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    Job 22:1-31:40

    C Bible Chapter 2222:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
    22:2 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be
    profitable unto himself?

    22:3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art
    righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways

    22:4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with
    thee into judgment?

    22:5 Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities

    22:6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought,
    and stripped the naked of their clothing.

    22:7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou
    hast withholden bread from the hungry.

    22:8 But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the
    honourable man dwelt in it.

    22:9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the
    fatherless have been broken.

    22:10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear
    troubleth thee;

    22:11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of
    waters cover thee.

    22:12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the
    height of the stars, how high they are!

    22:13 And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through
    the dark cloud?

    22:14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not;
    and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.

    22:15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have

    22:16 Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was
    overflown with a flood:

    22:17 Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the
    Almighty do for them?

    22:18 Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the
    counsel of the wicked is far from me.

    22:19 The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent
    laugh them to scorn.

    22:20 Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of
    them the fire consumeth.

    22:21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby
    good shall come unto thee.

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

    22:23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up,
    thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

    22:24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of
    Ophir as the stones of the brooks.

    22:25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt
    have plenty of silver.

    22:26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and
    shalt lift up thy face unto God.

    22:27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear
    thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.

    22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be
    established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

    22:29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is
    lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.

    22:30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is
    delivered by the pureness of thine hands.

    C Bible Chapter 2323:1 Then Job answered and said,
    23:2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier
    than my groaning.

    23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come
    even to his seat!

    23:4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with

    23:5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and
    understand what he would say unto me.

    23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he
    would put strength in me.

    23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be
    delivered for ever from my judge.

    23:8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and
    backward, but I cannot perceive him:

    23:9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold
    him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see

    23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried
    me, I shall come forth as gold.

    23:11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not

    23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips;
    I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary

    23:13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and
    what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

    23:14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me:
    and many such things are with him.

    23:15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider,
    I am afraid of him.

    23:16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth

    23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither
    hath he covered the darkness from my face.

    C Bible Chapter 2424:1 Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?
    24:2 Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away
    flocks, and feed thereof.

    24:3 They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the
    widow's ox for a pledge.

    24:4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth
    hide themselves together.

    24:5 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.

    24:6 They reap every one his corn in the field: and they
    gather the vintage of the wicked.

    24:7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they
    no covering in the cold.

    24:8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace
    the rock for want of a shelter.

    24:9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a
    pledge of the poor.

    24:10 They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they
    take away the sheaf from the hungry;

    24:11 Which make oil within their walls, and tread their
    winepresses, and suffer thirst.

    24:12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the
    wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.

    24:13 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know
    not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.

    24:14 The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and
    needy, and in the night is as a thief.

    24:15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight,
    saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.

    24:16 In the dark they dig through houses, which they had
    marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.

    24:17 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

    24:18 He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in
    the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.

    24:19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the
    grave those which have sinned.

    24:20 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.

    24:21 He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and
    doeth not good to the widow.

    24:22 He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up,
    and no man is sure of life.

    24:23 Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he
    resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.

    24:24 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.

    24:25 And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and
    make my speech nothing worth?

    C Bible Chapter 2525:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
    25:2 Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his
    high places.

    25:3 Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not
    his light arise?

    25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be
    clean that is born of a woman?

    25:5 Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars
    are not pure in his sight.

    25:6 How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man,
    which is a worm?

    C Bible Chapter 2626:1 But Job answered and said,
    26:2 How hast thou helped him that is without power? how
    savest thou the arm that hath no strength?

    26:3 How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and
    how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?

    26:4 To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from

    26:5 Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the
    inhabitants thereof.

    26:6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no

    26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and
    hangeth the earth upon nothing.

    26:8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud
    is not rent under them.

    26:9 He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his
    cloud upon it.

    26:10 He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day
    and night come to an end.

    26:11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his

    26:12 He divideth the sea with his power, and by his
    understanding he smiteth through the proud.

    26:13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath
    formed the crooked serpent.

    26:14 Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a
    portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can

    C Bible Chapter 2727:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
    27:2 As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the
    Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

    27:3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God
    is in my nostrils;

    27:4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter

    27:5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not
    remove mine integrity from me.

    27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my
    heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

    27:7 Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up
    against me as the unrighteous.

    27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath
    gained, when God taketh away his soul?

    27:9 Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?

    27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always
    call upon God?

    27:11 I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is
    with the Almighty will I not conceal.

    27:12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye
    thus altogether vain?

    27:13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the
    heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the

    27:14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and
    his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

    27:15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his
    widows shall not weep.

    27:16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment
    as the clay;

    27:17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and
    the innocent shall divide the silver.

    27:18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the
    keeper maketh.

    27:19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered:
    he openeth his eyes, and he is not.

    27:20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him
    away in the night.

    27:21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as
    a storm hurleth him out of his place.

    27:22 For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would
    fain flee out of his hand.

    27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him
    out of his place.

    C Bible Chapter 2828:1 Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold [where] they fine [it].
    28:2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out
    the stone.

    28:3 He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all
    perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.

    28:4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the
    forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone
    away from men.

    28:5 As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is
    turned up as it were fire.

    28:6 The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath
    dust of gold.

    28:7 There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the
    vulture's eye hath not seen:

    28:8 The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion
    passed by it.

    28:9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the
    mountains by the roots.

    28:10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth
    every precious thing.

    28:11 He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing
    that is
    hid bringeth he forth to light.

    28:12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place
    of understanding?

    28:13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in
    the land of the living.

    28:14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It
    not with me.

    28:15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be
    weighed for the price thereof.

    28:16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the
    precious onyx, or the sapphire.

    28:17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange
    of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.

    28:18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the
    price of wisdom is above rubies.

    28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it
    be valued with pure gold.

    28:20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of

    28:21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept
    close from the fowls of the air.

    28:22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof
    with our ears.

    28:23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the
    place thereof.

    28:24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under
    the whole heaven;

    28:25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the
    waters by measure.

    28:26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the
    lightning of the thunder:

    28:27 Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea,
    and searched it out.

    28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that
    is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

    C Bible Chapter 2929:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
    29:2 Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when
    God preserved me;

    29:3 When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his
    light I walked through darkness;

    29:4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God
    was upon my tabernacle;

    29:5 When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children
    were about me;

    29:6 When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me
    out rivers of oil;

    29:7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I
    prepared my seat in the street!

    29:8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged
    arose, and stood up.

    29:9 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on
    their mouth.

    29:10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to
    the roof of their mouth.

    29:11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the
    eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

    29:12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the
    fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

    29:13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me:
    and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

    29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment
    was as a robe and a diadem.

    29:15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.

    29:16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew
    not I searched out.

    29:17 And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil
    out of his teeth.

    29:18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply
    my days as the sand.

    29:19 My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay
    all night upon my branch.

    29:20 My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my

    29:21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my

    29:22 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped
    upon them.

    29:23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened
    their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

    29:24 If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the
    light of my countenance they cast not down.

    29:25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king
    in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

    C Bible Chapter 3030:1 But 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.
    30:2 Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit
    me, in whom old age was perished?

    30:3 For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the
    wilderness in former time desolate and waste.

    30:4 Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for
    their meat.

    30:5 They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after
    them as after a thief;)

    30:6 To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caves of the
    earth, and in the rocks.

    30:7 Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were
    gathered together.

    30:8 They were children of fools, yea, children of base men:
    they were viler than the earth.

    30:9 And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.

    30:10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to
    spit in my face.

    30:11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they
    have also let loose the bridle before me.

    30:12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my
    feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their

    30:13 They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have
    no helper.

    30:14 They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in
    the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.

    30:15 Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the
    wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.

    30:16 And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of
    affliction have taken hold upon me.

    30:17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my
    sinews take no rest.

    30:18 By the great force of my disease is my garment changed:
    it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

    30:19 He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust
    and ashes.

    30:20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up,
    and thou regardest me not.

    30:21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou
    opposest thyself against me.

    30:22 Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride
    upon it, and dissolvest my substance.

    30:23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to
    the house appointed for all living.

    30:24 Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave,
    though they cry in his destruction.

    30:25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my
    soul grieved for the poor?

    30:26 When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when
    I waited for light, there came darkness.

    30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction
    prevented me.

    30:28 I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried
    in the congregation.

    30:29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

    30:30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with

    30:31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into
    the voice of them that weep.

    C Bible Chapter 3131:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
    31:2 For what portion of God is there from above? and what
    inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

    31:3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange
    punishment to the workers of iniquity?

    31:4 Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

    31:5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to

    31:6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know
    mine integrity.

    31:7 If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart
    walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine

    31:8 Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my
    offspring be rooted out.

    31:9 If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have
    laid wait at my neighbour's door;

    31:10 Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow
    down upon her.

    31:11 For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity
    to be punished by the judges.

    31:12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and
    would root out all mine increase.

    31:13 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my
    maidservant, when they contended with me;

    31:14 What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he
    visiteth, what shall I answer him?

    31:15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not
    one fashion us in the womb?

    31:16 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have
    caused the eyes of the widow to fail;

    31:17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless
    hath not eaten thereof;

    31:18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a
    father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)

    31:19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any
    poor without covering;

    31:20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not
    warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

    31:21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I
    saw my help in the gate:

    31:22 Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine
    arm be broken from the bone.

    31:23 For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by
    reason of his highness I could not endure.

    31:24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine
    gold, Thou art my confidence;

    31:25 If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because
    mine hand had gotten much;

    31:26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking
    in brightness;

    31:27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath
    kissed my hand:

    31:28 This also were an iniquity to be punished by the
    judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.

    31:29 If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or
    lifted up myself when evil found him:

    31:30 Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse
    to his soul.

    31:31 If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of
    his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.

    31:32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened
    my doors to the traveller.

    31:33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine
    iniquity in my bosom:

    31:34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of
    families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of
    the door?

    31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that
    the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had
    written a book.

    31:36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it
    as a crown to me.

    31:37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a
    prince would I go near unto him.

    31:38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise
    thereof complain;

    31:39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have
    caused the owners thereof to lose their life:

    31:40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of
    barley. The words of Job are ended.

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