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. 16 Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:

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

18 The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.

19 The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

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

21 For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.

22 Did I say, Bring unto me! or, Give a reward for me of your substance?

23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand ? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?

24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

25 How forcible are right words ! but what doth your arguing reprove?

26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.

28 Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.

29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.

30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

CHAP. VII. Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?

2 As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:

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

4 When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.

6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

7 O remember that my life is wind : mine eye shall no more see good.

8 The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more : thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.

9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisbeth away : so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.

10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.

11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth ; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

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

14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions :

15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.

16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.

17 What is man, that thou should- || and know nothing, because our days est magnify him? and that thou upon earth are a shadow:) shouldest set thine heart upon him? 10 Shall not they reach thee, and

18 And that thou shouldest visit tell thee, and utter words out of their bim every morning, and try him heart? every moment?

11 Can the rush grow up without 19 How long wilt thou not depart mirei can the flag grow without from me, nor let me alone till I water? swallow down my spittle?

12 Whilst it is yet in his green20 I have sinned; what shall I do ness, and not cut down, it withereth unto thee, O thou preserver of men? before any other herb. why hast thou set me as a mark a 13 So are the paths of all that gainst thee, so that I am a burden forget God; and the hypocrite's to myself?

hope shall perish: 21 And why dost thou not pardon 14 Whose hope shall be cut off, my transgression, and take away and whose trust shall be a spider's mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep web. in the dust; and thou shalt seek me 15 He shall lean upon his house, in the morning, but I shall not be. but it shall not stand: he shall hold

it fast, but it shall not endure. CHAP. VIII.

16 He is green before the sun,

and his branch shooteth forth in his THEN answered Bildad the Shu

garden. hite, and said,

17 His roots are wrapped about 2 How long wilt thou speak these the heap, and seeth the place of things? and how long shall the words stones. of thy mouth be like a strong wind? 18 If he destroy him from his

3 Doth God pervert judgment? place, then it shall deny him, saying, or doth the Almighty pervert jus I have not seen thee. tice?

19 Behold, this is the joy of his 4 If thy children have sinned a way, and out of the earth shall others gainst him, and he have cast them

grow. away for their transgression;

20 Behold, God will not cast 5 If thou wouldest seek unto God away a perfect man, neither will betimes, and make thy supplication he help the evil, doers: to the Almighty;

21 Till he fill thy mouth with 6 If thou wert pure and upright; laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing. surely now he would awake for thee, 22 They that hate thee shall be and make the babitation of thy clothed with shame; and the dwellrighteousness prosperous.

ing place of the wicked shall come 7 Though thy beginning was to nought. small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

CHAP. IX. 8 For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to THEN Job answered and said, the search of their fathers : 1 2 I know it is so of a truth: but

9 (For we are but of yesterday, how should man be just with God?

3 If he will contend with him, he 11 . 18 He will not suffer me to take cannot answer bim one of a thou my breath, but filleth me with bittersand.

ness. 4 He is wise in heart, and nighty 19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is in strength: who bath hardened him strong: and if of judgment, who self against him, and hath prospered ? shall set me a time to plead ?

5 Which removeth the mountains, 20 If I justify myself, mine own and they know not: which overturn mouth shall condemn me: if I say, eth them in his anger.

I am perfect, it shall also prove me · 6 Which shaketh the earth out of perverse. her place, and the pillars thereof 21 Though I were perfect, yet tremble.

would I not know my soul: I 7 Which commandeth the sun, would despise my life.. and it riseth not; and sealeth up 22 This is one thing, therefore the stars.

I said it, He destroyeth the perfect 8 Which alone spreadeth out the and the wicked. heavens, and treadeth upon the 23 If the scourge slay suddenly, waves of the sea.

he will laugh at the trial of the in9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, nocent. and Pleiades, and the chambers of 24 The earth is given into the the south.

hand of the wicked: he covereth 10 Which doeth great things past the faces of the judges thereof; if finding out; yea, and wonders with not, where, and who is he? out number.

25 Now my days are swifter than 11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see a post: they flee away, they see no him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

26 They are passed away as the 12 Behold, he taketh away, who swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth can hinder him ? who will say unto to the prey. him, What doest thou?

27 If I say, I will forget my com13 If God will not withdraw his plaint, I will leave off my heaviness, anger, the proud helpers do stoop and comfort myself: under him.

28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, 14 How much less shall I answer I know that thou wilt not hold me him, and choose out my words to innocent. reason with him?

29 If I be wicked, why then la15 Whom, though I were righte bour I in vain? ous, yet would I not answer, but I 30 If I wash myself with snow would make supplication to my water, and make my hands never so judge.

clean; 16 If I had called, and he had 31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in answered me; yet would I not be the ditch, and mine own clothes lieve that he had hearkened unto shall abhor me. my voice.

32 For he is not a man, as I am, 17 For he breaketh me with a that I should answer him, and we tempest, and multiplieth my wounds should come together in judgment. without cause.

33 Neither is there any daysman


betwixt us, that might lay his hand in thine heart: I know that this is upon us both.

with thee. 34 Let him take his rod away · 14 If I sin, then thou markest me, from me, and let not his fear terrify and thou wilt not acquit me from me:

mine iniquity. 35 Then would I speak, and not 15 If I be wicked, woe unto me; fear him; but it is not so with me. and if I be righteous, yet will I not

lift up my head. I am full of conCHAP. X.

fusion; therefore see thou mine af

fliction; My soul is weary of my life; I. 16 For it increaseth. Thou huntwill leave my complaint upon my est me as a fierce lion: and again self; I will speak in the bitterness thou shewest thyself marvellous upof my soul.

on me. 2 I will say unto God, Do not 17 Thou renewest thy witnesses condemn me; shew me wherefore against me, and increasest thine inthou contendest with me.

dignation upon me; changes and 3 Is it good unto thee that thou war are against me. shouldest oppress, that thou should 18 Wherefore then hast thou est despise the work of thine hands, brought me forth out of the womb? and shine upon the counsel of the Oh that I had given up the ghost, wicked?

and no eye had seen me! 4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or 19 I should have been as though seest thou as man seeth?

I had not been; I should have been 5 Are thy days as the days of carried from the womb to the grave. man? are thy years as man's days, 20 Are not my days few? cease

6 That thou enquirest after mine then, and let me alone, that I may iniquity, and searchest after my take comfort a little, sin?

21 Before I go whence I shall not 7 Thou knowest that I am not return, even to the land of darkness wicked; and there is none that can and the shadow of death; deliver out of thine hand.

22 A land of darkness, as dark8 Thine hands have made me and ness itself; and of the shadow of fashioned me together round about; death, without any order, and where yet thou dost destroy me.

the light is as darkness. 9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and

| C H A P. XI. wilt thou bring me into dust again?

10 Hast thou not poured me out THEN answered Zophar the Naas milk, and curdled me like cheese? amathite, and said,

11 Thou hast clothed me with 2 Should not the multitude of skin and flesh, and hast fenced me words be answered? and should a with bones and sinews.

man full of talk be justified? 12 Thou hast granted me life and 3 Should thy lies make men hold favour, and thy visitation hath pre their peace? and when thou mockserved my spirit. .

est, shall no man make thee asham13 And these things bast thou hid ed?

4 For thou hast said, My doctrine 1 none shall make thee afraid ; yea, is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes. many shall make suit unto thee.

5 But Oh that God would speak, 20 But the eyes of the wicked and open his lips against thee; shall fail, and they shall not escape,

6 And that he would shew thee and their hope shall be as the giving the secrets of wisdom, that they are up of the ghost. double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee

CHAP. XII. less than thine iniquity deserreth. 7 Canst thou by searching find

AND Job answered and said, out God? canst thou find out the 2 No doubt but ye are the peoAlmighty unto perfection?

ple, and wisdom shall die with you. 8 It is as high as heaven; what 1 3 But I have understanding as canst thou do? deeper than hell; well as you; I am not inferior to what canst thou know?

you: yea, who knoweth not such 9 The measure thereof is longer things as these? than the earth, and broader than 4 I am as one mocked of his the sea.

neighbour, who calleth upon God, 10 If he cut off, and shut up, or and he answereth him: the just gather together, then who can hin upright man is laughed to scorn. der him?

5 He that is ready to slip with his 11 For he knoweth vain men: he feet is as a lamp despised in the seeth wickedness also; will he not thought of him that is at ease. then consider it ?

6 The tabernacles of robbers 12 For vain man would be wise, prosper, and they that provoke God though man be born like a wild ass's are secure; into whose hand God colt.

bringeth abundantly. 13 If thou prepare thine heart, 7 But ask now the beasts, and and stretch out thine hands toward they shall teach thee; and the fowls him;

of the air, and they shall tell thee: 14 If iniquity be in thine hand, 8 Or speak to the earth, and it put it far away, and let not wicked shall teach thee: and the fishes of ness dwell in thy tabernacles.

the sea shall declare unto thee. 15 For then shalt thou lift up thy 9 Who knoweth not in all these face without spot; yea, thou shalt that the hand of the LORD hath be stedfast, and shalt not fear: wrought this ?

16 Because thou shalt forget thy 10 In whose hand is the soul of misery, and remember it as waters every living thing, and the breath that pass away:

of all mankind. 17 And thine age shall be clearer 11 Doth not the ear try words? than the noonday; thou shalt shine and the mouth taste his meat? forth, thou shalt be as the morning. 12 With the ancient is wisdom;

18 And thou shalt be secure, be and in length of days understandcause there is hope; yea, thou shalt ing. dig about thee, and thou shalt take 13 With him is wisdom and thy rest in safety.

strength, he hath counsel and un19 Also thou shalt lie down, and l derstanding.

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