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19 The righteous see it, and are glad and the innocent laugh them

to scorn.

20 Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.

21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.

22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.

23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.

25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.

26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.

27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.

28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy

ways.

29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble per

son.

30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.

CHAP. XXIII.

THEN Job answered and said,

2 Even to day is my complaint bitter my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

:

30 that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with argu

ments.

5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:

10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.

12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.

15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.

16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth

me:

17 Because I was not cut off before

the darkness, neither hath he cover- 14 The murderer rising with the ed the darkness from my face.

light killeth the poor and needy, and

in the night is as a thief. CHAP. XXIV.

15 The eye also of the adulterer Why, seeing times are not hidden waiteth for the twilight, saying, No from the Almighty, do they that eye shall see me: and disguiseth his know him not see his days?

face. 2 Some remove the landmarks ; 16 In the dark they dig through they violently take away flocks, and bouses, which they had marked for feed thereof.

themselves in the daytime: they: 3 They drive away the ass of the know not the light. fatherless, they take the widow's ox 17 For the morning is to them for a pledge.

even as the shadow of death : if one 4 They turn the needy out of the know them, they are in the terrors of way: the poor of the earth hide the shadow of death. themselves together.

18 He is swift as the waters; their 5 Behold, as wild asses in the portion is cursed in the earth : he bedesert, go they forth to their work; holdeth not the way of the vineyards. rising betimes for a prey : the wil- 19 Drought and heat consume derness yieldeth food for them and the snow waters : so doth the grave for their cbildren.

those which have sinned. 6 They reap every one his corn in 20 The womb shall forget him; the field : and they gather the vin- the worm shall feed sweetly on him; tage of the wicked.

he shall be no more remembered; and 7 They cause the naked to lodge wickedness shall be broken as a tree. without clothing, that they have no 21 He evil entreateth the barren covering in the cold.

that beareth not: and doeth not 8 They are wet with the showers good to the widow. of the mountains, and embrace the 22 He draweth also the mighty rock for want of a shelter.

with his power: he riseth up, and no 9 They pluck the fatherless from man is sure of life. the breast, and take a pledge of the 23 Though it be given him to be poor.

in safety, whereon he resteth; yet 10 They cause him to go naked

his eyes are upon

their

ways. without clothing, and they take 24 They are exalted for a little away the sheaf from the hungry; while, but are gone and brought 11 Which make oil within their low; they are taken out of the

way walls, and tread their winepresses, as all other, and cut off as the tops and suffer thirst.

of the ears of corn. 12 Men groan from out of the 25 And if it be not so now,

who city, and the soul of the wounded will make me a liar, and make my crieth out : yet God layeth not folly speech nothing worth? to them. 13 They are of those that rebel

CHAP. XXV. against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths

The answered Bildad the Shuthereof.

hite, and said,

2 Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places.

3 Is there any number of his armies ? and upon whom doth not his light arise?

4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

5 Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.

6 How much less man, that is a worm ? and the son of man, which is a worm !

12 He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.

13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

14 Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of bim? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

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CHAP. XXVII. MOREOVER Job continued his parable, and said,

2 As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils ;

4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.

5 God forbid that I should justify you : till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.

6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

7 Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.

8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? 9 Will God hear his

cry

when trouble cometh upon him?

10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty ? will he always call upon God?

11 I will teach you by the hand of God : that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.

12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it ; why then are ye thus altogether vain ?

13 This is the portion of a wicked

upon it.

10 He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.

11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

man with God, and the heritage of gotten of the foot: they are dried oppressors, which they shall receive

up, they are gone away from men. of the Almighty.

5 As for the earth, out of it cometh 14 If his children be multiplied, bread: and under it is turned up as it is for the sword: and his offspring it were fire. shall not be satisfied with bread.

6 The stones of it are the place of 15 Those that remain of him shall sapphires: and it hath dust of gold. be buried in death: and his widows 7 There is a path which no fowl shall not weep.

knoweth, and which the vulture's 16 Though he heap up silver as

eye

hath not seen : the dust, and prepare raiment as the 8 The lion's whelps have not clay;

trodden it, nor the fierce lion pass17 He may prepare it, but the ed by it. just shall put it on, and the innocent 9 He putteth forth his hand upon shall divide the silver.

the rock; he overturneth the moun18 He buildeth his house as a tains by the roots. moth, and as a booth that the keeper

10 He cutteth out rivers among maketh.

the rocks; and his eye seeth every 19 The rich man shall lie down, precious thing. but he shall not be gathered: he 11 He bindeth the floods from openeth his eyes, and he is not.

overflowing; and the thing that is 20 Terrors take hold on him as hid bringeth he forth to light. waters, a tempest stealeth him away 12 But where shall wisdom be in the night.

found? and where is the place of .21 The east wind carrieth him understanding? away, and he departeth: and as a 13 Man knoweth not the price storm hurleth him out of his place. thereof; neither is it found in the

22 For God shall cast upon him, land of the living. and not spare: he would fain flee 14 The depth saith, It is not in out of his hand.

me: and the sea saith, It is not with 23 Men shall clap their hands at me. him, and shall hiss him out of his 15 It cannot be gotten for gold, place.

neither shall silver be weighed for

the price thereof. CHAP. XXVIII.

16 It cannot be valued with the

gold of Ophir, with the precious SURELY there is a vein for the

onyx, or the sapphire. silver, and a place for gold where 17 The gold and the crystal canthey fine it.

not equal it: and the exchange of it 2 Iron is taken out of the earth, shall not be for jewels of fine gold. and brass is molten out of the stone. 18 No mention shall be made of

3 He setteth an end to darkness, coral, or of pearls: for the price of and searcheth out all perfection: the wisdom is above rubies. stones of darkness, and the shadow 19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall of death.

not equal it, neither shall it be va4 The flood breaketh out from lued with pure gold. the inhabitants; even the waters for- 20 Whence then cometh wisdom?

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7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up:

9 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth. 11 When the ear heard

me,

then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me,

it
gave

witness to me: 12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had gone to belp him.

13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. 16 I was a father to the

poor:

and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

17 And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.

19 My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.

20 My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in

my

hand. 21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

22 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped

CHAP. XXIX. MOREOVER Job continued his parable, and said,

2 Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

3 When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;

4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;

5 When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;

6 When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;

upon them.

23 And they waited for me as for

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