28:1Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.
28:2Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.
28:3He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
28:4The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.
28:5As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.
28:6The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.
28:7There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen:
28:8The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.
28:9He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.
28:10He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.
28:11He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.
28:12But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?
28:13Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
28:14The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.
28:15It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
28:16It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
28:17The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
28:18No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
28:19The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
28:20Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
28:21Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
28:22Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
28:23God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
28:24For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;
28:25To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.
28:26When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
28:27Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.
28:28And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
29:1Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
29:2Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;
29:3When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;
29:4As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;
29:5When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;
29:6When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;
29:7When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!
29:8The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.
29:9The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
29:10The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
29:11When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:
29:12Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.
29:13The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
29:14I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
29:15I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
29:16I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.
29:17And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
29:18Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.
29:19My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.
29:20My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.
29:21Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.
29:22After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.
29:23And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
29:24If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.
29:25I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.
30:1But 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.
30:2Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?
30:3For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.
30:4Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.
30:5They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)
30:6To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.
30:7Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.
30:8They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.
30:9And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
30:10They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.
30:11Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
30:12Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.
30:13They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.
30:14They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.
30:15Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.
30:16And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
30:17My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.
30:18By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.
30:19He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.
30:20I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.
30:21Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.
30:22Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.
30:23For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.
30:24Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.
30:25Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?
30:26When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
30:27My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
30:28I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.
30:29I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
30:30My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
30:31My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.
31:1I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
31:2For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
31:3Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?
31:4Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
31:5If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;
31:6Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.
31:7If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;
31:8Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.
31:9If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;
31:10Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.
31:11For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.
31:12For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.
31:13If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;
31:14What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?
31:15Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
31:16If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
31:17Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;
31:18(For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)
31:19If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;
31:20If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
31:21If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:
31:22Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.
31:23For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.
31:24If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;
31:25If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;
31:26If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;
31:27And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:
31:28This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.
31:29If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:
31:30Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.
31:31If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.
31:32The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.
31:33If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
31:34Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?
31:35Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.
31:36Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
31:37I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
31:38If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;
31:39If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
31:40Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.