1,1There was a man in the
land of Uz, whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, and feared God, and turned away from evil.
1,2There were born to him seven sons
and three daughters. 1,3His
possessions also were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five
hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very great
household; so that this man was the greatest of all the children of the
east. 1,4His sons went and
held a feast in the house of each one on his birthday; and they sent and
called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
1,5It was so, when the days of their
feasting had run their course, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose
up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the
number of them all. For Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned,
and renounced God in their hearts. Job did so continually.
1,6Now it happened on the
day when God's sons came to present themselves before the Lord, that Satan also came among them.
1,7And the Lord said to Satan, Where
have you come from?
Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going back and forth in
the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
1,8And the Lord said to Satan,
Have you considered my servant, Job? For there is none like him in the
earth, a blameless and an upright man, one who fears God, and turns away
1,9Then Satan answered
the Lord, and said, 'Does Job fear God for nothing?'
1,10Haven't you made a hedge around
him, and around his house, and around all that he has, on every side? You
have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the
land. 1,11But put forth your
hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will renounce You to your
1,12And the Lord said to Satan,
Behold, all that he has is in your power. Only on himself don't put
forth your hand.
So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
1,13It fell on a day when his sons
and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest
brother's house, 1,14And a messenger came to Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the
donkeys feeding beside them,
1,15and the Sabeans attacked, and
took them away. They have killed the servants with the edge of the
sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.
1,16While he was still
speaking, there also came another, and said, The fire of God has fallen
from the sky, and has burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed
them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.
1,17While he was still
speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made three
bands, and swept down on the camels, and have taken them away, and
killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped
to tell you.
1,18While he was still
speaking, there came also another, and said, Your sons and your
daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house,
1,19and behold, there came a
great wind from the wilderness, and struck the four corners of the house,
and it fell on the young men, and they are dead. I alone have escaped to
1,20Then Job arose, and
tore his robe, and shaved his head, and fell down on the ground, and
worshiped. 1,21He said,
'Naked I came out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return,
the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.'
1,22In all this, Job did not
sin, nor charge God with wrongdoing.
2,1Again it happened on
the day when the God's sons came to present themselves before the Lord,
that Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord.
2,2And the Lord said to Satan, Where
have you come from?
Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going back and forth in the
earth, and from walking up and down in it.
2,3And the Lord said to Satan,
Have you considered my servant Job? For there is none like him in the
earth, a blameless and an upright man, one who fears God, and turns away
from evil. He still maintains his integrity, although you incited me
against him, to ruin him without cause.
2,4Satan answered the Lord,
and said, Skin for skin. Yes, all that a man has he will give for his
life. 2,5But put forth your
hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will renounce you to
2,6And the Lord said to Satan,
Behold, he is in your hand. Only spare his life.
2,7So Satan went forth
from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful sores from the
sole of his foot to his head.
2,8He took for himself a potsherd to
scrape himself with, and he sat among the ashes.
2,9Then his wife said to him, Do
you still maintain your integrity? Renounce God, and die.
2,10But he said to her,
You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. What? Shall we
receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?
In all this Job didn't sin with his lips.
2,11Now when Job's three friends
heard of all this evil that had come on him, they each came from his own
place: Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the
Naamathite, and they made an appointment together to come to sympathize
with him and to comfort him.
2,12When they lifted up their eyes
from a distance, and didn't recognize him, they raised their voices, and
wept; and they each tore his robe, and sprinkled dust on their heads
toward the sky. 2,13So they
sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and none
spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.
3,1After this Job opened
his mouth, and cursed the day of his birth.
3,2And Job answered, and said,
3,3 Let the day perish
in which I was born,
the night which said, 'There is a boy conceived.'
3,4Let that day be
Don't let God from above seek for it,
neither let the light shine on it.
3,5Let darkness and the
shadow of death claim it for their own.
Let a cloud dwell on it.
Let all that makes black the day terrify it.
3,6As for that night, let
thick darkness seize on it.
Let it not rejoice among the days of the year.
Let it not come into the number of the months.
3,7Behold, let that night
Let no joyful voice come therein.
3,8Let them curse it who
curse the day,
who are ready to rouse up leviathan.
3,9Let the stars of its
twilight be dark.
Let it look for light, but have none,
neither let it see the eyelids of the morning,
3,10because it didn't
shut up the doors of my mother's womb,
nor did it hide trouble from my eyes.
3,11 Why didn't I die
from the womb?
Why didn't I give up the spirit when my mother bore me?
3,12Why did the knees
Or why the breast, that I should nurse?
3,13For now should I have
lain down and been quiet.
I should have slept, then I would have been at rest,
3,14with kings and
counselors of the earth,
who built up waste places for themselves;
3,15or with princes who
who filled their houses with silver:
3,16or as a hidden
untimely birth I had not been,
as infants who never saw light.
3,17There the wicked
cease from troubling.
There the weary are at rest.
3,18There the prisoners
are at ease together.
They don't hear the voice of the taskmaster.
3,19The small and the
great are there.
The servant is free from his master.
3,20 Why is light given
to him who is in misery,
life to the bitter in soul,
3,21Who long for death,
but it doesn't come;
and dig for it more than for hidden treasures,
and are glad, when they can find the grave?
3,23Why is light given to
a man whose way is hidden,
whom God has hedged in?
3,24For my sighing comes
before I eat.
My groanings are poured out like water.
3,25For the thing which I
fear comes on me,
That which I am afraid of comes to me.
3,26I am not at ease,
neither am I quiet, neither have I rest;
but trouble comes.
4,1Then Eliphaz the
4,2If someone ventures
to talk with you, will you be grieved?
But who can withhold himself from speaking?
4,3Behold, you have
you have strengthened the weak hands.
4,4Your words have
supported him who was falling,
You have made firm the feeble knees.
4,5But now it has come to
you, and you faint.
It touches you, and you are troubled.
4,6Isn't your piety
Isn't the integrity of your ways your hope?
4,7 Remember, now,
whoever perished, being innocent?
Or where were the upright cut off?
4,8According to what I
have seen, those who plow iniquity,
and sow trouble,
reap the same.
4,9By the breath of God
By the blast of his anger are they consumed.
4,10The roaring of the
and the voice of the fierce lion,
the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
4,11The old lion perishes
for lack of prey.
The cubs of the lioness are scattered abroad.
4,12 Now a thing was
secretly brought to me.
My ear received a whisper of it.
4,13In thoughts from the
visions of the night,
when deep sleep falls on men,
4,14fear came on me, and
which made all my bones shake.
4,15Then a spirit passed
before my face.
The hair of my flesh stood up.
4,16It stood still, but I
couldn't discern its appearance.
A form was before my eyes.
Silence, then I heard a voice, saying,
4,17'Shall mortal man
be more just than God?
Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?
4,18Behold, he puts no
trust in his servants.
He charges his angels with error.
4,19How much more, those
who dwell in houses of clay,
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed before the moth!
4,20Between morning and
evening they are destroyed.
They perish forever without any regarding it.
4,21Isn't their tent
cord plucked up within them?
They die, and that without wisdom.'
5,1 Call now; is there
any who will answer you?
To which of the holy ones will you turn?
5,2For resentment kills
the foolish man,
and jealousy kills the simple.
5,3I have seen the
foolish taking root,
but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
5,4His children are far
They are crushed in the gate.
Neither is there any to deliver them,
5,5whose harvest the
hungry eats up,
and take it even out of the thorns.
The snare gapes for their substance.
doesn't come forth from the dust,
neither does trouble spring out of the ground;
5,7but man is born to
as the sparks fly upward.
5,8 But as for me, I
would seek God.
I would commit my cause to God,
5,9who does great things
that can't be fathomed,
marvelous things without number;
5,10who gives rain on the
and sends waters on the fields;
5,11so that he sets up on
high those who are low,
those who mourn are exalted to safety.
5,12He frustrates the
devices of the crafty,
So that their hands can't perform their enterprise.
5,13He takes the wise in
their own craftiness;
the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.
5,14They meet with
darkness in the day time,
and grope at noonday as in the night.
5,15But he saves from the
sword of their mouth,
even the needy from the hand of the mighty.
5,16So the poor has hope,
and injustice shuts her mouth.
5,17 Behold, happy is
the man whom God corrects.
Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.
5,18For he wounds, and
He injures, and his hands make whole.
5,19He will deliver you
in six troubles;
yes, in seven no evil shall touch you.
5,20In famine he will
redeem you from death;
in war, from the power of the sword.
5,21You shall be hidden
from the scourge of the tongue,
neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.
5,22At destruction and
famine you shall laugh,
neither shall you be afraid of the animals of the earth.
5,23For you shall be
allied with the stones of the field.
The animals of the field shall be at peace with you.
5,24You shall know that
your tent is in peace.
You shall visit your fold, and shall miss nothing.
5,25You shall know also
that your seed shall be great,
Your offspring as the grass of the earth.
5,26You shall come to
your grave in a full age,
like a shock of grain comes in its season.
5,27Look this, we have
searched it, so it is.
Hear it, and know it for your good.
6,1Then Job answered, and said,
6,2 Oh that my anguish
and all my calamity laid in the balances!
6,3For now it would be
heavier than the sand of the seas,
therefore have my words been rash.
6,4For the arrows of the
Almighty are within me.
My spirit drinks up their poison.
The terrors of God set themselves in array against me.
6,5Does the wild donkey
bray when he has grass?
Or does the ox low over his fodder?
6,6Can that which has no
flavor be eaten without salt?
Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
6,7My soul refuses to
They are as loathsome food to me.
6,8 Oh that I might
have my request,
that God would grant the thing that I long for,
6,9even that it would
please God to crush me;
that he would let loose His hand, and cut me off!
6,10Be it still my
yes, let me exult in pain that doesn't spare,
that I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
6,11What is my strength,
that I should wait?
What is my end, that I should be patient?
6,12Is my strength the
strength of stones?
Or is my flesh of brass?
6,13Isn't it that I
have no help in me,
That wisdom is driven quite from me?
6,14 To him who is
ready to faint, kindness should be shown from his friend;
even to him who forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
6,15My brothers have
dealt deceitfully as a brook,
as the channel of brooks that pass away;
6,16Which are black by
reason of the ice,
in which the snow hides itself.
6,17In the dry season,
When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
6,18The caravans that
travel beside them turn aside.
They go up into the waste, and perish.
6,19The caravans of Tema
The companies of Sheba waited for them.
6,20They were distressed
because they were confident.
They came there, and were confounded.
6,21For now you are
You see a terror, and are afraid.
6,22Did I say, 'Give to
or, 'Offer a present for me from your substance?'
6,23or, 'Deliver me
from the adversary's hand?'
or, 'Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors?'
6,24 Teach me, and I
will hold my peace.
Cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
6,25How forcible are
words of uprightness!
But your reproof, what does it reprove?
6,26Do You intend to
since the speeches of one who is desperate are as wind?
6,27You would even
cast lots for the fatherless,
and make merchandise of your friend.
6,28Now therefore be
pleased to look at me,
for surely I shall not lie to your face.
Let there be no injustice.
Yes, return again.
My cause is righteous.
6,30Is there injustice on
Can't my taste discern mischievous things?
7,1 Isn't a man
forced to labor on earth?
Aren't his days like the days of a hired hand?
7,2As a servant who
earnestly desires the shadow,
as a hireling who looks for his wages,
7,3so am I made to
possess months of misery,
wearisome nights are appointed to me.
7,4When I lie down, I say,
'When shall I arise, and the night be gone?'
I toss and turn until the dawning of the day.
7,5My flesh is clothed
with worms and clods of dust.
My skin closes up, and breaks out afresh.
7,6My days are swifter
than a weaver's shuttle,
and are spent without hope.
7,7Remember that life is a breath.
My eye shall no more see good.
7,8The eye of him who
sees me shall see me no more.
Your eyes shall be on me, but I shall not be.
7,9As the cloud is
consumed and vanishes away,
so he who goes down to Hell shall come up no more.
7,10He shall return no
more to his house,
neither shall his place know him any more.
7,11 Therefore I will
not keep silent.
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit.
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
7,12Am I a sea, or a sea
that you put a guard over me?
7,13When I say, 'My bed
shall comfort me.
My couch shall ease my complaint;'
7,14then you scare me
and terrify me through visions:
7,15so that my soul
death rather than my bones.
7,16I loathe my life.
I don't want to live forever.
Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.
7,17What is man, that you
should magnify him,
that you should set your mind on him,
7,18that you should visit
him every morning,
and test him every moment?
7,19How long will you not
look away from me,
nor leave me alone until I swallow down my spittle?
7,20If I have sinned,
what do I do to you, you watcher of men?
Why have you set me as a mark for you,
so that I am a burden to myself?
7,21Why do you not pardon
my disobedience, and take away my iniquity?
For now shall I lie down in the dust.
You will seek me diligently, but I shall not be.
8,1Then Bildad the Shuhite
8,2 How long will you
speak these things?
Shall the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?
8,3Does God pervert
Or does the Almighty pervert righteousness?
8,4If your children have
sinned against him,
He has delivered them into the hand of their disobedience.
8,5If you want to seek
make your supplication to the Almighty.
8,6If you were pure and
surely now he would awaken for you,
and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.
8,7Though your beginning
yet your latter end would greatly increase.
8,8 Please inquire of
Find out about the learning of their fathers.
8,9For we are but of
yesterday, and know nothing,
because our days on earth are a shadow.
8,10Shall they not teach
you, tell you,
and utter words out of their heart?
8,11 Can the papyrus
grow up without mire?
Can the rushes grow without water?
8,12While it is yet in
its greenness, not cut down,
it withers before any other reed.
8,13So are the paths of
all who forget God.
The hope of the godless man shall perish,
shall break apart,
Whose trust is a spider's web.
8,15He shall lean on his
house, but it shall not stand.
He shall cling to it, but it shall not endure.
8,16He is green before
His shoots go forth over his garden.
8,17His roots are wrapped
around the rock pile.
He sees the place of stones.
8,18If he is destroyed
from his place,
then it shall deny him, saying, 'I have not seen you.'
8,19Behold, this is the
joy of his way:
out of the earth, others shall spring.
8,20 Behold, God will
not cast away a blameless man,
neither will he uphold the evildoers.
8,21He will still fill
your mouth with laughter,
your lips with shouting.
8,22Those who hate you
shall be clothed with shame.
The tent of the wicked shall be no more.
9,1Then Job answered, and said,
9,2 Truly I know that
it is so,
but how can man be just with God?
9,3If he is pleased to
contend with him,
he can't answer him one time in a thousand.
9,4God who is wise in
heart, and mighty in strength:
who has hardened himself against him, and prospered?
9,5He removes the
mountains, and they don't know it,
when he overturns them in his anger.
9,6He shakes the earth
out of its place.
Its pillars tremble.
9,7He commands the sun,
and it doesn't rise,
and seals up the stars.
9,8He alone stretches out
and treads on the waves of the sea.
9,9He makes the Bear,
Orion, and the Pleiades,
and the rooms of the south.
9,10He does great things
past finding out;
yes, marvelous things without number.
9,11Behold, he goes by
me, and I don't see him.
He passes on also, but I don't perceive him.
9,12Behold, he snatches
Who can hinder him?
Who will ask him, 'What are you doing?'
9,13 God will not
withdraw his anger.
The helpers of Rahab stoop under him.
9,14How much less shall I
And choose my words to argue with him?
9,15Though I were
righteous, yet I wouldn't answer him.
I would make supplication to my judge.
9,16If I had called, and
he had answered me,
yet I wouldn't believe that he listened to my voice.
9,17For he breaks me with
and multiplies my wounds without cause.
9,18He will not allow me
to catch my breath,
but fills me with bitterness.
9,19If it is a matter of
strength, behold, he is mighty!
If of justice, 'Who,' says he, 'will summon me?'
9,20Though I am
righteous, my own mouth shall condemn me.
Though I am blameless, it shall prove me perverse.
9,21I am blameless.
I don't respect myself.
I despise my life.
9,22 It is all the same.
Therefore I say he destroys the blameless and the wicked.
9,23If the scourge kills
he will mock at the trial of the innocent.
9,24The earth is given
into the hand of the wicked.
He covers the faces of its judges.
If not he, then who is it?
9,25 Now my days are
swifter than a runner.
They flee away, they see no good,
9,26They have passed away
as the swift ships,
as the eagle that swoops on the prey.
9,27If I say, 'I will
forget my complaint,
I will put off my sad face, and cheer up;'
9,28I am afraid of all my
I know that you will not hold me innocent.
9,29I shall be condemned.
Why then do I labor in vain?
9,30If I wash myself with
and cleanse my hands with lye,
9,31yet you will plunge
me in the ditch.
My own clothes shall abhor me.
9,32For he is not a man,
as I am, that I should answer him,
that we should come together in judgment.
9,33There is no umpire
that might lay his hand on us both.
9,34Let him take his rod
away from me.
Let his terror not make me afraid;
9,35then I would speak,
and not fear him,
for I am not so in myself.
10,1 My soul is weary
of my life.
I will give free course to my complaint.
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
- 10,2I will tell God,
'Do not condemn me.
Show me why You contend with me.
- 10,3Is it good to you
that You should oppress,
that You should despise the work of your hands,
and smile on the counsel of the wicked?
- 10,4Do You have eyes of
Or do You see as man sees?
10,5Are your days as the
days of mortals,
or your years as man's years,
10,6that You inquire
after my iniquity,
and search after my sin?
- 10,7Although You know
that I am not wicked,
there is no one who can deliver out of Your hand.
- 10,8 'Your hands have
framed me and fashioned me altogether,
yet You destroy me.
10,9Remember, I beg you,
that You fashioned me as clay.
Will you bring me into dust again?
- 10,10Haven't You poured
me out like milk,
and curdled me like cheese?
10,11You have clothed me
with skin and flesh,
and knit me together with bones and sinews.
10,12You have granted me
life and loving kindness.
Your visitation has preserved my spirit.
10,13Yet you hid these
things in your heart.
I know that this is with You.
- 10,14if I sin, then You
You will not acquit me from my iniquity.
- 10,15If I am wicked, woe
If I am righteous, I still shall not lift up my head,
being filled with disgrace,
and conscious of my affliction.
10,16If my head is held
high, You hunt me like a lion.
Again you show yourself powerful to me.
10,17You renew your
witnesses against me,
and increase your indignation on me.
Changes and warfare are with me.
- 10,18 'Why, then,
have You brought me forth out of the womb?
I wish I had given up the spirit, and no eye had seen me.
10,19I should have been
as though I had not been.
I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
10,20Aren't my days few?
Leave me alone, that I may find a little comfort,
10,21before I go where I
shall not return from,
to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;
10,22the land dark as
of the shadow of death,
without any order,
where the light is as midnight.'
11,1Then Zophar, the
- 11,2 Shouldn't the
multitude of words be answered?
Should a man full of talk be justified?
- 11,3Should your boastings
make men hold their peace?
When you mock, shall no man make you ashamed?
- 11,4For you say, 'My
doctrine is pure.
I am clean in your eyes.'
- 11,5But oh that God would
and open His lips against you,
- 11,6that He would show
you the secrets of wisdom!
For true wisdom has two sides.
Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your iniquity deserves.
- 11,7 Can you fathom the
mystery of God?
Or can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
- 11,8They are high as
heaven. What can you do?
They are deeper than Hell. What can you know?
- 11,9Its measure is longer
than the earth,
and broader than the sea.
- 11,10If He passes by, or
or convenes a court, then who can oppose Him?
- 11,11For He knows false
He sees iniquity also, even though He doesn't consider it.
- 11,12An empty-headed man
when a man is born as a wild donkey's colt.
- 11,13 If you set your
stretch out your hands toward Him.
- 11,14If iniquity is in
your hand, put it far away.
Don't let unrighteousness dwell in your tents.
- 11,15Surely then you
shall lift up your face without spot;
You shall be steadfast, and shall not fear;
- 11,16for you shall forget
You shall remember it as waters that are passed away.
- 11,17Life shall be
clearer than the noonday.
Though there is darkness, it shall be as the morning.
- 11,18You shall be secure,
because there is hope.
You shall search, and shall take your rest in safety.
- 11,19Also you shall lie
down, and none shall make you afraid.
Many shall court your favor.
- 11,20But the eyes of the
wicked shall fail.
They shall have no way to flee.
Their hope shall be the giving up of the spirit.
12,1Then Job answered, and said,
12,2 No doubt, but you
are the people,
and wisdom shall die with you.
12,3But I have
understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
Who doesn't know such things as these?
12,4I am like one who is
a joke to his neighbor,
I, who called on God, and He answered.
The just, the blameless man is a joke.
12,5In the thought of him
who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune.
It is ready for them whose foot slips.
12,6The tents of robbers
Those who provoke God are secure,
who carry their God in their hands.
12,7 But ask the
animals, now, and they shall teach you;
the birds of the sky, and they shall tell you.
12,8Or speak to the
earth, and it shall teach you.
The fish of the sea shall declare to you.
- 12,9Who doesn't know
that in all these,
the hand of the Lord has done this,
12,10in whose hand is the
life of every living thing,
and the breath of all mankind?
- 12,11Doesn't the ear
even as the palate tastes its food?
- 12,12With aged men is
in length of days understanding.
- 12,13 With God is
wisdom and might.
He has counsel and understanding.
- 12,14Behold, he breaks
down, and it can't be built again.
He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.
12,15Behold, he withholds
the waters, and they dry up.
Again, he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.
12,16With him is strength
The deceived and the deceiver are his.
12,17He leads counselors
He makes judges fools.
12,18He loosens the bond
He binds their waist with a belt.
12,19He leads priests
and overthrows the mighty.
12,20He removes the
speech of those who are trusted,
and takes away the understanding of the elders.
12,21He pours contempt on
and loosens the belt of the strong.
12,22He uncovers deep
things out of darkness,
and brings out to light the shadow of death.
12,23He increases the
nations, and he destroys them.
He enlarges the nations, and he leads them captive.
12,24He takes away
understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth,
and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
12,25They grope in the
dark without light.
He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
13,1 Behold, my eye has
seen all this.
My ear has heard and understood it.
13,2What you know, I know
I am not inferior to you.
13,3 Surely I would
speak to the Almighty.
I desire to reason with God.
- 13,4But you are forgers
You are all physicians of no value.
- 13,5Oh that you would be
Then you would be wise.
- 13,6Hear now my reasoning.
Listen to the pleadings of my lips.
13,7Will you speak
unrighteously for God,
and talk deceitfully for him?
13,8Will you show
partiality to him?
Will you contend for God?
13,9Is it good that He
should search you out?
Or as one deceives a man, will you deceive Him?
- 13,10He will surely
if you secretly show partiality.
13,11Shall not His
majesty make you afraid,
And His dread fall on you?
sayings are proverbs of ashes,
Your defenses are defenses of clay.
- 13,13 Be silent, leave
me alone, that I may speak.
Let come on me what will.
13,14Why should I take my
flesh in my teeth,
and put my life in my hand?
13,15Behold, He will kill
I have no hope.
Nevertheless, I will maintain my ways before Him.
- 13,16This also shall be
that a godless man shall not come before him.
13,17Hear diligently my
Let my declaration be in your ears.
13,18See now, I have set
my cause in order.
I know that I am righteous.
- 13,19Who is he who will
contend with me?
For then would I hold my peace and give up the spirit.
- 13,20 Only don't do
two things to me;
then I will not hide myself from your face:
13,21withdraw your hand
far from me;
and don't let your terror make me afraid.
- 13,22Then call, and I
or let me speak, and you answer me.
- 13,23How many are my
iniquities and sins?
Make me know my disobedience and my sin.
13,24Why hide you your
and hold me for your enemy?
13,25Will you harass a
Will you pursue the dry stubble?
- 13,26For you write bitter
things against me,
and make me inherit the iniquities of my youth:
- 13,27You also put my feet
in the stocks,
and mark all my paths.
You set a bound to the soles of my feet,
- 13,28though I am decaying
like a rotten thing,
like a garment that is moth-eaten.
14,1 Man, who is born
of a woman,
is of few days, and full of trouble.
- 14,2He comes forth like a
flower, and is cut down.
He also flees like a shadow, and doesn't continue.
- 14,3Do you open your eyes
on such a one,
and bring me into judgment with you?
- 14,4Who can bring a clean
thing out of an unclean?
- 14,5Seeing his days are
the number of his months is with you,
and you have appointed his bounds that he can't pass;
- 14,6Look away from him,
that he may rest,
until he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day.
- 14,7 For there is hope
for a tree,
If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
that the tender branch of it will not cease.
- 14,8Though its root grows
old in the earth,
and its stock dies in the ground,
- 14,9yet through the scent
of water it will bud,
and put forth boughs like a plant.
- 14,10But man dies, and is
Man gives up the spirit, and where is he?
- 14,11As the waters fail
from the sea,
and the river wastes and dries up,
- 14,12so man lies down and
Until the heavens are no more, they shall not awake,
nor be roused out of their sleep.
- 14,13 Oh that you would
hide me in Hell,
that you would keep me secret, until your wrath is past,
that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
- 14,14If a man dies, shall
he live again?
All the days of my warfare would I wait,
until my release should come.
- 14,15You would call, and
I would answer you.
You would have a desire to the work of your hands.
- 14,16But now you number
Don't you watch over my sin?
- 14,17My disobedience is
sealed up in a bag.
You fasten up my iniquity.
- 14,18 But the mountain
falling comes to nothing.
The rock is removed out of its place;
- 14,19The waters wear the
The torrents of it wash away the dust of the earth.
So you destroy the hope of man.
- 14,20You forever prevail
against him, and he departs.
You change his face, and send him away.
- 14,21His sons come to
honor, and he doesn't know it.
They are brought low, but he doesn't perceive it of them.
- 14,22But his flesh on him
and his soul within him mourns.
- 15,1Then Eliphaz the
Temanite answered, and said,
- 15,2 Should a wise man
answer with vain knowledge,
and fill himself with the east wind?
15,3Should he reason with
or with speeches with which he can do no good?
- 15,4You do away with
and hinder devotion before God.
15,5For your iniquity
teaches your mouth,
and you choose the language of the crafty.
15,6Your own mouth
condemns you, and not I.
Your own lips testify against you.
- 15,7 Are you the first
man who was born?
Or were you brought forth before the hills?
15,8Have you heard the
secret counsel of God?
Do you limit wisdom to yourself?
15,9What do you know,
that we don't know?
What do you understand, which is not in us?
- 15,10With us are both the
gray-headed and the very aged men,
much elder than your father.
15,11Are the consolations
of God too small for you,
even the word that is gentle toward you?
- 15,12Why does your heart
carry you away?
Why do your eyes flash,
15,13That you turn your
spirit against God,
and let such words go out of your mouth?
- 15,14What is man, that he
should be clean?
What is he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15,15Behold, he puts no
trust in his holy ones.
The heavens are not clean in his sight;
15,16how much less one
who is abominable and corrupt,
a man who drinks iniquity like water!
- 15,17 I will show you,
listen to me;
that which I have seen I will declare:
- 15,18Which wise men have
told by their fathers,
and have not hidden it;
15,19to whom alone the
land was given,
and no stranger passed among them.
- 15,20The wicked man
writhes in pain all his days,
even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.
- 15,21A sound of terrors
is in his ears.
In prosperity the destroyer shall come on him.
- 15,22He doesn't believe
that he shall return out of darkness.
He is waited for by the sword.
15,23He wanders abroad
for bread, saying, 'Where is it?'
He knows that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
15,24Distress and anguish
make him afraid.
They prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
- 15,25Because he has
stretched out his hand against God,
and behaves himself proudly against the Almighty;
15,26he runs at him with
a stiff neck,
with the thick shields of his bucklers;
15,27because he has
covered his face with his fatness,
and gathered fat on his thighs.
15,28He has lived in
in houses which no one inhabited,
which were ready to become heaps.
15,29He shall not be
rich, neither shall his substance continue,
neither shall their possessions be extended on the earth.
15,30He shall not depart
out of darkness.
The flame shall dry up his branches.
By the breath of God's mouth shall he go away.
- 15,31Let him not trust in
emptiness, deceiving himself;
for emptiness shall be his reward.
15,32It shall be
accomplished before his time.
His branch shall not be green.
15,33He shall shake off
his unripe grape as the vine,
and shall cast off his flower as the olive tree.
- 15,34For the company of
the godless shall be barren,
and fire shall consume the tents of bribery.
mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
Their heart prepares deceit.
16,1Then Job answered, and said,
16,2 I have heard many
You are all miserable comforters!
16,3Shall vain words have
Or what provokes you that you answer?
16,4I also could speak as
If your soul were in my soul's place,
I could join words together against you,
and shake my head at you,
16,5but I would
strengthen you with my mouth.
The solace of my lips would relieve you.
16,6 Though I speak, my
grief is not subsided.
Though I forbear, what am I eased?
- 16,7But now, God, You
have surely worn me out.
You have made desolate all my company.
- 16,8You have shriveled me
up. This is a witness against me.
My leanness rises up against me.
It testifies to my face.
- 16,9He has torn me in His
wrath, and persecuted me.
He has gnashed on me with His teeth.
My adversary sharpens his eyes on me.
- 16,10They have gaped on
me with their mouth.
They have struck me on the cheek reproachfully.
They gather themselves together against me.
- 16,11God delivers me to
and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
- 16,12I was at ease, and
he broke me apart.
He has taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces.
He has also set me up for his target.
- 16,13His archers surround
He splits my kidneys apart, and does not spare.
He pours out my gall on the ground.
- 16,14He breaks me with
breach on breach.
He runs on me like a giant.
- 16,15I have sewed
sackcloth on my skin,
and have thrust my horn in the dust.
- 16,16My face is red with
Deep darkness is on my eyelids.
- 16,17Although there is no
violence in my hands,
and my prayer is pure.
- 16,18 Earth, don't
cover my blood.
Let my cry have no place to rest.
- 16,19Even now, behold, my
witness is in heaven.
He who vouches for me is on high.
- 16,20My friends scoff at
My eyes pour out tears to God,
- 16,21That He would
maintain the right of a man with God,
of a son of man with his neighbor!
- 16,22For when a few years
I shall go the way of no return.
- 17,1 My spirit is
My days are extinct,
And the grave is ready for me.
- 17,2Surely there are
mockers with me.
My eye dwells on their provocation.
- 17,3 Now give a pledge,
be collateral for me with yourself.
Who is there who will strike hands with me?
- 17,4For you have hidden
their heart from understanding,
Therefore you shall not exalt them.
- 17,5He who denounces his
friends for a prey,
Even the eyes of his children shall fail.
- 17,6 But he has made me
a byword of the people.
They spit in my face.
- 17,7My eye also is dim by
reason of sorrow.
All my members are as a shadow.
- 17,8Upright men shall be
astonished at this.
The innocent shall stir up himself against the godless.
- 17,9Yet shall the
righteous hold on his way.
He who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.
- 17,10But as for you all,
come on now again;
I shall not find a wise man among you.
- 17,11My days are past, my
plans are broken off,
as are the thoughts of my heart.
- 17,12They change the
night into day,
saying 'The light is near' in the presence of darkness.
- 17,13If I look for Hell as my house,
if I have spread my couch in the darkness,
- 17,14If I have said to
corruption, 'You are my father;'
to the worm, 'My mother,' and 'my sister;'
- 17,15where then is my
as for my hope, who shall see it?
- 17,16Shall it go down
with me to the gates of Hell,
or descend together into the dust?
18,1Then Bildad the
- 18,2 How long will you
hunt for words?
Consider, and afterwards we will speak.
- 18,3Why are we counted as
which have become unclean in your sight?
- 18,4You who tear yourself
in your anger,
shall the earth be forsaken for you?
Or shall the rock be removed out of its place?
- 18,5 And the light of
the wicked shall be put out,
The spark of his fire shall not shine.
- 18,6The light shall be
dark in his tent.
His lamp above him shall be put out.
- 18,7The steps of his
strength shall be shortened.
His own counsel shall cast him down.
- 18,8For he is cast into a
net by his own feet,
and he wanders into its mesh.
- 18,9A snare will take him
by the heel.
A trap will catch him.
- 18,10A noose is hidden
for him in the ground,
a trap for him in the way.
- 18,11Terrors shall make
him afraid on every side,
and shall chase him at his heels.
- 18,12His strength shall
Calamity shall be ready at his side.
- 18,13The members of his
body shall be devoured.
The firstborn of death shall devour his members.
- 18,14He shall be rooted
out of his tent where he trusts.
He shall be brought to the king of terrors.
- 18,15There shall dwell in
his tent that which is none of his.
Sulfur shall be scattered on his habitation.
- 18,16His roots shall be
dried up beneath.
Above shall his branch be cut off.
- 18,17His memory shall
perish from the earth.
He shall have no name in the street.
- 18,18He shall be driven
from light into darkness,
and chased out of the world.
- 18,19He shall have
neither son nor grandson among his people,
nor any remaining where he lived.
- 18,20Those who come after
shall be astonished at his day,
as those who went before were frightened.
- 18,21Surely such are the
dwellings of the unrighteous.
This is the place of him who doesn't know God.
19,1Then Job answered, and said,
19,2 How long will you
and crush me with words?
19,3You have reproached
me ten times.
You aren't ashamed that you attack me.
- 19,4If it is true that I
my error remains with myself.
- 19,5If indeed you will
magnify yourselves against me,
and plead against me my reproach;
19,6Know now that God has
and has surrounded me with His net.
- 19,7 Behold, I cry out
of wrong, but I am not heard.
I cry for help, but there is no justice.
- 19,8He has walled up my
way so that I can't pass,
and has set darkness in my paths.
- 19,9He has stripped me of
and taken the crown from my head.
- 19,10He has broken me
down on every side, and I am gone.
My hope he has plucked up like a tree.
- 19,11He has also kindled
his wrath against me.
He counts me among His adversaries.
- 19,12His troops come on
build a siege ramp against me,
and encamp around my tent.
- 19,13 He has put my
brothers far from me.
My acquaintances are wholly estranged from me.
- 19,14My relatives have
My familiar friends have forgotten me.
- 19,15Those who dwell in
my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger.
I am an alien in their sight.
- 19,16I call to my
servant, and he gives me no answer.
I beg him with my mouth.
- 19,17My breath is
offensive to my wife.
I am loathsome to the children of my own mother.
- 19,18Even young children
If I arise, they speak against me.
- 19,19All my familiar
friends abhor me.
They whom I loved have turned against me.
- 19,20My bones stick to my
skin and to my flesh.
I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
- 19,21 Have pity on me,
have pity on me, you my friends;
for the hand of God has touched me.
- 19,22Why do you persecute
me as God,
and are not satisfied with my flesh?
- 19,23 Oh that my words
were now written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
- 19,24That with an iron
pen and lead
they were engraved in the rock forever!
- 19,25But as for me, I
know that my Redeemer lives.
In the end, He will stand upon the earth.
- 19,26After my skin is
then in my flesh shall I see God,
- 19,27Whom I, even I,
shall see on my side.
My eyes shall see, and not as a stranger. My heart is consumed within me.
- 19,28If you say, 'How
we will persecute him!'
because the root of the matter is found in me,
- 19,29Be afraid of the
for wrath brings the punishments of the sword,
that you may know there is a judgment.
20,1Then Zophar the
20,2 Therefore do my
thoughts give answer to me,
even by reason of my haste that is in me.
20,3I have heard the
reproof which puts me to shame.
The spirit of my understanding answers me.
- 20,4Don't you know this
from old time,
since man was placed on earth,
20,5that the triumphing
of the wicked is short,
the joy of the godless but for a moment?
20,6Though his height
mount up to the heavens,
and his head reach to the clouds,
20,7yet he shall perish
forever like his own dung.
Those who have seen him shall say, 'Where is he?'
- 20,8He shall fly away as
a dream, and shall not be found.
He shall be chased away like a vision of the night.
20,9The eye which saw him
shall see him no more,
neither shall his place any more see him.
20,10His children shall
seek the favor of the poor.
His hands shall give back his wealth.
20,11His bones are full
of his youth,
but youth shall lie down with him in the dust.
20,12 Though wickedness
is sweet in his mouth,
though he hide it under his tongue,
20,13though he spare it,
and will not let it go,
but keep it still within his mouth;
- 20,14Yet his food in his
bowels is turned.
It is cobra venom within him.
20,15He has swallowed
down riches, and he shall vomit them up again.
God will cast them out of his belly.
20,16He shall suck cobra
The viper's tongue shall kill him.
20,17He shall not look at
the flowing streams of honey and butter.
- 20,18That needing
labored shall be restored and not swallowed.
The goods he traded and he won't rejoice.
- 20,19For he has oppressed
and forsaken the poor.
He has violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up.
- 20,20 Because he knew
no quietness within him,
he shall not save anything of that in which he delights.
- 20,21There was nothing
left that he didn't devour,
therefore his prosperity shall not endure.
- 20,22In the fullness of
his sufficiency, distress shall overtake him.
The hand of everyone who is in misery shall come on him.
- 20,23When he is about to
fill his belly, God will cast the fierceness of His wrath on him.
It will rain on him while he is eating.
- 20,24He shall flee from
the iron weapon.
The bronze arrow shall strike him through.
- 20,25He draws it forth,
and it comes out of his body.
The glittering point comes out of his liver.
Terrors are on him.
- 20,26All darkness is laid
up for his treasures.
An unfanned fire shall devour him.
It shall consume that which is left in his tent.
- 20,27The heavens shall
reveal his iniquity.
The earth shall rise up against him.
- 20,28The increase of his
house shall depart.
They shall rush away in the day of his wrath.
- 20,29This is the portion
of a wicked man from God,
the heritage appointed to him by God.
21,1Then Job answered, and said,
21,2 Listen diligently
to my speech.
Let this be your consolation.
- 21,3Allow me, and I also
After I have spoken, mock on.
21,4As for me, is my
complaint to man?
Why shouldn't I be impatient?
- 21,5Look at me, and be
Lay your hand on your mouth.
21,6When I remember, I am
Horror takes hold of my flesh.
- 21,7 Why do the wicked
become old, yes, and grow mighty in power?
21,8Their child is
established with them in their sight,
their offspring before their eyes.
21,9Their houses are safe
neither is the rod of God upon them.
21,10Their bulls breed
Their cows calve, and don't miscarry.
21,11They send forth
their little ones like a flock.
Their children dance.
21,12They sing to the
tambourine and harp,
and rejoice at the sound of the pipe.
21,13They spend their
days in prosperity.
In an instant they go down to Hell.
- 21,14They tell God,
'Depart from us,
for we don't want to know about your ways.
21,15What is the
Almighty, that we should serve Him?
What profit should we have, if we pray to Him?'
prosperity is not in their hand.
The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
- 21,17 How often is it
that the lamp of the wicked is put out,
that their calamity comes on them,
that God distributes sorrows in His anger?
- 21,18How often is it that
they are as stubble before the wind,
as chaff that the storm carries away?
- 21,19You say, 'God lays
up iniquity for his children.'
Let him recompense it to himself, that he may know it.
- 21,20Let his own eyes see
Let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
- 21,21For what does he
care for his house after him,
when the number of his months is cut off?
- 21,22 Can anyone teach
as He judges on high?
21,23One dies in his full
being wholly at ease and quiet.
21,24His pails are full
The marrow of his bones is moistened.
21,25Another dies in
bitterness of soul,
and never tastes of good.
21,26They lie down alike
in the dust.
The worm covers them.
- 21,27 Behold, I know
the devices with which you would wrong me.
21,28For you say,
'Where is the house of the prince?
Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?'
21,29Haven't you asked
Don't you know their evidences,
21,30that the evil man is
reserved to the day of calamity,
That they are led forth to the day of wrath?
- 21,31Who shall declare
his way to his face?
Who shall repay him what he has done?
21,32Yet he will be borne
to the grave.
Men shall keep watch over the tomb.
21,33The clods of the
valley shall be sweet to him.
All men shall draw after him,
as there were innumerable before him.
- 21,34So how can you
comfort me with nonsense,
because in your answers there remains only falsehood?
22,1Then Eliphaz the
- 22,2 Can a man be
profitable to God?
Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.
- 22,3Is it any pleasure to
the Almighty, that you are righteous?
Or does it benefit Him, that you make your ways perfect?
- 22,4Is it for your piety
that He reproves you,
that He enters into judgment?
- 22,5Isn't your
Neither is there any end to your iniquities.
22,6For you have taken
pledges from your brother for nothing,
and stripped the naked of their clothing.
22,7You haven't given
water to the weary to drink,
and you have withheld bread from the hungry.
- 22,8But as for the mighty
man, he had the earth.
The honorable man, he lived in it.
- 22,9You have sent widows
and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
- 22,10Therefore snares are
Sudden fear troubles you,
- 22,11or darkness, so that
you can not see,
and floods of waters cover you.
- 22,12 Isn't God in
the heights of Heaven?
See the height of the stars, how high they are!
- 22,13You say, 'What
does God know?
Can he judge through the thick darkness?
22,14Thick clouds are a
covering to Him, so that he doesn't see.
He walks on the vault of the sky.'
- 22,15Will you keep the
which wicked men have trodden,
22,16who were snatched
away before their time,
whose foundation was poured out as a stream,
22,17who said to God,
'Depart from us;'
and, 'What can the Almighty do for us?'
- 22,18Yet he filled their
houses with good things,
but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
- 22,19The righteous see
it, and are glad.
The innocent ridicule them,
those who rose up against us are cut off.
The fire has consumed their remnant.'
- 22,21 Acquaint yourself
with Him, now, and be at peace.
Thereby good shall come to you.
instruction from His mouth,
and lay up His words in your heart.
22,23If you return to the
Almighty, you shall be built up,
if you put away unrighteousness far from your tents.
- 22,24Lay your treasure in
the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.
- 22,25The Almighty will be
and precious silver to you.
- 22,26For then you will
delight yourself in the Almighty,
and shall lift up your face to God.
- 22,27You shall make your
prayer to Him, and He will hear you.
You shall pay your vows.
- 22,28You shall also
decree a thing, and it shall be established to you.
Light shall shine on your ways.
- 22,29When they cast down,
you shall say, 'be lifted up.'
He will save the humble person.
- 22,30He will even deliver
him who is not innocent.
He shall be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.
23,1Then Job answered, and said,
23,2 Even today my
complaint is rebellious.
His hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.
23,3Oh that I knew where
I might find Him!
That I might come even to His seat!
23,4I would set my cause
in order before him,
and fill my mouth with arguments.
23,5I would know the
words which He would answer me,
and understand what He would tell me.
- 23,6Would he contend with
me in the greatness of His power?
No, but He would listen to me.
- 23,7There the upright
might reason with Him,
so I should be delivered forever from my judge.
23,8 If I go east, He
is not there;
if west, I can't find Him;
23,9He works to the
north, but I can't see Him.
He turns south, but I can't catch a glimpse.
- 23,10But He knows the way
that I take.
When He has tried me, I shall come forth like gold.
23,11My foot has held
fast to His steps.
I have kept His way, and not turned aside.
23,12I haven't gone
back from the commandment of his lips.
I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
- 23,13He stands alone,
and who can oppose Him?
What His soul desires, He does.
23,14For He performs that
which is appointed for me.
Many such things are with Him.
23,15Therefore I am
terrified at His presence.
When I consider, I am afraid of Him.
- 23,16For God has made my
The Almighty has terrified me.
- 23,17Because I was not
cut off before the darkness,
and my face was covered with gloom.
- 24,1 Why aren't times
laid up by the Almighty?
Why don't those who know Him see his days?
- 24,2There are people who
remove the landmarks.
They violently take away flocks, and feed them.
24,3They drive away the
donkey of the fatherless,
and they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
24,4They turn the needy
out of the way.
The poor of the earth all hide themselves.
24,5Behold, as wild
donkeys in the desert,
they go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food.
24,6They cut their
provender in the field.
They glean the vineyard of the wicked.
24,7They lie all night
naked without clothing,
and have no covering in the cold.
24,8They are wet with the
showers of the mountains,
and embrace the rock for lack of a shelter.
24,9There are those who
pluck the fatherless from the breast,
and take a pledge of the poor,
24,10So that they go
around naked without clothing.
Being hungry, they carry the sheaves.
24,11They make oil within
the walls of these men.
They tread wine presses, and suffer thirst.
- 24,12From out of the
populous city, men groan.
The soul of the wounded cries out,
yet God doesn't regard the folly.
- 24,13 These are of
those who rebel against the light.
They don't know its ways,
nor stay in its paths.
- 24,14The murderer rises
with the light.
He kills the poor and needy.
In the night he is like a thief.
- 24,15The eye also of the
adulterer waits for the twilight,
saying, 'No eye shall see me.'
He disguises his face.
- 24,16In the dark they dig
They shut themselves up in the daytime.
They don't know the light.
- 24,17For the morning is
to all of them like thick darkness,
for they know the terrors of the thick darkness.
24,18 They are foam on
the surface of the waters.
Their portion is cursed in the earth.
They don't turn into the way of the vineyards.
- 24,19Drought and heat
consume the snow waters,
as does Hell to sinners.
- 24,20The womb shall
The worm shall feed sweetly on him.
He shall be no more remembered.
Unrighteousness shall be broken as a tree.
- 24,21He devours the
barren who don't bear.
He shows no kindness to the widow.
- 24,22Yet God preserves
the mighty by His power.
He rises up who has no assurance of life.
24,23God gives them
security, and they rest in it.
His eyes are on their ways.
- 24,24They are exalted;
yet a little while, and they are gone.
They are brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others,
and are cut off as the tops of the ears of grain.
- 24,25If it isn't so
now, who will prove me a liar,
and make my speech worth nothing?
25,1Then Bildad the
- 25,2 Dominion and fear
are with Him.
He makes peace in His high places.
- 25,3Can His armies be
On whom does His light not arise?