Book of Job (Author Job and/or Moses)

18:1¤ Then Baldad the Suhite answered, and said:

18:2How long will you throw out words? understand first, and so let us speak.

18:3Why are we reputed as beasts, and counted vile before you?

18:4Thou that destroyest thy soul in thy fury, shall the earth be forsaken for thee, and shall rocks be removed out of their place?

18:5Shall not the light of the wicked be extinguished, and the flame of his fire not shine?

18:6The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and the lamp that is over him, shall be put out.

18:7The step of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down headlong.

18:8For he hath thrust his feet into a net, and walketh in its meshes.

18:9The sole of his foot shall be held in a snare, and thirst shall burn against him.

18:10A gin is hidden for him in the earth, and his trap upon the path.

18:11Fears shall terrify him on every side, and shall entangle his feet.

18:12Let his strength be wasted with famine, and let hunger invade his ribs.

18:13Let it devour the beauty of his skin, let the firstborn death consume his arms.

18:14Let his confidence be rooted out of his tabernacle, and let destruction tread upon him like a king.

18:15Let the companions of him that is not, dwell in his tabernacle, let brimstone be sprinkled in his tent.

18:16Let his roots be dried up beneath, and his harvest destroyed above.

18:17Let the memory of him perish from the earth, and let not his name be renowned in the streets.

18:18He shall drive him out of light into darkness, and shall remove him out of the world.

18:19His seed shall not subsist, nor his offspring among his people, nor any remnants in his country.

18:20They that come after him shall be astonished at his day, and horror shall fall upon them that went before.

18:21These then are the tabernacles of the wicked, and this the place of him that knoweth not God.

19:1¤ Then Job answered, and said:

19:2How long do you afflict my soul, and break me in pieces with words?

19:3Behold, these ten times you confound me, and are not ashamed to oppress me.

19:4For if I have been ignorant, my ignorance shall be with me.

19:5But you set yourselves up against me, and reprove me with my reproaches.

19:6At least now understand, that God hath not afflicted me with an equal judgment, and compassed me with his scourges.

19:7Behold I cry suffering violence, and no one will hear: I shall cry aloud, and there is none to judge.

19:8He hath hedged in my path round about, and I cannot pass, and in my way he hath set darkness.

19:9He hath stripped me of my glory, and hath taken the crown from my head.

19:10He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am lost, and he hath taken away my hope, as from a tree that is plucked up.

19:11His wrath is kindled against me, and he hath counted me as his enemy.

19:12His troops have come together, and have made themselves a way by me, and have besieged my tabernacle round about.

19:13He hath put my brethren far from me, and my acquaintance like strangers have departed from me.

19:14My kinsmen have forsaken me, and they that knew me, have forgotten me.

19:15They that dwell in my house, and my maidservants have counted me as a stranger, and I have been like an alien in their eyes.

19:16I called my servant, and he gave me no answer, I entreated him with my own mouth.

19:17My wife hath abhorred my breath, and I entreated the children of my womb.

19:18Even fools despised me, and when I was gone from them, they spoke against me.

19:19They that were sometime my counsellors, have abhorred me: and he whom I loved most is turned against me.

19:20The flesh being consumed, my bone hath cleaved to my skin, and nothing but lips are left about my teeth.

19:21Have pity on me, have pity on me, at least you my friends, because the hand of the Lord hath touched me.

19:22Why do you persecute me as God, and glut yourselves with my flesh?

19:23Who will grant me that my words may be written? who will grant me that they may be marked down in a book?

19:24With an iron pen and in a plate of lead, or else be graven with an instrument in flint stone?

19:25For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and in the last day I shall rise out of the earth.

19:26And I shall be clothed again with my skin, and in my flesh I shall see my God.

19:27Whom I myself shall see, and my eyes shall behold, and not another: this my hope is laid up in my bosom.

19:28Why then do you say now: Let us persecute him, and let us find occasion of word against him?

19:29Flee then from the face of the sword, for the sword is the revenger of iniquities: and know ye that there is a judgment.

20:1¤ Then Sophar the Naamathite answered, and said:

20:2Therefore various thoughts succeed one another in me, and my mind is hurried away to different things.

20:3The doctrine with which thou reprovest me, I will hear, and the spirit of my understanding shall answer for me.

20:4This I know from the beginning, since man was placed upon the earth,

20:5That the praise of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment.

20:6If his pride mount up even to heaven, and his head touch the clouds:

20:7In the end he shall be destroyed like a dunghill, and they that had seen him, shall say: Where is he?

20:8As a dream that fleeth away he shall not be found, he shall pass as a vision of the night:

20:9The eyes that had seen him, shall see him no more, neither shall his place any more behold him.

20:10His children shall be oppressed with want, and his hands shall render to him his sorrow.

20:11His bones shall be filled with the vices of his youth, and they shall sleep with him in the dust.

20:12For when evil shall be sweet in his mouth, he will hide it under his tongue.

20:13He will spare it, and not leave it, and will hide it in his throat.

20:14His bread in his belly shall be turned into the gall of asps within him,

20:15The riches which he hath swallowed, he shall vomit up, and God shall draw them out of his belly.

20:16He shall suck the head of asps, and the viper's tongue shall kill him.

20:17Let him not see the streams of the river, the brooks of honey and of butter.

20:18He shall be punished for all that he did, and yet shall not be consumed: according to the multitude of his devices so also shall he suffer.

20:19Because he broke in and stripped the poor: he hath violently taken away a house which he did not build.

20:20And yet his belly was not filled: and when he hath the things he coveted, he shall not be able to possess them.

20:21There was nothing left of his meat, and therefore nothing shall continue of his goods:

20:22When he shall be filled, he shall be straitened, he shall burn, and every sorrow shall fall upon him.

20:23May his belly be filled, that God may send forth the wrath of his indignation upon him, and rain down his war upon him.

20:24He shall flee from weapons of iron, and shall fall upon a bow of brass.

20:25The sword is drawn out, and cometh forth from its scabbard, and glittereth in his bitterness: the terrible ones shall go and come upon him.

20:26All darkness is hid in his secret places: a fire that is not kindled shall devour him, he shall be afflicted when left in his tabernacle.

20:27The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, and the earth shall rise up against him.

20:28The offspring of his house shall be exposed, he shall be pulled down in the day of God's wrath.

20:29This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the inheritance of his doings from the Lord.

Original from Project Gutenberg - Massive cleanup of OCR problems and editing done locally.