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Job wishes for death.

3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up. 4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me. 5 Doth the wild ass bray when he bath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder? 6 Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an eggs? 7 The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat. 8-Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for! 9 Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off! t 10 Then should I yet have comfort; }. I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One. 11 What is my strength, that I should hope? And what is mine end, that I should prolong my life 2 12 Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass? 13 Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me? 14 To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty. 15, My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away; 16. Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid: 17.What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place. 18 The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish. 19 The troops of Tema, looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them. 20 . were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed. 21 For now ye are nothi o and are afraid. 22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance? 23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty? 24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. 25 How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

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27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend. 28 Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie. 29. Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it. 30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things? §§ VII. S there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of a hireling? 2. As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as a hireling looketh for the reward of his work: 3 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me. 4. When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the §: 5. My flesh is clothed with worms, and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome. 6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope. ‘7 O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good. 8.The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not. 9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. 10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more. 11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. 12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me? 13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, * couch shall ease my complaint; 14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions: 15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life. ró I loathe it; I would not live always: let me alone; for my days are vanity. 17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him 7 and that thou shouldest set thy heart upon him? 18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? 19 How long wist thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? 20 I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou Preserver of men? why hast

26 Doye o to reprove words, and the speeches of , one that is desperate, which are as wind? |

thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself? 21 And why dio not pardon my 4

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6 If thou wert pure and upright, surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness pros

7 Though thy beginning was small, yet
thy latter end should greatly increase.
8 For inquire, I pray thee, of the former
age, and prepare o to the search of
their fathers:
9 (For we are but of yesterday, and
know nothing, because our days upon
earth are a shadow :)
10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell
thee, and utter words out of their heart?
11, Can the rush grow up without mire?
can the flag grow without water?
12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and
not cut down, it withereth before any
other herb.
13 So are the paths of all that forget
God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:
14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and
whose trust shall be a spider's web.
15 He shall lean upon his house, but it
shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but
it shall not endure.
16 He is green before the sun, and his
branch shooteth forth in his garden.
17 His roots are wrapped about the
heap, and seeth the place of stones.
18. If he destroy him from his place,
then it shall deny him, saying, I have not
seen thee.
19 Behold, this is the joy of his way,
and out of the earth shall others grow.
29 Behold, God will not cast away a
perfect man, neither will he help the evil

oers : 21.Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing. 22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame ; and the dwelling-place of the wicked shall come to nought. HAP. IX.

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HENJob answered and said,
2 I know it is so of a truth: but how

VIII, IX. No contending with God.

3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand. 4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened i.; against him, and hath prospered 2 5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not : which overturneth them in his anger; 6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble; 7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not ; and sealeth up the stars; 8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea; 9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south; 10 Which doethgreat things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number. 11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he of on also, but I perceive him

not. 12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him 7 who will say unto him, What doest thou? 13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him. 14 How much less shall I answerhim, and choose out my words to reason with him 2 15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet I not so I would make supplication to my judge. 16 If I had ...! and he had answered me ; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice. 17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause. 18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness. 13 if I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead'? 20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: If I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse. 21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life. 22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked. 23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent. 24 The earth is given into the hand ot the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who ishe? 25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good... 26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey 37. If I say, swill forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself: 28"I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent. . . 29. If I be wicked, why then labour I in

should man be just with God?


Job expostulates with God.

30 If I wash myself with snow-water, and make my hands never so clean ; 31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own cloties shall abhor me. 32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him;, and we should come together in judgment. 33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us betn. 34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me. 35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me. CHAP. X. M% sou! is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; | will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me. 3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thy hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked 2 4 Hast thou eyes of flesh 2 or seest thou as man seeth 5 1re thy days as the days of man? are thy * as man's days, 6 That thou inquirest aftermine iniquity, and searchest after my sin 7

7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked ;|d

and there is none that can deliver out of thy hand. 8 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me. 9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the oy; and wilt thou bring me into dust again 10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese ? 11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and Sine W.S. 12 Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my Spirit. * P. And these things hast thou hid in thine heart : I know that this is with thee. 14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine inio 15 If I be wicked, wounto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction; 16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me - as a fierce lion: and again thou she west thyself marvellous upon me. 17 Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me. 18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had

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given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!
19 I should have been as though I had
not been; I should have been carried from
the womb to the grave.
20 Jire not my days few 7 cease then,
!" o me alone, that I may take comfort
a little,
21 Before I go whence I shall not return,
even to the ilā of darkness, and the sha-
dow of death;
22 A land of darkness, as darkness it-
self; and of the shadow of death, without
any order, and where the light is as dark-

neSS. CHAP. XI. To answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 2 Should not the multitude of words be answered 2 and should a man full of talk be iustified ? Should thy lies make men hold their peace 7 and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed 7 4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes. 5 But Oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee; 6 And |. he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is . Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity eserveth. 7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto persection 2 8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know 7 o 9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. 10 if he cut off, and shut up, o, Father together, then who can hinder him : 11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also ; will he not then consider it 2 12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass’s colt. 13 If thou prepare thy heart, and stretch out thy hands toward him; 14 If iniquity be in thy hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. 15 For then shalt thou lift o face without spot; yea, thou shalt steadfast, and shalt not fear: 16 Because thou shalt forget "o: and remember it as waters that pass away; 17 And thine age shall be clearer than the noon-day: thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning. 18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety19 Also thou shall lie down, and none The omnipotence of God.

shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee. 20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the {}\; up of the ghost. HAP. XII.

ND Job answered and said, 2. No doubt, but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you. 3 But I have understanding as well as ou; I am not inferior to you: yea, who Ross not such things as these ? 4 I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to

Scorn. 5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease. 6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure ; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly. 7. But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: 8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shal! declare unto thee. 9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? 10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. 11 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat 2 12. With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. 13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding. 14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening. 15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up ; also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. 16 With him is strength and wisdom : the deceived and the deceiver are his. 17 He leadeth counseliors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools. 18 He oil. the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle. 19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty. 20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged. 21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength o mighty. 22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death. 23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them : he enlargeth the nations, and straighteneth them again. 24 He taketh away


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Job reproves his friends.

chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way. 25 They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man. CHAP. XIII. Lo: mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it. 2 What ye know, the same do I know lso: I am not inferior unto you. 3 Surely 1 would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God. 4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all. ploysicians of no value. 5 O that ye would altogether hold your peace; and it should be your wisdom. 6. He or now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips. 7 Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him '' 8 Will ye accept his person 2 will ye contend for God! 9. Is it good that he should search you out 2 or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him 2 10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons. 11 §, i. not his excellency make you fraid 2 and his dread sa’i upon you? 12 Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay. 13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will. 14 Wi. do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand? 15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him : but I will maintain mine own ways before him. 16 He also shall be my salvation: for a hypocrite shall not come before him. 17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears. 18 Behold, now, I have ordered my cause ; I know that I shall be justified. 19 Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost. 20 Only do not two things unto me: then will l not hide myself from thee. 21. Withdraw thy hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid. 22 Then call thou, and l will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me. 23 How many are mine iniquities and sins' make me to know my transgression and my sin. 24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy 2 25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro 7 and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble? 26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth. hou puttest my feet also in the Job entreats God's favour

stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all m paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet. 28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth-eaten. CHAP M AN that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. 2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. 3 And dost thou, open thine eyes upon such a one, and bringest me into judgment with thee 7. 4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean not one. 5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot ass; p 6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day. 7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. 8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the round; 9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. 10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he 7 11 Jls the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up : 12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. is Öthat thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me ! 14 If a man die, shall he live again 2 all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. 15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thy hands. 16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin! 17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thousewest up mine iniquity. 18 And surely the mountain fallin cometh to nought, and the rock is koi out of his place. 19 The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest


the o of man. 20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth : thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away. 21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them. |

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22 But his flesh u and his soul within CHAP. XV. HEN answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, 2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind 2 3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk 2 or with speeches wherewith he can do no good? 4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God. 5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou ... the tongue of the crafty6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not, l: yea, thine own lips testify against thee. 7 Art thou the first man that was born ? or wast thou made before the hills' 8 Hast thou heard the secret of God of and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? 9 What knowest thou that we know not 2 what understandest thou, which is not in us? 10 With us are both the É. and very aged men, much elder than thy father. 11 Are the consolations of God small with thee ? is there any secret thing with thee ? 12 Why doth o heart carry thee away? and what do thine eyes wink at, 13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth 2 14 What is man, that he should be clean 7 and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? 15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. 16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water 7 17 I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen, I will declare; 18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it: 19 Unto whomalone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them. 20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor. 21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in operio the destroyer shall come upon inn.

o him shall have pain, him shall mourn.

22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.

23. He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day .#. is ready at his hand.

24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall |..." against him, as a king ready to the battle.

25 For he stelo out his hand against


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