Book of Job (Author Job and/or Moses)

1:1¤ There was a man in the land of Hus, whose name was Job, and that man was simple and upright, and fearing God, and avoiding evil.

1:2And there were born to him seven sons and three daughters.

1:3And his possession was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a family exceedingly great: and this man was great among all the people of the east.

1:4And his sons went, and made a feast by houses, every one in his day. And sending, they called their three sisters, to eat and drink with them.

1:5And when the days of their feasting were gone about, Job sent to them, and sanctified them: and rising up early, offered holocausts for every one of them. For he said: Lest perhaps my sons have sinned, and have blessed God in their hearts. So did Job all days.

1:6Now on a certain day, when the sons of God came to stand before the Lord, Satan also was present among them.

1:7And the Lord said to him: Whence comest thou? And he answered and said: I have gone round about the earth, and walked through it.

1:8And the Lord said to him: Hast thou considered my servant, Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a simple and upright man, and fearing God, and avoiding evil?

1:9And Satan answering, said: Doth Job fear God in vain?

1:10Hast not thou made a fence for him, and his house, and all his substance round about, blessed the works of his hands, and his possession hath increased on the earth?

1:11But stretch forth thy hand a little, and touch all that he hath, and see if he bless thee to thy face.

1:12Then the Lord said to Satan: Behold, all that he hath is in thy hand: only put not forth thy hand upon his person. And Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

1:13Now upon a certain day, when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine, in the house of their eldest brother,

1:14There came a messenger to Job, and said: The oxen were ploughing, and the asses feeding beside them,

1:15And the Sabeans rushed in, and took all away, and slew the servants with the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell thee.

1:16And while he was yet speaking, another came, and said: The fire of God fell from heaven, and striking the sheep and the servants, hath consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell thee.

1:17And while he also was yet speaking, there came another, and said: The Chaldeans made three troops, and have fallen upon the camels, and taken them; moreover, they have slain the servants with the sword: and I alone have escaped to tell thee.

1:18He was yet speaking, and behold another came in, and said: Thy sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their eldest brother,

1:19A violent wind came on a sudden from the side of the desert, and shook the four corners of the house, and it fell upon thy children, and they are dead: and I alone have escaped to tell thee.

1:20Then Job rose up, and rent his garments, and having shaven his head, fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

1:21And said: Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: as it hath pleased the Lord, so is it done: blessed be the name of the Lord.

1:22In all these things Job sinned not by his lips, nor spoke he any foolish thing against God.

2:1And it came to pass, when on a certain day the sons of God came, and stood before the Lord, and Satan came amongst them, and stood in his sight,

2:2That the Lord said to Satan: Whence comest thou? And he answered, and said: I have gone round about the earth, and walked through it.

2:3And the Lord said to Satan: Hast thou considered my servant, Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a man simple and upright, and fearing God, and avoiding evil, and still keeping his innocence? But thou hast moved me against him, that I should afflict him without cause.

2:4And Satan answered, and said: Skin for skin; and all that a man hath, he will give for his life:

2:5But put forth thy hand, and touch his bone and his flesh, and then thou shalt see that he will bless thee to thy face.

2:6And the Lord said to Satan: Behold, he is in thy hand, but yet save his life.

2:7So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with a very grievous ulcer, from the sole of the foot even to the top of his head:

2:8And he took a potsherd and scraped the corrupt matter, sitting on a dunghill.

2:9And his wife said to him: Dost thou still continue in thy simplicity? bless God and die.

2:10And he said to her: Thou hast spoken like one of the foolish women: If we have received good things at the hand of God, why should we not receive evil? In all these things Job did not sin with his lips.

2:11Now when Job's three friends heard all the evil that had befallen him, they came every one from his own place, Eliphaz, the Themanite, and Baldad, the Suhite, and Sophar, the Naamathite. For they had made an appointment to come together and visit him, and comfort him.

2:12And when they had lifted up their eyes afar off, they knew him not, and crying out, they wept, and rending their garments, they sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.

2:13And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights and no man spoke to him a word: for they saw that his grief was very great.

3:1After this, Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day,

3:2And he said:

3:3Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said: A man child is conceived.

3:4Let that day be turned into darkness, let not God regard it from above, and let not the light shine upon it.

3:5Let darkness, and the shadow of death, cover it, let a mist overspread it, and let it be wrapped up in bitterness.

3:6Let a darksome whirlwind seize upon that night, let it not be counted in the days of the year, nor numbered in the months.

3:7Let that night be solitary, and not worthy of praise.

3:8Let them curse it who curse the day, who are ready to raise up a leviathan:

3:9Let the stars be darkened with the mist thereof: let it expect light, and not see it, nor the rising of the dawning of the day:

3:10Because it shut not up the doors of the womb that bore me, nor took away evils from my eyes.

3:11Why did I not die in the womb? why did I not perish when I came out of the belly?

3:12Why received upon the knees? why suckled at the breasts?

3:13For now I should have been asleep and still, and should have rest in my sleep:

3:14With kings and consuls of the earth, who build themselves solitudes:

3:15Or with princes, that possess gold, and fill their houses with silver:

3:16Or as a hidden untimely birth, I should not be; or as they that, being conceived, have not seen the light.

3:17There the wicked cease from tumult, and there the wearied in strength are at rest.

3:18And they sometime bound together without disquiet, have not heard the voice of the oppressor.

3:19The small and great are there, and the servant is free from his master.

3:20Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to them that are in bitterness of soul?

3:21That look for death, and it cometh not, as they that dig for a treasure:

3:22And they rejoice exceedingly when they have found the grave?

3:23To a man whose way is hidden, and God hath surrounded him with darkness?

3:24Before I eat I sigh: and as overflowing waters, so is my roaring:

3:25For the fear which I feared, hath come upon me: and that which I was afraid of, hath befallen me.

3:26Have I not dissembled? have I not kept silence? have I not been quiet? and indignation is come upon me.

4:1Then Eliphaz, the Themanite, answered, and said:

4:2If we begin to speak to thee, perhaps thou wilt take it ill; but who can withhold the words he hath conceived?

4:3Behold thou hast taught many, and thou hast strengthened the weary hands:

4:4Thy words have confirmed them that were staggering, and thou hast strengthened the trembling knees:

4:5But now the scourge is come upon thee, and thou faintest: It hath touched thee, and thou art troubled.

4:6Where is thy fear, thy fortitude, thy patience, and the perfection of thy ways?

4:7Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished being innocent? or when were the just destroyed?

4:8On the contrary, I have seen those who work iniquity, and sow sorrows, and reap them,

4:9Perishing by the blast of God, and consumed by the spirit of his wrath.

4:10The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the lioness, and the teeth of the whelps of lions, are broken:

4:11The tiger hath perished for want of prey, and the young lions are scattered abroad.

4:12Now there was a word spoken to me in private, and my ears by stealth, as it were, received the veins of its whisper.

4:13In the horror of a vision by night, when deep sleep is wont to hold men,

4:14Fear seized upon me, and trembling, and all my bones were affrighted:

4:15And when a spirit passed before me, the hair of my flesh stood up.

4:16There stood one whose countenance I knew not, an image before my eyes, and I heard the voice, as it were, of a gentle wind.

4:17Shall man be justified in comparison of God, or shall a man be more pure than his maker?

4:18Behold, they that serve him are not steadfast, and in his angels he found wickedness:

4:19How much more shall they that dwell in houses of clay, who have an earthly foundation, be consumed as with the moth?

4:20From morning till evening they shall be cut down: and because no one understandeth, they shall perish for ever.

4:21And they that shall be left, shall be taken away from them: they shall die, and not in wisdom.

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