1: There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name
was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God, and turned
away from evil.
2: There were born to him seven sons and three
3: He had seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels,
five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and very many servants;
so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.
His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each on his day; and they
would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.
5: And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would
send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer 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.
6: Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.
LORD said to Satan, "Whence have you come?" Satan answered the LORD, "From going
to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it."
the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none
like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away
9: Then Satan answered the LORD, "Does Job fear God for
10: Hast thou not put a hedge about him and his house and all
that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his
possessions have increased in the land.
11: But put forth thy hand
now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse thee to thy face."
12: And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your
power; only upon himself do not put forth your hand." So Satan went forth from
the presence of the LORD.
13: Now there was a day when his sons and
daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house;
14: and there came a messenger to Job, and said, "The oxen were
plowing and the asses feeding beside them;
15: and the Sabe'ans fell
upon them and took them, and slew the servants with the edge of the sword; and I
alone have escaped to tell you."
16: While he was yet speaking, there
came another, and said, "The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the
sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell
17: While he was yet speaking, there came another, and said,
"The Chalde'ans formed three companies, and made a raid upon the camels and took
them, and slew the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped
to tell you."
18: While he was yet speaking, there came another, and
said, "Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest
19: and behold, a great wind came across the
wilderness, and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young
people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you."
Then Job arose, and rent his robe, and shaved his head, and fell upon the
ground, and worshiped.
21: And he said, "Naked I came from my
mother's womb, and naked shall I return; the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken
away; blessed be the name of the LORD."
22: In all this Job did not
sin or charge God with wrong.
1: 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.
2: And the LORD said to Satan, "Whence have
you come?" Satan answered the LORD, "From going to and fro on the earth, and
from walking up and down on it."
3: And the LORD said to Satan, "Have
you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a
blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still
holds fast his integrity, although you moved me against him, to destroy him
4: Then Satan answered the LORD, "Skin for skin! All
that a man has he will give for his life.
5: But put forth thy hand
now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face."
6: And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your power; only
spare his life."
7: So Satan went forth from the presence of the
LORD, and afflicted Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the
crown of his head.
8: And he took a potsherd with which to scrape
himself, and sat among the ashes.
9: Then his wife said to him, "Do
you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God, and die."
10: But he
said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we
receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?" In all this Job
did not sin with his lips.
11: Now when Job's three friends heard of
all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place,
Eli'phaz the Te'manite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Na'amathite. They
made an appointment together to come to condole with him and comfort him.
12: And when they saw him from afar, they did not recognize him; and
they raised their voices and wept; and they rent their robes and sprinkled dust
upon their heads toward heaven.
13: And they sat with him on the
ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw
that his suffering was very great.
1: After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the
day of his birth.
2: And Job said:
3: "Let the day perish
wherein I was born, and the night which said, `A man-child is conceived.'
4: Let that day be darkness! May God above not seek it, nor light
shine upon it.
5: Let gloom and deep darkness claim it. Let clouds
dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
6: That night
-- let thick darkness seize it! let it not rejoice among the days of the year,
let it not come into the number of the months.
7: Yea, let that night
be barren; let no joyful cry be heard in it.
8: Let those curse it
who curse the day, who are skilled to rouse up Levi'athan.
9: Let the
stars of its dawn be dark; let it hope for light, but have none, nor see the
eyelids of the morning;
10: because it did not shut the doors of my
mother's womb, nor hide trouble from my eyes.
11: "Why did I not die
at birth, come forth from the womb and expire?
12: Why did the knees
receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should suck?
13: For then I
should have lain down and been quiet; I should have slept; then I should have
been at rest,
14: with kings and counselors of the earth who rebuilt
ruins for themselves,
15: or with princes who had gold, who filled
their houses with silver.
16: Or why was I not as a hidden untimely
birth, as infants that never see the light?
17: There the wicked
cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest.
18: There the
prisoners are at ease together; they hear not the voice of the taskmaster.
19: The small and the great are there, and the slave is free from his
20: "Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to
the bitter in soul,
21: who long for death, but it comes not, and dig
for it more than for hid treasures;
22: who rejoice exceedingly, and
are glad, when they find the grave?
23: Why is light given to a man
whose way is hid, whom God has hedged in?
24: For my sighing comes as
my bread, and my groanings are poured out like water.
25: For the
thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me.
am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest; but trouble comes."
1: Then Eli'phaz the Te'manite answered:
2: "If one ventures a word with you, will you be offended? Yet who
can keep from speaking?
3: Behold, you have instructed many, and you
have strengthened the weak hands.
4: Your words have upheld him who
was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.
5: But now it
has come to you, and you are impatient; it touches you, and you are dismayed.
6: Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your
ways your hope?
7: "Think now, who that was innocent ever perished?
Or where were the upright cut off?
8: As I have seen, those who plow
iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.
9: By the breath of God they
perish, and by the blast of his anger they are consumed.
10: The roar
of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion, the teeth of the young lions, are
11: The strong lion perishes for lack of prey, and the whelps
of the lioness are scattered.
12: "Now a word was brought to me
stealthily, my ear received the whisper of it.
13: Amid thoughts from
visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men,
14: dread came
upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.
15: A spirit
glided past my face; the hair of my flesh stood up.
16: It stood
still, but I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there
was silence, then I heard a voice:
17: `Can mortal man be righteous
before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?
18: Even in his
servants he puts no trust, and his angels he charges with error;
how much more those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the
dust, who are crushed before the moth.
20: Between morning and
evening they are destroyed; they perish for ever without any regarding it.
21: If their tent-cord is plucked up within them, do they not die,
and that without wisdom?'
1: "Call now; is there any one who will answer you?
To which of the holy ones will you turn?
2: Surely vexation kills the
fool, and jealousy slays the simple.
3: I have seen the fool taking
root, but suddenly I cursed his dwelling.
4: His sons are far from
safety, they are crushed in the gate, and there is no one to deliver them.
5: His harvest the hungry eat, and he takes it even out of thorns;
and the thirsty pant after his wealth.
6: For affliction does not
come from the dust, nor does trouble sprout from the ground;
man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.
8: "As for me, I
would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause;
9: who does great
things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number:
gives rain upon the earth and sends waters upon the fields;
sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12: He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands
achieve no success.
13: He takes the wise in their own craftiness;
and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end.
14: They meet
with darkness in the daytime, and grope at noonday as in the night.
15: But he saves the fatherless from their mouth, the needy from the
hand of the mighty.
16: So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts
17: "Behold, happy is the man whom God reproves; therefore
despise not the chastening of the Almighty.
18: For he wounds, but he
binds up; he smites, but his hands heal.
19: He will deliver you from
six troubles; in seven there shall no evil touch you.
20: In famine
he will redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword.
21: You shall be hid from the scourge of the tongue, and shall not
fear destruction when it comes.
22: At destruction and famine you
shall laugh, and shall not fear the beasts of the earth.
23: For you
shall be in league with the stones of the field, and the beasts of the field
shall be at peace with you.
24: You shall know that your tent is
safe, and you shall inspect your fold and miss nothing.
25: You shall
know also that your descendants shall be many, and your offspring as the grass
of the earth.
26: You shall come to your grave in ripe old age, as a
shock of grain comes up to the threshing floor in its season.
this we have searched out; it is true. Hear, and know it for your good."
1: Then Job answered:
2: "O that my
vexation were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances!
For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea; therefore my words have
4: For the arrows of the Almighty are in me; my spirit
drinks their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.
Does the wild ass bray when he has grass, or the ox low over his fodder?
6: Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt, or is there any
taste in the slime of the purslane?
7: My appetite refuses to touch
them; they are as food that is loathsome to me.
8: "O that I might
have my request, and that God would grant my desire;
9: that it would
please God to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
10: This would be my consolation; I would even exult in pain
unsparing; for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be
12: Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh
13: In truth I have no help in me, and any resource is driven
14: "He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the
fear of the Almighty.
15: My brethren are treacherous as a
torrent-bed, as freshets that pass away,
16: which are dark with ice,
and where the snow hides itself.
17: In time of heat they disappear;
when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18: The caravans turn
aside from their course; they go up into the waste, and perish.
The caravans of Tema look, the travelers of Sheba hope.
20: They are
disappointed because they were confident; they come thither and are confounded.
21: Such you have now become to me; you see my calamity, and are
22: Have I said, `Make me a gift'? Or, `From your wealth
offer a bribe for me'?
23: Or, `Deliver me from the adversary's
hand'? Or, `Ransom me from the hand of oppressors'?
24: "Teach me,
and I will be silent; make me understand how I have erred.
forceful are honest words! But what does reproof from you reprove?
26: Do you think that you can reprove words, when the speech of a
despairing man is wind?
27: You would even cast lots over the
fatherless, and bargain over your friend.
28: "But now, be pleased to
look at me; for I will not lie to your face.
29: Turn, I pray, let no
wrong be done. Turn now, my vindication is at stake.
30: Is there any
wrong on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern calamity?
1: "Has not man a hard service upon earth, and are
not his days like the days of a hireling?
2: Like a slave who longs
for the shadow, and like a hireling who looks for his wages,
3: so I
am allotted months of emptiness, and nights of misery are apportioned to me.
4: When I lie down I say, `When shall I arise?' But the night is
long, and I am full of tossing till the dawn.
5: My flesh is clothed
with worms and dirt; my skin hardens, then breaks out afresh.
days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and come to their end without hope.
7: "Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see
8: The eye of him who sees me will behold me no more; while thy
eyes are upon me, I shall be gone.
9: As the cloud fades and
vanishes, so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up;
returns no more to his house, nor does his place know him any more.
11: "Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the
anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12: Am I the sea, or a sea monster, that thou settest a guard over
13: When I say, `My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my
14: then thou dost scare me with dreams and terrify me
15: so that I would choose strangling and death rather
than my bones.
16: I loathe my life; I would not live for ever. Let
me alone, for my days are a breath.
17: What is man, that thou dost
make so much of him, and that thou dost set thy mind upon him,
dost visit him every morning, and test him every moment?
19: How long
wilt thou not look away from me, nor let me alone till I swallow my spittle?
20: If I sin, what do I do to thee, thou watcher of men? Why hast
thou made me thy mark? Why have I become a burden to thee?
dost thou not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? For now I shall
lie in the earth; thou wilt seek me, but I shall not be."
1: Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:
"How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a great
3: Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert the
4: If your children have sinned against him, he has delivered
them into the power of their transgression.
5: If you will seek God
and make supplication to the Almighty,
6: if you are pure and
upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and reward you with a
7: And though your beginning was small, your
latter days will be very great.
8: "For inquire, I pray you, of
bygone ages, and consider what the fathers have found;
9: for we are
but of yesterday, and know nothing, for our days on earth are a shadow.
10: Will they not teach you, and tell you, and utter words out of
11: "Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh?
Can reeds flourish where there is no water?
12: While yet in flower
and not cut down, they wither before any other plant.
13: Such are
the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless man shall perish.
14: His confidence breaks in sunder, and his trust is a spider's web.
15: He leans against his house, but it does not stand; he lays hold
of it, but it does not endure.
16: He thrives before the sun, and his
shoots spread over his garden.
17: His roots twine about the
stoneheap; he lives among the rocks.
18: If he is destroyed from his
place, then it will deny him, saying, `I have never seen you.'
Behold, this is the joy of his way; and out of the earth others will spring.
20: "Behold, God will not reject a blameless man, nor take the hand
21: He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your
lips with shouting.
22: Those who hate you will be clothed with
shame, and the tent of the wicked will be no more."
1: Then Job answered:
2: "Truly I know
that it is so: But how can a man be just before God?
3: If one wished
to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand times.
4: He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength -- who has hardened
himself against him, and succeeded? --
5: he who removes mountains,
and they know it not, when he overturns them in his anger;
shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble;
commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars;
who alone stretched out the heavens, and trampled the waves of the sea;
9: who made the Bear and Orion, the Plei'ades and the chambers of the
10: who does great things beyond understanding, and marvelous
things without number.
11: Lo, he passes by me, and I see him not; he
moves on, but I do not perceive him.
12: Behold, he snatches away;
who can hinder him? Who will say to him, `What doest thou'?
will not turn back his anger; beneath him bowed the helpers of Rahab.
14: How then can I answer him, choosing my words with him?
15: Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for
mercy to my accuser.
16: If I summoned him and he answered me, I
would not believe that he was listening to my voice.
17: For he
crushes me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause;
18: he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
19: If it is a contest of strength, behold him! If it is a matter of
justice, who can summon him?
20: Though I am innocent, my own mouth
would condemn me; though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.
21: I am blameless; I regard not myself; I loathe my life.
22: It is all one; therefore I say, he destroys both the blameless
and the wicked.
23: When disaster brings sudden death, he mocks at
the calamity of the innocent.
24: The earth is given into the hand of
the wicked; he covers the faces of its judges -- if it is not he, who then is
25: "My days are swifter than a runner; they flee away, they see
26: They go by like skiffs of reed, like an eagle swooping
on the prey.
27: If I say, `I will forget my complaint, I will put
off my sad countenance, and be of good cheer,'
28: I become afraid of
all my suffering, for I know thou wilt not hold me innocent.
shall be condemned; why then do I labor in vain?
30: If I wash myself
with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,
31: yet thou wilt plunge me
into a pit, and my own clothes will abhor me.
32: For he is not a
man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together.
33: There is no umpire between us, who might lay his hand upon us
34: Let him take his rod away from me, and let not dread of him
35: Then I would speak without fear of him, for I am not
so in myself.
1: "I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to
my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2: I will
say to God, Do not condemn me; let me know why thou dost contend against me.
3: Does it seem good to thee to oppress, to despise the work of thy
hands and favor the designs of the wicked?
4: Hast thou eyes of
flesh? Dost thou see as man sees?
5: Are thy days as the days of man,
or thy years as man's years,
6: that thou dost seek out my iniquity
and search for my sin,
7: although thou knowest that I am not guilty,
and there is none to deliver out of thy hand?
8: Thy hands fashioned
and made me; and now thou dost turn about and destroy me.
that thou hast made me of clay; and wilt thou turn me to dust again?
10: Didst thou not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese?
11: Thou didst clothe me with skin and flesh, and knit me together
with bones and sinews.
12: Thou hast granted me life and steadfast
love; and thy care has preserved my spirit.
13: Yet these things thou
didst hide in thy heart; I know that this was thy purpose.
14: If I
sin, thou dost mark me, and dost not acquit me of my iniquity.
I am wicked, woe to me! If I am righteous, I cannot lift up my head, for I am
filled with disgrace and look upon my affliction.
16: And if I lift
myself up, thou dost hunt me like a lion, and again work wonders against me;
17: thou dost renew thy witnesses against me, and increase thy
vexation toward me; thou dost bring fresh hosts against me.
didst thou bring me forth from the womb? Would that I had died before any eye
had seen me,
19: and were as though I had not been, carried from the
womb to the grave.
20: Are not the days of my life few? Let me alone,
that I may find a little comfort
21: before I go whence I shall not
return, to the land of gloom and deep darkness,
22: the land of gloom
and chaos, where light is as darkness."
1: Then Zophar the Na'amathite answered:
2: "Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man full of talk
3: Should your babble silence men, and when you mock,
shall no one shame you?
4: For you say, `My doctrine is pure, and I
am clean in God's eyes.'
5: But oh, that God would speak, and open
his lips to you,
6: and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom!
For he is manifold in understanding. Know then that God exacts of you less than
your guilt deserves.
7: "Can you find out the deep things of God? Can
you find out the limit of the Almighty?
8: It is higher than heaven
-- what can you do? Deeper than Sheol -- what can you know?
measure is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
10: If he
passes through, and imprisons, and calls to judgment, who can hinder him?
11: For he knows worthless men; when he sees iniquity, will he not
12: But a stupid man will get understanding, when a wild
ass's colt is born a man.
13: "If you set your heart aright, you will
stretch out your hands toward him.
14: If iniquity is in your hand,
put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in your tents.
Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure, and
will not fear.
16: You will forget your misery; you will remember it
as waters that have passed away.
17: And your life will be brighter
than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.
18: And you
will have confidence, because there is hope; you will be protected and take your
rest in safety.
19: You will lie down, and none will make you afraid;
many will entreat your favor.
20: But the eyes of the wicked will
fail; all way of escape will be lost to them, and their hope is to breathe their
1: Then Job answered:
2: "No doubt you
are the people, and wisdom will die with you.
3: But I have
understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know such
things as these?
4: I am a laughingstock to my friends; I, who called
upon God and he answered me, a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.
5: In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for
misfortune; it is ready for those whose feet slip.
6: The tents of
robbers are at peace, and those who provoke God are secure, who bring their god
in their hand.
7: "But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the
birds of the air, and they will tell you;
8: or the plants of the
earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
9: Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has
10: In his hand is the life of every living thing and the
breath of all mankind.
11: Does not the ear try words as the palate
12: Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length
13: "With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and
14: If he tears down, none can rebuild; if he shuts a
man in, none can open.
15: If he withholds the waters, they dry up;
if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land.
16: With him are
strength and wisdom; the deceived and the deceiver are his.
leads counselors away stripped, and judges he makes fools.
looses the bonds of kings, and binds a waistcloth on their loins.
He leads priests away stripped, and overthrows the mighty.
deprives of speech those who are trusted, and takes away the discernment of the
21: He pours contempt on princes, and looses the belt of the
22: He uncovers the deeps out of darkness, and brings deep
darkness to light.
23: He makes nations great, and he destroys them:
he enlarges nations, and leads them away.
24: He takes away
understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth, and makes them wander
in a pathless waste.
25: They grope in the dark without light; and he
makes them stagger like a drunken man.
1: "Lo, my eye has seen all this, my ear has heard
and understood it.
2: What you know, I also know; I am not inferior
3: But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue
my case with God.
4: As for you, you whitewash with lies; worthless
physicians are you all.
5: Oh that you would keep silent, and it
would be your wisdom!
6: Hear now my reasoning, and listen to the
pleadings of my lips.
7: Will you speak falsely for God, and speak
deceitfully for him?
8: Will you show partiality toward him, will you
plead the case for God?
9: Will it be well with you when he searches
you out? Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
10: He will
surely rebuke you if in secret you show partiality.
11: Will not his
majesty terrify you, and the dread of him fall upon you?
maxims are proverbs of ashes, your defenses are defenses of clay.
"Let me have silence, and I will speak, and let come on me what may.
14: I will take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand.
15: Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope; yet I will defend my
ways to his face.
16: This will be my salvation, that a godless man
shall not come before him.
17: Listen carefully to my words, and let
my declaration be in your ears.
18: Behold, I have prepared my case;
I know that I shall be vindicated.
19: Who is there that will contend
with me? For then I would be silent and die.
20: Only grant two
things to me, then I will not hide myself from thy face:
thy hand far from me, and let not dread of thee terrify me.
call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and do thou reply to me.
23: How many are my iniquities and my sins? Make me know my
transgression and my sin.
24: Why dost thou hide thy face, and count
me as thy enemy?
25: Wilt thou frighten a driven leaf and pursue dry
26: For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me
inherit the iniquities of my youth.
27: Thou puttest my feet in the
stocks, and watchest all my paths; thou settest a bound to the soles of my feet.
28: Man wastes away like a rotten thing, like a garment that is
1: "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and
full of trouble.
2: He comes forth like a flower, and withers; he
flees like a shadow, and continues not.
3: And dost thou open thy
eyes upon such a one and bring him into judgment with thee?
can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? There is not one.
his days are determined, and the number of his months is with thee, and thou
hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass,
6: look away from him,
and desist, that he may enjoy, like a hireling, his day.
there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that
its shoots will not cease.
8: Though its root grow old in the earth,
and its stump die in the ground,
9: yet at the scent of water it will
bud and put forth branches like a young plant.
10: But man dies, and
is laid low; man breathes his last, and where is he?
11: As waters
fail from a lake, and a river wastes away and dries up,
12: so man
lies down and rises not again; till the heavens are no more he will not awake,
or be roused out of his sleep.
13: Oh that thou wouldest hide me in
Sheol, that thou wouldest conceal me 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 service I would wait, till my release should
15: Thou wouldest call, and I would answer thee; thou wouldest
long for the work of thy hands.
16: For then thou wouldest number my
steps, thou wouldest not keep watch over my sin;
17: my transgression
would be sealed up in a bag, and thou wouldest cover over my iniquity.
18: "But the mountain falls and crumbles away, and the rock is
removed from its place;
19: the waters wear away the stones; the
torrents wash away the soil of the earth; so thou destroyest the hope of man.
20: Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passes; thou
changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
21: His sons come to
honor, and he does not know it; they are brought low, and he perceives it not.
22: He feels only the pain of his own body, and he mourns only for
1: Then Eli'phaz the Te'manite answered:
2: "Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill himself
with the east wind?
3: Should he argue in unprofitable talk, or in
words with which he can do no good?
4: But you are doing away with
the fear of God, and hindering meditation before God.
5: For your
iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
6: Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; your own lips testify
7: "Are you the first man that was born? Or were you
brought forth before the hills?
8: Have you listened in the council
of God? And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
9: What do you know that
we do not know? What do you understand that is not clear to us?
Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us, older than your father.
11: Are the consolations of God too small for you, or the word that
deals gently with you?
12: Why does your heart carry you away, and
why do your eyes flash,
13: that you turn your spirit against God,
and let such words go out of your mouth?
14: What is man, that he can
be clean? Or he that is born of a woman, that he can be righteous?
15: Behold, God puts no trust in his holy ones, and the heavens are
not clean in his sight;
16: how much less one who is abominable and
corrupt, a man who drinks iniquity like water!
17: "I will show you,
hear me; and what I have seen I will declare
18: (what wise men have
told, and their fathers have not hidden,
19: to whom alone the land
was given, and no stranger passed among them).
20: The wicked man
writhes in pain all his days, through all the years that are laid up for the
21: Terrifying sounds are in his ears; in prosperity the
destroyer will come upon him.
22: He does not believe that he will
return out of darkness, and he is destined for the sword.
wanders abroad for bread, saying, `Where is it?' He knows that a day of darkness
is ready at his hand;
24: distress and anguish terrify him; they
prevail against him, like a king prepared for battle.
25: Because he
has stretched forth his hand against God, and bids defiance to the Almighty,
26: running stubbornly against him with a thick-bossed shield;
27: because he has covered his face with his fat, and gathered fat
upon his loins,
28: and has lived in desolate cities, in houses which
no man should inhabit, which were destined to become heaps of ruins;
29: he will not be rich, and his wealth will not endure, nor will he
strike root in the earth;
30: he will not escape from darkness; the
flame will dry up his shoots, and his blossom will be swept away by the wind.
31: Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; for emptiness
will be his recompense.
32: It will be paid in full before his time,
and his branch will not be green.
33: He will shake off his unripe
grape, like the vine, and cast off his blossom, like the olive tree.
34: For the company of the godless is barren, and fire consumes the
tents of bribery.
35: They conceive mischief and bring forth evil and
their heart prepares deceit."
1: Then Job answered:
2: "I have heard
many such things; miserable comforters are you all.
3: Shall windy
words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?
4: I also
could speak as you do, if you were in my place; I could join words together
against you, and shake my head at you.
5: I could strengthen you with
my mouth, and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.
6: "If I
speak, my pain is not assuaged, and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?
7: Surely now God has worn me out; he has made desolate all my
8: And he has shriveled me up, which is a witness against
me; and my leanness has risen up against me, it testifies to my face.
9: He has torn me in his wrath, and hated me; he has gnashed his
teeth at me; my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.
10: Men have
gaped at me with their mouth, they have struck me insolently upon the cheek,
they mass themselves together against me.
11: God gives me up to the
ungodly, and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
12: I was at
ease, and he broke me asunder; he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces;
he set me up as his target,
13: his archers surround me. He slashes
open my kidneys, and does not spare; he pours out my gall on the ground.
14: He breaks me with breach upon breach; he runs upon me like a
15: I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and have laid my
strength in the dust.
16: My face is red with weeping, and on my
eyelids is deep darkness;
17: although there is no violence in my
hands, and my prayer is pure.
18: "O earth, cover not my blood, and
let my cry find no resting place.
19: Even now, behold, my witness is
in heaven, and he that vouches for me is on high.
20: My friends
scorn me; my eye pours out tears to God,
21: that he would maintain
the right of a man with God, like that of a man with his neighbor.
22: For when a few years have come I shall go the way whence I shall
1: My spirit is broken, my days are extinct, the
grave is ready for me.
2: Surely there are mockers about me, and my
eye dwells on their provocation.
3: "Lay down a pledge for me with
thyself; who is there that will give surety for me?
4: Since thou
hast closed their minds to understanding, therefore thou wilt not let them
5: He who informs against his friends to get a share of
their property, the eyes of his children will fail.
6: "He has made
me a byword of the peoples, and I am one before whom men spit.
eye has grown dim from grief, and all my members are like a shadow.
8: Upright men are appalled at this, and the innocent stirs himself
up against the godless.
9: Yet the righteous holds to his way, and he
that has clean hands grows stronger and stronger.
10: But you, come
on again, all of you, and I shall not find a wise man among you.
My days are past, my plans are broken off, the desires of my heart.
12: They make night into day; `The light,' they say, `is near to the
13: If I look for Sheol as my house, if I spread my couch
14: if I say to the pit, `You are my father,' and to the
worm, `My mother,' or `My sister,'
15: where then is my hope? Who
will see my hope?
16: Will it go down to the bars of Sheol? Shall we
descend together into the dust?"
1: Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:
"How long will you hunt for words? Consider, and then we will speak.
3: Why are we counted as cattle? Why are we stupid in your sight?
4: You who tear yourself in your anger, shall the earth be forsaken
for you, or the rock be removed out of its place?
5: "Yea, the light
of the wicked is put out, and the flame of his fire does not shine.
6: The light is dark in his tent, and his lamp above him is put out.
7: His strong steps are shortened and his own schemes throw him down.
8: For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks on a
9: A trap seizes him by the heel, a snare lays hold of him.
10: A rope is hid for him in the ground, a trap for him in the path.
11: Terrors frighten him on every side, and chase him at his heels.
12: His strength is hunger-bitten, and calamity is ready for his
13: By disease his skin is consumed, the first-born of
death consumes his limbs.
14: He is torn from the tent in which he
trusted, and is brought to the king of terrors.
15: In his tent
dwells that which is none of his; brimstone is scattered upon his habitation.
16: His roots dry up beneath, and his branches wither above.
17: His memory perishes from the earth, and he has no name in the
18: He is thrust from light into darkness, and driven out of
19: He has no offspring or descendant among his people,
and no survivor where he used to live.
20: They of the west are
appalled at his day, and horror seizes them of the east.
such are the dwellings of the ungodly, such is the place of him who knows not
1: Then Job answered:
2: "How long will
you torment me, and break me in pieces with words?
3: These ten times
you have cast reproach upon me; are you not ashamed to wrong me?
And even if it be true that I have erred, my error remains with myself.
5: If indeed you magnify yourselves against me, and make my
humiliation an argument against me,
6: know then that God has put me
in the wrong, and closed his net about me.
7: Behold, I cry out,
`Violence!' but I am not answered; I call aloud, but there is no justice.
8: He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass, and he has set
darkness upon my paths.
9: He has stripped from me my glory, and
taken the crown from my head.
10: He breaks me down on every side,
and I am gone, and my hope has he pulled up like a tree.
11: He has
kindled his wrath against me, and counts me as his adversary.
troops come on together; they have cast up siegeworks against me, and encamp
round about my tent.
13: "He has put my brethren far from me, and my
acquaintances are wholly estranged from me.
14: My kinsfolk and my
close friends have failed me;
15: the guests in my house have
forgotten me; my maidservants count me as a stranger; I have become an alien in
16: I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer; I
must beseech him with my mouth.
17: I am repulsive to my wife,
loathsome to the sons of my own mother.
18: Even young children
despise me; when I rise they talk against me.
19: All my intimate
friends abhor me, and those whom I loved have turned against me.
My bones cleave to my skin and to my flesh, and I have escaped by the skin of my
21: Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends, for
the hand of God has touched me!
22: Why do you, like God, pursue me?
Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?
23: "Oh that my words were
written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
24: Oh that with an
iron pen and lead they were graven in the rock for ever!
25: For I
know that my Redeemer lives, and at last he will stand upon the earth;
26: and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then from my flesh I
shall see God,
27: whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall
behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!
28: If you say,
`How we will pursue him!' and, `The root of the matter is found in him';
29: be afraid of the sword, for wrath brings the punishment of the
sword, that you may know there is a judgment."
1: Then Zophar the Na'amathite answered:
2: "Therefore my thoughts answer me, because of my haste within me.
3: I hear censure which insults me, and out of my understanding a
spirit answers me.
4: Do you not know this from of old, since man was
placed upon earth,
5: that the exulting of the wicked is short, and
the joy of the godless but for a moment?
6: Though his height mount
up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds,
7: he will
perish for ever like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, `Where is
8: He will fly away like a dream, and not be found; he will be
chased away like a vision of the night.
9: The eye which saw him will
see him no more, nor will his place any more behold him.
children will seek the favor of the poor, and his hands will give back his
11: His bones are full of youthful vigor, but it will lie
down with him in the dust.
12: "Though wickedness is sweet in his
mouth, though he hides it under his tongue,
13: though he is loath to
let it go, and holds it in his mouth,
14: yet his food is turned in
his stomach; it is the gall of asps within him.
15: He swallows down
riches and vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.
He will suck the poison of asps; the tongue of a viper will kill him.
17: He will not look upon the rivers, the streams flowing with honey
18: He will give back the fruit of his toil, and will not
swallow it down; from the profit of his trading he will get no enjoyment.
19: For he has crushed and abandoned the poor, he has seized a house
which he did not build.
20: "Because his greed knew no rest, he will
not save anything in which he delights.
21: There was nothing left
after he had eaten; therefore his prosperity will not endure.
the fulness of his sufficiency he will be in straits; all the force of misery
will come upon him.
23: To fill his belly to the full God will send
his fierce anger into him, and rain it upon him as his food.
will flee from an iron weapon; a bronze arrow will strike him through.
25: It is drawn forth and comes out of his body, the glittering point
comes out of his gall; terrors come upon him.
26: Utter darkness is
laid up for his treasures; a fire not blown upon will devour him; what is left
in his tent will be consumed.
27: The heavens will reveal his
iniquity, and the earth will rise up against him.
28: The possessions
of his house will be carried away, dragged off in the day of God's wrath.
29: This is the wicked man's portion from God, the heritage decreed
for him by God."
1: Then Job answered:
carefully to my words, and let this be your consolation.
3: Bear with
me, and I will speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.
4: As for me,
is my complaint against man? Why should I not be impatient?
at me, and be appalled, and lay your hand upon your mouth.
6: When I
think of it I am dismayed, and shuddering seizes my flesh.
7: Why do
the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power?
children are established in their presence, and their offspring before their
9: Their houses are safe from fear, and no rod of God is upon
10: Their bull breeds without fail; their cow calves, and does
not cast her calf.
11: They send forth their little ones like a
flock, and their children dance.
12: They sing to the tambourine and
the lyre, and rejoice to the sound of the pipe.
13: They spend their
days in prosperity, and in peace they go down to Sheol.
14: They say
to God, `Depart from us! We do not desire the knowledge of thy ways.
15: What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit
do we get if we pray to him?'
16: Behold, is not their prosperity in
their hand? The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17: "How often
is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? That their calamity comes upon
them? That God distributes pains in his anger?
18: That they are like
straw before the wind, and like chaff that the storm carries away?
19: You say, `God stores up their iniquity for their sons.' Let him
recompense it to themselves, that they may know it.
20: Let their own
eyes see their destruction, and let them drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21: For what do they care for their houses after them, when the
number of their months is cut off?
22: Will any teach God knowledge,
seeing that he judges those that are on high?
23: One dies in full
prosperity, being wholly at ease and secure,
24: his body full of fat
and the marrow of his bones moist.
25: Another dies in bitterness of
soul, never having tasted of good.
26: They lie down alike in the
dust, and the worms cover them.
27: "Behold, I know your thoughts,
and your schemes to wrong me.
28: For you say, `Where is the house of
the prince? Where is the tent in which the wicked dwelt?'
you not asked those who travel the roads, and do you not accept their testimony
30: that the wicked man is spared in the day of calamity, that he is
rescued in the day of wrath?
31: Who declares his way to his face,
and who requites him for what he has done?
32: When he is borne to
the grave, watch is kept over his tomb.
33: The clods of the valley
are sweet to him; all men follow after him, and those who go before him are
34: How then will you comfort me with empty nothings?
There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood."
1: Then Eli'phaz the Te'manite answered:
2: "Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is
profitable to himself.
3: Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if you
are righteous, or is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless?
4: Is it for your fear of him that he reproves you, and enters into
judgment with you?
5: Is not your wickedness great? There is no end
to your iniquities.
6: For you have exacted pledges of your brothers
for nothing, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7: You have
given no water to the weary to drink, and you have withheld bread from the
8: The man with power possessed the land, and the favored man
dwelt in it.
9: You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the
fatherless were crushed.
10: Therefore snares are round about you,
and sudden terror overwhelms you;
11: your light is darkened, so that
you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.
12: "Is not God high
in the heavens? See the highest stars, how lofty they are!
Therefore you say, `What does God know? Can he judge through the deep darkness?
14: Thick clouds enwrap him, so that he does not see, and he walks on
the vault of heaven.'
15: Will you keep to the old way which wicked
men have trod?
16: They were snatched away before their time; their
foundation was washed away.
17: They said to God, `Depart from us,'
and `What can the Almighty do to us?'
18: 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; the innocent laugh them to scorn,
20: saying, `Surely our adversaries are cut off, and what they left
the fire has consumed.'
21: "Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby
good will come to you.
22: Receive instruction from his mouth, and
lay up his words in your heart.
23: If you return to the Almighty and
humble yourself, if you remove unrighteousness far from your tents,
24: if you lay gold in the dust, and gold of Ophir among the stones
of the torrent bed,
25: and if the Almighty is your gold, and your
26: then you will delight yourself in the Almighty,
and lift up your face to God.
27: You will make your prayer to him,
and he will hear you; and you will pay your vows.
28: You will decide
on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your
29: For God abases the proud, but he saves the lowly.
30: He delivers the innocent man; you will be delivered through the
cleanness of your hands."
1: Then Job answered:
2: "Today also my
complaint is bitter, his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.
Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat!
4: I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.
5: I would learn what he would answer me, and understand what he
would say to me.
6: Would he contend with me in the greatness of his
power? No; he would give heed to me.
7: There an upright man could
reason with him, and I should be acquitted for ever by my judge.
"Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive
9: on the left hand I seek him, but I cannot behold him; I turn
to the right hand, but I cannot see him.
10: But he knows the way
that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
12: I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have
treasured in my bosom the words of his mouth.
13: But he is
unchangeable and who can turn him? What he desires, that he does.
For he will complete what he appoints for me; and many such things are in his
15: Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider,
I am in dread of him.
16: God has made my heart faint; the Almighty
has terrified me;
17: for I am hemmed in by darkness, and thick
darkness covers my face.
1: "Why are not times of judgment kept by the
Almighty, and why do those who know him never see his days?
remove landmarks; they seize flocks and pasture them.
3: They drive
away the ass of the fatherless; they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
4: They thrust the poor off the road; the poor of the earth all hide
5: Behold, like wild asses in the desert they go forth to
their toil, seeking prey in the wilderness as food for their children.
6: They gather their fodder in the field and they glean the vineyard
of the wicked man.
7: They lie all night naked, without clothing, and
have no covering in the cold.
8: They are wet with the rain of the
mountains, and cling to the rock for want of shelter.
9: (There are
those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast, and take in pledge the
infant of the poor.)
10: They go about naked, without clothing;
hungry, they carry the sheaves;
11: among the olive rows of the
wicked they make oil; they tread the wine presses, but suffer thirst.
12: From out of the city the dying groan, and the soul of the wounded
cries for help; yet God pays no attention to their prayer.
are those who rebel against the light, who are not acquainted with its ways, and
do not stay in its paths.
14: The murderer rises in the dark, that he
may kill the poor and needy; and in the night he is as a thief.
The eye of the adulterer also waits for the twilight, saying, `No eye will see
me'; and he disguises his face.
16: In the dark they dig through
houses; by day they shut themselves up; they do not know the light.
17: For deep darkness is morning to all of them; for they are friends
with the terrors of deep darkness.
18: "You say, "They are swiftly
carried away upon the face of the waters; their portion is cursed in the land;
no treader turns toward their vineyards.
19: Drought and heat snatch
away the snow waters; so does Sheol those who have sinned.
squares of the town forget them; their name is no longer remembered; so
wickedness is broken like a tree.'
21: "They feed on the barren
childless woman, and do no good to the widow.
22: Yet God prolongs
the life of the mighty by his power; they rise up when they despair of life.
23: He gives them security, and they are supported; and his eyes are
upon their ways.
24: They are exalted a little while, and then are
gone; they wither and fade like the mallow; they are cut off like the heads of
25: If it is not so, who will prove me a liar, and show that
there is nothing in what I say?"
1: Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:
"Dominion and fear are with God; he makes peace in his high heaven.
3: Is there any number to his armies? Upon whom does his light not
4: How then can man be righteous before God? How can he who is
born of woman be clean?
5: Behold, even the moon is not bright and
the stars are not clean in his sight;
6: how much less man, who is a
maggot, and the son of man, who is a worm!"
1: Then Job answered:
2: "How you have
helped him who has no power! How you have saved the arm that has no strength!
3: How you have counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully
declared sound knowledge!
4: With whose help have you uttered words,
and whose spirit has come forth from you?
5: The shades below
tremble, the waters and their inhabitants.
6: Sheol is naked before
God, and Abaddon has no covering.
7: He stretches out the north over
the void, and hangs the earth upon nothing.
8: He binds up the waters
in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not rent under them.
covers the face of the moon, and spreads over it his cloud.
has described a circle upon the face of the waters at the boundary between light
11: The pillars of heaven tremble, and are astounded at
12: By his power he stilled the sea; by his understanding
he smote Rahab.
13: By his wind the heavens were made fair; his hand
pierced the fleeing serpent.
14: Lo, these are but the outskirts of
his ways; and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his
power who can understand?"
1: And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
2: "As God lives, who has taken away my right, and the Almighty, who
has made my soul bitter;
3: as long as my breath is in me, and the
spirit of God is in my nostrils;
4: my lips will not speak falsehood,
and my tongue will not utter deceit.
5: Far be it from me to say that
you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6: I hold fast my righteousness, and will not let it go; my heart
does not reproach me for any of my days.
7: "Let my enemy be as the
wicked, and let him that rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
8: For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off, when
God takes away his life?
9: Will God hear his cry, when trouble comes
10: Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon
God at all times?
11: I will teach you concerning the hand of God;
what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12: Behold, all of you
have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain?
13: "This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage
which oppressors receive from the Almighty:
14: If his children are
multiplied, it is for the sword; and his offspring have not enough to eat.
15: Those who survive him the pestilence buries, and their widows
make no lamentation.
16: Though he heap up silver like dust, and pile
up clothing like clay;
17: he may pile it up, but the just will wear
it, and the innocent will divide the silver.
18: The house which he
builds is like a spider's web, like a booth which a watchman makes.
19: He goes to bed rich, but will do so no more; he opens his eyes,
and his wealth is gone.
20: Terrors overtake him like a flood; in the
night a whirlwind carries him off.
21: The east wind lifts him up and
he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.
22: It hurls at him
without pity; he flees from its power in headlong flight.
claps its hands at him, and hisses at him from its place.
1: "Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place
for gold which they refine.
2: Iron is taken out of the earth, and
copper is smelted from the ore.
3: Men put an end to darkness, and
search out to the farthest bound the ore in gloom and deep darkness.
4: They open shafts in a valley away from where men live; they are
forgotten by travelers, they hang afar from men, they swing to and fro.
5: As for the earth, out of it comes bread; but underneath it is
turned up as by fire.
6: Its stones are the place of sapphires, and
it has dust of gold.
7: "That path no bird of prey knows, and the
falcon's eye has not seen it.
8: The proud beasts have not trodden
it; the lion has not passed over it.
9: "Man puts his hand to the
flinty rock, and overturns mountains by the roots.
10: He cuts out
channels in the rocks, and his eye sees every precious thing.
binds up the streams so that they do not trickle, and the thing that is hid he
brings forth to light.
12: "But where shall wisdom be found? And
where is the place of understanding?
13: Man does not know the way to
it, and it is not found in the land of the living.
14: The deep says,
`It is not in me,' and the sea says, `It is not with me.'
cannot be gotten for gold, and silver cannot be weighed as its price.
16: It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or
17: Gold and glass cannot equal it, nor can it be exchanged
for jewels of fine gold.
18: No mention shall be made of coral or of
crystal; the price of wisdom is above pearls.
19: The topaz of
Ethiopia cannot compare with it, nor can it be valued in pure gold.
20: "Whence then comes wisdom? And where is the place of
21: It is hid from the eyes of all living, and
concealed from the birds of the air.
22: Abaddon and Death say, `We
have heard a rumor of it with our ears.'
23: "God understands the way
to it, and he knows its place.
24: For he looks to the ends of the
earth, and sees everything under the heavens.
25: When he gave to the
wind its weight, and meted out the waters by measure;
26: when he
made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder;
27: then he saw it and declared it; he established it, and searched
28: And he said to man, `Behold, the fear of the Lord, that
is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.'"
1: And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
2: "Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God
watched over me;
3: when his lamp shone upon my head, and by his
light I walked through darkness;
4: as I was in my autumn days, when
the friendship of God was upon my tent;
5: when the Almighty was yet
with me, when my children were about me;
6: when my steps were washed
with milk, and the rock poured out for me streams of oil!
7: When I
went out to the gate of the city, when I prepared my seat in the square,
8: the young men saw me and withdrew, and the aged rose and stood;
9: the princes refrained from talking, and laid their hand on their
10: the voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue
cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
11: When the ear heard, it called
me blessed, and when the eye saw, it approved;
12: because I
delivered the poor who cried, and the fatherless who had none to help him.
13: The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me, and I
caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
14: I put on righteousness,
and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban.
15: I was
eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame.
16: I was a father to the
poor, and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.
broke the fangs of the unrighteous, and made him drop his prey from his teeth.
18: Then I thought, `I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my
days as the sand,
19: my roots spread out to the waters, with the dew
all night on my branches,
20: my glory fresh with me, and my bow ever
new in my hand.'
21: "Men listened to me, and waited, and kept
silence for my counsel.
22: After I spoke they did not speak again,
and my word dropped upon them.
23: They waited for me as for the
rain; and they opened their mouths as for the spring rain.
smiled on them when they had no confidence; and the light of my countenance they
did not cast down.
25: I chose their way, and sat as chief, and I
dwelt like a king among his troops, like one who comforts mourners.
1: "But now they make sport of me, men who are
younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my
2: What could I gain from the strength of their hands, men
whose vigor is gone?
3: Through want and hard hunger they gnaw the
dry and desolate ground;
4: they pick mallow and the leaves of
bushes, and to warm themselves the roots of the broom.
5: They are
driven out from among men; they shout after them as after a thief.
In the gullies of the torrents they must dwell, in holes of the earth and of the
7: Among the bushes they bray; under the nettles they huddle
8: A senseless, a disreputable brood, they have been
whipped out of the land.
9: "And now I have become their song, I am a
byword to them.
10: They abhor me, they keep aloof from me; they do
not hesitate to spit at the sight of me.
11: Because God has loosed
my cord and humbled me, they have cast off restraint in my presence.
12: On my right hand the rabble rise, they drive me forth, they cast
up against me their ways of destruction.
13: They break up my path,
they promote my calamity; no one restrains them.
14: As through a
wide breach they come; amid the crash they roll on.
15: Terrors are
turned upon me; my honor is pursued as by the wind, and my prosperity has passed
away like a cloud.
16: "And now my soul is poured out within me; days
of affliction have taken hold of me.
17: The night racks my bones,
and the pain that gnaws me takes no rest.
18: With violence it seizes
my garment; it binds me about like the collar of my tunic.
has cast me into the mire, and I have become like dust and ashes.
I cry to thee and thou dost not answer me; I stand, and thou dost not heed me.
21: Thou hast turned cruel to me; with the might of thy hand thou
dost persecute me.
22: Thou liftest me up on the wind, thou makest me
ride on it, and thou tossest me about in the roar of the storm.
Yea, I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all
24: "Yet does not one in a heap of ruins stretch out his
hand, and in his disaster cry for help?
25: Did not I weep for him
whose day was hard? Was not my soul grieved for the poor?
when I looked for good, evil came; and when I waited for light, darkness came.
27: My heart is in turmoil, and is never still; days of affliction
come to meet me.
28: I go about blackened, but not by the sun; I
stand up in the assembly, and cry for help.
29: I am a brother of
jackals, and a companion of ostriches.
30: My skin turns black and
falls from me, and my bones burn with heat.
31: My lyre is turned to
mourning, and my pipe to the voice of those who weep.
1: "I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then
could I look upon a virgin?
2: What would be my portion from God
above, and my heritage from the Almighty on high?
3: Does not
calamity befall the unrighteous, and disaster the workers of iniquity?
4: Does not he see my ways, and number all my steps?
"If I have walked with falsehood, and my foot has hastened to deceit;
6: (Let me be weighed in a just balance, and let God know my
7: if my step has turned aside from the way, and my heart
has gone after my eyes, and if any spot has cleaved to my hands;
then let me sow, and another eat; and let what grows for me be rooted out.
9: "If my heart has been enticed to a woman, and I have lain in wait
at my neighbor's door;
10: then let my wife grind for another, and
let others bow down upon her.
11: For that would be a heinous crime;
that would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges;
12: for that
would be a fire which consumes unto Abaddon, and it would burn to the root all
13: "If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my
maidservant, when they brought a complaint against me;
14: what then
shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?
15: Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one
fashion us in the womb?
16: "If I have withheld anything that the
poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it
18: (for from his youth I reared him as a father, and from his
mother's womb I guided him);
19: if I have seen any one perish for
lack of clothing, or a poor man without covering;
20: if his loins
have not blessed me, and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
21: if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, because I saw
help in the gate;
22: then let my shoulder blade fall from my
shoulder, and let my arm be broken from its socket.
23: For I was in
terror of calamity from God, and I could not have faced his majesty.
24: "If I have made gold my trust, or called fine gold my confidence;
25: if I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, or because my
hand had gotten much;
26: if I have looked at the sun when it shone,
or the moon moving in splendor,
27: and my heart has been secretly
enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand;
28: this also would be an
iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I should have been false to God
29: "If I have rejoiced at the ruin of him that hated me, or
exulted when evil overtook him
30: (I have not let my mouth sin by
asking for his life with a curse);
31: if the men of my tent have not
said, `Who is there that has not been filled with his meat?'
sojourner has not lodged in the street; I have opened my doors to the wayfarer);
33: if I have concealed my transgressions from men, by hiding my
iniquity in my bosom,
34: because I stood in great fear of the
multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence,
and did not go out of doors --
35: Oh, that I had one to hear me!
(Here is my signature! let the Almighty answer me!) Oh, that I had the
indictment written by my adversary!
36: Surely I would carry it on my
shoulder; I would bind it on me as a crown;
37: I would give him an
account of all my steps; like a prince I would approach him.
my land has cried out against me, and its furrows have wept together;
39: if I have eaten its yield without payment, and caused the death
of its owners;
40: let thorns grow instead of wheat, and foul weeds
instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.
1: So these three men ceased to answer Job, because
he was righteous in his own eyes.
2: Then Eli'hu the son of Bar'achel
the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became angry. He was angry at Job because he
justified himself rather than God;
3: he was angry also at Job's
three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job
to be in the wrong.
4: Now Eli'hu had waited to speak to Job because
they were older than he.
5: And when Eli'hu saw that there was no
answer in the mouth of these three men, he became angry.
Eli'hu the son of Bar'achel the Buzite answered: "I am young in years, and you
are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you.
7: I said, `Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.'
8: But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that
makes him understand.
9: It is not the old that are wise, nor the
aged that understand what is right.
10: Therefore I say, `Listen to
me; let me also declare my opinion.'
11: "Behold, I waited for your
words, I listened for your wise sayings, while you searched out what to say.
12: I gave you my attention, and, behold, there was none that
confuted Job, or that answered his words, among you.
13: Beware lest
you say, `We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not man.'
He has not directed his words against me, and I will not answer him with your
15: "They are discomfited, they answer no more; they have
not a word to say.
16: And shall I wait, because they do not speak,
because they stand there, and answer no more?
17: I also will give my
answer; I also will declare my opinion.
18: For I am full of words,
the spirit within me constrains me.
19: Behold, my heart is like wine
that has no vent; like new wineskins, it is ready to burst.
must speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer.
21: I will not show partiality to any person or use flattery toward
22: For I do not know how to flatter, else would my Maker
soon put an end to me.
1: "But now, hear my speech, O Job, and listen to
all my words.
2: Behold, I open my mouth; the tongue in my mouth
3: My words declare the uprightness of my heart, and what my
lips know they speak sincerely.
4: The spirit of God has made me, and
the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
5: Answer me, if you can;
set your words in order before me; take your stand.
6: Behold, I am
toward God as you are; I too was formed from a piece of clay.
Behold, no fear of me need terrify you; my pressure will not be heavy upon you.
8: "Surely, you have spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the sound
of your words.
9: You say, `I am clean, without transgression; I am
pure, and there is no iniquity in me.
10: Behold, he finds occasions
against me, he counts me as his enemy;
11: he puts my feet in the
stocks, and watches all my paths.'
12: "Behold, in this you are not
right. I will answer you. God is greater than man.
13: Why do you
contend against him, saying, `He will answer none of my words'?
For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it.
15: In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon
men, while they slumber on their beds,
16: then he opens the ears of
men, and terrifies them with warnings,
17: that he may turn man aside
from his deed, and cut off pride from man;
18: he keeps back his soul
from the Pit, his life from perishing by the sword.
19: "Man is also
chastened with pain upon his bed, and with continual strife in his bones;
20: so that his life loathes bread, and his appetite dainty food.
21: His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen; and his bones
which were not seen stick out.
22: His soul draws near the Pit, and
his life to those who bring death.
23: If there be for him an angel,
a mediator, one of the thousand, to declare to man what is right for him;
24: and he is gracious to him, and says, `Deliver him from going down
into the Pit, I have found a ransom;
25: let his flesh become fresh
with youth; let him return to the days of his youthful vigor';
then man prays to God, and he accepts him, he comes into his presence with joy.
He recounts to men his salvation,
27: and he sings before men, and
says: `I sinned and perverted what was right, and it was not requited to me.
28: He has redeemed my soul from going down into the Pit, and my life
shall see the light.'
29: "Behold, God does all these things, twice,
three times, with a man,
30: to bring back his soul from the Pit,
that he may see the light of life.
31: Give heed, O Job, listen to
me; be silent, and I will speak.
32: If you have anything to say,
answer me; speak, for I desire to justify you.
33: If not, listen to
me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom."
1: Then Eli'hu said:
2: "Hear my words,
you wise men, and give ear to me, you who know;
3: for the ear tests
words as the palate tastes food.
4: Let us choose what is right; let
us determine among ourselves what is good.
5: For Job has said, `I am
innocent, and God has taken away my right;
6: in spite of my right I
am counted a liar; my wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.'
7: What man is like Job, who drinks up scoffing like water,
8: who goes in company with evildoers and walks with wicked men?
9: For he has said, `It profits a man nothing that he should take
delight in God.'
10: "Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding,
far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he
should do wrong.
11: For according to the work of a man he will
requite him, and according to his ways he will make it befall him.
12: Of a truth, God will not do wickedly, and the Almighty will not
13: Who gave him charge over the earth and who laid
on him the whole world?
14: If he should take back his spirit to
himself, and gather to himself his breath,
15: all flesh would perish
together, and man would return to dust.
16: "If you have
understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.
17: Shall one who
hates justice govern? Will you condemn him who is righteous and mighty,
18: who says to a king, `Worthless one,' and to nobles, `Wicked man';
19: who shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich more
than the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?
20: In a
moment they die; at midnight the people are shaken and pass away, and the mighty
are taken away by no human hand.
21: "For his eyes are upon the ways
of a man, and he sees all his steps.
22: There is no gloom or deep
darkness where evildoers may hide themselves.
23: For he has not
appointed a time for any man to go before God in judgment.
shatters the mighty without investigation, and sets others in their place.
25: Thus, knowing their works, he overturns them in the night, and
they are crushed.
26: He strikes them for their wickedness in the
sight of men,
27: because they turned aside from following him, and
had no regard for any of his ways,
28: so that they caused the cry of
the poor to come to him, and he heard the cry of the afflicted --
When he is quiet, who can condemn? When he hides his face, who can behold him,
whether it be a nation or a man? --
30: that a godless man should not
reign, that he should not ensnare the people.
31: "For has any one
said to God, `I have borne chastisement; I will not offend any more;
32: teach me what I do not see; if I have done iniquity, I will do it
33: Will he then make requital to suit you, because you
reject it? For you must choose, and not I; therefore declare what you know.
34: Men of understanding will say to me, and the wise man who hears
me will say:
35: `Job speaks without knowledge, his words are without
36: Would that Job were tried to the end, because he
answers like wicked men.
37: For he adds rebellion to his sin; he
claps his hands among us, and multiplies his words against God."
1: And Eli'hu said:
2: "Do you think
this to be just? Do you say, `It is my right before God,'
3: that you
ask, `What advantage have I? How am I better off than if I had sinned?'
4: I will answer you and your friends with you.
5: Look at
the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds, which are higher than you.
6: If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against him? And if
your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
7: If you
are righteous, what do you give to him; or what does he receive from your hand?
8: Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself, and your
righteousness a son of man.
9: "Because of the multitude of
oppressions people cry out; they call for help because of the arm of the mighty.
10: But none says, `Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the
11: who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and
makes us wiser than the birds of the air?'
12: There they cry out,
but he does not answer, because of the pride of evil men.
God does not hear an empty cry, nor does the Almighty regard it.
How much less when you say that you do not see him, that the case is before him,
and you are waiting for him!
15: And now, because his anger does not
punish, and he does not greatly heed transgression,
16: Job opens his
mouth in empty talk, he multiplies words without knowledge."
1: And Eli'hu continued, and said:
"Bear with me a little, and I will show you, for I have yet something to say on
3: I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and ascribe
righteousness to my Maker.
4: For truly my words are not false; one
who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
5: "Behold, God is mighty,
and does not despise any; he is mighty in strength of understanding.
6: He does not keep the wicked alive, but gives the afflicted their
7: He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous, but with
kings upon the throne he sets them for ever, and they are exalted.
And if they are bound in fetters and caught in the cords of affliction,
9: then he declares to them their work and their transgressions, that
they are behaving arrogantly.
10: He opens their ears to instruction,
and commands that they return from iniquity.
11: If they hearken and
serve him, they complete their days in prosperity, and their years in
12: But if they do not hearken, they perish by the
sword, and die without knowledge.
13: "The godless in heart cherish
anger; they do not cry for help when he binds them.
14: They die in
youth, and their life ends in shame.
15: He delivers the afflicted by
their affliction, and opens their ear by adversity.
16: He also
allured you out of distress into a broad place where there was no cramping, and
what was set on your table was full of fatness.
17: "But you are full
of the judgment on the wicked; judgment and justice seize you.
Beware lest wrath entice you into scoffing; and let not the greatness of the
ransom turn you aside.
19: Will your cry avail to keep you from
distress, or all the force of your strength?
20: Do not long for the
night, when peoples are cut off in their place.
21: Take heed, do not
turn to iniquity, for this you have chosen rather than affliction.
22: Behold, God is exalted in his power; who is a teacher like him?
23: Who has prescribed for him his way, or who can say, `Thou hast
24: "Remember to extol his work, of which men have sung.
25: All men have looked on it; man beholds it from afar.
26: Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his
years is unsearchable.
27: For he draws up the drops of water, he
distils his mist in rain
28: which the skies pour down, and drop upon
29: Can any one understand the spreading of the
clouds, the thunderings of his pavilion?
30: Behold, he scatters his
lightning about him, and covers the roots of the sea.
31: For by
these he judges peoples; he gives food in abundance.
32: He covers
his hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark.
Its crashing declares concerning him, who is jealous with anger against
1: "At this also my heart trembles, and leaps out
of its place.
2: Hearken to the thunder of his voice and the rumbling
that comes from his mouth.
3: Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
4: After it his voice
roars; he thunders with his majestic voice and he does not restrain the
lightnings when his voice is heard.
5: God thunders wondrously with
his voice; he does great things which we cannot comprehend.
6: For to
the snow he says, `Fall on the earth'; and to the shower and the rain, `Be
7: He seals up the hand of every man, that all men may know
8: Then the beasts go into their lairs, and remain in their
9: From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the
10: By the breath of God ice is given, and the
broad waters are frozen fast.
11: He loads the thick cloud with
moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning.
12: They turn round and
round by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of
the habitable world.
13: Whether for correction, or for his land, or
for love, he causes it to happen.
14: "Hear this, O Job; stop and
consider the wondrous works of God.
15: Do you know how God lays his
command upon them, and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
16: Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of
him who is perfect in knowledge,
17: you whose garments are hot when
the earth is still because of the south wind?
18: Can you, like him,
spread out the skies, hard as a molten mirror?
19: Teach us what we
shall say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
Shall it be told him that I would speak? Did a man ever wish that he would be
21: "And now men cannot look on the light when it is
bright in the skies, when the wind has passed and cleared them.
Out of the north comes golden splendor; God is clothed with terrible majesty.
23: The Almighty -- we cannot find him; he is great in power and
justice, and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
Therefore men fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own
1: Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind:
2: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3: Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall
declare to me.
4: "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the
earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
5: Who determined its
measurements -- surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
6: On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone,
7: when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God
shouted for joy?
8: "Or who shut in the sea with doors, when it burst
forth from the womb;
9: when I made clouds its garment, and thick
darkness its swaddling band,
10: and prescribed bounds for it, and
set bars and doors,
11: and said, `Thus far shall you come, and no
farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed'?
12: "Have you
commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its
13: that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and
the wicked be shaken out of it?
14: It is changed like clay under the
seal, and it is dyed like a garment.
15: From the wicked their light
is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken.
16: "Have you entered
into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17: Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen
the gates of deep darkness?
18: Have you comprehended the expanse of
the earth? Declare, if you know all this.
19: "Where is the way to
the dwelling of light, and where is the place of darkness,
you may take it to its territory and that you may discern the paths to its home?
21: You know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is
22: "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you
seen the storehouses of the hail,
23: which I have reserved for the
time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?
24: What is the way
to the place where the light is distributed, or where the east wind is scattered
upon the earth?
25: "Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of
rain, and a way for the thunderbolt,
26: to bring rain on a land
where no man is, on the desert in which there is no man;
satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground put forth grass?
28: "Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29: From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth
to the hoarfrost of heaven?
30: The waters become hard like stone,
and the face of the deep is frozen.
31: "Can you bind the chains of
the Plei'ades, or loose the cords of Orion?
32: Can you lead forth
the Maz'zaroth in their season, or can you guide the Bear with its children?
33: Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you establish
their rule on the earth?
34: "Can you lift up your voice to the
clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you?
35: Can you send forth
lightnings, that they may go and say to you, `Here we are'?
has put wisdom in the clouds, or given understanding to the mists?
37: Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can tilt the
waterskins of the heavens,
38: when the dust runs into a mass and the
clods cleave fast together?
39: "Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40: when they crouch in
their dens, or lie in wait in their covert?
41: Who provides for the
raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God, and wander about for lack of
1: "Do you know when the mountain goats bring
forth? Do you observe the calving of the hinds?
2: Can you number the
months that they fulfil, and do you know the time when they bring forth,
3: when they crouch, bring forth their offspring, and are delivered
of their young?
4: Their young ones become strong, they grow up in
the open; they go forth, and do not return to them.
5: "Who has let
the wild ass go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift ass,
to whom I have given the steppe for his home, and the salt land for his dwelling
7: He scorns the tumult of the city; he hears not the shouts
of the driver.
8: He ranges the mountains as his pasture, and he
searches after every green thing.
9: "Is the wild ox willing to serve
you? Will he spend the night at your crib?
10: Can you bind him in
the furrow with ropes, or will he harrow the valleys after you?
Will you depend on him because his strength is great, and will you leave to him
12: Do you have faith in him that he will return, and
bring your grain to your threshing floor?
13: "The wings of the
ostrich wave proudly; but are they the pinions and plumage of love?
14: For she leaves her eggs to the earth, and lets them be warmed on
15: forgetting that a foot may crush them, and that the
wild beast may trample them.
16: She deals cruelly with her young, as
if they were not hers; though her labor be in vain, yet she has no fear;
17: because God has made her forget wisdom, and given her no share in
18: When she rouses herself to flee, she laughs at the
horse and his rider.
19: "Do you give the horse his might? Do you
clothe his neck with strength?
20: Do you make him leap like the
locust? His majestic snorting is terrible.
21: He paws in the valley,
and exults in his strength; he goes out to meet the weapons.
laughs at fear, and is not dismayed; he does not turn back from the sword.
23: Upon him rattle the quiver, the flashing spear and the javelin.
24: With fierceness and rage he swallows the ground; he cannot stand
still at the sound of the trumpet.
25: When the trumpet sounds, he
says `Aha!' He smells the battle from afar, the thunder of the captains, and the
26: "Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars, and spreads
his wings toward the south?
27: Is it at your command that the eagle
mounts up and makes his nest on high?
28: On the rock he dwells and
makes his home in the fastness of the rocky crag.
29: Thence he spies
out the prey; his eyes behold it afar off.
30: His young ones suck up
blood; and where the slain are, there is he."
1: And the LORD said to Job:
2: "Shall a
faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer
3: Then Job answered the LORD:
4: "Behold, I am of
small account; what shall I answer thee? I lay my hand on my mouth.
5: I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will
proceed no further."
6: Then the LORD answered Job out of the
7: "Gird up your loins like a man; I will question you,
and you declare to me.
8: Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you
condemn me that you may be justified?
9: Have you an arm like God,
and can you thunder with a voice like his?
10: "Deck yourself with
majesty and dignity; clothe yourself with glory and splendor.
Pour forth the overflowings of your anger, and look on every one that is proud,
and abase him.
12: Look on every one that is proud, and bring him
low; and tread down the wicked where they stand.
13: Hide them all in
the dust together; bind their faces in the world below.
14: Then will
I also acknowledge to you, that your own right hand can give you victory.
15: "Behold, Be'hemoth, which I made as I made you; he eats grass
like an ox.
16: Behold, his strength in his loins, and his power in
the muscles of his belly.
17: He makes his tail stiff like a cedar;
the sinews of his thighs are knit together.
18: His bones are tubes
of bronze, his limbs like bars of iron.
19: "He is the first of the
works of God; let him who made him bring near his sword!
20: For the
mountains yield food for him where all the wild beasts play.
Under the lotus plants he lies, in the covert of the reeds and in the marsh.
22: For his shade the lotus trees cover him; the willows of the brook
23: Behold, if the river is turbulent he is not
frightened; he is confident though Jordan rushes against his mouth.
24: Can one take him with hooks, or pierce his nose with a snare?
1: "Can you draw out Levi'athan with a fishhook, or
press down his tongue with a cord?
2: Can you put a rope in his nose,
or pierce his jaw with a hook?
3: Will he make many supplications to
you? Will he speak to you soft words?
4: Will he make a covenant with
you to take him for your servant for ever?
5: Will you play with him
as with a bird, or will you put him on leash for your maidens?
Will traders bargain over him? Will they divide him up among the merchants?
7: Can you fill his skin with harpoons, or his head with fishing
8: Lay hands on him; think of the battle; you will not do it
9: Behold, the hope of a man is disappointed; he is laid low
even at the sight of him.
10: No one is so fierce that he dares to
stir him up. Who then is he that can stand before me?
11: Who has
given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is
12: "I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, or his
mighty strength, or his goodly frame.
13: Who can strip off his outer
garment? Who can penetrate his double coat of mail?
14: Who can open
the doors of his face? Round about his teeth is terror.
15: His back
is made of rows of shields, shut up closely as with a seal.
is so near to another that no air can come between them.
17: They are
joined one to another; they clasp each other and cannot be separated.
18: His sneezings flash forth light, and his eyes are like the
eyelids of the dawn.
19: Out of his mouth go flaming torches; sparks
of fire leap forth.
20: Out of his nostrils comes forth smoke, as
from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
21: His breath kindles coals,
and a flame comes forth from his mouth.
22: In his neck abides
strength, and terror dances before him.
23: The folds of his flesh
cleave together, firmly cast upon him and immovable.
24: His heart is
hard as a stone, hard as the nether millstone.
25: When he raises
himself up the mighty are afraid; at the crashing they are beside themselves.
26: Though the sword reaches him, it does not avail; nor the spear,
the dart, or the javelin.
27: He counts iron as straw, and bronze as
28: The arrow cannot make him flee; for him slingstones
are turned to stubble.
29: Clubs are counted as stubble; he laughs at
the rattle of javelins.
30: His underparts are like sharp potsherds;
he spreads himself like a threshing sledge on the mire.
31: He makes
the deep boil like a pot; he makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
32: Behind him he leaves a shining wake; one would think the deep to
33: Upon earth there is not his like, a creature without
34: He beholds everything that is high; he is king over all the
sons of pride."
1: Then Job answered the LORD:
know that thou canst do all things, and that no purpose of thine can be
3: `Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?'
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me,
which I did not know.
4: `Hear, and I will speak; I will question
you, and you declare to me.'
5: I had heard of thee by the hearing of
the ear, but now my eye sees thee;
6: therefore I despise myself, and
repent in dust and ashes."
7: After the LORD had spoken these words
to Job, the LORD said to Eli'phaz the Te'manite: "My wrath is kindled against
you and against your two friends; for you have not spoken of me what is right,
as my servant Job has.
8: Now therefore take seven bulls and seven
rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering;
and my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal
with you according to your folly; for you have not spoken of me what is right,
as my servant Job has."
9: So Eli'phaz the Te'manite and Bildad the
Shuhite and Zophar the Na'amathite went and did what the LORD had told them; and
the LORD accepted Job's prayer.
10: And the LORD restored the
fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends; and the LORD gave Job twice
as much as he had before.
11: Then came to him all his brothers and
sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house;
and they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the LORD
had brought upon him; and each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of
12: And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his
beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand
yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses.
13: He had also seven sons
and three daughters.
14: And he called the name of the first
Jemi'mah; and the name of the second Kezi'ah; and the name of the third
15: And in all the land there were no women so fair
as Job's daughters; and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers.
16: And after this Job lived a hundred and forty years, and saw his
sons, and his sons' sons, four generations.
17: And Job died, an old
man, and full of days.