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Eliphaz's fearful vision

JOB.

Job reproveth his friends 11 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habsthe stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad. tation, and shalt not sin.

12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and 25 Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be mine ear received a little thereof.

great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth. 13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, 26 Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, when deep sleep falleth on men,

like as a shock of corn coineth in in his season. 14 Fear caine upon me, and trembling, which. 27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hcaux made all my bones to shake.

it, and know thou it for thy good. 15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair

CHAP. VI. of my flesh stood up:

Job justifeth his complaint.

Bothobanswerer avereaindo thereof: an image uns before mine eyes, there 2 Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, was silence, and I heard a voice, saying, and iny calamity laid in the balances together!

17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? 3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of shall a man be more pure than his Maker ? the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.

18 Behold, lie put no trust in his servants; and 4 For the arrows of the Almighty are nythin me, his angels he charged with tolly:

the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the ler19 How much less in them that dwell in houses rors of God do set themselves in array against me. of clay, wliose foundation is in the dust, which 5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass ? are crushed before the moth ?

or loweth the ox over his folder ? 20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without they perish for ever without any regarding it. salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

21 Doth not their excellency which is in them 7 The things that my soul refused to touch are go away ? they die, even without wisdou. as my sorrowsul meat. CHAP. V.

8 Oh that I might have my request; and that Benefit of God's correction.

God would grant me the thing that I long for! thec; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn? that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off! 2 For wrath killcth the foolish man, and envy 10 Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would slayeth the silly one.

harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for 3 1 bave seen the foolish taking root: but sud- I have noi concealed the words of the Holy One. denly I cursed his habitation.

11 What is my strength, that I should hope? And 4 llis children are far from safety, and they what is mine end, that I should prolong my life? are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to 12 Is my strength the strength of stones ? or is deliver them.

my flesh of brass ? 5 Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and 13 is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber quite from me ? swalloweth up their substance.

14 To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed 6 Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, from his friend; but lie forsakech the fear of the neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Almighty. 7 Yet inan is born unto trouble, as the sparks 15 Ny brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, fly upward.

and as the stream of brooks they pass away; 81 would seek unto God, and unlo God would 16 Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and I commit my cause :

wherein the snow is hid: 9 Which doeth great things and unsearchable;'. 17What tiine they wax warm, they vanish: when marvellous things without number:

it is hot, they are consumed out of their place. JO Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth 18 The paths of their way are turned aside; waters upon the fields:

they go to nothing, and perish. U To set up on high those that below; that 19 The troops of Tema looked, the companies those which mourn may be exalted to safety. or Sheba waited for them.

12 lle disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so 20 They were confounded because they had that their hands cannot perforin their enterprise. hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.

13 Ile taketh the wise in their own crastiness : 21 For now ye are nothing ; yo see my casting and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong. down, and are afraid.

14 They meet with darkness in the day-lime, and 22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward grope in the noon-day as in the night.

for me of your substance ? 15 But he saveth the poor from the sworil, from 23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand ? or, their mouth, and from the band of the mighty Redcem me from the hand of the mighty ?

16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth 24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and her mouth.

cause mie to understand wherein i have erred. 17 Behold, happy is the man whom God cor- 25 How forcible are right words! but what doch recicth: therefore despise not thou thc chasten- your

arguing reprove ? ing of the Almighty :

26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the 18 For he makech sore, and bindeth up: le speeches of one that is desperate, which are as woundeth, and his hands make whole.

wind ? 19 Ilc shall deliver thec in six troubles : yea, in 27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye re shall no evil touch thee.

dig a pit for your friend. 20 In fainine he shall redeem thee from death: 28 Now therefore be content, look upon me; for and in war from the power of the sword. it is evident unto you if I lic.

21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the 29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruc- return again, my righteousness is in it. tion when it cometh.

30 Is there iniquity in my tongue ? cannot my 22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: laste discern perverse things ? neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the

CHAP. VII. varth.

Job excuseth his desire of death. 23 For thou shall be in league with the stones Is there not an appointed time to man upon of at peace with thee.

a hireling? 24 And thou shalt know that thy tabernaclel ? As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow,

Feven

Job complaineth of restlessness. CIIAP. VIII, IX. He acknowledgeth God's justice and as a hireling looketh for the reward of his 15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not work:

stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure. 3 So am I made to possess months of vanity, 16 He is green before the sun, and his branch and wearisone nights are appointed to me. shooteth forth in his garden. 4 When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, 17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and and thc night be gone ? and I am full of' tossings seeth the place of stones. to and fro unto the dawning of the day. 18 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall

5 My flesh is clothed with worins and cloils or deny him, saying, I have not seen thee. dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome. 19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of 6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, the earth shall others grow. and are spent without hope.

20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect 70 remember that my life is wind: mine eye man, neither will he help the evil doers: shall no more sce good.

21 Till he fill my mouth with laughing, and thy 8 The eye of him that hath seen me shall see lips with rejoicing. Suc no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not. 22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with

9 As the cloud is consuined and vanisheth shame ; and the dwelling place of the wicked away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall shall come to nought. come up no more.

CHAP. IX. 10 le shall return no more to his house, neither

No contending with God. bhall his place know him any more. THEN Job answered and said,

11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I 21 know it is so of a truth: but how should will speak in the anguish of iny spirit; I will man be just with God ? complain in the bitterness of my soul.

3 If he will contend with him, he cannot an. 12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a swer him one of a thousand. watch over me ?

4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength : 13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my who liath hardened himself against him, aind couch shall ease my complaint ;

hath prospered ? 14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and ter- 5 Which removeth the mountains, and they rifiest me through visions :

know not: which overturneth them in his anger; 15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and 6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, death rather than my life.

and the pillars thereof tremble; 16 I loathe it; I would not live always: let me 7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth alone; for my days are vanity.

not; and sealeth up the stars ; 17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify 8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and liim ? and that thou shouldest set thy heart upon treadeth upon the waves of the sea; bini ?

9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, 18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morn- and the chambers of the south ; ing, and try him every nioment?

10 Which doeth great things past finding out ; 19 How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor yea, and wonders without number. let me alone till ( swallow down my spittle ? 11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not : he 20 I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, passeth on also, but I perceive him not. O thou Preserver of men ? why hast thou set me 12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to him ? who will say unto him, What doest thou ? myself?

13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the And why dost thou not pardon my trans- proud helpers do stoop under him. gression, and take away mine iniquity ? for now 14 How much less shall I answer him, and shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me choose out my words to reason with him? in the morning, but I shall not be.

15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I CHAP. VIII.

not answer, but I would make supplication to Bildad sheweth God's justice. my judge.

, , 2 How long wilt thou speak these things ? yet would I not believe that he had hearkened and how long shall the words of thy mouth be unto my voice. like a strong wind ?

17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and 3 Doth God pervert judgment; or doth the Al-multiplieth my wounds withois cause. mighty pervert justice ?

18 vie will not suffer me to take my breath, but 4 If thy children have sinned against him, and filleth me with bitterness. he have cast them away for their transgression ;l 19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if

5 If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and of judgment, who shall set nie a time to plead ? make thy supplication to the Almighty; 20 ir 1 justify myself, mine own mouth shall

6 If thou wert pure and upright, surely now he condemn me: If I sng, I am perfect, it shall would awake for thee, and make the habitation also prove me perverse. of thy righteousness prosperous.

21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know 7 Though thy beginning was sniall, yet thy lat- my soul: I would despise my life. ter end should greatly increase.

22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, lle de8 For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, stroyeth the perfect and the wicked. and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers: | 23 If the scou slay su nly, he will laugh

9. (For we are but of yesterday, and know no- at the trial of the innocent. thing, because ourdays upon earth are a shadow:)) 24 The earth is given into the hand of the wick.

10 Shall not they tcachi thee, and tell thee, and ed : he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; utter words out of their heart?

if not, where, and who is he? 11 Can the rush grow up without mire ? can 25 Now my days are swifter than a post : they the flag grow without water ?

flee away, they see no good. 12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not out 26 They are passed away as the swift ships : down, it withereth before any other herb. es the eagle that hasteth to the prey.

13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and 27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will the liypocrite's hope shall perish :

leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself : 14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust 28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that shall be a spider's web.

thou wilt not hold me innocent.

M.

Job craveth ease before death.

JOB.

God's wisdom is unscarchable 29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain ?1.4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and 30 ir I wash myself with snow-water, and I am clean in thine eyes. make my hands never so clean;

5 But Oh that God would speak, and open his 31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and lips against thee; mine own clothes shall abhor me.

6 And that he would shew thee the secrets of 32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should wisdom, that they are double to that which is ! answer him, and we should come together in Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less judgment.

than thine iniquity deserveth. 33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, 7 Canst thou by searching find out God ? canst that might lay his hand upon us both. thou find out the Almighty unto perfection ? 34 Let him take his red away from me, and let 8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do 3 Dot his fear terrify me :

deeper than hell; what canst thou know? 35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but 9 l'he measure thereof is longer than the earth, it is not so with me.

and broader than the sea. CHAP. X.

10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, Job expostulateth with God.

then who can hinder him ? soul is weary of my life; I will leave my 11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wick

complaint upon myself ; I will speak in the edness also; will he not then consider it ? bitterness of my soul.

12 For vain man would be wise, though man ? I will say unto God, Do not condemn me ; be born like a wild ass's colt. shew me wherefore thou contendest with me. 13 If thout prepare thy heart, and stretch out

3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest op- thy hands toward him; press, that thou shouldest despise the work of 14 lf iniquity be in thy hand, put it far away, ihy hands, and shine upon the counsel of the and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. wicked?

15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without 4 Hast thou eyes of flesh ? or seest thou as man spot ; yea, thou shalt be steadfast, and shalt not seeth ?

fear: 5 Are thy days as the days of man? are thy 16 Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and years as man's days,

remember it as waters that pass away ;. 6 That thou inquirest

after mine iniquity, and 17 And thine age shall be clearer than the noonsearchest after my sin?,

day : thou shali shine forth, thou shalt be as the 7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and morning, there is none that can deliver out of thy hand. 18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is

9 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou Logether round about; yet thou dost destroy me. shalt take thy rest in safety.

9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast 19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shallmake made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me thee afraid ; yea, many shall make suit unto thee. into dust again ?

20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and 10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as curdled me like cheese?

the giving up of the ghost. 11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh,

CHAP. XII. and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.

Job censures his friends' knowledge. 12 Thou hast , granted medi fe and favour, and AND Job answered and said,

2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wise 13 And these things hast thou hid in thine dom shall die with you. beart: I know that this is with thee.

3 But I have understanding as well as you; I 14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not will not acquit me from mine iniquity. such things as these?

15 If I be wicked, wo unto me; and if I be 4 I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full calleth upon God, and he answercth him: the of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction; just upright man is laughed to scorn. 16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a 5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thysell mar- lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease. vellous upon me.

6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they 17 Thou renewest thy witncsses against me, and that provoke God are secure; into whose hand increasest thine indignation upon me; changes God bringeth abundantly. and war are against me.

7 But ask now the beaste, and they shall teach 18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the tell thee: ghost, and no eye had seen me!

8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; 19 I should have been as though I had not been; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee, I should have been carried from the womb to 9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand the grave.

of the LORD hath wrought this ? 20 Are not my days few ? cease then, and let 10 In whose hand is the soul of every living me alone, that I may take comfort a little, thing, and the breath of all mankind. 21 Before I go whence I shall not return, even to 11 Doth not the ear try words ? and the mouth the land of darkness, and the shadow of death; laste his meat ? 22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and 12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of the shadow of death, without any order, and of days understanding. where the light is as darkness.

13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath CHAP, XL.

counsel and understanding. Zophar reprovetk Job.

14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be THEN answered Zophar the Naamathite, and built again? he shuttcth up a man, and there cab I said,

be no opening. 2 Should not the multitude of words be answer. 15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they ed ? and should a man full of talk be justified ? dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they over

3 Should thy lies make men hold their peace ? turn the earth. and when thou mockest, shall no man make| 16 With him is strength and wisdom: the de thee ashamed ?

ceived and the deceiver are his.

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Job's confidence in God. CHAP. XIII, XIV, XV. He entreateth God's favour 17 He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and

CHAP. XIV. maketh the judges fools.

Shortness and troubles of life. 18 He looseith the bond of kings, and girdeth MAN

that is boomble a woman is of few days 19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and over- 2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: throweth the mighty.

| he fleeth also as a shadow, and continuelh not. 20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, 3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such a and taketh away the understanding of the agedd. one, and bringest me into judgment with thee ?

21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and weak- 4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an uncneth the strength of the mighty.

clean ? not one. 22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness, 5 Sceing his days are determined, the number and bringeth out to light the shadow of death. ot his months are with thee, thou hast appointed 23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth his bounds that he cannot pass ; them: he enlargeih the nations, and straiteneth 6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall them again.

accomplish, as a hireling, his day. 24 He taketh away the heart of the chief of the 7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, people of the earth, and causeth them to wander that it willsprout again, and that the tender branch in a wilderness where there is no way.

thereof will not cease. 25 They grope in the dark without light, and he 8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, maketh them to stagger like a drunken man. and the stock thereof die in the ground; CHIAP. XIII.

9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, Job reproveth his friends.

and bring forth boughs like a plant. O, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath 10 But man dieth, and wasteth away, yea, man .

giveth up the ghost, and where is lie? 2 What ye know, the same do I know also: 111 As the waters rail from the sca, and the flood am not inferior unto you.

decayeth and drieth up: 3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I 12 So man lieth down, and riseth not : till the desire to reason with God.

heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor 4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians be raised out of their sieep. of no value.

13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, 5 o that ye would altogether hold your peace; that thou wouldest keep me secret, untilthy wrath and it should be your wisdom.

be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, 6 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the and remember me ! pleadings of my lips.

14 Isaman die, shall he live again? all the days 7 Will ye speak wickedly for God ? and talk of my appointed time will I wait, till my change deceitfully for him ?

come. 8 Will ye accept his person ? will ye contend 15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou for God ?

wilt have a desire to the work of thy hands. 9 Is it good that he should search you out ? or 16 For now thou numberest my steps : dost thou as one man inocketh another, do ye so mock him? not watch over my sin ?

10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly 17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and accept persons.

thou sewest up mine iniquity. 11 shall not his excellency make you afraid ? 18 And surely the mountain falling cometh to and his dread fall upon you ?

nought, and the rock is removed out of his place. 12 Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your 19 The waters wear the stones: thou washest bodies to bodies of clay.

away the things which grow out of the dust of 13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man. speak, and let come on me what will.

20 Thou prevailest for ever against hiin, and 14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and and put my life in my ha ?

sendest him away. 15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: 21 Ilis sons come to honour, and he knoweth it but I will maintain mine own ways before him. not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth

16 He also shall be my salvation : for a hypo-it not of thein. crite shall not come before him.

22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and 17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declara- his soul within him shall mourn. tion with your ears.

CHAP. XV. 18 Behold, now, I have ordered my cause; I Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety. know that I shall be justified.

The answered Eliphaz ulie Temanite, and 19 Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost. 2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and 211 Only do not two things unto me: then will I fill his belly with the cast wind ? not hide myself from thee.

3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk ? or 21 Withdraw thy hand far from me: and let with speeches wherewith he can do no good ? not thy dread make me afraid.

4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest pray22 Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me er before God. speak, and answer thou me.

5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and 23 How many are mine iniquities and sins ? thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. make me to know my transgression and my sin. 6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not

24 Wherefore hidest thoa thy face, and holdest 1: yea, thine own lips testify against thee. me for thine enemy ?

7 Art thou the first man that was born ? or wist 25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro ? thou made before the hills ? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble ?

8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost 26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and thou restrain wisdom to thyself? makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth. 9 What knowest thou that we know not? what

27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and understandest thou, which is not in us ? lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest 10 With us are both the gray-headed and very a print upon the heels of my feet.

aged men, much elder than thy father. 28 And he, as a routen thing, consumeth, as a 11 Are the consolations of God small with thice ? garinent that is moth-eaten.

(is there any secret thing with thee?

e disquietude of the wicked.

JOB.

Job maintaineth his innocency (2 Why doth thy heart carry thee away ? and 10 They have gaped upon me with their month; what do thine eyes wink at,

they have smilien me upon the cheek reproach13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, fully; they have gathered themselves together and lettest such words go out of thy mouth? against me. 14 What is man, that he should be clean ! and il God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and he which is born of a woman, that he should be turned me over into the hands of the wicked. righteous ?

12 I was at ease, but he hath broken-me asun15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, der: he hath also taken me by my neck, and the heavens are not clean in his sight. shaken me to picces, and set me up for his mark. 16 Ilow inuch more aboniinable and filthy is 13 lis archers compass me round about; he man, which drinketh iniquity like water ? cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare;

17 I will shew thee, hear me ; and that which he poureth out iny gall upon the ground. I have seen, I will declare;

14'He breaketh me with breach upon breach, 18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, he runneth upon me like a giant. and have not hid it:

15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and 19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and defiled my horn in the dust. no stranger passed among them.

16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my 20 'The wicked man travaileth with pain all his eyelids is the shadow of death; days, and the nunber of ycars is hidden to the 17 Not for any injustice in my hands : also my oppressor.

prayer is pure 21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperi- 18 0 earth, cover not thou my blood, and let ty the destroyer shall come upon him.

my cry have no place. 22 He believeth not that he shall return out of 19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, darkness, and he is waited for of the sword. and my record is on high. 23 lle wandereth abroad for bread, saying, 20 My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth Where is it? he knoweth that the day of dark-out tears unto God. ness is ready at his hand.

21 O that one might plead for a man with God, 24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; as a man pleadeth for his neighbour! they shall prevail against him, as a king ready 22 When a few years are come, then I shall go to the ballle.

the way whence I shall not return. 25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God,

CHAP. XVII. and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty. Job appealeth from men to God. 26.1'e runnet hospeso time weklerin his neck, My tareas have come my days are extinct, the

27 Because he covereth his face with his fat- 2 Are there not mockers with me? and doth not ness, and maketh collops of fat on his flanks. mine eye continue in their provocation ? 28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in 3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee: houses which no man inhabiteth, which are who is he that will strike hands with me? ready to become heaps.

4 For thou hast hid their heart from understand29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his sub-ing; therefore shalt thou not exalt them. slance continue, neither shall he prolong the per- 5 Ile that speaketh flattery to his friends, even fection thereof upon the earth.

the eyes of his children shall fail. 30 He shall not departout of darkness; the flame 6 He hath made me also a by-word of the peoshall dry up his branches, and by the breath of ple: and aforetime I was as a tabret.' his mouth shall he go away.

7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and 31 l.et not him that is deceived trust in vanity: all my members are as a shadow. for vanity shall be liis recompense.

8 Upright men shall be astonished at this, and 32 It shall be accomplished bofore his time, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hy. his branch shall not be green.

pocrite. 33 He shall shake of his unripe grape as the 9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive. ne that hath clean hands shall be stronger and 31 for thic congregation of hypocrites shall be stronger. desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles 10 But as for you all, do ye return, and come of bribery.

now: for I cannot find one wise man among you. 35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth va- 11 My days are past, my purposes are broken nity, and their belly prepareth deceit. off, even the thoughts of my heart. CHAP. XVI.

12 They change the night into day: the light is Job reproveth his friends.

short because of darkness. TEN Job answered and said,

13 If I wait, the grave is my house: I have 2 I have heard many such things: misera- made my bed in the darkness. ble comforters are ye all.

14 I have said to corruption, Thou art my fac 3 Shall vain words have an end ? or what em- ther: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my boldeneth thee that thou answerest ?

sister. 4 1 also could speak as ye do: if your soul were 15 And where is now my hope ? as for iny hope, in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against who shall see it? you, and shake my head at you.

16 They shall go down to the bars of the pil, 5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, when our rest together is in the dust. and the moving of my lips should assuage your

CHAP. XVIII. grief

Bildad accuseth Job of presumption. and thought I semeak, meren is engedassuaged: T'EN anfowered Bided the Selmhite

, and said: 7 But now he hath made me wcary: thou hast words ? mark, and afterwards we will speak. made desolate all my company.

3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and re8 And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which puted vile in your sight? is a witness against me : and my leanness rising 4 He leareth himself in his anger: shall the up in me beareth witness to my face.

earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock up

lle teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: be removed out of his place ? he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine ene- 5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put oul, iny sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

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