1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one who feared Elohim, and shunned evil.
2 And there were born to him seven sons and three daughters.
3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, each his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting had ended, Job sent and sanctified them, rose early in the morning, and offered burnt-offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed Elohim in their hearts. Thus Job did continually.
6 Now there was a day when the sons of Elohim came to present themselves before YHWH, and Satan also came among them.
7 And YHWH said to Satan, Where did you come from? Then Satan answered YHWH, and said, From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down upon it.
8 And YHWH said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is no one like him on the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one who fears Elohim, and shunneth evil?
9 Then Satan answered YHWH, and said, Does Job fear Elohim for nothing?
10 Have you not made a hedge about him, about his house, and about all that he has on every side? you have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance has increased in the land.
11 But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.
12 And YHWH said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not put forth your hand upon him. So Satan went forth from the presence of YHWH.
13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
14 And a messenger to Job came, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the donkeys feeding beside them:
15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yes, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and only I alone have escaped to tell you.
16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of Elohim has fallen from heaven, and has burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and only I have escaped alone to tell you.
17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yes, and have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and only I alone have escaped to tell you.
18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
19 And behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and only I alone have escaped to tell you.
20 Then Job arose, rent his mantle, shaved his head, fell upon the ground, and worshiped,
21 And said, Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there: YHWH gave, and YHWH has taken away; blessed is the name of YHWH.
22 In all this Job did not sin, nor charged Elohim foolishly.
1 Again there was a day when the sons of Elohim came to present themselves before YHWH, and Satan also came among them to present himself before YHWH.
2 And YHWH said to Satan, Where did you come from? and Satan answered YHWH, and said, From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down upon it.
3 And YHWH said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is no one like him on the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one who fears Elohim, and shunneth evil? and still he holds fast his integrity, although you movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
4 And Satan answered YHWH, and said, Skin for skin, even all that a man has he will give for his life.
5 But put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.
6 And YHWH said to Satan, Behold, he is in your hand; but save his life.
7 So Satan went forth from the presence of YHWH, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to his crown.
8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself with it; and he sat down among the ashes.
9 Then his wife said to him, Do you still retain your integrity? curse Elohim, and die.
10 But he said to her, You speakest as one of the foolish women speaks. What? shall we receive good at the hand of Elohim, and shall we not receive evil? In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
11 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they each came from his own place: Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite; for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him, and to comfort him.
12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and did not know him, they raised their voice, and wept; and they each rent his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads towards heaven.
13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him: for they saw that his grief was very great.
1 After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day.
2 And Job spoke, and said,
3 Let the day perish in which I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a male child conceived.
4 Let that day be darkness; do not let Elohim regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
6 As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; do not let it be joined to the days of the year, do not let it come into the number of the months.
7 Behold, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
8 Let them curse it who curse the day, who are ready to rouse up Leviathan.
9 Let the stars of its twilight be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:
10 Because it did not prevent my birth, nor hid sorrow from my eyes.
11 Why did I not die from the womb? why did I not expire at the time of my birth?
12 Why did the knees receive me? or why the breasts so that I should be nursed?
13 For now I should have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then I would have been at rest,
14 With kings and counselors of the earth, who built desolate places for themselves;
15 Or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
16 Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.
17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary are at rest.
18 There the prisoners rest together; they do not hear the voice of the oppressor.
19 The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
20 Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul;
21 Who long for death, but it does not come; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;
22 Who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?
23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom Elohim has hedged in?
24 For my sighing comes before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
25 For the thing which I greatly feared has come upon me, and that which I dreaded has come to me.
26 I was not in safety, neither did I have rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2 If we essay to commune with you, will you be grieved? but who can refrain from speaking?
3 Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands.
4 Your words have upheld him who was falling, and you have strengthened the feeble knees.
5 But now it has come upon you, and you faintest; it toucheth you, and you are troubled.
6 Is this not your fear, your confidence, your hope, and the uprightness of your ways?
7 Remember, I pray you, whoever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off;
8 Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
9 By the blast of Elohim they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils they are consumed.
10 The roaring of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
11 The old lion perishes for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a small sound of it.
13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men.
14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
16 It stood still, but I could not discern its form: an image was before my eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
17 Shall mortal man be more just than Elohim? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
19 How much less in those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth?
20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish forever without any regarding it.
21 Does their excellence which is in them not depart? they die, even without wisdom.
1 Call now, if there is any who will answer you; and to which of the saints will you turn?
2 For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly one.
3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
4 His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there anyone to deliver them.
5 Whose harvest the hungry eats up, and takes it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.
6 Although affliction does not come forth from the dust, neither does trouble spring out of the ground;
7 Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
8 I would seek to Elohim, and to Elohim I would commit my cause:
9 Who does great things and unsearchable; wonderful things without number:
10 Who gives rain upon the earth, and sends waters upon the fields:
11 To set on high those who are low: so that those who mourn may be exalted to safety.
12 He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
13 He takes the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
14 They meet with darkness in the day-time, and grope in the noon-day as in the night.
15 But he saves the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.
16 So the poor has hope, and iniquity stops her mouth.
17 Behold, happy is the man whom Elohim correcteth: therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty:
18 For he makes sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
19 He will deliver you in six troubles: even in seven no evil shall touch you.
20 In famine he will redeem you from death: and in war from the power of the sword.
21 You shall be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.
22 At destruction and famine you shall laugh: neither shall you be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
23 For you shall be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.
24 And you shall know that your tabernacle will be in peace; and you shall visit your habitation, and shall not sin.
25 You shall also know that your seed will be great, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26 You shall come to your grave in a full age, as a shock of grain comes in in its season.
27 Behold this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know it for your good.
1 But Job answered and said,
2 Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!
3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.
4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison of which drinks up my spirit: the terrors of Elohim set themselves in array against me.
5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? or does the ox low over his fodder?
6 Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
7 The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful food.
8 Oh that I might have my request; and that Elohim would grant me the thing that I long for!
9 Even that it would please Elohim to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
10 Then I should yet have comfort; yes, I would harden myself in sorrow: do not let him spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
11 What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is my end, that I should prolong my life?
12 Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?
13 Is my help not in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
14 To him who is afflicted pity should be shown from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
15 My brothers have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;
16 Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and in which the snow is hid:
17 In the time when they become 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 there, and were ashamed.
21 For now you* are nothing: you* see my casting down, and are afraid.
22 Did I say, Bring to me? or Give a reward for me from 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 in what I have erred.
25 How forcible right words are! but what does your* arguing reprove?
26 Do you* imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one who is desperate, which are as wind?
27 Yes, you* overwhelm the fatherless, and you* dig a pit for your* friend.
28 Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident to you* if I lie.
29 Return, I pray you*, do not let it be iniquity; yes, return again, my righteousness is in it.
30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? can my taste not discern perverse things?
1 Is there not an appointed time for man upon earth? are his days not also like the days of a hireling?
2 As a servant earnestly desires the shadow, and as a hireling looks for the reward of his work;
3 So I am 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 to the dawning of the day.
5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin has 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: my eye will no more see good.
8 The eye of him who has seen me shall see me no more: your eyes are upon me, and I shall not be.
9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he who goes 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 restrain 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 you set a watch over me?
13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;
14 Then you 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 always: leave me alone; for my days are vanity.
17 What is man, that you should magnify him? and that you should set your heart upon him?
18 And that you should visit him every morning, and try him every moment?
19 How long will you not depart from me, nor leave me alone till I swallow my spittle?
20 I have sinned; what shall I do to you, O you preserver of men? why have you set me as a mark against you, so that I am a burden to myself?
21 And why do you not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now I shall sleep in the dust; and you shall seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.
1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered, and said,
2 How long will you speak these things? and how long shall the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?
3 Does Elohim pervert judgment; or does the Almighty pervert justice?
4 If your children have sinned against him, and he has cast them away for their transgression;
5 If you would seek Elohim diligently, and make your supplication to the Almighty;
6 If you wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for you, and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.
7 Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would greatly increase.
8 For inquire, I pray you, of the former age, and prepare yourself to the search of their fathers:
9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
10 Will they not teach you, and tell you, and utter words out of their heart?
11 Can the rush grow without mire? can the flag grow without water?
12 While it is yet in its greenness, and not cut down, it withers before any other herb.
13 So are the paths of all who forget Elohim; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:
14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.
15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
16 He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.
17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and sees the place of stones.
18 If he shall destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen you.
19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth others shall grow.
20 Behold, Elohim will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:
21 Till he shall fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing.
22 Those who hate you shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nothing.
1 Then Job answered and said,
2 I know it to be so of a truth: but how should man be just with Elohim?
3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.
4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself against him, and has prospered?
5 Who removeth the mountains, and they do not know: who overturneth them in his anger.
6 Who shaketh the earth out of her place, and its pillars tremble.
7 Who commandeth the sun, and it does not rise; and sealeth up the stars.
8 Who alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
9 Who makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
10 Who does great things past finding out; yes, and wonders without number.
11 Behold, he goes by me, and I do not see him: he passes on also, but I do not perceive him.
12 Behold, he takes away, who can hinder him? who will say to him, What are you doing?
13 If Elohim will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers stoop under him.
14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?
15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet I would not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.
16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet I would not believe that he had listened to my voice.
17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.
18 He will not allow me to take my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
19 If I speak of strength, behold, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?
20 If I justify myself, my own mouth will condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, that also will prove me perverse.
21 Though I were perfect, yet I would not know my soul: I would despise my life.
22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, he destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
23 If the scourge shall slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of its judges; if not, where, and who is he?
25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.
26 They have passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.
27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:
28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that you will not hold me innocent.
29 If I am wicked, why then do I labor in vain?
30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands clean with lye;
31 Yet you will plunge me in the ditch, and my own clothes shall abhor me.
32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.
33 Neither is there any judge between us, that might lay his hand upon us both.
34 Let him take away his rod from me, and do not let his fear terrify me:
35 Then I would speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.
1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2 I will say to Elohim, Do not condemn me; show me why you contendest with me.
3 Is it good to you that you should oppress, that you should despise the work of your hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
4 Do you have eyes of flesh? or do you see as man sees?
5 Are your days as the days of man? are your years as man's days,
6 That you inquirest after my iniquity, and searchest after my sin?
7 You know that I am not wicked; and there is no one who can deliver out of your hand.
8 Your hands have made me and fashioned me in all my parts; yet you destroyest me.
9 Remember, I beseech you, that you have made me as the clay; and will you bring me into dust again?
10 Have you not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
11 You have clothed me with skin and flesh, and have fenced me with bones and sinews.
12 You have granted me life and favor, and your visitation has preserved my spirit.
13 And these things you have hid in your heart: I know that this is with you.
14 If I sin, then you markest me, and you will not acquit me from my iniquity.
15 If I am wicked, woe to me; and if I am righteous, yet I will not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see my affliction;
16 For it increaseth. You huntest me as a fierce lion: and again you showest yourself wonderful upon me.
17 You renewest your witnesses against me, and increasest your indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.
18 Why then have you brought me forth from the womb? O that I had expired, and no eye had seen me!
19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
20 Are my days not few? cease then, and leave me alone, so that I may take comfort a little,
21 Before I go where I shall not return from, even to the land of darkness, and the shadow of death;
22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered, and said,
2 Should the multitude of words not be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?
3 Should your falsehoods make men hold their peace? and when you mockest, shall no man make you ashamed?
4 For you have said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in your eyes.
5 But Oh that Elohim would speak, and open his lips against you;
6 And that he would show you the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that Elohim exacteth of you less than your iniquity deserveth.
7 Can you by searching find out Elohim? can you find out the Almighty to perfection?
8 It is as high as heaven; what can you do? deeper than hell; what can you know?
9 Its measure is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
10 If he shall cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?
11 For he knows vain men: he sees wickedness also; will he not then consider it?
12 For vain man would be wise, though man is born like a wild donkey's colt.
13 If you prepare your heart, and stretchest out your hands towards him;
14 If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and do not let wickedness dwell in your tabernacles.
15 For then you shall lift up your face without spot; yes, you shall be steadfast, and shall not fear:
16 Because you shall forget your misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:
17 And your age shall be clearer than the noon-day: you shall shine forth, you shall be as the morning.
18 And you shall be secure, because there is hope; yes, you shall dig about you, and you shall take your rest in safety.
19 Also you shall lie down, and no one shall make you afraid; yes, many shall make suit to you.
20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the expiration of the breath.
1 And Job answered and said,
2 No doubt but you* are the people, and wisdom shall die with you*.
3 But I have understanding as well as you*; I am not inferior to you*: yes, who does not know such things as these?
4 I am as one mocked by his neighbor, who calls upon Elohim, and he answereth him: the just upright man is derided.
5 He who is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him who is at ease.
6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and those who provoke Elohim are secure; into whose hand Elohim brings abundantly.
7 But now ask the beasts, and they shall teach you; and the birds of the air, and they shall tell you:
8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you: and the fish of the sea shall declare to you.
9 Who does not know in all these that the hand of YHWH has worked this?
10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
11 Does the ear not try words? and the mouth taste its food?
12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
13 With him is wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding.
14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.
15 Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up: also he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.
16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.
17 He leads counselors away spoiled, and makes the judges fools.
18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.
19 He leads princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.
20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and takes away the understanding of the aged.
21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.
22 He revealeth deep things out of darkness, and brings to light the shadow of death.
23 He increaseth nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth nations, and straiteneth them again.
24 He takes away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
25 They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them to stagger like a drunken man.
1 Behold, my eye has seen all this, my ear has heard and understood it.
2 What you* know, the same I also know: I am not inferior to you*.
3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with Elohim.
4 But you* are forgers of lies, you* are all physicians of no value.
5 O that you* would altogether hold your* peace and it would be your* wisdom.
6 Hear now my reasoning, and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
7 Will you* speak wickedly for Elohim? and talk deceitfully for him?
8 Will you* accept his person? will you* contend for Elohim?
9 Is it good that he should search you* out? or as one man mocketh another, do you* so mock him?
10 He will surely reprove you*, if you* secretly accept persons.
11 Shall his excellence not make you* afraid? and his dread fall upon you*?
12 Your* remembrances are like ashes, your* bodies like bodies of clay.
13 Hold your* peace, leave me alone, so that I may speak, and let come on me what will.
14 Why do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?
15 Though he shall slay me, yet I will trust in him: but I will maintain my own ways before him.
16 He also shall be my salvation: for a hypocrite shall not come before him.
17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your* ears.
18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.
19 Who is he who will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall expire.
20 Only do not do two things to me: then I will not hide myself from you.
21 Withdraw your hand far from me: and do not let your dread make me afraid.
22 Then call, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer me.
23 How many are my iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.
24 Why do you hide your face, and hold me for your enemy?
25 Will you break a leaf driven to and fro? and will you pursue the dry stubble?
26 For you writest bitter things against me, and make me to possess the iniquities of my youth.
27 You put my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly to all my paths; you set a print upon the heels of my feet.
28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth-eaten.
1 Man who is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
2 He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: he flees also as a shadow, and does not continue.
3 And do you open your eyes upon such a one, and bring me into judgment with you?
4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? no one.
5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months is with you, you have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
6 Turn from him, so that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day.
7 For there is hope of a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender branch will not cease.
8 Though its root shall become old in the earth, and its stock die in the ground;
9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
10 But man dies, and wasteth away: yes, man yieldeth his breath, and where is he?
11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
12 So man lies down, and does not rise: till the heavens shall be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
13 O that you would hide me in the grave, that you would keep me secret, until your wrath is past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14 If a man dies, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time I will wait, till my change shall come.
15 You shall call, and I will answer you: you will have a desire to the work of your hands.
16 For now you numberest my steps: do you not watch over my sin?
17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and you sewest up my iniquity.
18 And surely the mountain falling comes to nothing, and the rock is removed out of its place.
19 The waters wear the stones: you washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and you destroyest the hope of man.
20 You prevailest forever against him, and he passes: you changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
21 His sons come to honor, and he does not know it; and they are brought low, but he does not perceive it of them.
22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.
1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered, and said,
2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches with which he can do no good?
4 Yes, you castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before Elohim.
5 For your mouth uttereth your iniquity, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
6 Your own mouth condemns you, and not I: yes, your own lips testify against you.
7 Are you the first man who was born? or was you made before the hills?
8 Have you heard the secret of Elohim? and do you restrain wisdom to yourself?
9 What do you know that we do not know? what do you understand, which is not in us?
10 With us are both the gray headed and very aged men, much older than your father.
11 Are the consolations of Elohim small with you? is there any secret thing with you?
12 Why does your heart carry you away? and what do your eyes wink at,
13 That you turnest your spirit against Elohim, and let such words go out of your mouth?
14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15 Behold, he puts no trust in his saints; yes, the heavens are not clean in his sight.
16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, who drinks iniquity like water?
17 I will show you, hear me; and that which I have seen, I will declare;
18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:
19 To whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.
20 The wicked man travails with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.
21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.
22 He does not believe that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for by the sword.
23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knows that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
25 For he stretcheth out his hand against Elohim, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.
26 He runs upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers:
27 Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and makes collops of fat on his loins.
28 And he dwells in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.
29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong its perfection upon the earth.
30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
31 Do not let him who is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompense.
32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.
33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.
1 Then Job answered and said,
2 I have heard many such things: you* are all miserable comforters.
3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth you that you answerest?
4 I also could speak as you* do: if your* soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you*, and shake my head at you*.
5 But I would strengthen you* with my mouth and the moving of my lips should assuage your* grief.
6 Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?
7 But now he has made me weary: you have made all my company desolate.
8 And you have filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me bears witness to my face.
9 He teareth me in his wrath, who hates me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; my enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.
10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves against me.
11 Elohim has delivered me to the un-elohimly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, but he has broken me asunder: he has also taken me by my neck, shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.
13 His archers encompass me; he cleaves my kidneys asunder, and does not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.
14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runs upon me like a giant.
15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.
16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids are the shadow of death;
17 Not for any injustice in my hands: also my prayer is pure.
18 O earth, do not cover my blood, and let my cry have no place.
19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.
20 My friends scorn me: but my eye poureth out tears to Elohim.
21 O that one might plead for a man with Elohim, as a man pleadeth for his neighbor!
22 When a few years have come, then I shall go the way where I shall not return from.
1 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.
2 Are there not mockers with me? and does my eye not continue in their provocation?
3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with you; who is he who will strike hands with me?
4 For you have hid their heart from understanding: therefore you shall not exalt them.
5 He who speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
6 He has made me also a by-word of the people; and they spit in my face.
7 My eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shade.
8 Upright men shall be astonished at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.
9 The righteous shall also hold on his way, and he who has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
10 But as for you* all, return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you*.
11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.
12 They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.
13 If I wait, the grave is my house: I have made my bed in the darkness.
14 I have said to corruption, You are my father: to the worm, You are my mother, and my sister.
15 And now where is my hope? as for my hope, who will see it?
16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.
1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered, and said,
2 How long will it be before you* make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.
3 Why are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your* sight?
4 He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for you? and shall the rock be removed out of its place?
5 Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.
7 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.
8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks upon a snare.
9 The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.
10 The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.
11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.
12 His strength shall be hunger-bitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.
13 It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the first-born of death shall devour his strength.
14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.
15 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above his branch shall be cut off.
17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.
18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.
19 He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor anyone remaining in his dwellings.
20 Those who come after him shall be astonished at his day, as those who went before were terrified.
21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him who does not know Elohim.
1 Then Job answered and said,
2 How long will you* vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?
3 These ten times you* have reproached me: you* are not ashamed that you* make yourselves* strange to me.
4 And if it is indeed that I have erred, my error remains with myself.
5 If indeed you* will magnify yourselves* against me, and plead against me my reproach:
6 Know now that Elohim has overthrown me, and has encompassed me with his net.
7 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.
8 He has fenced up my way so that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness in my paths.
9 He has stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
10 He has destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and my hope he has removed like a tree.
11 He has also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me to him as one of his enemies.
12 His troops come together, raise up their way against me, and encamp around my tabernacle.
13 He has put my brothers far from me, and my acquaintances are truly estranged from me.
14 My kinsmen have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
15 Those who dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.
16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I entreated him with my mouth.
17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I entreated for the children's sake of my own body.
18 Yes, young children despised me; I arose, and they spoke against me.
19 All my intimate friends abhorred me: and those whom I loved have turned against me.
20 My bone cleaves to my skin and to my flesh, and I have escaped with the skin of my teeth.
21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O my friends; for the hand of Elohim has touched me.
22 Why do you* persecute me as Elohim, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
24 That they were engraved with an iron pen in lead, in the rock forever!
25 For I know that my redeemer lives, and that he will stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh I shall see Elohim:
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another; though my heart is consumed within me.
28 But you* would say, Why do we persecute him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?
29 Be afraid of the sword: for wrath brings the punishments of the sword, so that you* may know there is a judgment.
1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered, and said,
2 Therefore my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make hurry.
3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.
4 Do you not know this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
6 Though his excellence shall mount up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds;
7 Yet he shall perish forever like his own dung: those who have seen him shall say, Where is he?
8 He shall fly away as a dream, and will not be found: yes, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
9 Also the eye which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place behold him any more.
10 His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.
11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.
12 Though wickedness may be sweet in his mouth, though he may hide it under his tongue;
13 Though he may spare it, and not forsake it; but keep it still within his mouth:
14 Yet his food in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.
15 He has swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: Elohim shall cast them out of his belly.
16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.
17 He shall not see the river, the floods, the brooks of honey and buttermilk.
18 That for which he labored he shall restore, and shall not swallow it: according to his substance the restitution shall be, and he shall not rejoice in it.
19 Because he has oppressed and has forsaken the poor; because he has violently taken away a house which he did not build.
20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.
21 None of his food shall be left; therefore no man shall look for his goods.
22 In the fullness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.
23 When he is about to fill his belly, Elohim shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.
24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.
25 It is drawn, and comes out of the body; yes, the glittering sword comes out of his gall: terrors are upon him.
26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him who is left in his tabernacle.
27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
29 This is the portion of a wicked man from Elohim, and the heritage appointed to him by Elohim.
1 But Job answered and said,
2 Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your* consolations.
3 Allow me that I may speak; and after I have spoken, mock on.
4 As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should my spirit not be troubled?
5 Mark me, be astonished, and lay your* hand upon your* mouth.
6 Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling takes hold of my flesh.
7 Why do the wicked live, become old, and, are mighty in power?
8 Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
9 Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of Elohim upon them.
10 Their bull engendereth, and does not fail; their cow calveth, and does not cast her calf.
11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
12 They take the tambourine and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.
14 Therefore they say to Elohim, Depart from us; for we do not desire the knowledge of your ways.
15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray to him?
16 Behold, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17 How often is the candle of the wicked put out? and how often does their destruction come upon them? Elohim distributeth sorrows in his anger.
18 They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.
19 Elohim lays up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.
20 His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 For what pleasure does he have in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?
22 Shall any teach Elohim knowledge? seeing he judges those who are high.
23 One dies in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
24 His pails are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.
25 And another dies in the bitterness of his soul, and never eats with pleasure.
26 They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
27 Behold, I know your* thoughts, and the devices which you* wrongfully imagine against me.
28 For you* say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?
29 Have you* not asked those who go by the way? and do you* not know their tokens,
30 That the wicked is reserved for the day of destruction? they will be brought forth to the day of wrath.
31 Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he has done?
32 Yet he shall be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.
33 The clods of the valley will be sweet to him, and every man will draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.
34 How then do you* comfort me in vain, seeing in your* answers there remains falsehood?
1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2 Can a man be profitable to Elohim, as he who is wise may be profitable to himself?
3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous? or is it gain to him, that you make your ways perfect?
4 Will he reprove you for fear of you? will he enter with you into judgment?
5 Is your wickedness not great? and your iniquities infinite?
6 For you have taken a pledge from your brother for nothing, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7 You have not given water to the weary to drink, and you have withheld bread from the hungry.
8 But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honorable man dwelt in it.
9 You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
10 Therefore snares are around you, and sudden fear troubleth you;
11 Or darkness, that you cannot see; and abundance of waters cover you.
12 Is Elohim not in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
13 And you say, How does Elohim know? can he judge through the dark cloud?
14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he does not see; and he walks in the circuit of heaven.
15 Have you marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
16 Who were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflowed with a flood!
17 Who said to Elohim, depart from us; and what can the Almighty do for them?
18 Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent deride them.
20 As where our substance is not cut down, but the fire consumeth their remnant.
21 Now acquaint yourself with him, and be at peace: by this good shall come to you.
22 Receive, I pray you, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.
23 If you shall return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, you shall put away iniquity far from your tabernacles.
24 Then you shall lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
25 Yes, the Almighty shall be your defense and you shall have plenty of silver.
26 For then you shall have your delight in the Almighty, and shall lift up your face to Elohim.
27 You shall make your prayer to him, and he shall hear you, and you shall pay your vows.
28 You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established to you: and the light shall shine upon your ways.
29 When men are cast down, you shall say, There is exaltation; and he shall save the humble person.
30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of your hands.
1 Then Job answered and said,
2 Even today my complaint is bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.
6 Would he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so I should be delivered forever from my judge.
8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
9 On the left hand, where he works, but I cannot behold him: he hides himself on the right hand, so that I cannot see him:
10 But he knows the way that I take: when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 My foot has held his steps, his way I have kept, and not declined.
12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desires, even that he does.
14 For he performs the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.
15 Therefore I am troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.
16 For Elohim makes my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither has he covered the darkness from my face.
1 Why, seeing times are not hid from the Almighty, do those who know him not see his days?
2 Some remove the landmarks: they violently take away flocks, and their feed.
3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
5 Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert, they go forth to their work; seeking for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.
6 They each reap his grain in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.
7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.
8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.
10 They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;
11 Who make oil within their walls, tread their wine-presses, and suffer thirst.
12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded cries out: yet Elohim does not lay folly to them.
13 They are of those who rebel against the light; they do not know its ways, nor abide in its paths.
14 The murderer rising with the light kills the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
15 Also the eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.
16 In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the day-time: they do not know the light.
17 For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one knows them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
18 He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he does not behold the way of the vineyards.
19 Drought and heat consume the snow-waters: so does the grave to those who have sinned.
20 The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.
21 He oppresseth the barren who does not bear: and does not do good to the widow.
22 He also draws the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.
23 Though it is given him to be in safety, on which he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.
24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all others, and cut off as the tops of the ears of grain.
25 And if it is not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech of no worth?
1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered, and said,
2 Dominion and fear are with him, he makes peace in his high places.
3 Is there any number to his armies? and upon whom does his light not arise?
4 How then can man be justified with Elohim? or how can he be clean who is born of a woman?
5 Behold even to the moon, and it does not shine; and the stars are not pure in his sight.
6 How much less is man, who is a worm; and the son of man, who is a worm?
1 But Job answered and said,
2 How have you helped him who is without power? how do you save the arm that has no strength?
3 How have you counseled him who has no wisdom? and how have you abundantly declared the thing as it is?
4 To whom have you uttered words? and whose spirit came from you?
5 Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.
6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction has no covering.
7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangs the earth upon nothing.
8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.
9 He holds back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.
10 He has encompassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.
12 He divideth the sea by his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.
13 By his spirit he has garnished the heavens; his hand has formed the crooked serpent.
14 Behold, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power, who can understand?
1 Moreover, Job continued his parable, and said,
2 As Elohim lives, who has taken away my judgment; and the Almighty who has afflicted my soul;
3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of Elohim is in my nostrils;
4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
5 Far be it from me that I should justify you*: till I die I will not remove my integrity from me.
6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
7 Let my enemy be as the wicked, and he who riseth up against me as the unrighteous.
8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when Elohim takes away his soul?
9 Will Elohim hear his cry when trouble comes upon him?
10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon Elohim?
11 I will teach you* by the hand of Elohim: that which is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 Behold, all you* have seen it yourselves*; why then are you* thus altogether vain?
13 This is the portion of a wicked man with Elohim, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.
14 If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
15 Those who remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.
16 Though he should heap up silver as the dust, and prepare clothing as the clay.
17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.
18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper makes.
19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he opens his eyes, and he is no more.
20 Terrors take hold of him as waters, a tempest steals him away in the night.
21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.
22 For Elohim shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would willingly flee out of his hand.
23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
1 Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they refine it.
2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is melted out of the stone.
3 He sets an end to darkness, and searches out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant: even the waters forgotten by the foot: they are dried up, they have gone away from men.
5 As for the earth, out of it comes bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.
6 Its stones are the place of sapphires: and it has dust of gold.
7 There is a path which no bird knows, and which the falcon's eye has not seen:
8 The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.
9 He puts forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.
10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye sees every precious thing.
11 He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid he brings forth to light.
12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?
13 Man does not know its price; neither is it found in the land of the living.
14 The depth says, It is not in me: and the sea says, It is not with me.
15 It cannot be obtained for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for its price.
16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and its exchange shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
19 The topaz of Cush shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
20 Where then does wisdom come from? and where is the place of understanding?
21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the birds of the air.
22 Destruction and death say, We have heard its fame with our ears.
23 Elohim understands its way, and he knows its place.
24 For he looks to the ends of the earth, and sees under the whole heaven;
25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.
26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
27 He saw it, and declared it; he prepared it, yes, and searched it out.
28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the Master, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
1 Moreover, Job continued his parable, and said,
2 Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when Elohim preserved me;
3 When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;
4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of Elohim was upon my tabernacle;
5 When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;
6 When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;
7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!
8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.
9 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
11 When the ear heard me, it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:
12 Because I delivered the poor who cried, and the fatherless, and him who had no one to help him.
13 The blessing of him who was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
15 I was eyes to the blind, and I was feet to the lame.
16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I did not know, I searched out.
17 And I broke the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.
19 My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.
20 My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.
21 To me men gave ear, waited, and kept silence at my counsel.
22 After my words they did not speak again; and my speech dropped upon them.
23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
24 If I laughed at them, they did not believe it; and the light of my countenance they did not cast down.
25 I chose out their way, sat as chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one who comforteth the mourners.
1 But now those who are younger than I, have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.
2 Yes, to what might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age had perished?
3 For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.
4 Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their food.
5 They were driven forth from among men (they cried after them, as after a thief),
6 To dwell in the clefts of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.
7 Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were collected.
8 They were children of fools, yes, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.
9 And now I am their song, yes, I am their by-word.
10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and do not spare to spit in my face.
11 Because he has loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.
13 They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.
14 They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.
15 Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passes away as a cloud.
16 And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.
18 By the great force of my disease my garment is changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.
19 He has cast me into the mire, and I have become like dust and ashes.
20 I cry to you, and you do not hear me: I stand up, and you do not regard me.
21 You have become cruel to me: with your strong hand you opposest yourself against me.
22 You liftest me up to the wind; you cause me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.
23 For I know that you will bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.
24 Yet he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.
25 Did I not weep for him who was in trouble? was my soul not grieved for the poor?
26 When I looked for good, evil came: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
27 My bowels boiled, and did not rest: the days of affliction came upon me.
28 I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.
29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
31 My harp is also turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of those who weep.
1 I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
2 For what portion of Elohim is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
3 Is destruction not to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?
4 Does he not see my ways, and count all my steps?
5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot has hurried to deceit;
6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, so that Elohim may know my integrity.
7 If my step has turned out of the way, and my heart walked after my eyes, and if any blot has cleaved to my hands;
8 Then let me sow, and let another eat; yes, let my offspring be rooted out.
9 If my heart has been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbor's door;
10 Then let my wife grind to another, and let others bow down upon her.
11 For this is a heinous crime; yes, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.
12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all my increase.
13 If I despised the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-servant, when they contended with me;
14 What then shall I do when Elohim riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?
15 Did he who made me in the womb not make him? and did one not fashion us in the womb?
16 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it;
18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb);
19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;
20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:
22 Then let my arm fall from my shoulder-blade, and my arm be broken from the bone.
23 For destruction from Elohim was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.
24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, You are my confidence;
25 If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gained much;
26 If I have beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;
27 And my heart has been secretly enticed, or my mouth has kissed my hand:
28 This also would have been an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the Elohim who is above.
29 If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, or have lifted up myself when evil found him:
30 Neither have I allowed my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.
31 If the men of my tabernacle have not said, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.
32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveler.
33 If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom:
34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and did not go out of the door?
35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that my adversary had written a book.
36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
37 I would declare to him the number of my steps; as a prince I would go near to him.
38 If my land cries against me, or its furrows likewise complain;
39 If I have eaten its fruits without money, or have caused its owners to lose their life:
40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and weeds instead of barley. [The words of Job are finished.]
1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
2 Then the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram, was kindled against Job, because he justified himself rather than Elohim.
3 Also against his three friends his wrath was kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken because they were older than he.
5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was kindled.
6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and you* are very old; therefore I was afraid, and dared not show you* my opinion.
7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding.
9 Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
10 Therefore I said, Listen to me; I also will show my opinion.
11 Behold, I waited for your* words; I gave ear to your* reasons, while you* searched out what to say.
12 Yes, I attended to you*, and behold, there was none of you* who convinced Job, or who answered his words:
13 Lest you* should say, We have found out wisdom: Elohim thrusteth him down, not man.
14 Now he has not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your* speeches.
15 They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.
16 When I had waited (for they did not speak, but stood still, and answered no more),
17 I said, I will also answer my part, I will also show my opinion.
18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.
19 Behold, my belly is as wine which has no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
20 I will speak, so that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.
21 Do not let me, I pray you*, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles to man.
22 For I do not know to give flattering titles; in so doing, my Maker would soon take me away.
1 Therefore, Job, I pray you, hear my speeches, and listen to all my words.
2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue has spoken in my mouth.
3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
4 The Spirit of Elohim has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life.
5 If you can answer me, set your words in order before me, stand up.
6 Behold, I am according to your wish in Elohim's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
7 Behold, my terror shall not make you afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon you.
8 Surely you have spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of your words, saying,
9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
10 Behold, he finds occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,
11 He puts my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
12 Behold, in this you are not just: I will answer you, that Elohim is greater than man.
13 Why do you strive against him? for he does not give account of any of his matters.
14 For Elohim speaks once, even twice, yet man does not perceive it.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
16 Then he opens the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
17 So that he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
18 He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
20 So that his life abhors bread, and his soul dainty food.
21 His flesh is consumed away, so that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
22 Yes, his soul draws near to the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
23 If there is a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show to man his uprightness:
24 Then he is gracious to him, and says, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he will return to the days of his youth:
26 He shall pray to Elohim, and he will be favorable to him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render to man his righteousness.
27 He looks upon men, and if any shall say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it did not profit me;
28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
29 Behold, all these things Elohim often works with man,
30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
31 Mark well, O Job, listen to me: hold your peace, and I will speak.
32 If you have anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify you.
33 If not, listen to me: hold your peace, and I shall teach you wisdom.
1 Furthermore Elihu answered and said,
2 Hear my words, O you* wise men; and give ear to me, you* who have knowledge.
3 For the ear tries words, as the mouth tasteth food.
4 Let us choose for ourselves judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.
5 For Job has said, I am righteous: and Elohim has taken away my judgment.
6 Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without transgression.
7 What man is like Job, who drinks up scorning like water?
8 Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, and walks with wicked men.
9 For he has said, It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with Elohim.
10 Therefore listen to me, you* men of understanding: far be it from Elohim, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
11 For the work of a man he shall render to him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.
12 Yes, surely Elohim will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.
13 Who has given him a charge over the earth? or who has disposed the whole world?
14 If he should set his heart upon man, if he should gather to himself his spirit and his breath;
15 All flesh would perish together, and man would turn again to dust.
16 If now you have understanding, hear this: listen to the voice of my words.
17 Shall even he who hates right govern? and will you condemn him who is most just?
18 Is it fit to say to a king, You are wicked? and to princes, You* are un-elohimly?
19 How much less to him who does not accept the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.
20 In a moment they shall die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.
21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he sees all his goings.
22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
23 For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with Elohim.
24 He shall break mighty men in pieces without number, and set others in their stead.
25 Therefore he knows their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
26 He strikes them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
27 Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:
28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come to him, and he hears the cry of the afflicted.
29 When he gives quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hides his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:
30 So that the hypocrite may not reign, lest the people should be ensnared.
31 Surely it is proper to be said to Elohim, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:
32 That which I do not see teach me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
33 Should it be according to your mind? he will recompense it, whether you shall refuse, or whether you shall choose; and not I: therefore speak what you know.
34 Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man listen to me.
35 Job has spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.
36 My desire is that Job may be tried to the end, because of his answers for wicked men.
37 For he adds rebellion to his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against Elohim.
1 Elihu spoke moreover, and said,
2 Do you think this to be right, that you said, My righteousness is more than Elohim's?
3 For you said, What advantage will it be to you? and, What profit shall I have, if I am cleansed from my sin?
4 I will answer you, and your companions with you.
5 Look to the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than you.
6 If you sinnest, what do you do against him? or if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him? or what does he receive from your hand?
8 Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are: and your righteousness may profit the son of man.
9 By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
10 But no one says, Where is Elohim my maker, who gives songs in the night;
11 Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?
12 There they cry, but no one gives answer, because of the pride of evil men.
13 Surely Elohim will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.
14 Although you say you shall not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust in him.
15 But now, because it is not so, he has visited in his anger; yet he does not know it in great extremity:
16 Therefore Job opens his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.
1 Elihu also proceeded, and said,
2 Allow me a little, and I will show you that I have yet to speak on Elohim's behalf.
3 I will bring my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4 For truly my words shall not be false: he who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
5 Behold, Elohim is mighty, and does not despise anyone: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.
6 He does not preserve the life of the wicked: but gives right to the poor.
7 He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous: but with kings they are on the throne; yes, he does establish them forever, and they are exalted.
8 And if they are bound in fetters, and are held in cords of affliction;
9 Then he shows them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10 He also opens their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
11 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
12 But if they do not obey, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.
13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they do not cry when he bindeth them.
14 They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
15 He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and opens their ears in oppression.
16 Even so he would have removed you out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on your table would be full of fatness.
17 But you have fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold of you.
18 Because there is wrath, beware lest he take you away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver you.
19 Will he esteem your riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.
20 Do not desire the night, when people are cut off in their place.
21 Take heed, do not regard iniquity: for this you have chosen rather than affliction.
22 Behold, Elohim exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?
23 Who has enjoined him his way? or who can say, You have worked iniquity?
24 Remember that you magnify his work, which men behold.
25 Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.
26 Behold, Elohim is great, and we do not know him, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
27 For he makes the drops of water small: they pour down rain according to its vapor.
28 Which the clouds drop and distill upon man abundantly.
29 Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?
30 Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.
31 For by them he judges the people; he gives food in abundance.
32 With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the intervening cloud.
33 Its noise shows concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapor.
1 At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of its place.
2 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goes out of his mouth.
3 He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning to the ends of the earth.
4 After it a voice roars: he thundereth with the voice of his excellence; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.
5 Elohim thundereth marvelously with his voice; great things he does, which we cannot comprehend.
6 For he says to the snow, Be on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.
7 He sealeth up the hand of every man; so that all men may know his work.
8 Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.
9 From the south comes the whirlwind: and cold from the north.
10 By the breath of Elohim frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scatters his bright cloud:
12 And it is turned around by his counsels: so that they may do whatever he commandeth them upon the face of the world on the earth.
13 He causes it to come, whether for correction, for his land, or for mercy.
14 Listen to this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of Elohim.
15 Do you know when Elohim disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?
16 Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge?
17 How your garments are warm, when he quiets the earth by the south wind?
18 Have you with him spread out the sky which is strong, and as a molten looking-glass?
19 Teach us what we shall say to him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.
20 Shall it be told to him that I speak? If a man shall speak, surely he will be swallowed up.
21 And now men do not see the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passes, and cleanseth them.
22 Fair weather comes from the north: with Elohim is awesome majesty.
23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, in judgment, and in abundance of justice: he will not afflict.
24 Men therefore fear him: he does not respect any who are wise of heart.
1 Then YHWH answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2 Who is this who darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Now gird up your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer me.
4 Where was you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding.
5 Who has laid its measures, if you know? or who has stretched the line upon it?
6 Upon what are its foundations fastened? or who laid its corner stone;
7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of Elohim shouted for joy?
8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
9 When I made a cloud its garment, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it,
10 And broke up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
11 And said, You shall come here, but no further: and your proud waves shall be stayed here.
12 Have you commanded the morning since your days; and caused the day-spring to know its place;
13 So that it might take hold of the ends of earth, and that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
15 And from the wicked their light is withheld, and the high arm shall be broken.
16 Have you entered into the springs of the sea? or have you walked in the search of the depth?
17 Have the gates of death been opened to you? or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18 Have you perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if you know it all.
19 Where is the way where light dwells? and as for darkness, where is its place,
20 That you should take it to its bound, and that you should know the paths to its house?
21 Do you know it, because you was born then? or because the number of your days is great?
22 Have you entered into the treasures of the snow? or have you seen the treasures of the hail,
23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
24 By what way is the light parted, which scatters the east wind upon the earth?
25 Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;
26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness in which there is no man;
27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
28 Has the rain a father? or who has begotten the drops of the dew?
29 Out of whose womb did the ice come? and the hoary frost of heaven, who has engendered it?
30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
31 Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
32 Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in its season? or can you guide Arcturus with its sons?
33 Do you know the ordinances of heaven? can you set its dominion on the earth?
34 Can you lift your voice to the clouds, so that abundance of waters may cover you?
35 Can you send lightnings, so that they may go, and say to you, Here we are?
36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? or who has given understanding to the heart?
37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,
38 When the dust grows into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
39 Will you hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?
41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry to Elohim, they wander for want of food.
1 Do you know the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or can you mark when the hinds calve?
2 Can you number the months that they fulfill? or do you know the time when they bring forth?
3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.
4 Their young ones become strong, they grow up with grain; they go forth, and do not return to them.
5 Who has sent out the wild donkey free? or who has loosed the bands of the wild donkey?
6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.
7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither does he regard the crying of the driver.
8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searches after every green thing.
9 Will the wild ox be willing to serve you, or abide by your crib?
10 Can you bind the wild ox with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after you?
11 Will you trust him, because his strength is great? or will you leave your labor to him?
12 Will you believe him, that he will bring home your seed, and gather it into your barn?
13 Didst you give the goodly wings to the peacocks? or wings and feathers to the ostrich?
14 Which leaves her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in the dust,
15 And forgets that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.
16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labor is in vain without fear;
17 Because Elohim has withheld wisdom from her, neither has he imparted to her understanding.
18 When she lifteth herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.
19 Have you given the horse strength? have you clothed his neck with thunder?
20 Can you make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.
21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoices in his strength: he goes on to meet the armed men.
22 He mocketh at fear, and is not terrified; neither does he turn back from the sword.
23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.
24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither does he believe that it is the sound of the trumpet.
25 He says among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
26 Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, and stretch her wings towards the south?
27 Does the eagle mount up at your command, and make her nest on high?
28 She dwells and abides on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.
29 From there she seeks the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.
30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there she is.
1 Moreover, YHWH answered Job, and said,
2 Shall he who contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he who reproveth Elohim, let him answer it.
3 Then Job answered YHWH, and said,
4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.
5 Once I have spoken; but I will not answer: even twice; but I will proceed no further.
6 Then YHWH answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
7 Now gird up your loins like a man: I will demand of you, and declare to me.
8 Will you also disannul my judgment? will you condemn me, so that you may be righteous?
9 Have you an arm like Elohim? or can you thunder with a voice like his?
10 Deck yourself now with majesty and excellence; and array yourself with glory and beauty.
11 Cast abroad the rage of your wrath: and behold everyone who is proud, and abase him.
12 Look at everyone who is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
13 Hide them in the dust together; bind their faces in secret.
14 Then I will also confess to you that your own right hand can save you.
15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with you; he eats grass as an ox.
16 Behold now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
17 He moves his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his male organs are wrapped together.
18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
19 He is the chief of the ways of Elohim: he who made him can make his sword to approach him.
20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
21 He lies under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and mire.
22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook encompass him.
23 Behold, he drinks up a river, and does not hurry: he trusts that he can draw up the Jordan into his mouth.
24 He takes it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.
1 Can you draw out leviathan with a hook? or his tongue with a cord which you let down?
2 Can you put a hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
3 Will he make many supplications to you? will he speak soft words to you?
4 Will he make a covenant with you? will you take him for a servant forever?
5 Will you play with him as with a bird? or will you bind him for your maidens?
6 Shall the traders make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
7 Can you fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
8 Lay your hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall one not be cast down even at the sight of him?
10 No one is so fierce that he dare rouse him: who then is able to stand before me?
11 Who has first benefited me, that I should repay him? whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.
12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible around.
15 His scales are his pride, shut together as with a close seal.
16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, so that they cannot be sundered.
18 His sneezings flash light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire dart forth.
20 Out of his nostrils issueth smoke, as out of a seething pot or cauldron.
21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame issueth from his mouth.
22 In his neck remains strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
24 His heart is as firm as a stone; even as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
25 When he raises himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
26 The sword of him who attacketh him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
28 The arrow cannot make him flee: sling-stones are turned with him into stubble.
29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
31 He makes the deep to boil like a pot: he makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
32 He makes a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
33 Upon earth there is nothing like him, who is made without fear.
34 He beholds all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
1 Then Job answered YHWH, and said,
2 I know that you can do everything, and that no thought can be withheld from you.
3 Who is he who hides counsel without knowledge? therefore I have uttered that which I did not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
4 Hear, I beseech you, and I will speak: I will ask of you, and declare to me.
5 I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye sees you.
6 Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
7 And it was so, that after YHWH had spoken these words to Job, YHWH said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against you, and against your two friends: for you* have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has.
8 Now therefore take for yourselves* seven bulls and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer for yourselves* a burnt-offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you*: for I will accept him: lest I deal with you* after your* folly, in that you* have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as YHWH commanded them: YHWH also accepted Job.
10 And YHWH turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also YHWH gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11 Then all his brothers came there to him, and all his sisters, and all those who had been of his acquaintance before, and ate bread with him in his house: and they condoled with him, and comforted him over all the evil that YHWH had brought upon him: everyone also gave him a piece of money, and everyone an earring of gold.
12 So YHWH blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys.
13 He had also seven sons, and three daughters.
14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch.
15 And in all the land no women were found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers.
16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.
17 So Job died, being old and full of days.