The Book of Job

Job Seventeen

1: 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 flattery 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. 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 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 are 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.


1: 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. 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: He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world. 19: He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings. 20: They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted. 21: Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.


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 make yourselves strange to 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 overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net. 7: Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment. 8: He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths. 9: He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head. 10: He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree. 11: He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies. 12: His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle. 13: He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me. 14: My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me. 15: They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight. 16: I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth. 17: My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children's sake of mine own body. 18: Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me. 19: All my inward friends abhorred 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 printed in a book! 24: That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! 25: For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: 27: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me. 28: But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing 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.


1: Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 2: Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste. 3: I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer. 4: Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth, 5: That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment? 6: Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds; 7: Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which 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 also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him. 10: His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods. 11: His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust. 12: Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue; 13: Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth: 14: Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him. 15: He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall 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 see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter. 18: That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein. 19: Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not; 20: Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired. 21: There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods. 22: In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him. 23: When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating. 24: He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through. 25: It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him. 26: All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle. 27: The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him. 28: The increase of his house shall depart, and 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.


1: But Job answered and said, 2: Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations. 3: Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on. 4: As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled? 5: Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth. 6: Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh. 7: Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? 8: Their seed is established in their sight with them, 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 dance. 12: They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. 13: They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave. 14: Therefore 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 good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me. 17: How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger. 18: They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away. 19: God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it. 20: His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty. 21: For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst? 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 breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow. 25: And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure. 26: They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them. 27: Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me. 28: For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked? 29: Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens, 30: That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought 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 brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb. 33: The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him. 34: How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?


1: Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 2: Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be 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: Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment? 5: Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite? 6: For thou hast taken a pledge from 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 honourable man dwelt in it. 9: Thou has 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, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee. 12: Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are! 13: And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud? 14: Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven. 15: Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden? 16: Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood: 17: Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them? 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 scorn. 20: Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth. 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 thine heart. 23: If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles. 24: Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. 25: Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver. 26: For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. 27: Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. 28: Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. 29: When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person. 30: He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.


1: Then Job answered and said, 2: Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. 3: Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! 4: I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. 5: I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. 6: Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me. 7: There the righteous might dispute 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, where 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 his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. 12: Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed 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 the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him. 15: Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him. 16: For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me: 17: Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.


1: Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days? 2: Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof. 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 hide themselves together. 5: Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children. 6: They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked. 7: They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold. 8: They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter. 9: They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor. 10: They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry; 11: Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst. 12: Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them. 13: They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof. 14: The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief. 15: The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face. 16: In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light. 17: For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death. 18: He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards. 19: Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned. 20: The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree. 21: He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow. 22: He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life. 23: Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways. 24: They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn. 25: And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?


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 arise? 4: How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? 5: Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. 6: How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?


1: But Job answered and said, 2: How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength? 3: How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is? 4: To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee? 5: Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof. 6: Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering. 7: He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, 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 holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it. 10: He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end. 11: The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof. 12: He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud. 13: By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. 14: Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?


1: Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, 2: As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul; 3: All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; 4: My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. 5: God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove 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 he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous. 8: For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, 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? will he always call upon God? 11: I will teach you by 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 thus altogether vain? 13: This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of 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 not weep. 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 a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh. 19: The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not. 20: Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night. 21: The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place. 22: For God shall cast upon 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 place.


1: Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it. 2: Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone. 3: He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death. 4: The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men. 5: As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire. 6: The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold. 7: There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen: 8: The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it. 9: He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots. 10: He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing. 11: He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light. 12: But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? 13: Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. 14: The depth 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: The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. 18: No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for 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 fowls of the air. 22: Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears. 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 heaven; 25: To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure. 26: When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: 27: Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared 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.


1: Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, 2: Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; 3: When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness; 4: As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle; 5: When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me; 6: When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil; 7: When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street! 8: The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up. 9: The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth. 10: The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth. 11: When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: 12: Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him 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 judgment 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 poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out. 17: And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil 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 was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch. 20: My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand. 21: Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel. 22: After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them. 23: And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. 24: If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down. 25: I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.


1: But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock. 2: Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished? 3: For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste. 4: Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat. 5: They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;) 6: To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks. 7: Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together. 8: They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth. 9: And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword. 10: They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face. 11: Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me. 12: Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction. 13: They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper. 14: They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me. 15: Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud. 16: And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me. 17: My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest. 18: By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: 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 hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not. 21: Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me. 22: Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance. 23: For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living. 24: Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction. 25: Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor? 26: When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness. 27: My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me. 28: I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation. 29: I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls. 30: My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat. 31: My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.


1: I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? 2: For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high? 3: Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? 4: Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? 5: If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; 6: Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity. 7: If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands; 8: Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out. 9: If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door; 10: Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her. 11: For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. 12: For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase. 13: If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, 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 myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; 18: (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;) 19: If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; 20: If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; 21: If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate: 22: Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone. 23: For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure. 24: If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; 25: If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much; 26: If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness; 27: And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: 28: This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above. 29: If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him: 30: Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul. 31: If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied. 32: The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller. 33: If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom: 34: Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door? 35: Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book. 36: Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me. 37: I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him. 38: If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain; 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.


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 kindred 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 till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he. 5: When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then 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 was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion. 7: I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. 8: But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. 9: Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment. 10: Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion. 11: Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say. 12: Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words: 13: Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man. 14: Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches. 15: They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking. 16: When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;) 17: I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion. 18: For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me. 19: Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles. 20: I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer. 21: Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. 22: For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.

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