Yahweh said to Satan, "Where have you come from?"
Satan answered Yahweh, and said, "From going back and forth in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."
2:3Yahweh said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? For there is none like him in the earth, a blameless and an upright man, one who fears God, and turns away from evil. He still maintains his integrity, although you incited me against him, to ruin him without cause."
2:4Satan answered Yahweh, and said, "Skin for skin. Yes, all that a man has will he give for his life. 2:5But put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will renounce you to your face."
2:6Yahweh said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your hand. Only spare his life."
2:7So Satan went forth from the presence of Yahweh, and struck Job with painful sores from the sole of his foot to his head. 2:8He took for himself a potsherd to scrape himself with, and he sat among the ashes. 2:9Then his wife said to him, "Do you still maintain your integrity? Renounce God, and die."
2:10But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?"
In all this Job didn't sin with his lips. 2:11Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that had come on him, they each came from his own place: Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, and they made an appointment together to come to sympathize with him and to comfort him. 2:12When they lifted up their eyes from a distance, and didn't recognize him, they raised their voices, and wept; and they each tore his robe, and sprinkled dust on their heads toward the sky. 2:13So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.
3:3"Let the day perish in which I was
3:4Let that day be darkness;
3:5Let darkness and the shadow of death
claim it for their own.
3:6As for that night, let thick darkness
seize on it.
3:7Behold, let that night be barren.
3:8Let them curse it who curse the day,
3:9Let the stars of the twilight of it be
3:10Because it didn't shut up the doors
of my mother's womb,
3:11"Why didn't I die from the womb?
3:12Why did the knees receive me?
3:13For now should I have lain down and
3:14With kings and counselors of the
3:15Or with princes who had gold,
3:16Or as a hidden untimely birth I had
3:17There the wicked cease from
3:18There the prisoners are at ease
3:19The small and the great are there.
3:20"Why is light given to him who
is in misery,
3:21Who long for death, but it doesn't
3:22Who rejoice exceedingly,
3:23Why is light given to a man whose way
3:24For my sighing comes before I eat,
3:25For the thing which I fear comes on me,
3:26I am not at ease, neither am I quiet,
neither have I rest;
4:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,
4:2"If someone ventures to talk with
you, will you be grieved?
4:3Behold, you have instructed many,
4:4Your words have supported him who was
4:5But now it is come to you, and you
4:6Isn't your piety your confidence,
4:7"Remember, now, whoever perished,
4:8According to what I have seen, those
who plow iniquity,
4:9By the breath of God they perish,
4:10The roaring of the lion, and the
voice of the fierce lion,
4:11The old lion perishes for lack of
4:12"Now a thing was secretly
brought to me,
4:13In thoughts from the visions of the
4:14Fear came on me, and trembling,
4:15Then a spirit passed before my face;
4:16It stood still, but I couldn't
discern the appearance of it;
4:17'Shall mortal man be more just than
4:18Behold, he puts no trust in his
4:19How much more, those who dwell in
houses of clay,
4:20Between morning and evening they are
4:21Isn't their tent-cord plucked up
5:1"Call now; is there any who will
5:2For resentment kills the foolish man,
5:3I have seen the foolish taking root,
5:4His children are far from safety,
5:5Whose harvest the hungry eats up,
5:6For affliction doesn't come forth from
5:7But man is born to trouble,
5:8"But as for me, I would seek God,
5:9Who does great things that can't be
5:10Who gives rain on the earth,
5:11So that he sets up on high those who
5:12He frustrates the devices of the
5:13He takes the wise in their own
5:14They meet with darkness in the
5:15But he saves from the sword of their
5:16So the poor has hope,
5:17"Behold, happy is the man whom
5:18For he wounds, and binds up;
5:19He will deliver you in six troubles;
5:20In famine he will redeem you from
5:21You shall be hidden from the scourge
of the tongue,
5:22At destruction and famine you shall
5:23For you shall be in league with the
stones of the field.
5:24You shall know that your tent is in peace.
5:25You shall know also that your seed
shall be great,
5:26You shall come to your grave in a
5:27Look this, we have searched it, so it
6:1Then Job answered,
6:2"Oh that my anguish were weighed,
6:3For now it would be heavier than the sand
of the seas,
6:4For the arrows of the Almighty are
The terrors of God set
themselves in array against me.
Or does the ox low over
Or is there any taste in
the white of an egg?
They are as loathsome food
6:8"Oh that I might have my request;
6:9Even that it would please God to crush
6:10Be it still my consolation,
6:11What is my strength,
that I should wait?
6:12Is my strength the strength of
6:13Isn't it that I have no help in me,
6:14"To him who is ready to faint,
kindness should be shown from his friend;
6:15My brothers have dealt deceitfully as
6:16Which are black by reason of the ice,
6:17In the dry season, they vanish.
6:18The caravans that travel beside them
6:19The caravans of Tema looked,
6:20They were distressed because they
6:21For now you are nothing.
6:22Did I say, 'Give to me?'
6:23Or, 'Deliver me from the adversary's
6:24"Teach me, and I will hold my
6:25How forcible are words of
6:26Do you intend to reprove words,
6:27Yes, you would even cast lots for the
6:28Now therefore be pleased to look at
6:29Please return. Let there be no
6:30Is there injustice on my tongue?
7:1"Isn't a man forced to labor on
7:2As a servant who earnestly desires the
7:3So am I made to possess months of
7:4When I lie down, I say,
7:5My flesh is clothed with worms and
clods of dust.
7:6My days are swifter than a weaver's
7:7Oh remember that my life is a breath.
7:8The eye of him who sees me shall see
me no more.
7:9As the cloud is consumed and vanishes
7:10He shall return no more to his house,
7:11"Therefore I will not keep
7:12Am I a sea, or a sea-monster,
7:13When I say, 'My bed shall comfort me,
7:14Then you scar me with dreams,
7:15So that my soul chooses strangling,
7:16I loathe my life. I don't want to
7:17What is man, that you should magnify
7:18That you should visit him every
7:19How long will you not look away from
7:20If I have sinned, what do I do to
you, you watcher of men?
7:21Why do you not pardon my
disobedience, and take away my iniquity?
8:1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
8:2"How long will you speak these
8:3Does God pervert justice?
8:4If your children have sinned against
8:5If you want to seek God diligently,
8:6If you were pure and upright,
And make the habitation of
your righteousness prosperous.
Yet your latter end would
8:8"Please inquire of past
8:9(For we are but of yesterday, and know
8:10Shall they not teach you, tell you,
8:11"Can the papyrus grow up without
8:12While it is yet in its greenness, not
8:13So are the paths of all who forget
8:14Whose confidence shall break apart,
8:15He shall lean on his house, but it
shall not stand.
8:16He is green before the sun,
8:17His roots are wrapped around the rock
8:18If he is destroyed from his place,
8:19Behold, this is the joy of his way:
8:20"Behold, God will not cast away
a blameless man,
8:21He will still fill your mouth with
8:22Those who hate you shall be clothed
9:1Then Job answered,
9:2"Truly I know that it is so,
9:3If he is pleased to contend with him,
9:4God who is wise in heart, and mighty
9:5Who removes the mountains, and they
don't know it,
9:6Who shakes the earth out of its place;
9:7Who commands the sun, and it doesn't
9:8Who alone stretches out the heavens,
9:9Who makes the Bear, Orion, and the
9:10Who does great things past finding
9:11Behold, he goes by me, and I don't
9:12Behold, he snatches away; who can
9:13"God will not withdraw his
9:14How much less shall I answer him,
9:15Whom, though I were righteous, yet
would I not answer.
9:16If I had called, and he had answered
9:17For he breaks me with a tempest,
9:18He will not allow me to take my breath,
9:19If it is a matter of strength,
behold, he is mighty!
9:20Though I am righteous, my own mouth
shall condemn me.
9:21I am blameless. I don't regard
9:22"It is all the same. Therefore I
9:23If the scourge kills suddenly,
9:24The earth is given into the hand of
9:25"Now my days are swifter than a
9:26They have passed away as the swift
9:27If I say, 'I will forget my
9:28I am afraid of all my sorrows,
9:29I shall be condemned;
9:30If I wash myself with snow,
9:31Yet you will plunge me in the ditch.
9:32For he is not a man, as I am, that I
should answer him,
9:33There is no umpire between us,
9:34Let him take his rod away from me,
9:35Then I would speak, and not fear him,
10:1"My soul is weary of my life;
10:2I will tell God, 'Do not condemn me,
10:3Is it good to you that you should
10:4Do you have eyes of flesh?
10:5Are your days as the days of mortals,
10:6That you inquire after my iniquity,
10:7Although you know that I am not
10:8'Your hands have framed me and
fashioned me altogether;
10:9Remember, I beg you, that you have
fashioned me as clay.
10:10Haven't you poured me out like milk,
10:11You have clothed me with skin and
10:12You have granted me life and loving
10:13Yet you hid these things in your
10:14If I sin, then you mark me.
10:15If I am wicked, woe to me.
10:16If my head is held high, you hunt me
like a lion.
10:17You renew your witnesses against me,
10:18"'Why, then, have you brought
me forth out of the womb?
10:19I should have been as though I had
10:20Aren't my days few? Cease then,
10:21Before I go where I shall not return
10:22The land dark as midnight,
11:1Then Zophar, the Naamathite, answered,
11:2"Shouldn't the multitude of
words be answered?
11:3Should your boastings make men hold
11:4For you say, 'My doctrine is pure,
11:5But oh that God would speak,
11:6That he would show you the secrets of
11:7"Can you fathom the mystery of
11:8They are high as heaven. What can you
11:9The measure of it is longer than the
11:10If he passes by, or confines,
11:11For he knows false men.
11:12But vain man can become wise
11:13"If you set your heart aright,
11:14If iniquity is in your hand, put it
11:15Surely then shall you lift up your
face without spot;
11:16For you shall forget your misery;
11:17Life shall be clearer than the
11:18You shall be secure, because there
11:19Also you shall lie down, and none
shall make you afraid;
11:20But the eyes of the wicked shall
12:1Then Job answered,
12:2"No doubt, but you are the
12:3But I have understanding as well as
12:4I am like one who is a joke to his
12:5In the thought of him who is at ease
there is contempt for misfortune,
12:6The tents of robbers prosper,
12:7"But ask the animals, now, and
they shall teach you;
12:8Or speak to the earth, and it shall
12:9Who doesn't know that in all these,
12:10In whose hand is the life of every
12:11Doesn't the ear try words,
12:12With aged men is wisdom,
12:13"With God is wisdom and might.
12:14Behold, he breaks down, and it can't
be built again;
12:15Behold, he withholds the waters, and
they dry up;
12:16With him is strength and wisdom;
12:17He leads counselors away stripped.
12:18He loosens the bond of kings,
12:19He leads priests away stripped,
12:20He removes the speech of those who
12:21He pours contempt on princes,
12:22He uncovers deep things out of
12:23He increases the nations, and he
12:24He takes away understanding from the
chiefs of the people of the earth,
12:25They grope in the dark without
13:1"Behold, my eye has seen all
13:2What you know, I know also.
13:3"Surely I would speak to the
13:4But you are forgers of lies.
13:5Oh that you would be completely
13:6Hear now my reasoning.
13:7Will you speak unrighteously for God,
13:8Will you show partiality to him?
13:9Is it good that he should search you
13:10He will surely reprove you
13:11Shall not his majesty make you
13:12Your memorable sayings are proverbs
13:13"Be silent, leave me alone,
that I may speak.
13:14Why should I take my flesh in my
13:15Behold, he will kill me; I have no
13:16This also shall be my salvation,
13:17Hear diligently my speech.
13:18See now, I have set my cause in
13:19Who is he who will contend with me?
13:20"Only don't do two things to
13:21Withdraw your hand far from me;
13:22Then call, and I will answer;
13:23How many are my iniquities and sins?
13:24Why hide you your face,
13:25Will you harass a driven leaf?
13:26For you write bitter things against
13:27You also put my feet in the stocks,
13:28Though I am decaying like a rotten
14:1"Man, who is born of a woman,
14:2He comes forth like a flower, and is
14:3Do you open your eyes on such a one,
14:6Look away from him,
that he may rest,
14:7"For there is hope for a tree,
14:8Though the root of it grows old in
14:9Yet through the scent of water it
14:10But man dies, and is laid low.
14:11As the waters fail from the sea,
14:12So man lies down and doesn't rise;
14:13"Oh that you would hide me in
14:14If a man dies, shall he live again?
14:15You would call, and I would answer
14:16But now you number my steps.
14:17My disobedience is sealed up in a
14:18"But the mountain falling comes
14:19The waters wear the stones;
14:20You forever prevail against him, and
14:21His sons come to honor, and he
doesn't know it;
14:22But his flesh on him has pain;
15:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,
15:2"Should a wise man answer with
15:3Should he reason with unprofitable
15:4Yes, you do away with fear,
15:5For your iniquity teaches your mouth,
15:6Your own mouth condemns you, and not
15:7"Are you the first man who was
15:8Have you heard the secret counsel of
15:9What do you know, that we don't know?
15:10With us are both the gray-headed and
the very aged men,
15:11Are the consolations of God too
small for you,
15:12Why does your heart carry you away?
15:13That you turn your spirit against
15:14What is man, that he should be
15:15Behold, he puts no trust in his holy
15:16How much less one who is abominable
15:17"I will show you, listen to me;
15:18(Which wise men have told
15:19To whom alone the land was given,
15:20The wicked man travails with pain
all his days,
15:21A sound of terrors is in his ears;
15:22He doesn't believe that he shall
return out of darkness,
15:23He wanders abroad for bread, saying,
'Where is it?'
15:24Distress and anguish make him
15:25Because he has stretched out his
hand against God,
15:26He runs at him with a stiff neck,
15:27Because he has covered his face with
15:28He has lived in desolate cities,
15:29He shall not be rich, neither shall
his substance continue,
15:30He shall not depart out of darkness;
15:31Let him not
trust in emptiness, deceiving himself;
15:32It shall be accomplished before his
15:33He shall shake off his unripe grape
as the vine,
15:34For the company of the godless shall
15:35They conceive mischief, and bring
16:1Then Job answered,
16:2"I have heard many such things.
16:3Shall vain words have an end?
16:4I also could speak as you do.
16:5But I would strengthen you with my
16:6"Though I speak, my grief is not
16:7But now, God, you have surely worn me
16:8You have shriveled me up. This is a
witness against me.
16:9He has torn me in his wrath, and
16:10They have gaped on me with their mouth;
16:11God delivers me to the ungodly,
16:12I was at ease, and he broke me
16:13His archers surround me.
16:14He breaks me with breach on breach.
16:15I have sewed sackcloth on my skin,
16:16My face is red with weeping.
16:17Although there is no violence in my
16:18"Earth, don't cover my blood,
16:19Even now, behold, my witness is in
16:20My friends scoff at me.
16:21That he would maintain the right of
a man with God,
16:22For when a few years are come,
17:1"My spirit is consumed, my days
17:2Surely there are mockers with me,
17:3"Now give a pledge, be
collateral for me with yourself.
17:4For you have hidden their heart from
17:5He who denounces his friends for a
17:6"But he has made me a byword of
17:7My eye also is dim by reason of
17:8Upright men shall be astonished at
17:9Yet shall the righteous hold on his
17:10But as for you all, come on now
17:11My days are past, my plans are
17:12They change the night into day,
17:13If I look for Sheol as my house,
17:14If I have said to corruption, 'You
are my father;'
17:15Where then is my hope?
17:16Shall it go down with me to the
gates of Sheol,
18:1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
18:2"How long will you hunt for
18:3Why are we counted as animals,
18:4You who tear yourself in your anger,
18:5"Yes, the light of the wicked
shall be put out,
18:6The light shall be dark in his tent,
18:7The steps of his strength shall be
18:8For he is cast into a net by his own
18:9A snare shall take him by the heel;
18:10A noose is hidden for him in the
18:11Terrors shall make him afraid on
18:12His strength shall be famished,
18:13The members of his body shall be
18:14He shall be rooted out of his tent
where he trusts.
18:15There shall dwell in his tent that
which is none of his.
18:16His roots shall be dried up beneath,
18:17His memory shall perish from the
18:18He shall be driven from light into
18:19He shall have neither son nor
grandson among his people,
18:20Those who come after shall be
astonished at his day,
18:21Surely such are the dwellings of the
19:1Then Job answered,
19:2"How long will you torment me,
19:3You have reproached me ten times.
19:4If it is true that I have erred,
19:5If indeed you will magnify yourselves
19:6Know now that God has subverted me,
19:7"Behold, I cry out of wrong, but
I am not heard:
19:8He has walled up my way so that I
19:9He has stripped me of my glory,
19:10He has broken me down on every side,
and I am gone.
19:11He has also kindled his wrath
19:12His troops come on together,
19:13"He has put my brothers far
19:14My relatives have gone away.
19:15Those who dwell in my house, and my
maids, count me for a stranger.
19:16I call to my servant, and he gives
me no answer;
19:17My breath is offensive to my wife.
19:18Even young children despise me.
19:19All my familiar friends abhor me.
19:20My bones stick to my skin and to my
19:21"Have pity on me, have pity on
me, you my friends;
19:22Why do you persecute me as God,
19:23"Oh that my words were now
19:24That with an iron pen and lead
19:25But as for me, I know that my
19:26After my skin is destroyed,
19:27Whom I, even I, shall see on my
"My heart is consumed within me.
19:28If you say, 'How we will persecute him!'
19:29Be afraid of the sword,
20:1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,
20:2"Therefore do my thoughts give
answer to me,
20:3I have heard the reproof which puts
me to shame;
20:4Don't you know this from old time,
20:5That the triumphing of the wicked is
20:6Though his height mount up to the
20:7Yet he shall perish forever like his
20:8He shall fly away as a dream, and
shall not be found:
20:9The eye which saw him shall see him
20:10His children shall seek the favor of
20:11His bones are full of his youth,
20:12"Though wickedness is sweet in his
20:13Though he spare it, and will not let
20:14Yet his food in his bowels is
20:15He has swallowed down riches, and he
shall vomit them up again.
20:16He shall suck cobra venom.
20:17He shall not look at the rivers,
20:18That for which he labored he shall
restore, and shall not swallow it down;
20:19For he has oppressed and forsaken
20:20"Because he knew no quietness
20:21There was nothing left that he
20:22In the fullness of his sufficiency,
distress shall overtake him:
20:23When he is about to fill his belly,
God will cast the fierceness of his wrath on him.
20:24He shall flee from the iron weapon.
20:25He draws it forth, and it comes out
of his body.
20:26All darkness is laid up for his
20:27The heavens shall reveal his
20:28The increase of his house shall
20:29This is the portion of a wicked man
21:1Then Job answered,
21:2"Listen diligently to my speech.
21:3Allow me, and I also will speak;
21:4As for me, is my complaint to man?
21:5Look at me, and be astonished.
21:6When I remember, I am troubled.
21:7"Why do the wicked live,
21:8Their child is established with them
in their sight,
21:9Their houses are safe from fear,
21:10Their bulls breed without fail.
21:11They send forth their little ones
like a flock.
21:12They sing to the tambourine and
21:13They spend their days in prosperity.
21:14They tell God, 'Depart from us,
21:15What is the Almighty,
that we should serve him?
21:16Behold, their prosperity is not in
21:17"How often is it that the lamp
of the wicked is put out?
21:18That they are as stubble before the
21:19You say, 'God lays up his iniquity
for his children.'
21:20Let his own eyes see his
21:21For what does he care for his house
21:22"Shall any teach God knowledge,
21:23One dies in his full strength,
21:24His pails are full of milk.
21:25Another dies in bitterness of soul,
21:26They lie down alike in the dust,
21:27"Behold, I know your thoughts,
21:28For you say, 'Where is the house of
21:29Haven't you asked wayfaring men?
21:30That the evil man is reserved to the
day of calamity?
21:31Who shall declare his way to his
21:32Yet shall he be borne to the grave,
21:33The clods of the valley shall be
sweet to him.
21:34So how can you comfort me with
22:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,
22:2"Can a man be profitable to God?
22:3Is it any pleasure to the Almighty,
that you are righteous?
22:4Is it for your piety that he reproves
22:5Isn't your wickedness great?
22:6For you have taken pledges from your
brother for nothing,
22:7You haven't given water to the weary to
22:8But as for the mighty man, he had the
22:9You have sent widows away empty,
22:10Therefore snares are round about
22:11Or darkness, so that you can not
22:12"Isn't God in the heights of
22:13You say, 'What does God know?
22:14Thick clouds are a covering to him,
so that he doesn't see.
22:15Will you keep the old way
22:16Who were snatched away before their
22:17Who said to God, 'Depart from us;'
22:18Yet he filled their houses with good
22:19The righteous see it, and are glad;
22:20Saying, 'Surely those who rose up
against us are cut off,
22:21"Acquaint yourself with him,
now, and be at peace.
22:22Please receive instruction from his
22:23If you return to the Almighty, you
shall be built up,
22:24Lay your treasure in the dust,
22:25The Almighty will be your treasure,
22:26For then shall you delight yourself
in the Almighty,
22:27You shall make your prayer to him,
and he will hear you.
22:28You shall also decree a thing, and
it shall be established to you.
22:29When they cast down, you shall say,
'be lifted up.'
22:30He will even deliver him who is not
23:1Then Job answered,
23:2"Even today is my complaint
23:3Oh that I knew where I might find
23:4I would set my cause in order before
23:5I would know the words which he would
23:6Would he contend with me in the
greatness of his power?
23:7There the upright might reason with
23:8"If I go east, he is not there;
23:9He works to the north, but I can't
23:10But he knows the way that I take.
23:11My foot has held fast to his steps.
23:12I haven't gone back from the
commandment of his lips.
23:13But he stands alone, and who can
23:14For he performs that which is
appointed for me.
23:15Therefore I am terrified at his
23:16For God has made my heart faint.
23:17Because I was not cut off before the
24:1"Why aren't times laid up by the
24:2There are people who remove the
24:3They drive away the donkey of the
24:4They turn the needy out of the way.
24:5Behold, as wild donkeys in the
The wilderness yields them
bread for their children.
They glean the vineyard of
And have no covering in
And embrace the rock for
lack of a shelter.
And take a pledge of the
24:11They make oil within the walls of
24:12From out of the populous city, men
24:13"These are of those who rebel
against the light;
24:14The murderer rises with the light.
24:15The eye also of the adulterer waits
for the twilight,
24:16In the dark they dig through houses.
24:17For the morning is to all of them
like thick darkness,
24:18"They are foam on the surface
of the waters.
24:19Drought and heat consume the snow
24:20The womb shall forget him.
24:21He devours the barren who don't
24:22Yet God preserves the mighty by his
24:23God gives them security, and they
rest in it.
24:24They are exalted; yet a little
while, and they are gone.
24:25If it isn't so now, who will prove
me a liar,
25:1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
25:2"Dominion and fear are with him;
25:3Can his armies be counted?
25:4How then can man be just with God?
25:5Behold, even the moon has no
25:6How much less man, who is a worm!
26:1Then Job answered,
26:2"How have you helped him who is
26:3How have you counseled him who has no
26:4To whom have you uttered words?
26:5"Those who are deceased tremble,
26:7He stretches out the north over empty
26:8He binds up the waters in his thick
26:9He encloses the face of his throne,
26:10He has described a boundary on the
surface of the waters,
26:11The pillars of heaven tremble
26:12He stirs up the sea with his power,
26:13By his Spirit the heavens are
26:14Behold, these are but the outskirts
of his ways.
27:1Job again took up his parable, and said,
27:2"As God lives, who has taken
away my right,
27:3(For the length of my life is still
27:4Surely my lips shall not speak
27:5Far be it from me that I should
27:6I hold fast to my righteousness, and
will not let it go.
27:7"Let my enemy be as the wicked,
27:8For what is the hope of the godless,
when he is cut off,
27:9Will God hear his cry,
27:10Will he delight himself in the
27:11I will teach you about the hand of
27:12Behold, all of you have seen it
27:13"This is the portion of a
wicked man with God,
27:14If his children are multiplied, it
is for the sword.
27:15Those who remain of him shall be
buried in death.
27:16Though he heap up silver as the
27:17He may prepare it, but the just
shall put it on,
27:18He builds his house as the moth,
27:19He lies down rich, but he shall not
do so again.
27:20Terrors overtake him like waters;
27:21The east wind carries him away, and
27:22For it hurls at him, and does not
27:23Men shall clap their hands at him,
28:1"Surely there is a mine for
28:2Iron is taken out of the earth,
28:3Man sets an end to darkness,
28:4He breaks open a shaft away from
where people live.
28:5As for the earth, out of it comes
28:6Sapphires come from its rocks.
28:7That path no bird of prey knows,
28:8The proud animals have not trodden
28:9He puts forth his hand on the flinty
28:10He cuts out channels among the
28:11He binds the streams that they don't
28:12"But where shall wisdom be
28:13Man doesn't know its price;
28:14The deep says, 'It isn't in me.'
28:15It can't be gotten for gold,
28:17Gold and glass can't equal it,
28:18No mention shall be made of coral or
28:19The topaz of Ethiopia shall not
28:20Whence then comes wisdom?
28:21Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of
28:22Destruction and Death say,
28:23"God understands its way,
28:24For he looks to the ends of the
28:25He establishes the force of the
28:26When he made a decree for the rain,
28:27Then did he see it, and declare it.
28:28To man he said,
29:1Job again took up his parable, and said,
29:2"Oh that I were as in the months
29:3When his lamp shone on my head,
29:4As I was in the ripeness of my days,
29:5When the Almighty was yet with me,
29:6When my steps were washed with
29:7When I went forth to the city gate,
29:8The young men saw me and hid
29:9The princes refrained from talking,
29:10The voice of the nobles was hushed,
29:11For when the ear heard me, then it
29:12Because I delivered the poor who
29:13The blessing of him who was ready to
perish came on me,
29:14I put on righteousness, and it
29:15I was eyes to the blind,
29:16I was a father to the needy.
29:17I broke the jaws of the unrighteous,
29:18Then I said, 'I shall die in my own
29:19My root is spread out to the waters,
29:20My glory is fresh in me,
29:21"Men listened to me, waited,
29:22After my words they didn't speak
29:23They waited for me as for the rain.
29:24I smiled on them when they had no
29:25I chose out their way, and sat as
30:1"But now those who are younger
than I, have me in derision,
30:2Of what use is the strength of their
hands to me,
30:3They are gaunt from lack and famine.
30:4They pluck salt herbs by the bushes.
30:5They are driven forth from the midst
30:6So that they dwell in frightful
30:7Among the bushes they bray;
30:8They are children of fools, yes,
children of base men.
30:9"Now I have become their song.
30:10They abhor me, they stand aloof from
30:11For he has untied his cord, and
30:12On my right hand rise the rabble.
30:13They mar my path,
30:14As through a wide breach they come,
30:15Terrors are turned on me.
30:16"Now my soul is poured out
30:17In the night season my bones are
pierced in me,
30:18By great force is my garment
30:19He has cast me into the mire.
30:20I cry to you, and you do not answer
30:21You have turned to be cruel to me.
30:22You lift me up to the wind, and
drive me with it.
30:23For I know that you will bring me to
30:24"However doesn't one stretch
out a hand in his fall?
30:25Didn't I weep for him who was in
30:26When I looked for good, then evil
30:27My heart is troubled, and doesn't
30:28I go mourning without the sun.
30:29I am a brother to jackals,
30:30My skin grows black and peels from
30:31Therefore is my harp turned to
31:1"I made a covenant with my eyes,
31:2For what is the portion from God
31:3Is it not calamity to the
31:4Doesn't he see my ways,
31:5"If I have walked with
31:6(Let me be weighed in an even
31:7If my step has turned out of the way,
31:8Then let me sow, and let another eat;
31:9"If my heart has been enticed to
31:10Then let my wife grind for another,
31:11For that would be a heinous crime;
31:12For it is a fire that consumes to
31:13"If I have despised the cause
of my man-servant
31:14What then shall I do when God rises
31:15Didn't he who made me in the womb
31:16"If I have withheld the poor
from their desire,
31:17Or have eaten my morsel alone,
31:18(No, from my youth he grew up with
me as with a father,
31:19If I have seen any perish for want
31:20If his heart hasn't blessed me,
31:21If I have lifted up my hand against
31:22Then let my shoulder fall from the
31:23For calamity from God is a terror to
31:25If I have rejoiced because my wealth
31:26If I have seen the sun when it
31:27And my heart has been secretly
31:28This also would be an iniquity to be
punished by the judges;
31:29"If I have rejoiced at the
destruction of him who hated me,
31:30(Yes, I have not allowed my mouth to
31:31If the men of my tent have not said,
31:32(The foreigner has not lodged in the
31:33If like Adam I have covered my
31:34Because I feared the great
31:35Oh that I had one to hear me!
31:36Surely I would carry it on my
31:37I would declare to him the number of
31:38If my land cries out against me,
31:39If I have eaten the fruits of it
31:40Let briars grow instead of wheat,
The words of Job are ended.
32:1So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 32:2Then the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel, the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was kindled against Job. His wrath was kindled because he justified himself rather than God. 32:3Also his wrath was kindled against his three friends, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. 32:4Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job, because they were elder than he. 32:5When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was kindled.
32:6Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered,
"I am young, and you
are very old;
32:7I said, 'Days should speak,
32:8But there is a spirit in man,
32:9It is not the great who are wise,
32:10Therefore I said, 'Listen to me;
32:11"Behold, I waited for your words,
32:12Yes, I gave you my full attention,
32:13Beware lest you say, 'We have found
32:14For he has not directed his words
32:15"They are amazed. They answer
32:16Shall I wait, because they don't
32:17I also will answer my part,
32:18For I am full of words.
32:19Behold, my breast is as wine which
has no vent;
32:20I will speak, that I may be
32:21Please don't let me respect any
32:22For I don't know how to give
33:1"However, Job, Please hear my
33:2See now, I have opened my mouth.
33:3My words shall utter the uprightness
of my heart;
33:4The Spirit of God has made me,
33:5If you can, answer me;
33:6Behold, I am toward God even as you
33:7Behold, my terror shall not make you
33:8"Surely you have spoken in my
33:9'I am clean, without disobedience.
33:10Behold, he finds occasions against me,
33:11He puts my feet in the stocks,
33:12"Behold, I will answer you. In
this you are not just;
33:13Why do you strive against him,
33:14For God speaks once,
33:15In a dream, in a vision of the
33:16Then he opens the ears of men,
33:17That he may withdraw man from his
33:18He keeps back his soul from the pit,
33:19He is chastened also with pain on
33:20So that his life abhors bread,
33:21His flesh is so consumed away, that
it can't be seen;
33:22Yes, his soul draws near to the pit,
33:23"If there is beside him an
33:24Then God is gracious to him, and
33:25His flesh shall be fresher than a
33:26He prays to God, and he is favorable
33:27He sings before men, and says,
33:28He has redeemed my soul from going
into the pit,
33:29"Behold, God works all these
33:30To bring back his soul from the pit,
33:31Mark well, Job, and listen to me:
33:32If you have anything to say, answer
33:33If not, listen to me:
34:1Moreover Elihu answered,
34:2"Hear my words, you wise men;
34:3For the ear tries words,
34:4Let us choose for us that which is
34:5For Job has said, 'I am righteous,
34:6Notwithstanding my right I am
considered a liar;
34:7What man is like Job,
34:8Who goes in company with the workers
34:9For he has said, 'It profits a man
34:10"Therefore listen to me, you
men of understanding:
34:11For the work of a man will he render
34:12Yes surely, God will not do
34:13Who gave him a charge over the
34:14If he set his heart on himself,
34:15All flesh would perish together,
34:16"If now you have understanding,
34:17Shall even one who hates justice
34:18Who says to a king, 'Vile!'
34:19Who doesn't respect the persons of
34:20In a moment they die, even at
34:21"For his eyes are on the ways
of a man,
34:22There is no darkness, nor thick
34:23For he doesn't need to consider a
34:24He breaks in pieces mighty men in
ways past finding out,
34:25Therefore he takes knowledge of
34:26He strikes them as wicked men
34:27Because they turned aside from
34:28So that they caused the cry of the
poor to come to him,
34:29When he gives quietness, who then
34:30That the godless man may not reign,
34:31"For has any said to God,
34:32Teach me that which I don't see.
34:33Shall his recompense be as you
desire, that you refuse it?
34:34Men of understanding will tell me,
34:35'Job speaks without knowledge,
34:36I wish that Job were tried to the
34:37For he adds rebellion to his sin.
35:1Moreover Elihu answered,
35:2"Do you think this to be your
35:3That you ask, 'What advantage will it
be to you?
35:4I will answer you,
35:5Look to the heavens, and see.
35:6If you have sinned, what effect do
you have against him?
35:7If you are righteous, what do you
35:8Your wickedness may hurt a man as you
35:9"By reason of the multitude of
oppressions they cry out;
35:10But none says, 'Where is God my
35:11Who teaches us more than the animals
of the earth,
35:12There they cry, but none gives
35:13Surely God will not hear an empty
35:14How much less when you say you don't
35:15But now, because he has not visited
in his anger,
35:16Therefore Job opens his mouth with
36:1Elihu also continued, and said,
36:2"Bear with me a little, and I
will show you;
36:3I will get my knowledge from afar,
36:4For truly my words are not false.
36:5"Behold, God is mighty, and
doesn't despise anyone.
36:6He doesn't preserve the life of the
36:7He doesn't withdraw his eyes from the
36:8If they are bound in fetters,
36:9Then he shows them their work,
36:10He also opens their ears to
36:11If they listen and serve him,
36:12But if they don't listen, they shall
perish by the sword;
36:13"But those who are godless in
heart lay up anger.
36:14They die in youth.
36:15He delivers the afflicted by their
36:16Yes, he would have allured you out
36:17"But you are full of the
judgment of the wicked.
36:18Don't let riches entice you to
36:19Would your wealth sustain you in
36:20Don't desire the night,
36:21Take heed, don't regard iniquity;
36:22Behold, God is exalted in his power.
36:23Who has prescribed his way for him?
36:24"Remember that you magnify his
36:25All men have looked thereon.
36:26Behold, God is great, and we don't
36:27For he draws up the drops of water,
36:28Which the skies pour down
36:29Yes, can any understand the
spreading of the clouds,
36:30Behold, he spreads his light around
36:31For by these he judges the people.
36:32He covers his hands with the
36:33The noise of it tells about him,
37:1"Yes, at this my heart trembles,
37:2Hear, oh, hear the noise of his
37:3He sends it forth under the whole
37:4After it a voice roars.
37:5God thunders marvelously with his
37:6For he says to the snow, 'Fall on the
37:7He seals up the hand of every man,
37:8Then the animals take cover,
37:9Out of its chamber comes the storm,
37:10By the breath of God, ice is given,
37:11Yes, he loads the thick cloud with
37:12It is turned round about by his
37:13Whether it is for correction, or for
37:14"Listen to this, Job:
37:15Do you know how God controls them,
37:16Do you know the workings of the
37:17You whose clothing is warm,
37:18Can you, with him, spread out the
37:19Teach us what we shall tell him;
37:20Shall it be told him that I would
37:21Now men don't see the light which is
bright in the skies,
37:22Out of the north comes golden
37:23We can't reach the Almighty,
37:24Therefore men revere him.
38:1Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,
38:2"Who is this who darkens counsel
38:3Brace yourself like a man,
38:4"Where were you when I laid the
foundations of the earth?
38:5Who determined the measures of it, if
38:6Whereupon were the foundations of it
38:7When the morning stars sang together,
38:8"Or who shut up the sea with
38:9When I made clouds the garment of it,
38:10Marked out for it my bound,
38:11And said, 'Here you may come, but no
38:12"Have you commanded the morning
in your days,
38:13That it might take hold of the ends
of the earth,
38:14It is changed as clay under the
38:15From the wicked, their light is
38:16"Have you entered into the
springs of the sea?
38:17Have the gates of death been
revealed to you?
38:18Have you comprehended the earth in
38:19"What is the way to the
dwelling of light?
38:20That you should take it to the bound
38:21Surely you know, for you were born
38:22Have you entered the treasuries of
38:23Which I have reserved against the time
38:24By what way is the lightning
38:25Who has cut a channel for the flood
38:26To cause it to rain on a land where
no man is;
38:27To satisfy the waste and desolate
38:28Does the rain have a father?
38:29Out of whose womb came the ice?
38:30The waters become hard like stone,
38:31"Can you bind the cluster of
38:32Can you lead forth the
constellations in their season?
38:33Do you know the laws of the heavens?
38:34"Can you lift up your voice to
38:35Can you send forth lightnings, that
they may go?
38:36Who has put wisdom in the inward
38:37Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
38:38When the dust runs into a mass,
38:39"Can you hunt the prey for the
38:40When they crouch in their dens,
38:41Who provides for the raven his prey,
39:1"Do you know the time when the
mountain goats give birth?
39:2Can you number the months that they
39:3They bow themselves, they bring forth
39:4Their young ones become strong.
39:5"Who has set the wild donkey
39:6Whose home I have made the
39:7He scorns the tumult of the city,
39:8The range of the mountains is his
39:9"Will the wild ox be content to
39:10Can you hold the wild ox in the
furrow with his harness?
39:11Will you trust him, because his
strength is great?
39:12Will you confide in him, that he
will bring home your seed,
39:13"The wings of the ostrich wave
39:14For she leaves her eggs on the
39:15And forgets that the foot may crush
39:16She deals harshly with her young
ones, as if they were not hers.
39:17Because God has deprived her of
39:18When she lifts up herself on high,
39:19"Have you given the horse
39:20Have you made him to leap as a
39:21He paws in the valley, and rejoices
in his strength:
39:22He mocks at fear, and is not
39:23The quiver rattles against him,
39:24He eats up the ground with
fierceness and rage,
39:25As often as the trumpet sounds he
39:26"Is it by your wisdom that the
39:27Is it at your command that the eagle
39:28On the cliff he dwells, and makes
39:29From there he spies out the prey.
39:30His young ones also suck up blood.
40:1Moreover Yahweh answered Job,
40:2"Shall he who argues contend with
40:3Then Job answered Yahweh,
40:4"Behold, I am of small account.
What shall I answer you?
40:5I have spoken once, and I will not
40:6Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,
40:7"Now brace yourself like a man.
40:8Will you even annul my judgment?
40:9Or have you an arm like God?
40:10"Now deck yourself with
excellency and dignity.
40:11Pour forth the fury of your anger.
40:12Look on everyone who is proud, and
40:13Hide them in the dust together.
40:14Then I will also admit to you
40:15"See now, behemoth, which I
made as well as you.
40:16Look now, his strength is in his
40:17He moves his tail like a cedar:
40:18His bones are like tubes of brass.
40:19He is the chief of the ways of God.
40:20Surely the mountains bring him forth
40:21He lies under the lotus trees,
40:22The lotuses cover him with their
40:23Behold, if a river overflows, he
40:24Shall any take him when he is on the
41:2Can you put a rope into his nose?
41:3Will he make many petitions to you?
41:4Will he make a covenant with you,
41:5Will you play with him as with a
41:6Will traders barter for him?
41:7Can you fill his skin with barbed
41:8Lay your hand on him.
41:9Behold, the hope of him is in vain.
41:10None is so fierce that he dare stir
41:11Who has first given to me, that I
should repay him?
41:12"I will not keep silence
concerning his limbs,
41:13Who can strip off his outer garment?
41:14Who can open the doors of his face?
41:15Strong scales are his pride,
41:16One is so near to another,
41:17They are joined one to another;
41:18His sneezing flashes forth light,
41:19Out of his mouth go burning torches,
41:20Out of his nostrils a smoke goes,
41:21His breath kindles coals.
41:22In his neck there is strength.
41:23The flakes of his flesh are joined
41:24His heart is as firm as a stone,
41:25When he raises himself up, the
mighty are afraid.
41:26If one lay at him with the sword, it
41:27He counts iron as straw;
41:28The arrow can't make him flee.
41:29Clubs are counted as stubble.
41:30His undersides are like sharp
41:31He makes the deep to boil like a
41:32He makes a path to shine after him.
41:33On earth there is not his equal,
41:34He sees everything that is high:
42:1Then Job answered Yahweh,
42:2"I know that you can do all things,
42:3You asked, 'Who is this who hides
counsel without knowledge?'
42:4You said, 'Listen, now, and I will
42:5I had heard of you by the hearing of
42:6Therefore I abhor myself,
42:7It was so, that after Yahweh had spoken these words to Job, Yahweh said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "My wrath is kindled against you, and against your two friends; for you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has. 42:8Now therefore, take to yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept him, that I not deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has."
42:9So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did what Yahweh commanded them, and Yahweh accepted Job.
42:10Yahweh turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends. Yahweh gave Job twice as much as he had before. 42:11Then came there to him all his brothers, and all his sisters, and all those who had been of his acquaintance before, and ate bread with him in his house. They comforted him, and consoled him concerning all the evil that Yahweh had brought on him. Everyone also gave him a piece of money, and everyone a ring of gold.
42:12So Yahweh blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand female donkeys. 42:13He had also seven sons and three daughters. 42:14He called the name of the first, Jemimah; and the name of the second, Keziah; and the name of the third, Keren Happuch. 42:15In all the land were no women found so beautiful as the daughters of Job. Their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. 42:16After this Job lived one hundred forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, to four generations. 42:17So Job died, being old and full of days.
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