21:1And Job answered and said,
21:2Hear attentively my speech, and let this replace your consolations.
21:3Suffer me and I will speak; and after I have spoken, mock on!
21:4As for me, is my complaint to a man? or wherefore should not my spirit be impatient?
21:5Mark me, and be astonished, and lay the hand upon the mouth.
21:6Even when I think thereon, I am affrighted, and trembling taketh hold of my flesh.
21:7Wherefore do the wicked live, grow old, yea, become mighty in power?
21:8Their seed is established with them in their sight, and their offspring before their eyes.
21:9Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of +God upon them.
21:10Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.
21:11They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
21:12They shout to the tambour and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the pipe.
21:13They spend their days in prosperity, and in a moment go down to Sheol.
21:14And they say unto łGod, Depart from us, for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways!
21:15What is the Almighty that we should serve him? and what are we profited if we pray unto him?
21:16Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand. The counsel of the wicked be far from me!
21:18Do they become as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away?
21:19+God layeth up the punishment of his iniquity for his children; he rewardeth him, and he shall know it:
21:20His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the fury of the Almighty.
21:21For what pleasure should he have in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off?
21:22Can any teach łGod knowledge? And he it is that judgeth those that are high.
21:23One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet;
21:24His sides are full of fat, and the marrow of his bones is moistened;
21:25And another dieth in bitterness of soul, and hath not tasted good:
21:26Together they lie down in the dust, and the worms cover them.
21:27Lo, I know your thoughts, and the devices ye wrongfully imagine against me.
21:28For ye say, Where is the house of the noble? and where the tent of the dwellings of the wicked?
21:29Have ye not asked the wayfarers? and do ye not regard their tokens:
21:30That the wicked is reserved for the day of calamity? They are led forth to the day of wrath.
21:31Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?
21:32Yet is he carried to the graves, and watch is kept over the tomb.
21:33The clods of the valley are sweet unto him; and every man followeth suit after him, as there were innumerable before him.
21:34How then comfort ye me in vain? Your answers remain perfidious.
22:1And Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
22:2Can a man be profitable to łGod? surely it is unto himself that the wise man is profitable.
22:3Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if thou art righteous? And is it gain to him that thou makest thy ways perfect?
22:4Will he reason with thee for fear of thee? Will he enter with thee into judgment?
22:5Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities without end?
22:6For thou hast taken a pledge of thy brother for nought, and stripped off the clothing of the naked.
22:7Thou hast not given water to the fainting to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
22:8But the powerful man, he had the land; and the man of high rank dwelt in it.
22:9Widows hast thou sent empty away, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
22:10Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
22:11Or darkness, that thou canst not see, and floods of waters cover thee.
22:12Is not +God in the height of the heavens? And behold the summit of the stars: how exalted are they!
22:13And thou sayest, What doth łGod know? will he judge through the dark cloud?
22:14Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh on the vault of the heavens.
22:17Who said unto łGod, Depart from us! and what could the Almighty do to them?
22:18Yet he filled their houses with good. But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
22:19The righteous see it, and are glad; and the innocent laugh them to scorn:
22:20Is not he who rose against us destroyed, and doth not the fire consume his residue?
22:21Reconcile thyself now with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
22:22Receive, I pray thee, instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in thy heart.
22:23If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up. If thou remove unrighteousness far from thy tents,
22:24And put the precious ore with the dust, and the gold of Ophir among the stones of the torrents,
22:25Then the Almighty will be thy precious ore, and silver heaped up unto thee;
22:26Yea, then shalt thou delight thyself in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto +God:
22:27Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he will hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows;
22:28And thou shalt decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee; and light shall shine upon thy ways.
22:30Even him that is not innocent shall he deliver; yea, he shall be delivered by the pureness of thy hands.
23:1And Job answered and said,
23:2Even to-day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
23:3Oh that I knew where I might find him, that I might come to his seat!
23:4I would order the cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments;
23:5I would know the words he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
23:6Would he plead against me with his great power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.
23:7There would an upright man reason with him; and I should be delivered for ever from my judge.
23:10But he knoweth the way that I take; he trieth me, I shall come forth as gold.
23:11My foot hath held to his steps; his way have I kept, and not turned aside.
23:12Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have laid up the words of his mouth more than the purpose of my own heart.
23:13But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? And what his soul desireth, that will he do.
23:14For he will perform what is appointed for me; and many such things are with him.
23:15Therefore am I troubled at his presence; I consider, and I am afraid of him.
23:16For łGod hath made my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me;
23:17Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he hidden the gloom from me.
24:1Why are not times treasured up with the Almighty? why do not they that know him see his days?
24:2They remove the landmarks; they violently take away the flocks and pasture them;
24:3They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge;
24:4They turn the needy out of the way: the afflicted of the land all hide themselves.
24:5Lo, as wild asses in the desert, they go forth to their work, seeking early for the prey: the wilderness yieldeth them food for their children.
24:6They reap in the field the fodder thereof, and they gather the vintage of the wicked;
24:7They pass the night naked without clothing, and have no covering in the cold;
24:8They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and for want of a shelter embrace the rock ...
24:9They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor:
24:10These go naked without clothing, and, hungry, they bear the sheaf;
24:11They press out oil within their walls, they tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
24:12Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out; and +God imputeth not the impiety.
24:13There are those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
24:14The murderer riseth with the light, killeth the afflicted and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
24:15And the eye of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me; and he putteth a covering on his face.
24:16In the dark they dig through houses; by day they shut themselves in; they know not the light:
24:17For the morning is to them all as the shadow of death; for they are familiar with the terrors of the shadow of death.
24:18He is swift on the face of the waters; their portion is cursed on the earth: he turneth not unto the way of the vineyards.
24:19Drought and heat consume snow waters; so doth Sheol those that have sinned.
24:20The womb forgetteth him; the worm feedeth sweetly on him: he shall be no more remembered; and unrighteousness is broken as a tree, --
24:21He that despoileth the barren that beareth not, and doeth not good to the widow:
24:22He draweth also the mighty with his power; he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.
24:23God setteth him in safety, and he resteth thereon; but his eyes are upon their ways.
24:24They are exalted for a little, and are no more; they are laid low; like all other are they gathered, and are cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.
24:25If it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?