was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and
upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred
yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that
this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one
his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with
it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, 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 cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence come you? Then Satan
answered the LORD, and said, From going back and forth in the earth, and from
walking up and down in it.
And the LORD said unto Satan, Have you considered my servant
Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one
that fears God, and turns away from evil?
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Does Job fear God
not you made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has
on every side? you have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased
in the land.
put forth yours hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to
the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; only upon
himself put not forth yours hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the
there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine
in their eldest brother's house:
And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen
were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea,
they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped
alone to tell you.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and
said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and has burned up the sheep, and
the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell you.
he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out
three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain
the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell you.
he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Your sons and your daughters
were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness,
and stroke the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and
they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell you.
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head,
and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked
shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be
the name of the LORD.
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD,
and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence come you? And
Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going back and forth in the earth, and
from walking up and down in it.
And the LORD said unto Satan, Have you considered my servant
Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one
that fears God, and turns away from evil? and still he holds fast his integrity,
although you moved me against him, to destroy him without cause.
And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea,
all that a man has will he give for his life.
But put forth yours hand now, and touch his bone and his
flesh, and he will curse you to your face.
And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in yours hand;
but save his life.
So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and stroke
Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself likewise; and
he sat down among the ashes.
Then said his wife unto him, Do you still retain yours integrity?
curse God, and die.
But he said unto her, You speak as one of the foolish women
speaks. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive
evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that
was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite,
and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment
together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.
And when they lifted up their eyes far off, and knew him
not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle,
and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and
seven nights, and none spoke a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was
this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
And Job spoke, and said,
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in
which it was said, There is a male child conceived.
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above,
neither let the light shine upon it.
Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud
dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not
be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.
let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise
up their mourning.
Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look
for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:
Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor
hid sorrow from mine eyes.
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the
spirit when I came out of the belly?
Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I
now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been
kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves;
with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants
which never saw light.
There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary
be at rest.
the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life
unto the bitter in soul;
Which long for death, but it comes not; and dig for it more
than for hid treasures;
Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find
is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God has hedged in?
my sighing comes before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
the thing which I greatly feared has come upon me, and that which I was afraid
of has come unto me.
I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet;
yet trouble came.
Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
If we analyse to commune with you, will you be grieved?
but who can withhold himself from speaking?
Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened
the weak hands.
words have raised up him that was falling, and you have strengthened the feeble
now it has come upon you, and you faint; it touches you, and you are troubled.
not this your fear, your confidence, your hope, and the uprightness of your ways?
I pray you, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut
as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
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blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young
lions, are broken.
The old lion perishes for lack of prey, and the stout lion's
whelps are scattered abroad.
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received
a little thereof.
In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep
falls on men,
came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh
stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine
eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more
pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels
he charged with folly:
How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose
foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish
for ever without any regarding it.
Does not their excellency which is in them go away? they
die, even without wisdom.
Call now, if there be any that will answer you; and to which
of the saints will you turn?
For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly
have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
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are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to
harvest the hungry eats up, and takes it even out of the thorns, and the robber
swallows up their substance.
Although affliction comes not out of the dust, neither does
trouble spring out of the ground;
Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
Which does great things and unsearchable; marvellous things
gives rain upon the earth, and sends waters upon the fields:
To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn
may be exalted to safety.
He dissapoints the devices of the crafty, so that their
hands cannot perform their enterprise.
He takes the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel
of the perverse is carried headlong.
They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the
noonday as in the night.
But he saves the poor from the sword, from their mouth,
and from the hand of the mighty.
So the poor has hope, and iniquity stops her mouth.
happy is the man whom God corrects: therefore despise not you the chastening of
he makes sore, and binds up: he wounds, and his hands make whole.
He shall deliver you in six troubles: yea, in seven there
shall no evil touch you.
In famine he shall redeem you from death: and in war from
the power of the sword.
You shall be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither
shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.
At destruction and famine you shall laugh: neither shall
you be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
For you shall be in league with the stones of the field:
and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.
And you shall know that your tabernacle shall be in peace;
and you shall visit your habitation, and shall not sin.
You shall know also that your seed shall be great, and yours
offspring as the grass of the earth.
You shall come to your grave in a full age, like a shock
of corn comes in in his season.
Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know
you it for your good.
But Job answered and said,
Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity
laid in the balances together!
For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore
my words are swallowed up.
For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison
whereof drinks up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against
the wild ass bray when he has grass? or lows the ox over his fodder?
Can that which is unpleasing be eaten without salt? or is
there any taste in the white of an egg?
The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful
that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long
that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and
cut me off!
should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare;
for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine
end, that I should prolong my life?
Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of
not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
To him that is afflicted pity should be showed from his
friend; but he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the
stream of brooks they pass away;
Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the
snow is hid:
time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their
paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.
The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited
were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.
now all of you are nothing; all of you see my casting down, and are afraid.
I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?
Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from
the hand of the mighty?
Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand
wherein I have erred.
How forcible are right words! but what does your arguing
all of you imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate,
which are as wind?
Yea, all of you overwhelm the fatherless, and all of you
dig a pit for your friend.
Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident
unto you if I lie.
Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return
again, my righteousness is in it.
Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern
there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the
days of a worker?
a servant earnestly desires the shadow, and as a worker looks for the reward of
am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.
I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of
tossings back and forth unto the dawning of the day.
My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin
is broken, and become loathsome.
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent
remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.
The eye of him that has seen me shall see me no more: yours
eyes are upon me, and I am not.
As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away: so he that goes
down to the grave shall come up no more.
He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his
place know him any more.
Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the
anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
Am I a sea, or a whale, that you set a watch over me?
I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaints;
Then you scare me with dreams, and terrify me through visions:
that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life.
I loathe it; I would not live always: let me alone; for
my days are vanity.
What is man, that you should magnify him? and that you should
set yours heart upon him?
And that you should visit him every morning, and try him
long will you not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?
have sinned; what shall I do unto you, O you preserver of men? why have you set
me as a mark against you, so that I am a burden to myself?
And why do you not pardon my transgression, and take away
my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and you shall seek me in the morning,
but I shall not be.
Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
How long will you speak these things? and how long shall
the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?
Does God pervert judgment? or does the Almighty pervert
your children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;
you would seek unto God early, and make your supplication to the Almighty;
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were pure and upright; surely now he would awake for you, and make the habitation
of your righteousness prosperous.
Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end should
enquire, I pray you, of the former age, and prepare yourself to the search of
we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
not they teach you, and tell you, and utter words out of their heart?
the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?
Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it
withers before any other herb.
So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's
hope shall perish:
Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a
shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but
it shall not endure.
He is green before the sun, and his branch shoots forth
in his garden.
roots are wrapped about the heap, and sees the place of stones.
If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him,
saying, I have not seen you.
Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth
shall others grow.
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will
he help the evil doers:
Till he fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with
that hate you shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked
shall come to nothing.
Then Job answered and said,
I know it is so truthfully: but how should man be just with
he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened
himself against him, and has prospered?
Which removes the mountains, and they know not: which overturns
them in his anger.
Which shakes the earth out of her place, and the pillars
commands the sun, and it rises not; and seals up the stars.
Which alone spreads out the heavens, and treads upon the
waves of the sea.
makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
Which does great things past finding out; yea, and wonders
he goes by me, and I see him not: he passes on also, but I perceive him not.
he takes away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What do you?
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will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.
How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words
to reason with him?
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but
I would make supplication to my judge.
If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not
believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.
For he breaks me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds
will not suffer me to take my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment,
who shall set me a time to plead?
If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if
I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would
despise my life.
is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroys the perfect and the wicked.
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scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covers
the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?
Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they
see no good.
are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hastes to the prey.
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say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:
am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that you will not hold me innocent.
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be wicked, why then labour I in vain?
If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never
shall you plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall detest me.
he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together
is there any arbitrator between us, that might lay his hand upon us both.
him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:
Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with
soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak
in the bitterness of my soul.
I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; show me wherefore
you contend with me.
Is it good unto you that you should oppress, that you should
despise the work of yours hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
you eyes of flesh? or see you as man sees?
Are your days as the days of man? are your years as man's
you enquire after mine iniquity, and search after my sin?
You know that I am not wicked; and there is none that can
deliver out of yours hand.
Yours hands have made me and fashioned me together round
about; yet you do destroy me.
Remember, I plead to you, that you have made me as the clay;
and will you bring me into dust again?
Have you not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like
have clothed me with skin and flesh, and have fenced me with bones and sinews.
have granted me life and favour, and your visitation has preserved my spirit.
these things have you hid in yours heart: I know that this is with you.
I sin, then you mark me, and you will not acquit me from mine iniquity.
I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head.
I am full of confusion; therefore see you mine affliction;
For it increases. You hunt me as a fierce lion: and again
you show yourself marvellous upon me.
You renew your witnesses against me, and increase yours
indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.
Wherefore then have you brought me forth out of the womb?
Oh that I had given up the spirit, and no eye had seen me!
I should have been as though I had not been; I should have
been carried from the womb to the grave.
Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that
I may take comfort a little,
Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land
of darkness and the shadow of death;
A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow
of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should
a man full of talk be justified?
Should your lies make men hold their peace? and when you
mock, shall no man make you ashamed?
For you have said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in
oh that God would speak, and open his lips against you;
And that he would show you the secrets of wisdom, that they
are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacts of you less than yours
Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the
Almighty unto perfection?
It is as high as heaven; what can you do? deeper than hell;
what can you know?
The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader
than the sea.
he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?
he knows vain men: he sees wickedness also; will he not then consider it?
vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.
If you prepare yours heart, and stretch out yours hands
iniquity be in yours hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in your
then shall you lift up your face without spot; yea, you shall be steadfast, and
shall not fear:
you shall forget your misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:
yours age shall be clearer than the noonday: you shall shine forth, you shall
be as the morning.
And you shall be secure, because there is hope; yea, you
shall dig about you, and you shall take your rest in safety.
Also you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid;
yea, many shall make suit unto you.
But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not
escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the spirit.
And Job answered and said,
No doubt but all of you are the people, and wisdom shall
die with you.
I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knows
not such things as these?
I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calls upon God,
and he answers him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised
in the thought of him that is at ease.
The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke
God are secure; into whose hand God brings abundantly.
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach you; and the
fowls of the air, and they shall tell you:
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you: and the fishes
of the sea shall declare unto you.
Who knows not in all these that the hand of the LORD has
whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his food?
With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
him is wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding.
Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again: he
shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.
Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up: also he
sends them out, and they overturn the earth.
With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver
leads counsellors away spoiled, and makes the judges fools.
He looses the bond of kings, and girds their loins with
leads princes away spoiled, and overthrows the mighty.
He removes away the speech of the trusty, and takes away
the understanding of the aged.
He pours contempt upon princes, and weakens the strength
of the mighty.
discovers deep things out of darkness, and brings out to light the shadow of death.
increases the nations, and destroys them: he enlarges the nations, and straitens
takes away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causes them
to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them
to stagger like a drunken man.
Lo, mine eye has seen all this, mine ear has heard and understood
all of you know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.
I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.
But all of you are forgers of lies, all of you are all physicians
of no value.
that all of you would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.
now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
Will all of you speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully
all of you accept his person? will all of you contend for God?
Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man
mocks another, do all of you so mock him?
He will surely reprove you, if all of you do secretly accept
not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you?
Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies
your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.
do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain
mine own ways before him.
He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not
come before him.
Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your
now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.
Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my
tongue, I shall give up the spirit.
Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself
yours hand far from me: and let not your dread make me afraid.
Then call you, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer
many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.
hide you your face, and hold me for yours enemy?
Will you break a leaf driven back and forth? and will you
pursue the dry stubble?
For you write bitter things against me, and make me to possess
the iniquities of my youth.
You put my feet also in the stocks, and look narrowly unto
all my paths; you set a print upon the heels of my feet.
And he, as a rotten thing, consumes, as a garment that is
that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.
He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: he flees
also as a shadow, and continues not.
And does you open yours eyes upon such an one, and bring
me into judgment with you?
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
his days are determined, the number of his months are with you, you have appointed
his bounds that he cannot pass;
Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish,
as a worker, his day.
For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it
will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
man dies, and wastes away: yea, man gives up the spirit, and where is he?
the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decays and dries up:
So man lies down, and rises not: till the heavens be no
more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
O that you would hide me in the grave, that you would keep
me secret, until your wrath be past, that you would appoint me a set time, and
a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait,
till my change come.
You shall call, and I will answer you: you will have a desire
to the work of yours hands.
For now you number my steps: do you not watch over my sin?
transgression is sealed up in a bag, and you sew up mine iniquity.
And surely the mountains falling comes to nothing, and the
rock is removed out of his place.
The waters wear the stones: you wash away the things which
grow out of the dust of the earth; and you destroys the hope of man.
You prevail for ever against him, and he passes: you change
his countenance, and send him away.
His sons come to honour, and he knows it not; and they are
brought low, but he perceives it not of them.
But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within
him shall mourn.
answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly
with the east wind?
Should he reason with useless talk? or with speeches wherewith
he can do no good?
Yea, you cast off fear, and restrain prayer before God.
your mouth utters yours iniquity, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
own mouth condemns you, and not I: yea, yours own lips testify against you.
you the first man that was born? or were you made before the hills?
Have you heard the secret of God? and do you restrain wisdom
know you, that we know not? what understand you, which is not in us?
With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much
elder than your father.
Are the consolations of God small with you? is there any
secret thing with you?
Why does yours heart carry you away? and what do your eyes
you turn your spirit against God, and let such words go out of your mouth?
is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should
he puts no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.
much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinks iniquity like water?
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show you, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;
Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not
whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.
The wicked man labors with pain all his days, and the number
of years is hidden to the oppressor.
A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer
shall come upon him.
He believes not that he shall return out of darkness, and
he is waited for of the sword.
He wanders abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knows
that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail
against him, as a king ready to the battle.
For he stretches out his hand against God, and strengthens
himself against the Almighty.
He runs upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses
of his bucklers:
Because he covers his face with his fatness, and makes fatness
on his flanks.
he dwells in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabits, which are ready
to become heaps.
He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue,
neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry
up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity
shall be his recompence.
It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch
shall not be green.
He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall
cast off his flower as the olive.
For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and
fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their
belly prepares deceit.
Then Job answered and said,
I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are
all of you all.
vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer?
I also could speak as all of you do: if your soul were in
my soul's position, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at
I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should subside
I speak, my grief is not subsided: and though I forbear, what am I eased?
now he has made me weary: you have made desolate all my company.
And you have filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness
against me: and my leanness rising up in me bears witness to my face.
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me in his wrath, who hates me: he gnashes upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpens
his eyes upon me.
They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten
me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against
has delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
was at ease, but he has broken me asunder: he has also taken me by my neck, and
shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.
His archers compass me round about, he cleaves my reins
asunder, and does not spare; he pours out my gall upon the ground.
He breaks me with breach upon breach, he runs upon me like
have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.
My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow
for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.
O earth, cover not you my blood, and let my cry have no
now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.
My friends scorn me: but mine eye pours out tears unto God.
that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbour!
a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.
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is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.
Are there not mockers with me? and does not mine eye continue
in their provocation?
Lay down now, put me in a guarantor with you; who is he
that will shake hands with me?
For you have hid their heart from understanding: therefore
shall you not exalt them.
He that speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of
his children shall fail.
He has made me also a byword of the people; and in old times
I was as a timbrel.
Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members
are as a shadow.
men shall be astonished at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against
righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands shall be stronger
as for you all, do all of you return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise
man among you.
days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.
change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.
If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in
have said to corruption, You are my father: to the worm, You are my mother, and
where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?
They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest
together is in the dust.
Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
How long will it be before all of you make an end of words?
mark, and afterwards we will speak.
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in
tears himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for you? and shall the
rock be removed out of his place?
Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark
of his fire shall not shine.
The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle
shall be put out with him.
The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own
counsel shall cast him down.
For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks
upon a snare.
animal trap shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.
snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.
Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive
him to his feet.
His strength shall be famished, and destruction shall be
ready at his side.
It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn
of death shall devour his strength.
His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and
it shall bring him to the king of terrors.
It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of
his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his
branch be cut off.
His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall
have no name in the street.
He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased
out of the world.
He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor
any remaining in his dwellings.
They that come after him shall be astonished at his day,
as they that went before were affrighted.
Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is
the place of him that knows not God.
Then Job answered and said,
How long will all of you vex my soul, and break me in pieces
ten times have all of you reproached me: all of you are not ashamed that all of
you make yourselves strange to me.
And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remains with
indeed all of you will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my
now that God has overthrown me, and has compassed me with his net.
Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud,
but there is no judgment.
He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he has set
darkness in my paths.
He has stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from
has destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope has he removed like
has also kindled his wrath against me, and he counts me unto him as one of his
troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and camp round about
has put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily cut off from
kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for
a stranger: I am an foreigner in their sight.
I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I implored
him with my mouth.
My breath is strange to my wife, though I implored for the
children's sake of mine own body.
Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spoke
my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.
bone cleaves to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my
pity upon me, have pity upon me, O all of you my friends; for the hand of God
has touched me.
do all of you persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock
I know that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon
though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my
reins be consumed within me.
But all of you should say, Why persecute we him, seeing
the root of the matter is found in me?
Be all of you afraid of the sword: for wrath brings the
punishments of the sword, that all of you may know there is a judgment.
answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this
I make haste.
have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causes
me to answer.
you not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy
of the hypocrite but for a moment?
Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head
reach unto the clouds;
Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which
have seen him shall say, Where is he?
He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea,
he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither
shall his place any more behold him.
His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands
shall restore their goods.
His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall
lie down with him in the dust.
Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide
it under his tongue;
Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still
within his mouth:
Yet his food in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of
asps within him.
He has swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up
again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall
shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.
which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according
to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.
he has oppressed and has forsaken the poor; because he has violently taken away
an house which he built not;
Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall
not save of that which he desired.
There shall none of his food be left; therefore shall no
man look for his goods.
In the fullness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits:
every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.
When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury
of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.
shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.
is drawn, and comes out of the body; yea, the glittering sword comes out of his
gall: terrors are upon him.
All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not
blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.
heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of
is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by
Job answered and said,
Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.
me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.
As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why
should not my spirit be troubled?
Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your
when I remember I am afraid, and trembling takes hold on my flesh.
Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty
seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their
houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.
Their bull genders, and fails not; their cow calves, and
casts not her calf.
They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their
take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down
to the grave.
they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of your ways.
is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if
we pray unto him?
Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the
wicked is far from me.
How often is the candle of the wicked put out! and how often
comes their destruction upon them! God distributes sorrows in his anger.
are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carries away.
lays up his iniquity for his children: he rewards him, and he shall know it.
eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
what pleasure has he in his house after him, when the number of his months is
cut off in the midst?
Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judges those that
dies in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened
another dies in the bitterness of his soul, and never eats with pleasure.
shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which all
of you wrongfully imagine against me.
For all of you say, Where is the house of the prince? and
where are the dwelling places of the wicked?
Have all of you not asked them that go by the way? and do
all of you not know their tokens,
That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they
shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay
him what he has done?
Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in
clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him,
as there are innumerable before him.
How then comfort all of you me in vain, seeing in your answers
there remains falsehood?
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may
be profitable unto himself?
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous?
or is it gain to him, that you make your ways perfect?
Will he reprove you for fear of you? will he enter with
you into judgment?
Is not your wickedness great? and yours iniquities infinite?
you have taken a pledge from your brother for nothing, and stripped the naked
of their clothing.
You have not given water to the weary to drink, and you
have withheld bread from the hungry.
But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable
man dwelt in it.
have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
snares are round about you, and sudden fear troubles you;
Or darkness, that you can not see; and abundance of waters
not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high
you says, How does God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?
Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he sees not; and
he walks in the circuit of heaven.
Have you marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflowed with a flood:
said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?
he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far
righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumes.
now yourself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto you.
I pray you, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in yours heart.
you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, you shall put away iniquity
far from your tabernacles.
Then shall you lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir
as the stones of the brooks.
Yea, the Almighty shall be your defence, and you shall have
plenty of silver.
For then shall you have your delight in the Almighty, and
shall lift up your face unto God.
You shall make your prayer unto him, and he shall hear you,
and you shall pay your vows.
You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established
unto you: and the light shall shine upon your ways.
When men are cast down, then you shall say, There is lifting
up; and he shall save the humble person.
He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered
by the pureness of yours hands.
Then Job answered and said,
Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier
than my groaning.
Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come
even to his seat!
I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with
would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say
he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my
I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
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left hand, where he does work, but I cannot behold him: he hides himself on the
right hand, that I cannot see him:
But he knows the way that I take: when he has tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.
My foot has held his steps, his way have I kept, and not
have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of
his mouth more than my necessary food.
But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his
soul desires, even that he does.
For he performs the thing that is appointed for me: and
many such things are with him.
Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider,
I am afraid of him.
For God makes my heart soft, and the Almighty troubles me:
I was not cut off before the darkness, neither has he covered the darkness from
seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his
remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.
drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising early for a prey:
the wilderness yields food for them and for their children.
They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather
the vintage of the wicked.
They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they
have no covering in the cold.
They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace
the rock for lack of a shelter.
They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge
of the poor.
cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the
make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded cries out: yet God lays
not folly to them.
They are of those that rebel against the light; they know
not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
The murderer rising with the light kills the poor and needy,
and in the night is as a thief.
The eye also of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying,
No eye shall see me: and disguises his face.
In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked
for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.
For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death:
if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the
earth: he beholds not the way of the vineyards.
Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so does the grave
those which have sinned.
The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on
him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.
evil entreats the barren that bears not: and does not good to the widow.
draws also the mighty with his power: he rises up, and no man is sure of life.
it be given him to be in safety, whereon he rests; yet his eyes are upon their
are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out
of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.
if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?
answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
Dominion and fear are with him, he makes peace in his high
there any number of his armies? and upon whom does not his light arise?
then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
even to the moon, and it shines not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.
much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?
But Job answered and said,
How have you helped him that is without power? how save
you the arm that has no strength?
How have you counselled him that has no wisdom? and how
have you plentifully declared the thing as it is?
To whom have you uttered words? and whose spirit came from
things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.
is naked before him, and destruction has no covering.
He stretches out the north over the empty place, and hangs
the earth upon nothing.
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud
is not rent under them.
He holds back the face of his throne, and spreads his cloud
has compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.
pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.
He divides the sea with his power, and by his understanding
he strikes through the proud.
By his spirit he has garnished the heavens; his hand has
formed the crooked serpent.
Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion
is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?
Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
As God lives, who has taken away my judgment; and the Almighty,
who has vexed my soul;
All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God
is in my nostrils;
My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter
forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity
righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach
me so long as I live.
Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that rises up against
me as the unrighteous.
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained,
when God takes away his soul?
Will God hear his cry when trouble comes upon him?
he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?
I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with
the Almighty will I not conceal.
Behold, all you yourselves have seen it; why then are all
of you thus altogether vain?
This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage
of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.
If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and
his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his
widows shall not weep.
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment
as the clay;
may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the
builds his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper makes.
The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered:
he opens his eyes, and he is not.
Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest steals him
away in the night.
The east wind carries him away, and he departs: and as a
storm hurls him out of his place.
For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain
flee out of his hand.
Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out
of his place.
there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.
is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.
He sets an end to darkness, and searches out all perfection:
the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
The flood breaks out from the inhabitant; even the waters
forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.
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the earth, out of it comes bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.
stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it has dust of gold.
There is a path which no fowl knows, and which the vulture's
eye has not seen:
The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion
passed by it.
puts forth his hand upon the rock; he overturns the mountains by the roots.
cuts out rivers among the rocks; and his eye sees every precious thing.
binds the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid brings he forth to
where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?
knows not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
depth says, It is not in me: and the sea says, It is not with me.
It cannot be got for gold, neither shall silver be weighed
for the price thereof.
It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious
onyx, or the sapphire.
The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange
of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the
price of wisdom is above rubies.
The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall
it be valued with pure gold.
Whence then comes wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
God understands the way thereof, and he knows the place
he looks to the ends of the earth, and sees under the whole heaven;
To make the weight for the winds; and he weights the waters
he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.
unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart
from evil is understanding.
Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God
his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;
I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;
the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;
When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured
me out rivers of oil;
When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared
my seat in the street!
The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose,
and stood up.
princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to
the roof of their mouth.
When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the
eye saw me, it gave witness to me:
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless,
and him that had none to help him.
The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me:
and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was
as a robe and a diadem.
I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
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a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.
And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil
out of his teeth.
Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply
my days as the sand.
My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all
night upon my branch.
My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.
me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.
After my words they spoke not again; and my speech dropped
they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the
I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they
cast not down.
chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that
comforts the mourners.
But now they that are younger than I have me in derision,
whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.
whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?
lack and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time
desolate and waste.
Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for
were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)
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in the cliffs of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.
the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.
were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.
now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
They detest me, they flee far from me, and spare not to
spit in my face.
Because he has loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have
also let loose the bridle before me.
Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet,
and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.
They ruin my path, they set forward my calamity, they have
came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves
are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passes away
as a cloud.
now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon
bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.
the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it binds me about as the
collar of my coat.
He has cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust
cry unto you, and you do not hear me: I stand up, and you regard me not.
are become cruel to me: with your strong hand you oppose yourself against me.
lift me up to the wind; you cause me to ride upon it, and dissolve my substance.
I know that you will bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.
he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.
not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?
I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there
bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried
in the congregation.
I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the
voice of them that weep.
I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think
upon a maid?
what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty
from on high?
not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?
not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot has hasted to
me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity.
If my step has turned out of the way, and mine heart walked
after mine eyes, and if any blot has cleaved to mine hands;
Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring
be rooted out.
mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's
let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.
For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to
be punished by the judges.
For it is a fire that consumes to destruction, and would
root out all mine increase.
If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant,
when they contended with me;
What then shall I do when God rises up? and when he visits,
what shall I answer him?
Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not
one fashion us in the womb?
If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused
the eyes of the widow to fail;
Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless
has not eaten thereof;
(For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a
father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)
If I have seen any perish for lack of clothing, or any poor
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed
with the fleece of my sheep;
If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when
I saw my help in the gate:
Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine
arm be broken from the bone.
For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason
of his highness I could not endure.
If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold,
You are my confidence;
If I rejoice because my wealth was great, and because mine
hand had got much;
If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking
my heart has been secretly enticed, or my mouth has kissed my hand:
This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge:
for I should have denied the God that is above.
If I rejoice at the destruction of him that hated me, or
lifted up myself when evil found him:
Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse
to his soul.
the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.
stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.
I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept
silence, and went not out of the door?
Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the
Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.
I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince
would I go near unto him.
If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise
If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have
caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of
barley. The words of Job are ended.
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was
righteous in his own eyes.
Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel
the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because
he justified himself rather than God.
Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because
they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were
elder than he.
Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath
Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and all of
you are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not show you mine opinion.
said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the
Almighty gives them understanding.
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand
I said, Hearken to me; I also will show mine opinion.
Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons,
whilst all of you searched out what to say.
Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of
you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:
Lest all of you should say, We have found out wisdom: God
thrusts him down, not man.
Now he has not directed his words against me: neither will
I answer him with your speeches.
They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.
I had waited, (for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more;)
32:17 I said,
I will answer also my part, I also will show mine opinion.
For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constrains
my belly is as wine which has no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither
let me give flattering titles unto man.
For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my
maker would soon take me away.
Wherefore, Job, I pray you, hear my speeches, and hearken
to all my words.
now I have opened my mouth, my tongue has spoken in my mouth.
My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my
lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty
has given me life.
If you can answer me, set your words in order before me,
I am according to your wish in God's position: I also am formed out of the clay.
my terror shall not make you afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon you.
you have spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of your words, saying,
am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
he finds occasions against me, he counts me for his enemy,
He puts my feet in the stocks, he marks all my paths.
in this you are not just: I will answer you, that God is greater than man.
do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.
God speaks once, yea twice, yet man perceives it not.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls
upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,
he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing
by the sword.
is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with
that his life detests bread, and his soul dainty food.
His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and
his bones that were not seen stick out.
Yea, his soul draws near unto the grave, and his life to
there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show unto
man his uprightness:
Then he is gracious unto him, and says, Deliver him from
going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return
to the days of his youth:
He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him:
and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.
looks upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right,
and it profited me not;
He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his
life shall see the light.
Lo, all these things works God oftentimes with man,
bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold your peace, and I will speak.
If you have anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire
to justify you.
not, hearken unto me: hold your peace, and I shall teach you wisdom.
Furthermore Elihu answered and said,
Hear my words, O all of you wise men; and give ear unto
me, all of you that have knowledge.
For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes food.
us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.
For Job has said, I am righteous: and God has taken away
I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without transgression.
What man is like Job, who drinks up scorning like water?
goes in company with the workers of iniquity, and walks with wicked men.
he has said, It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.
hearken unto me all of you men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should
do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according
to his ways.
surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.
has given him a charge over the earth? or who has disposed the whole world?
he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;
flesh shall perish together, and man shall return unto dust.
If now you have understanding, hear this: hearken to the
voice of my words.
Shall even he that hates right govern? and will you condemn
him that is most just?
Is it fit to say to a king, You are wicked? and to princes,
All of you are ungodly?
How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes,
nor regards the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.
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.
For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he sees all his
is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with
shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their position.
he knows their works, and he overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
strikes them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
Because they turned back from him, and would not consider
any of his ways:
So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him,
and he hears the cry of the afflicted.
When he gives quietness, who then can make trouble? and
when he hides his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a
nation, or against a man only:
That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any
which I see not teach you me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
it be according to your mind? he will recompense it, whether you refuse, or whether
you choose; and not I: therefore speak what you know.
Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken
has spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.
My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because
of his answers for wicked men.
For he adds rebellion unto his sin, he claps his hands among
us, and multiplies his words against God.
Elihu spoke moreover, and said,
Think you this to be right, that you said, My righteousness
is more than God's?
For you said, What advantage will it be unto you? and, What
profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?
I will answer you, and your companions with you.
unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than you.
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sin, what do you against him? or if your transgressions be multiplied, what do
you unto him?
you be righteous, what give you him? or what receives he of yours hand?
wickedness may hurt a man as you are; and your righteousness may profit the son
reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry
out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
But none says, Where is God my maker, who gives songs in
teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the fowls
they cry, but none gives answer, because of the pride of evil men.
Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty
you says you shall not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust you
now, because it is not so, he has visited in his anger; yet he knows it not in
Therefore does Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplies
words without knowledge.
Elihu also proceeded, and said,
Suffer me a little, and I will show you that I have yet
to speak on God's behalf.
I will fetch my knowledge from far, and will ascribe righteousness
to my Maker.
truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with you.
God is mighty, and despises not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.
36:6 He perserves
not the life of the wicked: but gives right to the poor.
He withdraws not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings
are they on the throne; yea, he does establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
if they be bound in fetters, and be held in cords of affliction;
Then he shows them their work, and their transgressions
that they have exceeded.
He opens also their ear to discipline, and commands that
they return from iniquity.
If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days
in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and
they shall die without knowledge.
But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not
when he binds them.
They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
delivers the poor in his affliction, and opens their ears in oppression.
so would he have removed you out of the strait into a broad place, where there
is no strictness; and that which should be set on your table should be full of
you have fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold
there is wrath, beware lest he take you away with his stroke: then a great ransom
cannot deliver you.
Will he esteem your riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces
not the night, when people are cut off in their place.
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this have you chosen
rather than affliction.
Behold, God exalts by his power: who teaches like him?
has commanded with authority him his way? or who can say, You have wrought iniquity?
that you magnify his work, which men behold.
Every man may see it; man may behold it far off.
God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched
he makes small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour
the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.
Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or
the noise of his tabernacle?
Behold, he spreads his light upon it, and covers the bottom
of the sea.
by them judges he the people; he gives food in abundance.
With clouds he covers the light; and commands it not to
shine by the cloud that comes between.
The noise thereof shows concerning it, the cattle also concerning
this also my heart trembles, and is moved out of his place.
Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that
goes out of his mouth.
He directs it under the whole heaven, and his lightning
unto the ends of the earth.
After it a voice roars: he thunders with the voice of his
excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.
God thunders marvellously with his voice; great things does
he, which we cannot comprehend.
For he says to the snow, Be you on the earth; likewise to
the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.
He seals up the hand of every man; that all men may know
the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.
Out of the south comes the whirlwind: and cold out of the
the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
by watering he wearies the thick cloud: he scatters his bright cloud:
it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commands
them upon the face of the world in the earth.
He causes it to come, whether for correction, or for his
land, or for mercy.
Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the
wondrous works of God.
Do you know when God disposed them, and caused the light
of his cloud to shine?
Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works
of him which is perfect in knowledge?
How your garments are warm, when he stills the earth by
the south wind?
you with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?
us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.
it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.
now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passes,
and cleanses them.
Fair weather comes out of the north: with God is terrible
the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment,
and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.
Men do therefore fear him: he respects not any that are
wise of heart.
the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me.
were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding.
has laid the measures thereof, if you know? or who has stretched the line upon
are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
38:8 Or who
shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the
I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band for
brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
And said, Until now shall you come, but no further: and
here shall your proud waves be stayed?
Have you commanded the morning since your days; and caused
the dayspring to know his place;
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the
wicked might be shaken out of it?
It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
from the wicked their light is withheld, and the high arm shall be broken.
you entered into the springs of the sea? or have you walked in the search of the
the gates of death been opened unto you? or have you seen the doors of the shadow
you perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if you know it all.
Where is the way where light dwells? and as for darkness,
where is the place thereof,
That you should take it to the bound thereof, and that you
should know the paths to the house thereof?
Know you it, because you were then born? or because the
number of your days is great?
Have you entered into the treasures of the snow? or have
you seen the treasures of the hail,
Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against
the day of battle and war?
By what way is the light parted, which scatters the east
wind upon the earth?
Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters,
or a way for the lightning of thunder;
To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the
wilderness, wherein there is no man;
To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the
bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
Has the rain a father? or who has begotten the drops of
of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who has gendered it?
waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose
the bands of Orion?
Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or can you
guide Arcturus with his sons?
Know you the ordinances of heaven? can you set the dominion
thereof in the earth?
Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that abundance
of waters may cover you?
Can you send lightnings, that they may go and say unto you,
Here we are?
has put wisdom in the inward parts? or who has given understanding to the heart?
can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,
the dust grows into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
Will you hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite
of the young lions,
When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to
lie in wait?
provides for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander
for lack of food.
Know you the time when the wild goats of the rock bring
forth? or can you mark when the hinds do calve?
Can you number the months that they fulfill? or know you
the time when they bring forth?
They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones,
they cast out their sorrows.
Their young ones are in good looking, they grow up with
corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.
Who has sent out the wild ass free? or who has loosed the
bands of the wild ass?
Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land
scorns the multitude of the city, neither regards he the crying of the driver.
range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searches after every green thing.
the unicorn (p. ox) be willing to serve you, or abide by your crib?
Can you bind the unicorn (p. ox) with his band in the furrow?
or will he harrow the valleys after you?
Will you trust him, because his strength is great? or will
you leave your labour to him?
Will you believe him, that he will bring home your seed,
and gather it into your barn?
Gave you the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and
feathers unto the ostrich?
Which left her eggs in the earth, and warms them in dust,
forgets that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.
is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her's: her labour
is in vain without fear;
Because God has deprived her of wisdom, neither has he imparted
to her understanding.
What time she lifts up herself on high, she scorns the horse
and his rider.
you given the horse strength? have you clothed his neck with thunder?
you make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.
paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength: he goes on to meet the armed
mocks at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turns he back from the sword.
quiver rattles against him, the glittering spear and the shield.
He swallows the ground with fierceness and rage: neither
believes he that it is the sound of the trumpet.
He says among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smells the battle
far off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, and stretch her wings
toward the south?
Does the eagle mount up at your command, and make her nest
dwells and abides on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.
thence she seeks the prey, and her eyes behold far off.
Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are,
there is she.
the LORD answered Job, and said,
Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he
that reproves God, let him answer it.
Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay mine
hand upon my mouth.
Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but
I will proceed no further.
Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and
up your loins now like a man: I will demand of you, and declare you unto me.
you also nullify my judgment? will you condemn me, that you may be righteous?
you an arm like God? or can you thunder with a voice like him?
Deck yourself now with majesty and excellency; and array
yourself with glory and beauty.
Cast abroad the rage of your wrath: and behold every one
that is proud, and bring low him.
Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and
tread down the wicked in their place.
Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in
will I also confess unto you that yours own right hand can save you.
Behold now behemoth, which I made with you; he eats grass
as an ox.
now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
moves his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach
the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
lies under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows
of the brook compass him about.
Behold, he drinks up a river, and hastes not: he trusts
that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
He takes it with his eyes: his nose pierces through snares.
you draw out leviathan (p. sea serpent) with an hook? or his tongue with a cord
which you let down?
Can you put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through
with a thorn?
he make many supplications unto you? will he speak soft words unto you?
he make a covenant with you? will you take him for a servant for ever?
you play with him as with a bird? or will you bind him for your maidens?
the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
you fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
Lay yours hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
has prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven
will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.
His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close
is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
They are joined one to another, they stick together, that
they cannot be sundered.
By his exhaling a light does shine, and his eyes are like
the eyelids of the morning.
Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap
of his nostrils goes smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes out of his mouth.
his neck remains strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm
in themselves; they cannot be moved.
His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece
of the nether millstone.
When he raises up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason
of breakings they purify themselves.
The sword of him that lays at him cannot hold: the spear,
the dart, nor the armour of jacket.
He esteems iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
arrow cannot make him flee: sling stones are turned with him into stubble.
are counted as stubble: he laughs at the shaking of a spear.
Sharp stones are under him: he spreads sharp pointed things
upon the mire.
makes the deep to boil like a pot: he makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
makes a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
He beholds all high things: he is a king over all the children
Job answered the LORD, and said,
I know that you can do every thing, and that no thought
can be withheld from you.
Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore
have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew
I plead to you, and I will speak: I will demand of you, and declare you unto me.
have heard of you by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye sees you.
I detest myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words
unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against you,
and against your two friends: for all of you have not spoken of me the thing that
is right, as my servant Job has.
Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams,
and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my
servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after
your folly, in that all of you have not spoken of me the thing which is right,
like my servant Job.
So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar
the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also
the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the
LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters,
and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with
him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that
the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every
one an earring of gold.
So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his
beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a
thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
He had also seven sons and three daughters.
And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name
of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.
And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters
of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw
his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.
So Job died, being old and full of days.