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3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.
4 He is wise in heart, and mnighty in strength: who bath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered ?
5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.
6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.
8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.
11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.
12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him ? who will say unto him, What doest thou?
13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.
14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?
15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.
16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto
18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.
19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?
20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.
22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he!
25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.
26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth
to the prey.
27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself :
28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.
29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?
30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;
31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.
32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.
33 Neither is there any daysman
17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.
in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.
14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.
15 If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;
16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous up
and no eye
CHAP. X. My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon my: self; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me;
shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.
3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?
5 Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days,
6 That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?
7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.
8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.
12 Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.
13 And these things hast thou hid
17 Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.
18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb ? Oh that I had given up the ghost,
seen me! 19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
20 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
21 Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
C H A P. XI. THEN answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
2 Should not the multitude of words be answered and should a man full of talk be justified?
3 Should thy lies make men hold their peace and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
none shall make thee afraid ; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.
4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.
5 But Oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;
6 And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
7 Canst thou by searching find out God canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?
9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than
10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?
11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?
12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.
13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward
AND Job answered and said,
2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these!
4 I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.
6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea sball declare unto thee.
9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this ?
10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
11 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?
12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding
14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.
15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
16 Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:
17 And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.
18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.
19 Also thou shalt lie down, and
14 Behold, he breaketh down, and Almighty, and I desire to reason it cannot be built again : he shutteth with God. up a man, and there can be no open- 4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye ing.
are all physicians of no value. 15 Behold, he withholdeth the 5 Othat ye would altogether waters, and they dry up: also he hold your peace! and it should be sendeth them out, and they overturn
your wisdom. the earth.
6 Hear now my reasoning, and 16 With him is strength and wis- hearken to the pleadings of my lips. dom : the deceived and the deceiver 7 Will ye speak wickedly for
God? and talk deceitfully for him? 17 He leadeth counsellors away 8 Will ye accept his person i will spoiled, and maketh the judges ye contend for God? fools.
9 Is it good that he should search 18 He looseth the bond of kings, you out? or as one man mocketh and girdeth their loins with a girdle. another, do ye so mock him? 19 He leadeth princes away spoil
10 He will surely reprove you,
if ed, and overthroweth the mighty. ye do secretly accept persons.
20 He removeth away the speech 11 Shall not his excellency make of the trusty, and taketh away the you afraid and his dread fall upon understanding of the aged. 21 He poureth contempt upon
12 Your remembrances are likę princes, and weakeneth the strength unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of of the mighty.
clay. 22 He discovereth deep things 13 Hold your peace, let me alone, out of darkness, and bringeth out to that I may speak, and let come on light the shadow of death.
me what will. 23 He increaseth the nations, and 14 Wherefore do I take my flesh destroyeth them: he enlargeth the in my teeth, and put my life in mine nations, and straiteneth them again. hand?
24 He taketh away the heart of 15 Though he slay me, yet will I the chief of the people of the earth, trust in him : but I will maintain and causeth them to wander in a mine own ways before him. wilderness where there is no way.
16 He also shall be my salvation : 25 They grope in the dark with- for an hypocrite shall not come beout light, and he maketh them to fore him. stagger like a drunken man.
17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with
your ears. CHAP. XIII.
18 Behold now, I have ordered
my cause; I know that I shall be Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, justified. mine ear hath heard and understood 19 Who is he that will plead with it.
me ? for now, if I hold my tongue, 2 What ye know, the same do I I shall give up the ghost. know also : I am not inferior unto 20 Only do not two things unto you.
me: then will I not hide myself 3 Surely I would speak to the from thee.
21 Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.
22 Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer
23 How many are mine iniquities and sins ? make me to know my transgression and my sin.
24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?
25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro ? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?
26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest nie to possess the iniquities of my youth.
. 27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet. .
28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.
again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? 11 As the waters fail from the
sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change coine.
15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
16 For now thou numberest my steps : dost thou not watch over my sin ?
17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.
18 And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.
19 The waters wear the stones : thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth ; and thou destroyest the hope of man.
20 Thou prevailest for ever &gainst him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
CHA P. XIV.
Man thut is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down : he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. 3 And dost thou
eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?
4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean ? not one.
5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass ;
6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.
7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout