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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 he that hateth right ' govern?
And wilt thou condemn him that is most just? 18 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked?
And to princes, Ye are ungodly? 19 How much less to him that accepteth 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 shall they die,
And the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away :
And the mighty shall be taken away without hand. 21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man,
And he seeth all his goings. 22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death,
Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. 23 For he will not lay upon man more than right;
That he should Senter into judgment with God. 24 He shall break in pieces mighty men 4 without number,
And set others in their stead. 25 Therefore he knoweth their works,
And he overturneth them in the night, so that they are 5 destroyed. 26 He striketh them as wicked men
6 In the open sight of others; 27 Because they turned back 7 from him,
And would not consider any of his ways : 28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him,
And he heareth the cry of the afflicted. 29 When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble?
And when he hideth his face, who then can behold him ?
Whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only : 30 That the hypocrite reign not,
Lest the people be ensnared. 31 Surely it is meet to be 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 no more. 33 8 Should it be according to thy mind.? he will recompense it,
Whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose ; and not I:
Therefore speak what thou knowest. 34 Let men of understanding tell me,
And let a wise man hearken unto me. 35 Job hath spoken without knowledge,
And his words were without wisdom. 36 10 My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end
Because of his answers for wicked men. 37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin,
He clappeth his hands among us,
Elihu spake moreover, and said,
My righteousness is more than God's ? 3 For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee?
And, What profit shall I have, 11 if I be cleansed from my sin ?
1 Heb. Dind.
9 Heb. of heart. 2 Heb. they shall take away 6 Heb. in the place of beholders. 10 Or, My father, let Job be the mighty. 7 Heb. from after him.
tried. 3 Heb.go.
8 Heb. Should it be from with 11 Or, by it more than by my 4 Heb. without searching out thee!
4 ! I will answer thee,
And thy companions with thee, 5 Look unto the heavens, and see;
And behold the clouds which are higher than thou. 6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him?
Or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him? 7 If thou be righteous, what givest thou him?
Or what receiveth he of thine hand ? 8 Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art ;
And thy righteousness may profit the son of man. 9 By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry:
They cry out 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 fowls of heaven? 12 There they cry, but none giveth answer,
Because of the pride of evil men. 13 Surely God will not hear vanity,
Neither will the Almighty regard it. 14 Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him,
Yet judgment is before him ;
Therefore trust thou in him. 15 But now, because it is not so, 2 he hath visited in his anger;
Yet She knoweth it not in great extremity : 16 Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain;
He multiplieth words without knowledge. 26 Elihu also proceeded, and said, 2 Suffer me a little, and I will show thee
4 That I have yet to speak on God's behalf. 3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar,
And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. 4 For truly my words shall not be false :
He that is perfect in knowledge is with thee. 5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any:
He is mighty in strength and 5 wisdom. 6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked :
But giveth right to the poor. 7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous :
But with kings are they on the throne;
Yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted. 8 And if they be bound in fetters,
And be holden in cords of affliction; 9 Then he showeth them their work,
And their transgressions that they have exceeded. 10 He openeth also their ear to discipline,
And commandeth that they return from iniquity. 11 If they obey and serve him,
They shall spend their days in prosperity,
And their years in pleasures 12 But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword,
And they shall die without knowledge. 13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath:
They cry not when he bindeth them. 14 8 They die in youth,
1 Heb. I will return to thee words.
5 Heb. heart.
And their life is among the 'unclean. 15 He delivereth the 2 poor in his affliction,
And openeth their ears in oppression. 16 Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait
Into a broad place, where there is no straitness;
And that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness. 17 But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked:
Judgment and justice + take hold on thee. 18 Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke:
Then a great ransom cannot 5 deliver thee. 19 Will he esteem thy riches?
No, not gold, nor all the forces of strength. 20 Desire not the night,
When people are cut off in their place. 21 Take heed, regard not iniquity:
For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction. 22 Behold, God exalteth by his power:
Who teacheth like him? 23 Who hath enjoined him his way?
Or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity ? 24 Remember that thou magnify his work,
Which men behold. 25 Every man may see it;
Man may behold it afar off. 26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not,
Neither can the number of his years be searched out. 27 For he maketh small the drops of water:
They pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: 28 Which the clouds do drop
And distil upon man abundantly. 29 Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds,
Or the noise of his tabernacle? 30 Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it,
And covereth 6 the bottom of the sea. 31 For by them judgeth he the people ;
He giveth meat in abundance. 32 With clouds he covereth the light;
And commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt. 33 The noise thereof showeth concerning it,
The cattle also concerning the vapour. 37 At this also my heart trembleth, or And is moved out of his place.
2 8 Hear attentively the noise of his voice,
And the sound that goeth out of his mouth. 3 He directeth it under the whole heaven,
And his 9 lightning unto the 10 ends of the earth. 4 After it a voice roareth :
He thundereth with the voice of his excellency;
And he will not stay them 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, Be thou on the earth:
11 Likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. 7 He sealeth up the hand of every man;
That all men may know his work. 8 Then the beasts go into dens,
And remain in their places.
1 Or, sodomites.
5 Heb. turn thee aside. 9 Heb. light. ? Or, afflicted. 6 Heb. the roots.
10 Heb. wings of the earth. 3 Heb. The rest of thy table. 7 Heb. that which goeth up. 11 Heb. And to the shower of rain, and 4 Or, should uphold thee. 8 Heb. Hear in hearing to the showers of rain of his strength.
9 1 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind :
And cold out of the north. 10 By the breath of God frost is given :
And the breadth of the waters is straitened. 11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud :
He scattereth 3 his bright cloud : 12 And it is turned round about by his counsels :
That they may do whatsoever he commandeth them
Upon the face of the world in the earth. 13 He causeth it to come, whether for 4 correction,
Or for his land, or for mercy. 14 Hearken unto this, O Job:
Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. 15 Dost thou know when God disposed them,
And caused the light of his cloud to shine? 16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds,
The wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge ? 17 How thy garments are warm,
When he quieteth the earth by the south wind ? 18 Hast thou with him spread out the sky,
Which is strong, and as a molten looking glass? 19 Teach us what we shall say unto him;
For we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness. 20 Shall it be told him that I speak?
If a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up. 21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds :
But the wind passeth, and cleanseth them. 22 5 Fair weather cometh out of the north:
With God is terrible majesty. 23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out:
He is excellent in power, and in judgment,
And in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. 24 Men do therefore fear him:
He respecteth not any that are wise of heart.
29. THEN the Lord 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 6 answer thou me. 4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth ?
Declare, 7 if thou hast understanding. 5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest ?
Or who hath stretched the line upon it? 6 Whereupon are the 8 foundations thereof 9 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 the cloud the garment thereof,
And thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 10 And 10 brake up for it my decreed place,
And set bars and doors,
1 Heb. Out of the chamber
5 Heb. Gold.
8 Heb. sockets. 9 Heb. made to sink. 10 Or, cstablished my decree
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;
And caused the dayspring to know his place; 13 That it might take hold of the 2 ends of the earth,
That the wicked might be shaken out of it? 14 It is turned as clay to the seal;
And they stand as a garment. 15 And from the wicked their light is withholden,
And the high arm shall be broken. 16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea ?
Or hast thou walked in the search of the depth ? 17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee?
Or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? 18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth?
Declare if thou knowest it all. -19 Where is the way where light dwelleth ?
And as for darkness, where is the place thereof, 20 That thou shouldest take it 3 to the bound thereof,
nd that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? 21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born ?
Or because the number of thy days is great ? 22 Hast thou entered into the treasures 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,
Which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? 25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters,
Or a way for the lightning of thunder; 26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is :
On the wilderness, wherein there is no man; 27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground;
And to cause the bud of the tender herb 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 are hid as with a stone,
And the face of the deep 4 is frozen. 31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of 5 6 Pleiades,
Or loose the bands of 7 Orion? 32 Canst thou bring forth 8 Mazzaroth in his season?
Or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons ? 33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven?
Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? 34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds,
That abundance of waters may cover thee?
And say unto thee, 10 Here we are ?
Or who hath given understanding to the heart? 37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom?
Or 11 who can stay the bottles of heaven,
1 Heb. the pride of thy waves.
5 Or, the seven stars.
9 Heb. guide them.