18:001:001 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and
that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and
18:001:002 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
18:001:003 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three
thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five
hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this
man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
18:001:004 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his
day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to
drink with them.
18:001:005 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone
about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in
the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the
number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have
sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job
18:001:006 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
18:001:007 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan
answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the
earth, and from walking up and down in it.
18:001:008 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant
Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and
an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
18:001:009 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for
18:001:010 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house,
and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed
the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the
18:001:011 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and
he will curse thee to thy face.
18:001:012 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in
thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So
Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
18:001:013 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were
eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
18:001:014 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were
plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
18:001:015 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they
have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only
am escaped alone to tell thee.
18:001:016 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said,
The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the
sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am
escaped alone to tell thee.
18:001:017 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said,
The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels,
and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with
the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell
18:001:018 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said,
Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in
their eldest brother's house:
18:001:019 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and
smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the
young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to
18:001:020 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and
fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
18:001:021 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked
shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken
away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
18:001:022 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
18:002:001 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to
present himself before the LORD.
18:002:002 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And
Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in
the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
18:002:003 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant
Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and
an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and
still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me
against him, to destroy him without cause.
18:002:004 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all
that a man hath will he give for his life.
18:002:005 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his
flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
18:002:006 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but
save his life.
18:002:007 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote
Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
18:002:008 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he
sat down among the ashes.
18:002:009 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine
integrity? curse God, and die.
18:002:010 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish
women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of
God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job
sin with his lips.
18:002:011 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was
come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz
the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the
Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come
to mourn with him and to comfort him.
18:002:012 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not,
they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one
his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
18:002:013 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven
nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his
grief was very great.
18:003:001 After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
18:003:002 And Job spake, and said,
18:003:003 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which
it was said, There is a man child conceived.
18:003:004 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above,
neither let the light shine upon it.
18:003:005 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud
dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
18:003:006 As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be
joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the
number of the months.
18:003:007 Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come
18:003:008 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise
up their mourning.
18:003:009 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for
light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the
18:003:010 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid
sorrow from mine eyes.
18:003:011 Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost
when I came out of the belly?
18:003:012 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should
18:003:013 For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have
slept: then had I been at rest,
18:003:014 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate
places for themselves;
18:003:015 Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with
18:003:016 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants
which never saw light.
18:003:017 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be
18:003:018 There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of
18:003:019 The small and great are there; and the servant is free from
18:003:020 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life
unto the bitter in soul;
18:003:021 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more
than for hid treasures;
18:003:022 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find
18:003:023 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God
hath hedged in?
18:003:024 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured
out like the waters.
18:003:025 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that
which I was afraid of is come unto me.
18:003:026 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet;
yet trouble came.
18:004:001 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
18:004:002 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but
who can withhold himself from speaking?
18:004:003 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened
the weak hands.
18:004:004 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast
strengthened the feeble knees.
18:004:005 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth
thee, and thou art troubled.
18:004:006 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the
uprightness of thy ways?
18:004:007 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or
where were the righteous cut off?
18:004:008 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow
wickedness, reap the same.
18:004:009 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his
nostrils are they consumed.
18:004:010 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and
the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
18:004:011 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's
whelps are scattered abroad.
18:004:012 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received
a little thereof.
18:004:013 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep
falleth on men,
18:004:014 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to
18:004:015 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh
18:004:016 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an
image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a
18:004:017 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more
pure than his maker?
18:004:018 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he
charged with folly:
18:004:019 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose
foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
18:004:020 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for
ever without any regarding it.
18:004:021 Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die,
even without wisdom.
18:005:001 Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which
of the saints wilt thou turn?
18:005:002 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly
18:005:003 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his
18:005:004 His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the
gate, neither is there any to deliver them.
18:005:005 Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of
the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.
18:005:006 Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth
trouble spring out of the ground;
18:005:007 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
18:005:008 I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
18:005:009 Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things
18:005:010 Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the
18:005:011 To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn
may be exalted to safety.
18:005:012 He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their
hands cannot perform their enterprise.
18:005:013 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of
the froward is carried headlong.
18:005:014 They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the
noonday as in the night.
18:005:015 But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and
from the hand of the mighty.
18:005:016 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.
18:005:017 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore
despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
18:005:018 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands
18:005:019 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there
shall no evil touch thee.
18:005:020 In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the
power of the sword.
18:005:021 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither
shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
18:005:022 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou
be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
18:005:023 For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and
the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.
18:005:024 And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and
thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin.
18:005:025 Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine
offspring as the grass of the earth.
18:005:026 Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of
corn cometh in in his season.
18:005:027 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou
it for thy good.
18:006:001 But Job answered and said,
18:006:002 Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid
in the balances together!
18:006:003 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea:
therefore my words are swallowed up.
18:006:004 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison
whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set
themselves in array against me.
18:006:005 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox
over his fodder?
18:006:006 Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there
any taste in the white of an egg?
18:006:007 The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful
18:006:008 Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me
the thing that I long for!
18:006:009 Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let
loose his hand, and cut me off!
18:006:010 Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in
sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words
of the Holy One.
18:006:011 What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end,
that I should prolong my life?
18:006:012 Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of
18:006:013 Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
18:006:014 To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his
friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
18:006:015 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the
stream of brooks they pass away;
18:006:016 Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow
18:006:017 What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are
consumed out of their place.
18:006:018 The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing,
18:006:019 The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for
18:006:020 They were confounded because they had hoped; they came
thither, and were ashamed.
18:006:021 For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are
18:006:022 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your
18:006:023 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the
hand of the mighty?
18:006:024 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to
understand wherein I have erred.
18:006:025 How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing
18:006:026 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that
is desperate, which are as wind?
18:006:027 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your
18:006:028 Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto
you if I lie.
18:006:029 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again,
my righteousness is in it.
18:006:030 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern
18:007:001 Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his
days also like the days of an hireling?
18:007:002 As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling
looketh for the reward of his work:
18:007:003 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights
are appointed to me.
18:007:004 When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be
gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of
18:007:005 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is
broken, and become loathsome.
18:007:006 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent
18:007:007 O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see
18:007:008 The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine
eyes are upon me, and I am not.
18:007:009 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth
down to the grave shall come up no more.
18:007:010 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place
know him any more.
18:007:011 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the
anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my
18:007:012 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?
18:007:013 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my
18:007:014 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through
18:007:015 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my
18:007:016 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days
18:007:017 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou
shouldest set thine heart upon him?
18:007:018 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him
18:007:019 How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I
swallow down my spittle?
18:007:020 I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of
men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am
a burden to myself?
18:007:021 And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away
my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt
seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.
18:008:001 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
18:008:002 How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the
words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
18:008:003 Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert
18:008:004 If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them
away for their transgression;
18:008:005 If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy
supplication to the Almighty;
18:008:006 If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for
thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
18:008:007 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should
18:008:008 For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare
thyself to the search of their fathers:
18:008:009 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our
days upon earth are a shadow:)
18:008:010 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out
of their heart?
18:008:011 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without
18:008:012 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it
withereth before any other herb.
18:008:013 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's
hope shall perish:
18:008:014 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a
18:008:015 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall
hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
18:008:016 He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in
18:008:017 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of
18:008:018 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him,
saying, I have not seen thee.
18:008:019 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall
18:008:020 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he
help the evil doers:
18:008:021 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with
18:008:022 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the
dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.
18:009:001 Then Job answered and said,
18:009:002 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with
18:009:003 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a
18:009:004 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened
himself against him, and hath prospered?
18:009:005 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which
overturneth them in his anger.
18:009:006 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars
18:009:007 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up
18:009:008 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the
waves of the sea.
18:009:009 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers
of the south.
18:009:010 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders
18:009:011 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but
I perceive him not.
18:009:012 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto
him, What doest thou?
18:009:013 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop
18:009:014 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to
reason with him?
18:009:015 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I
would make supplication to my judge.
18:009:016 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not
believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.
18:009:017 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds
18:009:018 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with
18:009:019 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment,
who shall set me a time to plead?
18:009:020 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I
say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
18:009:021 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would
despise my life.
18:009:022 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the
perfect and the wicked.
18:009:023 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of
18:009:024 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth
the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?
18:009:025 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see
18:009:026 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that
hasteth to the prey.
18:009:027 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my
heaviness, and comfort myself:
18:009:028 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold
18:009:029 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?
18:009:030 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so
18:009:031 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes
shall abhor me.
18:009:032 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we
should come together in judgment.
18:009:033 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his
hand upon us both.
18:009:034 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear
18:009:035 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with
18:010:001 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon
myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
18:010:002 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou
contendest with me.
18:010:003 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou
shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the
counsel of the wicked?
18:010:004 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?
18:010:005 Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days,
18:010:006 That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after
18:010:007 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can
deliver out of thine hand.
18:010:008 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round
about; yet thou dost destroy me.
18:010:009 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay;
and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
18:010:010 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like
18:010:011 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me
with bones and sinews.
18:010:012 Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath
preserved my spirit.
18:010:013 And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that
this is with thee.
18:010:014 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me
from mine iniquity.
18:010:015 If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I
not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see
thou mine affliction;
18:010:016 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again
thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.
18:010:017 Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine
indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.
18:010:018 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh
that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!
18:010:019 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have
been carried from the womb to the grave.
18:010:020 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may
take comfort a little,
18:010:021 Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of
darkness and the shadow of death;
18:010:022 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of
death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
18:011:001 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
18:011:002 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a
man full of talk be justified?
18:011:003 Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou
mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
18:011:004 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in
18:011:005 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;
18:011:006 And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they
are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth
of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
18:011:007 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the
Almighty unto perfection?
18:011:008 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell;
what canst thou know?
18:011:009 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than
18:011:010 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can
18:011:011 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not
then consider it?
18:011:012 For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild
18:011:013 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands
18:011:014 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not
wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.
18:011:015 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou
shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
18:011:016 Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as
waters that pass away:
18:011:017 And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday: thou shalt
shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.
18:011:018 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou
shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.
18:011:019 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid;
yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
18:011:020 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not
escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.
18:012:001 And Job answered and said,
18:012:002 No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
18:012:003 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to
you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
18:012:004 I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and
he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
18:012:005 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised
in the thought of him that is at ease.
18:012:006 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God
are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
18:012:007 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the
fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
18:012:008 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes
of the sea shall declare unto thee.
18:012:009 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath
18:012:010 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the
breath of all mankind.
18:012:011 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?
18:012:012 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days
18:012:013 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and
18:012:014 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he
shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
18:012:015 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he
sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
18:012:016 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver
18:012:017 He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges
18:012:018 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a
18:012:019 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.
18:012:020 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the
understanding of the aged.
18:012:021 He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength
of the mighty.
18:012:022 He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out
to light the shadow of death.
18:012:023 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth
the nations, and straiteneth them again.
18:012:024 He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the
earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there
is no way.
18:012:025 They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to
stagger like a drunken man.
18:013:001 Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and
18:013:002 What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto
18:013:003 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason
18:013:004 But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.
18:013:005 O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be
18:013:006 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my
18:013:007 Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?
18:013:008 Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God?
18:013:009 Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man
mocketh another, do ye so mock him?
18:013:010 He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.
18:013:011 Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall
18:013:012 Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies
18:013:013 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come
on me what will.
18:013:014 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in
18:013:015 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will
maintain mine own ways before him.
18:013:016 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come
18:013:017 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.
18:013:018 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be
18:013:019 Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my
tongue, I shall give up the ghost.
18:013:020 Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself
18:013:021 Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me
18:013:022 Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer
18:013:023 How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my
transgression and my sin.
18:013:024 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine
18:013:025 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue
the dry stubble?
18:013:026 For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to
possess the iniquities of my youth.
18:013:027 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly
unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my
18:013:028 And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is
18:014:001 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of
18:014:002 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also
as a shadow, and continueth not.
18:014:003 And doth thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest
me into judgment with thee?
18:014:004 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
18:014:005 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are
with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
18:014:006 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as
an hireling, his day.
18:014:007 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will
sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not
18:014:008 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock
thereof die in the ground;
18:014:009 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth
boughs like a plant.
18:014:010 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost,
and where is he?
18:014:011 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and
18:014:012 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no
more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
18:014:013 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest
keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest
appoint me a set time, and remember me!
18:014:014 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my
appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
18:014:015 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a
desire to the work of thine hands.
18:014:016 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my
18:014:017 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up
18:014:018 And surely the mountains falling cometh to nought, and the
rock is removed out of his place.
18:014:019 The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which
grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the
hope of man.
18:014:020 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou
changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
18:014:021 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are
brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
18:014:022 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within
him shall mourn.
18:015:001 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
18:015:002 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly
with the east wind?
18:015:003 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches
wherewith he can do no good?
18:015:004 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.
18:015:005 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the
tongue of the crafty.
18:015:006 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own
lips testify against thee.
18:015:007 Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before
18:015:008 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain
wisdom to thyself?
18:015:009 What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou,
which is not in us?
18:015:010 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder
than thy father.
18:015:011 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any
secret thing with thee?
18:015:012 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes
18:015:013 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such
words go out of thy mouth?
18:015:014 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of
a woman, that he should be righteous?
18:015:015 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens
are not clean in his sight.
18:015:016 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh
iniquity like water?
18:015:017 I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will
18:015:018 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid
18:015:019 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed
18:015:020 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the
number of years is hidden to the oppressor.
18:015:021 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer
shall come upon him.
18:015:022 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he
is waited for of the sword.
18:015:023 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth
that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
18:015:024 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail
against him, as a king ready to the battle.
18:015:025 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth
himself against the Almighty.
18:015:026 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses
of his bucklers:
18:015:027 Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh
collops of fat on his flanks.
18:015:028 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man
inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.
18:015:029 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue,
neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the
18:015:030 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up
his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
18:015:031 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall
be his recompence.
18:015:032 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall
not be green.
18:015:033 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall
cast off his flower as the olive.
18:015:034 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire
shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
18:015:035 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their
belly prepareth deceit.
18:016:001 Then Job answered and said,
18:016:002 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye
18:016:003 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that
18:016:004 I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's
stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head
18:016:005 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my
lips should asswage your grief.
18:016:006 Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I
forbear, what am I eased?
18:016:007 But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my
18:016:008 And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness
against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to
18:016:009 He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me
with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.
18:016:010 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me
upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves
together against me.
18:016:011 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into
the hands of the wicked.
18:016:012 I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also
taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up
for his mark.
18:016:013 His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins
asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the
18:016:014 He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me
like a giant.
18:016:015 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in
18:016:016 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow
18:016:017 Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.
18:016:018 O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no
18:016:019 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on
18:016:020 My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.
18:016:021 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth
for his neighbour!
18:016:022 When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I
shall not return.
18:017:001 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are
ready for me.
18:017:002 Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue
in their provocation?
18:017:003 Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that
will strike hands with me?
18:017:004 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore
shalt thou not exalt them.
18:017:005 He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his
children shall fail.
18:017:006 He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I
was as a tabret.
18:017:007 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members
are as a shadow.
18:017:008 Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall
stir up himself against the hypocrite.
18:017:009 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath
clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
18:017:010 But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot
find one wise man among you.
18:017:011 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the
thoughts of my heart.
18:017:012 They change the night into day: the light is short because of
18:017:013 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the
18:017:014 I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm,
Thou art my mother, and my sister.
18:017:015 And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?
18:017:016 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest
together is in the dust.
18:018:001 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
18:018:002 How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and
afterwards we will speak.
18:018:003 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your
18:018:004 He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken
for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?
18:018:005 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark
of his fire shall not shine.
18:018:006 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle
shall be put out with him.
18:018:007 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own
counsel shall cast him down.
18:018:008 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon
18:018:009 The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall
prevail against him.
18:018:010 The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in
18:018:011 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive
him to his feet.
18:018:012 His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be
ready at his side.
18:018:013 It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn
of death shall devour his strength.
18:018:014 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it
shall bring him to the king of terrors.
18:018:015 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his:
brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
18:018:016 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his
branch be cut off.
18:018:017 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have
no name in the street.
18:018:018 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of
18:018:019 He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any
remaining in his dwellings.
18:018:020 They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they
that went before were affrighted.
18:018:021 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the
place of him that knoweth not God.
18:019:001 Then Job answered and said,
18:019:002 How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with
18:019:003 These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that
ye make yourselves strange to me.
18:019:004 And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with
18:019:005 If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead
against me my reproach:
18:019:006 Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me
with his net.
18:019:007 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud,
but there is no judgment.
18:019:008 He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set
darkness in my paths.
18:019:009 He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my
18:019:010 He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine
hope hath he removed like a tree.
18:019:011 He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me
unto him as one of his enemies.
18:019:012 His troops come together, and raise up their way against me,
and encamp round about my tabernacle.
18:019:013 He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are
verily estranged from me.
18:019:014 My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have
18:019:015 They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a
stranger: I am an alien in their sight.
18:019:016 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him
with my mouth.
18:019:017 My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the
children's sake of mine own body.
18:019:018 Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake
18:019:019 All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are
turned against me.
18:019:020 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped
with the skin of my teeth.
18:019:021 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the
hand of God hath touched me.
18:019:022 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my
18:019:023 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed
in a book!
18:019:024 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock
18:019:025 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at
the latter day upon the earth:
18:019:026 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my
flesh shall I see God:
18:019:027 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and
not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
18:019:028 But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of
the matter is found in me?
18:019:029 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments
of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.
18:020:001 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
18:020:002 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I
18:020:003 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my
understanding causeth me to answer.
18:020:004 Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
18:020:005 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the
hypocrite but for a moment?
18:020:006 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head
reach unto the clouds;
18:020:007 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which
have seen him shall say, Where is he?
18:020:008 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he
shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
18:020:009 The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither
shall his place any more behold him.
18:020:010 His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands
shall restore their goods.
18:020:011 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie
down with him in the dust.
18:020:012 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it
under his tongue;
18:020:013 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still
within his mouth:
18:020:014 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps
18:020:015 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up
again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
18:020:016 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall
18:020:017 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey
18:020:018 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.
18:020:019 Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because
he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;
18:020:020 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not
save of that which he desired.
18:020:021 There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man
look for his goods.
18:020:022 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits:
every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.
18:020:023 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
18:020:024 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall
strike him through.
18:020:025 It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering
sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.
18:020:026 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.
18:020:027 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise
up against him.
18:020:028 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall
flow away in the day of his wrath.
18:020:029 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage
appointed unto him by God.
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