There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name [was] Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one who feared God, and eschewed evil.
And there were seven sons and three daughters born to him.
His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred female donkeys, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
And his sons went and feasted [in their] houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
And it was so, when the days of [their] feasting had gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings [according] to the number of them all, for Job said, "It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did continually.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.
And the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job [*19:93, *21:26], that [there are] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one who fears God, and eschews evil?"
Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing?
Have You not made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance has increased in the land.
But put forth Your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse You to Your Face."
And the Lord said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has [is] in your power; only do not put your hand upon him." So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
And there was a day when his sons and his daughters [were] eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house.
And a messenger came to Job, and said, "The oxen were plowing, and the donkeys were feeding beside them.
And the Sabeans fell [upon them], and took them away; indeed, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and only I have escaped alone to tell you."
While he [was] still speaking, there also came another, and said, "The fire of God 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."
While he [was] still speaking, there also came another, and said, "The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, indeed, and have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and only I have escaped alone to tell you."
While he [was] still speaking, there also came another, and said, "Your sons and your daughters [were] eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house.
And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and only I have escaped alone to tell you."
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshiped,
And said, "I came naked out of my mother's womb, and I will return there naked, the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed is the name of the Lord."
In all this Job did not sin, nor charge God foolishly.
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord.
And the Lord said to Satan, "From where do you come?" And Satan answered the Lord, and said, "From pushing forth in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."
And the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that [there are] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one who fears God, and eschews evil? And still he holds his integrity, although you moved Me against him, to destroy him without cause."
And Satan answered the Lord, and said, "Skin for skin, indeed, all that a man has, he will give for his life.
But put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse You to Your Face."
And the Lord said to Satan, "Behold, he [is] in your hand; but save his life."
So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to his crown.
And he took a potsherd to scrape himself in addition; and he sat down among the ashes.
Then his wife said to him, "Do you still retain your integrity? Curse God, and die."
But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. What? Will we receive good at the hand of God, and we will not receive evil?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was brought upon him, they came, everyone from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.
And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and did not know him, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and every one rent his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
So they sat down with him upon the ground for seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word to him, for they saw that [his] grief was very great.
After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day.
And Job spoke, and said,
"Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night [in which] it was said, 'There is a male child conceived.'
Let that day be darkness; do not let God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
As [for] that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined to the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.
Behold, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
Let them curse it who curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.
Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but [have] none; neither let it see the dawning of the day.
Because it did not shut up the doors of my [mother's] womb, nor hide sorrow from my eyes.
Why did I not die from the womb? [Why] did I [not] give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
Why did the knees prevent me? Or why the breasts, that I should suck?
For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept, then had I been at rest,
With kings and counselors of the earth, who built desolate places for themselves;
Or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.
Or had I not been as a hidden untimely birth; as infants [who] never saw light.
There, the wicked cease [from] troubling; and there, the weary are at rest.
[There,] the prisoners rest together; they do not hear the voice of the oppressor.
The small and great are there; and the servant [is] free from his master.
Therefore light is given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter [in] soul;
Who longs for death, but it does not [come]; and digs for it more than for hidden treasures;
Who, when they find the grave, rejoices exceedingly [and] is glad?
[Why is light given] to a man whose way is hidden, and whom God has hedged in?
For my sighing comes before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
For the thing which I greatly feared has come upon me, and that which I was afraid of has come to me.
I was not in safety, neither did I have rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came."
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
"[If] we assay to commune with you, will you be grieved? But who can withhold himself from speaking?
Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands.
Your words have upheld him who was falling, and you have strengthened the feeble knees.
But now it has come upon you, and you faint; it touches you, and you are troubled.
[Is this] not your fear, your confidence, your hope, and the uprightness of your ways?
Remember, I pray you, who [ever] perished, being innocent? Or where were the righteous cut off?
Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
They perish by the blast of God, and they are consumed by the breath of His nostrils.
The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
The old lion perishes for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a little thereof.
In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men,
Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.
Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up.
It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof, an image [was] before my eyes, [there was] silence, and I heard a voice, [saying],
'Should mortal man be more just than God? Will a man be more pure than his Maker?
Behold, He put no trust in His servants; and He charged His angels with folly.
How much less [in] those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation [is] in the dust, [which] are crushed before the moth?
They are destroyed from morning to evening, they perish forever without any regarding [it].
Does their excellency [which is] in them not go away? They die, even without wisdom.
Call now, if there are any who will answer you; and to which of the saints will you turn?
For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly one.
I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither [are there] any to deliver [them].
Whose harvest the hungry eats up, and takes it even out of the thorns, and the robber swallows up their substance.
Although affliction does not come forth of the dust, neither does trouble spring out of the ground;
Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
I would seek God, and I would commit my cause to God.
Who does great and unsearchable things; marvelous things without number.
Who gives rain upon the earth, and sends waters upon the fields.
To set up on high those who are low; that those who mourn may be exalted to safety.
He takes the wise in their own craftiness [*1 Corinthians 3:19], and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night.
But He saves the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.
So the poor have hope, and iniquity stops her mouth.
Behold, happy [is] the man whom God corrects, therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.
For He makes sore, and binds up, He wounds, and His hands make whole.
He will deliver you in six troubles, indeed, in seven no evil will touch you.
In famine, He will redeem you from death, and in war, from the power of the sword.
You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, neither will you be afraid of destruction when it comes.
At destruction and famine you will laugh, neither will you be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
For you will be in league with the stones of the field, and the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
And you will know that your tabernacle [will be] in peace; and you will visit your habitation, and will not sin.
You will know also that your seed [will be] great, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.
You will come to [your] grave in a full age, as a shock of corn comes in his season.
Behold this, we have searched it, so it [is]; hear it, and know [it] for your good.'"
But Job answered and said,
"Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!
For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea, therefore my words are swallowed up.
For the arrows of the Almighty [are] within me, the poison thereof drinks up my spirit, the terrors of God set themselves in array against me.
Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? Or does the ox bellow over his fodder?
Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? Or is there [any] taste in the white of an egg?
The things [that] my soul refused to touch [are] as my sorrowful meat.
Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant [me] the thing that I long for!
Even that it would please God to destroy me; that He would let His hand loose, and cut me off!
Then should I still have comfort; indeed, I would harden myself in sorrow, let Him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
What [is] my strength, that I should hope? And what [is] my end, that I should prolong my life?
[Is] my strength the strength of stones? Or [is] my flesh of brass?
[Is] my help not in me? And is wisdom driven quite from me?
To him who is afflicted, pity [should be shown] from his friend; but he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, [and] they pass away as the stream of brooks;
Which are black by reason of the ice, [and] wherein the snow is hidden.
In season they thaw, they vanish, when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.
The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.
They were confounded because they had hoped; they came there, and were ashamed.
For now you are nothing; you see [my] casting down, and are afraid.
Did I say, 'Bring to me?' Or, 'Give a reward for me of your substance?'
Or, 'Deliver me from the enemy's hand?' Or, 'Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?'
Teach me, and I will hold my tongue, and cause myself to understand wherein I have erred.
How forcible are right words! But what does your arguing reprove?
Do you imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one who is desperate, [which are] as wind?
Indeed, you overwhelm the fatherless, and you dig [a pit] for your friend.
Now therefore be content, look upon me; for [it is] evident to you if I lie.
Return, I pray you, do not let it be iniquity; indeed, return again, my righteousness [is] in it.
Is there iniquity in my tongue? Can my taste not discern perverse things?
[Is there] not an appointed time to man upon earth? [Are] his days [not] also like the days of a hireling?
As a servant earnestly desires the shadow, and as a hireling looks for [the reward of] his work.
So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.
When I lie down, I say, 'When will I arise, and the night is gone?' And I am full of tossings until the dawning of the day.
My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and has become loathsome.
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.
O remember that my life [is] wind, my eye will no longer see good.
The eye of Him who has seen me will see me no [more], Your eyes [are] upon me, and I [am] not.
[As] the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, so he who goes down to the grave will come up no [more].
He will return no more to his house, neither will his place know him anymore.
Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
[Am] I a sea, or a whale, that You set a watch over me?
When I say, 'My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my complaint;'
Then You scare me with dreams, and terrify me through visions.
So that my soul chooses strangling, [and] death rather than my life.
I loathe [it]; I would not always live, leave me alone; for my days [are] vanity.
What [is] man, that You should magnify him? And that You should set Your heart upon him?
And [that] You should visit him every morning, [and] try him every moment?
How long will You not depart from me, nor leave me alone until I swallow down my spittle?
I have sinned; what will 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?
And why do You not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? For now I will sleep in the dust; and You will seek me in the morning, but I [will] not [be]."
Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said,
"How long will you speak these [things]? And [how long will] the words of your mouth [be like] a strong wind?
Does God pervert judgment? Or does the Almighty pervert justice?
If your children have sinned against Him, and He has cast them away for their transgression;
If you would seek God early, and make your supplication to the Almighty;
If you [were] pure and upright; surely He would now awake for you, and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.
Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end should greatly increase.
For inquire, I pray you, of the former age, and prepare yourself to search of their fathers.
(For we [are but of] yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth [are] a shadow).
Should they not teach you, [and] tell you, and utter words out of their heart?
Can the rush grow up without mire? Can the flag grow without water?
So [are] the paths of all who forget God; and the hypocrite's hope will perish.
Whose hope will be cut off, and whose trust [will be] a spider's web.
He will lean upon his house, but it will not stand, he will hold it fast, but it will not endure. [*29:41]
He [is] green before the sun, and his branch shoots forth in his garden.
His roots are wrapped about the heap, [and] sees the place of stones.
If he destroys him from his place, then [it] will deny him, [saying], 'I have not seen you.'
Behold, this [is] the joy of his way, and others will grow out of the earth.
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect [man], neither will He help the evil doers.
Until He fills your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing.
Those who hate you will be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked will come to nothing."
Then Job answered and said,
"I know [it is] so of a truth, but how should man be just with God?
If he will contend with Him, he cannot answer Him one of a thousand.
[Is he] wise in heart, and mighty in strength, he who has hardened [himself] against Him, and has prospered?
Who removes the mountains, and they do not know, who overturns them in His anger.
Who shakes the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
Who commands the sun, and it does not rise; and seals up the stars.
Who alone spreads out the heavens, and treads upon the waves of the sea.
Who makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
Behold, He takes away, who can hinder Him? Who will say to Him, 'What do You do?'
[If] God will not withdraw His anger, the proud helpers stoop under Him.
How much less will I answer Him, [and] choose out my words [to reason] with Him?
Whom, though I were righteous, [yet] I would not answer, [but] I would make supplication to my judge.
If I had called, and He had answered me; [yet] would I not believe that He had listened to my voice.
For He breaks me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause.
He will not let me take my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
If [I speak] of strength, look, [He is] strong, and if of judgment, who will set me a time [to plead]?
If I justify myself, my own mouth will condemn me, [if I say], 'I [am] perfect,' it will also prove me perverse.
[Though] I [were] perfect, [yet] I would not know my soul, I would despise my life.
This [is] one [thing], therefore I said [it], 'He destroys the perfect and the wicked.'
If the scourge suddenly slays, He will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked, He covers the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, [and] who [is] He?
Now my days are swifter than a post, they flee away, they see no good.
They are passed away as the swift ships, as the eagle [that] hastens to the prey.
If I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort [myself].'
I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that You will not hold me innocent.
[If] I am wicked, why then do I labor in vain?
If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;
Yet You will plunge me in the ditch, and my own clothes will abhor me.
For [He is] not a man, as I [am, that] I should answer Him, [and] we should come together in judgment.
Neither is there any argument between us, [that] might lay His hand upon us both.
Let Him take His rod away from me, and do not let His fear terrify me.
[Then] would I speak, and not fear Him; but [it is] not so with me.
My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
I will say to God, 'Do not condemn me; show me why You contend with me.
[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?
Do You have eyes of flesh? Or do You see as man sees?
[Are] Your days as the days of man? [Are] Your years as man's days,
That You inquire after my iniquity, and search after my sin?
You know that I am not wicked; and [there are] none who can deliver out of Your hand.
Remember, I beseech You, that You have made me as the clay; and You will bring me into dust again? [*20:55]
Have you not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
You have clothed me with skin and flesh, and have fenced me with bones and sinews.
You have granted me life and favor, and Your visitation has preserved my spirit.
And You have hidden these [things] in Your heart, I know that this [is] with You.
If I sin, then You mark me, and You will not acquit me from my iniquity.
If I am wicked, woe to me; and [if] I am righteous, [still] I will not lift up my head. [I am] full of confusion; therefore You see my affliction;
For it increases. You hunt me as a fierce lion, and again You show Yourself marvelous upon me.
You renew Your witnesses against me, and increase Your indignation upon me; changes and war [are] against me.
Why then have You brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!'
I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
[Are] my days not few? Cease [then, and] let me alone, that I may take a little comfort,
Before I go [from where] I will not return, [even] to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
A land of darkness, as darkness [itself; and] of the shadow of death, without any order, and [where] the light [is] as darkness."
Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,
"Should the multitude of words not be answered? And should a man full of talk be justified?
Should your lies make men hold their peace? And when you mock, will no man make you ashamed?
For you have said, 'My doctrine [is] pure, and I am clean in Your eyes.'
But oh that God would speak, and open His lips against you;
And that He would show you the secrets of wisdom, that [they are] double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacts of you [less] than your iniquity [deserves].
Can you, by searching, find out God? Can you find out the Almighty to perfection?
[It is] as high as heaven; what can you do? Deeper than Hell; what can you know?
The measure thereof [is] longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
If He cuts off, and shuts up, or gathers together, then who can hinder Him?
For He knows vain men, He sees wickedness also; will He then not consider [it]?
For vain man would be wise, though man is born [like] a wild donkey's colt.
If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward Him;
If iniquity [is] in your hand, put it far away, and do not let wickedness dwell in your tabernacles.
For then you will lift up your face without spot; indeed, you will be steadfast, and will not fear.
Because you will forget [your] misery, [and] remember [it] as waters [that] pass away.
And [your] age will be clearer than the noonday; you will shine forth, you will be as the morning.
And you will be secure, because there is hope; indeed, you will dig [about you, and] you will take your rest in safety.
Also you will lie down, and none will make [you] afraid; indeed, many will make suit to you.
But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and they will not escape, and their hope [will be as] the giving up of the ghost."
And Job answered and said,
"No doubt, but you [are] the people, and wisdom will die with you.
But I have understanding as well as you; I [am] not inferior to you, indeed, who does not know such things as these?
I am [as] one mocked of his neighbor, who calls upon God, and He answers him, the just [and] upright [man is] laughed to scorn.
He who is ready to slip with [his] feet [is as] a lamp despised in the thought of him who is at ease.
The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and those who provoke God are secure; into whose hand God brings [abundantly].
But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the fowls of the air, and they will tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who does not know in all these that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In whose hand [is] the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
Does the ear not try words? And the mouth taste its meat?
With the ancient [is] wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
With Him [is] wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding.
Behold, He breaks down, and it cannot be built again, He shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.
Behold, He withholds the waters, and they dry up, also He sends them out, and they overturn the earth.
With Him [is] strength and wisdom, the deceived and the deceiver [are] His.
He leads counselors away spoiled, and makes the judges fools.
He looses the bond of kings, and girds their loins with a girdle.
He leads princes away spoiled, and overthrows the mighty.
He removes the speech of the trusty, and takes away the understanding of the aged.
He pours contempt upon princes, and weakens the strength of the mighty.
He discovers deep things out of darkness, and brings out the shadow of death to light.
He increases the nations, and destroys them, He enlarges the nations, and straitens them [again].
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.
They grope in the dark without light, and He makes them to stagger like [a] drunk [man].
Behold, my eye has seen all [this], my ear has heard and understood it.
What you know, I know [the same] also, I [am] not inferior to you.
Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.
But you [are] forgers of lies, you [are] all physicians of no value.
O that you would altogether hold your peace! And it should be your wisdom.
Now hear my reasoning, and hear the pleadings of my lips.
Will you speak wickedly for God? And talk deceitfully for Him?
Will you accept His person? Will you contend for God?
Is it good that He should search you out? Or as one man mocks another, do you [so] mock Him?
He will surely reprove you, if you secretly accept persons.
Should His excellency not make you afraid? And His dread fall upon you?
Your remembrances [are] like ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.
Hold your peace, leave me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what [will].
Why do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?
Though He slays me, yet I will trust in Him, but I will maintain my own ways before Him.
He also [will be] my salvation, for a hypocrite will not come before Him.
Hear my speech diligently, and my declaration with your ears.
Behold now, I have ordered [my] cause; I know that I will be justified.
Who [is] he [who] will contend with me? For now, if I hold my tongue, I will give up the ghost.
Only do not do two [things] to me, then I will not hide myself from You.
Withdraw Your hand far from me, and do not let Your dread make me afraid.
Then call, and I will answer, or let me speak, and answer me.
How many [are] my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.
Why do You hide Your Face, and hold me for Your enemy?
Will You break a leaf driven here and there? And You will pursue the dry stubble?
For You write bitter things against me, and make me to possess the iniquities of my youth.
You put my feet also in the stocks, and look narrowly to all my paths; You set a print upon the heels of my feet.
And he, as a rotten thing, consumes, as a garment that is moth eaten.
Man [that is] born of a woman [is] of few days, and full of trouble.
He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down, he flees also as a shadow, and does not continue.
And do You open Your eyes upon such a one, and bring me into judgment with You?
Who can bring a clean [thing] out of an unclean? Not one.
Seeing his days [are] determined, the number of his months [are] with You, You have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
Turn from him, that he may rest, until he will accomplish, as a hireling, his day.
For there is hope of a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
Though the root thereof waxes old in the earth, and the stock thereof dies in the ground;
[Yet] through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
But man dies, and wastes away, indeed, man gives up the ghost, and where [is] he?
[As] the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decays and dries up.
So man lies down, and does not rise, until the heavens [are] no more, they will not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
O that You would hide me in the grave, that You would keep me secret, until Your wrath has past, that You would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
If a man dies, will he live [again]? I will wait all the days of my appointed time, until my change comes.
You will call, and I will answer You, You will have a desire to the work of Your hands.
For now You number my steps, do You not watch over my sin?
My transgression [is] sealed up in a bag, and You sew up my iniquity.
And surely the mountain falling comes to nothing, and the rock is removed out of his place.
The waters wear the stones, You wash away the things which grow [out] of the dust of the earth; and You destroy the hope of man.
You prevail forever against him, and he passes, You change his countenance, and send him away.
His sons come to honor, and he does not know [it]; and they are brought low, but he does not perceive [it] of them.
But his flesh upon him will have pain, and his soul within him will mourn."
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
"Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
Should he reason with unprofitable talk? Or with speeches whereby he can do no good?
Indeed, you cast off fear, and restrain prayer before God.
For your mouth utters your iniquity, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
Your own mouth condemns you, and not I, indeed, your own lips testify against you.
[Are] you the first man [who] was born? Or were you made before the hills?
Have you heard the secret of God? And do you restrain wisdom to yourself?
What do you know, that we do not know? [What] do you understand, which [is] not in us?
With us [are] both the grayheaded and very aged men, much older than your father.
[Are] the consolations of God small with you? Is there any secret thing with you?
Why does your heart carry you away? And what do your eyes wink at,
That you turn your spirit against God, and let [such] words go out of your mouth?
What [is] man, that he should be clean? And [he who is] born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
Behold, He puts no trust in His saints; indeed, the heavens are not clean in His sight.
How much more abominable and filthy [is] man, who drinks iniquity like water?
I will show you, hear me; and that [which] I have seen I will declare;
Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hidden [it].
To whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.
The wicked man travails with pain all [his] days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.
A dreadful sound [is] in his ears, the destroyer will come upon him in prosperity.
He does not believe that he will return out of darkness, and he waits for the sword.
He wanders abroad for bread, [saying], 'Where [is it]?' He knows that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
Trouble and anguish will make him afraid; they will prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
For he stretches out his hand against God, and strengthens himself against the Almighty.
He runs upon Him, [even] in [his] neck [armor], with the thick bosses of his bucklers.
Because he covers his face with his fatness, and makes collops of fat on [his] flanks.
And he dwells in desolate cities, [and] in houses which no man inhabits, which are ready to become heaps.
He will not be rich, neither will his substance continue, neither will he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
He will not depart out of darkness; the flame will dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth he will go away.
Do not let him who is deceived trust in vanity, for vanity will be his recompense.
It will be accomplished before his time, and his branch will not be green.
He will shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and will cast off his flower as the olive.
For the congregation of hypocrites [will be] desolate, and fire will consume the tabernacles of bribery.
They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepares deceit."
Then Job answered and said,
"I have heard many such things, you all [are] miserable comforters.
Should vain words have an end? Or what emboldens you that you answer?
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.
[But] I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should assuage [your grief].
Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged, and [though] I forbear, what am I eased?
But now it has made me weary, You have made all my company desolate.
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.
He tears [me] in his wrath, who hates me, he gnashes upon me with his teeth; my enemy sharpens his eyes upon me.
They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have struck me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.
God has delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
I was at ease, but He has broken me asunder, He has also taken [me] by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for His mark.
His archers encompass me round about, He cleaves my reins asunder, and does not spare; He pours out my gall upon the ground.
He breaks me with breach upon breach, He runs upon me like a giant.
I have sown sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.
My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids [is] the shadow of death;
Not for [any] injustice in my hands, also my prayer [is] pure.
O earth, do not cover my blood, and let my cry have no place.
Also now, behold, my witness [is] in heaven, and my record [is] on high.
My friends scorn me, [but] my eye pours out [tears] to God.
O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man [pleads] for his neighbor!
When a few years have come, then I will go the way [from where] I will not return.
My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves [are ready] for me.
[Are there] not mockers with me? And does my eye not continue in their provocation?
Lay down now, put me in a surety with You; who [is] he [who] will strike hands with me?
For You have hidden their heart from understanding, therefore You will not exalt [them].
He who speaks flattery to [his] friends, even the eyes of his children will fail.
He has also made me a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.
My eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members [are] as a shadow.
Upright [men] will be astonished at this, and the innocent will stir himself up against the hypocrite.
The righteous will also hold on his way, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.
But as for you all, do you return, and come now, for I cannot find [one] wise [man] among you.
My days have past, my purposes are broken off, [even] the thoughts of my heart.
They change the night into day, the light [is] short because of darkness.
If I wait, the grave [is] my house, I have made my bed in the darkness.
I have said to corruption, 'You [are] my father,' to the worm, '[You are] my mother, and my sister.'
And now where [is] my hope? As for my hope, who will see it?
They will go down to the bars of the pit, when [our] rest together [is] in the dust."
Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said,
"How long [will it be before] you make an end of words? Mark, and afterwards we will speak.
Why are we counted as beasts, [and] reputed [as] vile in your sight?
He tears himself in his anger, will the earth be forsaken for you? And will the rock be removed out of his place?
Indeed, the light of the wicked will be put out, and the spark of his fire will not shine.
The light will be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle will be put out with him.
The steps of his strength will be straitened, and his own counsel will cast him down.
For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks upon a snare.
The gin will take [him] by the heel, [and] the robber will prevail against him.
The snare [is] laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.
Terrors will make him afraid on every side, and will drive him to his feet.
His strength will be hungerbitten, and destruction [will be] ready at his side.
It will devour the strength of his skin, [even] the firstborn of death will devour his strength.
His confidence will be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it will bring him to the king of terrors.
It will dwell in his tabernacle, because [it is] none of his, brimstone will be scattered upon his habitation.
His roots will be dried up beneath, and his branch will be cut off above.
His remembrance will perish from the earth, and he will have no name in the street.
He will be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.
He will neither have son or nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.
They who come after [him] will be astonished at his day, as those who went before were frightened.
Surely such [are] the dwellings of the wicked, and this [is] the place [of him who] does not know God."
Then Job answered and said,
"How long you will vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?
These ten times have you reproached me, you are not ashamed [that] you make yourselves strange to me.
And indeed it is [that] I have erred, my error remains with myself.
If you will indeed magnify [yourselves] against me, and plead my reproach against me.
Know that God has indeed overthrown me, and has encompassed me with His net.
Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard, I cry aloud, but [there is] no judgment.
He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and He has set darkness in my paths.
He has stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown [from] my head.
He has destroyed me on every side, and I am gone, and He has removed my hope like a tree.
He has also kindled His wrath against me, and He counts me to Him as [one of] His enemies.
His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp around my tabernacle.
He has put my brethren far from me, and my acquaintances are verily estranged from me.
My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
They who dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger, I am a sojourner in their sight.
I called my servant, and he gave [me] no answer; I entreated him with my mouth.
My breath is strange to my wife, though I entreated for the children's [sake] of my own body.
Indeed, young children despised me; I arose, and they spoke against me.
All my inward friends abhorred me, and they whom I loved have turned against me.
My bone cleaves to my skin and to my flesh, and I have escaped with the skin of my teeth.
Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O my friends; for the hand of God has touched me.
Why do you persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were printed in a book!
That they were engraved with an iron pen and hewn in the rock forever!
For I know [that] my Redeemer lives, and [that] He will stand at the Latter [Day] upon the earth.
And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh will I see God.
Whom I will see for myself, and my eyes will behold, and not another; [though] my reins are consumed within me.
But you should say, 'Why do we persecute him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?'
Be afraid of the sword, for wrath [brings] the punishments of the sword, that you may know [there is] a judgment."
Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,
"Therefore my thoughts cause me to answer, and for [this] I make haste.
I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.
Do you [not] know this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
That the triumphing of the wicked [is] short, and the joy of the hypocrite [but] for a moment?
Though his excellency mounts up to the heavens, and his head reaches to the clouds;
[Yet] he will perish forever like his own dung, they who have seen him will say, 'Where [is] he?'
He will fly away as a dream, and will not be found, indeed, he will be chased away as a vision of the night.
The eye also [which] saw him will [see him] no more; neither will his place any more behold him.
His children will seek to please the poor, and his hands will restore their goods.
His bones are full [of the sin] of his youth, which will lie down with him in the dust.
Though wickedness is sweet in his mouth, [though] he hides it under his tongue;
[Though] he spares it, and does not forsake it; but keeps it still within his mouth.
[Yet] his meat in his bowels is turned, [it is] the gall of asps within him.
He has swallowed down riches, and he will vomit them up again, God will cast them out of his belly.
He will suck the poison of asps, the viper's tongue will slay him.
He will not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.
That which he labored for, he will restore, and will not swallow [it] down, the restitution [will be] according to [his] substance, and he will not rejoice [therein].
Because he has oppressed [and] has forsaken the poor; [because] he has violently taken away a house which he did not build;
Surely he will not feel quietness in his belly, he will not save of that which he desired.
None of his meat will be left there; therefore no man will look for his goods.
In the fullness of his sufficiency he will be in straits, every hand of the wicked will come upon him.
[When] he is about to fill his belly, [God] will cast the fury of His wrath upon him, and will rain [it] upon him while he is eating.
He will flee from the iron weapon, [and] the bow of steel will strike him through.
It is drawn, and comes out of the body; indeed, the glittering sword comes out of his gall, terrors [are] upon him.
All darkness [will be] hidden in his secret places, a fire not blown will consume him; it will go ill with him who is left in his tabernacle.
The heaven will reveal his iniquity; and the earth will rise up against him.
The increase of his house will depart, [and his goods] will flow away in the Day of His wrath.
This [is] the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed to him by God."
But Job answered and said,
"Hear my speech diligently, and let this be your consolations.
Bear with me that I may speak; and after I have spoken, mock on.
As for me, [is] my complaint to man? And if [it were so], why should my spirit not be troubled?
Mark me, and be astonished, and lay [your] hand upon [your] mouth.
Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling takes hold on my flesh.
Why do the wicked live, become old, indeed, are mighty in power?
Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
Their houses [are] safe from fear, neither [is] the rod of God upon them.
Their bull passes, and does not fail; their cow delivers, and does not cast her calf.
They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.
Therefore they say to God, 'Depart from us; for we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
What [is] the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit should we have, if we pray to Him?'
Behold, their good [is] not in their hand, the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
How often is the candle of the wicked put out! And [how often] does their destruction come upon them! [God] distributes sorrows in His anger.
They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carries away.
God lays up His iniquity for His children, He rewards him, and he will know [it].
His eyes will see his destruction, and he will drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
For what pleasure [does] he [have] in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?
Should [any] teach God knowledge? Seeing He judges those who are high.
One dies in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.
And another dies in the bitterness of his soul, and never eats with pleasure.
They will lie down alike in the dust, and the worms will cover them.
Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices [which] you wrongfully imagine against me.
For you say, 'Where [is] the house of the prince? And where [are] the dwelling places of the wicked?'
Have you not asked those who go by the way? And do you not know their tokens,
That the wicked are reserved to the Day of Destruction? They will be brought forth to the Day of Wrath.
Who will declare his way to his face? And who will repay him [what] he has done?
Yet he will be brought to the grave, and will remain in the tomb.
The clods of the valley will be sweet to him, and every man will draw after him, as [they are] innumerable before him.
How then do you comfort me in vain, seeing there remains falsehood in your answers?"
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
"Can a man be profitable to God, as he who is wise may be profitable to himself?
[Is it] any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous? Or [is it] a gain [to Him], that you make your ways perfect?
Will He reprove you for fear of you? Will He enter with you into judgment?
[Is] your wickedness not great? And your iniquities infinite?
For you have taken a pledge from your brother for nothing, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
You have not given water to the weary to drink, and you have withheld bread from the hungry.
But [as for] the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honorable man dwelt in it.
You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
Therefore snares [are] around you, and sudden fear troubles you;
Or darkness, [that] you cannot see; and abundance of waters cover you.
[Is] God not in the height of heaven? And behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
And you say, 'How does God know? Can He judge through the dark cloud?
Thick clouds [are] a covering to Him, that He does not see;' and 'He walks in the circuit of heaven.'
Have you marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
Who were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood.
Who said to God, 'Depart from us, and what can the Almighty do for them?'
Yet He filled their houses with good [things], but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
The righteous see [it], and are glad, and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the fire consumes the remnant of them.
Acquaint yourself with Him now, and be at peace, thereby good will come to you.
Receive, I pray you, the law from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart.
If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up, you will put iniquity far away from your tabernacles.
Then you will lay up gold as dust, and the [gold] of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
Indeed, the Almighty will be your defense, and you will have plenty of silver.
For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, and will lift up your face to God.
You will make your prayer to Him, and He will hear you, and you will pay your vows.
You will also decree a thing, and it will be established to you, and the light will shine upon your ways.
When [men] are cast down, then you will say, '[There is] lifting up;' and He will save the humble person.
He will deliver the island of the innocent, and it is delivered by the pureness of your hands."
Then Job answered and said,
"Even today my complaint [is] bitter, my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
Oh that I knew where I might find Him! [That] I might come [even] to His seat!
I would order [my] cause before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
I would know the words [which] He would answer me, and understand what He would say to me.
Will He plead against me with [His] great power? No; but He would put [strength] in me.
There the righteous might dispute with Him; so I should be delivered forever from my Judge.
Behold, I go forward, but He [is] not [there]; and backward, but I cannot perceive Him.
On the left hand, where He does work, but I cannot behold [Him], He hides Himself on the right hand, that I cannot see [Him].
But He knows the way that I take, [when] He has tried me, I will come forth as gold.
My foot has held His steps, I have kept His way and not declined.
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary [food].
But He [is] in one [mind], and who can turn Him? And [what] His soul desires, even [that] He does.
For He performs [the thing that is] appointed for me, and many such [things are] with Him.
Therefore I am troubled at His presence, when I consider, I am afraid of Him.
For God makes my heart soft, and the Almighty troubles me.
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, [neither] has He covered the darkness from my face.
Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do those who know Him not see His days?
[Some] remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed [thereof].
They drive away the donkey of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
They turn the needy out of the way, the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
Behold, [as] wild donkeys in the desert, they go forth to their work; rising early for a prey, the wilderness [yields] food for them [and] for [their] children.
They reap [every one] his corn in the field, and they gather the vintage of the wicked.
They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that [they have] no covering in the cold.
They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.
They cause [him] to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf [from] the hungry;
[Who] make oil within their walls, [and] tread [their] winepresses, and suffer thirst.
Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded cries out, yet God does not lay folly [to them].
They are of those who rebel against the light; they do not know the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
The murderer rising with the light kills the poor and needy, and is as a thief in the night.
The eye also of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, 'No eye will see me,' and disguises [his] face.
They dig through houses in the dark, [which] they had marked for themselves in the daytime, they do not know the light.
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.
He [is] swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth, he does not behold the way of the vineyards.
Drought and heat consume the snow waters, [so does] the grave [of those who] have sinned.
The womb will forget him; the worm will feed sweetly on him; he will no longer be remembered; and wickedness will be broken as a tree.
He entreats evil to the barren [who] does not bear, and does no good to the widow.
He also draws the mighty with his power, he rises up, and no [man] is sure of life.
[Though] it is given to him [to be] in safety, whereon he rests; yet His eyes [are] upon their ways.
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 corn.
And if [it is] not [so] now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech worth nothing?"
Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said,
"Dominion and fear [are] with Him, He makes peace in His high places.
Is there any number of His armies? And upon whom does His light not arise?
How then can man be justified with God? Or how can he be clean [who is] born of a woman?
Behold even to the moon, and it does not shine; indeed, the stars are not pure in His sight.
How much less man, [that is] a worm? And the son of man, [which is] a worm?"
But Job answered and said,
"How have you helped [him who is] without power? [How] have you saved the arm [that has] no strength?
How have you counseled [him who has] no wisdom? And [how] have you plentifully declared the thing as it is?
To whom have you uttered words? And whose spirit came from you?
Dead [things] are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.
Hell [is] naked before Him, and destruction has no covering.
He stretches out the north over the empty place, [and] hangs the earth upon nothing.
He binds up the waters in His thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.
He holds back the face of His Throne, [and] spreads His cloud upon it.
He divides the sea with His power, and by His understanding He strikes through the proud.
By His spirit He has garnished the heavens; His hand has formed the crooked serpent.
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?"
Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
"[As] God lives, [who] has taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, [who] has vexed my soul;
All the while my breath [is] in me, and the Spirit of God [is] in my nostrils;
My lips will not speak wickedness, nor will my tongue utter deceit.
God forbid that I should justify you, until I die, I will not remove my integrity from me.
I hold fast my righteousness, and will not let it go, my heart will not reproach [me] so long as I live.
Let my enemy be as the wicked, and he who rises up against me as the unrighteous.
For what [is] the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul?
Will God hear his cry when trouble comes upon him?
Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call upon God?
I will teach you by the hand of God, I will not conceal [that] which [is] with the Almighty.
Behold, all of you have seen [it] yourselves; why then are you thus altogether vain?
This [is] the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, [which] they will receive of the Almighty.
If his children are multiplied, [it is] for the sword, and his offspring will not be satisfied with bread.
Those who remain of him will be buried in death, and his widows will not weep.
Though he heaps up silver as the dust, and prepares raiment as the clay;
He may prepare [it], but the just will put [it] on, and the innocent will divide the silver.
He builds his house as a moth, and as a booth [that] the keeper makes.
The rich man will lie down, but he will not be gathered, he opens his eyes, and he [is] not.
Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest steals him away in the night.
The east wind carries him away, and he departs, and as a storm hurls him out of his place.
For [God] will cast upon him, and not spare, he would run away out of its hand.
[Men] will clap their hands at him, and will hiss him out of his place.
Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold [where] they fine [it].
Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass [is] molten [out of] the stone.
He sets an end to darkness, and searches out all perfection, the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
The flood breaks out from the inhabitant; [even the waters] forgotten of the foot, they are dried up, they are gone away from men.
[As for] the earth, out of it comes bread, and under it is turned up as it were fire.
The stones of it [are] the place of sapphires, and it has dust of gold.
[There is] a path which no fowl knows, and which the vulture's eye has not seen.
The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor has the fierce lion passed by it.
He puts forth his hand upon the rock; He overturns the mountains by the roots.
He cuts out rivers among the rocks; and His eye sees every precious thing.
He binds the floods from overflowing; and [the thing that is] hidden, He brings forth to light.
But where will wisdom be found? And where [is] the place of understanding?
Man does not know the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
The depth says, 'It [is] not in me,' and the sea says, '[It is] not with me.'
It cannot be gotten for gold, neither will silver be weighed [for] the price thereof.
It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
The gold and the crystal cannot equal it, and the exchange of it [will not be for] jewels of fine gold.
No mention will be made of coral, or of pearls, for the price of wisdom [is] above rubies.
The topaz of Ethiopia will not equal it, neither will it be valued with pure gold.
From where then does wisdom come? And where [is] the place of understanding?
Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
Destruction and death say, 'We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.'
God understands the way thereof, and He knows the place thereof.
For He looks to the ends of the earth, [and] sees under the whole heaven;
To make the weight for the winds; and He weighs the waters by measure.
When He made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder.
And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom [*4:131]; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.'"
Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
"Oh that I were as [in] months past, as [in] the days [when] God preserved me;
When His candle shined upon my head, [and when] by His light I walked [through] darkness;
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God [was] upon my tabernacle;
When the Almighty [was] still with me, [when] my children [were] about me;
When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured out rivers of oil for me;
When I went out to the gate through the city, [when] I prepared my seat in the street!
The young men saw me, and hid themselves, and the aged arose, [and] stood up.
The princes refrained talking, and laid [their] hand on their mouth.
The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
When the ear heard [me], then it blessed me; and when the eye saw [me], it gave witness to me.
Because I delivered the poor who cried, and the fatherless, and [him who had] none to help him.
The blessing of him who was ready to perish came upon me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me, my judgment [was] as a robe and a diadem.
I was eyes to the blind, and I [was] feet to the lame.
I [was] a father to the poor, and the cause [which] I did not know I searched out.
And I broke the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
Then I said, 'I will die in my nest, and I will multiply [my] days as the sand.'
My root [was] spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.
My glory [was] fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.
[Men] gave ear to me, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.
After my words, they did not speak again; and my speech dropped upon them.
And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide [as] for the latter rain.
[If] I laughed on them, they did not believe [it]; and they did not cast down the light of my countenance.
I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one [who] comforts the mourners.
But now [those who are] younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.
Indeed, whereto [might] the strength of their hands [profit] me, in whom old age has perished?
For want and famine, [they were] solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in the former time, desolate and waste.
Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots [for] their meat.
They were driven forth from among [men], (they cried after them as [after] a thief);
To dwell in the cliffs of the valleys, [in] caves of the earth, and [in] the rocks.
They brayed among the bushes; they were gathered together under the nettles.
[They were] children of fools, indeed, children of base men, they were viler than the earth.
And now I am their song, indeed, I am their byword.
They abhor me, they flee far from me, and do not spare to spit in my face.
Because he has loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
The youth rises upon [my] right [hand]; they push away my feet, and they raise up the ways of their destruction against me.
They mar my path, they set my calamity forward, they have no helper.
They came [upon me] as a wide breaking in [of waters], they rolled themselves [upon me] in the desolation.
Terrors are turned upon me, they pursue my soul as the wind, and my welfare passes away as a cloud.
And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
My bones are pierced in me in the night season, and my sinews take no rest.
My garment is changed by the great force [of my disease], it binds me about as the collar of my coat.
He has cast me into the mire, and I have become like dust and ashes.
I cry to You, and You do not hear me, I stand up, and You do regard [not] me.
You have become cruel to me, with Your strong hand You oppose Yourself against me.
You lift me up to the wind; You cause me to ride [upon it], and dissolve my substance.
For I know [that] You will bring me [to] death, and [to] the house appointed for all living.
Howbeit he will not stretch out [his] hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.
Did I not weep for him who was in trouble? Was my soul [not] grieved for the poor?
When I looked for good, then evil came [to me], and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
My bowels boiled, and did not rest, the days of affliction prevented me.
I went mourning without the sun, I stood up, [and] I cried in the congregation.
I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
My harp is also [turned] to mourning, and my organ into the voice of those who weep.
I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
For what portion of God [is there] from above? And [what] inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
[Is] destruction not to the wicked? And a strange [punishment] to the workers of iniquity?
Does He not see my ways, and count all my steps?
If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot has hastened to deceit;
Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know my integrity.
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;
[Then] let me sow, and let another eat; indeed, let my offspring be rooted out.
If my heart has been deceived by a woman, or [if] I have laid wait at my neighbor's door;
[Then] let my wife grind to another, and let others bow down upon her.
For this [is] a heinous crime; indeed, it [is] an iniquity [to be punished by] the judges.
For it [is] a fire [that] consumes to destruction, and would root out all my increase.
If I despised the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;
What then will I do when God rises up? And when He visits, what will I answer Him?
Did He who made me in the womb not make him? And did one not fashion us in the womb?
If I have withheld the poor from [their] desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless have not eaten thereof;
(For from my youth he was brought up with me, as [with] a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb);
If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;
If his loins have not blessed me, and [if] he were [not] warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate.
[Then] let my arm fall from my shoulder blade, and my arm be broken from the bone.
For destruction [from] God [was] a terror to me, and by reason of His highness, I could not endure.
If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, '[You are] my confidence;'
If I rejoiced because my wealth [was] great, and because my hand had gotten much;
If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking [in] brightness;
And my heart has been secretly enticed, or my mouth has kissed my hand.
This also [was] an iniquity [to be punished by] the judge, for I should have denied the God [that is] above.
If I rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him.
Neither have I allowed my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.
If the men of my tabernacle did not say, 'Oh that we had of his flesh! We cannot be satisfied.'
The stranger did not lodge in the street, [but] I opened my doors to the traveler.
If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom.
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?
Oh that one would hear me! Behold, my desire [is, that] the Almighty would answer me, and [that] my adversary had written a book.
Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, [and] bind it [as] a crown to me.
I would declare to him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near him.
If my land cries against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;
If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life.
Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he [was] righteous in his own eyes.
Then the wrath of Elihu was kindled, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram; his was wrath kindled against Job because he justified himself rather than God.
His wrath was also kindled against his three friends, because they had found no answer, and [yet] had condemned Job.
Now Elihu had waited until Job had spoken, because they [were] older than him.
When Elihu saw that [there was] no answer in the mouth of [these] three men, then his wrath was kindled.
And Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said, "I [am] young, and you [are] very old; therefore I was afraid, and did not show you my opinion.
I said, 'Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.'
But [there is] a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding.
Great men are not [always] wise, neither do the aged understand judgment.
Therefore I said, 'Listen to me; I will also show my opinion.'
Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, while you searched out what to say.
Indeed, I attended to you, and, behold, [there were] none of you who convinced Job, [or] who answered his words.
Unless you should say, 'We have found out wisdom, God thrusts him down, not man.'
Now he has not directed [his] words against me, neither will I answer him with your speeches."
They were amazed, they answered no more, they left off speaking.
When I had waited, (for they did not speak, but stood still, [and] answered no more);
[I said], "I will answer also my part, I also will show my opinion.
For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constrains me.
Behold, my belly [is] as wine [which] has no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
I will speak, that I may be refreshed, I will open my lips and answer.
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles to man.
For I do not know to give flattering titles; [in so doing] my Maker would soon take me away.
Therefore, Job, I pray you, hear my speeches, and hear all my words.
Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue has spoken in my mouth.
My words [will be of] the uprightness of my heart, and my lips will utter knowledge clearly.
The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life.
If you can answer me, set [your words] in order before me, stand up.
Behold, I [am] according to your wish in God's stead, I also am formed out of the clay.
Behold, my terror will not make you afraid, neither will my hand be heavy upon you.
Surely you have spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of [your] words, [saying],
'I am clean without transgression, I [am] innocent; neither [is there] iniquity in me.
Behold, He finds occasions against me, He counts me for his enemy,
He puts my feet in the stocks, He marks all my paths.'
Behold, [in] this you are not just, I will answer you, that God is greater than man.
Why do you strive against Him? For He does not give account of any of His matters.
For God speaks once, indeed twice, [yet man] does not perceive it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
Then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,
That He may withdraw man [from His] purpose, and hide pride from man.
He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong [pain].
So that his life abhors bread, and his soul, dainty meat.
His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones, [which] were not seen, stick out.
Indeed, his soul draws near the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
If there is a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show to man his uprightness.
Then he is gracious to him, and says, 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.'
His flesh will be fresher than a child's, he will return to the days of his youth.
He will pray to God, and he will be favorable to Him, and he will see His Face with joy, for He will render to man his righteousness.
He looks upon men, and [if any] says, 'I have sinned, and perverted [that which was] right, and it did not profit me;'
He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life will see the light.
Behold, God works all these [things] often with man,
To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
Mark well, O Job, hear me, hold your peace, and I will speak.
If you have anything to say, answer me, speak, for I desire to justify you.
If not, hear me, hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom."
Furthermore Elihu answered and said,
"Hear my words, O you wise [men]; and give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes meat.
Let us choose judgment to us, let us know among ourselves what [is] good.
For Job has said, 'I am righteous, and God has taken away my judgment.'
Should I lie against my right? My wound [is] incurable without transgression.
What man [is] like Job, [who] drinks up scorning like water?
Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, and walks with wicked men.
For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.'
Therefore hear me, you men of understanding, it is far from God, [that He should do] wickedness; and [from] the Almighty, [that He should commit] iniquity.
For He will render the work of a man to him, and cause every man to find according to [his] ways.
Indeed, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.
Who has given Him a charge over the earth? Or who has disposed the whole world?
If He sets His heart upon man, [if] He gathers His Spirit and His breath to Himself;
All flesh will perish together, and man will turn again to dust.
If now [you have] understanding, hear this, hear the voice of my words.
Should even he who hates right govern? And you will condemn him who is most just?
[Is it fit] to say to a king, '[You are] wicked?' [And] to princes, '[You are] ungodly?'
[How much less to Him] who does not accept the persons of princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor? For they all [are] the works of His hands.
For His eyes [are] upon the ways of man, and He sees all his goings.
[There is] no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. [*96:14]
For He will not lay upon man more [than right]; that he should enter into judgment with God.
He will break mighty men in pieces without number, and set others in their stead.
Therefore He knows their works, and He overturns [them] in the night, so that they are destroyed.
He strikes them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
Because they turned back from Him, and would not consider any of His ways.
So that they cause the cry of the poor to come to Him, and He hears the cry of the afflicted.
When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble? And when He hides [His] Face, who then can behold Him? Whether [it is done] against a nation, or against a man only.
That the hypocrite does not reign, unless the people are ensnared.
Surely it is proper to be said to God, 'I have borne [chastisement], I will not offend [anymore].
[That which] I do not see, teach me, if I have done iniquity, I will no longer do.'
[Should it be] according to your mind? He will recompense it, whether you refuse, or whether you choose; and not I, therefore speak what you know.
Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hear me.
Job has spoken without knowledge, and his words [were] without wisdom.
My desire [is that] Job may be tried to the end because of [his] answers for wicked men.
For he adds rebellion to his sin, he claps [his hands] among us, and multiplies his words against God."
Elihu spoke moreover, and said,
"Do you think this is right, [that] you said, 'My righteousness [is] more than God's?'
For you said, 'What advantage will it be to you?' [And], 'What profit will I have, [if I am cleansed] from my sin?'
I will answer you, and your companions with you.
Look to the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds [which] are higher than you.
If you sin, what do you do against Him? Or [if] your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to Him?
If you are righteous, what do you give Him? Or what does He receive of your hand?
Your wickedness [may hurt] a man as you [are]; and your righteousness [may profit] the son of man.
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make [the oppressed] cry, they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
But none says, 'Where [is] God my Maker, who gives songs in the night;
Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the fowls of heaven?'
There they cry, but none gives an answer, because of the pride of evil men.
Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.
Although you say you will not see Him, [yet] judgment [is] before Him; therefore trust in Him.
But now, because [it is] not [so], He has visited in His anger; yet He knows [it] not in great extremity.
Therefore Job opens his mouth in vain; he multiplies words without knowledge."
Elihu also proceeded, and said,
"Encompass me a little, and I will show you that [I have] yet to speak on God's behalf.
I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
For truly my words [will] not [be] false, He who is perfect in knowledge [is] with you.
Behold, God [is] mighty, and does not despise [any, He is] mighty in strength [and] wisdom.
He does not preserve the life of the wicked, but gives right to the poor.
He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous, but [they are] with kings on the throne; indeed, He establishes them forever, and they are exalted.
And if [they are] bound in fetters, [and] held in cords of affliction;
Then He shows them their work, and their transgressions, that they have exceeded.
He also opens their ear to discipline, and commands that they return from iniquity.
If they obey and serve [Him], they will spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
But if they do not obey, they will perish by the sword, and they will die without knowledge.
But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath, they do not cry when He binds them.
They die in youth, and their life [is] among the unclean.
He delivers the poor in his affliction, and opens their ears in oppression.
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 [should be] full of fatness.
Because [there is] wrath, [beware] unless He takes away with [His] stroke, then a great ransom cannot deliver you.
Do not desire the night, when people are cut off in their place.
Take heed, do not regard iniquity, for you have chosen this rather than affliction.
Behold, God exalts by His power, who teaches like Him?
Who has enjoined Him His way? Or who can say, 'You have contrived iniquity?'
Remember that you magnify His work, which men behold.
Every man may see it; man may behold [it] afar off.
Behold, God [is] great, and we do not know [Him], neither can the number of His years be searched out.
For He makes the drops of water small, they pour down rain according to the vapor thereof.
Which the clouds drop [and] distill upon man abundantly.
Also can [any] understand the spreadings of the clouds, [or] the noise of His tabernacle?
Behold, He spreads His light upon it, and covers the bottom of the sea.
For He judges the people by them; He gives meat in abundance.
He covers the light with clouds; and commands it [to not shine] by [the cloud] that comes between.
The noise thereof shows concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapor.
My heart also trembles at this, and is moved out of his place.
Hear the noise of His voice attentively, and the sound [that] goes out of His mouth.
He directs it under the whole heaven, and His lightning to the ends of the earth.
A voice roars after it, He thunders with the voice of His excellency; and He will not circumvent them when His voice is heard.
God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things, which we cannot comprehend.
For He says to the snow, 'Be [on] the earth;' likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of His strength.
He seals up the hand of every man; that all men may know His work.
Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.
The whirlwind comes out of the south, and cold out of the north.
Frost is given by the breath of God, and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
He also wearies the thick cloud by watering, He scatters His bright cloud.
And it is turned around by His counsels, that they may do whatever He commands them upon the face of the world in the earth.
He causes it to come, whether for correction, or for His land, or for mercy.
Listen to this, O Job, stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
Do you know when God disposed them, and caused the light of His cloud to shine?
Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?
How your garments [are] warm, when He quiets the earth by the south [wind]?
Have you spread out the heaven with Him, [which is] strong, [and] as a molten mirror?
Teach us what we will say to Him; [for] we cannot order [our speech] by reason of darkness.
Should it be told to Him that I speak? If a man speaks, surely he will be swallowed up.
And now [men] do not see the bright light which [is] in the clouds, but the wind passes, and cleanses them.
Fair weather comes out of the north, with God [is] terrible majesty.
[Touching] the Almighty, we cannot find Him out, [He is] excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice, He will not afflict.
Men do therefore fear Him, He does not respect any [who are] wise of heart."
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
"Who [is] this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Now gird up your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer Me.
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding.
Who has laid the measures thereof, if you know? Or who has stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof;
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Or [who] shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, [as if] it had issued out of the womb?
When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
And broke up for it My decreed [place], and set bars and doors,
And said, 'Here you will come, but no further, and here will your proud waves be stayed?'
Have you commanded the morning since your days; [and] caused the dayspring to know his place;
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
It is turned as clay [to] the seal; and they stand as a garment.
And their light is withheld from the wicked, and the high arm will be broken.
Have you entered into the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in the search of the depth?
Have the gates of death been opened to you? Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
Where [is] the way [where] light dwells? And [as for] darkness, where [is] the place thereof, [*17:12]
That you should take it to the bound thereof, and that you should know the paths [to] the house thereof?
Do you know [it], because you were born then? Or [because] the number of your days [is] great?
Have you entered into the treasures of the snow? Or have you seen the treasures of the hail,
Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
By what way is the light parted, [which] scatters the east wind upon the earth?
Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;
To cause it to rain on the earth, [where] no man [is; on] the wilderness, wherein [there is] no man;
To satisfy the desolate and waste [ground]; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
Does the rain have a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
Out of whose womb did the ice come? And the hoary frost of heaven, who has generated it?
The waters are hidden as [with] a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? Or can you guide Arcturus with his sons?
Do you know the ordinances of heaven? Can you set the dominion thereof in the earth?
Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover you?
Can you send lightnings, that they may go, and say to you, 'Here we [are]?'
Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who has given understanding to the heart?
Who can number the clouds in wisdom? Or who can lie down the bottles of heaven,
When the dust grows into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
Will you hunt the prey for the lion? Or fill the appetite of the young lions,
When they prostrate in [their] dens, [and] abide in the covert to lie in wait?
Who provides food for the raven? When his young ones cry to God, they wander for lack of meat.
Do you know the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? [Or] can you mark when the hinds do calve?
Can you number the months [that] they fulfill? Or know the time when they bring forth?
They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.
Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and do not return to them.
Who has sent out the wild donkey free? Or who has loosed the bands of the wild donkey?
Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.
He scorns the multitude of the city, neither does he regard the crying of the driver.
The range of the mountains [is] his pasture, and he searches after every green thing.
Will the unicorn be willing to serve you, or abide by your crib?
Can you bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? Or will he harrow the valleys after you?
Will you trust him, because his strength [is] great? Or will you leave your labor to him?
Will you believe him, that he will bring home your seed, and gather [it into] your barn?
[Did you give] the good wings to the peacocks? Or wings and feathers to the ostrich?
Which leaves her eggs in the earth, and warms them in dust,
And forgets that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.
She is hardened against her young ones, as though [they were] not hers, her labor is in vain without fear;
Because God has deprived her of wisdom, neither has He imparted to her understanding.
What time she lifts up herself on high, she scorns the horse and his rider.
Have you given the horse strength? Have you clothed his neck with thunder?
Can you make him afraid as a grasshopper? The glory of his nostrils [is] terrible.
He paws in the valley, and rejoices in [his] strength, he goes on to meet the armed men.
He mocks at fear, and is not frightened; neither does he turn back from the sword.
The quiver rattles against him, the glittering spear and the shield.
He swallows the ground with fierceness and rage, neither does he believe that [it is] the sound of the trumpet.
He says among the trumpets, 'Ha, ha;' and he smells the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, [and] stretch her wings toward the south?
Does the eagle mount up at your command, and make her nest on high?
She dwells and abides on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.
From there she seeks the prey, [and] her eyes behold afar off.
Her young ones also suck up blood, and where the slain [are], there she [is]."
Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said,
"Should he who contends with the Almighty instruct [Him]? He who reproves God, let him answer it."
Then Job answered the Lord, and said,
"Behold, I am vile; what will I answer You? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.
Once have I spoken; but I will not answer, indeed, twice; but I will proceed no further."
Then the Lord answered to Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
"Now gird up your loins like a man, I will demand of you, and declare to Me.
Will you also disannul My judgment? Will you condemn Me, that you may be righteous?
Do you have an arm like God? Or can you thunder with a voice like Him?
Deck yourself now [with] majesty and excellency; and array yourself with glory and beauty.
Cast the rage of your wrath abroad, and behold everyone [who is] proud, and abase him.
Look on everyone [who is] proud, [and] bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
Hide them in the dust together; [and] bind their faces in secret.
Then I will also confess to you that your own right hand can save you.
Behold now behemoth, which I made with you; he eats grass as an ox.
Behold now, his strength [is] in his loins, and his force [is] in the navel of his belly.
He moves his tail like a cedar, the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
His bones [are as] strong pieces of brass; his bones [are] like bars of iron.
He [is] the chief of the ways of God, He who made him can make his sword approach [him].
Surely the mountains bring forth food for him, where all the beasts of the field play.
He lies under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
The shady trees cover him [with] their shadow; the willows of the brook encompass him about.
Behold, he drinks up a river, [and] does not hasten, he trusts that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
He takes it with his eyes, [his] nose pierces through snares.
Can you draw out leviathan with a hook? Or his tongue with a cord [which] you let down?
Can you put a hook into his nose? Or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
Will he make many supplications to you? Will he speak soft [words] to you?
Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him for a servant forever?
Will you play with him as [with] a bird? Or you will bind him for your maidens?
Should the companions make a banquet of him? Will they part him among the merchants?
Can you fill his skin with barbed irons? Or his head with fish spears?
Lay your hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
Behold, the hope of him is in vain, will [one] not be cast down even at the sight of him?
I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
Who can discover the face of his garment? [Or] who can come [to him] with his double bridle?
Who can open the doors of his face? His teeth [are] terrible round about.
[His] scales [are his] pride, shut up together [as with] a close seal.
One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
They are joined to one another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
A light shines by his neesings, and his eyes [are] like the eyelids of the morning.
Out of his mouth go burning lamps, [and] sparks of fire leap out.
Out of his nostrils goes smoke, as [out] of a seething pot or caldron.
His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes out of his mouth.
In his neck remains strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
The flakes of his flesh are joined together, they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
His heart is as firm as a stone; indeed, as hard as a piece of the nether [millstone].
When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid, by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
The sword of him who lays at him cannot hold, the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
He esteems iron as straw, [and] brass as rotten wood.
The arrow cannot make him flee, slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
Darts are counted as stubble, he laughs at the shaking of a spear.
Sharp stones [are] under him, he spreads sharp pointed things upon the mire.
He makes the deep boil like a pot, he makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
He makes a path to shine after him; [one] would think the deep [to be] hoary.
Upon earth there is not his rule, who is made without fear.
He beholds all high [things], he [is] a king over all the children of pride."
Then Job answered the Lord, and said,
"I know that You can do every [thing], and [that] no thought can be withheld from You.
Who [is] he who hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered that I do not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
Hear, I beseech You, and I will speak, I will demand of You, and declare to me.
I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.
Therefore I abhor [myself], and repent in dust and ashes."
And it was [so], that after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "My wrath is kindled against you, and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me [the thing that is] right, as My servant Job [has].
Therefore take seven bullocks and seven rams to you now, and go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job will pray for you, for him will I accept, unless I deal with you [after your] folly, in that you have not spoken of Me [the thing which is] right, like My servant Job."
And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends, also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Then all his brethren 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 bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him, every man also gave him a piece of money, and everyone, an earring of gold.
So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning, for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand female donkeys.
And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.
And in all the land no women were found [so] fair as the daughters of Job, and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, [even] four generations.
So Job died, [being] old and full of days.