Book of JOB


Chapter 1

1THERE was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was whole-hearted and upright, and one that feared God, and shunned evil.

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

3His possessions also were 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 children of the east.

4And his sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one upon his day; and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

5And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt-offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said: ‘It may be that my sons have sinned, and blasphemed God in their hearts.’ Thus did Job continually.

6Now it fell upon a day, that the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and aSatan came also among them.

7And the LORD said unto Satan: ‘Whence comest thou?’ Then Satan answered the LORD, a That is, the Adversary. and said: ‘From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.’

8And the LORD said unto Satan:

‘Hast thou considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a whole-hearted and an upright man, one that feareth God, and shunneth evil?’

9Then Satan answered the LORD, and said: ‘Doth Job fear God for nought?

10Hast not Thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions are increased in the land.

11But put forth Thy hand now, and touch all that he hath, surely he will blaspheme Thee to Thy face.’

12And the LORD said unto Satan: ‘Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thy hand.’ So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

13And it fell on a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house,

14that there came a messenger unto Job, and said: ‘The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them;

15and the Sabeans made a raid, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.’

16While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said: ‘A fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.’

17While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said: ‘The Chaldeans set themselves in three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have taken them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.’

18While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said:

‘Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house;

19And, behold, there came a great wind from across the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.’

20Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped;

21And he said; Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return thither; The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.

22For all this Job sinned not, nor ascribed aught unseemly to God.


Chapter 2

1Again it fell upon a day, that the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

2And the LORD said unto Satan: ‘From whence comest thou?’ And Satan answered the LORD, and said: ‘From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.’

3And the LORD said unto Satan: ‘Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a whole-hearted and an upright man, one that feareth God, and shunneth evil? and he still holdeth fast his integrity, although thou didst move Me against him, to destroy him without cause.’

4And Satan answered the LORD, and said: ‘Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

5But put forth Thy hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, surely he will blaspheme Thee to Thy face.’

6And the LORD said unto Satan:

‘Behold, he is in thy hand; only spare his life.’

7So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot even unto his crown.

8And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself therewith; and he sat among the ashes.

9Then said his wife unto him: ‘Dost thou still hold fast thine integrity? blaspheme God, and die.’

10But he said unto her: ‘Thou speakest as one of the impious women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?’ For all this did not Job sin with his lips.

11Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite; and they made an appointment together to come to bemoan him and to comfort him.

12And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and threw dust upon their heads toward heaven.

13So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word unto him; for they saw that his grief was very great.


Chapter 3

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

2And Job spoke, and said:

3Let the day perish wherein I was born, And the night wherein it was said: ‘A man-child is brought forth.’

4Let that day be darkness; Let not God inquire after it from above, Neither let the light shine upon it.

5Let darkness and the shadow of death claim it for their own; Let a cloud dwell upon it; Let all that maketh black the day terrify it.

6As for that night, let thick darkness seize upon it; Let it not rejoice among the days of the year; Let it not come into the number of the months.

7Lo, let that night be desolate; Let no joyful voice come therein.

8Let them curse it that curse the day, Who are ready to rouse up leviathan.

9Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; Let it look for light, but have none; Neither let it behold the eyelids of the morning;

10Because it shut not up the doors of my [mother’s] womb, Nor hid trouble from mine eyes.

11Why died I not from the womb? Why did I not perish at birth?

12Why did the knees receive me? And wherefore the breasts, that I should suck?

13For now should I have lain still and been quiet; I should have slept; then had I been at rest—

14With kings and counsellors of the earth, Who built up waste places for themselves;

15Or with princes that had gold, Who filled their houses with silver;

16Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been; As infants that never saw light.

17There the wicked cease from troubling; And there the weary are at rest.

18There the prisoners are at ease together; They hear not the voice of the taskmaster.

19The small and great are there alike; And the servant is free from his master.

20Wherewith is light given to him that is in misery, And life unto the bitter in soul—

21Who long for death, but it cometh not; And dig for it more than for hid treasures;

22Who rejoice unto exultation, And are glad, when they can find the grave?—

23To a man whose way is hid, And whom God hath hedged in?

24For my sighing cometh instead of my food, And my roarings are poured out like water.

25For the thing which I did fear is come upon me, And that which I was afraid of hath overtaken me.

26I was not at ease, neither was I quiet, Neither had I rest; but trouble came.


Chapter 4

1Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said:

2If one venture a word unto thee, wilt thou be weary? But who can withhold himself from speaking?

3Behold, thou hast instructed many, And thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

4Thy words have upholden him that was falling, And thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

5But now it is come upon thee, and thou art weary; It toucheth thee, and thou art affrighted.

6Is not thy fear of God thy confidence, And thy hope the integrity of thy ways?

7Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off?

8According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, And sow mischief, reap the same.

9By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger are they consumed.

10The lion roareth, and the fierce lion howleth— Yet the teeth of the young lions are broken.

11The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, And the whelps of the lioness are scattered abroad.

12Now a word was secretly brought to me, And mine ear received a whisper thereof.

13In thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falleth on men,

14Fear came upon me, and trembling, And all my bones were made to shake.

15Then a spirit passed before my face, That made the hair of my flesh to stand up.

16It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof; A form was before mine eyes; I heard a still voice:

17’Shall mortal man be just before God? Shall a man be pure before his Maker?

18Behold, He putteth no trust in His servants, And His angels He chargeth with folly;

19How much more them that dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth!

20Betwixt morning and evening they are shattered; They perish for ever without any regarding it.

21Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.’


Chapter 5

1Call now; is there any that will answer thee? And to which of the holy ones wilt thou turn?

2For anger killeth the foolish man, And envy slayeth the silly one.

3I have seen the foolish taking root; But suddenly I beheld his habitation cursed.

4His children are far from safety, And are crushed in the gate, with none to deliver them.

5Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, And taketh it even out of the thorns, and the snare gapeth for their substance.

6For affliction cometh not forth from the dust, Neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;

7But man is born unto trouble, As the sparks fly upward.

8But as for me, I would seek unto God, And unto God would I commit my cause;

9Who doeth great things and unsearchable, Marvellous things without number;

10Who giveth rain upon the earth, And sendeth waters upon the fields;

11So that He setteth up on high those that are low, And those that mourn are exalted to safety.

12He frustrateth the devices of the crafty, So that their hands can perform nothing substantial.

13He taketh the wise in their own craftiness; And the counsel of the wily is carried headlong.

14They meet with darkness in the day-time, And grope at noonday as in the night.

15But He saveth from the sword of their mouth, Even the needy from the hand of the mighty.

16So the poor hath hope, And iniquity stoppeth her mouth.

17Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth; Therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty.

18For He maketh sore, and bindeth up; He woundeth, and His hands make whole.

19He will deliver thee in six troubles; Yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.

20In famine He will redeem thee from death; And in war from the power of the sword.

21Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue; Neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.

22At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh; Neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

23For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field; And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.

24And thou shalt know that thy tent is in peace; And thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt miss nothing.

25Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, And thine offspring as the grass of the earth.

26Thou shalt come to thy grave in a ripe age, Like as a shock of corn cometh in in its season.

27Lo this, we have searched it, So it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.


Chapter 6

1Then Job answered and said:

2Oh that my vexation were but weighed, And my calamity laid in the balances altogether!

3For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas; t Herefore are my words broken.

4For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, The poison whereof my spirit drinketh up; The terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

5Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? Or loweth the ox over his fodder?

6Can that which hath no savour be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the juice of mallows?

7My soul refuseth to touch them; They are as the sickness of my flesh.

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 crush me; That He would let loose His hand, and cut me off!

10Then should I yet have comfort; Yea, I would exult in pain, though He spare not; For I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

11What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is mine end, that I should be patient?

12Is my strength the strength of stones? Or is my flesh of brass?

13Is it that I have no help in me, And that sound wisdom is driven quite from me?

14To him that is ready to faint kindness is due from his friend, Even to him that forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.

15My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, As the channel of brooks that overflow,

16Which are black by reason of the ice, And wherein the snow hideth itself;

17What time they wax warm, they vanish, When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.

18The paths of their way do wind, They go up into the waste, and are lost.

19The caravans of Tema looked, The companies of Sheba waited for them—

20They were ashamed because they had hoped; They came thither, and were confounded.

21For now ye are become His; Ye see a terror, and are afraid.

22Did I say: ‘Give unto me’? Or: ‘Offer a present for me of your substance’?

23or: ‘Deliver me from the adversary’s hand’? Or: ‘Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors’?

24Teach me, and I will hold my peace; And cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

25How forcible are words of uprightness! But what doth your arguing argue?

26Do ye hold words to be an argument, But the speeches of one that is desperate to be wind?

27Yea, ye would cast lots upon the fatherless, And dig a pit for your friend.

28Now therefore be pleased to look upon me; For surely I shall not lie to your face.

29Return, I pray you, let there be no injustice; Yea, return again, my cause is righteous.

30Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern crafty devices? Is there not a time of service to man upon earth?


Chapter 7

1And are not his days like the days of a hireling?

2As a servant that eagerly longeth for the shadow, And as a hireling that looketh for his wages;

3So am I made to possess—months of vanity, And wearisome nights are appointed to me.

4When I lie down, I say: ‘When shall I arise?’ But the night is long, and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

5My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; My skin closeth up and breaketh out afresh.

6My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, And are spent without hope.

7O remember that my life is a breath; Mine eye shall no more see good.

8The eye of him that seeth me shall behold me no more; While Thine eyes are upon me, I am gone.

9As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away, So he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.

10He shall return no more to his house, Neither 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 sea-monster, That Thou settest a watch over me?

13When I say: ‘My bed shall comfort me, My couch shall ease my complaint’;

14Then Thou scarest me with dreams, And terrifiest me through visions;

15So that my soul chooseth strangling, And death rather than these my bones.

16I loathe it; I shall not live alway; Let me alone; for my days are vanity.

17What is man, that Thou shouldest magnify him, And that Thou shouldest set Thy heart upon him,

18And that Thou shouldest remember him every morning, And try him every moment?

19How long wilt Thou not look away from me, Nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

20If I have sinned, what do I unto Thee, O Thou watcher of men? Why hast Thou set me as a mark for Thee, So that I am a burden to myself?

21And why dost Thou not pardon my transgression, And take away mine iniquity? For now shall I lie down in the dust; And Thou wilt seek me, but I shall not be.


Chapter 8

1Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said:

2How long wilt thou speak these things, Seeing that the words of thy mouth are as a mighty wind?

3Doth God pervert judgment? Or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

4If thy children sinned against Him, He delivered them into the hand of their transgression.

5If thou wouldest seek earnestly unto God, And make thy supplication to the Almighty;

6If thou wert pure and upright; Surely now He would awake for thee, And make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

7And though thy beginning was small, Yet thy end should greatly increase.

8For inquire, I pray thee, of the former generation, And apply thyself to that which their fathers have searched out—

9For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, Because our days upon earth are a shadow—

10Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, And utter words out of their heart?

11Can the rush shoot up without mire? Can the reed-grass grow without water?

12Whilst it is yet in its greenness, and not cut down, It withereth before any other herb.

13So are the paths of all that forget God; And the hope of the godless man shall perish;

14Whose confidence is gossamer, And whose trust is a spider’s web.

15He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand; He shall hold fast thereby, but it shall not endure.

16He is green before the sun, And his shoots go forth over his garden.

17His roots are wrapped about the heap, He beholdeth the place of stones.

18If he be destroyed from his place, Then it shall deny him: ‘I have not seen thee.’

19Behold, this is the joy of his way, And out of the earth shall others spring.

20Behold, God will not cast away an innocent man, Neither will He uphold the evil-doers;

21Till He fill thy mouth with laughter, And thy lips with shouting.

22They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; And the tent of the wicked shall be no more.


Chapter 9

1Then Job answered and said:

2Of a truth I know that it is so; And how can man be just with God?

3If one should desire to contend with Him, He could not answer Him one of a thousand.

4He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength; Who hath hardened himself against Him, and prospered?

5Who removeth the mountains, and they know it not, When He overturneth them in His anger.

6Who shaketh the earth out of her place, And the pillars thereof tremble.

7Who commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; And sealeth up the stars.

8Who alone stretcheth out the heavens, And treadeth upon the waves of the sea.

9Who maketh the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south.

10Who doeth great things past finding out; Yea, marvellous things without number.

11Lo, He goeth by me, and I see Him not. He passeth on also, but I perceive Him not.

12Behold, He snatcheth away, who can hinder Him? Who will say unto Him: ‘What doest Thou?’

13God will not withdraw His anger; The helpers of Rahab did stoop under Him.

14How much less shall I answer Him, And choose out my arguments with Him?

15Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer; I would make supplication to Him that contendeth with me.

16If I had called, and He had answered me; Yet would I not believe that He would hearken unto my voice—

17He that would break me with a tempest, And multiply my wounds without cause;

18That would not suffer me to take my breath, But fill me with bitterness.

19If it be a matter of strength, lo, He is mighty! And if of justice, who will appoint me a time?

20Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me; Though I be innocent, He shall prove me perverse.

21I am innocent—I regard not myself, I despise my life.

22It is all one—therefore I say: He destroyeth the innocent and the wicked.

23If the scourge slay suddenly, He will mock at the calamity of the guiltless.

24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covereth the faces of the judges thereof; If it be not He, who then is it?

25Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good.

26They are passed away as the swift ships; As the vulture that swoopeth on the prey.

27If I say: ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad countenance, and be of good cheer’,

28I am afraid of all my pains, I know that Thou wilt not hold me guiltless.

29I shall be condemned; Why then do I labour in vain?

30If I wash myself with snow water, And make my hands never so clean;

31Yet wilt Thou plunge me in the ditch, And mine own clothes shall abhor me.

32For He is not a man, as I am, that I should answer Him, That we should come together in judgment.

33There is no arbiter betwixt us, That might lay his hand upon us both.

34Let Him take His rod away from me, And let not His terror make me afraid;

35Then would I speak, and not fear Him; For I am not so with myself.


Chapter 10

1My soul is weary of my life; I will give free course to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

2I will say unto God: Do not condemn me; Make me know wherefore Thou contendest with me.

3Is it good unto Thee that Thou shouldest oppress, That Thou shouldest despise the work of Thy hands, And shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

4Hast Thou eyes of flesh? Or seest Thou as man seeth?

5Are Thy days as the days of man, Or Thy years as a man’s days,

6That Thou inquirest after mine iniquity, And searchest after my sin,

7Although Thou knowest that I shall not be condemned; And there is none that can deliver out of Thy hand?

8Thy hands have framed me and fashioned me Together round about; yet Thou dost destroy me!

9Remember, I beseech Thee, that Thou hast fashioned me as clay; And wilt Thou bring me into dust again?

10Hast Thou not poured me out as milk, And curdled me like cheese?

11Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews.

12Thou hast granted me life and favour, And Thy providence hath preserved my spirit.

13Yet these things Thou didst hide in Thy heart; I know that this is with Thee;

14If I sin, then Thou markest me, And Thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.

15If I be wicked, woe unto me; And if I be righteous, yet shall I not lift up my head— Being filled with ignominy And looking upon mine affliction.

16And if it exalt itself, Thou huntest me as a lion; And again Thou showest Thyself marvellous upon me.

17Thou renewest Thy witnesses against me, And increasest Thine indignation upon me; Host succeeding host against me.

18Wherefore then hast Thou brought me forth out of the womb? Would that I had perished, and no eye 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, that I may take comfort a little,

21Before I go whence I shall not return, Even to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

22A land of thick darkness, as darkness itself; A land of the shadow of death, without any order, And where the light is as darkness.


Chapter 11

1Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said:

2Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be accounted right?

3Thy boastings have made men hold their peace, And thou hast mocked, with none to make thee ashamed;

4And thou hast said: ‘My doctrine is pure, And I am clean in Thine eyes.’

5But oh that God would speak, And open His lips against thee;

6And that He would tell thee the secrets of wisdom, That sound wisdom is manifold! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.

7Canst thou find out the deep things of God? Canst thou attain unto the purpose of the Almighty?

8It is high as heaven; what canst thou do? Deeper than the nether-world; what canst thou know?

9The measure thereof is longer than the earth, And broader than the sea.

10If He pass by, and shut up, Or gather in, then who can hinder Him?

11For He knoweth base men; And when He seeth iniquity, will He not then consider it?

12But an empty man will get understanding, When a wild ass’s colt is born a man.

13If thou set thy heart aright, And stretch out thy hands toward Him—

14If iniquity be in thy hand, put it far away, And let not unrighteousness dwell in thy tents—

15Surely then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; Yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear;

16For thou shalt forget thy misery; Thou shalt remember it as waters that are passed away;

17And thy life shall be clearer than the noonday; Though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning.

18And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; Yea, thou shalt look about thee, and shalt take thy rest in safety.

19Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; Yea, many shall make suit unto thee.

20But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, And they shall have no way to flee, And their hope shall be the drooping of the soul.


Chapter 12

1Then Job answered and said:

2No doubt but ye are the people, And wisdom shall die with you.

3But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you; Yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

4I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbour, A man that called upon God, And He answered him; The just, the innocent man is a laughing-stock,

5A contemptible brand in the thought of him that is at ease, A thing ready for them whose foot slippeth.

6The tents of robbers prosper, And they that provoke God are secure, In whatsoever God bringeth into their hand.

7But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; And the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee;

8Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee;

9Who knoweth not among all these, That the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?

10In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind.—

11Doth not the ear try words, Even as the palate tasteth its food?

12Is wisdom with aged men, And understanding in length of days?—

13With Him is wisdom and might; He hath counsel and understanding.

14Behold, He breaketh down, and it cannot be built again; He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

15Behold, He withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; Also He sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

16With Him is strength and sound wisdom; The deceived and the deceiver are His.

17He leadeth counsellors away stripped, And judges maketh He fools.

18He looseth the bond of kings, And bindeth their loins with a girdle.

19He leadeth priests away stripped, And overthroweth the mighty.

20He removeth the speech of men of trust, And taketh away the sense of the elders.

21He poureth contempt upon princes, And looseth the belt of the strong.

22He uncovereth deep things out of darkness, And bringeth out to light the shadow of death.

23He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them; He enlargeth the nations, and leadeth them away.

24He taketh away the heart of the chiefs of the people of the land, And causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.

25They grope in the dark without light, And He maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.


Chapter 13

1Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, Mine ear hath heard and understood it.

2What ye know, do I know also; I am not inferior unto you.

3Notwithstanding I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God.

4But ye are plasterers of lies, Ye are all physicians of no value.

5Oh that ye would altogether hold your peace! And it would be your wisdom.

6Hear now my reasoning, And hearken to the pleadings of my lips.

7Will ye speak unrighteously for God, And talk deceitfully for Him?

8Will ye show Him favour? Will ye contend for God?

9Would it be good that He should search you out? Or as one mocketh a man, will ye mock Him?

10He will surely reprove you, If ye do secretly show favour.

11Shall not His majesty terrify you, And His dread fall upon you?

12Your memorials shall be like unto ashes, Your eminences to eminences of clay.

13Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, And let come on me what will.

14Wherefore? I will take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my hand.

15Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him; But I will argue my ways before Him.

16This also shall be my salvation, That a hypocrite cannot come before Him.

17Hear diligently my speech, And let my declaration be in your ears.

18Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

19Who is he that will contend with me? For then would I hold my peace and die.

20Only do not two things unto me, Then will I not hide myself from Thee:

21Withdraw Thy hand far from me; And let not Thy terror make me afraid.

22Then call Thou, and I will answer; Or let me speak, and answer Thou me.

23How many are mine iniquities and sins? Make me to know my transgression and my sin.

24Wherefore hidest Thou Thy face, And holdest me for Thine enemy?

25Wilt Thou harass a driven leaf? And wilt Thou pursue the dry stubble?

26That Thou shouldest write bitter things against me, And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.

27Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, And lookest narrowly unto all my paths; Thou drawest Thee a line about the soles of my feet;

28Though I am like a wine-skin that consumeth, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.


Chapter 14

1Man that is born of a woman Is of few days, and full of trouble.

2He cometh forth like a flower, and withereth; He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

3And dost Thou open Thine eyes upon such a one, And bringest me into judgment with Thee?

4Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

5Seeing his days are determined, The number of his months is with Thee, And Thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;

6Look away from him, that he may rest, Till he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day.

7For there is hope of a tree, If it be cut down, that it will sprout again, And that the tender branch thereof will not cease.

8Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, And the stock thereof die in the ground;

9Yet through the scent of water it will bud, And put forth boughs like a plant.

10But man dieth, and lieth low; Yea, man perisheth, and where is he?

11As the waters fail from the sea, And the river is drained dry;

12So man lieth down and riseth not; Till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, Nor be roused out of their sleep.

13Oh that Thou wouldest hide me in the nether-world, That Thou wouldest keep me secret, until Thy wrath be past, That Thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!—

14If a man die, may he live again? All the days of my service would I wait, till my relief should come—

15Thou wouldest call, and I would answer Thee; Thou wouldest have a desire to the work of Thy hands.

16But now Thou numberest my steps, Thou dost not even wait for my sin;

17My transgression is sealed up in a bag, And Thou heapest up mine iniquity.

18And surely the mountain falling crumbleth away, And the rock is removed out of its place;

19The waters wear the stones; The overflowings thereof wash away the dust of the earth; So Thou destroyest the hope of man.

20Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth; Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.

21His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; And they are brought low, but he regardeth them not.

22But his flesh grieveth for him, And his soul mourneth over him.


Chapter 15

1Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said:

2Should a wise man make answer with windy knowledge, And fill his belly with the east wind?

3Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?

4Yea, thou doest away with fear, And impairest devotion before God.

5For thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth, And thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.

6Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I; Yea, thine own lips testify against thee.

7Art thou the first man that was born? Or wast thou brought forth before the hills?

8Dost thou hearken in the council of God? And dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

9What knowest thou, that we know not? What understandest thou, which is not in us?

10With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men, Much older than thy father.

11Are the consolations of God too small for thee, And the word that dealeth gently with thee?

12Why doth thy heart carry thee away? And why do thine eyes wink?

13That thou turnest thy spirit against God, And lettest such words go out of thy mouth.

14What is man, that he should be clean? And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

15Behold, He putteth no trust in His holy ones; Yea, the heavens are not clean in His sight.

16How much less one that is abominable and impure, Man who drinketh iniquity like water!

17I will tell thee, hear thou me; And that which I have seen I will declare—

18Which wise men have told From their fathers, and have not hid it;

19Unto whom alone the land was given, And no stranger passed among them.

20The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, Even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.

21A sound of terrors is in his ears: In prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.

22He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, And he is waited for of the sword.

23He wandereth abroad for bread: ‘Where is it?’ He knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.

24Distress and anguish overwhelm him; They prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.

25Because he hath stretched out his hand against God, And behaveth himself proudly against the Almighty;

26He runneth upon him with a stiff neck, With the thick bosses of his bucklers.

27Because he hath covered his face with his fatness, And made collops of fat on his loins;

28And he hath dwelt in desolate cities, In houses which no man would inhabit, Which were ready to become heaps.

29He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, Neither shall their produce bend to the earth.

30He shall not depart out of darkness; The flame shall dry up his branches, And by the breath of His mouth shall he go away.

31Let him not trust in vanity, deceiving himself; For vanity shall be his recompense.

32It shall be accomplished before his time, And his branch shall not be leafy.

33He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, And shall cast off his flower as the olive.

34For the company of the godless shall be desolate, And fire shall consume the tents of bribery.

35They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity, And their belly prepareth deceit.


Chapter 16

1Then Job answered and said:

2I have heard many such things; Sorry comforters are ye all.

3Shall windy words have an end? Or what provoketh thee that thou answerest?

4I also could speak as ye do; If your soul were in my soul’s stead, I could join words together against you, And shake my head at you.

5I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the moving of my lips would assuage your grief.

6Though I speak, my pain is not assuaged; And though I forbear, what am I eased?

7But now He hath made me weary; Thou hast made desolate all my company.

8And Thou hast shrivelled me up, which is a witness against me; And my leanness riseth up against me, it testifieth to my face.

9He hath torn me in His wrath, and hated me; He hath gnashed upon me with His teeth; Mine adversary sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

10They have gaped upon me with their mouth; They have smitten me upon the cheek scornfully; They gather themselves together against me.

11God delivereth me to the ungodly, And casteth me into the hands of the wicked.

12I was at ease, and He broke me asunder; Yea, He hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces; He hath also set me up for His mark.

13His archers compass me round about, He cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; He poureth out my gall upon the ground.

14He breaketh me with breach upon breach; He runneth upon me like a giant.

15I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, And have laid my horn in the dust.

16My face is reddened with weeping, And on my eyelids is the shadow of death;

17Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.

18O earth, cover not thou my blood, And let my cry have no resting-place.

19Even now, behold, my Witness is in heaven, And He that testifieth of me is on high.

20Mine inward thoughts are my intercessors, Mine eye poureth out tears unto God;

21That He would set aright a man contending with God, As a son of man setteth aright his neighbour!

22For the years that are few are coming on, And I shall go the way whence I shall not return.


Chapter 17

1My spirit is consumed, my days are extinct, The grave is ready for me.

2Surely there are mockers with me, And mine eye abideth in their provocation.

3Give now a pledge, be surety for me with Thyself; Who else is there that will strike hands with me?

4For Thou hast hid their heart from understanding; Therefore shalt Thou not exalt them.

5He that denounceth his friends for the sake of flattery, Even the eyes of his children shall fail.

6He hath made me also a byword of the people; And I am become one in whose face they spit.

7Mine eye also is dimmed by reason of vexation, And all my members are as a shadow.

8Upright men are astonished at this, And the innocent stirreth up himself against the godless.

9Yet the righteous holdeth on his way, And he that hath clean hands waxeth stronger and stronger.

10But as for you all, do ye return, and come now; And I shall not find a 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 look for the nether-world as my house; If I have spread my couch in the darkness;

14If I have said to corruption: ‘Thou art my father’, To the worm: ‘Thou art my mother, and my sister’;

15Where then is my hope? And as for my hope, who shall see it?

16They shall go down to the bars of the nether-world, When we are at rest together in the dust.


Chapter 18

1Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said:

2How long will ye lay snares for words? Consider, and afterwards we will speak.

3Wherefore are we counted as beasts, And reputed dull in your sight?

4Thou that tearest thyself in thine anger, Shall the earth be forsaken for thee? Or shall the rock be removed out of its place? 5Yea, 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 tent, And his lamp over him shall be put out.

7The steps of his strength shall be straitened, And his own counsel shall cast him down.

8For he is cast into a net by his own feet, And he walketh upon the toils.

9A gin shall take him by the heel, And a snare shall lay hold on him.

10A noose is hid for him in the ground, And a trap for him in the way.

11Terrors shall overwhelm him on every side, And shall entrap him at his feet.

12His trouble shall be ravenous, And calamity shall be ready for his fall.

13It shall devour the members of his body, Yea, the first-born of death shall devour his members.

14That wherein he trusteth shall be plucked out of his tent; And he shall be brought to the king of terrors.

15There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his; Brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

16His roots shall dry up beneath, And above shall his branch wither.

17His remembrance shall perish from the earth, And he shall have no name abroad.

18He shall be driven from light into darkness, And chased out of the world.

19He shall have neither son nor son’s son among his people, Nor any remaining in his dwellings.

20They that come after shall be astonished at his day, As they that went before are affrighted.

21Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, And this is the place of him that knoweth not God.


Chapter 19

1Then Job answered and said:

2How long will ye vex my soul, And crush me with words?

3These ten times have ye reproached me; Ye are not ashamed that ye deal harshly with me.

4And be it indeed that I have erred, Mine error remaineth with myself.

5If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, And plead against me my reproach;

6Know now that God hath subverted my cause, And hath compassed me with His net.

7Behold, I cry out: ‘Violence! ’ but I am not heard; I cry aloud, but there is no justice.

8He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, And hath set darkness in my paths.

9He hath stripped me of my glory, And taken the crown from my head.

10He hath broken me down on every side, and I am gone; And my hope hath He plucked up like a tree.

11He hath also kindled His wrath against me, And He counteth me unto Him as one of His adversaries.

12His troops come on together, And cast up their way against me, And encamp round about my tent.

13He hath put my brethren far from me, And mine acquaintance are wholly estranged from me.

14My kinsfolk have failed, And my familiar friends have forgotten me.

15They that dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger; I am become an alien in their sight.

16I call unto my servant, and he giveth me no answer, Though I entreat him with my mouth.

17My breath is abhorred of my wife, And I am loathsome to the children of my tribe.

18Even urchins despised me; If I arise, they speak against me.

19All my intimate friends abhor me; And they whom I loved are turned against me.

20My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, And I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

21Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; For the hand of God hath touched me.

22Why do ye persecute me as God, And are not satisfied with my flesh?

23Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

24That with an iron pen and lead They were graven in the rock for ever!

25But as for me, I know that my Redeemer liveth, And that He will witness at the last upon the dust;

26And when after my skin this is destroyed, Then without my flesh shall I see God;

27Whom I, even I, shall see for myself, And mine eyes shall behold, and not another’s. My reins are consumed within me.

28If ye say: ‘How we will persecute him! ’ Seeing that the root of the matter is found in me;

29Be ye afraid of the sword; For wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, That ye may know there is a judgment. 

Chapter 20

1Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said:

2Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, Even by reason of mine agitation that is in me.

3I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame, But out of my understanding my spirit answereth me.

4Knowest thou not this of old time, Since man was placed upon earth,

5That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless but for a moment?

6Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, And his head reach unto the clouds;

7Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung; They that have seen him shall say:

‘Where is he?’

8He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found; Yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.

9The eye which saw him shall see him no more; Neither shall his place any more behold him.

10His children shall appease the poor, And his hands shall restore his wealth.

11His bones are full of his youth, But it shall lie down with him in the dust.

12Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, Though he hide it under his tongue;

13Though he spare it, and will not let it go, But keep it still within his mouth;

14Yet his food in his bowels is turned, It is the gall of asps within him.

15He hath 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 look upon the rivers, The flowing streams of honey and curd.

18That which he laboured for shall he give back, and shall not swallow it down; According to the substance that he hath gotten, he shall not rejoice.

19For he hath oppressed and forsaken the poor; He hath violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up.

20Because he knew no quietness within him, In his greed he suffered nought to escape,

21There was nothing left that he devoured not— Therefore his prosperity shall not endure.

22In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits; The hand of every one that is in misery shall come upon him.

23It shall be for the filling of his belly; He shall cast the fierceness of His wrath upon him, And shall cause it to rain upon him into his flesh.

24If he flee from the iron weapon, The bow of brass shall strike him through.

25He draweth it forth, and it cometh out of his body; Yea, the glittering point cometh out of his gall; Terrors are upon him.

26All darkness is laid up for his treasures; A fire not blown by man shall consume him; It shall go ill with him that is left in his tent.

27The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, And the earth shall rise up against him.

28The increase of his house shall depart, 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 unto him by God.


Chapter 21

1Then Job answered and said:

2Hear diligently my speech; And let this be your consolations.

3Suffer me, that I may speak; And after that I have spoken, mock on.

4As for me, is my complaint to man? Or why should I not be impatient?

5Turn unto me, and be astonished, And lay your hand upon your mouth.

6Even when I remember I am affrighted, And horror hath taketh hold on my flesh.

7Wherefore do the wicked live, Become old, yea, wax mighty in power?

8Their seed is established in their sight with them, And their offspring before their eyes.

9Their houses are safe, without fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them.

10Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; Their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.

11They send forth their little ones like a flock, And their children dance.

12They sing to the timbrel and harp, And rejoice at the sound of the pipe.

13They spend their days in prosperity, And peacefully they go down to the grave.

14Yet they said unto God: ‘Depart from us; For we desire not the knowledge of Thy ways.

15What is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit should we have, if we pray unto Him?’—

16Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand; The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

17How oft is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? That their calamity cometh upon them? That He distributeth pains in His anger?

18That they are as stubble before the wind, And as chaff that the storm stealeth away?

19’God layeth up his iniquity for his children! ’— Let Him recompense it unto himself, that he may know it.

20Let his own eyes see his destruction, And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

21For what pleasure hath he in his house after him? Seeing the number of his months is determined.

22Shall any teach God knowledge? Seeing it is He that judgeth those that are high.

23One dieth in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and quiet;

24His pails are full of milk, And the marrow of his bones is moistened.

25And another dieth in bitterness of soul, And hath never tasted of good.

26They lie down alike in the dust, And the worm covereth them.

27Behold, I know your thoughts, And the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.

28For ye say: ‘Where is the house of the prince? And where is the tent wherein the wicked dwelt?’

29Have ye not asked them that go by the way; And will ye misdeem their tokens,

30That the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity, That they are led forth to the day of wrath?

31But who shall declare his way to his face? And who shall repay him what he hath done?

32For he is borne to the grave, And watch is kept over his tomb.

33The clods of the valley are sweet unto him, And all men draw after him, As there were innumerable before him.

34How then comfort ye me in vain? And as for your answers, there remaineth only faithlessness?


Chapter 22

1Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said:

2Can a man be profitable unto God? Or can he that is wise be profitable unto Him?

3Is it any advantage to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? Or is it gain to Him, that thou makest thy ways blameless?

4Is it for thy fear of Him that He reproveth thee, That He entereth with thee into judgment?

5Is not thy wickedness great? And are not thine iniquities without end?

6For thou hast taken pledges of thy brother for nought, And stripped the naked of their clothing.

7Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, And thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.

8And as a mighty man, who hath the earth, And as a man of rank, who dwelleth in it,

9Thou hast sent widows away empty, And the arms of the fatherless have been broken.

10Therefore snares are round about thee, And sudden dread affrighted thee,

11Or darkness, that thou canst not see, And abundance of waters cover thee.

12Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the topmost of the stars, how high they are!

13And thou sayest: ‘What doth God know? Can He judge through the dark cloud?

14Thick clouds are a covering to Him, that He seeth not; And He walketh in the circuit of heaven.’

15Wilt thou keep the old way Which wicked men have trodden?

16Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundation was poured out as a stream;

17Who said unto God: ‘Depart from us’; And what could the Almighty do unto them?

18Yet He filled their houses with good things— But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

19The righteous saw it, and were glad, And the innocent laugh them to scorn:

20’Surely their substance is cut off, And their abundance the fire hath consumed.’

21Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby shall thine increase be good.

22Receive, I pray thee, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in thy heart.

23If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up— If thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents,

24And lay thy treasure in the dust, And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks;

25And the Almighty be thy treasure, And precious silver unto thee;

26Then surely shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, And shalt lift up thy face unto God.

27Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He will hear thee, And thou shalt pay thy vows;

28Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee, And light shall shine upon thy ways.

29When they cast thee down, thou shalt say: ‘There is lifting up’; For the humble person He saveth.

30He delivereth him that is innocent, Yea, thou shalt be delivered through the cleanness of thy hands.


Chapter 23

1Then Job answered and said:

2Even to-day is my complaint bitter; My hand is become heavy because of my groaning.

3Oh that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come even 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 unto me.

6Would He contend with me in His great power? Nay; but He would give heed unto me.

7There the upright might reason with Him; So should I be delivered for ever from my Judge.

8Behold, I go forward, but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;

9On the left hand, when He doth work, but I cannot behold Him, He turneth Himself to the right hand, but I cannot see Him.

10For He knoweth the way that I take; When He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

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

12I have not gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured up the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

13But He is at one with Himself, and who can turn Him? And what His soul desireth, even that He doeth.

14For He will perform that which is appointed for me; And many such things are with Him.

15Therefore am I affrighted at His presence; When I consider, I am afraid of Him.

16Yea, God hath made my heart faint, And the Almighty hath affrighted me;

17Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did He cover the thick darkness from my face.


Chapter 24

1Why are times not laid up by the Almighty? And why do not they that know Him see His days?

2There are that remove the landmarks; They violently take away flocks, and feed 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, as wild asses in the wilderness They go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food; The desert yieldeth them bread for their children.

6They cut his provender in the field; And they despoil the vineyard of the wicked.

7They lie all night naked without clothing, And have no covering in the cold.

8They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And embrace the rock for want of a shelter.

9There are that pluck the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge of the poor;

10So that they go about naked without clothing, And being hungry they carry the sheaves;

11They make oil within the rows of these men; They tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.

12From out of the populous city men groan, And the soul of the wounded crieth out; Yet God imputeth it not for unseemliness.

13These are of them that rebel against the light; They know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.

14The murderer riseth with the light, to kill the poor and needy; And in the night he is as a thief.

15The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, Saying: ‘No eye shall see me’; And he putteth a covering on his face.

16In the dark they dig through houses; They shut themselves up in the day-time; They know not the light.

17For the shadow of death is to all of them as the morning; For they know the terrors of the shadow of death.

18He is swift upon the face of the waters; Their portion is cursed in the earth; He turneth not by the way of the vineyards.

19Drought and heat consume the snow waters; So doth the nether-world those that have sinned.

20The womb forgetteth him; the worm feedeth sweetly on him; He shall be no more remembered; And unrighteousness is broken as a tree.

21He devoureth the barren that beareth not; And doeth not good to the widow.

22He draweth away the mighty also by his power; He riseth up, and he trusteth not his own life.

23Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth, Yet His eyes are upon their ways.

24They are exalted for a little while, and they are gone; Yea, they are brought low, they are gathered in as all others, And wither as the tops of the ears of corn.

25And if it be not so now, who will prove me a liar, And make my speech nothing worth?


Chapter 25

1Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said:

2Dominion and fear are with Him; He maketh peace in His high places.

3Is there any number of His armies? And upon whom doth not His light arise?

4How then can man be just with God? Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

5Behold, even the moon hath no brightness, And the stars are not pure in His sight;

6How much less man, that is a worm! And the son of man, that is a maggot!


Chapter 26

1Then Job answered and said:

2How hast thou helped him that is without power! How hast thou saved the arm that hath no strength!

3How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom, And plentifully declared sound knowledge!

4With whose help hast thou uttered words? And whose spirit came forth from thee?

5The shades tremble Beneath the waters and the inhabitants thereof.

6The nether-world is naked before Him, And Destruction hath no covering.

7He stretcheth out the north over the empty space, And hangeth the earth over nothing.

8He bindeth up the waters in His thick clouds; And the cloud is not rent under them.

9He closeth in the face of His throne, And spreadeth His cloud upon it.

10He hath described a boundary upon the face of the waters, Unto the confines of light and darkness.

11The pillars of heaven tremble And are astonished at His rebuke.

12He stirreth up the sea with His power, And by His understanding He smiteth through Rahab.

13By His breath the heavens are serene; His hand hath pierced the slant serpent.

14Lo, these are but the outskirts of His ways; And how small a whisper is heard of Him! But the thunder of His mighty deeds who can understand?


Chapter 27

1And Job again took up his parable, and said:

2As God liveth, who hath taken away my right; And the Almighty, who hath dealt bitterly with me;

3All the while my breath is in me And the spirit of God is in my nostrils,

4Surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness, Neither shall my tongue utter deceit;

5Far be it from me that I should justify you; Till I die I will not put away mine integrity from me.

6My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go; My heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

7Let mine enemy be as the wicked, And let him that riseth up against me be as the unrighteous.

8For what is the hope of the godless, though he get him gain, When God taketh away his soul?

9Will God hear his cry, When trouble cometh upon him?

10Will he have his delight in the Almighty, And call upon God at all times?

11I will teach you concerning the hand of God; That which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.

12Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; Why then are ye become altogether vain?

13This is the portion of a wicked man with God, And the heritage of oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty.

14If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword; And his offspring shall not have bread enough.

15Those that remain of him shall be buried by pestilence, And his widows shall make no lamentation.

16Though he heap up silver as the dust, And prepare raiment as the clay;

17He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, And the innocent shall divide the silver.

18He buildeth his house as a moth, And as a booth which the keeper maketh.

19He lieth down rich, but there shall be nought to gather; He openeth his eyes, and his wealth is not.

20Terrors overtake him like waters; A tempest stealeth him away in the night.

21The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth; And it sweepeth him out of his place.

22Yea, it hurleth at him, and spareth not; He would fain flee from its power.

23Men shall clap their hands at him, And shall hiss him out of his place.


Chapter 28

1For there is a mine for silver, And a place for gold which they refine.

2Iron is taken out of the dust, And brass is molten out of the stone.

3Man setteth an end to darkness, And searcheth out to the furthest bound The stones of thick darkness and of the shadow of death.

4He breaketh open a shaft away from where men sojourn; They are forgotten of the foot that passeth by; They hang afar from men, they swing to and fro.

5As for the earth, out of it cometh bread, And underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

6The stones thereof are the place of sapphires, And it hath dust of gold.

7That path no bird of prey knoweth, Neither hath the falcon’s eye seen it;

8The proud beasts have not trodden it, Nor hath the lion passed thereby.

9He putteth forth his hand upon the flinty rock; He overturneth the mountains by the roots.

10He cutteth out channels among the rocks; And his eye seeth every precious thing.

11He bindeth the streams that they trickle not; And the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.

12But wisdom, where shall it be found? And where is the place of understanding?

13Man knoweth not the price thereof; Neither is it found in the land of the living.

14The deep saith: ‘It is not in me’; And the sea saith: ‘It is not with me.’

15It cannot be gotten for gold, Neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.

16It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, With the precious onyx, or the sapphire.

17Gold and glass cannot equal it; Neither shall the exchange thereof be vessels of fine gold.

18No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; Yea, the price of wisdom is above rubies.

19The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

20Whence then cometh wisdom? And where is the place of understanding?

21Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, And kept close from the fowls of the air.

22Destruction and Death say: ‘We have heard a rumor thereof with our ears.’

23God understandeth the way thereof, And He knoweth the place thereof.

24For He looketh to the ends of the earth, And seeth under the whole heaven;

25When He maketh a weight for the wind, And meteth out the waters by measure.

26When He made a decree for the rain, And a way for the storm of thunders;

27Then did He see it, and declare it; He established it, yea, and searched it out.

28And unto man He said: ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.’


Chapter 29

1And Job again took up his parable, and said:

2Oh that I were as in the months of old, As in the days when God watched over me;

3When His lamp shined above my head, And by His light I walked through darkness;

4As I was in the days of my youth, When the converse of God was upon my tent;

5When the Almighty was yet with me, And my children were about me;

6When my steps were washed with butter, And the rock poured me out rivers of oil!

7When I went forth to the gate unto the city, When I prepared my seat in the broad place,

8The young men saw me and hid themselves, And the aged rose up and stood;

9The princes refrained talking, And laid their hand on their mouth;

10The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

11For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me, And when the eye saw me, it gave witness unto me;

12Because I delivered the poor that cried, The fatherless also, that had none to help him.

13The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me; and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.

14I put on righteousness, and it clothed itself with me; My justice was as a robe and a diadem.

15I was eyes to the blind, And feet was I to the lame.

16I was a father to the needy; And the cause of him that I knew not I searched out.

17And I broke the jaws of the unrighteous, And plucked the prey out of his teeth.

18Then I said: ‘I shall die with my nest, And I shall multiply my days as the phoenix;

19My root shall be spread out to the waters, And the dew shall lie all night upon my branch;

20My glory shall be fresh in me, And my bow shall be renewed in my hand.’

21Unto me men gave ear, and waited, And kept silence for my counsel.

22After my words they spoke not again; And my speech dropped upon them.

23And they waited for me as for the rain; And they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

24If I laughed on them, they believed it not; And the light of my countenance they cast not down.

25I chose out their way, and sat as chief, And dwelt as a king in the army, As one that comforteth the mourners.


Chapter 30

1But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, Whose fathers I disdained to set with the dogs of my flock.

2Yea, the strength of their hands, whereto should it profit me? Men in whom ripe age is perished.

3They are gaunt with want and famine; They gnaw the dry ground, in the gloom of wasteness and desolation.

4They pluck salt-wort with wormwood; And the roots of the broom are their food.

5They are driven forth from the midst of men; They cry after them as after a thief.

6In the clefts of the valleys must they dwell, In holes of the earth and of the rocks.

7Among the bushes they bray; Under the nettles they are gathered together.

8They are children of churls, yea, children of ignoble men; They were scourged out of the land.

9And now I am become their song, Yea, I am a byword unto them.

10They abhor me, they flee far from me, And spare not to spit in my face.

11For He hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, And they have cast off the bridle before me.

12Upon my right hand rise the brood; They entangle my feet, And they cast up against me their ways of destruction.

13They break up my path, They further my calamity, Even men that have no helper.

14As through a wide breach they come; In the midst of the ruin they roll themselves upon me.

15Terrors are turned upon me, They chase mine honour as the wind; And my welfare is passed away as a cloud.

16And now my soul is poured out within me; Days of affliction have taken hold upon me.

17In the night my bones are pierced, and fall from me, And my sinews take no rest.

18By the great force [of my disease] is my garment disfigured; It bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

19He hath cast me into the mire, And I am become like dust and ashes.

20I cry unto Thee, and Thou dost not answer me; I stand up, and Thou lookest at me.

21Thou art turned to be cruel to me; With the might of Thy hand Thou hatest me.

22Thou liftest me up to the wind, Thou causest me to ride upon it; And Thou dissolvest my substance.

23For I know that Thou wilt bring me to death, And to the house appointed for all living.

24Surely none shall put forth his hand to a ruinous heap, Neither because of these things shall help come in one’s calamity,

25If I have not wept for him that was in trouble, And if my soul grieved not for the needy.

26Yet, when I looked for good, there came evil; And when I waited for light, there came darkness.

27Mine inwards boil, and rest not; Days of affliction are come upon me.

28I go mourning without the sun; I stand up in the assembly, and cry for help.

29I am become a brother to jackals, And a companion to ostriches.

30My skin is black, and falleth from me, And my bones are burned with heat.

31Therefore is my harp turned to mourning, And my pipe into the voice of them that weep.


Chapter 31

1I made a covenant with mine eyes; How then should I look upon a maid?

2For what would be the portion of God from above, And the heritage of the Almighty from on high?

3Is it not calamity to the unrighteous, And disaster to the workers of iniquity?

4Doth not He see my ways, And count all my steps?

5If I have walked with vanity, And my foot hath hasted to deceit—

6Let me be weighed in a just balance, That God may know mine integrity—

7If my step hath turned out of the way, And my heart walked after mine eyes, And if any spot hath cleaved to my hands;

8Then let me sow, and let another eat; Yea, let the produce of my field be rooted out.

9If my heart have been enticed unto a woman, And I have lain in wait at my neighbour’s door;

10Then let my wife grind unto another, And let others bow down upon her.

11For that were a heinous crime; Yea, it were an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

12For it is a fire that consumeth unto destruction, And would root out all mine increase.

13If I did despise the cause of my man-servant, Or of my maid-servant, when they contended with me—

14What then shall I do when God riseth up? And when He remembereth, what shall I answer Him?

15Did not He that made me in the womb make him? And did not One fashion us in the womb?

16If I have withheld aught that the poor desired, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;

17Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, And the fatherless hath not eaten thereof—

18Nay, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And I have been her guide from my mother’s womb.

19If I have seen any wanderer in want of clothing, Or that the needy had no 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, Because I saw my help in the gate;

22Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, And mine arm be broken from the bone.

23For calamity from God was a terror to me, And by reason of His majesty I could do nothing.

24If I have made gold my hope, And have said to the fine gold: ‘Thou art 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 hath been secretly enticed, And my mouth hath kissed my hand;

28This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judges; For I should have lied to God that is above.

29If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, Or exulted when evil found him—

30Yea, I suffered not my mouth to sin By asking his life with a curse.

31If the men of my tent said not: ‘Who can find one that hath not been satisfied with his meat?’32The stranger did not lodge in the street; My doors I opened to the roadside.

33If after the manner of men I covered my transgressions, By hiding mine iniquity in my bosom—

34Because I feared the great multitude, And the most contemptible among families terrified me, So that I kept silence, and went not out of the door.

35Oh that I had one to hear me!— Lo, here is my signature, let the Almighty answer me— And that I had the indictment which mine adversary hath written!

36Surely I would carry it upon my shoulder; I would bind it unto me as a crown.

37I would declare unto him the number of my steps; As a prince would I go near unto him.

38If my land cry out against me, And the furrows thereof weep together;

39If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, Or have caused the tillers thereof to be disappointed—

40Let thistles grow instead of wheat, And noisome weeds instead of barley.


Chapter 32

1The words of Job are ended. So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

2Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram; against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.

3Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

4Now Elihu had waited to speak unto Job, because they were older than he.

5And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was kindled.

6And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said: I am young, and ye are very old; Wherefore I held back, and durst not declare you mine opinion.

7I said: ‘Days should speak, And multitude of years should teach wisdom.’

8But it is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty, that giveth them understanding.

9It is not the great that are wise, Nor the aged that discern judgment.

10Therefore I say: ‘Hearken to me; I also will declare mine opinion.’

11Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your reasons, Whilst ye searched out what to say.

12Yea, I attended unto you, And, behold, there was none that convinced Job, Or that answered his words, among you.

13Beware lest ye say: ‘We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not man! ’

14For he hath not directed his words against me; Neither will I answer him with your speeches.

15They are amazed, they answer no more; Words are departed from them.

16And shall I wait, because they speak not, Because they stand still, and answer no more?

17I also will answer my part, I also will declare mine opinion.

18For I am full of words; The spirit within me constraineth me.

19Behold, mine inwards are as wine which hath no vent; Like new wine-skins which are ready to burst.

20I will speak, that I may find relief; I will open my lips and answer.

21Let me not, I pray you, respect any man’s person; Neither will I give flattering titles unto any man.

22For I know not to give flattering titles; Else would my Maker soon take me away


Chapter 33

1Howbeit, Job, I pray thee, hear my speech, And hearken to all my words.

2Behold now, I have opened my mouth, My tongue hath spoken in my mouth.

3My words shall utter the uprightness of my heart; And that which my lips know they shall speak sincerely.

4The spirit of God hath made me, And the breath of the Almighty given me life.

5If thou canst, answer thou me, Set thy words in order before me, stand forth.

6Behold, I am toward God even as thou art; I also am formed out of the clay.

7Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, Neither shall my pressure be heavy upon thee.

8Surely thou hast spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the voice of thy words;

9’I am clean, without transgression, I am innocent, neither is there iniquity in me;

10Behold, He findeth occasions against me, He counteth me for His enemy;

11He putteth my feet in the stocks, He marketh all my paths.’

12Behold, I answer thee: In this thou art not right, That God is too great for man;

13Why hast thou striven against Him? Seeing that He will not answer any of his words.

14For God speaketh in one way, Yea in two, though man perceiveth it not.

15In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falleth upon men, In slumberings upon the bed;

16Then He openeth the ears of men, And by their chastisement sealeth the decree,

17That men may put away their purpose, And that He may hide pride from man;

18That He may keep back his soul from the pit, And his life from perishing by the sword.

19He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, And all his bones grow stiff;

20So that his life maketh him to abhor bread, And his soul dainty food.

21His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; And his bones corrode to unsightliness.

22Yea, his soul draweth near unto the pit, And his life to the destroyers.

23If there be for him an angel, An intercessor, one among a thousand, To vouch for a man’s uprightness;

24Then He is gracious unto him, and saith: ‘Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.’

25His flesh is tenderer than a child’s; He returneth to the days of his youth;

26He prayeth unto God, and He is favourable unto him; So that he seeth His face with joy; And He restoreth unto man his righteousness.

27He cometh before men, and saith: ‘I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, And it profited me not.’

28So He redeemeth his soul from going into the pit, And his life beholdeth the light.

29Lo, all these things doth God work, Twice, yea thrice, with a man,

30To bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of the living.

31Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me; Hold thy peace, and I will speak.

32If thou hast any thing to say, answer me; Speak, for I desire to justify thee.

33If not, hearken thou unto me; Hold thy peace, and I will teach thee wisdom.


Chapter 34

1Moreover Elihu answered and said:

2Hear my words, ye wise men; And give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.

3For the ear trieth words, As the palate tasteth food.

4Let us choose for us that which is right; Let us know among ourselves what is good.

5For Job hath said: ‘I am righteous, And God hath taken away my right;

6Notwithstanding my right I am accounted a liar; My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’

7What man is like Job, Who drinketh up scorning like water?

8Who goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, And walketh with wicked men.

9For he hath said: ‘It profiteth a man nothing That he should be in accord with God.’

10Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: Far be it from God, that He should do wickedness; And from the Almighty, that He should commit iniquity.

11For the work of a man will He requite unto him, And cause every man to find according to his ways.

12Yea, of a surety, God will not do wickedly, Neither will the Almighty pervert justice.

13Who gave Him a charge over the earth? Or who hath disposed the whole world?

14If He set His heart upon man, If He gather unto Himself his spirit and his breath;

15All flesh shall perish together, And man shall return unto dust.

16If now thou hast understanding, hear this; Hearken to the voice of my words.

17Shall even one that hateth right govern? And wilt thou condemn Him that is just and mighty—

18Is it fit to say to a king: ‘Thou art base’? Or to nobles: ‘Ye are wicked’?—

19That respecteth not the persons of princes, Nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? For they all are the work of His hands.

20In a moment they die, even at midnight; The people are shaken and pass away, And the mighty are taken away without hand.

21For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He seeth all his goings.

22There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

23For He doth not appoint a time unto any man, When he should go before God in judgment.

24He breaketh in pieces mighty men without inquisition, And setteth others in their stead.

25Therefore He taketh knowledge of their works; And He overturneth them in the night, so that they are crushed.

26He striketh them as wicked men In the open sight of others;

27Because they turned aside from following Him, And would not have regard to any of His ways;

28So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto Him, And He heareth the cry of the afflicted.

29When He giveth quietness, who then can condemn? And when He hideth His face, who then can behold Him? Whether it be done unto a nation, or unto a man, alike;

30That the godless man reign not, That there be none to ensnare the people.

31For hath any said unto God: ‘I have borne chastisement, though I offend not;

32That which I see not teach Thou me; If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more’?

33Shall His recompense be as thou wilt? For thou loathest it, So that thou must choose, and not I; Therefore speak what thou knowest.

34Men of understanding will say unto me, Yea, every wise man that heareth me:

35’Job speaketh without knowledge, And his words are without discernment.’

36Would that Job were tried unto the end, Because of his answering like wicked men.

37For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, He clappeth his hands among us, And multiplieth his words against God.


Chapter 35

1Moreover Elihu answered and said:

2Thinkest thou this to be thy right, Or sayest thou: ‘I am righteousness before God’,

3That thou inquirest: ‘What advantage will it be unto Thee?’ And: ‘What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?’

4I will give thee answer, And thy companions with thee.

5Look unto the heavens, and see; And behold the skies, which are higher than thou.

6If thou hast sinned, what doest thou against Him? And if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto Him?

7If thou be righteous, what givest thou Him? Or what receiveth He of thy hand?

8Thy wickedness concerneth a man as thou art; And thy righteousness a son of man.

9By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.

10But none saith: ‘Where is God my Maker, Who giveth songs in the night;

11Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, And maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?’

12There they cry, but none giveth answer, Because of the pride of evil men.

13Surely God will not hear vanity, Neither will the Almighty regard it.

14Yea, when thou sayest thou canst not see Him— The cause is before Him; therefore wait thou for Him.

15And now, is it for nought that He punished in His anger? And hath He not full knowledge of arrogance?

16But Job doth open his mouth in vanity; He multiplieth words without knowledge.


Chapter 36

1Elihu also proceeded, and said:

2Suffer me a little, and I will tell thee; For there are yet words on God’s behalf.

3I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

4For truly my words are not false; One that is upright in mind is with thee.

5Behold, God is mighty, yet He despiseth not any; He is mighty in strength of understanding.

6He preserveth not the life of the wicked; But giveth to the poor their right.

7He withdraweth not His eyes from the righteous; But with kings upon the throne He setteth them for ever, and they are exalted.

8And if they be bound in fetters, And be holden in cords of affliction;

9Then He declareth unto them their work, And their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.

10He openeth also their ear to discipline, And commandeth that they return from iniquity.

11If they hearken and serve Him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.

12But if they hearken not, they shall perish by the sword, And they shall die without knowledge.

13But they that are godless in heart lay up anger; They cry not for help when He bindeth them.

14Their soul perisheth in youth, And their life as that of the depraved.

15He delivereth the afflicted by His affliction, And openeth their ear by tribulation.

16Yea, He hath allured thee out of distress Into a broad place, where there is no straitness; And that which is set on thy table is full of fatness;

17And thou art full of the judgment of the wicked; Judgment and justice take hold on them.

18For beware of wrath, lest thou be led away by thy sufficiency; Neither let the greatness of the ransom turn thee aside.

19Will thy riches avail, that are without stint, Or all the forces of thy strength?

20Desire not the night, When peoples are cut off in their place.

21Take heed, regard not iniquity; For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

22Behold, God doeth loftily in His power; Who is a teacher like Him?

23Who hath enjoined Him His way? Or who hath said: ‘Thou hast wrought unrighteousness’?

24Remember that thou magnify His work, Whereof men have sung.

25All men have looked thereon; Man beholdeth it afar off.

26Behold, God is great, beyond our knowledge; The number of His years is unsearchable.

27For He draweth away the drops of water, Which distil rain from His vapour;

28Which the skies pour down And drop upon the multitudes of men.

29Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, The crashings of His pavilion?

30Behold, He spreadeth His light upon it; And He covereth the depths of the sea.

31For by these He judgeth the peoples; He giveth food in abundance.

32He covereth His hands with the lightning, And giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.

33The noise thereof telleth concerning it, The cattle also concerning the storm that cometh up.


Chapter 37

1At this also my heart trembleth, And is moved out of its place.

2Hear attentively the noise of His voice, And the sound that goeth out of His mouth.

3He sendeth it forth under the whole heaven, And His lightning unto the ends of the earth.

4After it a voice roareth; He thundereth with the voice of His majesty; And He stayeth them not when His voice is heard.

5God thundereth marvellously with His voice; Great things doeth He, which we cannot comprehend.

6For He saith to the snow: ‘Fall thou on the earth’; Likewise to the shower of rain, and to the showers of His mighty rain.

7He sealeth up the hand of every man, That all men whom He hath made may know it.

8Then the beasts go into coverts, And remain in their dens.

9Out of the Chamber cometh the storm; And cold out of the north.

10By the breath of God ice is given, And the breadth of the waters is straitened.

11Yea, He ladeth the thick cloud with moister, He spreadeth abroad the cloud of His lightning;

12And they are turned round about by His guidance, That they may do whatsoever He commandeth them Upon the face of the habitable world:

13Whether it be for correction, or for His earth, Or for mercy, that He cause it to come.

14Hearken unto this, O Job; Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

15Dost thou know how God enjoineth them, And causeth the lightning of His cloud to shine?

16Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, The wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?

17Thou whose garments are warm, When the earth is still by reason of the south wind;

18Canst thou with Him spread out the sky, Which is strong as a molten mirror?

19Teach us what we shall say unto Him; For we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

20Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

21And now men see not the light which is bright in the skies; But the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.

22Out of the north cometh golden splendour, About God is terrible majesty.

23The Almighty, whom we cannot find out, is excellent in power, Yet to judgment and plenteous justice He doeth no violence.

24Men do therefore fear Him; He regardeth not any that are wise of heart.


Chapter 38

1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

2Who is this that darkeneth counsel By words without knowledge?

3Gird up now thy loins like a man; For I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto Me.

4Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast the understanding.

5Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who stretched the line upon it?

6Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner-stone thereof,

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, and issued out of the womb;

9When I made the cloud the garment thereof, And thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,

10And prescribed for it My decree, And set bars and doors,

11And said: ‘Thus far shalt thou come, but no further; And here shall thy proud waves be stayed’?

12Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days began, And caused the dayspring to know its place;

13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?

14It is changed as clay under the seal; And they stand as a garment.

15But from the wicked their light is withholden, And the high arm is broken.

16Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? Or hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep?

17Have the gates of death been revealed unto thee? Or hast thou seen the gates of the shadow of death?

18Hast thou surveyed unto the breadths of the earth? Declare, if thou knowest it all.

19Where is the way to the dwelling of light, And as for darkness, where is the place thereof;

20That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, And that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?

21Thou knowest it, for thou wast then born, And the number of thy days is great!

22Hast thou entered the treasuries of the snow, Or hast thou seen the treasuries 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, Or the east wind scattered upon the earth?

25Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, Or a way for the lightning of the thunder;

26To cause it to rain on a land where no man is, On the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

27To satisfy the desolate and waste ground, And to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

28Hath the rain a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew?

29Out of whose womb came the ice? And the hoar-frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?

30The waters are congealed like stone, And the face of the deep is frozen.

31Canst thou bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the bands of Orion?

32Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? Or canst thou guide the Bear with her sons?

33Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? Canst thou establish the dominion thereof in the earth?

34Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, That abundance of waters may cover thee?

35Canst thou send forth lightnings, that they may go, And say unto thee: ‘Here we are’?

36Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who hath given understanding to the mind?

37Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

38When the dust runneth into a mass, And the clods cleave fast together?

39Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lioness? Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

40When they couch in their dens, And abide in the covert to lie in wait?

41Who provideth for the raven his prey, When his young ones cry unto God, and wander for lack of food?


Chapter 39

1Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? Or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?

2Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? Or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?

3They bow themselves, they bring forth their young, They cast out their fruit.

4Their young ones wax strong, they grow up in the open field; They go forth, and return not again.

5Who hath sent out the wild ass free? Or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

6Whose house I have made the wilderness, And the salt land his dwelling-place.

7He scorneth the tumult of the city, Neither heareth he the shoutings of the driver.

8The range of the mountains is his pasture, And he searcheth after every green thing.

9Will the wild-ox be willing to serve thee? Or will he abide by thy crib?

10Canst thou bind the wild-ox with his band in the furrow? Or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

11Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? Or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?

12Wilt thou rely on him, that he will bring home thy seed, And gather the corn of thy threshing-floor?

13The wing of the ostrich beateth joyously; But are her pinions and feathers the kindly stork’s?

14For she leaveth her eggs on the earth, And warmeth them in dust,

15And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, Or that the wild beast may trample them.

16She is hardened against her young ones, as if they were not hers; Though her labour be in vain, she is without fear;

17Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, Neither hath He imparted to her understanding.

18When the time cometh, she raiseth her wings on high, And scorneth the horse and his rider.

19Hast thou given the horse his strength? Hast thou clothed his neck with fierceness?

20Hast thou made him to leap as a locust? The glory of his snorting is terrible.

21He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength; He goeth out to meet the clash of arms.

22He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; Neither turneth he back from the sword.

23The quiver rattleth upon him, The glittering spear and the javelin.

24He swalloweth the ground with storm and rage; Neither believeth he that it is the voice of the horn.

25As oft as he heareth the horn he saith: ‘Ha, ha! ’ And he smelleth the battle afar off, The thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

26Doth the hawk soar by thy wisdom, And stretch her wings toward the south?

27Doth the vulture mount up at thy command, And make her nest on high?

28She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, Upon the crag of the rock, and the stronghold.

29From thence she spieth out the prey; Her eyes behold it afar off.

30Her young ones also suck up blood; And where the slain are, there is she.


Chapter 40

1Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said:

2Shall he that reproveth contend with the Almighty? He that argueth with God, let him answer it.

3Then Job answered the LORD, and said:

4Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer Thee? I lay my hand upon my mouth.

5Once have I spoken, but I will not answer again; Yea, twice, but I will proceed no further.

6Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

7Gird up thy loins now like a man; I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto Me.

8Wilt thou even make void My judgment? Wilt thou condemn Me, that thou mayest be justified?

9Or hast thou an arm like God? And canst thou thunder with a voice like Him?

10Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency, And array thyself with glory and beauty.

11Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath; And look upon every one that is proud, and abase him.

12Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; And tread down the wicked in their place.

13Hide them in the dust together; Bind their faces in the hidden place.

14Then will I also confess unto thee That thine own right hand can save thee.

15Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; He eateth grass as an ox.

16Lo now, his strength is in his loins, And his force is in the stays of his body.

17He straineth his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are knit together.

18His bones are as pipes of brass; His gristles are like bars of iron.

19He is the beginning of the ways of God; He only that made him can make His sword to approach unto him.

20Surely the mountains bring him forth food, And all the beasts of the field play there.

21He lieth under the lotus-trees, In the covert of the reed, and fens.

22The lotus-trees cover him with their shadow; The willows of the brook compass him about.

23Behold, if a river overflow, he trembleth not; He is confident, though the Jordan rush forth to his mouth.

24Shall any take him by his eyes, Or pierce through his nose with a snare?

25Canst thou draw out leviathan with a fish-hook? Or press down his tongue with a cord?

26Canst thou put a ring into his nose? Or bore his jaw through with a hook?

27Will he make many supplications unto thee? Or will he speak soft words unto thee?

28Will he make a covenant with thee, That thou shouldest take him for a servant for ever?

29Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? Or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?30Will the bands of fishermen make a banquet of him? Will they part him among the merchants?

31Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? Or his head with fish-spears?

32Lay thy hand upon him; Think upon the battle, thou wilt do so no more.