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CHAP. XXXIV. accountable to mar. 21 Let me not, I pray, you, accept bones that were not seen, stick any man's person, neither let me out. give flattering titles onto man. 22 Yea, his soul draweth near

22 For I know not to give flatter- unto the grave, and his life to the ing titles; in so doing my Maker destroyers. would soon take me away.

23 If there be a messenger with CHAP. XXXIII.

him, an interpreter, one among u Elihu blameth Job's Complaint. thousand, to shew unto man his WHEREFORE, Job, pray uprightness:

thee, hear my speeches, and 24 Then he is gracious unto him, hearken to all my words.

and saith, Deliver him from going 2 Behold, now I have opened my down to the pit: I have found a mouth, my tongue hath spoken in ransom. my my mouth.

25 His flesh shall be fresher than My words shall be of the up- a child's: he shall return to the rightness of my heart: and my lips days of his youth: shall utter knowledge clearly. 26 He shall pray unto God, and

4 The Spirit of God hath made he will be favourable unto him: me, and the breath of the Almighty and he shall see his face with joy: hath given me life.

for he will render unto man his 5 If thou canst answer me, set righteousness. thy words in order before me, 27 He looketh upon men, and if stand up.

any say, I have sinned, and per6 Behold, I am according to thy verted that which was right, and it wish in God's stead: I also am profited me not; formed out of the clay.

28 He will deliver his soul from 7. Behold, my terror shall not :oing into the pit, and his life shali make thee afraid, neither shall my see the light. hand be heavy upon thee.

29 Lo, all these things worketh 8 Surely thou hast spoken in my God oftentimes with man, hearing, and I have heard the voice 30 To bring back his soul from of thy words, saying,

the pit, to be enlightened with the 9 I am clean without transgres- light of the living. sion, I am innocent; neither is 31 Mark well, O Job, hearken there iniquity in me.,

unto me: hold 'thy peace, and I 10 Behold, he findeth occasions will speak. against me, he counteth me for his 32 ff thou hast any thing to say, enemy.

answer me: speak, for I desire to 11 He putteth my feet in the justify thee. stocks, he mark all my paths. 33 If not, hearken unto me:

12 Behold, in this thou art not hold thy peace, and I shall teach just: I will answer thee, that God thee wisdom. is greater than man.


dost thou strive against Elihu accuseth Job of Presumphim ? for he giveth not account of

tion. any of his matters.


URTHERMORE Elihu an14 For God speaketh once, yea swered and said, twice, yet man perceiveth it not. 2 Hear my, words, Oye wise

15 In a dream, in a vision of men, and give ear unto me, ye the night, when deep sleep falleth that have knowledge. upon men, in slumberings upon 3 For the ear trieth words, as the the bed ;

mouth tasteth meat. 16 Then he openeth the ears of 4 Let

us choose to us judgment : men, and sealeth their instruc- let us know among ourselves what tion,

is good. 17 That he may withdraw man 5 For Job hath said I am rightefrom his purpose, and hide pride ous: and God hath taken away my from man.

judgment. 18 He keepeth back his soul from 6 Should I lie against my right? the pit, and his life from perishing my wound is incurable without by the sword.

transgression. 19 He is chastened also with 7 What man is like Job, who pain upon his bed, and the multi- drinketh up scorning like water ;, tude of his bones with strong 8 Which goeth in company with pain :

the workers of iniquity, and walk20 So that his life abhorreth eth with wicked men? bread, and his soul dainty meat. 9 For he hath said, It profiteth a 21 His flesh is consumed away, man

nothing that he should delight that it cannot be seen; and his himself with God.



God cannot be unjust.


Elihu reproveth Job 10 Therefore hearken unto me, 30 That the hypocrite reign not, ye men of understanding : far be it lest the people be ensnared. from God, that he should do wick- 31 Surely it is meet to be said edness; and from the Almighty, unto God, I have borne chastisethat he should commit iniquity. ment, I will not offend any more:

11 For the work of a man shall 32 That which I see not, teach he render unto him, and cause thou me: if I have done iniquity, I every man to find according to his will do no more.

33 Should it be according to thy 12 Yea, surely God will not do mind? he will recompense it, whewickedly, neither will the Al-ther thou refuse, or whether thou mighty pervert judgment.

choose; and not I: therefore speak 13 Who hath given him a charge what thou knowest. over the earth or who hath dis- 34 Let men of understanding tell posed the whole world?

me, and let a wise man hearken 14 If he set his heart upon man, unto me. if he gather unto himself his spirit 35 Job hath spoken without and his breath;

knowledge, and his words wore 15 All flesh shall perish together, without wisdom. and man shall turn again unto 36 My dosire is that Job may be dust.

tried unto the end, because of his 16 If now thou hast understand answers for wicked men. ing, hear this: hearken to the voice 37 For he addeth rebellion unto of iny words.

his sin, he clappeth his hands 17 Shall even he that hateth right among us, and multiplieth his himenal is most just thou condemn words against God

CHAP. XXXV. 18 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou Job's Self-righteousness reproved. art wicked? and to princes, Ye are E spake moreover, and

19 How much less to him that ac- 2 Thinkest thou this to be right, cepleth not the persons of princes, that thou saidst, My righteousness nor regardeth the rich more than is more than God's? the poor? for they all are the work 3 For thou saidst, What advanof his hands.

tage will it be unto thee? and, 20 In a moment shall they die, What profit shall I have if I be and the people shall be troubled at cleansed from my sin ? midnight, and pass away: and the 4 I will answer thee, and thy mighty shall be taken away with companions with theç. out hand.

5 ok unto the heavens, and 21 For his eyes are upon the ways see; and behold the clouds which of man, and he seeth all his goings. are higher than thou.

22 There is no darkness, nor 6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou shadow of death, where the work- against him? or if thy transgresers of iniquity may hide them- sions be multiplied, what doest thou selves.

unto him? 23 For he will not lay upon man 7 If thou be righteous, what more than right; that he should givest thou him? or what receiveth enter into judgment with God. he of thy hand ?

24 He shall break in pieces 8 Thy wickedness may hurt a mighty men without number, and man as thou art: and thy righteset others in their stead.

ousness may profit the son of man. 25 Therefore he knoweth their 9 By reason of the multitude of works, and he overturneth them in oppressions they make the oppressthe night, so that they are destroyed, ed to cry: they cry out by reason of

26 Ho striketh them as wicked the arm of the mightyi, men in the open sight of others; 10 But none saith, Where is God

27 Because they turned back my maker, who giveth songs in the from him, and would not consider night; any of his ways:

il Who teacheth us more than 38 So that they cause the cry of the beasts of the earth, and maketh the poor to come unto him, and be us wiser than the fowls of heaven? heareth the cry of the afflicted. 12 There they cry, but none

29 When he giveth quictness, giveth answer, because of the who then can make trouble? | pride of evil men. and when he hideth his face, who 13 Surely God will not hear i hen can behold him ? whether it vanity, neither will the Almighty Dis done against a nation, or against regard it. :an only:

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The purpose of

CHAP. XXXVII. God's chastisements. shalt not see him, yet judgment is his stroke: then a great ransom before him ; therefore trust thou in cannot deliver thee. him.

19 Will he esteem thy riches? 15 But now, because it is not no, not gold, nor all the forces of 80, he hath visited in his anger; strength. yet he knoweth it not in great 20 Desire not the night, when extremity:

people are cut off in their place. 16 Therefore doth Job open his 21 Take heed, regard not iniquimouth in vain; he multiplieth ty : for this hast thou chosen rather words without knowledge.

than affliction. CHAP. XXXVI.

22 Behold, God exalteth by his God is just

in all his Ways. power: who teacheth like him? EWU also proceeded and 23 Who hath enjoined him his

way? or who can say, Thou hast 2 Suffer me a little, and I will wrought iniquity? shew thee that I have yet to speak 24 Remember that thou magnify on God's behalf.

his work, which men behold. 3 I will fetch my knowledge from 25 Every man may see it; man afar, and will ascribe righteous-may behold it afar off. ness to my Maker.

26 Behold, God is great, and we 4 For truly my words shall not know him not, neither can the be false: he that is perfect in know-number of his years be searched ledge is with thee.

out. 5 Behold, God is mighty, and 27 For he maketh small the drops despiseth nọt any: he is mighty in of water: they pour down rain ac. strength and wisdom,


to the vapour thereof; 6 He preserveth not the life of 28 Which the clouds do drop the wicked: but giveth right to and distil upon man abundantly. the poor.

29 Also can any understand the 7 He withdraweth not his eyes spreadings of the clouds, or the from the righteous: but with kings noise of his tabernacle? are they on the throne; yea, he 30 Behold, he spreadeth his light doth establish them for ever, and upon it, and covereth the bottom they are exalted.

of the sea. 8 And if they be bound in fetters, 31 For by them judgeth he the and be holden in cords of afflic people; he giveth meat in abundtion;

9 Then he sheweth them their 32 With clouds he covereth the work, and their transgressions that light; and commandeth it not to they have exceeded.

shine by the cloud that cometh be10 He openeth also their ear to twixt. discipline, and commandeth that 33 The noise thereof sheweth they return from iniquity.

concerning it, the cattle also con11 If they obey and serve him, cerning the vapour. they shall spend

their days in pros CHAP. XXXVII. perity, and their years in plea God's Wisdom unsearchable. sures. 12 But if they obey not, they A Tenis also my heart trembleth,

and is moved out of his place. shall perish by the sword, and they 2 Hear attentively the noise of shall die without knowledge. his voice, and the sound that goeth

13 But the hypocrites in heart out of his mouth. heap up wrath : they cry not when 3 He directeth it under the whole he bindeth them.

heaven, and his lightning unto the 14 They die in youth, and their ends of the earth. life is among the unclean.

4 After it a voice roareth ; he 15 He delivereth the poor in his thundereth with the voice of his affliction, and openeth their ears excellency: and he will not stay in oppression.

them when his voice is heard. 16 Even so would he have re 5 God thundereth marvellously moved thee out of the strait into with his voice; great things doeth a broad place, where there is no he, which we cannot comprestraitness; and that which should hend. be set on thy table should be full of 6 For he saith to the snow, 'Be fatness.

thou on the earth; likewise to the 17 But thou hast fulfilled the small rain, and to the great rain of judgment of the wicked; judgment his strength. and justice take hold on thee. 7 He sealeth up the hand of every

18 Because there is wrath, be- man; that all men may know his paro lest he take thee away with I work. Y 22



The excellence of

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God's perfections. 8 Then the beasts go into dens, 5 Who hath laid the measures and remain in their places.

thercof, if thou kaowest? or wbo 9. Out of the south cometh the hath stretched the line upon it? whirlwind : and cold out of the 6 Whereupon are the foundanorth.

tions thereof fastened? or who laid 10 By the breath of God frost is the corner-stone thereof: given: and the breadth of the wa 7 When the morning stars sang ters is straitened.

together, and all the sons of God 11 Also by watering he wearieth shouted for joy? the thick cloud: he scattereth his 8 Or who shut up the sea with bright cloud:

doors, when it brake forth, as if it 12 And it is turned round about had issued out of the womb ? by his counsels: that they may do

9 When I made the cloud the whatsoever he commandeth them garment thereof, and thick dark upon the face of the world in the ness a swaddling band for it, earth.

10 And brake up for it my de13 He causeth it to come, whe- creed place, and set bars and doors, ther for correction, or for his land, 11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou or for mercy.

come, but no further: and here 14 Hearken unto this, O Job: shall thy proud waves be stayed ? stand still, and consider the won

12 Hast thou commanded the drous works of God.

morning since thy days;, and cau15 Dost thou know when God sed the day-spring to know his disposed them, and caused the light place; of his cloud to shine ?

13 That it might take hold of 16 Dost thou know the balan- the ends of the earth, that the cings of the clouds, the wondrous wicked might be shaken out of it? works of him which is perfect in 14 It is turned as clay to the knowledge ?

seal; and they stand as a garment. 17 How tlıy garments are warm, 15 And from the wicked their when he quieteth the earth by the light is withholden, and the high south wind?

arm shall be broken. 18 Hast thou with him spread 16 Hast thou entered into the out the sky, which is strong, and as springs

of the sea

? or host thou a molten looking-glass?

walked in the search of the depth ? 19 Teach us what we shall say 17 Have the gates of death been unto him; for we cannot order our opened unto thce? or hast thou speech by reason of darkness. seen the doors of the shadow of

20 Shall it be told him that I death? speak? if a man speak, surely long 18 Hast thou perceived the shall be swallowed up.

breadth of the earth ? declare if 21 And now men see not the thou knowest it all. bright light which is in the clouds: 19 is the way where light but the wind passeth, and cleanseth dwelleth ? and as for darkness, them.

where is the place thereof, 22 Fair weather cometh out of 20 That thou shouldest take it to the north: with God is terrible ma- the bound thereof, and that thou jestz

shouldest know the paths to the 23 Touching the Almighty, we house thereof? cannot find him out: he is excel 21 Knowest thou it, because thou lent in power, and in judgment, wast then born? or because the and in plenty of justice: he will number of thy days is great ? not afflict.

22 Hast thou entered into the 24 Men do therefore fear him: treasures of the snow? or hast he respecteth not any that are wise thou seen the treasures of the bail, of heart.

23 Which I have reserved against CHAP. XXXVIII. the time of trouble, against the day God challengeth Job to answer him. of battle and war ? TH THEN the LORD answered Job 24 By what way is the light parts

nut of the whirlwind, and said, ed, which scattereth the east wind 2 Who is this that darkeneth upon the earth? counsel by words without know 25 Who hath divided a waterledge ?

course for the overflowing of wa3 Gird up now thy loins like a ters, or a way for the lightning of man; for I will demand of thee, thunder; and answer thou me.

26. To cause it to rain on the 4 Where wast thou when I laid earth, where no man is; on the the foundations of the earth? de- wilderness, wherein there is no elare, if thou hast understanding. I man;


God's might compared CHAP. XXXIX. with man's weakness

27 To satisfy the desolate and 7 He scorncth the multitude of the waste ground; and to cause the city, neither regardeth he the crybud of the tender herb to springing of the driver. forth?

8 The range of the mountains 28 Hath the rain a father? or is his pasturo, and he searcheth who hath begotten the drops of after every green thing, dow?

9 Will the unicorn be willing to 29 Out of whose womb came the servo thee, or abide by thy crib? ice? and the hoary frost of hea- 10 Canst thou bind the unicorn ven, who hath gendered it? with his band in the furrow? or

30 The waters are hid as with a will he harrow the valleys after stone, and the face of the deep is thee? frozen.

11 Wilt thou trust him, because 31 Canst thou bind the sweet in- his strength is great? or wilt thou fluences of Pleiades, or loose the leave thy labour to him? bands of Orion ?

12 Wilt thou believe him, that 32 Canst thou bring forth Maz- he will bring home thy seed, and zaroth in his season ? or canst thou gather it into thy barn? guide Arcturus with his sons ? 13 Gavest thou the goodly wings

33 Knowest thou the ordinances unto the peacocks? or wings and of heaven ? canst thou set the do- feathers unto the ostrich? minion thereof in the earth ?

14 Which leaveth her eggs in the 34 Canst thou lift up thy voice earth,andwarmeth them in the dust, to the clouds, that abundance of 15 And forgetteth that the foot waters may cover thee?

may crush them, or that the wild 35 Canst thou send lightnings, beast may break them. that they may

go and say unto thee, 16 She is hardened against her Here we are ? 36 Who hath put wisdom in the not hers: her labour is in vain with

young ones, as though they were inward parts? or who hath given out fear; understanding to the heart? 17 Because God hath deprived

37 Who can number the clouds her of wisdom, neither hath he irnin wisdom? or who can stay the parted to her understanding. bottles of heaven,

18 What time she lifteth up her38 When the dust groweth into self on high, she scorneth the horse hardness, and the clods cleave fast and his rider. together?

19 Hast thou given the horse 39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for strength ? hast thou clothed his the lion? or fill the appetite of the neck with thunder ? young lions,

20 Canst thou make him afraid 40 When they couch in their as a grasshopper? the glory of his dens, and abide in the covert to lie nostrils is terrible. in wait?

21. He paweth in the valley, and 41 Who provideth for the raven rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth his food? when his young ones on to meet the armed men. cry unto God, they wander for lack 22 He mocketh at fear, and is of meat.

pot affrighted; neither turneth he CHAP. XXXIX.

back from the sword. God's Power visible in the Crea- 23 The quiver ratlleth against tion.

him, the glittering spear and the NOWEST thou the time when shield.

24 He swalloweth the ground bring forth? or canst thou mark with fierceness and rage; neither when the hinds do calve ?

believeth he that it is the sound of 2 Canst thou number the months the trumpet. that they fulfi? or knowest thou 25 He saith among the trumpets, the time when they bring forth? Ha, ha! and he smelleth the battle

3 They bow themselves, they afar off, the thunder of the capbring forth their young ones, they tains, and the shouting. cast out their sorrows.

26 Doth the hawk fly by thy 4 Their young ones are in good wisdom, and stretch her wings toliking, they grow up with corn; they ward the south? go forth, and return not unto them. 27 Doth the eagle mount up at

5 Who hath sent out the wild thy command, and make her nest ass free? or who hath loosed the on high? bands of the wild ass?

28 She dwelleth and abideth on 6 Whose house I have made the the rock, upon the crag of the rock, wilderness, and the barren land his and the strong place. dwellings.

29 From thence she seeketh the

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