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.
Please receive 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 has encompassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.
The pillars of heaven *13:2, *31:10 tremble and are astonished at His reproof.
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.
Then He saw it, and declared it; He prepared it, indeed, and searched it out.
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.
Please do not let me 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, please 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.
In a moment they will die, and the people will be troubled at midnight, and pass away, and the mighty will be taken away without hand.
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. *Book of Enoch 9:5, *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.
But you have fulfilled the judgment of the wicked, judgment and justice take hold [on you].
Because [there is] wrath, [beware] unless He takes away with [His] stroke, then a great ransom cannot deliver you.
Will He esteem your riches? [No], not gold, nor all the forces of strength. *2:48, *2:123, *3:91, *5:36, *10:54, *13:18, *39:47, *57:15, *70:11 - 14
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?
Have you perceived the breadth of the earth? Declare if you know it all.
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?
None [are so] fierce who dare stir him up, who then is able to stand before Me?
Who has prevented Me, that I should repay [him? Whatever is] under the whole heaven is Mine. *3:189, *5:120
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."
So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite [and] Zophar the Naamathite went, and did accordingly as the Lord commanded them, the Lord also accepted 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.
He also had seven sons and three daughters. *21:84, *38:43
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.