There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man
was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand
camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses,
and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all
the men of the east.
And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and
sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that
Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and
offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job
said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their
hearts. Thus did Job continually.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves
before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered
the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from
walking up and down in it.
And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job,
that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright
man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about
all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his
hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will
curse thee to thy face.
And the LORD said 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.
And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and
drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing,
and the asses feeding beside them:
And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have
slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped
alone to tell thee.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The
fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and
the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The
Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have
carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the
sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy
sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest
And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote
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.
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell
down upon the ground, and worshipped,
And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I
return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed
be the name of the LORD.
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves
before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself
before the LORD.
And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan
answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and
from walking up and down in it.
And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job,
that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright
man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth
fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy
him without cause.
And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a
man hath will he give for his life.
But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and
he will curse thee to thy face.
And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save
So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with
sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down
among the ashes.
Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity?
curse God, and die.
But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women
speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall
we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
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
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 mantle,
and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven
nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief
was very great.
After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
And Job spake, and said,
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was
said, There is a man child conceived.
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither
let the light shine upon it.
Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon
it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
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
Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their
Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light,
but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:
Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow
from mine eyes.
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I
came out of the belly?
Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept:
then had I been at rest,
With kings and counsellers of the earth, which built desolate places
Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never
There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.
There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the
The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his
Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the
bitter in soul;
Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for
Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath
For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out
like the waters.
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which
I was afraid of is come unto me.
I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can
withhold himself from speaking?
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the
Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast
strengthened the feeble knees.
But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee,
and thou art troubled.
Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness
of thy ways?
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where
were the righteous cut off?
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness,
reap the same.
By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils
are they consumed.
The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the
teeth of the young lions, are broken.
The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps
are scattered abroad.
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a
In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on
Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image
was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged
How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation
is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever
without any regarding it.
Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even
Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the
saints wilt thou turn?
For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his
His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate,
neither is there any to deliver them.
Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of the
thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.
Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth
trouble spring out of the ground;
Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without
Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:
To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be
exalted to safety.
He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands
cannot perform their enterprise.
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the
froward is carried headlong.
They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as
in the night.
But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the
hand of the mighty.
So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not
thou the chastening of the Almighty:
For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make
He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no
evil touch thee.
In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power
of the sword.
Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou
be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be
afraid of the beasts of the earth.
For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the
beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.
And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou
shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin.
Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine
offspring as the grass of the earth.
Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn
cometh in in his season.
Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for
But Job answered and said,
Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the
For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my
words are swallowed up.
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
Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his
Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any
taste in the white of an egg?
The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.
Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the
thing that I long for!
Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose
his hand, and cut me off!
Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow:
let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I
should prolong my life?
Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?
Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but
he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of
brooks they pass away;
Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:
What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are
consumed out of their place.
The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and
The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.
They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and
For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.
Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?
Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of
Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand
wherein I have erred.
How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?
Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is
desperate, which are as wind?
Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.
Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if
Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my
righteousness is in it.
Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse
Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days
also like the days of an hireling?
As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling
looketh for the reward of his work:
So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are
appointed to me.
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 day.
My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken,
and become loathsome.
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without
O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.
The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are
upon me, and I am not.
As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to
the grave shall come up no more.
He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know
him any more.
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.
Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?
When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;
Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:
So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.
I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are
What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest
set thine heart upon him?
And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every
How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I
swallow down my spittle?
I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men?
why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to
And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine
iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me
in the morning, but I shall not be.
Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words
of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?
If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away
for their transgression;
If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to
If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee,
and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly
For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to
the search of their fathers:
(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon
earth are a shadow:)
Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of
Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?
Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth
before any other herb.
So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope
Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.
He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold
it fast, but it shall not endure.
He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his
His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.
If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I
have not seen thee.
Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help
the evil doers:
Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.
They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling
place of the wicked shall come to nought.
Then Job answered and said,
I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened
himself against him, and hath prospered?
Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth
them in his anger.
Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof
Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.
Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of
Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the
Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without
Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I
perceive him not.
Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him,
What doest thou?
If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under
How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would
make supplication to my judge.
If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that
he had hearkened unto my voice.
For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without
He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with
If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who
shall set me a time to plead?
If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am
perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise
This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and
If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces
of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?
Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.
They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to
If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness,
and comfort myself:
I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me
If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?
If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;
Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should
come together in judgment.
Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon
Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:
Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.
My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I
will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou
contendest with me.
Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest
despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the
Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?
Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days,
That thou inquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?
Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver
out of thine hand.
Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet
thou dost destroy me.
Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and
wilt thou bring me into dust again?
Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with
_bnes and sinews.
Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath
preserved my spirit.
And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is
If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine
If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not
lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine
For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou
shewest thyself marvellous upon me.
Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine
indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.
Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I
had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!
I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been
carried from the womb to the grave.
Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take
comfort a little,
Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness
and the shadow of death;
A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death,
without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full
of talk be justified?
Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest,
shall no man make thee ashamed?
For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.
But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;
And that 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 deserveth.
Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the
Almighty unto perfection?
It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what
canst thou know?
The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the
If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder
For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then
For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.
If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;
If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness
dwell in thy tabernacles.
For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be
stedfast, and shalt not fear:
Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that
And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine
forth, thou shalt be as the morning.
And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig
about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.
Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many
shall make suit unto thee.
But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and
their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.
And Job answered and said,
No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you:
yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he
answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the
thought of him that is at ease.
The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are
secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of
the air, and they shall tell thee:
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the
sea shall declare unto thee.
Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought
In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of
Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?
With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.
Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth
up a man, and there can be no opening.
Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth
them out, and they overturn the earth.
With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are
He leadeth counsellers away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.
He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.
He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.
He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the
understanding of the aged.
He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the
He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light
the shadow of death.
He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the
nations, and straiteneth them again.
He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and
causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger
like a drunken man.
Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood
What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.
Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.
But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.
O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your
Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?
Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God?
Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh
another, do ye so mock him?
He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.
Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you?
Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.
Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me
Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine
own ways before him.
He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before
Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.
Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.
Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I
shall give up the ghost.
Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.
Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.
Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou
How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my
transgression and my sin.
Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?
Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the
For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess
the iniquities of my youth.
Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto
all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.
And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a
shadow, and continueth not.
And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into
judgment with thee?
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with
thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an
hireling, his day.
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.
Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof
die in the ground;
Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs
like a plant.
But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and
where is he?
As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they
shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
O that 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!
If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time
will I wait, till my change come.
Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to
the work of thine hands.
For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?
My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine
And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is
removed out of his place.
The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow
out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.
Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest
his countenance, and sendest him away.
His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought
low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall
Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the
Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith
he can do no good?
Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.
For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue
of the crafty.
Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips
testify against thee.
Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the
Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to
What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which
is not in us?
With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than
Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret
thing with thee?
Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,
That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go
out of thy mouth?
What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a
woman, that he should be righteous?
Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not
clean in his sight.
How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity
I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;
Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:
Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among
The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of
years is hidden to the oppressor.
A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall
come upon him.
He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is
waited for of the sword.
He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that
the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against
him, as a king ready to the battle.
For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself
against the Almighty.
He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his
Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of
fat on his flanks.
And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man
inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.
He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither
shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his
branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his
It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be
He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off
his flower as the olive.
For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall
consume the tabernacles of bribery.
They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly
Then Job answered and said,
I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.
Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou
I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I
could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.
But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips
should asswage your grief.
Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what
am I eased?
But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company.
And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me:
and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face.
He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with
his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.
They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon
the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together
God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the
hands of the wicked.
I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me
by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.
His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and
doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.
He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a
I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.
My face is foul with weeping, and my eyelids is the shadow of death;
Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.
O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place.
Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.
My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.
O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his
When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not