Fred Miller's Revised King James' Version

JOB


CHAPTERS:  [1]  [2]  [3]  [4]  [5]  [6]  [7]  [8]  [9]  [10]  [11]  [12]  [13]  [14]  [15]  [16]  [17]  [18]  [19]  [20]  [21]  [22]  [23]  [24]  [25]  [26]  [27]  [28]  [29]  [30]  [31]  [32]  [33]  [34]  [35]  [36]  [37]  [38]  [39]  [40]  [41]  [42]

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Job 1

1There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job and that man was perfect and upright and one who feared God and avoided evil. 2And seven sons and three daughters were born to him. 3His 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.

4And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one on his day and they sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 5And when the days of their feasting were gone about, 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 Job did continually.

6Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD and Satan also came among them. 7And the LORD said to Satan, Where have you come from? Then Satan answered the LORD and said, From going to and fro in the earth and from walking up and down in it. 8And the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is no one like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one who fears God and avoids evil? 9Then Satan answered the LORD and said, Does Job fear God for nothing? 10Have you not made a hedge about him and about his house and about all that he has on every side? you have blessed the work of his hands and his substance is increased in the land. 11But put forth your hand now and touch all that he has and he will curse you to your face. 12And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on himself. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

13And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house 14And there came a messenger to Job and said, The oxen were plowing and the asses feeding beside them 15And the Sabeans fell on them and took them away, yes, they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword and I only am escaped alone to tell you. 16While he was yet speaking, another also came and said, The fire of God has fallen from heaven and has burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them and I only am escaped alone to tell you. 17While he was yet speaking, another also came and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands and fell on the camels and have carried them away, yes and killed the servants with the edge of the sword and I only am escaped alone to tell you. 18While he was still speaking, another also came and said, Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house 19And, behold, a great wind came from the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house and it fell on the young men and they are dead and I only am escaped alone to tell you.

20Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell down on the ground and worshiped 21And said, Naked I came out of my mother's womb and naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away, blessed be the name of the LORD. 22In all this Job did not sin nor charge God foolishly.

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Chapter 2

1Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD. 2And 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. 3And the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is no one like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one who fears God and avoids evil? and still he holds fast his integrity, although you moved me against him, to destroy him without a cause. 4And Satan answered the LORD and said, Skin for skin, yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. 5But put forth your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh and he will curse you to your face. 6And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, he is in your hand, but save his life.

7So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and struck Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to his crown. 8And he took a potsherd to scrape himself with it and he sat down among the ashes. 9Then his wife said to him, Do you still retain your integrity? Curse God and die. 10But he said to her, You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive evil? In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

11Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that had come on him, every one came 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. 12And when they lifted up their eyes afar off and did not know him, they lifted up their voice and wept and each one tore his robe and they sprinkled dust on their heads toward heaven. 13So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights and no one spoke a word to him for they saw that his grief was very great.

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Chapter 3

1After this Job opened his mouth and cursed his day. 2And Job spoke and said, 3Let the day in which I was born perish and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. 4Let that day be darkness. Do not let God regard it from above nor let the light shine on it. 5Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it, let a cloud dwell on it, let the blackness of the day terrify it. 6As for that night, let darkness seize on it, let it not be joined to the days of the year, let it not come into the number of months. 7Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come there. 8Let them curse it who curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning. 9Let the stars of its twilight be dark, let it look for light but have none, neither let it see the dawning of the day, 10Because it did not shut up the doors of my mother's womb nor did it hide sorrow from my eyes.

11Why did I not die from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? 12Why did the knees receive me? or why the breasts that I should suck? 13For now I would have lain still and been quiet, I would have slept. Then I would have been at rest, 14With kings and counselors of the earth, who built desolate places for themselves 15Or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver 16Or I would not have been as a hidden untimely birth, as infants who never saw light. 17There the wicked cease from troubling others and there the weary are at rest. 18There the prisoners rest together, they do not hear the voice of the oppressor. 19The small and great are there and the servant is free from his master.

20Therefore light is given to him who is in misery and life to the bitter in soul, 21Who long for death and dig for it more than for hidden treasures, but it does not come, 22Who rejoice exceedingly and are glad, when they can find the grave? 23Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden and whom God has hedged in? 24For my sighing comes before I eat and my roarings are poured out like water. 25For the thing which I greatly feared has come on me and that which I was afraid of has come to me. 26I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet, yet trouble came.

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Chapter 4

1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 2If we try to commune with you, will you be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking? 3Behold, you have instructed many and you have strengthened the weak hands. 4Your words have upheld him who was falling and you have strengthened the feeble knees. 5But now it has come on you and you faint, it touches you and you are troubled. 6Is not this your fear, your confidence, your hope and the uprightness of your ways?

7 I pray you, remember, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off? 8Even as I have seen, they who plow iniquity and sow wickedness, reap the same. 9By the blast of God they perish and by the breath of his nostrils they are consumed. 10The roaring of the lion and the voice of the fierce lion and the teeth of the young lions, are broken. 11The old lion perishes for lack of prey and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.

12Now a thing was secretly brought to me and my ear received a little of it. 13In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, 14Fear came on me and trembling, which made all my bones shake. 15Then a spirit passed before my face, the hair of my flesh stood up. 16It stood still, but I could not discern the form of it. An image was before my eyes, there was silence and I heard a voice, saying, 17Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? 18Behold, he puts no trust in his servants and he charged his angels with folly. 19How much less in those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth? 20They are destroyed from morning to evening. They perish forever without anyone regarding it. 21Does not their excellency which is in them go away? They die, even without wisdom.

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Chapter 5

1Call now, if there is any who will answer you and to which of the saints will you turn? 2For wrath kills the foolish man and envy slays the silly one. 3I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation. 4His children are far from safety and they are crushed in the gate nor is there any to deliver them. 5Whose harvest the hungry eat up and take it even out of the thorns and the robber swallows up their substance.

6Affliction does not come out of the dust nor does trouble spring out of the ground. 7Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward. 8I would seek to God and I would commit my cause to God, 9Who does great things and unsearchable marvelous things without number. 10Who gives rain on the earth and sends waters on the fields, 11To set up on high those who are low so that those who mourn may be exalted to safety. 12He disappoints the devices of the crafty so that their hands can not perform their enterprise. 13He takes the wise in their own craftiness and the counsel of the presumptuous is carried headlong. 14They meet with darkness in the daytime and grope in the noonday as in the night. 15But he saves the poor from the sword, from the mouth and the hand of the mighty. 16So the poor has hope and iniquity shuts her mouth.

17Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects. Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. 18For he makes sore and binds up, he wounds and his hands make whole. 19He shall deliver you in six troubles, yes, in seven no evil shall touch you. 20In famine he shall redeem you from death and in war from the power of the sword. 21You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue nor shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes. 22 You shall laugh at destruction and famine nor shall you be afraid of the animals of the earth. 23For you shall be in league with the stones of the field and the animals of the field shall be at peace with you. 24And you shall know that your tabernacle shall be in peace and you shall visit your habitation and shall not sin. 25You shall know also that your seed shall be great and your offspring as the grass of the earth. 26You shall come to your grave in a full age, like a shock of corn comes in his season. 27Lo this, we have searched it, so it is, hear it and know it for your good.

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Chapter 6

1But Job answered and said, 2Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed and my calamity laid in the balances together! 3For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea. Therefore my words are swallowed up. 4For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison of which my spirit drinks up. The terrors of God set themselves in array against me. 5Does the wild ass bray when he has grass? or the ox low over his fodder? 6Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg? 7The things that my soul refused to touch are my sorrowful meat.

8Oh that I might have my request and that God would grant me the thing that I long for! 9Even that it would please God to destroy me, that he would let his hand loose and cut me off! 10Then I would yet have comfort, yes, I would harden myself in sorrow. Let him not spare, for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One. 11What is my strength, that I should hope and what is my end, that I should prolong my life? 12Is my strength the strength of stones? or my flesh of brass? 13Is not my help in me and is wisdom driven quite from me?

14 Pity should be shown from his friend to him who is afflicted, but he forsakes the fear of the Almighty. 15My brothers have dealt deceitfully as a brook and as the stream of brooks they pass away, 16Which are blackish by reason of the ice and in which the snow is hidden. 17At what time they grow warm, they vanish. When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place. 18The paths of their way are turned aside, they go to nothing and perish. 19The troops of Teman looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them. 20They were confounded because they had hoped, they came there and were ashamed. 21For now you are nothing, you see my casting down and are afraid.

22Did I say, Bring to me or, Give a reward to me of your substance? 23Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty? 24Teach me and I will hold my tongue and cause me to understand in what I have erred. 25How forcible are right words! but what does your arguing prove? 26Do you imagine to prove words and the speeches of one who is desperate, which are like wind? 27Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless and you dig a pit for your friend. 28Now therefore be content, look on me, because it will be evident to you if I am lying. 29I pray you, do not return iniquity, yes, return again my righteousness to it. 30Is there iniquity in my tongue? Cannot my taste discern perverse things?

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Chapter 7

1Is there not an appointed time to man on earth, are not his days also like the days of a hireling? 2As a servant earnestly desires the shadow and as a hireling looks for the reward of his work, 3So I am made to possess months of vanity and wearisome nights are appointed to me. 4When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise and the night be gone? And I am full of tossing to and fro toward the dawning of the day. 5My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust, my skin is broken and become loathsome. 6My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle and are spent without hope.

7O remember that my life is wind. My eyes shall not see good anymore. 8The eyes of him who has seen me shall not see me anymore. Your eyes are on me and I am not. 9As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, so he who goes down to the grave shall not come up anymore. 10He shall not return to his house anymore, nor shall his place know him any more. 11Therefore I will not refrain my mouth, I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. 12Am I a sea or a whale, that you set a watch over me? 13When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint, 14Then you scare me with dreams and terrify me through visions, 15So that my soul chooses strangling and death rather than my life. 16I loathe it, I would not live always. Let me alone, for my days are vanity.

17What is man, that you should magnify him and that you should set your heart on him? 18And that you should visit him every morning and try him every moment? 19How long will you not depart from me nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? 20I have sinned, what shall I do to you, O you preserver of men? Why have you set me as a mark against you so that I am a burden to myself? 21And why do you not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? for now I shall sleep in the dust and you shall seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.

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Chapter 8

1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said, 2How long will you speak these things and how long shall the words of your mouth be like a strong wind? 3Does God pervert judgment or does the Almighty pervert justice? 4If your children have sinned against him and he has cast them away for their transgression. 5If you would seek to God often and make your supplication to the Almighty, 6If you were pure and upright, surely now he would awake for you and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous. 7Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end should greatly increase.

8For I pray you, inquire of the former age and prepare yourself to the search of their fathers 9For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, because our days on earth are a shadow. 10Shall they not teach you and tell you and utter words out of their heart? 11Can the reed grow up without mire? Can the flag grow without water? 12While it is still in its greenness and not cut down, it withers before any other herb. 13So are the paths of all who forget God and the hypocrite's hope shall perish, 14Whose hope shall be cut off and whose trust shall be a spider's web. 15He shall lean on his house, but it shall not stand. He shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure. 16He is green before the sun and his branch shoots forth in his garden. 17His roots are wrapped about the heap and sees the place of stones. 18If he destroys him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen you. 19Behold, this is the joy of his way and out of the earth shall others grow.

20Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers, 21Till he fills your mouth with laughing and your lips with rejoicing. 22They who hate you shall be clothed with shame and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nothing.

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Chapter 9

1Then Job answered and said, 2I know it is so of a truth, but how should man be just with God? 3If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand. 4He is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against him and has prospered? 5He removes the mountains and they do not know, he overturns them in his anger. 6He shakes the earth out of her place and its pillars tremble. 7He commands the sun and it does not rise and seals up the stars. 8He alone spreads out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea. 9He makes Arcturus, Orion and Pleiades and the chambers of the south. 10He does great things past finding out, yes and wonders without number. 11Lo, he goes by me and I do not see him. He passes on also, but I do not perceive him. 12Behold, he takes away, who can hinder him? Who will say to him, What are you doing? 13If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers stoop under him.

14How much less shall I answer him and choose out my words to reason with him? 15To whom, though I were righteous, yet I would not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge. 16If I had called and he had answered me, yet I would not believe that he had listened to my voice. 17For he breaks me with a tempest and multiplies my wounds without cause. 18He will not suffer me to take my breath, but fills me with bitterness. 19If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead? 20If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me. If I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse. 21Even if I were perfect, yet I would not know my soul, I would despise my life.

22This is one thing I know, therefore I said it, He destroys the perfect and the wicked. 23If the scourge slays suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent. 24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the faces of the its judges. If it is not God, where and who is he that does it?

25Now my days are swifter than a post. They flee away, they see no good. 26They pass away as the swift ships, as the eagle that hurries to the prey. 27If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness and comfort myself, 28I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that you will not hold me innocent. 29If I am wicked, why do I then labor in vain? 30If I wash myself with snow water and make my hands ever so clean, 31Yet you shall plunge me in the ditch and my own clothes shall abhor me. 32For he is not a man, as I am that I should answer him, when we would come together in judgment. 33Neither is there any mediator between us to set a day, who might lay his hand on us both. 34Let him take his rod away from me and let not his fear terrify me. 35Then I would speak and not fear him, but it is not so with me.

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Chapter 10

1My soul is weary of my life, I will leave my complaint to myself, I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2I will say to God, Do not condemn me, show me why you contend with me. 3Is it good for you that you should oppress that you should despise the work of your hands and shine on the counsel of the wicked? 4Have you eyes of flesh or do you see as man sees? 5Are your days as the days of man? are your years as man's days? 6That you inquire after my iniquity and search after my sin? 7You know that I am not wicked, yet there is no one who can deliver me out of your hand.

8Your hands have made me and fashioned me together round about, yet you destroy me. 9 I beseech you, remember that you have made me as the clay and you will bring me into dust again. 10Have you not poured me out as milk and curdled me like cheese? 11You have clothed me with skin and flesh and have fenced me with bones and sinews. 12You have granted me life and favor and your visitation has preserved my spirit. 13And these things you have hid in your heart. I know that this is with you.

14If I sin, then you mark me and you will not acquit me from my iniquity. 15If I am wicked, woe to me and if I am righteous, yet I will not lift up my head. I am full of confusion, therefore see my affliction, 16For it increases. You hunt me as a fierce lion and again you show yourself marvelous to me. 17You renew your witnesses against me and increase your indignation on me. Changes and war are against me. 18Why then have you brought me out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost and no eyes had seen me! 19I should have been as though I had not been. I should have been carried from the womb to the grave. 20Are not my days few? Cease then and let me alone so that I may take a little comfort, 21Before I go where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death, 22A land of darkness, as darkness itself and of the shadow of death, without any order and where the light is like darkness.

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Chapter 11

1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said, 2Should not this multitude of words be answered and should a man full of talk be justified? 3Should your lies make men hold their peace and when you mock, shall no man make you ashamed? 4For you have said, My doctrine is pure and I am clean in your eyes. 5But oh that God would speak and open his lips against you 6And that he would show you the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your iniquity deserves.

7Can you by searching find out God? Can you find out the Almighty to perfection? 8He is as high as heaven, what can you do? deeper than Sheol, what can you know? 9The measure of it is longer than the earth and broader than the sea. 10If he cuts off and shuts up or gathers together, then who can hinder him? 11For he knows vain men, he sees wickedness also, will he not then consider it? 12For vain man wants to be wise, although man is born like a wild ass's colt.

13If you prepare your heart and stretch out your hands toward him, 14If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away and let not wickedness dwell in your tabernacles. 15For then you shall lift up your face without spot, yes, you shall be steadfast and shall not fear 16Because you shall forget your misery and remember it as water that passes away. 17And your age shall be clearer than the noonday, you shall shine forth, you shall be as the morning. 18And you shall be secure, because there is hope, yes, you shall dig about you and you shall take your rest in safety. 19Also you shall lie down and no one shall make you afraid, yes, many shall make requests of you. 20But the eyes of the wicked shall fail and they shall not escape and their hope shall be as giving up the ghost.

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Chapter 12

1And Job answered and said, 2No doubt but you are the people and wisdom will die with you. 3But I have understanding as well as you, I am not inferior to you, yes, who does not know such things as these? 4I am like one mocked by his neighbor, who calls on God and he answers him? The just and upright man is laughed to scorn. 5He who is ready to slip with his feet is as a despised lamp in the thought of him who is at ease.

6The tabernacles of robbers prosper and they who provoke God are secure, into whose hand God brings abundantly. 7But ask now the animals and they shall teach you and the fowls of the air and they shall tell you. 8Or speak to the earth and it shall teach you and the fish of the sea shall declare to you. 9Who does not know in all these that the hand of the LORD has wrought this? 10In whose hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of all mankind? 11Does not the ear try words and the mouth taste its meat?

12Wisdom is with the ancient and understanding is in length of days. 13Wisdom and strength are with him, he has counsel and understanding. 14Behold, he breaks down and it cannot be built again. He shuts up a man and there can be no opening. 15Behold, he withholds the water and it dries up. He also sends waters out and they overturn the earth. 16Strength and wisdom is with him. The deceived and the deceiver are his. 17He leads counselors away spoiled and makes the judges fools. 18He loosens the bond of kings and girds their loins with a girdle. 19He leads princes away spoiled and overthrows the mighty. 20He takes away the speech of the steadfast and takes away the understanding of the aged. 21He pours contempt on princes and weakens the strength of the mighty. 22He discovers deep things out of darkness and brings the shadow of death out to light. 23He increases the nations and destroys them. He enlarges the nations and narrows them again. 24He takes away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way. 25They grope in the dark without light and he makes them stagger like a drunken man.

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Chapter 13

1Lo, my eyes has seen all this, my ear has heard and understood it. 2What you know, I also know the same. I am not inferior to you. 3Surely I would speak to the Almighty and I desire to reason with God. 4But you are forgers of lies, you are all physicians of no value. 5O that you would altogether hold your peace! and that should be your wisdom. 6Hear now my reasoning and listen to the pleadings of my lips. 7Will you speak wickedly for God and talk deceitfully for him? 8Will you accept his person, will you contend for God? 9Is it good that he should search you out? and as one man mocks another, so you mock him? 10He will surely reprove you, if you secretly accept persons. 11Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall on you? 12Your remembrances are like ashes, your bodies as bodies of clay.

13Hold your peace, let me alone that I may speak and let whatever will come on me. 14Why do I take my flesh in my teeth and put my life in my hand? 15Even if he slays me, I will still trust him, but I will maintain my own ways before him. 16He also shall be my salvation for a hypocrite shall not come before him. 17Hear diligently my speech and my declaration with your ears. 18Behold now, I have ordered my cause, I know that I shall be justified. 19Who is he who will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost. 20Only do not do two things to me, then I will not hide myself from you. 21Do not withdraw your hand far from me and do not let your dread make me afraid. 22Then call and I will answer or let me speak and you answer me.

23How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me to know my transgression and my sin. 24Why do you hide your face and hold me for your enemy? 25Will you break a leaf driven to and fro and will you pursue the dry stubble? 26For you write bitter things against me and make me to possess the iniquities of my youth. 27You also put my feet in the stocks and look narrowly to all my paths, you set a print on the heels of my feet. 28And he, consumes as a rotten thing, as a garment that is moth eaten.

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Chapter 14

1Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. 2He comes forth like a flower and is cut down. He flees also as a shadow and does not continue. 3And do you open your eyes on such a one and bring me into judgment with you? 4Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? no one. 5Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with you, you have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass. 6Turn from him so that he may rest, till he shall accomplish his day as a hireling.

7For there is hope of a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again and that its tender branch will not cease. 8Though its root grows old in the earth and its stock dies in the ground, 9Yet through the scent of water it will bud and bring forth boughs like a plant. 10But man dies and wastes away, yes, man gives up the ghost and where is he? 11As the waters fail from the sea and the flood decays and dries up, 12So man lies down and does not rise till the heavens are no more. They shall not awake nor be raised out of their sleep. 13O that you would hide me in the grave, that you would keep me secret, until your wrath is past, that you would appoint me a set time and remember me! 14If a man dies shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time I will wait until my change comes. 15You shall call and I will answer you. You will have a desire to the work of your hands.

16As for now you number my steps. Do you not watch over my sin? 17My transgression is sealed up in a bag and you sew up my iniquity. 18And surely the mountain falling comes to nothing and the rock is removed out of his place. 19The waters wear the stones, you wash away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth and you destroy the hope of man. 20You prevail for ever against him and he passes. You change his countenance and send him away. 21His sons come to honor and he does not know it and they are brought low, but he does not perceive it of them. 22But his flesh on him shall have pain and his soul within him shall mourn.

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Chapter 15

1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 2Should a wise man utter vain knowledge and fill his belly with the east wind? 3Should he reason with unprofitable talk or with speeches with which he can do no good? 4Yes, you cast off fear and restrain prayer before God. 5For your mouth utters your iniquity and you choose the tongue of the crafty. 6Your own mouth condemns you and not I. Yes, your own lips testify against you. 7Are you the first man who was born or were you made before the hills? 8Have you heard the secret of God and do you retain wisdom to yourself? 9What do you know, that we do not know? What do you understand, which is not in us? 10With us are both the gray headed and very aged men, much older than your father. 11Are the consolations of God small with you? is there any secret thing with you? 12Why does your heart carry you away and what do your eyes wink at 13That you turn your spirit against God and let such words go out of your mouth? 14What is man that he should be clean and he who is born of a woman that he should be righteous? 15Behold, he puts no trust in his saints, yes, the heavens are not clean in his sight. 16How much more abominable and filthy is man who drinks iniquity like water?

17I will show you, hear me and that which I have seen I will declare, 18Which wise men have told from their fathers and have not hidden it, 19To whom alone the earth was given and no stranger passed among them. 20The wicked man travails with pain all his days and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor. 21A dreadful sound is in his ears, the destroyer shall come on him in prosperity. 22He does not believe that he shall return out of darkness and he is waited for by the sword. 23He wanders abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? He knows that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. 24Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid, they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. 25For he stretches out his hand against God and strengthens himself against the Almighty. 26He runs on him, even on his neck, on the thick rims of his bucklers, 27Because he covers his face with his fatness and makes excessive fat on his flanks. 28And he dwells in desolate cities and in houses which no man inhabits, which are ready to become heaps. 29He shall not be rich, nor shall his substance continue, nor shall he prolong the perfection of it on the earth. 30He shall not depart out of darkness, the flame shall dry up his branches and by the breath of his mouth he shall go away. 31Let not him who is deceived trust in vanity for vanity shall be its recompense. 32It shall be accomplished before his time and his branch shall not be green. 33He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine and shall cast off his flower as the olive. 34For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery. 35They conceive mischief and bring forth vanity and their belly prepares deceit.

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Chapter 16

1Then Job answered and said, 2I have heard many such things. You all are miserable comforters. 3Shall vain words have an end or what emboldens you that you answer? 4I also could speak as you do. If your soul were in my soul's place, I could heap up words against you and shake my head at you. 5But I would strengthen you with my mouth and the moving of my lips should assuage your grief.

6Though I speak, my grief is not restrained and though I forbear, what am I eased? 7But now he has made me weary, you have made all my company desolate. 8And you have filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me and my leanness rising up in me bears witness to my face. 9He who hates me tears me in his wrath. He gnashes on me with his teeth, my enemy sharpens his eyes on me. 10They have gaped on me with their mouth, they have struck me on the cheek reproachfully, they have gathered themselves together against me. 11God has delivered me to the ungodly and turned me over into the hands of the wicked. 12I was at ease, but he has broken me apart. He has also taken me by my neck and shaken me to pieces and set me up for his target. 13His archers surround me round about, he splits my reins apart and does not spare. He pours out my gall on the ground. 14He breaks me with breach upon breach, he runs on me like a giant. 15I have sewn sackcloth on my skin and defiled my horn in the dust. 16My face is foul with weeping and the shadow of death is on my eyelids,

17But not for any injustice in my hands. Also my prayer is pure. 18O earth, do not cover my blood and let my cry have no place. 19Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven and my record is on high. 20My friends scorn me but my eyes pour out tears to God. 21O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbor! 22When a few years have come, then I shall go the way from where I shall not return.

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Chapter 17

1My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me. 2Are there not mockers with me? and do not my eyes continue in their provocation? 3Lay down now, put me in a surety with you, who is he who will strike hands with me? 4For you have hid their heart from understanding. Therefore you shall not exalt them. 5He who speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail. 6He has also made me a byword of the people and I was an object of contempt in their presence. 7My eyes also are dim by reason of sorrow and all my members are as a shadow. 8Upright men shall be astonished at this and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite. 9The righteous also shall hold to his way and he who has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

10But as for you all, return and go now for I cannot find one wise man among you. 11My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart. 12They change the night into day, the light is short because of darkness. 13If I wait, the grave is my house. I have made my bed in the darkness. 14I have said to corruption, You are my father, to the worm, You are my mother and my sister. 15And where now is my hope? As for my hope, who shall see it? 16They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.

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Chapter 18

1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said, 2How long will it be before you make an end of words? mark and afterwards we will speak. 3Why are we counted as animals and reputed vile in your sight? 4He tears himself in his anger. Shall the earth be forsaken for you? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?

5Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out and the spark of his fire shall not shine. 6The light shall be dark in his tabernacle and his candle shall be put out with him. 7The steps of his strength shall be narrowed and his own counsel shall cast him down. 8For he is cast in a net by his own feet and he walks on a snare. 9The gin shall take him by the heel and the robber shall prevail against him. 10The snare is laid for him in the ground and a trap for him in the way.

11Terrors shall make him afraid on every side and shall drive him to his feet. 12His strength shall be hunger bitten and destruction shall be ready at his side. 13It shall devour the strength of his skin, even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength. 14His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle and it shall bring him to the king of terrors. 15It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his. Brimstone shall be scattered on his habitation. 16His roots shall be dried up beneath and above his branch shall be cut off. 17His remembrance shall perish from the earth and he shall have no name in the street. 18He shall be driven from light into darkness and chased out of the world. 19He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people nor any remaining in his dwellings. 20Those who come after him shall be astonished at his day, as they who went before were frightened. 21Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked and this is the place of him who does not know God.

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Chapter 19

1Then Job answered and said, 2How long will you vex my soul and break me in pieces with words? 3These ten times have you reproached me. You are not ashamed that you make yourselves strange to me. 4And if indeed it is that I have erred, my error remains with myself. 5If indeed you will magnify yourselves against me and plead my reproach against me, 6Know now that God has overthrown me and has compassed me with his net. 7Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard. I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.

8He has fenced up my way so that I cannot pass and he has set darkness in my paths. 9He has stripped me of my glory and taken the crown from my head. 10He has destroyed me on every side and I am gone and he has removed my hope like a tree. 11He has also kindled his wrath against me and he counts me to him as one of his enemies. 12His troops come together and raise up their way against me and encamp around my tabernacle. 13He has put my brothers far from me and my acquaintances are truly estranged from me. 14My kinsfolk have failed and my familiar friends have forgotten me. 15Those who dwell in my house and my maids, count me as a stranger. I am an alien in their sight. 16I called my servant and he gave no answer, I entreated him with my mouth. 17My breath is strange to my wife, though I entreated for the children of my own body's sake. 18Yes, young children despised me, I arose and they spoke against me. 19All my closest friends abhorred me and those whom I love are turned against me. 20My bone cleaves to my skin and to my flesh and I have escaped with the skin of my teeth. 21Have pity on me, have pity on me, O my friends, for the hand of God has touched me. 22Why do you persecute me as God and are not satisfied with my flesh?

23Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! 24That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! 25For I know that my redeemer lives and that later he shall stand on the dust. 26And though after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh I shall see God. 27Whom I shall see for myself and my eyes shall behold and not another, although my reins are consumed within me. 28But you should say, Why do we persecute him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me? 29Be afraid of the sword for wrath brings the punishments of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment.

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Chapter 20

1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said, 2Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer and I make haste for this. 3I have heard the check of my reproach and the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer. 4Do you not know this of old, since man was placed on earth, 5That the triumphing of the wicked is short and the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment? 6Though his excellency mounts up to the heavens and his head reaches to the clouds, 7Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung. They who have seen him shall say, Where is he? 8He shall fly away as a dream and shall not be found, yes, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night. 9The eyes also which saw him shall see him no more nor shall his place behold him any more.

10His children shall seek to please the poor and his hands shall restore their goods. 11His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust. 12Though wickedness is sweet in his mouth, although he hides it under his tongue, 13Though he does not spare it, nor forsake it, but keeps it still within his mouth. 14Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him. 15He has swallowed down riches and he shall vomit them up again. God shall cast them out of his belly. 16He shall suck the poison of asps, the viper's tongue shall slay him. 17He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter. 18He shall restore that which he labored for and shall not swallow it down. The restitution shall be according to his substance and he shall not rejoice in it. 19Because he has oppressed and has forsaken the poor, because he has violently taken away a house which he did not build, 20Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save from that which he desired. 21None of his meat shall be left, therefore no man shall look for his goods. 22In the fullness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits, every hand of the wicked shall come on him.

23When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath on him and shall rain it on him while he is eating. 24He shall flee from the iron weapon and the bow of steel shall strike him through. 25It is drawn and comes out of the body, yes, the glittering sword comes out of his gall. Terrors are on him. 26All darkness shall be hidden in his secret places. A fire that is not blown shall consume him, it shall go ill with those left in his tabernacle. 27The heaven shall reveal his iniquity and the earth shall rise up against him. 28The increase of his house shall depart and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath. 29This is the portion of a wicked man from God and the heritage appointed to him by God.

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Chapter 21

1But Job answered and said, 2Hear diligently my speech and let this be your consolation. 3Suffer me that I may speak and after that I have spoken, mock on. 4As for me, is my complaint to man and if it were, why should my spirit not be troubled? 5Mark me and be astonished and lay your hand on your mouth. 6Even when I remember I am afraid and trembling takes hold on my flesh.

7Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power? 8Their seed is established in their sight with them and their offspring before their eyes. 9Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God on them. 10Their bull genders and does not fail, their cow calves and does not cast her calf. 11They send forth their little ones like a flock and their children dance. 12They take the timbrel and harp and rejoice at the sound of the organ. 13They spend their days in wealth and in a moment go down to the grave. 14Therefore they say to God, Depart from us, for we do not desire the knowledge of your ways. 15What is the Almighty, that we should serve him and what profit should we have if we pray to him? 16Lo, their goodness is not in their hand, the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

17How often is the candle of the wicked put out! and how often does their destruction come on them! God distributes sorrows in his anger. 18They are as stubble before the wind and as chaff that the storm carries away. 19God lays up his iniquity for his children. He rewards him and he shall know it. 20His eyes shall see his destruction and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty. 21For what pleasure has he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst? 22Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judges those who are high. 23One dies in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet. 24His breasts are full of milk and his bones are moistened with marrow. 25And another dies in the bitterness of his soul and never eats with pleasure. 26They shall lie down alike in the dust and the worms shall cover them.

27Behold, I know your thoughts and the devices which you wrongfully imagine against me. 28For you say, Where is the house of the prince and where are the dwelling places of the wicked? 29Have you not asked them who go by the way and do you not know their tokens, 30That the wicked are reserved to the day of destruction? They shall be brought forth to the day of wrath. 31Who shall declare his way to his face and who shall repay him for what he has done? 32Yet he shall be brought to the grave and shall remain in the tomb. 33The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him and every man shall draw after him, as there were innumerable before him. 34How then do you comfort me in vain, seeing there remains falsehood in your answers?

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Chapter 22

1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 2Can a man be profitable to God, as he who is wise may be profitable to himself? 3Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous or is it gain to him that you make your ways perfect? 4Will he reprove you for fear of you? Will he enter with you into judgment?

5Is not your wickedness great? and your iniquities infinite? 6For you have taken a pledge from your brother for nothing and stripped the naked of their clothing. 7You have not given water to the weary to drink and you have withheld bread from the hungry. 8But as for the mighty man, he had the earth and the honorable man dwelled in it. 9You have sent widows away empty and the arms of the fatherless have been broken. 10Therefore snares are round about you and sudden fear troubles you, 11Or darkness, so that you can not see and abundance of waters cover you. 12Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are! 13And you say, How does God know? can he judge through the dark cloud? 14Thick clouds are a covering to him so that he does not see and he walks in the circuit of heaven.

15Have you marked the old way which wicked men have trodden? 16Who were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood. 17Who said to God, Depart from us and what can the Almighty do for them? 18Yet he filled their houses with good things, but the counsel of the wicked is far from me. 19The righteous see it and are glad and the innocent laugh them to scorn. 20But our substance is not cut down, but the fire consumes the remnant of them.

21Acquaint yourself with him now and be at peace, thereby good shall come to you. 22I beg you, receive the law from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart. 23If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, you shall put away iniquity far from your tabernacles. 24Then you shall lay up gold as dust and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. 25Yes, the Almighty shall be your defense and you shall have plenty of silver. 26For then you shall have your delight in the Almighty and shall lift up your face to God. 27You shall make your prayer to him and he shall hear you and you shall pay your vows. 28You shall also decree a thing and it shall be established to you and the light shall shine on your ways. 29When men are cast down, then you shall say, There is lifting up and he shall save the humble person. 30He shall deliver the island of the innocent and it shall be delivered by the pureness of your hands.

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Chapter 23

1Then Job answered and said, 2Even today my complaint is bitter, my stroke is heavier than my groaning. 3Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come to his seat! 4I would order my cause before him and fill my mouth with arguments. 5I would know the words which he would answer me and understand what he would say to me. 6Will he plead against me with his great power? No, but he would put strength in me. 7There the righteous might dispute with him, so I should be delivered from my judge for ever.

8Behold, I go forward, but he is not there and backward, but I cannot perceive him. 9On the left hand, where he works, but I cannot behold him. He hides himself on the right hand so that I cannot see him. 10But he knows the way that I take. When he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold. 11My foot has held his steps, I have kept his way and not declined. 12Nor I have gone back from the commandment of his lips, I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

13But he is in one mind and who can turn him? and he does even what his soul desires. 14For he performs the thing that is appointed for me and many such things are with him. 15Therefore I am troubled at his presence. When I consider, I am afraid of him. 16For God makes my heart soft and the Almighty troubles me, 17Because I was not cut off before the darkness, nor has he covered the darkness from my face.

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Chapter 24

1Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they who do not know him see his days? 2Some remove the landmarks, they violently take away flocks and feed from them. 3They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge. 4They turn the needy out of the way, the poor of the earth hide themselves together. 5Behold, they go out to their work as wild asses in the desert, rising often for a prey. The wilderness yields food for them and for their children. 6They all reap their corn in the field and they gather the vintage of the wicked. 7They cause the naked to lodge without clothing so that they have no covering in the cold. 8They are wet with the showers of the mountains and embrace the rock for want of a shelter. 9They pluck the fatherless from the breast and take a pledge of the poor. 10They cause him to go naked without clothing and they take away the sheaf from the hungry. 11They make oil within their walls and tread their winepresses and suffer thirst. 12Men groan from out of the city and the soul of the wounded cries out. Yet God does not lay this folly to them.

13They are of those who rebel against the light, they do not know its ways nor abide in its paths. 14The murderer rising with the light kills the poor and needy and in the night is like a thief. 15Also the eyes of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, No eyes shall see me and disguises his face. 16In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime. They do not know the light. 17For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death. If one sees them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.

18He is swift as the waters, their portion is cursed in the earth, he does not behold the way of the vineyards. 19Drought and heat consume the snow waters. So does the grave those who have sinned. 20The womb shall forget him, the worm shall feed sweetly on him, he shall be remembered no more and wickedness shall be broken as a tree. 21He evil entreats the barren who does not bear and does no good to the widow. 22He also draws the mighty with his power. He rises up and no man is sure of life. 23Though it is given him to be in safety, on which he rests, yet his eyes are on their ways. 24They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn. 25And if it is not so now, who will make me a liar and make my speech worth nothing?

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Chapter 25

1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said, 2Dominion and fear are with him, he makes peace in his high places. 3Is there any number of his armies and on whom does his light not arise? 4How then can man be justified with God or how can he who is born of a woman be clean? 5In his eyes the moon does not shine, yes, even the stars are not bright. 6How much less man, who is a worm and the son of man, who is a worm?

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Chapter 26

1But Job answered and said, 2How have you helped him who is without power? How do you save the arm that has no strength? 3How have you counseled him who has no wisdom and how have you plentifully declared the thing as it is? 4To whom have you uttered words and whose spirit came from you?

5Dead things and its inhabitants are formed from under the waters. 6Sheol is naked before him and destruction has no covering. 7He stretches out the north over the empty place and hangs the earth on nothing. 8He binds up the waters in his thick clouds and the cloud is not torn under them. 9He holds back the face of his throne and spreads his cloud on it. 10He has compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end. 11The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof. 12He divides the sea with his power and by his understanding he strikes through the proud. 13By his spirit he has garnished the heavens. His hand has formed the crooked serpent. 14Lo, these are parts of his ways, but how little a portion is heard of him? And who can understand the thunder of his power?

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Chapter 27

1Moreover Job continued his parable and said, 2As God, who has taken away my judgment lives and the Almighty who has vexed my soul. 3All the while my breath is in me and the spirit of God is in my nostrils, 4My lips shall not speak wickedness nor my tongue utter deceit. 5God forbid that I should justify you. Till I die I will not remove my integrity from me. 6I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

7Let my enemy be as the wicked and he who rises up against me as the unrighteous. 8For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul? 9Will God hear his cry when trouble comes on him? 10Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call on God?

11I will teach you by the hand of God. I will not conceal that which is with the Almighty. 12Behold, you yourselves have seen all, why then are you thus altogether vain? 13This is the portion of a wicked man with God and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive from the Almighty. 14If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. 15Those who remain of him shall be buried in death and his widows shall not weep. 16Though he heaps up silver as the dust and prepares raiment as the clay, 17He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on and the innocent shall divide the silver. 18He builds his house as a moth and as a booth that the keeper makes. 19The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered. He opens his eyes and he is not. 20Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest steals him away in the night. 21The east wind carries him away and he departs and as a storm hurls him out of his place. 22For God shall cast on him and not spare. He would fain flee out of his hand. 23Men shall clap their hands at him and shall hiss him out of his place.

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Chapter 28

1Surely there is a vein for the silver and a place for gold where they refine it. 2Iron is taken out of the earth and brass is melted out of the stone. 3He set an end to darkness and searches out all perfection. The stones of darkness and the shadow of death. 4A river breaks out at the foot among the dwelling of the forgotten ones. Then they are dried up, they are gone away from men. 5As for the earth, out of it comes bread and under it fire is turned up. 6Its stones are the place of sapphires and it has gold dust. 7There is a path which no fowl knows and which the vulture's eye has not seen. 8The lion's whelps have not trodden it nor the fierce lion passed by it. 9He puts forth his hand on the rock, he overturns the mountains by the roots. 10He cuts out rivers among the rocks and his eyes see every precious thing. 11He binds the floods from overflowing and he brings to light the thing that is hidden. 12But where shall wisdom be found and where is the place of understanding? 13Man does not know the value of it nor is it found in the land of the living.

14The depth says, It is not in me and the sea says, It is not with me. 15It cannot be gotten for gold nor can silver be weighed for its price. 16It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx or the sapphire. 17The gold and the crystal cannot equal it and its exchange shall not be for jewels of fine gold. 18No mention shall be made of coral or of pearls for the price of wisdom is above rubies. 19The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it nor shall it be valued with pure gold.

20Where then comes wisdom and where is the place of understanding? 21Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of all living and kept close from the fowls of the air. 22Destruction and death say, We have heard of its fame with our ears. 23God understands its way and he knows its place. 24For he looks to the ends of the earth and sees under the whole heaven, 25To take the weight for the winds and he weighs the waters by measure. 26When he made a decree for the rain and a way for the lightning of the thunder. 27Then he saw it and declared it, he prepared it, yes and searched it out. 28And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord is wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding.

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Chapter 29

1Moreover Job continued his parable and said, 2Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me, 3When his candle shined on my head and when I walked through darkness by his light. 4As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was on my tabernacle. 5When the Almighty was still with me, when my children were about me, 6When I washed my steps with butter and the rock poured out rivers of oil for me.

7When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street! 8The young men saw me and hid themselves and the aged arose and stood up. 9The princes refrained talking and laid their hand on their mouth. 10The nobles held their peace and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth. 11When the ear heard me, then it blessed me and when the eyes saw me, it gave witness to me, 12Because I delivered the poor who cried and the fatherless and him who had no one to help him. 13The blessing of him who was ready to perish came on me and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. 14I put on righteousness and it clothed me, my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. 15I was eyes to the blind and I was feet to the lame. 16I was a father to the poor and the cause which I did not know I searched out. 17And I broke the jaws of the wicked and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

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Chapter 30

1But now those who are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock. 2Yes, how might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished? 3For want and famine they were alone, fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste. 4Who cut up salt herbs by the bushes and juniper roots for their meat. 5They were driven out from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief,) 6To dwell in the clefts of the valleys, in caves of the earth and in the rocks. 7 They were gathered together under the nettles, they brayed, among the bushes. 8They were children of fools, yes, children of base men. They were viler than the earth. 9And now I am their song, yes, I am their byword. 10They abhor me, they flee far from me and do not spare to spit in my face. 11Because he has loosed my cord and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me. 12On my right hand the youths rise, they push away my feet and they raise up the ways of their destruction against me. 13They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper. 14They came on me as a wide breaking in of waters, in the desolation they rolled themselves on me.

15Terrors are turned on me, they pursue my soul as the wind and my welfare passes away as a cloud. 16And now my soul is poured out on me, the days of affliction have taken hold on me. 17My bones are pierced in me in the night season and my sinews take no rest. 18 My garment is changed by the great force of my disease. It binds me about as the collar of my coat. 19He has cast me into the mire and I have become like dust and ashes. 20I cry to you and you do not hear me. I stand up and you do not regard me. 21You have become cruel to me. You oppose yourself against me with your strong hand. 22You lift me up to the wind, you cause me to ride on it and dissolve my substance. 23For I know that you will bring me to death and to the house appointed for all living. 24But he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction. 25Did I not weep for him who was in trouble, was not my soul grieved for the poor? 26When I looked for good, then evil came to me and when I waited for light, darkness came. 27My bowels boiled and did not rest, the days of affliction went before me. 28I went mourning without the sun. I stood up and I cried in the congregation. 29I am a brother to dragons and a companion of owls. 30My skin is black on me and my bones are burned with heat. 31My harp also is turned to mourning and my organ into the voice of those who weep.

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Chapter 31

1I made a covenant with my eyes, why then should I diligently think on a maid? 2For what portion of God is there from above and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high? 3Is not destruction for the wicked and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? 4Does he not see my ways and count all my steps? 5If I have walked with vanity or if my foot has hurried to deceit, 6Let me be weighed in an even balance so that God may know my integrity. 7If my step has turned out of the way and my heart walked after my eyes and if any blot has cleaved to my hands, 8Then let me sow and let another eat, yes, let my offspring be rooted out.

9If my heart has been deceived by a woman or if I have laid wait at my neighbor's door, 10Then let my wife grind to another and let others bow down on her. 11For this is a heinous crime, yes, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. 12For it is a fire that consumes to destruction and would root out all my increase. 13If I despised the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me, 14What then shall I do when God rises up and when he visits, what shall I answer him? 15Did not he who made me in the womb make him and did not one fashion us in the womb?

16If I have withheld the poor from their desire or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, 17Or have eaten my morsel myself alone and the fatherless has not eaten of it, 18For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father and I have guided her from my mother's womb. 19If I have seen any perish for want of clothing or any poor without covering, 20If his loins have not blessed me and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep, 21If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate, 22Then let my arm fall from my shoulder blade and my arm be broken from the bone. 23For destruction from God was a terror to me and by reason of his highness I could not endure.

24If I have made gold my hope or have said to the fine gold, You are my confidence, 25If I rejoiced because my wealth was great and because my hand had gotten much, 26If I beheld the sun when it shined or the moon walking in brightness 27And my heart has been secretly enticed or my mouth has kissed my hand. 28This also is an iniquity to be punished by the judge for I should have denied the God who is above. 29If I rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me or lifted up myself when evil found him, 30Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul. 31Have not the men of my tabernacle said, Who has been given of his meat and not been satisfied! 32The stranger did not lodge in the street but I opened my doors to the traveler.

33If I covered my transgressions like Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom. 34Did I fear a great multitude or did the contempt of families terrify me so that I kept silence and did not go out of the door? 35Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is that the Almighty would answer me and that my adversary had written a book. 36Surely I would take it on my shoulder and bind it as a crown to me. 37I would declare to him the number of my steps, I would go near to him as a prince. 38If my land cries against me or that the furrows of it likewise complain, 39If I have eaten its fruits without money or have caused its owners to lose their life, 40Let thistles grow instead of wheat and noxious weeds instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

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Chapter 32

1So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2Then the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram was kindled against Job. His wrath was kindled, because he justified himself rather than God. 3Also his wrath was kindled against his three friends, because they had found no answer and still had condemned Job. 4Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were older than he. 5When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.

6And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young and you are very old, therefore I was afraid and I did not dare to show you my opinion. 7I said, Days should speak and multitude of years should teach wisdom. 8But there is a spirit in man and the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding. 9Great men are not always wise neither do the aged understand judgment. 10Therefore I said, Listen to me, I will also show my opinion. 11Behold, I waited for your words, I gave ear to your reasons, while you searched out what to say. 12Yes, I attended to you and behold, there was not one of you who convinced Job or who answered his words. 13Lest you should say, We have found out wisdom. God can thrust him down. Man has not confuted him. 14Now he has not directed his words against me no will I answer him with your speeches.

15They were amazed, they answered no more, they left off speaking. 16When I had waited, for they did not speak, but stood still and answered no more. 17I said, I will answer also my part, I also will show my opinion. 18For I am full of the matter, the spirit within me constrains me. 19Behold, my belly is as wine which has no vent. It is ready to burst like new bottles. 20I will speak so that I may be refreshed. I will open my lips and answer. 21 I pray you, do not let me accept any man's person, nor let me give flattering titles to man. 22For I do not know how to give flattering titles. In so doing my maker would soon take me away.

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Chapter 33

1Therefore, I pray you Job, hear my speeches and listen to all my words. 2Behold, I have now opened my mouth, my tongue has spoken in my mouth. 3My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly. 4The Spirit of God has made me and the breath of the Almighty has given me life. (Genesis 2:7) 5If you can answer me, set your words in order before me, stand up. 6Behold, I am in God's place according to your wish. I also am formed out of the clay. 7Behold, my terror shall not make you afraid nor shall my hand be heavy on you.

8Surely you have spoken in my hearing and I have heard the voice of your words, saying, 9I am clean without transgression, I am innocent nor is there iniquity in me. 10Behold, he finds occasions against me, he counts me for his enemy, 11He puts my feet in the stocks, he marks all my paths. 12Behold, in this you are not just. I will answer you, that God is greater than man. 13Why do you strive against him for he gives no account of any of his matters?

14For God speaks once, yes twice, yet man does not perceive it. 15In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, in slumbering on the bed, 16Then he opens the ears of men and seals their instruction, 17That he may withdraw man from his purpose and hide pride from man. 18He keeps his soul back from the pit and his life from perishing by the sword.

19He is chastened also with pain on his bed and the multitude of his bones with strong pain, 20So that his life abhors bread and his soul dainty meat. 21His flesh is consumed away that it cannot be seen and his bones that were not seen stick out. 22Yes, his soul draws near to the grave and his life to the destroyers. 23If there is a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show to man his uprightness. 24Then he is gracious to him and says, Deliver him from going down to the pit. I have found a ransom. 25His flesh shall be fresher than a child's. He shall return to the days of his youth. 26He shall pray to God and he will be favorable to him and he shall see his face with joy for he will render to man his righteousness. 27He looks on men and if any say, I have sinned and perverted that which was right and it did not profit me, 28He will deliver his soul from going into the pit and his life shall see the light.

29Lo, all these things God works oftentimes with man, 30To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living. 31Mark well, O Job, listen to me, hold your peace and I will speak. 32If you have anything to say, answer me. Speak, for I desire to justify you. 33If not, listen to me, hold your peace and I shall teach you wisdom.

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Chapter 34

1Furthermore Elihu answered and said, 2Hear my words, O you wise men and give ear to me, you who have knowledge. 3For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes meat. 4Let us choose judgment for us, let us know among ourselves what is good. 5For Job has said, I am righteous and God has taken away my judgment. 6Should I lie against my right? My wound is incurable without transgression. 7What man is like Job, who drinks up scorning like water? 8Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity and walks with wicked men. 9For he has said, It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God. (Did he say that?)

10Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding, far be it from God that he should do wickedness and from the Almighty that he should commit iniquity. 11He shall render to him for the work of a man and cause every man to find according to his ways. 12Yes, surely God will not do wickedly, nor will the Almighty pervert judgment. 13Who has given him a charge over the earth or who has disposed the whole world? 14If he sets his heart on man, if he gathers to himself his spirit and his breath, 15All flesh shall perish together and man shall turn again to dust.

16If now you have understanding, hear this, listen to the voice of my words. 17Shall even he who hates right govern and will you condemn him who is most just? 18Is it fit to say to a king, You are wicked and to princes, You are ungodly? 19How much less to him who does not accept the persons of princes nor regards the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands. 20In a moment they shall die and the people shall be troubled at midnight and pass away and the mighty shall be taken away without hand. 21For his eyes are on the ways of man and he sees all his goings. 22There is no darkness nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. 23For he will not lay on man more than right that he should enter into judgment with God. 24He shall break mighty men in pieces without number and set others in their place. 25Therefore he knows their works and he overturns them in the night so that they are destroyed. 26He strikes them as wicked men in the open sight of others, 27Because they turned back from him and would not consider any of his ways, 28So that they cause the cry of the poor to come to him and he hears the cry of the afflicted. 29When he gives quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hides his face, who then can behold him? whether it is done against a nation or only against a man 30So that the hypocrite does not reign, lest the people are ensnared.

31Surely it is fitting to be said to God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more. 32That which I do not see teaches me, if I have done iniquity, I will do no more. 33If it is according to your mind, he will recompense it, whether you refuse or whether you choose and not I. Therefore speak what you know. 34Let men of understanding tell me and let a wise man listen to me. 35Job has spoken without knowledge and his words were without wisdom. 36My desire is that Job may be tried to the end because of his answers for wicked men. 37For he adds rebellion to his sin, he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God.

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Chapter 35

1Elihu spoke moreover and said, 2Do you think this is right that you said, My righteousness is more than God's? (Did Job say that?) 3For you said, What advantage will it be to you? And, What profit shall I have, if I am cleansed from my sin? 4I will answer you and your companions with you. 5Look to the heavens and see and behold the clouds which are higher than you. 6If you sin, what do you do against him or if your transgressions be multiplied, what do you do to him? 7If you are righteous, what do you give to him or what does he receive of your hand? 8Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are and your righteousness may profit the son of man.

9By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry. They cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty. 10But no one says, Where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night, 11Who teaches us more than the animals of the earth and makes us wiser than the fowls of heaven? 12They cry there but no one gives an answer, because of the pride of evil men. 13Surely God will not hear vanity, nor will the Almighty regard it.

14Although you say you shall not see him, yet judgment is before him. Therefore trust in him. 15But now, because it is not so, he has visited in his anger, yet he does not know it in great extremity. 16Therefore Job opens his mouth in vain, he multiplies words without knowledge.

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Chapter 36

1Elihu also proceeded and said, 2Suffer me a little and I will show you that I have yet to speak on God's behalf. 3I will fetch my knowledge from afar and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. 4For truly my words shall not be false. He who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

5Behold, God is mighty and despises no one he is mighty in strength and wisdom. 6He does not preserve the life of the wicked, but gives right to the poor. 7He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous, but they are on the throne with kings, yes, he does not establish them for ever and they are exalted. 8And if they are bound in fetters and are held in cords of affliction, 9Then he shows them their work and their transgressions that they have exceeded. 10He opens also their ear to discipline and commands that they return from iniquity. 11If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity and their years in pleasures. 12But if they do not obey, they shall perish by the sword and they shall die without knowledge. 13But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath. They do not cry when he binds them. 14They die in youth and their life is among the unclean.

15He delivers the poor in his affliction and opens their ears in oppression. 16Even so he would have removed you out of the narrow place into a broad place, where there is no straitness and that which would be set on your table would be full of fatness. 17But you have fulfilled the judgment of the wicked, so judgment and justice take hold on you. 18Because there is wrath, beware lest he take you away with his stroke. Then a great ransom cannot deliver you. 19Will he esteem your riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength. 20 Do not desire the night, when people are cut off in their place. 21Take heed, do not regard iniquity for you have chosen this rather than affliction. 22Behold, God exalts by his power. Who teaches like him? 23Who has appointed his way to him or who can say, You have worked iniquity?

24Remember that you magnify his work, which men behold. 25Every man may see it, man may behold it afar off. 26Behold, God is great and we do not know him nor can the number of his years be searched out. 27For he makes the drops of water small, they pour down rain according to its vapor, 28Which the clouds drop and distill on man abundantly. 29Also can any one understand the spreading of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle? 30Behold, he spreads his light on it and covers the bottom of the sea. 31For by them he judges the people, he gives meat in abundance. 32With clouds he covers the light and commands it not to shine by the cloud that comes between. 33Its noise tells about it, the cattle also about the vapor.

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Chapter 37

1My heart also trembles at this and is moved out of its place. 2Hear the noise of his voice attentively and the sound that goes out of his mouth. 3He directs it under the whole heaven and his lightning to the ends of the earth. 4A voice roars after it. He thunders with the voice of his excellency and he will not stay them when his voice is heard. 5God thunders marvelously with his voice, he does great things, which we cannot comprehend.

6For he says to the snow, Be on the earth, likewise to the small rain and to the great rain of his strength. 7He seals up the hand of every man so that all men may know his work. 8Then the animals go into dens and remain in their places. 9Out of the south the whirlwind comes and cold out of the north. 10By the breath of God frost is given and the breadth of the waters is straitened. 11Also by watering he wearies the thick cloud. He scatters his bright cloud. 12And it is turned round about by his counsels so that they may do what ever he commands them on the face of the world in the earth. 13He causes it to come, whether for correction or for his land or for mercy.

14Listen to this, O Job, stand still and consider the wondrous works of God. 15Do you know when God disposed them and caused the light of his cloud to shine? 16Do you know the balancing of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge? 17How your garments are warm, when he quiets the earth with the south wind? 18Have you spread out the sky with him, which is strong and as a molten looking glass? 19Teach us what we shall say to him for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness. 20Shall it be told to him that I speak? if a man speaks, surely he shall be swallowed up.

21And now men do not see the bright light which is in the clouds, but the wind passes and cleanses them. 22Fair weather comes out of the north. With God is terrible majesty. 23Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out. He is excellent in power and in judgment and in plenty of justice. He will not afflict. 24Therefore men fear him. He does not respect any who are wise of heart.

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Chapter 38

1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, 2Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3Gird up now your loins like a man, for I will demand of you and you will answer me.

4Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding. 5Who has laid the measures of it, if you know? or who has stretched the line on it? 6Where are the foundations of it fastened? or who laid its corner stone, 7When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 8Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? 9When I made the cloud its garment and thick darkness a swaddling band for it, 10And broke up for it my decreed place and set bars and doors, 11And said, You shall come to here but no further and here shall your proud waves be stayed?

12Have you commanded the morning since your days and caused the dayspring to know his place, 13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth so that the wicked might be shaken out of it? 14It is turned as clay to the seal and they stand as a garment. 15And from the wicked their light is withheld and the high arm shall be broken. 16Have you entered into the springs of the sea? or have you walked in the search of the depth? 17Have the gates of death been opened to you or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death? 18Have you perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if you know it all. 19Where is the way where light dwells? and as for darkness, where is its place, 20That you should take it to its bound and that you should know the paths to its house? 21 Do you know it, because you were born then or because the number of your days is great? 22Have you entered into the treasures of the snow or have you seen the treasures of the hail, 23Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? 24By what way is the light parted, which scatters the east wind on the earth?

25Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters or a way for the lightning of thunder, 26To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is, on the wilderness, in which there is no man, 27To satisfy the desolate and waste ground and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth? 28Has the rain a father or who has begotten the drops of dew? 29Out of whose womb came the ice and the hoary frost of heaven, who has gendered it? 30The waters are hidden as with a stone and the face of the deep is frozen. 31Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades or loose the bands of Orion? 32Can you bring forth the Zodiac in his season? or can you guide Arcturus with his sons? 33Do you know the ordinances of heaven? Can you set their dominion in the earth? 34Can you lift up your voice to the clouds so that abundance of waters may cover you? 35Can you send lightnings so that they may go and say to you, Here we are? 36Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or who has given understanding to the heart? 37Who can number the clouds in wisdom or who can stay the bottles of heaven, 38When the dust grows into hardness and the clods cleave fast together? 39Will you hunt the prey for the lion or fill the appetite of the young lions? 40When they couch in their dens and abide in the covert to lie in wait? 41Who provides food for the raven? when his young ones cry to God, they wander for lack of meat.

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Chapter 39

1Do you know the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth or can you mark when the hinds calve? 2Can you number the months that they fulfill or do you know the time when they bring forth? 3They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows. 4Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn, they go forth and do not return to them. 5Who has sent out the wild ass free or who has loosed the bands of the wild ass? 6Whose house I have made the wilderness and the barren land his dwellings. 7He scorns the multitude of the city, neither does he regard the crying of the driver. 8The range of the mountains is his pasture and he searches after every green thing. 9Will the wild goat be willing to serve you or abide in your crib? 10Can you bind the wild goat with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after you? 11Will you trust him, because his strength is great? or will you leave your labor to him? 12Will you believe him, that he will bring home your seed and gather it into your barn?

13 Did you give the goodly wings to the peacocks? or wings and feathers to the ostrich? 14Which leaves her eggs in the earth and warms them in dust, 15And forgets that the foot may crush them or that the wild beast may break them. 16She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers. Her labor is in vain without fear, 17Because God has deprived her of wisdom nor has he imparted to her understanding. 18At the time that she lifts up herself on high, she scorns the horse and his rider.

19Have you given the horse strength have you clothed his neck with thunder? 20Can you make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible. 21He paws in the valley and rejoices in his strength. He goes on to meet the armed men. 22He mocks at fear and is not afraid nor does he turn back from the sword. 23The quiver rattles against him, the glittering spear and the shield. 24He swallows the ground with fierceness and rage nor does he believe that it is the sound of the trumpet. 25He says among the trumpets, Ha, ha and he smells the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains and the shouting.

26Does the hawk fly by your wisdom and stretch her wings toward the south? 27Does the eagle mount up at your command and make her nest on high? 28She dwells and abides on the rock, on the crag of the rock and the strong place. 29From there she seeks the prey and her eyes behold afar off. 30Her young ones also suck up blood and where the killed are, there she is.

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Chapter 40

1Moreover the LORD answered Job and said, 2Shall he who contends with the Almighty instruct him? He who reproves God, let him answer it. 3Then Job answered the LORD and said, 4Behold, I am vile, what shall I answer you? I will lay my hand on my mouth. 5I have spoken once, but I will not answer, yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.

6Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, 7Gird up your loins now like a man. I will demand of you and you will declare to me. 8Will you also annul my judgment? will you condemn me that you may be righteous? 9Have you an arm like God or can you thunder with a voice like him? 10Deck yourself now with majesty and excellency and array yourself with glory and beauty. 11Cast abroad the rage of your wrath and behold every one who is proud and abase him. 12Look on every one who is proud and bring him low and tread down the wicked in their place. 13Hide them in the dust together and bind their faces in secret. 14Then I will also confess to you that your own right hand can save you.

15Behold now behemoth, which I made with you, he eats grass as an ox. 16Lo now, his strength is in his loins and his force is in the navel of his belly. 17He moves his tail like a cedar, the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. 18His bones are as strong pieces of brass, his bones are like bars of iron. 19He is the chief of the ways of God. He who made him can make his sword to approach to him. 20Surely the mountains bring forth food for him, where all the animals of the field play. 21He lies under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed and fens. 22The shady trees cover him with their shadow, the willows of the brook compass him about. 23Behold, he drinks up a river and does not hurry. He trusts that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. 24He takes it with his eyes, his nose pierces through snares.

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Chapter 41

1Can you draw out leviathan with a hook or his tongue with a cord which you let down? 2Can you put a hook into his nose or bore his jaw through with a thorn? 3Will he make many supplications to you, will he speak soft words to you? 4Will he make a covenant with you, will you take him for a servant forever? 5Will you play with him as with a bird or will you bind him for your maidens? 6Shall the companions make a banquet of him, shall they part him among the merchants? 7Can you fill his skin with barbed irons or his head with fish spears? 8Lay your hand on him, remember the battle, do no more. 9Behold, the hope of him is in vain. Shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? 10No one is so fierce who dares to stir him up, who then is able to stand before me?

11Who has gone before me, that I should repay him? What ever is under the whole heaven is mine. 12I will not conceal his parts nor his power nor his comely proportion. 13Who can discover the face of his garment or who can come to him with his double bridle? 14Who can open the doors of his face? His teeth are terrible round about. 15His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. 16One is so near to another that no air can come between them. 17They are joined to one another, they stick together so that they cannot be divided. 18By his sneezings a light shines and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. 19Out of his mouth go burning lamps and sparks of fire leap out. 20Out of his nostrils goes smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. 21His breath kindles coals and a flame goes out of his mouth. 22Strength remains in his neck and dismay dances before him. 23The flakes of his flesh are joined together. They are firm in themselves, they cannot be moved. 24His heart is as firm as a stone, yes, as hard as a piece of the lower millstone. 25When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid. By reason of crashing they purify themselves. 26The sword of him who lays at him cannot hold, the spear, the dart nor the habergeon. 27He esteems iron as straw and brass as rotten wood. 28The arrow cannot make him flee. sling stones are turned into stubble by him. 29Darts are counted as stubble. He laughs at the shaking of a spear. 30Sharp stones are under him, he spreads sharp pointed things on the mire. 31He makes the deep to boil like a pot, he makes the sea like a pot of ointment. 32He makes a path to shine after him, one would think the deep to be ancient. 33On earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. 34He beholds all high things, he is a king over all the children of pride.

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Chapter 42

1Then Job answered the LORD and said, 2I know that you can do every thing and that no thought can be withheld from you. 3Who is he who hides counsel without knowledge? therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 4Hear, I beseech you and I will speak. I will demand of you and you will declare to me. 5I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eyes see you. 6Therefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.

7And after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends for you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has. 8Therefore take now seven bullocks and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering and my servant Job shall pray for you for I will accept him, lest I deal with you after your folly, in that you have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. 9So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did according as the LORD commanded them. The LORD also accepted Job.

10And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends. The LORD also gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11Then all his brothers came to him and all his sisters and all those who had been of his acquaintance before and ate bread with him in his house and they bemoaned him and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought on him/. Every man also gave him a piece of money and every one an earring of gold. 12So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning for he had fourteen thousand sheep and six thousand camels and a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand she asses. 13He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14And he called the name of the first, Yemima and the name of the second, Qetsia and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. 15And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. 16After this Job lived a hundred forty years and saw his sons and his sons' sons, even four generations. 17So Job died, being old and full of days.

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