Job (Author Job and/or Moses)

18:1And Bildad the Shuhite answered and said,

18:2How long will ye hunt for words? Be intelligent, and then we will speak.

18:3Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed stupid in your sight?

18:4Thou that tearest thyself in thine anger, shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of its place?

18:5Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the flame of his fire shall not shine.

18:6The light shall become dark in his tent, and his lamp over him shall be put out.

18:7The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.

18:8For he is sent into the net by his own feet, and he walketh on the meshes;

18:9The gin taketh him by the heel, the snare layeth hold on him;

18:10A cord is hidden for him in the ground, and his trap in the way.

18:11Terrors make him afraid on every side, and chase him at his footsteps.

18:12His strength is hunger-bitten, and calamity is ready at his side.

18:13The firstborn of death devoureth the members of his body; it will devour his members.

18:14His confidence shall be rooted out of his tent, and it shall lead him away to the king of terrors:

18:15They who are none of his shall dwell in his tent; brimstone shall be showered upon his habitation:

18:16His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off;

18:17His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name on the pasture-grounds.

18:18He is driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.

18:19He hath neither son nor grandson among his people, nor any remaining in the places of his sojourn.

18:20They that come after shall be astonished at his day, as they that went before them were affrighted.

18:21Surely, such are the dwellings of the unrighteous man, and such the place of him that knoweth not łGod.

19:1And Job answered and said,

19:2How long will ye vex my soul, and crush me with words?

19:3These ten times have ye reproached me; ye are not ashamed to stupefy me.

19:4And be it that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.

19:5If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and prove against me my reproach,

19:6Know now that +God hath overthrown me, and hath surrounded me with his net.

19:7Behold, I cry out of wrong, and I am not heard; I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.

19:8He hath hedged up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.

19:9He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.

19:10He breaketh me down on every side, and I am gone; and my hope hath he torn up as a tree.

19:11And he hath kindled his anger against me, and hath counted me unto him as one of his enemies.

19:12His troops have come together and cast up their way against me, and have encamped round about my tent.

19:13He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are quite estranged from me.

19:14My kinsfolk have failed, and my known friends have forgotten me.

19:15The sojourners in my house and my maids count me as a stranger; I am an alien in their sight.

19:16I called my servant, and he answered not; I entreated him with my mouth.

19:17My breath is strange to my wife, and my entreaties to the children of my mother's womb.

19:18Even young children despise me; I rise up, and they speak against me.

19:19All my intimate friends abhor me, and they whom I loved are turned against me.

19:20My bones cleave to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

19:21Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, ye my friends; for the hand of +God hath touched me.

19:22Why do ye persecute me as łGod, and are not satisfied with my flesh?

19:23Oh would that my words were written! oh that they were inscribed in a book!

19:24That with an iron style and lead they were graven in the rock for ever!

19:25And as for me, I know that my Redeemer liveth, and the Last, he shall stand upon the earth;

19:26And if after my skin this shall be destroyed, yet from out of my flesh shall I see +God;

19:27Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another: -- my reins are consumed within me.

19:28If ye say, How shall we persecute him? when the root of the matter is found in me,

19:29Be ye yourselves afraid of the sword! for the sword is fury against misdeeds, that ye may know there is a judgment.

20:1And Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,

20:2Therefore do my thoughts give me an answer, and for this is my haste within me.

20:3I hear a reproof putting me to shame; and my spirit answereth me by mine understanding.

20:4Knowest thou not this, that of old, since man was placed upon earth,

20:5The exultation of the wicked is short, and the joy of the ungodly man but for a moment?

20:6Though his height mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds,

20:7Like his own dung doth he perish for ever; they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?

20:8He flieth away as a dream, and is not found; and is chased away as a vision of the night.

20:9The eye which saw him shall see him not again; and his place beholdeth him no more.

20:10His children shall seek the favour of the poor, and his hands restore his wealth.

20:11His bones were full of his youthful strength; but it shall lie down with him in the dust.

20:12Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth and he hide it under his tongue,

20:13Though he spare it, and forsake it not, but keep it within his mouth,

20:14His food is turned in his bowels; it is the gall of asps within him.

20:15He hath swallowed down riches, but he shall vomit them up again: łGod shall cast them out of his belly.

20:16He shall suck the poison of asps; the viper's tongue shall kill him.

20:17He shall not see streams, rivers, brooks of honey and butter.

20:18That which he laboured for shall he restore, and not swallow down; its restitution shall be according to the value, and he shall not rejoice therein.

20:19For he hath oppressed, hath forsaken the poor; he hath violently taken away a house that he did not build.

20:20Because he knew no rest in his craving, he shall save nought of what he most desired.

20:21Nothing escaped his greediness; therefore his prosperity shall not endure.

20:22In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits; every hand of the wretched shall come upon him.

20:23It shall be that, to fill his belly, he will cast his fierce anger upon him, and will rain it upon him into his flesh.

20:24If he have fled from the iron weapon, the bow of brass shall strike him through.

20:25He draweth it forth; it cometh out of his body, and the glittering point out of his gall: terrors are upon him.

20:26All darkness is laid up for his treasures: a fire not blown shall devour him; it shall feed upon what is left in his tent.

20:27The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, and the earth shall rise up against him.

20:28The increase of his house shall depart, flowing away in the day of his anger.

20:29This is the portion of the wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed to him by łGod.

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