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8 Will ye accept his person?
Will ye contend for God? 9 Is it good that he should search you out?
Or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him ? 10 He will surely reprove you,
If ye do secretly accept persons. 11 Shall not his excellency make you
afraid? And his dread fall upon you ? 12 Your remembrances are like unto ashes,
Your bodies to bodies of clay. 13 1 Hold your peace, let me alone,
That I may speak, and let come on me what will. 14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth,
And put my life in mine hand ? 15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him :
But I will 2 maintain mine own ways before him. 16 He also shall be my salvation :
For an hypocrite shall not come before him. 17 Hear diligently my speech,
And my declaration with your ears. 18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause;
I know that I shall be justified. 19 Who is he that will plead with me?
For now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost. 20 Only do not two things unto me:
Then will I not hide myself from thee. 21 Withdraw thine hand far from me:
And let not thy dread make me afraid. 22 Then call thou, and I will answer:
Or let me speak, and answer thou me. 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 break a leaf driven to and fro?
And wilt thou pursue the dry stubble ? 26 For thou writest bitter things against me,
And makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth. 27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks,
And 3 lookest narrowly unto all my paths;
Thou settest a print upon the 4 heels of my feet. 28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth,
As a garment that is moth eaten. 14
Man that is born of a woman Is 5 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 an one,
And bringest me into judgment with thee? 4 6 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean ?
Not one: 5 Seeing his days are determined,
The number of his months are with thee,
Thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass ;
For there is hope of a tree,
1 Heb. Be silent from 2 Heb. prove, or, argue. A Heb. roots. 6 Heb. Who will give ?
3 Heb. obscrvest. 5 Heb. short of days. 7 Heb. cease.
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 bring forth boughs like a plant. 10 But man dieth, and I wasteth away :
Yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? 11 As the waters fail from the sea,
And the food decayeth and drieth up : 12 So man lieth down, and riseth not :
Till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake,
Nor be raised out of their sleep. 13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave,
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 appointed time will I wait,
Till my change come. 15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee:
Thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands. 16 For now thou numberest my steps :
Dost thou not watch over my sin ? 17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag,
And thou sewest up mine iniquity. 18 And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought,
And the rock is removed out of his place. 19 The waters wear the stones :
Thou S washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth;
And 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 honour, and he knoweth it not;
And they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them. 22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain,
And his soul within him shall mourn. 15 THEN ANSWERED ELIPHAZ the Temanite, and said, 2 Should a wise man utter 4 vain knowledge,
And fill his belly with the east wind ? 3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk ?
Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good ? 4 Yea, 5 thou castest off fear,
And restrainest prayer before God. 5 For thy mouth 7 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.
Is there any secret thing with thee?
5 Heb. thou makest void. cut off:
4 Heb. knowledge of wind. 6 Or, speech. 2 Heb. fadeth.
7 Heb. teacheth.
12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away?
And what do thy eyes wink at, 13 That thou turnest ihy spirit against God,
And lettest such words go out of thy mouth? 14 What is man, that he should be clean?
And he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous ? 15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints;
Yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. 16 How much more abominable and filthy is man,
Which drinketh iniquity like water ? 17 I will show thee, hear me;
And that which I have seen I will declare ; 18 Which wise men have told from their fathers,
And have not hid it : 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 1A 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 streicheth 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 become 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 2 accomplished before his time,
And his branch shall not be green. 33 He shall shake off his 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 shall consume the tabernacles of bribery. 35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth 3 vanity,
And their belly prepareth deceit. 16
THEN JOB answered and said, 2
I have heard many such things : 4 Miserable comforters are ye all. 3 Shall 5 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 Heh. A sound of fears
3 Or, iniquity.
6 Heb. words of wind.
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.
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. 8 And thou hast filled me with wrinkles,
Which is a witness against me :
Beareth witness to my face.
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. 11 God 2 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 my horn in the dust. 16 My face is foul with wecping,
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 s on high. 20 My friends 4 scorn me:
But mine eye poureth out tears unto God. 21 O that one might plead for a man with God,
As a man plearleth for his 5 neighbour ! 22 When 6a few years are come,
Then I shall go the way whence I shall not return. 17 My breath is corrupt,
My days are extinct,
Are there not mockers with me?
Who is he that will strike hands with me? 4 For thou hast hid their art from understanding :
Therefore shalt thou not exalt them. 5 He that speaketh flattery to his friends,
Even the eyes of his children shall fail. 6 He hath made me also a byword of the people;
And 9 aforetime I was as a tabret.
1 Heb. what goeth from me!
4 Heb. are my scorners.
7 Or, spirit is spent.
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. 11 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 4 short because of darkness. 13 If I wait, the grave is mine house :
I have made my bed in the darkness. 14 I have 5 said to corruption, Thou art my father :
To the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister. 15 And where is now my hope?
As for my hope, who shall see it ? 16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit,
When our rest together is in the dust. 18 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 6 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 7 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 8 laid for him in the ground,
And a trap for him in the way.
And shall 9 drive him to his feet.
And destruction shall be ready at his side. 13 It shall devour the 10 strength of his skin :
Even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength. 14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle,
And it shall bring him to the king of terrors. 15 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it 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 off. 17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth,
And he shall have no name in the street. 18 11 He shall be driven from light into darkness,
1 Or, my thoughts.
5 Heb. cried, or, called.
9 Heb. scalter him. 10 Heb. bars. 11 lleb. They shall drive