My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for
Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in
Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will
strike hands with me?
For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt
thou not exalt them.
He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his
children shall fail.
He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a
Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a
Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up
himself against the hypocrite.
The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean
hands shall be stronger and stronger.
But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one
wise man among you.
My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my
They change the night into day: the light is short because of
If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the
I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou are
my mother, and my sister.
And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?
They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is
in the dust.
Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards
we will speak.
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?
He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for
thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?
Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his
fire shall not shine.
The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be
put out with him.
The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel
shall cast him down.
For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a
The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail
The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the
Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to
His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at
It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death
shall devour his strength.
His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall
bring him to the king of terrors.
It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his:
brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be
His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no
name in the street.
He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the
He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any
remaining in his dwellings.
They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that
went before were affrighted.
Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of
him that knoweth not God.
Then Job answered and said,
How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?
These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye
make yourselves strange to me.
And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.
If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me
Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his
Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but
there is no judgment.
He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness
in my paths.
He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath
he removed like a tree.
He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto
him as one of his enemies.
His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and
encamp round about my tabernacle.
He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily
estranged from me.
My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger:
I am an alien in their sight.
I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with
My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the
children's sake of mine own body.
Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.
All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned
My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with
the skin of my teeth.
Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand
of God hath touched me.
Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a
That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the
latter day upon the earth:
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh
shall I see God:
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not
another; though my reins be consumed within me.
But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the
matter is found in me?
Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the
sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.
Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make
I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my
understanding causeth me to answer.
Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the
hypocrite but for a moment?
Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach
unto the clouds;
Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen
him shall say, Where is he?
He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall
be chased away as a vision of the night.
The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his
place any more behold him.
His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall
restore their goods.
His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with
him in the dust.
Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his
Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his
Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within
He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God
shall cast them out of his belly.
He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.
He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and
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.
Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath
violently taken away an house which he builded not;
Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of
that which he desired.
There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for
In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand
of the wicked shall come upon him.
When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his
wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.
He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike
It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword
cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.
All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown
shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his
The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up
The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away
in the day of his wrath.
This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage
appointed unto him by God.
But Job answered and said,
Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.
Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.
As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not
my spirit be troubled?
Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.
Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my
Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?
Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their
offspring before their eyes.
Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.
Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth
not her calf.
They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children
They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.
Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the
knowledge of thy ways.
What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit
should we have, if we pray unto him?
Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far
How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their
destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.
They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm
God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he
shall know it.
His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath
of the Almighty.
For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of
his months is cut off in the midst?
Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.
One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.
And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth
They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully
imagine against me.
For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the
dwelling places of the wicked?
Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their
That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be
brought forth to the day of wrath.
Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what
he hath done?
Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.
The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall
draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.
How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be
profitable unto himself?
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it
gain to him that thou makest thy ways perfect?
Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into
Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?
For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and
stripped the naked of their clothing.
Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast
withholden bread from the hungry.
But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man
dwelt in it.
Thou has sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have
Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the
stars, how high they are!
And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark
Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh
in the circuit of heaven.
Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with
Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for
Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the
wicked is far from me.
The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to
Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the
Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall
come unto thee.
Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in
If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt
put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the
stones of the brooks.
Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of
For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift
up thy face unto God.
Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou
shalt pay thy vows.
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto
thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and
he shall save the humble person.
He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by
the pureness of thine hands.
Then Job answered and said,
Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my
Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his
I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what
he would say unto me.
Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put
strength in me.
There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered
for ever from my judge.
Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot
On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he
hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall
come forth as gold.
My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have
esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul
desireth, even that he doeth.
For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such
things are with him.
Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid
For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he
covered the darkness from my face.
Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know
him not see his days?
Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed
They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox
for a pledge.
They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide
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.
They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the
vintage of the wicked.
They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no
covering in the cold.
They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock
for want of a shelter.
They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the
They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the
sheaf from the hungry;
Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and
Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth
out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the
ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in
the night is as a thief.
The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No
eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.
In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for
themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.
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.
He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he
beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.
Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those
which have sinned.
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.
He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to
He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man
is sure of life.
Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his
eyes are upon their ways.
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.
And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech
Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places.
Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light
How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that
is born of a woman?
Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not
pure in his sight.
How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a
But Job answered and said,
How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the
arm that hath no strength?
How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou
plentifully declared the thing as it is?
To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?
Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants
Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the
earth upon nothing.
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not
rent under them.
He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon
He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night
come to an end.
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.
He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he
smiteth through the proud.
By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the
Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of
him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?
Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who
hath vexed my soul;
All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my
My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove
mine integrity from me.
My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall
not reproach me so long as I live.
Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when
God taketh away his soul?
Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?
Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?
I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty
will I not conceal.
Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus
This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of
oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.
If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring
shall not be satisfied with bread.
Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows
shall not weep.
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;
He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent
shall divide the silver.
He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper
The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth
his eyes, and he is not.
Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in
The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm
hurleth him out of his place.
For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of
Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his
Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where
they fine it.
Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.
He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the
stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten
of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.
As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up
as it were fire.
The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.
There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye
hath not seen:
The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by
He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains
by the roots.
He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every
He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid
bringeth he forth to light.
But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of
Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of
The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with
It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the
It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx,
or the sapphire.
The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it
shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of
wisdom is above rubies.
The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued
with pure gold.
Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the
fowls of the air.
Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our
God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole
To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of
Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
and to depart from evil is understanding.
Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved
When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my
When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;
When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers
When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat
in the street!
The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and
The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of
When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me,
it gave witness to me:
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him
that had none to help him.
The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I
caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe
and a diadem.
I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched
And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his
Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as
My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon
My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.
Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.
After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.
And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth
wide as for the latter rain.
If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my
countenance they cast not down.
I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the
army, as one that comforteth the mourners.
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.
Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old
age was perished?
For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness
in former time desolate and waste.
Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.
They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as
after a thief;)
To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in
Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered
They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were
viler than the earth.
And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my
Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let
loose the bridle before me.
Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they
raise up against me the ways of their destruction.
They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.
They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation
they rolled themselves upon me.
Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my
welfare passeth away as a cloud.
And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have
taken hold upon me.
My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no
By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me
about as the collar of my coat.
He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.
I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou
regardest me not.
Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest
thyself against me.
Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and
dissolvest my substance.
For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house
appointed for all living.
Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they
cry in his destruction.
Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved
for the poor?
When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for
light, there came darkness.
My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the
I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of
them that weep.
I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of
the Almighty from on high?
Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the
workers of iniquity?
Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;
Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine
If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after
mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;
Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted
If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait
at my neighbour's door;
Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.
For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished
by the judges.
For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out
all mine increase.
If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant,
when they contended with me;
What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what
shall I answer him?
Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion
us in the womb?
If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the
eyes of the widow to fail;
Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not
(For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I
have guided her from my mother's womb;)
If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the
fleece of my sheep;
If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my
help in the gate:
Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken
from the bone.
For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his
highness I could not endure.
If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art
If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had
If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;
And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my
This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should
have denied the God that is above.
If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up
myself when evil found him:
Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his
If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we
cannot be satisfied.
The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to
If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my
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?
Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty
would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.
Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I
go near unto him.
If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof
If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the
owners thereof to lose their life:
Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The
words of Job are ended.
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in
his own eyes.
Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite,
of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he
justified himself rather than God.
Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they
had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder
When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three
men, then his wrath was kindled.
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am
young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not
shew you mine opinion.
I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty
giveth them understanding.
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand
Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.
Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst
ye searched out what to say.
Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that
convinced Job, or that answered his words:
Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down,
Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer
him with your speeches.
They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.
When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered
I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.
For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.
Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst
like new bottles.
I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give
flattering titles unto man.
For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would
soon take me away.
Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my
Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall
utter knowledge clearly.
The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath
given me life.
If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.
Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed
out of the clay.
Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand
be heavy upon thee.
Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice
of thy words, saying,
I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there
iniquity in me.
Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,
He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is
greater than man.
Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of
For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon
men, in slumberings upon the bed;
Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by
He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his
bones with strong pain:
So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.
His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones
that were not seen stick out.
Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the
If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a
thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down
to the pit: I have found a ransom.
His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the
days of his youth:
He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he
shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his
He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted
that which was right, and it profited me not;
He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall
see the light.
Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,
To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light
of the living.
Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.
If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to
If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee
Furthermore Elihu answered and said,
Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have
For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.
Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is
For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my
Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without
What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water?
Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with
For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight
himself with God.
Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from
God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he
should commit iniquity.
For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man
to find according to his ways.
Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty
Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the
If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit
and his breath;
All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.
If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my
Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him
that is most just?
Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are
How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor
regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of
In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at
midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without
For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.
There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of
iniquity may hide themselves.
For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter
into judgment with God.
He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in
Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the
night, so that they are destroyed.
He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his
So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he
heareth the cry of the afflicted.
When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he
hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against
a nation, or against a man only:
That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I
will not offend any more:
That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will
do no more.
Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether
thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what
Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.
Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.
My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his
answers for wicked men.
For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us,
and multiplieth his words against God.
Elihu spake moreover, and said,
Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is
more than God's?
For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What
profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?
I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee.
Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are
higher than thou.
If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy
transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?
If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of
Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may
profit the son of man.
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to
cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us
wiser than the fowls of heaven?
There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil
Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.
Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before
him; therefore trust thou in him.
But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet he
knoweth it not in great extremity:
Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words
Elihu also proceeded, and said,
Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on
I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness
to my Maker.
For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in
knowledge is with thee.
Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in
strength and wisdom.
He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the
He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are
they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they
And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;
Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they
He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they
return from iniquity.
If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in
prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall
die without knowledge.
But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he
They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in
Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad
place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on
thy table should be full of fatness.
But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and
justice take hold on thee.
Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his
stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.
Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of
Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than
Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?
Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought
Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.
Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.
Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of
his years be searched out.
For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according
to the vapour thereof:
Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.
Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of
Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of
For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.
With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by
the cloud that cometh betwixt.
The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning
At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.
Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out
of his mouth.
He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the
ends of the earth.
After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his
excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.
God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he,
which we cannot comprehend.
For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small
rain, and to the great rain of his strength.
He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.
Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.
Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.
By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is
Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his
And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do
whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the
He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or
Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous
works of God.
Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his
cloud to shine?
Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of
him which is perfect in knowledge?
How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south
Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a
molten looking glass?
Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech
by reason of darkness.
Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be
And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the
wind passeth, and cleanseth them.
Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.
Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in
power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.
Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and
answer thou me.
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if
thou hast understanding.
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath
stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the
corner stone thereof;
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted
Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had
issued out of the womb?
When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a
swaddlingband for it,
And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall
thy proud waves be stayed?
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the
dayspring to know his place;
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked
might be shaken out of it?
It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall
Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in
the search of the depth?
Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the
doors of the shadow of death?
Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest
Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is
the place thereof,
That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou
shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?
Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number
of thy days is great?
Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen
the treasures of the hail,
Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of
battle and war?
By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon
Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a
way for the lightning of thunder;
To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness,
wherein there is no man;
To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the
tender herb to spring forth?
Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who
hath gendered it?
The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands
Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide
Arcturus with his sons?
Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion
thereof in the earth?
Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters
may cover thee?
Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here
Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given
understanding to the heart?
Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of
When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast
Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the
When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?
Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto
God, they wander for lack of meat.
Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or
canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the
time when they bring forth?
They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out
Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go
forth, and return not unto them.
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of
the wild ass?
Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his
He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the
crying of the driver.
The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after
every green thing.
Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?
Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he
harrow the valleys after thee?
Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou
leave thy labour to him?
Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather
it into thy barn?
Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers
unto the ostrich?
Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,
And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast
may break them.
She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers:
her labour is in vain without fear;
Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to
What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and
Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with
Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his
nostrils is terrible.
He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on
to meet the armed men.
He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back
from the sword.
The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.
He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth
he that it is the sound of the trumpet.
He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar
off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the
Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?
She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and
the strong place.
From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.
Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is
Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that
reproveth God, let him answer it.
Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand
upon my mouth.
Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will
proceed no further.
Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare
thou unto me.
Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou
mayest be righteous?
Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like
Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with
glory and beauty.
Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is
proud, and abase him.
Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down
the wicked in their place.
Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.
Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save
Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel
of his belly.
He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped
His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of
He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his
sword to approach unto him.
Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of
the field play.
He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook
compass him about.
Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he
can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.
Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord
which thou lettest down?
Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a
Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words
Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant
Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy
Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among
Canst thou fill his skin with barbed iron? or his head with fish
Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even
at the sight of him?
None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand
Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under
the whole heaven is mine.
I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely
Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with
his double bridle?
Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round
His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot
By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids
of the morning.
Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before
The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in
themselves; they cannot be moved.
His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the
When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of
breakings they purify themselves.
The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart,
nor the habergeon.
He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into
Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon
He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot
He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be
Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of
Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be
withholden from thee.
Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I
uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and
declare thou unto me.
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye
Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job,
the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against
thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the
thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to
my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my
servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal
with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing
which is right, like my servant Job.
So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the
Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the
LORD also accepted Job.
And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his
friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and
all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread
with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over
all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave
him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning:
for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a
thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
He had also seven sons and three daughters.
And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the
second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch.
And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of
Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons,
and his sons' sons, even four generations.
So Job died, being old and full of days.