Job (Author Job and/or Moses)

32:1And these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

32:2Then was kindled the anger of Elihu the son of Barachel, the Buzite, of the family of Ram: against Job was his anger kindled, because he justified himself rather than God;

32:3and against his three friends was his anger kindled, because they found no answer, and yet condemned Job.

32:4But Elihu had waited till Job had finished speaking, because they were older than he.

32:5And Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of the three men, and his anger was kindled.

32:6And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are aged; wherefore I was timid, and feared to shew you what I know.

32:7I said, Let days speak, and multitude of years teach wisdom.

32:8But there is a spirit which is in man; and the breath of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

32:9It is not the great that are wise; neither do the aged understand judgment.

32:10Therefore I say, Hearken to me; I also will shew what I know.

32:11Lo, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasonings, until ye searched out what to say.

32:12Yea, I gave you mine attention, and behold, there was none of you that confuted Job, that answered his words;

32:13That ye may not say, We have found out wisdom; łGod will make him yield, not man.

32:14Now he hath not directed his words against me; and I will not answer him with your speeches. ...

32:15They were amazed, they answered no more; words failed them.

32:16And I waited, for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more; --

32:17I will answer, I also in my turn, I also will shew what I know:

32:18For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.

32:19Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; like new flasks, it is ready to burst.

32:20I will speak, that I may find relief; I will open my lips and answer.

32:21Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person; neither will I give flattery to man.

32:22For I know not how to flatter; my Maker would soon take me away.

33:1Howbeit, Job, I pray thee, hear mine utterances, and hearken to all my words.

33:2Behold now, I have opened my mouth, my tongue speaketh in my palate,

33:3My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart, and my lips shall utter knowledge purely.

33:4The Spirit of łGod hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

33:5If thou canst, answer me; array thy words before me: take thy stand.

33:6Behold, before łGod I am as thou; I also am formed out of the clay.

33:7Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, nor my burden be heavy upon thee.

33:8Surely thou hast spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words: --

33:9I am clean without transgression; I am pure, and there is no iniquity in me;

33:10Lo, he findeth occasions of hostility against me, he counteth me for his enemy;

33:11He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.

33:12Behold, I will answer thee in this, thou art not right; for +God is greater than man.

33:13Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

33:14For łGod speaketh once, and twice, -- and man perceiveth it not --

33:15In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

33:16Then he openeth men's ears, and sealeth their instruction,

33:17That he may withdraw man from his work, and hide pride from man.

33:18He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from passing away by the sword.

33:19He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and with constant strife in his bones;

33:20And his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty food;

33:21His flesh is consumed away from view, and his bones that were not seen stick out;

33:22And his soul draweth near to the pit, and his life to the destroyers.

33:23If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his duty;

33:24Then he will be gracious unto him, and say, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

33:25His flesh shall be fresher than in childhood; he shall return to the days of his youth.

33:26He shall pray unto +God, and he will receive him with favour; and he shall see his face with shoutings, and he will render unto man his righteousness.

33:27He will sing before men, and say, I have sinned, and perverted what was right, and it hath not been requited to me;

33:28He hath delivered my soul from going into the pit, and my life shall see the light.

33:29Lo, all these things worketh łGod twice, thrice, with man,

33:30To bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of the living.

33:31Mark well, Job, hearken unto me; be silent, and I will speak.

33:32If thou hast anything to say, answer me; speak, for I desire to justify thee.

33:33If not, hearken thou unto me; be silent, and I will teach thee wisdom.

34:1Moreover Elihu answered and said,

34:2Hear my words, ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.

34:3For the ear trieth words, as the palate tasteth food.

34:4Let us choose for ourselves what is right; let us know among ourselves what is good!

34:5For Job hath said, I am righteous, and łGod hath taken away my judgment:

34:6Should I lie against my right? My wound is incurable without transgression.

34:7What man is like Job? he drinketh up scorning like water,

34:8And goeth in company with workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.

34:9For he hath said, It profiteth not a man if he delight himself in God.

34:10Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: Far be wickedness from łGod, and wrong from the Almighty!

34:11For a man's work will he render to him, and cause every one to find according to his way.

34:12Yea, surely, łGod acteth not wickedly, and the Almighty perverteth not judgment.

34:13Who hath entrusted to him the earth? and who hath disposed the whole world?

34:14If he only thought of himself, and gathered unto him his spirit and his breath,

34:15All flesh would expire together, and man would return to the dust.

34:16If now thou hast understanding, hear this: give ear to the voice of my words!

34:17Should he that hateth right indeed govern? and wilt thou condemn the All-just?

34:18Shall one say to a king, Belial? to nobles, Wicked?

34:19How then to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich man more than the poor? for they are all the work of his hands.

34:20In a moment they die, even at midnight the people are convulsed and pass away; and the strong are taken away without hand.

34:21For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his steps.

34:22There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

34:23For he doth not long consider a man, to bring him before łGod in judgment.

34:24He breaketh in pieces mighty men without inquiry, and setteth others in their stead;

34:25Since he knoweth their actions; and he overthroweth them in the night, and they are crushed.

34:26He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others,

34:27Because they have turned back from him, and would consider none of his ways;

34:28So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.

34:29When he giveth quietness, who then will disturb? and when he hideth his face, who shall behold him? and this towards a nation, or towards a man alike;

34:30That the ungodly man reign not, that the people be not ensnared.

34:31For hath he said unto łGod, I bear chastisement, I will not offend;

34:32What I see not, teach thou me; if I have done wrong, I will do so no more?

34:33Shall he recompense according to thy mind? for thou hast refused his judgment; for thou so choosest, and not I; speak then what thou knowest.

34:34Men of understanding will say to me, and a wise man who heareth me:

34:35Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were not with intelligence.

34:36Would that Job may be tried unto the end, because of his answers after the manner of evil men!

34:37For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against łGod.

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