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The state of the wicked.
3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer. 4 Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth, 5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment? 6 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds; 7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is }...", 8. He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found:yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night. 9. The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him. 10 His children shall seek to please the poor, and hishands shall restore theirgoods. 11. His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust. 12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue; 13 Though he spare it, and . it not ; but keep it still within his mouth: 14. Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him. 15. He hath swalloweddown riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly. 16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him. 17 Heshall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter. 18 That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein. 19. Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not; 20 Surely he shall not feel puietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired. 21 There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods. 22. In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wickcd shall come upon him. 23 When he is about to fill his belly, shall cast the fury of his wrath upon hows, and shall rain it upon him while heis eating. 24. He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steelshallstrikehim through. 25 It is drawn, and cometh out of the y; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him. 26 All darkness shall be hid in his se§ret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle:
27. The heavenshall reveal his iniquity. and the earth shall rise up against him. 28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath. 29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God. CHAP. XXI. UT Job answered and said, 2 Hear diligently my speech, and let this he your consolations. 3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on. 4 As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled 2 5 Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth. 6 Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh. 7 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? 8 Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes. 3. Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them. 10 Their bull gendereth, and faileth not: their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf. 11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. 12 They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. 13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave. 14 Therefore they say unto God, Deart from us; for we desire not the knowedge of thy ways. 15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him 2 and what profi should we have if we pray unto him 16 Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me. 17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out? and how of cometh their destruction upon them? God distributeth sorrows in his anger. 18 They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away. 19 God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it. 20 His eyes shall see his destruction, and he his drink of the wrath of the Almighty. - - 21 For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst' 22 Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high. 23. One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet. 24 His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moisteroiu marrow.
Job accused of sundry sins.
25 And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.
26 They shall lie down alike in the flood
dust, and the worms shall cover them. 27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me. 28 For ye say, Where is the house of the prince 2 and where are the dwellingplaces of the wicked : 29 Have ye not asked them that . by the way ? and do ye not know theirtokens, 30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction ? . shall be brought forth to the day of wrath. 31 Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done 7 32 Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb. 33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw #. him, as there are innumerable before im. 34 How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth
falsehood CHAP. XXII. THEN Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 2 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself 2 3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous 2 or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect 2 4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee! will he enter with thee into judgment? 5 Is not thy wickedness great! and thine iniquities infinite? 6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing. 7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry. 8 But as for the mighty man,he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it. 9 thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken. 10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee; 11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee. 12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are 13And thousayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud 7 ,14. Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven. 15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden o'
16 Which were cut down out of time. whose foundation was overifown with a
17 Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them? 18 Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me. 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 o 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 person. 30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands. CHAP. XXIII. HEN Job answered and said 2 Even to-day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groanIng. 3 Oh 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 arguments: . 5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what o say unto me. - 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 l be delivered for ever from my judge. 8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and lá. but I cannot perceive him : 9 On the left hand, where he doth work,
but I cannot behold him: he hideth him
God's decrees immutable. CHAP. XXIV
self on the righthand, 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 2 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 covered the darkness from my face. CHAP. XXIV. HY, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his *: 2 Some remove the sandmarks; they violently takeaway flocks,and feedthe
4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together. 5 Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children. 6. They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked. 7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold. s 8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter. 9. They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor. 10 They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry; 11 Which make oil within their walls, and tread their wine-presses, and somer "om 12 Mengroan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out : yet God layeth not folly to them. 13. They are of those that rebel against the li ht; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof. ...4. The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thies.
me: and disguiseth his face.
16. In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked É. themselves in the day-time: they know not the light. 17 For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death. 18 He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth : he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards. 19 Drought and heat consume the snowwaters: so doth the grave those which have sinned. 20 The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him ; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree. 21 He evil-entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow. 22 He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life. 23 Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth ; yet his eyes
are upon their ways.
24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low ; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn. 25 And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth 2 CHAP. XXV. HEN answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, 2 Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places. 3 Is ls. any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise 2 4. How then can man be justified with God 2 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 2 UT Job answered and said, 2 How hast thou helped him that is without power how savest thou the arm that hath no strength 2 3 How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom ? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is 4 #. whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee ? 5 Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof. 6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no overing. * /
Job protests his sincerity.
7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
8 #. bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under
them. 9 He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it. 10 He hath compassed the waters with lood, until the day and might come to an enol. 11 The pillars of heaven tremble, and are astonished at his reproof. 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 him 2 but the thunder of his power who can under
stand 7 CHAP. XXVII. Mo, 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 ". 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 o him 2 19, Will he delight himself in the Almň's ? will he always call upon God? 1 I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Å; will I not conceal. 12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen
it; why then are ye thus altogether vain? $5
13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Å.
14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword; and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not
wo. 16 Though he heap up silver as the
17. He o |. it, but theão shall o it on, and the innocent shall divide the sliver. 18. He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh. 19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered : he openeth his eyes, and he is not. 20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night. 21. The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth : and as a storm hurleth him out of his place. 22 For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand. 23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place. CHAP. XXVIII. So there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it. 2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone. 3 He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection : the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death. 4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot : they are dried up, they are gone away from men. 5.1s for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire. 6 The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold. 7. There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not Seen : 8 The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it. 9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots. 10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing. of He bindeth the floods, from overflowing ; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light. 12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? 13 Man knoweth not |...}} thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. 14. The depth saith, It is not in me : and the sea saith, It is not with me. , It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. 16. It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or sapphire. 17. The gold and the crystal, cannot equal it : ift the o of it shall not be s' iewels of fine gold. 8 N. mention shall be made of coral. or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is
dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;
Job bemoans himself:
19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with puregold. 20 Whence then cometh wisdom 7 and where is the place of understanding 2 21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the alr. 22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the same thereof with our ears. 23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. 24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven; 25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure. 26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: 27 Then did he see it, and declare it; he*...*. it, yea, and searched it out. 8 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom ; and to depart from evil is understanding. CHAP. XXIX. OREOVER, 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 l 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; 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 tried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. 13 The blessing of him that was re to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. 14 Iputon righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a iadem. 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 upon them. 23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. 24 If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down. 25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners. CHAP. XXX. B'. now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock. 2 Yea, whereto might the strength of their oft me, in whom old age was perished? 3 For want and famine they were solitary: fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste. 4 Who cut up mallows by the bushes, *}os. their meat. 5. They were driven forth from amon men, o ...; 6 To dwell in the clefts of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks. 7 Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together. 8 They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were wiler than the earth. 9 And now am I their song, yea, I am their by-word. 10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face. 11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me. 12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up againstmethe ways of theirdestruction: 13 They marmy path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper. 14 They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters : in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me. . 15 Terrors are turned upon me : the pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud. 16 And now my soul is o out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me. - - * 17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take uo rest. o