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
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.
23:1 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.
24:1 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
have 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?
25:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
25:2 Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his
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?
26:1 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
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
27:1 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
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.
28:1 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
of 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
waters 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
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
is 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
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.
29:1 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
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
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.
30:1 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
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
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
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
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
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.
31:1 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
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
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
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
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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