Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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Job

Job 1

¶1. There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was perfect and upright, and he feared God and eschewed evil.

2. And there were born to him seven sons and three daughters.

3. And he owned seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and a great many slaves. And this man was greater than any of the sons of the east.

4. And his sons went and made a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

5. It came to pass that when the days of their feasting had gone round, that Job sent and sanctified them, and he rose up early in the morning, and he offered burnt offering according to the number of them all, for Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Job did like this all the time.

6. Now, there was a day when the sons of God came in to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came in among them.

7. And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” And Satan answered the Lord, “From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”

8. And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one who fears God and eschews evil?”

9. Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?

10.Have you not made a hedge around him, and around his house, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

11.But stretch out your hand now and strike all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.”

12. Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not put your hand on him.” So, Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

13. Now, there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their brother, the firstborn,

14.and a messenger came to Job, and he said, “The oxen were plowing and the she-asses were grazing nearby them.

15.Sheba fell on them and took them, and they killed the young men with the edge of the sword, and I escaped, by myself, to bring the report to you.”

16. Moreover, as this man was speaking, another man came in and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned both the sheep and the young men and consumed them, and I escaped, by myself, to bring the report to you.”

17. Moreover, as this man was speaking, another man came in and said, “The Kasidim formed three companies and made a raid upon the camels and took them, and they killed the young men with the edge of the sword, and I escaped, by myself, to bring the report to you.”

18. While this man was speaking, another man came in and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in one of their houses, that of the firstborn,

19.And, behold, a great wind came from across the desert and struck the four corners of the house, and to fell upon the young men and they died, and I escaped, by myself, to bring the report to you.”

20. And Job arose and tore his robe, and shaved his head, and fell to the earth, and worshipped.

21. And he said, “Naked, I came out of my mother’s womb, and naked, I will return there. Jehovah gave, and Jehovah has taken away. Blessed be the name of Jehovah!”

22. In all this, Job did not sin, nor did he charge God foolishly.

Job 2

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¶1. Again, there was a day when the sons of God came in to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came in among them to present himself.

2. And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” 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 to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one who fears God and eschews evil? And still, he holds fast his integrity, even though you moved me against him to destroy him without cause.”

4. And Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin, yes, all that a man has, he will give for his life.

5.Stretch out your hand now and strike his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.”

6. And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand. But save his life.”

7. So, Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and he struck Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the top of his head.

8. And he took a potsherd to scrape himself, and he sat in ashes.

9. And his wife said to him, “Are you still clinging to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

10. But he said to her, “You talk as one of the foolish women talk. What? Shall we receive good from God, and not receive evil?” In all this, Job did not sin with his lips.

11. And three friends of Job heard of all this evil that had come upon him, and they came, each one from his place: Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. Now, they had made an appointment together to come and sympathize with him and to comfort him.

12. And they lifted up their eyes from a distance, and they did not recognize him, and they lifted up their voices and wept. And they tore, each man, his robe, and they threw dust toward heaven over their heads.

13. And they sat seven days and seven nights on the ground with him. And they spoke not a word to him because they saw that his pain was very great.

Job 3

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¶1. After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.

2. And Job answered, saying,

3.“Perish the day on which I was born, and the night which said ‘a man is conceived’!

4.Let that day be darkness! Let not God from above seek for it, and let not daylight shine upon it.

5.Let darkness and the shadow of death claim it! Let a cloud settle upon it! Let a day of deep gloom terrify it!

6.Let thick darkness take that day away! Let it not rejoice among the days of the year! Let it not enter into the number of the months!

7.Behold! Let that night be barren! Let no joyful shout enter it!

8.Let them curse it who curse the day, those who are skilled in rousing Leviathan!

9.Let the stars of its life be darkened! Let it long for light, and let there be none. Nor let it see the eyelids of morning

10.because it did not shut the doors of my mother’s womb, nor hid trouble from my eyes.

11.Why did I not die in the womb and perish before I came out of the belly?

12.Why did knees greet me, and for what did breasts give me suck?

13.For now I would be lying down and be undisturbed; I would be asleep. Then, I would be at rest

14.with kings and counsellors of the earth, who built desolate places for themselves,

15.or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver,

16.or like a hidden, untimely birth, I had not existed, like infants who did not see the light.

17.There, the wicked cease causing trouble, and there, the weary are strong.

18.The prisoners are at rest together; they do not hear the voice of the oppressor.

19.The small and the great there are one, and the slave is free from his master.

20.Why is light given to a suffering man, and life to a bitter soul?

21.who wait for death, but it does not come, who seek it more than for hidden treasures,

22.who rejoice greatly and are glad when they find the grave.

23.Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden and whom God has shut out?

24.For my sighing comes ahead of my food, and my cries are poured first like water,

25.because the thing I dreaded has also come upon me, and that of which I was afraid has come to me.

26.I was not at ease, nor was I doing nothing, nor was I at rest; yet, trouble came.”

Job 4

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¶1. Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

2.“If we venture a word to you, you may grow weary, but who can restrain from speaking?

3.Behold, you have instructed very many; you have strengthened weak hands.

4.Your speech upheld the man who was stumbling and strengthened tottering knees.

5.But now, it has come upon you, and you grow faint; it touches you, and you fall apart.

6.Was not your faith and the perfection of your ways your confidence and your hope?

7.Think back, now. Who has perished, being innocent? Or when were the upright brought to ruin?

8.Even as have I seen, those who plough iniquity and sow mischief reap the same.

9.By the breath of God, they perish; yea, by the breath of His anger do they perish.

10.The roar of the lion, even the sound of the lion, and the teeth of young lions are broken.

11.The lion perishes without prey, and the offspring of the lioness are separated from one another.

¶12. Now, a word was subtly brought to me, and my ear caught in a whisper just some of it

13.when disquieting thoughts of night visions, when deep sleep falls upon men.

14.Dread came upon me, and trembling; a multitude of my bones were filled with dread.

15.Then a spirit passed before my face. The hair of my flesh stood up!

16.It stood still, but I did not recognize its form; it was a shape before my eyes. There was silence. And then I heard a voice:

17.‘Is a man more just than God? Or is a man purer than his Maker?

18.Behold, He puts no trust in His servants, and charges His angels with error.

19.How much more, those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dirt, who are crushed before a moth!

20.They are stricken from morning to evening; unnoticed, they vanish forever.

21.Is not their abundance taken away with them? They die, but with no wisdom.’

Job 5

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¶1.“Call, if you want, if anyone will answer you! And to whom among saints will you turn?

2.For wrath slays the fool, and envy kills the simple-minded.

3.I myself have seen a fool take deep root, but suddenly, I cursed his dwelling.

4.His children are far from safety; they are crushed in the gates, and there is no deliverer,

5.whose harvest a hungry man may eat, and he takes it to a place among thorns. A snare gapes after their wealth.

6.Affliction certainly does not come from the dust, and trouble does not sprout up from the ground;

7.yet, man is born unto trouble, and the sparks fly upward.

8.Oh, but I would seek God, and to God would I present my case.

9.He does great things, and they are beyond finding out, wonders without number,

10.He gives rain upon the face of the earth, and sends waters upon the face of the fields,

11.to set on high those who are lowly, so that those who are heavy-hearted might be exalted to salvation.

12.He frustrates the devices of crafty men, so that their hands cannot accomplish their crafty goal.

13.He takes wise men in their craftiness; yea, the counsel of perverse men is anticipated.

14.They meet with darkness in the daytime, and at noon, they feel about as in the night.

15.But He will save the needy man from the sword, their mouth, and the power of the strong one.

16.And so, the poor man has hope, and injustice will shut its mouth.

17.Behold, blessed is the man whom God corrects. Yea, do not refuse the chastisement of the Almighty!

18.For He hurts, and He binds up; He wounds, and His hands heal.

19.He will deliver you in six troubles; yea, in seven, evil shall not touch you.

20.In famine, He will redeem you from death, and in war, from the power of the sword.

21.You will be hidden from the lash of the tongue, and you will not fear destruction when it comes.

22.At destruction and hunger will you laugh, and you will not fear the beast of the earth.

23.For you will be in league with the stones of the field, and the beast of the field will be at peace with you.

24.And you shall know that your tent is at peace, and you will visit your fold and find nothing missing.

25.And you will know that your seed will be many, yea, your offspring will be like the grass of the earth.

26.You will come in full strength to the grave, a shock of grain gathered in its season.

27.Behold, we have searched this out. It is so. Hear it, and know it yourself!”

Job 6

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¶1. Then Job answered and said,

2.“O that my grief and my calamity were thoroughly weighed and laid in balances together!

3.For it would now be heavier than the sand of the sea. That is why my words have been rash.

4.For the arrows of the Almighty are stuck in me, whose poison my spirit is drinking; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.

5.Does the wild ass bray over the grass, or an ox low over his fodder?

6.Is what is tasteless eaten without salt, or is there any taste in purslane juice?

7.My soul refuses to touch them; they are like contaminated food to me.

8.Who will bring my petition in, that God would grant the thing I hope for,

9.that God would assent to crush me? Let Him unleash His power and cut me off!

10.And yet, it is still a comfort to me – even in unrelenting agony, I leap for joy – that I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

11.What strength do I have, for which I should continue to hope? And what end do I have, for which my soul should continue to wait?

12.Oh, that the strength of stones were my strength! Oh, that my flesh were of bronze!

13.Even at that, would my help be in me when sound wisdom has been driven out of me?

14.Lovingkindness from his companion belongs to the one in despair, but he[1] has forsaken the fear of the Almighty.

15.My kinsmen are treacherous, like a torrent-valley; they pass on by, like the torrential streams

16.that are dark with ice, in which the snow hides itself.

17.In the season when they are heated, they are dried up; they disappear from their place because of the heat.

18.The caravans turn from their course; they go up into the wasteland and perish.

19.Caravans of Tema looked; the travelers from Sheba longed for it.

20.They were disappointed because they had hoped; they came to it and were put to shame.

To Eliphaz and his Companions

21.For now, you are become nothing; you see a terror, and you are afraid.

22.When have I said, ‘Give me something!’ or ‘Offer me a bribe out of your wealth!’

23.or ‘Deliver me from the hand of an adversary!’ or ‘Redeem me out of the hand of terrorists’?

24.You men teach me – and I will make myself quiet – as to how I have gone astray. You men make me understand!

25.How forceful are the words of an upright man! But what is your reproof reproving?

26.Do you presume to sit in judgment on speeches and consign the words of a despairing man to the wind?

27.You would even cast lots for the orphan and and make merchandise of your friend.

28.But now, be so kind as to turn your faces toward me, and may God damn me if I would lie to your faces.

29.Repent, I beseech you! Let there be no injustice, but let it turn my righteousness continually against it!

30.Is there injustice in my tongue? Or does my palate discern your lusts?

Job 7

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¶1. “Does not man on earth do hard service, and yet, his days are like the days of a hireling?

2.Like a slave, he pants for a shadow, and like a hireling, he looks forward to his wages.

3.Just so, am I given months of emptiness as my inheritance, and nights of hard labor are assigned to me.

4.If I lie down, I think, ‘How long before I rise?’ Then He prolongs the evening and fills me with tossings until dawn.

5.He clothes my flesh with worms and hardens my skin with lumps of dust; then it runs again.

6.My days are swifter than a loom, and they end without hope.

7.He remembers that my life is like a breath. My eye shall not again see goodness,

8.nor shall the eye of him who now sees me behold my figure. Your eyes may look for me, but I will be no more.

9.As a cloud dissipates and is gone away, he who goes down to Sheol does not come up.

10.He does not return again to his house; nor will his place know him any more.

11.As for me, I will not refrain my mouth! I will speak in the distress of my spirit! I will complain in the bitterness of my soul!

To God

¶12.If I were a sea serpent, would you set a guard over me?

13.When I think my couch will comfort me, that my bed will ease my complaint,

14.you frighten me with dreams; and terrify me with visions

15.so that my soul chooses strangling, even death, rather than my bones.

16.I loathe life. I would not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are a breath.

17.What is man, that you should magnify him, or that you would set your heart upon him?

18.Yea, you visit him every morning; every moment, you try him.

19.Why will you not turn your gaze away from me? You will not leave me alone so that I might swallow down my spittle.

20.I have sinned. What shall I do for you, O Watcher of mankind? Why have you made me your target, so that I am burden to myself?

21.And for what reason will you not pardon my transgression or take my iniquity away? For I am about to lie in the dust; you will seek me, but I will not be.”

Job 8

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¶1. Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said,

2.“How long will you utter these things? For the words of your mouth are a big wind.

3.Does God pervert judgment? Or does the Almighty pervert what is right?

4.If your children sinned against Him, and He gave them into the power of their transgression,

5.if you diligently sought God and earnestly implored His favor,

6.if you were pure and upright, then He would rouse Himself for you and make your righteous abode prosperous.

7.And though your beginning be small, your end would increase greatly.

8.For inquire, if you will, of the previous generation, and consider carefully what their fathers searched out,

9.for we are but lately come, and we do not know, for our days on earth are a shadow.

10.Will they not teach you, speak to you, and bring out words from their understanding?

11.Does papyrus grow where there is no marsh, or reeds flourish without water?

12.When it is yet in flower, not picked, it withers before any plant.

13.So are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the profane man perishes.

14.He loathes his stupidity, for his trust was in a spider’s web.

15.He leaned upon his web, but it did not stand; he clung to it, but it did not hold up.

16.It is moist in the sunshine, and in his garden, its lines go out.

17.On a pile of stones, its radials are woven; it gives the appearance of a web of stones.

18.If one destroys it from its place, then he speaks falsely about it, saying, ‘I did not see you.’

19.Behold, this is the joy of its way, and out of the dust, others will come up.

20.Behold, God will not reject a perfect man, and He will not strengthen the hand of wicked men,

21.until laughter fills your mouth, and your lips shout for joy.

22.Those who hate you will be clothed in shame, and the tent of wicked men shall be no more.”

Job 9

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¶1. And Job answered and said,

2.“I truly know that is so. But how is a man righteous before God?

3.If he wants to contend with Him, he cannot answer Him one time in a thousand.

4.He is wise of heart and mighty in strength. Who has been stubborn against Him and done well?

5.He moves mountains, and they do not know who overturned them in His anger.

6.He makes the earth to quake out of its place and its pillars tremble.

7.He says to the sun, ‘Let it rise!’ and puts a seal about the stars,

8.He stretched out the heavens by Himself, and treads upon the heights of the sea.

9.He made Ursa Major,[2] Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

10.He does great things that are unsearchable and wonders beyond number.

11.Behold, He is passing over me, but I do not see Him, and He passes on, but I do not understand Him.

12.Behold! He snatches away. Who will make Him repent? Who says to Him, ‘What are you doing?’

13. God will not repent of His anger. Beneath Him, the helpers of the Proud One[3] bow.

14.How much less shall I answer Him and choose to use my words with Him!

15.Even if I was righteous, I would not answer His charge against me. I would plead with my Accuser for mercy.

16. If I called out and He answered me, I would not believe that He had listened to my voice.

17.He is crushing me with a tempest and has multiplied my wounds without cause.

18.He is not letting me draw in my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

19.If it were a matter decided by strength, behold, He is the Mighty One! And if it were a legal case, who would subpoena Him?

20.Though I am in the right, my own mouth condemns me. I am blameless, but He has declared me crooked.

21.I am blameless! I do not recognize myself. I despise my life.

22.It is all the same. That is why I say that He will destroy either a blameless or a wicked man.

23.If with a sudden calamity, He causes death, He mocks the despair of innocent people.

24.The earth has been given into the hand of the Wicked One, and He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not so, then who is the one who has done it?

To God

25.My days are swifter than a runner; they flee away and they see no goodness.

26.They sail away like reed ships, like an eagle swooping upon its prey.

27.If I say, ‘I will drop my complaint; I will let my sadness go, and smile,’

28.I would still be afraid of all my pains, for I know that you would not acquit me.

29.I am already condemned. To what purpose is it that I should labor in vain?

30.Even if I washed myself in snow and cleansed my hands with lye,

31.you would still plunge me into the Pit. My own garments would abhor me.

32.There is certainly no man like me. O let me answer Him! Let us come together in a court!

33.There is nothing between us. Let an arbiter lay his hand upon us both.

34.Let him make His rod turn away from me, so that the dread of Him stops terrifying me.

35.I would speak so that I may stop being afraid of Him. I am certainly not like that within myself.”

Job 10

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¶1.“I loathe my life. I have left off my complaint; I spoke in the bitterness of my soul.

2.I would say to God, ‘Stop condemning me! Help me understand why you are contending with me!

3.Is it good that you oppress me, that you despise the work of your own hands and make the counsel of the wicked to shine?

4.Do you have eyes of flesh, or do you see as a man sees?

5.Are your days like the days of a man, or your years like a man’s years?

6.For you have sought for my iniquity. Yea, you have sought out my sin,

7.although you know that I am not guilty. But there is no one who can deliver out of your hand.

8.Your hands shaped me, and you altogether made me, yet you swallow me up!

9.Remember, I pray, that you made me like clay and that you will return me to dirt.

10.Have you not poured me out like milk and curdled me like cheese?

11.You clothed me with skin and flesh and surrounded me with bones and sinews.

12.You granted me life and lovingkindness, and your providence preserved my spirit.

13.But you have hidden these things in your heart. I know that this is within you!

14.If I sin, you watch me, and you will not acquit me of my iniquity.

15.If I am wicked, woe be unto me, and if I am righteous, I will not lift up my head. I am full of disgrace, seeing my affliction!

16.When it was raised up, you, like a lion, hunted me down. Then you came back and worked wonders against me.

17.You produce your fresh witnesses against me and increase your irritation with me. Changes and war are with me.

18.O why did you bring me out of the womb? Would that I had died and no eye had seen me!

19.I should have been as though I had not lived, but carried from the womb to the grave.

20.Are not my days few? Stop! Go away from me, that I might find a little cheer

21.before I go – and I shall not return – to the land of darkness and shadows,

22.the land of darkness like the darkness of shadows, without order, and even the light is like darkness.”

Job 11

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¶1. Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

2.“Should not a multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be justified?

3.Should your vain speech make men silent? And when you mock God, should no one put you to shame?

4.For you have said, ‘My doctrine is pure,’ and ‘I am clean in your sight.’

5.O that God would speak and open His lips against you,

6.and show you the secrets of wisdom, that sound wisdom has two sides! Know that God is exacting of you less than your iniquity deserves!

7.Will you find God by studying? Will you find the limits of the Almighty?

8.It is beyond the heights of heaven. What will you do? It is deeper than Sheol. What do you know?

9.It is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.

10.If He passes through, and imprisons, and summons an assembly, who will turn Him back?

11.For He knows vain men, and He sees iniquity, but He does not ponder over it.

12.For an empty-headed man will be wise when a wild donkey’s colt is born as a man.

13.When you direct your heart and spread out your hands to Him,

14.if there is iniquity in your hands, put it far away, and do not allow injustice to dwell in your tents.

15.For then, you will lift up your face without blemish, and you will be established and have no fear.

16.Yeas, you will forget trouble; you will remember it as waters that have passed on away.

17.Brighter than noonday will your life be; its darkness will be as morning.

18.You will be confident because there is hope; you will look around and lie down in safety.

19.Yea, you will stretch yourself out, for there will be nothing to cause terror, and many will court your favor.

20.But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and there will be no escape for them, and their hope is that they might expire.”

Job 12

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Job scolds Zophar for his shallowness.

¶1. Then Job answered and said,

2.“No doubt, you are the people, and wisdom will die with you.

3.I have understanding, just as you men do. I am not inferior to you. Who does not know such things as these?

4.I am a laughingstock to my friends – one who has called on God and He answered – a righteous, perfect man, a laughingstock!

5.The one who is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.

6.The tents of robbers are at ease, and those who provoke God are safe, for whom God gathers with His hand.

7.Yet, ask the beasts, if you will, and they will teach you, or a bird of the sky and he will make it clear to you.

8.Or talk to the earth and let it teach you, or let the fish of the sea explain it to you.

9.Who does not know that in all these things, the hand of God has done it,

10.in whose hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of every man’s flesh?

11.Does not the ear try words, even as the palate tastes its food?

12.Wisdom belongs to old men, and understanding to length of days.

13.With Him is wisdom and might; counsel and understanding are His.

14.Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt. He shuts a man in, and it cannot be opened.

15.Behold, He withholds the waters, and they dry up; then He sends them, and the earth is overwhelmed.

16.With Him are strength and sound wisdom; to Him belong the deceiver and the deceived.

17.Counsellors are made to walk barefoot, and judges are turned into fools.

18.He looses binding of kings, and binds waist-cloth on their loins.

19.He makes priests to walk barefoot, and He upends the mighty.

20.He deprives trustworthy men of speech and takes away the discernment of old men.

21.He pours contempt upon nobles and loosens the girdle of the mighty.

22.He uncovers deep things out of darkness and brings the shadow of death to the light.

23.He increases the nations and destroys them; He expands the nations and leads them captive.

24.He turns aside the hearts of the leaders of the people of earth and causes them to wander about in a trackless wasteland.

25.They grope in the dark and have no light, and He makes them stagger about like drunks.”

Job 13

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¶1. “Behold, my eye has seen it all; my ear has heard and understood it.

2.I know what you men know, and I am certainly not inferior to you.

3.I would much rather speak with the Almighty, and present my argument before the God in whom I delight.

4.But as for you, you spreaders of lies, are worthless physicians, all of you.

5.Who will make you shut up? Be silent, and let that be your wisdom!

6.Hear, I pray, my argument, and listen to the pleadings of my lips.

7.You speak for God falsely. Yea, you talk deceitfully on His behalf.

8.Would you show Him partiality? Would you argue God’s case?

9.Will it be well with you when He searches you out? Or as one deceives a man, will you deceive Him?

10.He will certainly rebuke you if you secretly show partiality.

11.Shall not His indignation come upon you, and dread of Him fall on you?

12.Your platitudes are parables of ashes, and your defenses are defenses of mud.

13.Be silent before me and let me speak, I pray, and let come to me what will.

14.To what purpose do I take my flesh in my teeth and put my life in my hand?

15.Though He slay me, I will trust Him.[4] Only, I will defend my ways before Him.

16.Moreover, this will be my salvation because a profane man shall not enter into His presence.

17.Listen carefully to what I am saying! Yea, take my declaration into your ears!

18.Behold, I pray, I have set in order my cause. I know that I am righteous.

19.Who is he that finds fault with me? For then, I would be silent and die.

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20.Only, do not do two things to me. Then, I will not hide from your face.

21.Take your hand far away from me and let not your terror make me afraid.

22.Just call out, and I will answer. Or let me speak, and you reply to me.

23.What are my iniquities, or my sins? Show me my transgression and my sin!

24.Why do you hide your face and count me as your enemy?

25.Would you make a driven leaf to tremble, or pursue dry chaff?

26.But you have written bitter things against me and have caused me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.

27.You have put my feet in stocks, and you watch all my ways; you have made a mark upon the soles of my feet.

28.And man wastes away like something rotten, like a garment eaten by a moth.

Job 14

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¶1. “Man who is born of woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

2.He comes forth like a flower, and then withers away. Yea, he flees like a shadow and does not continue.

3.Upon this man have you certainly set your eyes, that you might bring me into judgment with you.

4.Who can produce a clean thing from an unclean thing? Not one.

5.If his days are determined, the number of his months being with you, you have made a boundary for him that he cannot go beyond.

6.Remove your gaze from him, that he might rest until he is refreshed, as a hired man ending his day.

7.For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it might sprout up again and that its shoot will not fail.

8.For if its root in the earth grows old and its stump dies in the dirt,

9.through the scent of water, it may sprout and put forth branches like a plant.

10.But a man dies, and he lies low. Yea, he breathes his last, and where is he?

11.Waters evaporate from the sea, and a river becomes parched and dries up,

12.but a man lies down and will not rise until heaven is no more. They will not awake or rouse up from their sleep.

13.Who can grant it, that you hide me in Sheol and conceal me until your anger is past, that you would appoint me a time and remember me.

14.If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my service would I wait, until my change comes.

15.Call, and I will answer! Show concern for the work of your hands!

16.But now, you number my steps. Do not keep watch for my sin!

17.You have sealed up my transgression in a bag and fastened down my iniquity!

18.Yet, the mountain, falling down, sinks, and the rock is moved from its place.

19.Water rubs stones; its torrents wash off the soil of the earth. So, you cause the hope of man to perish.

20.You always prevail against him, and then, he leaves. You change his countenance and send him away.

21.His sons are honored, but he does not know it. Or they are brought low, and he has no knowledge of it.

22.Only, his flesh on him feels pain, and his soul within him mourns.”

Job 15

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¶1. Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

2.“Should a wise man respond to vain knowledge and fill his belly with the east wind?

3.Should he argue with worthless talk, and words in which he finds no good?

4.You have repudiated fear and withheld devotion from God,

5.for your iniquity instructs your mouth, and your tongue chooses craftiness.

6.Your own mouth condemns you, and not I. Your own lips testify against you!

7.Are you the first man born, or were you brought forth before the hills?

8.Have you listened in on the privy counsel of God, or do you limit wisdom to yourself?

9.What do you know that we do not know, or have understanding that is not in us?

10.The grey-headed and aged man are with us, much older than your father.

11.Are the consolations of God too small for you, or the word spoken gently to you?

12.Why does your heart take you away, and why do your eyes flash,

13.so that your spirit turns against God and you allow such words to come out of your mouth?

14.What is man, that he should be clean, or that one born of woman should be righteous?

15.Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones, and the heavens are not clean in His sight.

16.How much less a vile and corrupt man, who drinks iniquity like water!

17.I will teach you. Listen to me, for I have seen this, and I will declare

18.that which wise men have reported from their fathers and have not hidden.

19.To them, to them alone was the land given, and no stranger passed through their midst.

20.The wicked man writhes in pain all the time, through the number of years laid up for the ruthless man.

21.The sound of terrors is in his ears; in his prosperity, destruction comes upon him.

22.He does not believe that he will return from the darkness; he feels appointed to the sword.

23.He wanders about for bread. Where he knows that he is being prepared for the day of darkness.

24.Distress and anguish terrify him; they overwhelm him, like a king prepared for the onset of battle.

25.But he has stretched out his hand against God and vaunted himself against the Almighty,

26.running at Him, stiff-necked,[5] with his thick, bossed shields.

27.Yea, he has covered his face with his fatness and added heftiness about his loins.

28.He dwells in devastated cities, in houses which men do not occupy, which were ordained to be a heap of ruins.

29.He will not be rich, nor will his wealth last, nor will their acquisitions spread over the earth.

30.He will not depart from darkness. A flame shall dry up his branch, and He will depart along with the breath of his mouth.

31.Let him not trust in vanity! He is deceived because vanity is his recompense.

32.It shall be paid in full before his time, and his branch will not be green.

33.He will shake off his unripe grape like a vine and cast off his blossom like an olive tree.

34.For a profane congregation will be barren, even as fire will consume the tents of bribery.

35.He conceives trouble and gives birth to iniquity, and their inward part prepares treachery.”

Job 16

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¶1. Then Job answered and said,

2.“I have heard many such things. Miserable comforters are you all!

3.Will there be no end to long-winded speeches? Or what illness do you have, that you give such an answer?

4.I could also speak as you do if your souls were in my soul’s place. I could string words together against you and shake my head at you.

5.But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips would bring you relief.

6.If I speak, my pain is not relieved, and if I hold back, what pain leaves me?

7.But as it is, He has worn me out. To God You have made me desolate of all my company!

8.You have pressed me sore, which is a witness against me. Yea, my own leanness has risen up against me; it testifies to my face.

9.His anger has ripped me to shreds, and yet, He continues to hate me. He has gnashed on me with His teeth. My Adversary keeps sharpening His eyes at me.

10.They have gaped at me with their mouths; they have struck both my cheeks with contempt; they are massing together against me.

11.God has handed me over to the Unjust One, and into the hands of wicked men has He precipitated me.

12.I was quiet, yet He shattered me. Yea, He seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces. He has set me up as a target for Him.

13.His archers surround me! He cleaves my kidneys apart, and He does not spare. He pours out my gall to the ground.

14.He breaks me with breach upon breach; he runs me over like a tyrant.

15.Sackcloth have I sewn upon my skin and lain my horn in the dust.

16.My face is contorted from my weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death,

17.even though there is no cruelty in my hands. My prayer is pure!

18.O earth, do not cover my blood! And may there be no place in it for my cry!

19.Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my Advocate is on high.

20.My friends ridicule me, but my eye pours out tears to God,

21.that one might argue for a man with God, as a son of man may do for his fellow.

22.For when a few years are come, then I shall go the way I shall not return.

Job 17

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¶1. “My spirit is broken; my days are extinguished; the graves are ready for me.

2.Mockers are certainly with me, and my eye lives with their rebelliousness.

3.Take, I pray, take my pledge with you! Who is he that will take my hand?

4.For you have hidden their hearts from good sense; therefore, you will not exalt them.

5.He who flatters friends for a reward, even the eyes of his sons shall fail.

6.He has made me a by-word of people. Yea, I am one whose face is used for spitting.

7.My eye has grown dim with grief; all my members are like a shadow.

8.The upright are appalled at this. Yea, the innocent man stirs himself up against the profane one.

9.The righteous man holds to his way, and clean hands increase in strength.

10.Howbeit, all of you will come back, so come on! But I will not find a wise man among you.

11.My days are passed; my plans have been torn away, and my dearest possessions.

12.They transform night to day, saying, ‘The light is near!’ in the presence of darkness.

13.If I look for Sheol to be my home, if I spread out my bed in the darkness,

14.if I call the Pit my father, or corruption my mother or my sister,

15.where, then, is my hope? And as for my hope, who will see it?

16.The gates of Sheol will collapse if I rest together with you in the dust!”

Job 18

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¶1. The Bildad the Shuhite answered and said,

2.“How long will you lay word traps? Be sensible,[6] and afterward, we will talk.

3.Why are we thought of as beasts? In your eyes, we are stupid –

4.as he tears at his own soul in His anger! Will the earth be forsaken because of you, or will He remove the rock from its place?

5.He extinguishes the light of wicked men so that the flame of his fire does not shine.

6.The light in his tent will be dark, and his lamp by him will go out.

7.His strong steps are hindered, and his own schemes cast him down.

8.Yea, he is cast into a net by his own feet; he walks upon a net-work.

9.A trap seizes his heel; a snare grips him.

10.A cord is hidden for him in the earth, and a trap is laid for him on the path.

11.Terrors on every side frighten him and hound his every step.

12.His strength is famished, and calamity is at his side, ready.

13.It will devour his body parts; the firstborn of death will devour his members.

14.He will be torn away from his tent, his confidence, and marched to the king of terrors.

15.Nothing that is his will remain in his tent; brimstone will be scattered upon his habitation.

16.His roots will dry up underneath, and above, his branches will wither.

17.His memory will perish from the earth, and he will have no name in the land.

18.They drive him from light into darkness and chase him away from the world.

19.He shall have no progeny or posterity among his people, nor any survivor in the places he lived.

20.Those on the west shall be appalled at his day, and those on the east will be gripped with horror.

21.Surely, such are the dwellings of an unjust man, and such is the place of him knows not God.”

Job 19

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¶1. Then Job answered and said,~

2.“How long will you make my soul suffer and crush me with words!

3.These ten times, you have insulted me. You are not ashamed that you have wronged me.

4.Even if I have indeed erred, my error abides with me.

5.If you would indeed magnify yourselves against me and use my disgrace against me,

6.know now that God has overthrown me, and encompassed me in His net.

7.Behold, I cry out of wrong and receive no answer! I call for help and there is no justice!

8.He has walled up my path, and I cannot go on; upon my paths has He laid darkness.

9.He has stripped me of my glory, and removed the crown from my head.

10.He has broken me down on every side, and I am gone. He has uprooted my hope like a tree.

11.His anger burns against me; He thinks of me as His enemy.

12.His troops come together and build up their ramp against me; they encamp round about my tent.

13.He has removed my brothers far from me, and those who know me treat me like a complete stranger.

14.My kinsmen have ceased from me, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.

15.Those who stay in my home and my maidservants think of me as a stranger; I am a foreigner in their eyes.

16.I call for my servant and receive no answer; I plead to him with my mouth.

17.My breath is loathsome to my wife, and I am disgusting to the mother of my sons.

18.Even little boys despise me; when I appear, they speak against me.

19.All the men of my counsel abhor me, and those I loved have turned against me.

20.My skin and my flesh cleave to my bones, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

21.Have pity on me! Have pity on me, my friends! For the hand of God has touched me!

22.Why do you pursue me like God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?

23.Oh, that my words were written down! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book,

24.that with an iron stylus and lead they were engraved in the rock forever!

25.Yet, I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the end, he shall stand upon the earth!

26.And afterwards, when this body they have destroyed, even without my flesh, I shall see God,

27.whom I, myself, shall behold! Yea, my own eyes shall see Him, and not as a stranger. My reins within my bosom fail,

28.for you men think, ‘How shall we harass him?’ But the root of the matter is found with me.

29.Be afraid of the sword! For wrath brings the punishments of the sword so that you may know there is a Judgment.”

Job 20

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¶1. The Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,

2.“To that end, my disquieted thoughts bring me back, and because it is in me to make haste to speak.

3.I keep hearing ‘correction is an insult to me,’ but the spirit of my understanding leads me to answer.

4.Do you not know this from old, from when man was placed on the earth,

5.that the joyful shouting of wicked men is short, and the gladness of a profane man is but for a moment?

6.Though his arrogance mount up to heaven and his head touch the clouds,

7.he will perish, like his own dung, forever. Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’

8.Like a dream, he will fly away and they will not find him, and he will be chased away like a vision of the night.

9.The eye that looked on him will not again do so. Yea, it will no longer see him in his place.

10.His children will seek the favor of poor people, for their hands will relinquish his wealth.

11.Though his bones be full of youthful vigor, they will lie down with him in the dust.

12.Though evil is sweet in his mouth, he hides it under his tongue.

13.He wants it and will not forsake it, but savors it in the midst of his palate.

14.His food in his bowels is turned to the poison of venomous serpents within him.

15.He swallows down wealth, but vomits it up out of his belly. God dispossesses him.

16.He will suck the poison of venomous serpents; the viper’s tongue will kill him.

17.He will not see the streams, the flowing rivers of honey and curds.

18.His profit will he give back, and he will not swallow it down. Nor will he rejoice in any wealth gained by his trade.

19.For he has oppressed and abandoned destitute people; he has violently seized a house, but he will not build it up.

20.Because he knows no contentment in his belly, he does not preserve what he lusted after.

21.Nothing survives for him to eat, so that he does not enjoy his prosperity.

22.At the height of his boasting, distress comes to him; the hand of every suffering person will come at him.

23.When he would fill his belly, He will send burning anger into it and make it rain upon him, into his very bowels.

24.He will flee from a weapon of iron; a bronze bow will pierce him through.

25.He draws it, and it comes out his back, even the glittering point from his gallbladder; terrors come over him.

26.Utter darkness is laid up for his treasures; a fire not blown by man will feed on him; it will go ill with him who remains in his tent.

27.The heavens will reveal his iniquity, and the earth will rise up against him.

28.The possessions in his house will be carried off, flowing away in the day of His wrath.

29.This is the portion from God of an evil man, even the inheritance decreed for him by God.

Job 21

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¶1. Then Job answered and said,

2.“Listen carefully to my words, and let this be your consolation.

3.Baer with me while I speak, and afterward, continue your mockery.

4.Is my complaint to a man? Then, why should my spirit not be insistent?

5.Look at me and be appalled, and lay your hands upon your mouths!

6.When I remember, I am dismayed, and trembling seizes my flesh.

7.Why are the wicked alive? They grow old and grow greatly in power.

8.Their seed is established with them in their presence, and their offspring, before their eyes.

9.Their houses are safe from fear, and the rod of God is not upon them.

10.His bull breeds without fail; his cow bears calves and does not miscarry.

11.They send out their little boys like a flock, and their children dance.

12.They sing to the timbrel and lyre, and rejoice to the sound of a pipe.

13.They spend their days in plenteousness, and then go down to Sheol in an instant.

14.And they say to God, ‘Leave us! We have no desire for knowledge of your ways.

15.What is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what would we gain if we entreat Him?’

16.Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand. The counsel of wicked men is far from me!

17.How often is the lamp of wicked men put out, and their calamity comes upon them! He distributes pains in His anger.

18.They are like straw before the wind, and like chaff that the storm-wind sweeps away.

19.God stores up his iniquity for his children. He recompenses him, and he will come to know.

20.He will see with his own eyes his ruin.[7] Yes, he will drink the wrath of the Almighty.

21.For what does he care for his house after him, when the number of his months is cut in two?

22.Would he teach God knowledge, seeing He judges those on high?

23.A man may die in his full strength, altogether at ease and prosperous,

24.his buckets full of milk, and the marrow of his bones is moist.

25.Or a man may die in bitterness of soul, and does not eat in plenty.

26.They lie in the dust together, and the worm covers them.

27.Behold, I know your thoughts, and you do me great wrong with imaginations against me.

28.For you say, “Where is the house of the noble man?” and “Where is the tent where the wicked live?”

29.Have you not asked those who travel the road? Or do you not accept their pledges

30.that in the day of calamity, an evil man is spared, and in the day of wrath, they are brought safely out?

31.Who will expose his way to his face? And who will recompense him for what he has done?

32.And then, he will be borne to the grave, and vigil will be kept at his tomb.

33.The clods of the valley are sweet to him. And all mankind will follow after him, as there were innumerable before him.

34.So, how do you comfort me with worthlessness? Yea, your responses are leftover falsehood!”

Job 22

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¶1. Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

2.“Is a man profitable to God? No, he who is wise is profitable to himself.

3.Is it God’s delight that you are righteous, or a benefit to Him that you make your ways perfect?

4.Is it because of your fear of God that He is reproving you? He has entered into judgment against you!

5.Are you not very evil? Yea, there is no end to your iniquities.

6.For you have taken a pledge from your brothers for nothing and have stripped the naked of their garments.

7.You have not given drink to the weary and have withheld food from the hungry,

8.but the earth belongs to the mighty man, and the privileged man occupies it.

9.You have sent widows away empty and broken the arms of orphans.

10.That is why snares are all about you and sudden terror overwhelms you,

11.or darkness, so that you cannot see, and a flood of waters covers you.

12.Is not God in the height of heaven? Then, look at the high stars, how lofty they are!

13.But you say, ‘What does God know? Can He judge from behind thick darkness?

14.Clouds are a veil to Him, so that He does not see. He just walks about on the circle of heaven.’

15.Will you keep to the old path which wicked men have walked,

16.in which they are snatched away, and their foundation is washed away in an untimely flood

17.who say to God, ‘Depart from us,’ and ‘What shall the Almighty do to us?’

18.Yet, He filled their houses with goods. But the counsel of evil men is far from me!

19.The righteous will see and rejoice, and the innocent man will mock them.

20.Let God damn me if our adversary will not be destroyed, and fire does not consume the rest of them.

21.Acquaint yourself with Him, I beseech you, and be at peace. Thereby, prosperity will come to you!

22.Receive instruction, I beseech you, from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart!

23.If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up, if you put wrong far from your tent.

24.Just lay your gold in the dust, even your fine gold from Ophir in the stone of the wadys.

25.Then the Almighty will be your gold pieces and your fine silver.

26.Yea, then you will take great delight in the Almighty and lift up your face to God.

27.You will make supplication to Him, and He will hear you, and you will pay your vows.

28.You will decide a matter, and it will stand for you, and light will shine on your ways.

29.When men are brought low, and you say, ‘Lift them up,’ then He will save the humble man.

30.He will even deliver one who is not innocent. Yea, even he will be delivered by the cleanliness of your hands.”

Job 23

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¶1. Then Job answered and said,

2.“Today also my complaint is bitter. My hand has become heavy because of my groaning.

3.Oh, that I knew where I might find Him! I would go to His house!

4.Let me lay out my case before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments!

5.Let me know the words that He would answer me, and understand what He would say to me!

6.Would He contend against me with His great power? No! But He would pay attention to me.

7.There, an upright man might reason with Him, and be delivered forever 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 is working, but I cannot behold Him; He is hiding Himself on the right hand so that I cannot see Him.

10.Still, He knows how it is with me, and when He has tried me, I will come forth like gold.

11.My foot has held fast to His steps. I have kept His way. I have not turned aside.

12.Nor have I departed from the commandment of His lips. I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

13.But He is of one mind, and who can turn Him back? Truly, whatever He wants, He does.

14.For He will finish what is appointed for me, and many such things are with Him.

15.That is why I am dismayed at His presence; I consider, and I fear before Him.

16.Yea, God has made my heart faint, for the Almighty has terrified me.

17.But I am not done away with because of the darkness, nor because darkness has covered my face.

Job 24

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¶1. “Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, does he who knows Him not live out his days?

2.Men move boundary markers; they steal and pasture flocks.

3.They drive away donkeys belonging to orphans and take in pledge a widow’s ox.

4.They push needy people out of the way; the poor of earth hide themselves together.

5.Behold, like wild asses in the desert, they go out to their toil, watching eagerly for prey. The steppe is his food for the children.

6.In the field, they gather their fodder, and glean the vineyard of the evil man.

7.They pass the night naked, without clothing, and there is no covering in the cold.

8.They are wet from mountain rains, and without shelter, they huddle against rocks.

9.(Men tear the orphan from the breast, and take a pledge from a poor man.)

10.They go about naked, without clothing; hungry, they gather up sheaves.

11.Within the walls of those men, they press out oil; they tread the presses, and suffer thirst.

12.In the city, men groan, their wounded soul cries out for help, but God pays no attention to the wrong.

13.These are those who rebel against the light; they are not acquainted with its ways, nor do they stay in its paths.

14.The murderer rises with the light. He slays the poor and needy man, and at night, he is like a thief.

15.The eye of the adulterer watches for twilight, thinking, ‘No eye will recognize me,’ as he puts a covering on his face.

16.On the dark, he digs into houses; in the day, they seal themselves up. They do not know the light.

17.For, to them, morning is the same as the shadow of death; yea, they are acquainted with deep darkness.

18.He is like foam on the surface of the waters; their portion in the earth is cursed; he will not turn to the way of vineyards.

19.Drought and heat snatch away snow waters; Sheol, those who sin.

20.The womb will forget him. He is sweet to the worm. He will no longer be remembered. Injustice will be broken like a tree.

21.He preys on the barren, childless woman, and does the widow no good.

22.But he preserves mighty men by his power. He rises, and does not believe in life.

23.He gives him security, and he relies on it, but His eyes are on their ways.

24.They are exalted a little while, and then, they are gone and brought low. Like all others, they will be gathered, and like heads of grain, they will wither.

25.If it is not so, who will prove me a liar, and make my speech as nothing?”

Job 25

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¶1. Then Bildad the Hushite answered and said,

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Job 26

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Job 27

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Job 28

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Job 29

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¶1.And Job continued to utter his ? and said,

2.“Oh, that I was as in months past, as in the days when God protected me,

3.when His lamp shined upon my head, and by His light, I walked through darkness,

4.as when I was in my strength, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle,

5.when the Almighty was still with me, when my little ones were around me,

6.when I washed my steps with cream, and the rock poured out streams of oil for me,

7.when I went out to the gate of the city, when I set up my seat in the plaza!

8.The young men saw me and withdrew themselves, and the aged rose, and stood still.

9.Princes refrained from speaking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

10.The rulers hid their voice; their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

11.When the ear heard me, it blessed me, and when the eye saw me, it bore me witness,

12.because I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless, and whoever had no helper.

13.The blessing of the man about to perish came upon me, and I made the widow’s heart to cry out with joy.

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Job 30

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¶1. But now, those younger than I mock me, whose fathers I would have refused to put among the dogs of my flock.

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9.But now, I have become their song. I am a byword to them.

10.They loathe me; they keep far from me, and do not hesitate to spit in my face.

11.Because He has let loose His bowstring and brought me low, they throw off the bridle at the sight of me.

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Job 33

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14. Though God speaks once, yea, twice, man does not perceive it,

15.in a dream, a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, in slumberings on a bed.

16. Then He opens the ear of men and makes their instruction sure,

17.to turn man from his own way and hide pride from man.

18. He keeps his soul from the pit and his life from perishing by the sword.[8]

19. Or he is disciplined with pain upon his bed or with a persistent conflict in his bones,

20.so that his being loathes food, and his soul, its favorite food.

21. His flesh wastes away from sight, and his bones that were not seen appear,

22.and his soul draws near the pit, and his life, to those who put to death.

23. If there is an angel over him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show a man His uprightness,

24.then He is gracious to him and says, “Deliver him from going down to the pit! I have found a ransom.”

25. His flesh will be fresher than a child’s. He will return to the days of his youth.

26. He will pray to God, and He will accept him, and he will see His face with a shout of joy. And then, He will restore to a man his righteousness.

27. He observes men, and he says, “I sinned and perverted what is right, and it did not profit me.

28.He has redeemed my soul from going over into the pit; yea, my life will see the light.”

29. Behold, all these things God works twice, three times with man

30.to turn his soul back from the pit, that he might be enlightened by the light of the living.

31. Pay attention, Job! Listen to me! Be silent, and I will speak!

32. If there is something to say, answer me! Speak! For I would be pleased to justify you.

33. If not, then listen to me! Be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.

Job 34

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29.When He orders peace, who can make trouble? And when He hides His face, who can see Him, whether it be done to a nation or a single man?

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13. He causes it to happen, whether for chastisement, or for His land, or for mercy.

14. Give ear to this, O Job! Stand still and consider the works made wondrous by God.

15. Do you know when God established them and caused the light of His cloud to burst forth?

16. Do you understand the balancing of the clouds (the wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge),

17.which make your garments warm when He quietens the land with the south wind?

18. Did you, with Him, spread out the sky, which is hard like a molten mirror?

19. Teach us what we should say to Him! We cannot arrange our thoughts because of our darkness.

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Job 41

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¶1.Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, or his tongue with a cord which you let down?

2.Can you put an hook into his nose, or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

3.Will he make many supplications to you? Will he speak soft words to you?

4.Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him for a servant forever?

5.Will you play with him as with a bird?

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Job 42

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¶1.Then Job answered the Lord and said,

2.“I know that you can do anything; not even an intent can be kept from you.

3.Who am I? Perverting counsel with ignorance, I went on, making declarations, but I have no understanding. It is not in me to comprehend things beyond my power.

4.Hear, I beg you, and I will speak! I am asking you, for you make me know.

5.I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you.

6.It makes me despise myself, and I repent in dirt and ashes.”

7. And it came to pass, after Jehovah spoke these words to Job, that Jehovah said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken what is right about me, as my servant Job has.”

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Footnotes

[1] That is, Eliphaz.

[2] Heb. uncertain.

[3] Or, Rahab.

[4] Or, “Behold, He is killing me. I have no hope.”

[5] Hebrew uncertain.

[6] The verb is plural.

[7] Hebrew uncertain.

[8] Or, “weapon”.

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