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THE BOOK OF JOB.

CHAP. I.

man, one that feareth God, and es...

cheweth evil? THERE was a man in the land of 9 Then Satan answered the LORD, Uz, whose name was Job; and that and said, Doth Job fear God for man was perfect and upright, and nought? one that feared God, and eschewed 10 Hast not thou made an hedge evil.

about him, and about his house, and 2 And there were born unto him about all that he hath on every side? seven sons and three daughters. thou hast blessed the work of his

3 His substance also was seven hands, and his substance is increasthousand sheep, and three thousand ed in the land. camels, and five hundred yoke of 11 But put forth thine hand now, oxen, and five hundred she asses, and touch all that he hath, and he and a very great household; so that will curse thee to thy face. this man was the greatest of all the 12 And the LORD said unto Satan, men of the east.

Behold, all that he hath is in thy 4 And his sons went and feasted power; only upon himself put not in their houses, every one his day; forth thine hand. So Satan went and sent and called for their three forth from the presence of the sisters to eat and to drink with

LORD. them.

13 And there was a day when his 5 And it was so, when the days sons and his daughters were eating of their feasting were gone about, and drinking wine in their eldest that Job sent and sanctified them, brother's house: and rose up early in the morning, 14 And there came a messenger and offered burnt offerings accord unto Job, and said, The oxen were ing to the number of them all: for plowing, and the asses feeding beJob said, It may be that my sons side them: have sinned, and cursed God in 15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, their hearts. Thus did Job con and took them away; yea, they have tinually.

slain the servants with the edge of 6 Now there was a day when the the sword; and I only am escaped sons of God came to present them alone to tell thee. selves before the Lord, and Satan 16 While he was yet speaking, came also among them.

there came also another, and said, 7 And the Lord said unto Satan, The fire of God is fallen from heaWheuce comest thou? Then Satan ven, and hath burned up the sheep, answered the LORD, and said, From and the servants, and consumed going to and fro in the earth, and them; and I only am escaped alone from walking up and down in it. to tell thee.

8 And the Lord said unto Satan, 17 While he was yet speaking, Hast thou considered my servant there came also another, and said, Job, that there is none like him in The Chaldeans made out three the earth, a perfect and an upright || bands, and fell upon the camels,

and have carried 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 house:

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 mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

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

movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, 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 withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse 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: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with 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 mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.

13 So they sat down with him upW on the ground seven days and seven

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

CHAP. II.

AGAIN there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord.

2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still be holdeth fast his integrity, although thou

CHAP. III.

16 Or as an hidden untimely birth

I had not been; as infants which AFTER this opened Job his mouth, never saw light. and cursed his day.

17 There the wicked cease from 2 And Job spake, and said,

troubling; and there the weary be 3 Let the day perish wherein I at rest. was born, and the night in which it 18 There the prisoners rest togewas said, There is a man child con ther; they hear not the voice of the ceived.

oppressor. 4 Let that day be darkness ; let 19 The small and great are there ; not God regard it from above, nei and the servant is free from his ther let the light shine upon it. master.

5 Let darkness and the shadow 20 Wherefore is light given to of death stain it; let a cloud dwell him that is in misery, and life unto upon it; let the blackness of the day the bitter in soul; terrify it.

21 Which long for death, but it 6 As for that night, let darkness cometh not; and dig for it more than seize upon it; let it not be joined for hid treasures ; unto the days of the year, let it not 22 Which rejoice exceedingly, come into the number of the months. and are glad, when they can find

7 Lo, let that night be solitary, the grave? let no joyful voice come therein. 23 Why is light given to a man

8 Let them curse it that curse the whose way is hid, and whom God day, who are ready to raise up their hath hedged in? mourning.

24 For my sighing cometh before 9 Let the stars of the twilight I eat, and my roarings are poured thereof be dark ; let it look for light, out like the waters. but have none; neither let it see the 25 For the thing which I greatly dawning of the day :

feared is come upon me, and that 10 Because it shut not up the which I was afraid of is come unto doors of my mother's womb, nor hid me. sorrow from mine eyes.

26 I was not in safety, neither 11 Why died I not from the had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet womb? why did I not give up the trouble came. ghost when I came out of the belly?

CHAP. IV. 12 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should I THEN Eliphaz the Temanite ansuck ?

swered and said, 13 For now should I have lain 2 If we assay to commune with still and been quiet, I should have thee, wilt thou be grieved ? but who slept : then had I been at rest, can withhold himself from speak

14 With kings and counsellors of ing? the earth, which built desolate places 3 Behold, thou hast instructed for themselves;

many, and thou hast strengthened 15 Or with princes that had gold, the weak bands. who filled their houses with silver : 4 Thy words have upholden him

that was falling, and thou hast dation is in the dust, which are crushstrengthened the feeble knees.. ed before the moth?

5 But now it is come upon thee, 20 They are destroyed from and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, morning to evening : they perish and thou art troubled.,

for ever without any regarding it. 6 Is not this thy fear, thy confi 21 Doth not their excellency dence, thy hope, and the upright which is in them go away ? they die, ness of thy ways ?

even without wisdom. 7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or

CHAP. V. where were the righteous cut off?,

8 Even as I have seen, they that CALL now, if there be any that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, will answer thee; and to which of reap the same. .

the saints wilt thou turn? 9 By the blast of God they pe 2 For wrath killeth the foolish rish, and by the breath of his nostrils man, and envy slayeth the silly one. are they consumed.

3 I have seen the foolish taking 10 The roaring of the lion, and root: but suddenly I cursed his the voice of the fierce lion, and the habitation. teeth of the young lions, are broken. 4 His children are far from safe

11 The old lion perisheth for lack ty, and they are crushed in the of prey, and the stout lion’s whelps gate, neither is there any to deliver are scattered abroad.

them. 12 Now a thing was secretly 5 Whose harvest the hungry brought to me, and mine ear re eateth up, and taketh it even out of ceived a little thereof.

the thorns, and the robber swallow13 In thoughts from the visions eth up their substance. of the night, when deep sleep fall 6 Although affliction cometh not eth on men,

forth of the dust, neither doth trou· 14 Fear came upon me, and ble spring out of the ground; trembling, which made all my bones 7 Yet man is born unto trouble, to shake.

as the sparks fly upward. 15 Then a spirit passed before 8 I would seek unto God, and unmy face; the hair of my flesh stood I to God would I commit my cause : up:

9 Which doeth great things 16 It stood still, but I could not and unsearchable; marvellous things discern the form thereof : an image without number : was before mine eyes, there was si 10 Who giveth rain upon the lence, and I heard a voice, saying, earth, and sendeth waters upon the

17 Shall mortal man be more just fields : than God ? shall a man be more pure 11 To set up on high those that than his Maker?

be low; that those which mourn 18 Behold, he put no trust in his may be exalted to safety. servants; and his angels he charged 12 He disappointeth the devices with folly :

of the crafty, so that their hands 19 How inuch less in them that cannot perform their enterprise. dwell in houses of clay, whose foun- | 13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness : and the counsel of 11

CH AP. VI. the froward is carried headlong.

14 They meet with darkness in BUT Job answered and said, the daytime, and grope in the noon 2 Oh that my grief were throughday as in the night.

ly weighed, and my calamity laid in 15 But he saveth the poor from the balances together! the sword, from their mouth, and 3 For now it would be heavier from the hand of the mighty.

than the sand of the sea : therefore 16 So the poor hath hope, and my words are swallowed up. iniquity stoppeth her mouth.

4 For the arrows of the Almighty · 17 Behold, happy is the man are within me, the poison whereof whom God correcteth: therefore drinketh up my spirit : the terrors despise not thou the chastening of of God do set themselves in array the Almighty:

against me. 18 For he maketh sore, and bind 5 Doth the wild ass bray when eth up: he woundeth, and his hands he hath grass ? or loweth the ox over make whole.

his fodder? 19 He shall deliver thee in six 6 Can that which is unsavoury troubles : yea, in seven there shall be eaten without salt? or is there no evil touch thee.

any taste in the white of an egg? 20 In famine he shall redeem 7 The things that my soul refused thee from death : and in war from to touch are as my sorrowful meat. the power of the sword.

8 Oh that I might have my re21 Thou shalt be hid from the quest; and that God would grant scourge of the tongue : neither shalt me the thing that I long for! thou be afraid of destruction when 9 Even that it would please God it cometh.

to destroy me; that he would let 22 At destruction and famine thou loose his hand, and cut me off! shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be · 10 Then should I yet have comafraid of the beasts of the earth. fort; yea, I would harden myself in

23 For thou shalt be in league sorrow : let him not spare ; for I have with the stones of the field : and the not concealed the words of the Holy beasts of the field shall be at peace

One. with thee.

11 What is my strength, that I 24 And thou shalt know that thy should hope ? and what is mine end, tabernacle shall be in peace; and that I should prolong my life? thou shalt visit thy habitation, and 12 Is my strength the strength of shalt not sin.

stones ? or is my flesh of brass ? ! 25 Thou shalt know also that thy 13 Is not my help in me? and is seed shall be great, and thine off wisdom driven quite from me? spring as the grass of the earth.

14 To him that is afflicted pity ' 26 Thou shalt come to thy grave should be shewed from his friend ; in a full age, like as a shock of corn but he forsaketh the fear of the cometh in in his season.

Almighty. 27 Lo this, we have searched it, 15 My brethren have dealt deso it is ; hear it, and know thou it for ceitfully as a brook, and as the thy good.

stream of brooks they pass away;

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