Job (Author Job and/or Moses)

28:1Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold which they refine;

28:2Iron is taken out of the dust, and copper is molten out of the stone.

28:3Man putteth an end to the darkness, and exploreth to the utmost limit, the stones of darkness and of the shadow of death.

28:4He openeth a shaft far from the inhabitants of the earth: forgotten of the foot, they hang suspended; away below men they hover.

28:5As for the earth, out of it cometh bread, and underneath it is turned up as by fire;

28:6The stones of it are the place of sapphires, and it hath dust of gold.

28:7It is a path no bird of prey knoweth, and the vulture's eye hath not seen it;

28:8The proud beasts have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed over it.

28:9Man putteth forth his hand upon the flinty rock, he overturneth the mountains by the root.

28:10He cutteth out channels in the rocks, and his eye seeth every precious thing.

28:11He bindeth the streams that they drip not, and what is hidden he bringeth forth to light.

28:12But wisdom, where shall it be found? and where is the place of understanding?

28:13Man knoweth not the value thereof; and it is not found in the land of the living.

28:14The deep saith, It is not in me; and the sea saith, It is not with me.

28:15Choice gold cannot be given for it, nor silver be weighed for its price.

28:16It is not set in the balance with gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, and the sapphire.

28:17Gold and glass cannot be compared to it, nor vessels of fine gold be its exchange.

28:18Corals and crystal are no more remembered; yea, the acquisition of wisdom is above rubies.

28:19The topaz of Ethiopia shall not be compared to it, neither shall it be set in the balance with pure gold.

28:20Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

28:21For it is hidden from the eyes of all living, and concealed from the fowl of the heavens.

28:22Destruction and death say, We have heard its report with our ears.

28:23God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth its place:

28:24For he looketh to the ends of the earth, he seeth under the whole heaven.

28:25In making a weight for the wind, and meting out the waters by measure,

28:26In appointing a statute for the rain, and a way for the thunder's flash:

28:27Then did he see it, and declare it; he established it, yea, and searched it out;

28:28And unto man he said, Lo, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

29:1And 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 lamp shone over my head, and by his light I walked through darkness;

29:4As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret counsel of +God was over my tent,

29:5When the Almighty was yet with me, my young men round about me;

29:6When my steps were bathed in milk, and the rock poured out beside me rivers of oil! ...

29:7When I went out to the gate by the city, when I prepared my seat on the broadway,

29:8The young men saw me, and hid themselves; and the aged arose and stood up;

29:9Princes refrained from talking, and laid the hand on their mouth;

29:10The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue cleaved to their palate.

29:11When the ear heard me, then it blessed me, and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me;

29:12For I delivered the afflicted that cried, and the fatherless who had no helper.

29:13The blessing of him that was perishing came upon me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

29:14I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was as a mantle and a turban.

29:15I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame;

29:16I was a father to the needy, and the cause which I knew not I searched out;

29:17And I broke the jaws of the unrighteous, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

29:18And I said, I shall die in my nest, and multiply my days as the sand;

29:19My root shall be spread out to the waters, and the dew will lie all night on my branch;

29:20My glory shall be fresh in me, and my bow be renewed in my hand.

29:21Unto me they listened, and waited, and kept silence for my counsel:

29:22After my words they spoke 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 they troubled not the serenity of my countenance.

29:25I chose their way, and sat as chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth mourners.

30:1But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my flock.

30:2Yea, whereto should the strength of their hands profit me, men in whom vigour hath perished?

30:3Withered up through want and hunger, they flee into waste places long since desolate and desert:

30:4They gather the salt-wort among the bushes, and the roots of the broom for their food.

30:5They are driven forth from among men -- they cry after them as after a thief --

30:6To dwell in gloomy gorges, in caves of the earth and the rocks:

30:7They bray among the bushes; under the brambles they are gathered together:

30:8Sons of fools, and sons of nameless sires, they are driven out of the land.

30:9And now I am their song, yea, I am their byword.

30:10They abhor me, they stand aloof from me, yea, they spare not to spit in my face.

30:11For he hath loosed my cord and afflicted me; so they cast off the bridle before me.

30:12At my right hand rise the young brood; they push away my feet, and raise up against me their pernicious ways;

30:13They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, without any to help them;

30:14They come in as through a wide breach: amid the confusion they roll themselves onward.

30:15Terrors are turned against me; they pursue mine honour as the wind; and my welfare is passed away like a cloud.

30:16And now my soul is poured out in me; days of affliction have taken hold upon me.

30:17The night pierceth through my bones and detacheth them from me, and my gnawing pains take no rest:

30:18By their great force they have become my raiment; they bind me about as the collar of my coat.

30:19He hath cast me into the mire, and I have become like dust and ashes.

30:20I cry unto thee, and thou answerest me not; I stand up, and thou lookest at me.

30:21Thou art changed to a cruel one to me; with the strength of thy hand thou pursuest me.

30:22Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to be borne away, and dissolvest my substance.

30:23For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and into the house of assemblage for all living.

30:24Indeed, no prayer availeth when he stretcheth out his hand: though they cry when he destroyeth.

30:25Did not I weep for him whose days were hard? was not my soul grieved for the needy?

30:26For I expected good, and there came evil; and I waited for light, but there came darkness.

30:27My bowels well up, and rest not; days of affliction have confronted me.

30:28I go about blackened, but not by the sun; I stand up, I cry in the congregation.

30:29I am become a brother to jackals, and a companion of ostriches.

30:30My skin is become black and falleth off me, and my bones are parched with heat.

30:31My harp also is turned to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of weepers.

31:1I made a covenant with mine eyes; and how should I fix my regard upon a maid?

31:2For what would have been my portion of +God from above, and what the heritage of the Almighty from on high?

31:3Is not calamity for the unrighteous? and misfortune for the workers of iniquity?

31:4Doth not he see my ways, and number all my steps?

31:5If I have walked with falsehood, and my foot hath hasted to deceit,

31:6(Let me be weighed in an even balance, and +God will take knowledge of my blamelessness;)

31:7If my step have turned out of the way, and my heart followed mine eyes, and if any blot cleaveth to my hands;

31:8Let me sow, and another eat; and let mine offspring be rooted out.

31:9If my heart have been enticed unto a woman, so that I laid wait at my neighbour's door,

31:10Let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down upon her.

31:11For this is an infamy; yea, it is an iniquity to be judged by the judges:

31:12For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.

31:13If I have despised the cause of my bondman or of my bondmaid, when they contended with me,

31:14What then should I do when łGod riseth up? and if he visited, what should 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 caused the eyes of the widow to fail;

31:17Or have eaten my morsel alone, so that the fatherless ate not thereof,

31:18(For from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, and I have guided the widow from my mother's womb;)

31:19If I have seen any perishing for want of clothing, or any needy without covering;

31:20If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my lambs;

31:21If I have lifted up my hand against an orphan, because I saw my help in the gate:

31:22Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone!

31:23For calamity from łGod was a terror to me, and by reason of his excellency I was powerless.

31:24If I have made gold my hope, or said to the fine gold, My confidence!

31:25If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gotten much;

31:26If I beheld the sun when it shone, or the moon walking in brightness,

31:27And my heart have been secretly enticed, so that my mouth kissed my hand:

31:28This also would be an iniquity for the judge, for I should have denied the łGod who is above.

31:29If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, and exulted when evil befell him;

31:30(Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by asking his life with a curse;)

31:31If the men of my tent said not, Who shall find one that hath not been satisfied with his meat? --

31:32The stranger did not lodge without; I opened my doors to the pathway.

31:33If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom,

31:34Because I feared the great multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and went not out of the door, ...

31:35Oh that I had one to hear me! Behold my signature: let the Almighty answer me! And let mine opponent write an accusation!

31:36Would I not take it upon my shoulder? I would bind it on to me as a crown;

31:37I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I come near to him.

31:38If my land cry out against me, and its furrows weep together;

31:39If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, and have tormented to death the souls of its owners:

31:40Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and tares instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

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