Job (Author Job and/or Moses)

38:1And Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

38:2Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

38:3Gird up now thy loins like a man; and I will demand of thee, and inform thou me.

38:4Where wast thou when I founded the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding.

38:5Who set the measures thereof -- if thou knowest? or who stretched a line upon it?

38:6Whereupon were the foundations thereof sunken? or who laid its corner-stone,

38:7When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

38:8And who shut up the sea with doors, when it burst forth, issuing out of the womb?

38:9When I made the cloud its garment, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it;

38:10When I cut out for it my boundary, and set bars and doors,

38:11And said, Hitherto shalt thou come and no further, and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

38:12Hast thou since thy days commanded the morning? hast thou caused the dawn to know its place,

38:13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked might be shaken out of it?

38:14It is changed like the signet-clay; and all things stand forth as in a garment:

38:15And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the uplifted arm is broken.

38:16Hast thou entered as far as the springs of the sea? and hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep?

38:17Have the gates of death been revealed unto thee? and hast thou seen the gates of the shadow of death?

38:18Hath thine understanding compassed the breadths of the earth? Declare if thou knowest it all.

38:19Where is the way to where light dwelleth? and the darkness, where is its place,

38:20That thou shouldest take it to its bound, and that thou shouldest know the paths to its house?

38:21Thou knowest, for thou wast then born, and the number of thy days is great!

38:22Hast thou entered into the storehouses of the snow, and hast thou seen the treasuries of the hail,

38:23Which I have reserved for the time of distress, for the day of battle and war?

38:24By what way is the light parted, and the east wind scattered upon the earth?

38:25Who hath divided a channel for the rain-flood, and a way for the thunder's flash;

38:26To cause it to rain on the earth, where no one is; on the wilderness wherein there is not a man;

38:27To satisfy the desolate and waste ground, and to cause the sprout of the grass to spring forth?

38:28Hath the rain a father? or who begetteth the drops of dew?

38:29Out of whose womb cometh the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who bringeth it forth?

38:30When the waters lie hidden as in stone, and the face of the deep holdeth fast together.

38:31Canst thou fasten the bands of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion?

38:32Dost thou bring forth the constellations each in its season? or dost thou guide the Bear with her sons?

38:33Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? dost thou determine their rule over the earth?

38:34Dost thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that floods of waters may cover thee?

38:35Dost thou send forth lightnings that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?

38:36Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the mind?

38:37Who numbereth the clouds with wisdom? or who poureth out the bottles of the heavens,

38:38When the dust runneth as into a molten mass, and the clods cleave fast together?

38:39Dost thou hunt the prey for the lioness, and dost thou satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

38:40When they crouch in their dens, and abide in the thicket to lie in wait?

38:41Who provideth for the raven his food, when his young ones cry unto łGod, and they wander for lack of meat?

39:1Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? dost thou mark the calving of the hinds?

39:2Dost thou number the months that they fulfil? and knowest thou the time when they bring forth?

39:3They bow themselves, they give birth to their young ones, they cast out their pains;

39:4Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open field, they go forth, and return not unto them.

39:5Who hath sent out the wild ass free? and who hath loosed the bands of the onager,

39:6Whose house I made the wilderness, and the salt plain his dwellings?

39:7He laugheth at the tumult of the city, and heareth not the shouts of the driver;

39:8The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.

39:9Will the buffalo be willing to serve thee, or will he lodge by thy crib?

39:10Canst thou bind the buffalo with his cord in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

39:11Wilt thou put confidence in him, because his strength is great? and wilt thou leave thy labour to him?

39:12Wilt thou trust him to bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy threshing-floor?

39:13The wing of the ostrich beats joyously -- But is it the stork's pinion and plumage?

39:14For she leaveth her eggs to the earth, and warmeth them in the dust,

39:15And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the beast of the field may trample them.

39:16She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers; her labour is in vain, without her concern.

39:17For +God hath deprived her of wisdom, and hath not furnished her with understanding.

39:18What time she lasheth herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.

39:19Hast thou given strength to the horse? hast thou clothed his neck with the quivering mane?

39:20Dost thou make him to leap as a locust? His majestic snorting is terrible.

39:21He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength; he goeth forth to meet the armed host.

39:22He laugheth at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from before the sword.

39:23The quiver rattleth upon him, the glittering spear and the javelin.

39:24He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage, and cannot contain himself at the sound of the trumpet:

39:25At the noise of the trumpets he saith, Aha! and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

39:26Doth the hawk fly by thine intelligence, and stretch his wings toward the south?

39:27Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make his nest on high?

39:28He inhabiteth the rock and maketh his dwelling on the point of the cliff, and the fastness:

39:29From thence he spieth out the prey, his eyes look into the distance;

39:30And his young ones suck up blood; and where the slain are, there is he.

40:1And Jehovah answered Job and said,

40:2Shall he that will contend with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth +God, let him answer it.

40:3And Job answered Jehovah and said,

40:4Behold, I am nought: what shall I answer thee? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.

40:5Once have I spoken, and I will not answer; yea twice, but I will proceed no further.

40:6And Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

40:7Gird up now thy loins like a man: I will demand of thee, and inform thou me.

40:8Wilt thou also annul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me that thou mayest be righteous?

40:9Hast thou an arm like łGod? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

40:10Deck thyself now with glory and excellency, and clothe thyself with majesty and splendour.

40:11Cast abroad the ragings of thine anger, and look on every one that is proud, and abase him:

40:12Look on every one that is proud, bring him low, and tread down the wicked in their place:

40:13Hide them in the dust together; bind their faces in secret.

40:14Then will I also praise thee, because thy right hand saveth thee.

40:15See now the behemoth, which I made with thee: he eateth grass as an ox.

40:16Behold now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the muscles of his belly.

40:17He bendeth his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are woven together.

40:18His bones are tubes of bronze, his members are like bars of iron.

40:19He is the chief of łGod's ways: he that made him gave him his sword.

40:20For the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.

40:21He lieth under lotus-bushes, in the covert of the reed and fen:

40:22Lotus-bushes cover him with their shade; the willows of the brook surround him.

40:23Lo, the river overfloweth -- he startleth not: he is confident though a Jordan break forth against his mouth.

40:24Shall he be taken in front? will they pierce through his nose in the trap?

41:1Wilt thou draw out the leviathan with the hook, and press down his tongue with a cord?

41:2Wilt thou put a rush-rope into his nose, and pierce his jaw with a spike?

41:3Will he make many supplications unto thee? or will he speak softly unto thee?

41:4Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him as a bondman for ever?

41:5Wilt thou play with him as with a bird, and wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

41:6Shall partners make traffic of him, will they divide him among merchants?

41:7Wilt thou fill his skin with darts, and his head with fish-spears?

41:8Lay thy hand upon him; remember the battle, -- do no more!

41:9Lo, hope as to him is belied: is not one cast down even at the sight of him?

41:10None is so bold as to stir him up; and who is he that will stand before me?

41:11Who hath first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.

41:12I will not be silent as to his parts, the story of his power, and the beauty of his structure.

41:13Who can uncover the surface of his garment? who can come within his double jaws?

41:14Who can open the doors of his face? Round about his teeth is terror.

41:15The rows of his shields are a pride, shut up together as with a close seal.

41:16One is so near to another that no air can come between them;

41:17They are joined each to its fellow; they stick together, and cannot be sundered.

41:18His sneezings flash light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.

41:19Out of his mouth go forth flames; sparks of fire leap out:

41:20Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a boiling pot and cauldron.

41:21His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.

41:22In his neck lodgeth strength, and terror danceth before him.

41:23The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are fused upon him, they cannot be moved.

41:24His heart is firm as a stone, yea, firm as the nether millstone.

41:25When he raiseth himself up, the mighty are afraid: they are beside themselves with consternation.

41:26If any reach him with a sword, it cannot hold; neither spear, nor dart, nor harpoon.

41:27He esteemeth iron as straw, bronze as rotten wood.

41:28The arrow will not make him flee; slingstones are turned with him into stubble.

41:29Clubs are counted as stubble; he laugheth at the shaking of a javelin.

41:30His under parts are sharp potsherds: he spreadeth a threshing-sledge upon the mire.

41:31He maketh the deep to boil like a pot; he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment;

41:32He maketh the path to shine after him: one would think the deep to be hoary.

41:33Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.

41:34He beholdeth all high things; he is king over all the proud beasts.

42:1And Job answered Jehovah and said,

42:2I know that thou canst do everything, and that thou canst be hindered in no thought of thine.

42:3Who is he that obscureth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered what I did not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

42:4Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and inform me.

42:5I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee:

42:6Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

42:7And it came to pass after Jehovah had spoken these words to Job, that Jehovah said to Eliphaz the Temanite, Mine anger is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends; for ye have not spoken rightly of me, like my servant Job.

42:8And now, take for yourselves seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt-offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you, for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, for ye have not spoken of me rightly, like my servant Job.

42:9Then Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, went and did according as Jehovah had said unto them; and Jehovah accepted Job.

42:10And Jehovah turned the captivity of Job, when he had prayed for his friends; and Jehovah gave Job twice as much as he had before.

42:11And all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house, and they condoled with him, and comforted him concerning all the evil that Jehovah had brought upon him; and every one gave him a piece of money, and every one a golden ring.

42:12And Jehovah blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses.

42:13And he had seven sons and three daughters.

42:14And he called the name of the first, Jemimah; and the name of the second, Keziah; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch.

42:15And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

42:16And Job lived after this a hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, four generations.

42:17And Job died, old and full of days.

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