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14 Behold, he breaketh down, and Almighty, and I desire to reason it cannot be built again : he shutteth with God. up a man, and there can be no open 4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye ing.
are all physicians of no value. 15 Behold, he withholdeth the 50 that ye would altogether waters, and they dry up: also he hold your peace! and it should be sendeth them out, and they overturn your wisdom. the earth.
6 Hear now my reasoning, and 16 With him is strength and wis hearken to the pleadings of my lips. dom : the deceived and the deceiver 7 Will ye speak wickedly for are his.
God? and talk deceitfully for him? 17 He leadeth counsellors away 8 Will ye accept his person will spoiled, and maketh the judges ye contend for God? fools.
9 Is it good that he should search 18 He looseth the bond of kings, you out? or as one man mocketh and girdeth their loins with a girdle. another, do ye so mock him?
19 He leadeth princes away spoil 10 He will surely reprove you, if ed, and overthroweth the mighty. ye do secretly accept persons.
20 He removeth away the speech 11 Shall not his excellency make of the trusty, and taketh away the you afraid? and his dread fall upon understanding of the aged.
21 He poureth contempt upon 12 Your remembrances are like princes, and weakeneth the strength unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of of the mighty.
clay. 22 He discovereth deep things 13 Hold your peace, let me alone, out of darkness, and bringeth out to that I may speak, and let come on light the shadow of death.
me what will. 23 He increaseth the nations, and 14 Wherefore do I take my flesh destroyeth them: he enlargeth the in my teeth, and put my life in mine nations, and straiteneth them again. hand ?
24 He taketh away the heart of 15 Though he slay me, yet will I the chief of the people of the earth, trust in him : but I will maintain and causeth them to wander in a mine own ways before him. wilderness where there is no way.
16 He also shall be my salvation : 25 They grope in the dark with for an hypocrite shall not come beout light, and he maketh them to fore him. stagger like a drunken man.
17 Hear diligently my speech,
and my declaration with your ears. CHAP. XIII.
18 Behold now, I have ordered
my cause; I know that I shall be LO, mine eye hath seen all this, justified. mine ear hath heard and understood 19 Who is he that will plead with
me? for now, if I hold my tongue, 2 What ye know, the same do I I shall give up the ghost. know also : I am not inferior unto 20 Only do not two things unto you.
me: then will I not hide myself 3 Surely I would speak to the ll from thee.
21 Withdraw thine hand far from again, and that the tender branch me: and let not thy dread make me thereof will not cease. afraid.
8 Though the root thereof wax 22 Then call thou, and I will an old in the earth, and the stock thereswer: or let me speak, and answer of die in the ground; thou me. .. .
9 Yet through the scent of water 23 How many are mine iniquities it will bud, and bring forth boughs and sins ? make me to know my like a plant. transgression and my sin.
10 But man dieth, and wasteth 24 Wherefore hidest thou thy away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, face, and holdest me for thine and where is he? enemy?
11 As the waters fail from the sea, 25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven and the flood decayeth and drieth up: to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the 12 So man lieth down, and riseth dry stubble?
not: till the heavens-be no more, 26 For thou writest bitter things they shall not awake, nor be raised against me, and makest nie to pos out of their sleep. sess the iniquities of my youth.
13. O that thou wouldest hide me 27 Thou puttest my feet also in in the grave, that thou wouldest the stocks, and lookest narrowly keep me secret, until thy wrath be unto all my paths; thou settest a past, that thou wouldest appoint me print upon the heels of my feet. a set time, and remember me!
28 And he, as a rotten thing, con 14 If a man die, shall he live sumeth, as a garment that is moth again? all the days of my appointeaten.
ed time will I wait, till my change
come. CHA.P. XIV.
15 Thou shalt call, and I will an
swer thee: thou wilt have a desire M AN that is born of a woman is to the work of thine hands. of few days, and full of trouble.
16 For now thou numberest my 2 He cometh forth like a flower, steps : dost thou not watch over my and is cut down : he fleeth also as a
sin? shadow, and continueth not.
17 My transgression is sealed up 3 And dost thou open thine eyes in a bag, and thou sewest up mine upon such an one, and bringest me iniquity. into judgment with thee?
18 And surely the mountain fall4 Who can bring a clean thing ing cometh to nought, and the rock out of an unclean ? not one.
is removed out of his place. 5 Seeing his days are determined, 19 The waters wear the stones : the number of his months are with thou washest away the things which thee, thou hast appointed his bounds grow out of the dust of the earth; that he cannot pass;
and thou destroyest the hope of 6 Turn from him, that he may man. rest, till he shall accomplish, as an 20 Thou prevailest for everahireling, his day.
gainst him, and he passeth: thou 7 For there is hope of a tree, if ll changest his countenance, and sendit be cut down, that it will sprout est him away.
• 21 His sons come to bonour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but be perceiveth it not of them.
22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.
CHAP. XV. THEN answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wberewith he can do no good ?
4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.
5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, 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 made before the hills ?
8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain 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 grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.
11 Are the consolations of God śmall with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?
12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at, · 13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?
19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.
20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.
21 A dreadful sound 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 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid ; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.
26 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers :
27 Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on his flanks. · 28. And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man
inhabiteth, which are ready to be- | come heaps.
29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity : for vanity shall be his recompence.
32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.
33 He shall shake off bis unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire sball consume the tabernacles of bribery.
35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.
8 And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me : and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face.
9 He teareth me in bis wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth ; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.
10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.
God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and 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 giant.
15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled iny horn in the dust.
16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
17 Not for any injustice in mine hands : also my prayer is pure.
18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place.
19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.
20 My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.
21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!
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 emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?
4 I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.
5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.
6 Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged : and though I forbear, what am I eased ?
7 But now he hath made me weary : thou hast made desolate all my company.
My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.
2 Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?
3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me?
4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them.
5 He that speaketh Aattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
6 He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.
.7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow.
8 Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.
9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
10 But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.
u My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.
12 They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.
13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.
14 I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.
CHAP. XVIII. THEN answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
2 How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.
3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?
4 He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his 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 tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.
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 a snare.
9 The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.
10 The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.
11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.
12 His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.
13 It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.