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Chapter 1

1. There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was

perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and turned away from evil.

2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels,

and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and a very great

household; so that this man was the greatest of all the children of the


4. And his sons went and held a feast in the house of each one upon his

day; and they sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink

with them.

5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that

Chapter 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

Chapter continually.

6. Now it came to pass on the day when the sons of God came to present

themselves before Jehovah, that Satan also came among them.

7 And Jehovah said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered

Jehovah, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up

and down in it.

8 And Jehovah said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job? for

there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that

feareth God, and turneth away from evil.

9 Then Satan answered Jehovah, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about

all that he hath, on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands,

and his substance is increased in the land.

11 But put forth thy hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will

renounce thee to thy face.

12 And Jehovah said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power;

only upon himself put not forth thy hand. So Satan went forth from the

presence of Jehovah.

13. And it fell on a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and

drinking wine in their eldest brother's house,

14 that there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing,

and the asses feeding beside them;

15 and the Sabeans fell [upon them], and took them away: yea, they have

slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone

to tell thee.

16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire

of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep and the

servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The

Chaldeans made three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have taken them

away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am

escaped alone to tell thee.

18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons

and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's


19 and, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote

the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are

dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

20. Then Job arose, and rent his robe, and shaved his head, and fell down

upon the ground, and worshipped;

21 and he said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I

return thither: Jehovah gave, and Jehovah hath taken away; blessed be the

name of Jehovah.

22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Chapter 2

1. Again it came to pass on the day when the sons of God came to present

themselves before Jehovah, that Satan came also among them to present

himself before Jehovah.

2 And Jehovah said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan

answered Jehovah, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from

walking up and down in it.

3 And Jehovah said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job? for

there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that

feareth God, and turneth away from evil: and he still holdeth fast his

integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without


4 And Satan answered Jehovah, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a

man hath will he give for his life.

5 But put forth thy hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he

will renounce thee to thy face.

6 And Jehovah said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thy hand; only spare his


7. So Satan went forth from the presence of Jehovah, and smote Job with

sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself therewith; and he sat

among the ashes.

9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still hold fast thine integrity?

renounce God, and die.

10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women

speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not

receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

11. Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon

him, they came every one from his own place: Eliphaz the Temanite, and

Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, and they made an appointment

together to come to bemoan him and to comfort him.

12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they

lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his robe, and

sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.

13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights,

and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

Chapter 3

1. After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

2 And Job answered and said:

3 Let the day perish wherein I was born, And the night which said, There

is a man-child conceived.

4 Let that day be darkness; Let not God from above seek for it, Neither

let the light shine upon it.

5 Let darkness and the shadow of death claim it for their own; Let a

cloud dwell upon it; Let all that maketh black the day terrify it.

6 As for that night, let thick darkness seize upon it: Let it not rejoice

among the days of the year; Let it not come into the number of the months.

7 Lo, let that night be barren; Let no joyful voice come therein.

8 Let them curse it that curse the day, Who are ready to rouse up


9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark: Let it look for light,

but have none; Neither let it behold the eyelids of the morning:

10 Because it shut not up the doors of my [mother's] womb, Nor hid

trouble from mine eyes.

11. Why died I not from the womb? Why did I not give up the ghost when my

mother bare me?

12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breast, that I should suck?

13 For now should I have lain down and been quiet; I should have slept;

then had I been at rest,

14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, Who built up waste places for


15 Or with princes that had gold, Who filled their houses with silver:

16 Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, As infants that never

saw light.

17 There the wicked cease from troubling; And there the weary are at


18 There the prisoners are at ease together; They hear not the voice of

the taskmaster.

19 The small and the great are there: And the servant is free from his


20. Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, And life unto the

bitter in soul;

21 Who long for death, but it cometh not, And dig for it more than for

hid treasures;

22 Who rejoice exceedingly, And are glad, when they can find the grave?

23 [Why is light given] to a man whose way is hid, And whom God hath

hedged in?

24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, And my groanings are poured out

like water.

25 For the thing which I fear cometh upon me, And that which I am afraid

of cometh unto me.

26 I am not at ease, neither am I quiet, neither have I rest; But trouble


Chapter 4

1. Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,

2 If one assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? But who can

withhold himself from speaking?

3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, And thou hast strengthened the weak


4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, And thou hast made firm

the feeble knees.

5 But now it is come unto thee, and thou faintest; It toucheth thee, and

thou art troubled.

6 Is not thy fear [of God] thy confidence, [And] the integrity of thy

ways thy hope?

7. Remember, I pray thee, who [ever] perished, being innocent? Or where

were the upright cut off?

8 According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, And sow trouble,

reap the same.

9 By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of his anger are

they consumed.

10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, And the

teeth of the young lions, are broken.

11 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, And the whelps of the lioness

are scattered abroad.

12. Now a thing was secretly brought to me, And mine ear received a

whisper thereof.

13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falleth on


14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, Which made all my bones to shake.

15 Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair of my flesh stood up.

16 It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof; A form

was before mine eyes: [There was] silence, and I heard a voice, [saying],

17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than

his Maker?

18 Behold, he putteth no trust in his servants; And his angels he

chargeth with folly:

19 How much more them that dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is

in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth!

20 Betwixt morning and evening they are destroyed: They perish for ever

without any regarding it.

21 Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, and that

without wisdom.

Chapter 5

1. Call now; is there any that will answer thee? And to which of the holy

ones wilt thou turn?

2 For vexation killeth the foolish man, And jealousy slayeth the silly


3 I have seen the foolish taking root: But suddenly I cursed his


4 His children are far from safety, And they are crushed in the gate,

Neither is there any to deliver them:

5 Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, And taketh it even out of the

thorns; And the snare gapeth for their substance.

6. For affliction cometh not forth from the dust, Neither doth trouble

spring out of the ground;

7 But man is born unto trouble, As the sparks fly upward.

8 But as for me, I would seek unto God, And unto God would I commit my


9 Who doeth great things and unsearchable, Marvellous things without


10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, And sendeth waters upon the fields;

11 So that he setteth up on high those that are low, And those that mourn

are exalted to safety.

12 He frustrateth the devices of the crafty, So that their hands cannot

perform their enterprise.

13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness; And the counsel of the

cunning is carried headlong.

14 They meet with darkness in the day-time, And grope at noonday as in

the night.

15 But he saveth from the sword of their mouth, Even the needy from the

hand of the mighty.

16 So the poor hath hope, And iniquity stoppeth her mouth.

17. Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: Therefore despise not

thou the chastening of the Almighty.

18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up; He woundeth, and his hands make


19 He will deliver thee in six troubles; Yea, in seven there shall no

evil touch thee.

20 In famine he will redeem thee from death; And in war from the power of

the sword.

21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue; Neither shalt thou

be afraid of destruction when it cometh.

22 At destruction and dearth thou shalt laugh; Neither shalt thou be

afraid of the beasts of the earth.

23 For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field; And the

beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.

24 And thou shalt know that thy tent is in peace; And thou shalt visit

thy fold, and shalt miss nothing.

25 Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, And thine offspring

as the grass of the earth.

26 Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, Like as a shock of grain

cometh in in its season.

27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; Hear it, and know thou it for

thy good.

Chapter 6

1. Then Job answered and said,

2 Oh that my vexation were but weighed, And all my calamity laid in the


3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas: Therefore have

my words been rash.

4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, The poison whereof my

spirit drinketh up: The terrors of God do set themselves in array against


5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? Or loweth the ox over his


6 Can that which hath no savor be eaten without salt? Or is there any

taste in the white of an egg?

7 My soul refuseth to touch [them]; They are as loathsome food to me.

8. Oh that I might have my request; And that God would grant [me] the

thing that I long for!

9 Even that it would please God to crush me; That he would let loose his

hand, and cut me off!

10 And be it still my consolation, Yea, let me exult in pain that spareth

not, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

11 What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is mine end, that I

should be patient?

12 Is my strength the strength of stones? Or is my flesh of brass?

13 Is it not that I have no help in me, And that wisdom is driven quite

from me?

14. To him that is ready to faint kindness [should be showed] from his

friend; Even to him that forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.

15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, As the channel of

brooks that pass away;

16 Which are black by reason of the ice, [And] wherein the snow hideth


17 What time they wax warm, they vanish; When it is hot, they are

consumed out of their place.

18 The caravans [that travel] by the way of them turn aside; They go up

into the waste, and perish.

19 The caravans of Tema looked, The companies of Sheba waited for them.

20 They were put to shame because they had hoped; They came thither, and

were confounded.

21 For now ye are nothing; Ye see a terror, and are afraid.

22. Did I say, Give unto me? Or, Offer a present for me of your substance?

23 Or, Deliver me from the adversary's hand? Or, Redeem me from the hand

of the oppressors?

24 Teach me, and I will hold my peace; And cause me to understand wherein

I have erred.

25 How forcible are words of uprightness! But your reproof, what doth it


26 Do ye think to reprove words, Seeing that the speeches of one that is

desperate are as wind?

27 Yea, ye would cast [lots] upon the fatherless, And make merchandise of

your friend.

28 Now therefore be pleased to look upon me; For surely I shall not lie

to your face.

29 Return, I pray you, let there be no injustice; Yea, return again, my

cause is righteous.

30 Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern mischievous


Chapter 7

1. Is there not a warfare to man upon earth? And are not his days like the

days of a hireling?

2 As a servant that earnestly desireth the shadow, And as a hireling that

looketh for his wages:

3 So am I made to possess months of misery, And wearisome nights are

appointed to me.

4 When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? And

I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; My skin closeth up,

and breaketh out afresh.

6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, And are spent without


7. Oh remember that my life is a breath: Mine eye shall no more see good.

8 The eye of him that seeth me shall behold me no more; Thine eyes shall

be upon me, but I shall not be.

9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away, So he that goeth down to

Sheol shall come up no more.

10 He shall return no more to his house, Neither shall his place know him

any more.

11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of

my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

12 Am I a sea, or a sea-monster, That thou settest a watch over me?

13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, My couch shall ease my complaint;

14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, And terrifiest me through visions:

15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, And death rather than [these] my


16 I loathe [my life]; I would not live alway: Let me alone; for my days

are vanity.

17. What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him, And that thou shouldest

set thy mind upon him,

18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, And try him every


19 How long wilt thou not look away from me, Nor let me alone till I

swallow down my spittle?

20 If I have sinned, what do I unto thee, O thou watcher of men? Why hast

thou set me as a mark for thee, So that I am a burden to myself?

21 And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine

iniquity? For now shall I lie down in the dust; And thou wilt seek me

diligently, but I shall not be.

Chapter 8

1. Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

2 How long wilt thou speak these things? And [how long] shall the words

of thy mouth be [like] a mighty wind?

3 Doth God pervert justice? Or doth the Almighty pervert righteousness?

4 If thy children have sinned against him, And he hath delivered them

into the hand of their transgression;

5 If thou wouldest seek diligently unto God, And make thy supplication to

the Almighty;

6 If thou wert pure and upright: Surely now he would awake for thee, And

make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

7 And though thy beginning was small, Yet thy latter end would greatly


8. For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, And apply thyself to that

which their fathers have searched out:

9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, Because our days upon

earth are a shadow);

10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, And utter words out of their


11 Can the rush grow up without mire? Can the flag grow without water?

12 Whilst it is yet in its greenness, [and] not cut down, It withereth

before any [other] herb.

13 So are the paths of all that forget God; And the hope of the godless

man shall perish:

14 Whose confidence shall break in sunder, And whose trust is a spider's


15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: He shall hold

fast thereby, but it shall not endure.

16 He is green before the sun, And his shoots go forth over his garden.

17 His roots are wrapped about the stone-heap, He beholdeth the place of


18 If he be destroyed from his place, Then it shall deny him, [saying], I

have not seen thee.

19 Behold, this is the joy of his way; And out of the earth shall others


20. Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, Neither will he uphold

the evil-doers.

21 He will yet fill thy mouth with laughter, And thy lips with shouting.

22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; And the tent of the

wicked shall be no more.

Chapter 9

1. Then Job answered and said,

2 Of a truth I know that it is so: But how can man be just with God?

3 If he be pleased to contend with him, He cannot answer him one of a


4 [He is] wise in heart, and mighty in strength: Who hath hardened

himself against him, and prospered?--

5 [Him] that removeth the mountains, and they know it not, When he

overturneth them in his anger;

6 That shaketh the earth out of its place, And the pillars thereof


7 That commandeth the sun, and it riseth not, And sealeth up the stars;

8 That alone stretcheth out the heavens, And treadeth upon the waves of

the sea;

9 That maketh the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the


10 That doeth great things past finding out, Yea, marvellous things

without number.

11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: He passeth on also, but I

perceive him not.

12 Behold, he seizeth [the prey], who can hinder him? Who will say unto

him, What doest thou?

13 God will not withdraw his anger; The helpers of Rahab do stoop under


14. How much less shall I answer him, And choose out my words [to reason]

with him?

15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer; I would make

supplication to my judge.

16 If I had called, and he had answered me, Yet would I not believe that

he hearkened unto my voice.

17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, And multiplieth my wounds without


18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, But filleth me with


19 If [we speak] of strength, lo, [he is] mighty! And if of justice, Who,

[saith he], will summon me?

20 Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me: Though I be

perfect, it shall prove me perverse.

21 I am perfect; I regard not myself; I despise my life.

22. It is all one; therefore I say, He destroyeth the perfect and the


23 If the scourge slay suddenly, He will mock at the trial of the


24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covereth the faces

of the judges thereof: If [it be] not [he], who then is it?

25. Now my days are swifter than a post: They flee away, they see no good,

26 They are passed away as the swift ships; As the eagle that swoopeth on

the prey.

27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will put off my [sad]

countenance, and be of good cheer;

28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me


29 I shall be condemned; Why then do I labor in vain?

30 If I wash myself with snow water, And make my hands never so clean;

31 Yet wilt thou plunge me in the ditch, And mine own clothes shall abhor


32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, That we should

come together in judgment.

33 There is no umpire betwixt us, That might lay his hand upon us both.

34 Let him take his rod away from me, And let not his terror make me


35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; For I am not so in myself.

Chapter 10

1. My soul is weary of my life; I will give free course to my complaint; I

will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; Show me wherefore thou

contendest with me.

3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, That thou shouldest

despise the work of thy hands, And shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? Or seest thou as man seeth?

5 Are thy days as the days of man, Or thy years as man's days,

6 That thou inquirest after mine iniquity, And searchest after my sin,

7 Although thou knowest that I am not wicked, And there is none that can

deliver out of thy hand?

8. Thy hands have framed me and fashioned me Together round about; yet

thou dost destroy me.

9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast fashioned me as clay; And wilt

thou bring me into dust again?

10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, And curdled me like cheese?

11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with

bones and sinews.

12 Thou hast granted me life and lovingkindness; And thy visitation hath

preserved my spirit.

13 Yet these things thou didst hide in thy heart; I know that this is

with thee:

14. If I sin, then thou markest me, And thou wilt not acquit me from mine


15 If I be wicked, woe unto me; And if I be righteous, yet shall I not

lift up my head; Being filled with ignominy, And looking upon mine


16 And if [my head] exalt itself, thou huntest me as a lion; And again

thou showest thyself marvellous upon me.

17 Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, And increasest thine

indignation upon me: Changes and warfare are with me.

18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? I had given

up the ghost, and no eye had seen me.

19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been

carried from the womb to the grave.

20 Are not my days few? cease then, And let me alone, that I may take

comfort a little,

21 Before I go whence I shall not return, [Even] to the land of darkness

and of the shadow of death;

22 The land dark as midnight, [The land] of the shadow of death, without

any order, And where the light is as midnight.

Chapter 11

1. Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of

talk be justified?

3 Should thy boastings make men hold their peace? And when thou mockest,

shall no man make thee ashamed?

4 For thou sayest, My doctrine is pure, And I am clean in thine eyes.

5 But oh that God would speak, And open his lips against thee,

6 And that he would show thee the secrets of wisdom! For he is manifold

in understanding. Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine

iniquity deserveth.

7. Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty

unto perfection?

8 It is high as heaven; what canst thou do? Deeper than Sheol; What canst

thou know?

9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, And broader than the sea.

10 If he pass through, and shut up, And all unto judgment, then who can

hinder him?

11 For he knoweth false men: He seeth iniquity also, even though he

consider it not.

12 But vain man is void of understanding, Yea, man is born [as] a wild

ass's colt.

13. If thou set thy heart aright, And stretch out thy hands toward him;

14 If iniquity be in thy hand, put it far away, And let not

unrighteousness dwell in thy tents.

15 Surely then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; Yea, thou shalt

be stedfast, and shalt not fear:

16 For thou shalt forget thy misery; Thou shalt remember it as waters

that are passed away,

17 And [thy] life shall be clearer than the noonday; Though there be

darkness, it shall be as the morning.

18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; Yea, thou shalt

search [about thee], and shalt take thy rest in safety.

19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; Yea, many

shall make suit unto thee.

20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, And they shall have no way to

flee; And their hope shall be the giving up of the ghost.

Chapter 12

1. Then Job answered and said,

2 No doubt but ye are the people, And wisdom shall die with you.

3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: Yea,

who knoweth not such things as these?

4 I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbor, I who called upon

God, and he answered: The just, the perfect man is a laughing-stock.

5 In the thought of him that is at ease there is contempt for misfortune;

It is ready for them whose foot slippeth.

6. The tents of robbers prosper, And they that provoke God are secure;

Into whose hand God bringeth [abundantly].

7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; And the birds of the

heavens, and they shall tell thee:

8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; And the fishes of the

sea shall declare unto thee.

9 Who knoweth not in all these, That the hand of Jehovah hath wrought


10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, And the breath of all


11 Doth not the ear try words, Even as the palate tasteth its food?

12. With aged men is wisdom, And in length of days understanding.

13 With [God] is wisdom and might; He hath counsel and understanding.

14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again; He shutteth up

a man, and there can be no opening.

15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; Again, he sendeth

them out, and they overturn the earth.

16 With him is strength and wisdom; The deceived and the deceiver are


17 He leadeth counsellors away stripped, And judges maketh he fools.

18 He looseth the bond of kings, And he bindeth their loins with a


19 He leadeth priests away stripped, And overthroweth the mighty.

20 He removeth the speech of the trusty, And taketh away the

understanding of the elders.

21 He poureth contempt upon princes, And looseth the belt of the strong.

22 He uncovereth deep things out of darkness, And bringeth out to light

the shadow of death.

23 He increaseth the nations, and he destroyeth them: He enlargeth the

nations, and he leadeth them captive.

24 He taketh away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the

earth, And causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.

25 They grope in the dark without light; And he maketh them to stagger

like a drunken man.

Chapter 13

1. Lo, mine eye hath seen all [this], Mine ear hath heard and understood


2 What ye know, [the same] do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.

3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God.

4 But ye are forgers of lies; Ye are all physicians of no value.

5 Oh that ye would altogether hold your peace! And it would be your


6 Hear now my reasoning, And hearken to the pleadings of my lips.

7 Will ye speak unrighteously for God, And talk deceitfully for him?

8 Will ye show partiality to him? Will ye contend for God?

9 Is it good that he should search you out? Or as one deceiveth a man,

will ye deceive him?

10 He will surely reprove you, If ye do secretly show partiality.

11 Shall not his majesty make you afraid, And his dread fall upon you?

12 Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defences are

defences of clay.

13. Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak; And let come on me

what will.

14 Wherefore should I take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my


15 Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope: Nevertheless I will maintain

my ways before him.

16 This also shall be my salvation, That a godless man shall not come

before him.

17 Hear diligently my speech, And let my declaration be in your ears.

18 Behold now, I have set my cause in order; I know that I am righteous.

19 Who is he that will contend with me? For then would I hold my peace

and give up the ghost.

20 Only do not two things unto me; Then will I not hide myself from thy


21 Withdraw thy hand far from me; And let not thy terror make me afraid.

22 Then call thou, and I will answer; Or let me speak, and answer thou


23. How many are mine iniquities and sins? Make me to know my

transgression and my sin.

24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, And holdest me for thine enemy?

25 Wilt thou harass a driven leaf? And wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?

26 For thou writest bitter things against me, And makest me to inherit

the iniquities of my youth:

27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, And markest all my paths;

Thou settest a bound to the soles of my feet:

28 Though I am like a rotten thing that consumeth, Like a garment that is


Chapter 14

1. Man, that is born of a woman, Is of few days, and full of trouble.

2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: He fleeth also as a

shadow, and continueth not.

3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such a one, And bringest me into

judgment with thee?

4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

5 Seeing his days are determined, The number of his months is with thee,

And thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;

6 Look away from him, that he may rest, Till he shall accomplish, as a

hireling, his day.

7. For there is hope of a tree, If it be cut down, that it will sprout

again, And that the tender branch thereof will not cease.

8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, And the stock thereof die

in the ground;

9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, And put forth boughs like a


10 But man dieth, and is laid low: Yea, man giveth up the ghost, and

where is he?

11 [As] the waters fail from the sea, And the river wasteth and drieth


12 So man lieth down and riseth not: Till the heavens be no more, they

shall not awake, Nor be roused out of their sleep.

13 Oh that thou wouldest hide me in Sheol, That thou wouldest keep me

secret, until thy wrath be past, That thou wouldest appoint me a set time,

and remember me!

14 If a man die, shall he live [again]? All the days of my warfare would

I wait, Till my release should come.

15 Thou wouldest call, and I would answer thee: Thou wouldest have a

desire to the work of thy hands.

16. But now thou numberest my steps: Dost thou not watch over my sin?

17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, And thou fastenest up mine


18 But the mountain falling cometh to nought; And the rock is removed out

of its place;

19 The waters wear the stones; The overflowings thereof wash away the

dust of the earth: So thou destroyest the hope of man.

20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth; Thou changest

his countenance, and sendest him away.

21 His sons come to honor, and he knoweth it not; And they are brought

low, but he perceiveth it not of them.

22 But his flesh upon him hath pain, And his soul within him mourneth.

Job 15

1. Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,

2 Should a wise man make answer with vain knowledge, And fill himself

with the east wind?

3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or with speeches wherewith he

can do no good?

4 Yea, thou doest away with fear, And hinderest devotion before God.

5 For thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth, And thou choosest the tongue of

the crafty.

6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I; Yea, thine own lips testify

against thee.

7 Art thou the first man that was born? Or wast thou brought forth before

the hills?

8 Hast thou heard the secret counsel of God? And dost thou limit wisdom

to thyself?

9 What knowest thou, that we know not? What understandest thou, which is

not in us?

10 With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men, Much elder

than thy father.

11 Are the consolations of God too small for thee, Even the word that is

gentle toward thee?

12 Why doth thy heart carry thee away? And why do thine eyes flash,

13 That against God thou turnest thy spirit, And lettest words go out of

thy mouth?

14 What is man, that he should be clean? And he that is born of a woman,

that he should be righteous?

15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his holy ones; Yea, the heavens are not

clean in his sight:

16 How much less one that is abominable and corrupt, A man that drinketh

iniquity like water!

17. I will show thee, hear thou me; And that which I have seen I will


18 (Which wise men have told From their fathers, and have not hid it;

19 Unto whom alone the land was given, And no stranger passed among


20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, Even the number of

years that are laid up for the oppressor.

21 A sound of terrors is in his ears; In prosperity the destroyer shall

come upon him.

22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, And he is

waited for of the sword.

23 He wandereth abroad for bread, [saying], Where is it? He knoweth that

the day of darkness is ready at his hand.

24 Distress and anguish make him afraid; They prevail against him, as a

king ready to the battle.

25 Because he hath stretched out his hand against God, And behaveth

himself proudly against the Almighty;

26 He runneth upon him with a [stiff] neck, With the thick bosses of his


27 Because he hath covered his face with his fatness, And gathered fat

upon his loins;

28 And he hath dwelt in desolate cities, In houses which no man

inhabited, Which were ready to become heaps;

29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, Neither

shall their possessions be extended on the earth.

30 He shall not depart out of darkness; The flame shall dry up his

branches, And by the breath of [God's] mouth shall he go away.

31 Let him not trust in vanity, deceiving himself; For vanity shall be

his recompense.

32 It shall be accomplished before his time, And his branch shall not be


33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, And shall cast off

his flower as the olive-tree.

34 For the company of the godless shall be barren, And fire shall consume

the tents of bribery.

35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity, And their heart

prepareth deceit.

Chapter 16

1. Then Job answered and said,

2 I have heard many such things: Miserable comforters are ye all.

3 Shall vain words have an end? Or what provoketh thee that thou


4 I also could speak as ye do; If your soul were in my soul's stead, I

could join words together against you, And shake my head at you.

5 [But] I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips

would assuage [your grief].

6. Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged; And though I forbear, what am

I eased?

7 But now he hath made me weary: Thou hast made desolate all my company.

8 And thou hast laid fast hold on me, [which] is a witness [against me]:

And my leanness riseth up against me, It testifieth to my face.

9 He hath torn me in his wrath, and persecuted me; He hath gnashed upon

me with his teeth: Mine adversary sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; They have smitten me upon

the cheek reproachfully: They gather themselves together against me.

11 God delivereth me to the ungodly, And casteth me into the hands of the


12 I was at ease, and he brake me asunder; Yea, he hath taken me by the

neck, and dashed me to pieces: He hath also set me up for his mark.

13 His archers compass me round about; He cleaveth my reins asunder, and

doth not spare; He poureth out my gall upon the ground.

14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach; He runneth upon me like a


15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, And have laid my horn in the


16 My face is red with weeping, And on my eyelids is the shadow of death;

17. Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.

18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, And let my cry have no


19 Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And he that voucheth for me

is on high.

20 My friends scoff at me: [But] mine eye poureth out tears unto God,

21 That he would maintain the right of a man with God, And of a son of

man with his neighbor!

22 For when a few years are come, I shall go the way whence I shall not


Chapter 17

1. My spirit is consumed, my days are extinct, The grave is [ready] for


2 Surely there are mockers with me, And mine eye dwelleth upon their


3 Give now a pledge, be surety for me with thyself; Who is there that

will strike hands with me?

4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: Therefore shalt thou

not exalt [them].

5 He that denounceth his friends for a prey, Even the eyes of his

children shall fail.

6 But he hath made me a byword of the people; And they spit in my face.

7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, And all my members are as a


8 Upright men shall be astonished at this, And the innocent shall stir up

himself against the godless.

9 Yet shall the righteous hold on his way, And he that hath clean hands

shall wax stronger and stronger.

10. But as for you all, come on now again; And I shall not find a wise man

among you.

11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, Even the thoughts of my


12 They change the night into day: The light, [say they], is near unto

the darkness.

13 If I look for Sheol as my house; If I have spread my couch in the


14 If I have said to corruption, Thou art my father; To the worm, [Thou

art] my mother, and my sister;

15 Where then is my hope? And as for my hope, who shall see it?

16 It shall go down to the bars of Sheol, When once there is rest in the


Chapter 18

1. Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

2 How long will ye hunt for words? Consider, and afterwards we will


3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, [And] are become unclean in your


4 Thou that tearest thyself in thine anger, Shall the earth be forsaken

for thee? Or shall the rock be removed out of its place?

5. Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, And the spark of his

fire shall not shine.

6 The light shall be dark in his tent, And his lamp above him shall be

put out.

7 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, And his own counsel

shall cast him down.

8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, And he walketh upon the


9 A gin shall take [him] by the heel, [And] a snare shall lay hold on


10 A noose is hid for him in the ground, And a trap for him in the way.

11. Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, And shall chase him at

his heels.

12 His strength shall be hunger-bitten, And calamity shall be ready at

his side.

13 The members of his body shall be devoured, [Yea], the first-born of

death shall devour his members.

14 He shall be rooted out of his tent where he trusteth; And he shall be

brought to the king of terrors.

15 There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his: Brimstone

shall be scattered upon his habitation.

16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, And above shall his branch be cut


17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, And he shall have no name

in the street.

18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, And chased out of the


19 He shall have neither son nor son's son among his people, Nor any

remaining where he sojourned.

20 They that come after shall be astonished at his day, As they that went

before were affrighted.

21 Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous, And this is the

place of him that knoweth not God.

Chapter 19

1. Then Job answered and said,

2 How long will ye vex my soul, And break me in pieces with words?

3 These ten times have ye reproached me: Ye are not ashamed that ye deal

hardly with me.

4 And be it indeed that I have erred, Mine error remaineth with myself.

5 If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, And plead against me

my reproach;

6 Know now that God hath subverted me [in my cause], And hath compassed

me with his net.

7 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry for help, but

there is no justice.

8. He hath walled up my way that I cannot pass, And hath set darkness in

my paths.

9 He hath stripped me of my glory, And taken the crown from my head.

10 He hath broken me down on every side, and I am gone; And my hope hath

he plucked up like a tree.

11 He hath also kindled his wrath against me, And he counteth me unto him

as [one of] his adversaries.

12 His troops come on together, And cast up their way against me, And

encamp round about my tent.

13 He hath put my brethren far from me, And mine acquaintance are wholly

estranged from me.

14 My kinsfolk have failed, And my familiar friends have forgotten me.

15 They that dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger; I

am an alien in their sight.

16 I call unto my servant, and he giveth me no answer, [Though] I entreat

him with my mouth.

17 My breath is strange to my wife, And my supplication to the children

of mine own mother.

18 Even young children despise me; If I arise, they speak against me.

19 All my familiar friends abhor me, And they whom I loved are turned

against me.

20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, And I am escaped with the

skin of my teeth.

21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; For the hand of

God hath touched me.

22 Why do ye persecute me as God, And are not satisfied with my flesh?

23. Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were inscribed in a


24 That with an iron pen and lead They were graven in the rock for ever!

25 But as for me I know that my Redeemer liveth, And at last he will

stand up upon the earth:

26 And after my skin, [even] this [body], is destroyed, Then without my

flesh shall I see God;

27 Whom I, even I, shall see, on my side, And mine eyes shall behold, and

not as a stranger. My heart is consumed within me.

28 If ye say, How we will persecute him! And that the root of the matter

is found in me;

29 Be ye afraid of the sword: For wrath [bringeth] the punishments of the

sword, That ye may know there is a judgment.

Chapter 20

1. Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

2 Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, Even by reason of my haste

that is in me.

3 I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame; And the spirit of

my understanding answereth me.

4 Knowest thou [not] this of old time, Since man was placed upon earth,

5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless

but for a moment?

6 Though his height mount up to the heavens, And his head reach unto the


7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: They that have seen him

shall say, Where is he?

8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: Yea, he shall be

chased away as a vision of the night.

9 The eye which saw him shall see him no more; Neither shall his place

any more behold him.

10. His children shall seek the favor of the poor, And his hands shall

give back his wealth.

11 His bones are full of his youth, But it shall lie down with him in the


12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, Though he hide it under his


13 Though he spare it, and will not let it go, But keep it still within

his mouth;

14 Yet his food in his bowels is turned, It is the gall of asps within


15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again; God

will cast them out of his belly.

16 He shall suck the poison of asps: The viper's tongue shall slay him.

17 He shall not look upon the rivers, The flowing streams of honey and


18 That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it

down; According to the substance that he hath gotten, he shall not rejoice.

19 For he hath oppressed and forsaken the poor; He hath violently taken

away a house, and he shall not build it up.

20 Because he knew no quietness within him, He shall not save aught of

that wherein he delighteth.

21 There was nothing left that he devoured not; Therefore his prosperity

shall not endure.

22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: The hand of

every one that is in misery shall come upon him.

23. When he is about to fill his belly, [God] will cast the fierceness of

his wrath upon him, And will rain it upon him while he is eating.

24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, And the bow of brass shall strike

him through.

25 He draweth it forth, and it cometh out of his body; Yea, the

glittering point cometh out of his gall: Terrors are upon him.

26 All darkness is laid up for his treasures: A fire not blown [by man]

shall devour him; It shall consume that which is left in his tent.

27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, And the earth shall rise up

against him.

28 The increase of his house shall depart; [His goods] shall flow away in

the day of his wrath.

29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, And the heritage

appointed unto him by God.

Chapter 21

1. Then Job answered and said,

2 Hear diligently my speech; And let this be your consolations.

3 Suffer me, and I also will speak; And after that I have spoken, mock


4 As for me, is my complaint to man? And why should I not be impatient?

5 Mark me, and be astonished, And lay your hand upon your mouth.

6 Even when I remember I am troubled, And horror taketh hold on my flesh.

7. Wherefore do the wicked live, Become old, yea, wax mighty in power?

8 Their seed is established with them in their sight, And their offspring

before their eyes.

9 Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them.

10 Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; Their cow calveth, and casteth

not her calf.

11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, And their children


12 They sing to the timbrel and harp, And rejoice at the sound of the


13 They spend their days in prosperity, And in a moment they go down to


14 And they say unto God, Depart from us; For we desire not the knowledge

of thy ways.

15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit should

we have, if we pray unto him?

16 Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand: The counsel of the wicked

is far from me.

17. How oft is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? That their

calamity cometh upon them? That [God] distributeth sorrows in his anger?

18 That they are as stubble before the wind, And as chaff that the storm

carrieth away?

19 [Ye say], God layeth up his iniquity for his children. Let him

recompense it unto himself, that he may know it:

20 Let his own eyes see his destruction, And let him drink of the wrath

of the Almighty.

21 For what careth he for his house after him, When the number of his

months is cut off?

22 Shall any teach God knowledge, Seeing he judgeth those that are high?

23 One dieth in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and quiet:

24 His pails are full of milk, And the marrow of his bones is moistened.

25 And another dieth in bitterness of soul, And never tasteth of good.

26 They lie down alike in the dust, And the worm covereth them.

27. Behold, I know your thoughts, And the devices wherewith ye would wrong


28 For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? And where is the tent

wherein the wicked dwelt?

29 Have ye not asked wayfaring men? And do ye not know their evidences,

30 That the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity? That they are

led forth to the day of wrath?

31 Who shall declare his way to his face? And who shall repay him what he

hath done?

32 Yet shall he be borne to the grave, And men shall keep watch over the


33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, And all men shall

draw after him, As there were innumerable before him.

34 How then comfort ye me in vain, Seeing in your answers there remaineth

[only] falsehood?

Chapter 22

1. Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,

2 Can a man be profitable unto God? Surely he that is wise is profitable

unto himself.

3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? Or is it

gain [to him], that thou makest thy ways perfect?

4 Is it for thy fear [of him] that he reproveth thee, That he entereth

with thee into judgment?

5. Is not thy wickedness great? Neither is there any end to thine


6 For thou hast taken pledges of thy brother for nought, And stripped the

naked of their clothing.

7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, And thou hast

withholden bread from the hungry.

8 But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; And the honorable man, he

dwelt in it.

9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, And the arms of the fatherless have

been broken.

10 Therefore snares are round about thee, And sudden fear troubleth thee,

11 Or darkness, so that thou canst not see, And abundance of waters cover


12 Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the height of the

stars, how high they are!

13 And thou sayest, What doth God know? Can he judge through the thick


14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he seeth not; And he

walketh on the vault of heaven.

15. Wilt thou keep the old way Which wicked men have trodden?

16 Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundation was poured

out as a stream,

17 Who said unto God, Depart from us; And, What can the Almighty do for


18 Yet he filled their houses with good things: But the counsel of the

wicked is far from me.

19 The righteous see it, and are glad; And the innocent laugh them to


20 [Saying], Surely they that did rise up against us are cut off, And the

remnant of them the fire hath consumed.

21. Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: Thereby good shall

come unto thee.

22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, And lay up his words in

thy heart.

23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, If thou put

away unrighteousness far from thy tents.

24 And lay thou [thy] treasure in the dust, And [the gold of] Ophir among

the stones of the brooks;

25 And the Almighty will be thy treasure, And precious silver unto thee.

26 For then shalt thou delight thyself in the Almighty, And shalt lift up

thy face unto God.

27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he will hear thee; And thou

shalt pay thy vows.

28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee;

And light shall shine upon thy ways.

29 When they cast [thee] down, thou shalt say, [There is] lifting up; And

the humble person he will save.

30 He will deliver [even] him that is not innocent: Yea, he shall be

delivered through the cleanness of thy hands.

Chapter 23

1. Then Job answered and said,

2 Even to-day is my complaint rebellious: My stroke is heavier than my


3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his


4 I would set my cause in order before him, And fill my mouth with


5 I would know the words which he would answer me, And understand what he

would say unto me.

6 Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he

would give heed unto me.

7 There the upright might reason with him; So should I be delivered for

ever from my judge.

8. Behold, I go forward, but he is not [there]; And backward, but I cannot

perceive him;

9 On the left hand, when he doth work, but I cannot behold him; He hideth

himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.

10 But he knoweth the way that I take; When he hath tried me, I shall

come forth as gold.

11 My foot hath held fast to his steps; His way have I kept, and turned

not aside.

12 I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have

treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

13. But he is in one [mind], and who can turn him? And what his soul

desireth, even that he doeth.

14 For he performeth that which is appointed for me: And many such things

are with him.

15 Therefore am I terrified at his presence; When I consider, I am afraid

of him.

16 For God hath made my heart faint, And the Almighty hath terrified me;

17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did he cover

the thick darkness from my face.

Chapter 24

1. Why are times not laid up by the Almighty? And why do not they that

know him see his days?

2 There are that remove the landmarks; They violently take away flocks,

and feed them.

3 They drive away the ass of the fatherless; They take the widow's ox for

a pledge.

4 They turn the needy out of the way: The poor of the earth all hide


5 Behold, as wild asses in the desert They go forth to their work,

seeking diligently for food; The wilderness [yieldeth] them bread for their


6 They cut their provender in the field; And they glean the vintage of

the wicked.

7 They lie all night naked without clothing, And have no covering in the


8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And embrace the rock

for want of a shelter.

9 There are that pluck the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge

of the poor;

10 [So that] they go about naked without clothing, And being hungry they

carry the sheaves.

11 They make oil within the walls of these men; They tread [their]

winepresses, and suffer thirst.

12 From out of the populous city men groan, And the soul of the wounded

crieth out: Yet God regardeth not the folly.

13. These are of them that rebel against the light; They know not the ways

thereof, Nor abide in the paths thereof.

14 The murderer riseth with the light; He killeth the poor and needy; And

in the night he is as a thief.

15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, Saying, No eye

shall see me: And he disguiseth his face.

16 In the dark they dig through houses: They shut themselves up in the

day-time; They know not the light.

17 For the morning is to all of them as thick darkness; For they know the

terrors of the thick darkness.

18. Swiftly they [pass away] upon the face of the waters; Their portion is

cursed in the earth: They turn not into the way of the vineyards.

19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: [So doth] Sheol [those that]

have sinned.

20 The womb shall forget him; The worm shall feed sweetly on him; He

shall be no more remembered; And unrighteousness shall be broken as a tree.

21 He devoureth the barren that beareth not, And doeth not good to the


22 Yet [God] preserveth the mighty by his power: He riseth up that hath

no assurance of life.

23 [God] giveth them to be in security, and they rest thereon; And his

eyes are upon their ways.

24 They are exalted; yet a little while, and they are gone; Yea, they are

brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others, And are cut off

as the tops of the ears of grain.

25 And if it be not so now, who will prove me a liar, And make my speech

nothing worth?

Chapter 25

1. Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

2 Dominion and fear are with him; He maketh peace in his high places.

3 Is there any number of his armies? And upon whom doth not his light


4 How then can man be just with God? Or how can he be clean that is born

of a woman?

5 Behold, even the moon hath no brightness, And the stars are not pure in

his sight:

6 How much less man, that is a worm! And the son of man, that is a worm!

Chapter 26

1. Then Job answered and said,

2 How hast thou helped him that is without power! How hast thou saved the

arm that hath no strength!

3 How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom, And plentifully

declared sound knowledge!

4 To whom hast thou uttered words? And whose spirit came forth from thee?

5. They that are deceased tremble Beneath the waters and the inhabitants


6 Sheol is naked before [God], And Abaddon hath no covering.

7 He stretcheth out the north over empty space, And hangeth the earth

upon nothing.

8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; And the cloud is not rent

under them.

9 He incloseth the face of his throne, And spreadeth his cloud upon it.

10 He hath described a boundary upon the face of the waters, Unto the

confines of light and darkness.

11 The pillars of heaven tremble And are astonished at his rebuke.

12 He stirreth up the sea with his power, And by his understanding he

smiteth through Rahab.

13 By his Spirit the heavens are garnished; His hand hath pierced the

swift serpent.

14 Lo, these are but the outskirts of his ways: And how small a whisper

do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?

Chapter 27

1. And Job again took up his parable, and said,

2 As God liveth, who hath taken away my right, And the Almighty, who hath

vexed my soul:

3 (For my life is yet whole in me, And the spirit of God is in my


4 Surely my lips shall not speak uprighteousness, Neither shall my tongue

utter deceit.

5 Far be it from me that I should justify you: Till I die I will not put

away mine integrity from me.

6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: My heart shall

not reproach [me] so long as I live.

7. Let mine enemy be as the wicked, And let him that riseth up against me

be as the unrighteous.

8 For what is the hope of the godless, though he get him gain, When God

taketh away his soul?

9 Will God hear his cry, When trouble cometh upon him?

10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty, And call upon God at all


11. I will teach you concerning the hand of God; That which is with the

Almighty will I not conceal.

12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; Why then are ye become

altogether vain?

13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, And the heritage of

oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty:

14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword; And his offspring

shall not be satisfied with bread.

15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death, And his widows

shall make no lamentation.

16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, And prepare raiment as the clay;

17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, And the innocent

shall divide the silver.

18 He buildeth his house as the moth, And as a booth which the keeper


19 He lieth down rich, but he shall not be gathered [to his fathers]; He

openeth his eyes, and he is not.

20 Terrors overtake him like waters; A tempest stealeth him away in the


21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth; And it sweepeth him

out of his place.

22 For [God] shall hurl at him, and not spare: He would fain flee out of

his hand.

23 Men shall clap their hands at him, And shall hiss him out of his



Chapter 28

1. Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place for gold which they


2 Iron is taken out of the earth, And copper is molten out of the stone.

3 [Man] setteth an end to darkness, And searcheth out, to the furthest

bound, The stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.

4 He breaketh open a shaft away from where men sojourn; They are

forgotten of the foot; They hang afar from men, they swing to and fro.

5 As for the earth, out of it cometh bread; And underneath it is turned

up as it were by fire.

6 The stones thereof are the place of sapphires, And it hath dust of


7 That path no bird of prey knoweth, Neither hath the falcon's eye seen


8 The proud beasts have not trodden it, Nor hath the fierce lion passed


9 He putteth forth his hand upon the flinty rock; He overturneth the

mountains by the roots.

10 He cutteth out channels among the rocks; And his eye seeth every

precious thing.

11 He bindeth the streams that they trickle not; And the thing that is

hid bringeth he forth to light.

12 But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of


13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; Neither is it found in the land of

the living.

14. The deep saith, It is not in me; And the sea saith, It is not with me.

15 It cannot be gotten for gold, Neither shall silver be weighed for the

price thereof.

16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, With the precious onyx, or

the sapphire.

17 Gold and glass cannot equal it, Neither shall it be exchanged for

jewels of fine gold.

18 No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal: Yea, the price of

wisdom is above rubies.

19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, Neither shall it be valued

with pure gold.

20. Whence then cometh wisdom? And where is the place of understanding?

21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, And kept close from the

birds of the heavens.

22 Destruction and Death say, We have heard a rumor thereof with our


23 God understandeth the way thereof, And he knoweth the place thereof.

24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, And seeth under the whole


25 To make a weight for the wind: Yea, he meteth out the waters by


26 When he made a decree for the rain, And a way for the lightning of the


27 Then did he see it, and declare it; He established it, yea, and

searched it out.

28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;

And to depart from evil is understanding.

Chapter 29

1. And Job again took up his parable, and said,

2 Oh that I were as in the months of old, As in the days when God watched

over me;

3 When his lamp shined upon my head, And by his light I walked through


4 As I was in the ripeness of my days, When the friendship of God was

upon my tent;

5 When the Almighty was yet with me, And my children were about me;

6 When my steps were washed with butter, And the rock poured me out

streams of oil!

7. When I went forth to the gate unto the city, When I prepared my seat in

the street,

8 The young men saw me and hid themselves, And the aged rose up and


9 The princes refrained from talking, And laid their hand on their mouth;

10 The voice of the nobels was hushed, And their tongue cleaved to the

roof of their mouth.

11 For when the ear heard [me], then it blessed me; And when the eye saw

[me], it gave witness unto me:

12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, The fatherless also, that had

none to help him.

13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me; And I

caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: My justice was as a robe

and a diadem.

15 I was eyes to the blind, And feet was I to the lame.

16 I was a father to the needy: And the cause of him that I knew not I

searched out.

17 And I brake the jaws of the unrighteous, And plucked the prey out of

his teeth.

18. Then I said, I shall die in my nest, And I shall multiply my days as

the sand:

19 My root is spread out to the waters, And the dew lieth all night upon

my branch;

20 My glory is fresh in me, And my bow is renewed in my hand.

21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, And kept silence for my counsel.

22 After my words they spake not again; And my speech distilled upon


23 And they waited for me as for the rain; And they opened their mouth

wide [as] for the latter rain.

24 I smiled on them, when they had no confidence; And the light of my

countenance they cast not down.

25 I chose out their way, and sat [as] chief, And dwelt as a king in the

army, As one that comforteth the mourners.

Chapter 30

1. But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, Whose fathers

I disdained to set with the dogs of my flock.

2 Yea, the strength of their hands, whereto should it profit me? Men in

whom ripe age is perished.

3 They are gaunt with want and famine; They gnaw the dry ground, in the

gloom of wasteness and desolation.

4 They pluck salt-wort by the bushes; And the roots of the broom are

their food.

5 They are driven forth from the midst [of men]; They cry after them as

after a thief;

6 So that they dwell in frightful valleys, In holes of the earth and of

the rocks.

7 Among the bushes they bray; Under the nettles they are gathered


8 [They are] children of fools, yea, children of base men; They were

scouraged out of the land.

9 And now I am become their song, Yea, I am a byword unto them.

10 They abhor me, they stand aloof from me, And spare not to spit in my


11 For he hath loosed his cord, and afflicted me; And they have cast off

the bridle before me.

12 Upon my right hand rise the rabble; They thrust aside my feet, And

they cast up against me their ways of destruction.

13 They mar my path, They set forward my calamity, [Even] men that have

no helper.

14 As through a wide breach they come: In the midst of the ruin they roll

themselves [upon me].

15. Terrors are turned upon me; They chase mine honor as the wind; And my

welfare is passed away as a cloud.

16 And now my soul is poured out within me; Days of affliction have taken

hold upon me.

17 In the night season my bones are pierced in me, And the [pains] that

gnaw me take no rest.

18 By [God's] great force is my garment disfigured; It bindeth me about

as the collar of my coat.

19 He hath cast me into the mire, And I am become like dust and ashes.

20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not answer me: I stand up, and thou

gazest at me.

21 Thou art turned to be cruel to me; With the might of thy hand thou

persecutest me.

22 Thou liftest me up to the wind, thou causest me to ride [upon it]; And

thou dissolvest me in the storm.

23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, And to the house

appointed for all living.

24 Howbeit doth not one stretch out the hand in his fall? Or in his

calamity therefore cry for help?

25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? Was not my soul grieved

for the needy?

26 When I looked for good, then evil came; And when I waited for light,

there came darkness.

27 My heart is troubled, and resteth not; Days of affliction are come

upon me.

28 I go mourning without the sun: I stand up in the assembly, and cry for


29 I am a brother to jackals, And a companion to ostriches.

30 My skin is black, [and falleth] from me, And my bones are burned with


31 Therefore is my harp [turned] to mourning, And my pipe into the voice

of them that weep.

Chapter 31

1. I made a covenant with mine eyes; How then should I look upon a virgin?

2 For what is the portion from God above, And the heritage from the

Almighty on high?

3 Is it not calamity to the unrighteous, And disaster to the workers of


4 Doth not he see my ways, And number all my steps?

5 If I have walked with falsehood, And my foot hath hasted to deceit

6 (Let me be weighed in an even balance, That God may know mine


7 If my step hath turned out of the way, And my heart walked after mine

eyes, And if any spot hath cleaved to my hands:

8 Then let me sow, and let another eat; Yea, let the produce of my field

be rooted out.

9. If my heart hath been enticed unto a woman, And I have laid wait at my

neighbor's door;

10 Then let my wife grind unto another, And let others bow down upon her.

11 For that were a heinous crime; Yea, it were an iniquity to be punished

by the judges:

12 For it is a fire that consumeth unto Destruction, And would root out

all mine increase.

13 If I have despised the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-servant,

When they contended with me;

14 What then shall I do when God riseth up? And when he visiteth, what

shall I answer him?

15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion

us in the womb?

16. If I have withheld the poor from [their] desire, Or have caused the

eyes of the widow to fail,

17 Or have eaten my morsel alone, And the fatherless hath not eaten


18 (Nay, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And her have

I guided from my mother's womb);

19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, Or that the needy had

no covering;

20 If his loins have not blessed me, And if he hath not been warmed with

the fleece of my sheep;

21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, Because I saw my

help in the gate:

22 Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, And mine arm be

broken from the bone.

23 For calamity from God is a terror to me, And by reason of his majesty

I can do nothing.

24. If I have made gold my hope, And have said to the fine gold, [Thou

art] my confidence;

25 If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, And because my hand

had gotten much;

26 If I have beheld the sun when it shined, Or the moon walking in


27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed, And my mouth hath kissed my


28 This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judges; For I should

have denied the God that is above.

29 If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, Or lifted

up myself when evil found him;

30 (Yea, I have not suffered by mouth to sin By asking his life with a


31 If the men of my tent have not said, Who can find one that hath not

been filled with his meat?

32 (The sojourner hath not lodged in the street; But I have opened my

doors to the traveller);

33. If like Adam I have covered my transgressions, By hiding mine iniquity

in my bosom,

34 Because I feared the great multitude, And the contempt of families

terrified me, So that I kept silence, and went not out of the door--

35 Oh that I had one to hear me! (Lo, here is my signature, let the

Almighty answer me); And [that I had] the indictment which mine adversary

hath written!

36 Surely I would carry it upon my shoulder; I would bind it unto me as a


37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; As a prince would I

go near unto him.

38 If my land crieth out against me, And the furrows thereof weep


39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, Or have caused the

owners thereof to lose their life:

40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, And cockle instead of barley. The

words of Job are ended.

Chapter 32

1. So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in

his own eyes.

2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of

the family of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified

himself rather than God.

3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had

found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

4 Now Elihu had waited to speak unto Job, because they were elder than


5 And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three

men, his wrath was kindled.

6. And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young,

and ye are very old; Wherefore I held back, and durst not show you mine


7 I said, Days should speak, And multitude of years should teach wisdom.

8 But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty giveth

them understanding.

9 It is not the great that are wise, Nor the aged that understand


10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will show mine opinion.

11 Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your reasonings,

Whilst ye searched out what to say.

12 Yea, I attended unto you, And, behold, there was none that convinced

Chapter , Or that answered his words, among you.

13 Beware lest ye say, We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not


14 For he hath not directed his words against me; Neither will I answer

him with your speeches.

15. They are amazed, they answer no more: They have not a word to say.

16 And shall I wait, because they speak not, Because they stand still,

and answer no more?

17 I also will answer my part, I also will show mine opinion.

18 For I am full of words; The spirit within me constraineth me.

19 Behold, my breast is as wine which hath no vent; Like new wine-skins

it is ready to burst.

20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed; I will open my lips and answer.

21 Let me not, I pray you, respect any man's person; Neither will I give

flattering titles unto any man.

22 For I know not to give flattering titles; [Else] would my Maker soon

take me away.

Chapter 33

1. Howbeit, Job, I pray thee, hear my speech, And hearken to all my words.

2 Behold now, I have opened my mouth; My tongue hath spoken in my mouth.

3 My words [shall utter] the uprightness of my heart; And that which my

lips know they shall speak sincerely.

4 The Spirit of God hath made me, And the breath of the Almighty giveth

me life.

5 If thou canst, answer thou me; Set [thy words] in order before me,

stand forth.

6 Behold, I am toward God even as thou art: I also am formed out of the


7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, Neither shall my pressure

be heavy upon thee.

8. Surely thou hast spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the voice of

[thy] words, [saying],

9 I am clean, without transgression; I am innocent, neither is there

iniquity in me:

10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, He counteth me for his enemy:

11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, He marketh all my paths.

12 Behold, I will answer thee, in this thou art not just; For God is

greater than man.

13 Why dost thou strive against him, For that he giveth not account of

any of his matters?

14. For God speaketh once, Yea twice, [though man] regardeth it not.

15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falleth upon

men, In slumberings upon the bed;

16 Then he openeth the ears of men, And sealeth their instruction,

17 That he may withdraw man [from his] purpose, And hide pride from man;

18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, And his life from perishing by

the sword.

19. He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, And with continual strife

in his bones;

20 So that his life abhorreth bread, And his soul dainty food.

21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; And his bones that

were not seen stick out.

22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the pit, And his life to the


23 If there be with him an angel, An interpreter, one among a thousand,

To show unto man what is right for him;

24 Then [God] is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going

down to the pit, I have found a ransom.

25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child's; He returneth to the days of

his youth.

26 He prayeth unto God, and he is favorable unto him, So that he seeth

his face with joy: And he restoreth unto man his righteousness.

27 He singeth before men, and saith, I have sinned, and perverted that

which was right, And it profited me not:

28 He hath redeemed my soul from going into the pit, And my life shall

behold the light.

29. Lo, all these things doth God work, Twice, [yea] thrice, with a man,

30 To bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with

the light of the living.

31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: Hold thy peace, and I will speak.

32 If thou hast anything to say, answer me: Speak, for I desire to

justify thee.

33 If not, hearken thou unto me: Hold thy peace, and I will teach thee


Chapter 34

1. Moreover Elihu answered and said,

2 Hear my words, ye wise men; And give ear unto me, ye that have


3 For the ear trieth words, As the palate tasteth food.

4 Let us choose for us that which is right: Let us know among ourselves

what is good.

5 For Job hath said, I am righteous, And God hath taken away my right:

6 Nowwithstanding my right I am [accounted] a liar; My wound is

incurable, [though I am] without transgression.

7 What man is like Job, Who drinketh up scoffing like water,

8 Who goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, And walketh with

wicked men?

9 For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing That he should delight

himself with God.

10. Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: Far be it from

God, that he should do wickedness, And from the Almighty, that he should

commit iniquity.

11 For the work of a man will he render unto him, And cause every man to

find according to his ways.

12 Yea, of a surety, God will not do wickedly, Neither will the Almighty

pervert justice.

13 Who gave him a charge over the earth? Or who hath disposed the whole


14 If he set his heart upon himself, [If] he gather unto himself his

spirit and his breath;

15 All flesh shall perish together, And man shall turn again unto dust.

16. If now [thou hast] understanding, hear this: Hearken to the voice of

my words.

17 Shall even one that hateth justice govern? And wilt thou condemn him

that is righteous [and] mighty?--

18 [Him] that saith to a king, [Thou art] vile, [Or] to nobles, [Ye are]


19 That respecteth not the persons of princes, Nor regardeth the rich

more than the poor; For they all are the work of his hands.

20 In a moment they die, even at midnight; The people are shaken and pass

away, And the mighty are taken away without hand.

21 For his eyes are upon the ways of a man, And he seeth all his goings.

22 There is no darkness, nor thick gloom, Where the workers of iniquity

may hide themselves.

23 For he needeth not further to consider a man, That he should go before

God in judgment.

24 He breaketh in pieces mighty men [in ways] past finding out, And

setteth others in their stead.

25 Therefore he taketh knowledge of their works; And he overturneth them

in the night, so that they are destroyed.

26 He striketh them as wicked men In the open sight of others;

27 Because they turned aside from following him, And would not have

regard in any of his ways:

28 So that they caused the cry of the poor to come unto him, And he heard

the cry of the afflicted.

29 When he giveth quietness, who then can condemn? And when he hideth his

face, who then can behold him? Alike whether [it be done] unto a nation, or

unto a man:

30 That the godless man reign not, That there be none to ensnare the


31. For hath any said unto God, I have borne [chastisement], I will not

offend [any more]:

32 That which I see not teach thou me: If I have done iniquity, I will do

it no more?

33 Shall his recompense be as thou wilt, that thou refusest it? For thou

must choose, and not I: Therefore speak what thou knowest.

34 Men of understanding will say unto me, Yea, every wise man that

heareth me:

35 Job speaketh without knowledge, And his words are without wisdom.

36 Would that Job were tried unto the end, Because of his answering like

wicked men.

37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin; He clappeth his hands among us,

And multiplieth his words against God.

Chapter 35

1. Moreover Elihu answered and said,

2 Thinkest thou this to be [thy] right, [Or] sayest thou, My

righteousness is more than God's,

3 That thou sayest, What advantage will it be unto thee? [And], What

profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?

4 I will answer thee, And thy companions with thee.

5 Look unto the heavens, and see; And behold the skies, which are higher

than thou.

6 If thou hast sinned, what effectest thou against him? And if thy

transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?

7 If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? Or what receiveth he of thy


8 Thy wickedness [may hurt] a man as thou art; And thy righteousness [may

profit] a son of man.

9. By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for

help by reason of the arm of the mighty.

10 But none saith, Where is God my Maker, Who giveth songs in the night,

11 Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, And maketh us wiser

than the birds of the heavens?

12 There they cry, but none giveth answer, Because of the pride of evil


13 Surely God will not hear an empty [cry], Neither will the Almighty

regard it.

14. How much less when thou sayest thou beholdest him not, The cause is

before him, and thou waitest for him!

15 But now, because he hath not visited in his anger, Neither doth he

greatly regard arrogance;

16 Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vanity; He multiplieth words

without knowledge.

Chapter 36

1. Elihu also proceeded, and said,

2 Suffer me a little, and I will show thee; For I have yet somewhat to

say on God's behalf.

3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And will ascribe righteousness to

my Maker.

4 For truly my words are not false: One that is perfect in knowledge is

with thee.

5. Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: He is mighty in strength

of understanding.

6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked, But giveth to the afflicted

[their] right.

7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: But with kings upon the

throne He setteth them for ever, and they are exalted.

8 And if they be bound in fetters, And be taken in the cords of


9 Then he showeth them their work, And their transgressions, that they

have behaved themselves proudly.

10 He openeth also their ear to instruction, And commandeth that they

return from iniquity.

11 If they hearken and serve [him], They shall spend their days in

prosperity, And their years in pleasures.

12 But if they hearken not, they shall perish by the sword, And they

shall die without knowledge.

13 But they that are godless in heart lay up anger: They cry not for help

when he bindeth them.

14 They die in youth, And their life [perisheth] among the unclean.

15. He delivereth the afflicted by their affliction, And openeth their ear

in oppression.

16 Yea, he would have allured thee out of distress Into a broad place,

where there is no straitness; And that which is set on thy table would be

full of fatness.

17 But thou art full of the judgment of the wicked: Judgment and justice

take hold [on thee].

18 For let not wrath stir thee up against chastisements; Neither let the

greatness of the ransom turn thee aside.

19 Will thy cry avail, [that thou be] not in distress, Or all the forces

of [thy] strength?

20 Desire not the night, When peoples are cut off in their place.

21 Take heed, regard not iniquity: For this hast thou chosen rather than


22 Behold, God doeth loftily in his power: Who is a teacher like unto


23 Who hath enjoined him his way? Or who can say, Thou hast wrought


24. Remember that thou magnify his work, Whereof men have sung.

25 All men have looked thereon; Man beholdeth it afar off.

26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not; The number of his years is


27 For he draweth up the drops of water, Which distil in rain from his


28 Which the skies pour down And drop upon man abundantly.

29 Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, The thunderings

of his pavilion?

30 Behold, he spreadeth his light around him; And he covereth the bottom

of the sea.

31 For by these he judgeth the peoples; He giveth food in abundance.

32 He covereth his hands with the lightning, And giveth it a charge that

it strike the mark.

33 The noise thereof telleth concerning him, The cattle also concerning

[the storm] that cometh up.

Chapter 37

1. Yea, at this my heart trembleth, And is moved out of its place.

2 Hear, oh, hear the noise of his voice, And the sound that goeth out of

his mouth.

3 He sendeth it forth under the whole heaven, And his lightening unto the

ends of the earth.

4 After it a voice roareth; He thundereth with the voice of his majesty;

And he restraineth not [the lightnings] when his voice is heard.

5 God thundereth marvellously with his voice; Great things doeth he,

which we cannot comprehend.

6. For he saith to the snow, Fall thou on the earth; Likewise to the

shower of rain, And to the showers of his mighty rain.

7 He sealeth up the hand of every man, That all men whom he hath made may

know [it].

8 Then the beasts go into coverts, And remain in their dens.

9 Out of the chamber [of the south] cometh the storm, And cold out of the


10 By the breath of God ice is given; And the breadth of the waters is


11 Yea, he ladeth the thick cloud with moisture; He spreadeth abroad the

cloud of his lightning:

12 And it is turned round about by his guidance, That they may do

whatsoever he commandeth them Upon the face of the habitable world,

13 Whether it be for correction, or for his land, Or for lovingkindness,

that he cause it to come.

14. Hearken unto this, O Job: Stand still, and consider the wondrous works

of God.

15 Dost thou know how God layeth [his charge] upon them, And causeth the

lightning of his cloud to shine?

16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, The wondrous works of him

who is perfect in knowledge?

17 How thy garments are warm, When the earth is still by reason of the

south [wind]?

18 Canst thou with him spread out the sky, Which is strong as a molten


19 Teach us what we shall say unto him; [For] we cannot set [our speech]

in order by reason of darkness.

20 Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he

were swallowed up?

21. And now men see not the light which is bright in the skies; But the

wind passeth, and cleareth them.

22 Out of the north cometh golden splendor: God hath upon him terrible


23 [Touching] the Almighty, we cannot find him out: He is excellent in

power; And in justice and plenteous righteousness he will not afflict.

24 Men do therefore fear him: He regardeth not any that are wise of


Chapter 38

1. Then Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel By words without knowledge?

3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; For I will demand of thee, and

declare thou unto me.

4. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if

thou hast understanding.

5 Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who stretched

the line upon it?

6 Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the

corner-stone thereof,

7 When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted

for joy?

8 Or [who] shut up the sea with doors, When it brake forth, [as if] it

had issued out of the womb;

9 When I made clouds the garment thereof, And thick darkness a

swaddling-band for it,

10 And marked out for it my bound, And set bars and doors,

11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further; And here shall thy

proud waves be stayed?

12. Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days [began], [And] caused

the dayspring to know its place;

13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be

shaken out of it?

14 It is changed as clay under the seal; And [all things] stand forth as

a garment:

15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, And the high arm is


16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? Or hast thou walked in

the recesses of the deep?

17 Have the gates of death been revealed unto thee? Or hast thou seen the

gates of the shadow of death?

18 Hast thou comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare, if thou

knowest it all.

19 Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And as for darkness, where

is the place thereof,

20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, And that thou

shouldest discern the paths to the house thereof?

21 [Doubtless], thou knowest, for thou wast then born, And the number of

thy days is great!

22 Hast thou entered the treasuries of the snow, Or hast thou seen the

treasures of the hail,

23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, Against the day of

battle and war?

24 By what way is the light parted, Or the east wind scattered upon the


25. Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, Or the way for the

lightning of the thunder;

26 To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; On the wilderness,

wherein there is no man;

27 To satisfy the waste and desolate [ground], And to cause the tender

grass to spring forth?

28 Hath the rain a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew?

29 Out of whose womb came the ice? And the hoary frost of heaven, who

hath gendered it?

30 The waters hide themselves [and become] like stone, And the face of

the deep is frozen.

31 Canst thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the bands of


32 Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? Or canst thou

guide the Bear with her train?

33 Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? Canst thou establish the

dominion thereof in the earth?

34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, That abundance of waters

may cover thee?

35 Canst thou send forth lightnings, that they may go, And say unto thee,

Here we are?

36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who hath given

understanding to the mind?

37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles

of heaven,

38 When the dust runneth into a mass, And the clods cleave fast together?

39 Canst thou hunt the prey for the lioness, Or satisfy the appetite of

the young lions,

40 When they couch in their dens, [And] abide in the covert to lie in


41 Who provideth for the raven his prey, When his young ones cry unto

God, [And] wander for lack of food?

Chapter 39

1. Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? [Or]

canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?

2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? Or knowest thou the time

when they bring forth?

3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young, They cast out their


4 Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open field; They go

forth, and return not again.

5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? Or who hath loosed the bonds of

the swift ass,

6 Whose home I have made the wilderness, And the salt land his


7 He scorneth the tumult of the city, Neither heareth he the shoutings of

the driver.

8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, And he searcheth after every

green thing.

9 Will the wild-ox be content to serve thee? Or will he abide by thy


10 Canst thou bind the wild-ox with his band in the furrow? Or will he

harrow the valleys after thee?

11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? Or wilt thou leave

to him thy labor?

12 Wilt thou confide in him, that he will bring home thy seed, And gather

[the grain] of thy threshing-floor?

13. The wings of the ostrich wave proudly; [But] are they the pinions and

plumage of love?

14 For she leaveth her eggs on the earth, And warmeth them in the dust,

15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, Or that the wild beast

may trample them.

16 She dealeth hardly with her young ones, as if they were not hers:

Though her labor be in vain, [she is] without fear;

17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, Neither hath he imparted to

her understanding.

18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, She scorneth the horse and

his rider.

19. Hast thou given the horse [his] might? Hast thou clothed his neck with

the quivering mane?

20 Hast thou made him to leap as a locust? The glory of his snorting is


21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: He goeth out

to meet the armed men.

22 He mocketh at fear, and is not dismayed; Neither turneth he back from

the sword.

23 The quiver rattleth against him, The flashing spear and the javelin.

24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage; Neither believeth

he that it is the voice of the trumpet.

25 As oft as the trumpet [soundeth] he saith, Aha! And he smelleth the

battle afar off, The thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

26. Is it by thy wisdom that the hawk soareth, (And) stretcheth her wings

toward the south?

27 Is it at thy command that the eagle mounteth up, And maketh her nest

on high?

28 On the cliff she dwelleth, and maketh her home, Upon the point of the

cliff, and the stronghold.

29 From thence she spieth out the prey; Her eyes behold it afar off.

30 Her young ones also suck up blood: And where the slain are, there is


Chapter 40

1. Moreover Jehovah answered Job, and said,

2 Shall he that cavilleth contend with the Almighty? He that argueth with

God, let him answer it.

3 Then Job answered Jehovah, and said,

4 Behold, I am of small account; What shall I answer thee? I lay my hand

upon my mouth.

5 Once have I spoken, and I will not answer; Yea, twice, but I will

proceed no further.

6. Then Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare

thou unto me.

8 Wilt thou even annul my judgment? Wilt thou condemn me, that thou

mayest be justified?

9 Or hast thou an arm like God? And canst thou thunder with a voice like


10 Deck thyself now with excellency and dignity; And array thyself with

honor and majesty.

11 Pour forth the overflowings of thine anger; And look upon every one

that is proud, and abase him.

12 Look on every one that is proud, [and] bring him low; And tread down

the wicked where they stand.

13 Hide them in the dust together; Bind their faces in the hidden


14 Then will I also confess of thee That thine own right hand can save


15. Behold now, behemoth, which I made as well as thee; He eateth grass as

an ox.

16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, And his force is in the muscles

of his belly.

17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: The sinews of his thighs are knit


18 His bones are [as] tubes of brass; His limbs are like bars of iron.

19 He is the chief of the ways of God: He [only] that made him giveth him

his sword.

20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, Where all the beasts of the

field do play.

21 He lieth under the lotus-trees, In the covert of the reed, and the


22 The lotus-trees cover him with their shade; The willows of the brook

compass him about.

23 Behold, if a river overflow, he trembleth not; He is confident, though

a Jordan swell even to his mouth.

24 Shall any take him when he is on the watch, Or pierce through his nose

with a snare?

Chapter 41

1. Canst thou draw out leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue

with a cord?

2 Canst thou put a rope into his nose? Or pierce his jaw through with a


3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? Or will he speak soft words

unto thee?

4 Will he make a covenant with thee, That thou shouldest take him for a

servant for ever?

5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? Or wilt thou bind him for thy


6 Will the bands [of fishermen] make traffic of him? Will they part him

among the merchants?

7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons, Or his head with


8 Lay thy hand upon him; Remember the battle, and do so no more.

9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: Will not one be cast down even at

the sight of him?

10 None is so fierce that he dare stir him up; Who then is he that can

stand before me?

11. Who hath first given unto me, that I should repay him? [Whatsoever is]

under the whole heaven is mine.

12 I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, Nor his mighty strength,

nor his goodly frame.

13 Who can strip off his outer garment? Who shall come within his jaws?

14 Who can open the doors of his face? Round about his teeth is terror.

15 [His] strong scales are [his] pride, Shut up together [as with] a

close seal.

16 One is so near to another, That no air can come between them.

17 They are joined one to another; They stick together, so that they

cannot be sundered.

18 His sneezings flash forth light, And his eyes are like the eyelids of

the morning.

19 Out of his mouth go burning torches, And sparks of fire leap forth.

20 Out of his nostrils a smoke goeth, As of a boiling pot and [burning]


21 His breath kindleth coals, And a flame goeth forth from his mouth.

22 In his neck abideth strength, And terror danceth before him.

23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: They are firm upon him;

They cannot be moved.

24 His heart is as firm as a stone; Yea, firm as the nether millstone.

25 When he raiseth himself up, the mighty are afraid: By reason of

consternation they are beside themselves.

26 If one lay at him with the sword, it cannot avail; Nor the spear, the

dart, nor the pointed shaft.

27 He counteth iron as straw, [And] brass as rotten wood.

28 The arrow cannot make him flee: Sling-stones are turned with him into


29 Clubs are counted as stubble: He laugheth at the rushing of the


30 His underparts are [like] sharp potsherds: He spreadeth [as it were] a

threshing-wain upon the mire.

31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: He maketh the sea like a pot of


32 He maketh a path to shine after him; One would think the deep to be


33 Upon earth there is not his like, That is made without fear.

34 He beholdeth everything that is high: He is king over all the sons of


Chapter 42

1. Then Job answered Jehovah, and said,

2 I know that thou canst do all things, And that no purpose of thine can

be restrained.

3 Who is this that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore have I

uttered that which I understood not, Things too wonderful for me, which I

knew not.

4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak; I will demand of thee, and

declare thou unto me.

5 I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; But now mine eye seeth


6 Wherefore I abhor [myself], And repent in dust and ashes.

7. And it was so, that, after Jehovah had spoken these words unto Job,

Jehovah said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and

against thy two friends; for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is

right, as my servant Job hath.

8 Now therefore, take unto you seven bullocks 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 him will I accept, that I deal not with

you after your folly; for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right,

as my servant Job hath.

9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the

Naamathite went, and did according as Jehovah commanded them: and Jehovah

accepted Job.

10. And Jehovah turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his

friends: and Jehovah gave Job twice as much as he had before.

11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and

all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with

him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him concerning all

the evil that Jehovah had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece

of money, and every one a ring of gold.

12 So Jehovah blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: And

he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand

yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses.

13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

14 And he called the name of the first, Jemimah: and the name of the

second, Keziah; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch.

15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

16 And after this Job lived a hundred and forty years, and saw his sons,

and his sons' sons, [even] four generations.

17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

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