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and five hundred fhe-affes, and a very great houfhold; fo that this man was the greatest of all the men of the eaft.
4 And his fons went and feafted in their houses, every one his day and fent and called for their three fifters, to eat and to drink with them.
5 And it was fo, when the days of their feafting were gone about, that Job fent and fanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burntofferings according to the number of them all: for Job faid, It may be that my fons have finned, and curfed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
6 ¶ Now there was a day when the fons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came alfo among them.
7 And the Lord faid unto Satan, Whence comeft thou? Then Satan anfwered the Lord, and faid, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
8 And the Lord faid unto Satan, Haft thou confidered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright
man, one that feareth God, and efcheweth evil?
9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and faid, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10 Haft not thou made an hedge about him, and about his houfe, and about all that he hath on every fide? thou haft bleffed the work of his hands, and his fubftance is increased in the land.
II But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curfe thee to thy face.
12 And the Lord faid unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power: only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
13 And there was a day when his fons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house :
14 And there came a mesfenger unto Job, and faid, The oxen were plowing, and the affes feeding befide them:
15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have flain the fervants with the edge of the fword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
16 While he was yet fpeaking, there came alfo another, R and
and faid, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the fervants, and confumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
GAIN there was a day when the fons of
17 While he was yet fpeak-God came to prefent theming, there came alfo another, felves before the Lord, and and faid, The Chaldeans made Satan came also among them out three bands, and fell upon to prefent himself before the the camels, and have carried Lord. them away, yea, and flain the fervants with the edge of the fword: and I only am efcaped alone to tell thee.
18 While he was yet fpeaking, there came alfo another, and faid, Thy fons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
19 And behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and fmote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead: and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
22 In all this Job finned not, nor charged God foolishly.
21 And faid, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked fhall I return thither. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; bleffed be the name of the Lord.
2 And the Lord faid unto Satan, From whence comest thou? and Satan answered the Lord, and faid, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up. and down in it.
3 And the Lord faid unto Satan, Haft thou confidered my fervant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and efcheweth evil? and ftill he holdeth faft his integrity, although thou movedit me against him, to destroy him without cause.
20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and fhaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worfhip-he give for his life.
4 And Satan answered the Lord, and faid, Skin for fkin, yea, all that a man hath will
5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curfe thee to thy face.
6 And the Lord faid unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but fave his life.
7 ¶ So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and fmote Job with
him upon the ground feven days and feven nights, and none spake a word unto him: fore boils from the fole of for they faw that his grief
his foot unto his crown.
was very great.
8 And he took him a potfherd to fcrape himfelf
withal; and he fat down A Job his mouth, and
among the afhes.
curfed his day.
9 Then faid his wife unto him, Doft thou still retain thine integrity? curfe God, and die.
10 But he faid unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh: what? fhall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? in all this did not Job fin with his lips.
II Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite; for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him, and to comfort him.
2 And Job spake, and faid, 3 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light fhine upon it.
5 Let darkness and the fhadow of death ftain it; let a cloud dwell upon it, let the blackness of the day terrify it. 6 As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.
7 Lo, let that night be folitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
8 Let them curfe it that curfe the day, who are ready to raise up their mourn
12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his man-ing. tle, and fprinkled duft upon their heads toward heaven.
13' So they fat down with
9 Let the ftars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look, for light, but have R 2
none, neither let it fee the in foul; dawning of the day.
10 Because it fhut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid forrow from mine eyes.
11 Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
12 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breafts that I fhould fuck.
13 For now fhould I have lain ftill, and been quiet, I should have flept; then had I been at reft; 14 With kings and counfellors of the earth, which built defolate places for themselves;
21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treafures;
20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in mifery; and life unto the bitter
22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?
23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?
24 For my fighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
26 I was not in safety, neither had I reft, neither was I quiet; yet trouble,
15 Or with princes that had gold, who filled their came. houses with filver:
16 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been ; as infants which never faw light.
17 There the wicked ceafe from troubling; and there the weary be at reft;
18 There the prifoners reft together; they hear not the voice of the oppreffor.
19 The small and great are there and the fervant is free from his master.
HEN Eliphaz the
2 If we affay to commune with thee, will thou be griev ed? but who can withhold himself from fpeaking?
3 Behold, thou haft inftructed many, and thou haft ftrengthened the weak hands.
4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou haft ftrengthened the feeble knees.
5 But now it is come upon
upon thee, and thou fainteft; I could not difcern the form it toucheth thee, and thou thereof: an image was beart troubled. fore mine eyes, there was 6 Is not this thy fear, thy filence, and I heard a voice, confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
17 Shall mortal man be more juft than God? fhall a man be more pure than his Maker?
18 Behold, he put no truft in his fervants; and his angels he charged with folly:
7 ¶ Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
8 Even as I have feen, they that plow iniquity, and fow wickedness, reap the fame.
9 By the blaft of God they perish, and by the breath of his noftrils are they confumed.
10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions are broken.
II The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the ftout lion's whelps are fcattered abroad.
12 Now a thing was fecretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
13 In thoughts from the vifions of the night, when deep fleep falleth on men,
14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
15 Then a spirit paffed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up.
16 It stood still, but I
19 How much less in them that dwell in houfes of clay, whofe foundation is in the duft, which are crushed before the moth?
20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perifh for ever without any regarding it.
21 Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die even without wisdom.
ALL now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the faints wilt thou turn?
2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy flayeth the filly one.
3 ¶ I have feen the foolish taken root: but fuddenly I curfed his habitation.
4 His children are far from fafety, and they are R 3 crushed