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EEAu reproveth Job. Chap, rtxfciii
street: but I opened -my doors to the traveller.
j 3 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
3+ 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?
35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.
36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;
39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.
CHAP. XXXII. 1 Elihu is angry with Job and his three friends. 11 He refro-veth them for nit satisfying of "Job. 16 His zealtojpeak.
SO these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
1 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.
3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, aadyet had condemned Job.
4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they •were elder than he.
5 When Elihu saw that there ivas no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.
6 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 (hew you mine opinion.
7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
9 Great men are not aLivoys wise; neither dc the aged understand judgement.
10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me: I also will shew mine opinion.
11 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your.reasons,, whilst ye searched out what to fay."
His zeal tofpeai.
11 Yea, I attended unto you; and, behold, there ivas none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:
13 Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.
14 Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.
15 They were amazed, they answered no more; they left off speaking.
16 When I had waited,(for they spake not,butstoodstill,ctM<&nswerednomore;)
17 I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.
18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.
19 Behold, my belly is as wine ivhick hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
ao I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips, and answer.
»i Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
»i For I know not to give flattering titles; info doing my Maker would foots take me away.
CHAP. XXXIH. 1 Elihu offereth himself instead of God'with
sincerity and meekness to reason •with
Job. i He excuses h God from giving man
an account of his ways, by his greatness.
31 He inciteth Job to attention.
WHEREFORE, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
zBehold,nowIhaveopenedmymouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
3 My wordsshaltbe of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips (hall utter knowledge clearly.
4 The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
jlf thou canstanswerme, sot thy words in order before me, stand up.
6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, ntither shall roy hand be heavy upon thee.
8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words,saying, • .1 ■. t •'. ■
91 am clean withouttransgreffioa, lam innocent; neither /jffor*iniquity in. me.
loBeliold, he findethoccasions against me, he counteth me for JU3 enemy,
11 He putteth my feet iu the irosks, he majketh al) my paths, .\d. r.?.s ■ 12 Behold,
Cod calleth man to repentance.
Cod cannot be unjust.
Ii Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.
13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he givtth not account of any of his matters.
14. For God fpeaketh one?, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in (lumberings upon the bed;
16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
18 He keepeth back his foul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong fain:
10 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.
11 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen, stick out.
iz Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
xj If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness)
14. Then he is gracious unto him, and faith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
15 His flesh lhall be fresher than a child's: he (hall return to the days of his youth:
x6 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall fee his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.
17 He looketh upon men, and if any lay, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;
28 He will deliver his soul from going intothepit, and his life (hall fee thenght.
29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man.
jo To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.
32 If thou haft any thingto say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.
33 If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.
CHAP. XXXIV. X Elihu accuseth "Jobfor charging God'with injustice. 10 God omnipotent cannot be unjust. 31 Man must humble himself utita God, 34 &Hhu ripnveth Job.
Furthermore Elihu answered and said, 2 Hear my words, O ye wife men: and give ear Unto me, ye that have knowledge.
3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.
4 Let us choose to us judgement: let us know among ourselves what is good.
5 For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgement.
6 Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without transgression.
7 What man is like Job, •who drinketh up scorning like water?
S Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.
9 For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.
I o Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far beit from God, that hefltoulddo wickedness, and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
II For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause eveiy man to find according to his ways.
12 Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgement.
13 Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world?
14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;
15 All flesh fliall perish together, and man fliall tflrn again unto dust.
16 If novfthou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.
17 Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?
1 i Is it fit to fay to a king, Thou art wicked ? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?
19 Hoiv much less to him that acceptetk not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.
10 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 hand.
n For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he sceth all his goings.
xi There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
13 For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgement with God,
Elite re/revetA Job.
Cliau. xxxvi. Many unheard for lueml offaith.
24 He shall break in piece* mighty men without number, and set others in their stead.
25 Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, ib that they are destroyed.
26 He strrketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others-,
27 Because they turned back from him, and would not consider anv of his ways:
28 So that they cause the cry cf the poor to come nnto him, and he heareth the, cry of the afflicted.
ijWliemhe giveth quietness, W1k> then tin make trouble? and when he bideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:
30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
31 Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any mare:
j> Thatmihick I see not, teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
3} Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refbse or whether thou choose; and not 1: therefore speak what thou knowest.
3+ Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.
35Job hath spokenwithoutknowledge, and his words ivcre without wisdom.
36 My desire is that Job may be tried nnto the end, because of his answers for wicked men.
37 For he addethrebellion unto his fin, he clappeth his hands among us, and tnuitiplietb his words against God.
CHAP. XXXV. I Comparison is not to be made ivilh God, because our good or evil cannot extend unto him. 9 Many cry in their afflictions, but are not heard for want of faith.
ELIHU spake moreover, and said, 7. Thinkeit thou this to be right, that thou saidit, My righteousness is more than God's?
3 For thousaidst, What ad vantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I bt cleansed from my sin?
4. I will answer thee and thy companions with thee.
5 Look unto the heavens, and fee; and behold the clouds, which are higher than thou.
6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him ? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?
7 If thou be righteous, what givest tlvou him? or what receiveth ht cf thine hand?
8 Thy wickedness may hurt a man ?.t thou art; and thy righteousness may prosit the son of man.
9 «J By reason of the multitude os op. pressions they make the oppressed to erv: they cry out by reason cf the arm os the mighty.
10 But none faith. Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;
n Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
12 There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evilmen.
13 Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.
14. Although thou sayelt thou (halt not see him, yet judgement is before him; therefore trust thou in him.
15 But now because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger, yet he knoweth it not in great extremity:
16 Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplied) words without knowledge.
CHAP. XXXVI. 1 EtiJiushcwcth honu God is just in his <wayi, 16 andho-iv Job's fins hinder God's blejs~ ings. l^God'siAJtrts are to be magnified.
ELIHU also proceeded, and laid, 2 Sutler me a little, and I will shew thee, that / have yet to speak on God's behalf.
3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4 For truly my words/W/not be falsei he that.is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any. lie is mighty in strength and wisdom.
6 He preserveth not the life os the wicked ■. but giveth right to the poor.
7 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 are exalted.
8 And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;
9 Then he iheweth them their work, and their transgressions, that they have exceeded.
10 He openeth also their ear to dis. cipline, and cominandeth that they return from iniquity.
11 If they obey, and serve him, they* shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
12 But if they obey not, they (hall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.
Hh » 3 But God's great works.
His wisdom unsearchable.
13 But the hypocrites in heart heap ■up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.
i+ They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
i; He deli vereth the podr in his affliction,and opeueth their ears in oppression.
16 Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitnefs; and that which mould be set on thy table should be full of fatness.
17 But thou haft fulfilled the .judgement of the wicked: judgement and justice take hold on thee.
18 Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.
19 Will he esteem thy riches? Ho, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.
10 Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.
ii Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
ixBehoId.God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?
23 Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can fay, Thou hast wrought iniquity?
24 fl Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.
15 Every man may fee it; man may behold it afar off.
26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
27 For he maketli small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:
18 Which the clouds do drop, and distil upon man abundantly.
19 Al so can any understand the spread mgs of the clouds, or the noise of hia tabernacle?
30 Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.
31 For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.
32 With clouds he covereth the light: and commandeth it not tojhine, by the cloud that cometh betwixt.
33 The noise thereof fheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.
1 God is to be feared for his great works. 1 5 His wisdom is unsearchable in them.
AT this also my heart tremhleth, and is moved out of his place. 2 Hear attentively the noise os his voice, and the found that goetli out of jus raeuth.
3 He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.
4 After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency, and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.
_ 5 God thundereth marvellously with his voice: great things doth he, which we cannot comprehend.
6 For he faith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.
7 He sealethup the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.
8 Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.
9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind; and cold out of the north.
10 By the breath of God frofl: is given; and the breadth of the waters is straitened. •
11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud; he scattereth his bright cloud:
ix 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 earth. - 13 He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.
14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous work* of God.
15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?
16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?
17 How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the southwind?
18 Hast thou with him spread out the llcy, ivhich is strong, and as a molten looking glass?
19 Teach us what we (hall fay unto him: for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.
xo Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he sliall be swallowed up.
xi And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.
xa Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.
23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgement, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.
X4 Men do therefore fear him: he re
specteth not any that are wise of heart.
CHAP. XXXVIII. i Gtdckallengeth Job to answer. 4 God, bj iis nighty •works, convinceth Job of igiaraitce, 13 and of' imbecillity.
T'HEN the Loud answered Job out of the whirwind, and said, 1 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up now thy loins like a man: for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
41[ Where wast thou wh«n I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7 When the morning stars fang together, and all the sons of God snouted for joy?
% Ot •who (hut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth as if it had issued out of the womb?
9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here (hall thy proud waves be stayed?
Ii Hast thou commanded ^he morning since thy days: and caused the dayspring to know his place;
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
15 And from the wicked their light is withholderi, and the high arm (hall be broken.
16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or halt thou walked in the search of the depth .'
17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.
19 Where is the way where I ight d welleth? and a/for darkness, where is the pla/:e thereof,
10 That thou (houldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou fhouldest know the paths to the house thereof?
21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days ;'; great?
22 Haft thou entered into the treasures of the snow ? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
24 By what way is the light parted, •which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?
25 Who hath divided a water course for the overflowing of waters; or a way for the lightning of thunder;
26 To cause it to rain on the earth, •where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;
17 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
18 Hath the rain a father ? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
19 Out of whole womb came the ice' and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
30 The waters are hid as •with a stone, and the face of tbe deep is frozen.
31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?
3 5 Canst thou sendlightiiings,that they may go, and fay unto thee, Here we ares
36 Who hatn put wisdom in the inward parts, or who hath given understanding to the heart?
37 Who can number the clouds in wifdom?orwhocanstaythe bottles of heaven,
38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
30 Wilt thou hunt the prey fortne lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?
41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unte God, they wander for Tack of meat.
CHAP. XXXIX. 1 Of the •wildgoats and hinds, 5 of the iviU ass, 9 the unicorn, 13 the peacock, fiork, and ostrich, 19 the horse, 26 the haiuk,
27 the eayle.
KNOWEST thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
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