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The omnipotence of God. CHAP. XII, XIII. Job reproves his friends. shall make thee afraid ; yea, many sballschief of the people of the earth, and make suit unto thee.

causeth them to wander in a wilderness 20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, where there is no way. and they shall not escape, and their hope 25 They grope in the dark without light, shall be as the giving up of the ghost. and lie maketh them to stagger like a CHAP. XII.

drunken man. A ND Job answered and said,

CHAP. XIII. 2. No doubt but ye are the people, Laminen on eard and understood it

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, mine eye hath , and wisdom shall die with you.

3 But I have understanding as well as 2 What ye know, the same do I know you; I am not inferior to you: yea, whoj/so: I am not inferior unto you. knoweth not such things as these? 3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty,

4 I am as one mocked of his neighbour, and I desire to reason with God. who calleth upon God, and he answereth 4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all' him: the just upright run is laughed to physicians of no value.

Š O that ye would altogether hold your 5 He that is ready to slip with his feet peace; and it should be your wisdom. is as a lamp despised in the thought of him 6 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken that is at ease.

to the pleadings of my lips. 6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, ? Will ye speak wickedly for God? and and they that provoke God are secure ; talk deceitfully for him? into whose hand God bringeth abundantly, 8 Will ye accept his person? will ye

7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall contend for God? teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and 9 Is it good that he should search you they sball tell thee:

out? or as one man mocketh another, do 8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall ye so mock him? teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall 10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do declare unto tliee.

secretly accept persons., 9 Who knoweth not in all these that the 1 Shall not his excellency make you hand of the Lord hath wrought this ? fraid ? and bis dread fall upon you?

10 In whose hand is the soul of every 12 Your remembrances are like unto living thing, and the breath of all man- ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay. kind.

13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I 11 Doth not the ear try words? and the may speak, and let come on me what will. mouth taste his meat?

14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my 12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in teeth, and put iny life in my hand? length of days understanding.

15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust 13 With him is wisdom and strength, he in him: but I will maintain mine own hath counsel and understanding. ways before him.

14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it 16 lle also shall be my salvation : for cannot be built again: he shutteth up ala hypocrite shall not come before him. man, and there can be no opening.

17 Hear diligently my speech, and my 15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, declaration with your ears. and they dry up : also he sendeth them 18 Behold, now, I have ordered my out, and they overturn the earth.

cause ; I know that I shall be justified. 16 With him is strength and wisdom : 19 Who is he that will plead with me? the deceived and the deceiver ore his. for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give

17 He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, up the ghost. and maketh the judges fools.

20 Only do not two things unto me: 18 He looseth the bond of kings, and then will I not hide myself from thee. girdeth their loins with a girdle.

21 Withdraw thy hand far from me: 19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and let not thy dread make me afraid. and overthroweth the mighty.

22 Then call thou, and I will answer: 20 He removeth away the speech of the or let me speak, and answer thou me. trusty, and taketh away the understanding 93 How many are mine iniquities and of the aged.

sins? make me to know my transgression 21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and my sin. and weakeneth the strength of the mighty. 24 therefore hidest thou thy face, and

22 He discovereth deep things out of hoidest me for thine enemy? darkness, and bringeth out to light the 25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and shadow of death.

fro ? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble? 23 He increaseth the nations, and de- 26 For thou writest bitter things against stroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, me, and makest me to possess the iniquities and straighteneth them again.

of my youth. 4 He taketh away the heart of the 27 Thou puttest my feet also in the Job entreats God's favour

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Eliphaz reproves Job. stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my 22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, paths; thou settest a print upon the heels and his soul within him shail mourn.

CHAP. XV. 20° And he , as a rotten thing, consumeth, Thite, and said,

THEN answered Eliphaz the Temaas a garment that is moth-eaten. CHAP. XIV.

2 Should a wise man utter vain know. MA

AN that is born of a woman is of few ledge, and fill his belly with the east wind! days, and full of trouble.

3 Should be reason with unprofitable 2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is talk ? or with speeches wherewith he can cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and do no good ? continueth not.

4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and re3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon strainest prayer before God. such a one, and bringest me into judg- 5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, ment with thee?.

and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. 4 Who can bring a clean thing out of 6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, an unclean ? not one.

and not 1: yea, thine own lips testify 5 Seeing bis days are determined, the against thee. number of his months are with thee, thou 7 Art thou the first man that was born ? hast appointed his bounds that he cannot or wast thou made before the hills ? pass;

8 Hast thou heard the secret of God! 6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day. 9 What knowest thou that we know not?

7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut what understandest thou, which is not in us? down, that it will sprout again, and that 10 With us are both the gray-headed the tender branch thereof will not cease. and very aged men, much elder than thy

8 Though the root thereof wax old in the father. earth, and the stock thereof die in the 11 Are the consolations of God small ground;

with thee? is there any secret thing with 9 Yet through the scent of water it will thee? bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. 12 Why doth thy heart carry thee 10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: away?

and what do thine eyes wink at, yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where 13 That thou turnest thy spirit against is he?

God, and lettest such words go out of thy 11 As the waters fail from the sea, and mouth? the food decayeth and drieth up:

14 What is man, that he should be 12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: clean? and he which is born of a woman, till the heavens be no more, they shall not that he should be righteous ? awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. 15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his

13 0 that thou wouldest hide me in the saints ;, yea, the heavens are not clean in grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, his sighi. until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest 16 How much more abominable and appoint me a set time, and remember me! filthy is man, which drinketb iniquity like

14 If a man die, shall he live again? all water? the days of my appointed time will I wait, 17 I will shew thee, hear me; and that till my change come.

which I have seen, I will declare; 15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer 18 Which wise men have told from their thee: thou wilt bave a desire to the work of fathers, and have not hid it: thy hands.

19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, 16 For now thou numberest my steps: and no stranger passed among them. dost thou not watch over my sin ?

20 The wicked man travaileth with 17 My transgression is sealed up in a pain all his days, and the number of years bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity,

is hidden to the oppressor. 18 And surely the mountain falling 21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in cometh to nought, and the rock is removed prosperity the destroyer shall come upon out of his place.

him. 19 The waters wear the stones: thou 22 He believeth not that he shall return washest away the things which grow out of out of darkness, and he is waited for ot the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the sword. the hope of man.

23 He wandereth abroad for bread, say20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, ling, Where is it? he knoweth that the day and be passeth: thou changest his counte-lof darkness is ready at his hand. nance, and sendest him away.

24 Trouble and anguish shall make him 21 His sons come to honour, and be afraid ; they shall prevail against him, as a knoweth it not; and they are brought low, king ready to the battle. but he perceiveth it not of them, 125 For he stretcheth out his hand against The calamaty of Job. CHAP. XVI, XVII, XVIII. He appeals to God. God, and strengtheneth himself against the 13 His archers compass me round about; Almighty.

he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not 26° He runneth upon him, even on his spare; he poureth out my gall upon the Deck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers: ground.

27 Because he covereth his face with 14 He breaketh me with breach upon his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on breach; be runneth upon me like a giant. his flanks.

15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my 28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, skin, and defiled my horn in the dust. and in houses which no man inhabiteth, 16 My face is foul with weeping, and which are ready to become heaps. on my eyelids is the shadow of death;

29 He shall not be rich, neither shall bis 17 Not for any injustice in my hands : substance continue, neither shall be pro- also my prayer is pure. long the perfection thereof upon the earth. 18 0 earth, cover not thou my blood,

30 He shall not depart out of darkness; and let my cry have no place. the flame shall dry up his branches, and by 19 Also now, behold, my witness is in the breath of his mouth shall he go away. heaven, and my record is on bigh.

31 Let not him that is deceived trust in 20 My friends scorn me: bui mine eye vanity: for vanity shall be his recompense. poureth out tears unto God.

32" It shall be accomplished before his 210 that one might plead for a man with time, and his branch shall not be green. God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!

33 He shall shake off his unripe grape 22 When a few years are come, then I as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as shall go the way whence I shall not return. the olive.

CHAP. XVII.

Y shall be shall

ready me. the tabernacles of bribery.

2 Are there not mockers with me? and 35 They conceive mischief, and bring doth not mine eye continue in their provoforth vanity, and their belly prepareth cation? deceit.

3 Lay down now, put me in a surety CHAP. XVI.

with thee: who is he that will strike hands answered , with me? THEN have heardre many such things : 4 For thou hast hid their beart from miserable comforters are ye all. understanding; therefore shalt thou not

3 Shall vain words have an end? or what exalt them. emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? 5 He that speaketh flattery to his friends,

4 I also could speak as ye do: if your even the eyes of his children shall fail. soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap 6 He hath made me also a by-word of the up words against you, and shake my people: and aforetime I was as a tabret. bead at you.

Mine eye also is dim by reason of sor5 But I would strengthen you with my row, and all my members are as a shadow. mouth, and the moving of my lips should 8 Upright men shall be astonished at this, assuage your grief.

and the innocent shall stir up himself 6 Though I speak, my grief is not as- against the hypocrite. suaged: and though I forbear, what am I 9 The righteous also shall hold on his eased?

way, and he that hath clean hands shall be 7 But now he bath made me weary : stronger and stronger. thou hast made desolate all my company. 10 But as for you all, do ye return, and

8 And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, come dow: for I cannot find one wise man which is a witness against me: and my among you, leanness rising up in me beareth witness 11 My days are past, my purposes are

broken off, even the thoughts of my heart. 9 He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth 12 They change the night into day: the me: he goasheth upon me with his teeth ; light is short because of darkness. mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me. 13 If I wait, the grave is house :

10 They have gaped upon me with their I have made my bed in the darkness. mouth; they have smitten me upon the 14 I have said to corruption, Thou art cheek reproachfully; they have gathered my father: to the worm, Thou art my themselves together against me.

mother, and my sister. 11 God hath delivered me to the un- 15 And where is now my hope ? as for. godly, and turned me over into the hands my hope, who shall see it? of the wicked.

16 They shall go down to the bars of the 12 I was at ease, but he hath broken me pit, when our rest together is in the dust. asunder: be bath also taken me by my

CHAP. XVIII. neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me THEN answered Bildad the Shuhite, up for his mark.

and said,

to my face.

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The calamities of the wicked. JOB. The misery of Job represented.

2 How long will it be ere ye make an'not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no end of words ? mark, and afterwards we judgment. will speak.

8 He hath fenced up my way that I cannot 3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths, and reputed vile in your sight?

9 He hath stripped me of my glory, and 4 He teareth himself in his anger: shall taken the crown from my head. the earth he forsaken for thee! and shall 10 He bath destroyed me on every side, the rock be removed out of his place? and I am gone: and my hope hath be

5 Yea, the light of the wickelshall be put removed like a tree. out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. 11 Hebath also kindled his wrath against

6 The light shall be dark in his taberna- me, and he counteth me unto him as one cle, and his candle shall be put out with him. of his enemies.

7 The steps of bis strength shall be strait- 12 His troops come together, and raise ened, and his own counsel shall cast him up their way against me, and encamp round down.

about my tabernacle. 8 For he is cast into a net by his own 13 Uehath put my brethren far from me, feet, and he walketh upon a snare. and mine acquaintance are verily estranged

9' The gin shall take hiin by the heel, from me. and the robber shall prevail against him. 14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my fa

10 The snare is laid for him the miliar friends have forgotten me. ground, and a trap for him in the way. 15 They that dwell in my house, and

11 Terrors shall make him afraid on my mails, count me for a stranger: I am every side, and shall drive him to his feet. an alien in their sight.

12 His strength shall be bunger-bitten, 16 I called my servant, and he gave me and destruction shall be ready at his side. no answer;l entreated him with my mouth.

13 It shall devour the strength of his 17 My breath is strange to my wite, skin: even the first-born of death shall de- though I entreated for the children's sake vour his strength.

of mine own body. 14 iis conndence shall be rooted out of 18 Yea, young children despised me; bis tabernacle, and it shall sring him to the I arose, and they spake against me. king of terrors.

19 All my inward frien 's abhorred me: 15 It shall dwell in his tahernacle, be- and they whom I loved are turned against cause it is none of bis : brimstone shall be ine. scattered upon bis habitation.

20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to 16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, my flesti, and I am escaped with the skin and above shall his branch be cut off. of my teeth.

17 flis remembrance shall perish from 21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon the earth, and he shall have no name in the me, Oye my friends; for the hand of God street.

bath touched me. 18 Ile shall be driven from light into 22 Why do ye persecute me as God, darkness, and chased out of the world. and are not satisfied with my fesh?

19 He shall neither have son nor nephew 23 O that my words were now written! among his people, nur any remaining in his o that they were printed in a book! dwellings.

24 That they were graven with an iron 20 They that come after him shall be pen and lead in the rock for ever! aston shedat his day,as they that went be- 25 For I know that my Redeemer liveth, fure were affrighted.

and that he shall stand at the latter day 21 Surely such are the dwellings of the upon the earth: wicked, and this is the place of him that 26 And though after my skin worms de. knoweth not God.

stroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see
CHAP. XIX.

God:
Job answered and said,

shall for myself, and and break me in pieces with words? though my reins be consumed within me.

3 These ten times have ye reproached 28. But ye should say, Wliy persecute me: ye are not ashamed that ye make we him, seeing the root of the matter is yourselves strange to me.

found in me? 4 And be it indeed that I have erred, 29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath mine error remaineth with myself. bringeth the punishments of the sword, that

5 If indeed ye will magnity yourselves ye may know there is a judgment. against me, and plead against ine my re

CHAP. XX. proach:

TWEN answered Zophar the Naama6 Know now that God hath overthrown thite, and said, ne, and hath compassed me with his net. 2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me 7 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am to answer, and for this I make haste.

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The state of the wicked.

CHAP. XXI. Job shows cause for his gref. 3 I have heard the check of my reproach, 27. The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the spirit of my understanding causeth and the earth shall rise up against him. me to answer.

28 The increase of his house shall de4 Knowest thou not this of old, since part, and his goods shall flow away in the man was placed upon earth,

day of his wrath. 5 That the triumphing of the wicked is 29 This is the portion of a wicked man short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for from God, and the heritage appointed una moment?

to him by God. the heavens

, and his head reach unto the Bu Heardiligently my speech, and 6 Though his excellency mount up to

CHAP. XXI.

UT Job answered and clouds ;

7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his let this be your consolations. own dung : they which have seen him shal! 3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after say, Where is he?

that I have spoken, mock on. 8 He shall fly away as a dream, and 4 As for me, is my complaint to man! shall not be found : yea, he shall be chased and if it were so, why should not my spirit away as a vision of the night.

be troubled ? 9 The eye also which saw him shall see 5 Mark me, and be astonished, and lay him no more ; neither shall his place any your hand upon your mouth. more behold him.

6 Even when I remember I am afraid, 10 His children shall seek to please the and trembling taketh hold on my fesh. poor, and hishan Isshall restore theirgoods. 7 M'herefore do the wicked live, be

11 His bones are full of the sin of his come old, vea, are mighty in power ? youth, which shall lie down with bim in 8 Their seed is established in their sight the dust.

with them, and their offspring before their 12 Though wickedness he sweet in his eyes. mouth, though he hide it under his tongue: 9 Their houses are safe from fear, nei

13 Though he spare it, and forsake it ther is the rod of God upon them. not; but keep it still within his mouth : 10 Theirbull gendereth, and faileth not:

14 Yet bis meat in his howels is turned, their cow calveth,and casteth not her calf. it is the gall of aspis within him.

11 They send forth their little ones like 15 He hath swallowed down riches, and a flock, and their children dance. he shall vomit them up again : God shall 12 They take the timbrel and harp, cast them out of his belly.

and rejoice at the sound of the organ. 16 He shall suck the poison of asps : the 13 They spend their days in wealth, viper's tongue shall slay him.

and in a moment go down to the grave. '17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, 14 Therefore they say unto God, Dethe brooks of honey and butter.

part from us; for we desire not the know18 That which he lahoured for shall he ledge of thy ways. restore, and shall not swallow it down: 15 What is the Almighty, that we according to his substance sholl the resti- should serve him ? and what profit should tution be, and he shall not rejoice therein. we have, if we pray unto him?

19 Because he hath oppressed and hath 16 Lo, their good is not in their hand : forsaken the poor; because he hath violently the counsel of the wicked is far from me. taken away a house which he builded not; 17 How oft is the candle of the wicked

20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in put out? and how oft cometh their destrucbis belly, he shall not save of that which tion upon them? God distributeth sorrows he desired.

21 There shall none of his meat be left; 18 They are as stubble before the wind, therefore shall no man look for his goods. and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.

22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he 19 God layeth up his iniquity for his shall be in straits: every hand of the wick- children: he rewardeth him, and he shall ed shall come upon him.

know it. 23 When he is about to fill bis belly, God 20 His eyes shall see his destruction, shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Aland shall rain itupon him while he is eating. mighty.

24 He shall fee from the iron weapon, 21 For what pleasure hath he in his and the bow of steelshallstrike him through. house after him, when the number of his

25 It is drawn, and cometh out of the months is cut off in the midst ? body; yea, the glittering sword cometh 22 Shall any teach God knowledge ? out of his gall: terrors are upon him. seeing he judgeth those that are high.

26 All darkness shall be hid in bis se- 23 One dieth in his full strength, being cret places: a fire not blown shall consume wholly at ease and quiet. him; it shall go ill with him that is left in 24 His breasts are full of milk, and his bis tabernacle.

Ibones are moistened with marrow,

in his anger.

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