21:1¤ Then Job answered, and said:
21:2Hear, I beseech you, my words, and do penance.
21:3Suffer me, and I will speak, and after, if you please, laugh at my words.
21:4Is my debate against man, that I should not have just reason to be troubled?
21:5Hearken to me and be astonished, and lay your finger on your mouth.
21:6As for me, when I remember, I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.
21:7Why then do the wicked live, are they advanced, and strengthened with riches?
21:8Their seed continueth before them, a multitude of kinsmen, and of children's children in their sight.
21:9Their houses are secure and peaceable, and the rod of God is not upon them.
21:10Their cattle have conceived, and failed not: their cow has calved, and is not deprived of her fruit.
21:11Their little ones go out like a flock, and their children dance and play.
21:12They take the timbrel, and the harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
21:13They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment they go down to hell.
21:14Who have said to God: Depart from us, we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
21:15Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what doth it profit us if we pray to him?
21:16Yet because their good things are not in their hand, may the counsel of the wicked be far from me.
21:17How often shall the lamp of the wicked be put out, and a deluge come upon them, and he shall distribute the sorrows of his wrath?
21:18They shall be as chaff before the face of the wind, and as ashes which the whirlwind scattereth.
21:19God shall lay up the sorrow of the father for his children: and when he shall repay, then shall he know.
21:20His eyes shall see his own destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21:21For what is it to him what befalleth his house after him: and if the number of his months be diminished by one half?
21:22Shall any one teach God knowledge, who judgeth those that are high?
21:23One man dieth strong, and hale, rich and happy.
21:24His bowels are full of fat, and his bones are moistened with marrow.
21:25But another dieth in bitterness of soul without any riches:
21:26And yet they shall sleep together in the dust, and worms shall cover them.
21:27Surely I know your thoughts, and your unjust judgments against me.
21:28For you say: Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?
21:29Ask any one of them that go by the way, and you shall perceive that he knoweth these same things.
21:30Because the wicked man is reserved to the day of destruction, and he shall be brought to the day of wrath.
21:31Who shall reprove his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?
21:32He shall be brought to the graves, and shall watch in the heap of the dead.
21:33He hath been acceptable to the gravel of Cocytus, and he shall draw every man after him, and there are innumerable before him.
21:34How then do ye comfort me in vain, whereas your answer is shewn to be repugnant to truth?
22:1¤ Then Eliphaz the Themanite answered, and said:
22:2Can man be compared with God, even though he were of perfect knowledge?
22:3What doth it profit God if thou be just? or what dost thou give him if thy way be unspotted?
22:4Shall he reprove thee for fear, and come with thee into judgment:
22:5And not for thy manifold wickedness and thy infinite iniquities?
22:6For thou hast taken away the pledge of thy brethren without cause, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
22:7Thou hast not given water to the weary, thou hast withdrawn bread from the hungry.
22:8In the strength of thy arm thou didst possess the land, and being the most mighty thou holdest it.
22:9Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless thou hast broken in pieces.
22:10Therefore art thou surrounded with snares, and sudden fear troubleth thee.
22:11And didst thou think that thou shouldst not see darkness, and that thou shouldst not be covered with the violence of overflowing waters?
22:12Dost not thou think that God is higher than heaven, and is elevated above the height of the stars?
22:13And thou sayst: What doth God know? and he judgeth as it were through a mist.
22:14The clouds are his covert, and he doth not consider our things, and he walketh about the poles of heaven.
22:15Dost thou desire to keep the path of ages, which wicked men have trodden?
22:16Who were taken away before their time, and a flood hath overthrown their foundation.
22:17Who said to God: Depart from us: and looked upon the Almighty as if he could do nothing:
22:18Whereas he had filled their houses with good things: whose way of thinking be far from me.
22:19The just shall see, and shall rejoice, and the innocent shall laugh them to scorn.
22:20Is not their exaltation cut down, and hath not fire devoured the remnants of them?
22:21Submit thyself then to him, and be at peace: and thereby thou shalt have the best fruits.
22:22Receive the law of his mouth, and lay up his words in thy heart.
22:23If thou wilt return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, and shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacle.
22:24He shall give for earth flint, and for flint torrents of gold.
22:25And the Almighty shall be against thy enemies, and silver shall be heaped together for thee.
22:26Then shalt thou abound in delights in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face to God.
22:27Thou shalt pray to him, and he will hear thee, and thou shalt pay vows.
22:28Thou shalt decree a thing, and it shall come to thee, and light shall shine in thy ways.
22:29For he that hath been humbled, shall be in glory: and he that shall bow down his eyes, he shall be saved.
22:30The innocent shall be saved, and he shall be saved by the cleanness of his hands.
23:1¤ Then Job answered, and said:
23:2Now also my words are in bitterness, and the hand of my scourge is more grievous than my mourning.
23:3Who will grant me that I might know and find him, and come even to his throne?
23:4I would set judgment before him, and would fill my mouth with complaints.
23:5That I might know the words that he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.
23:6I would not that he should contend with me with much strength, nor overwhelm me with the weight of his greatness.
23:7Let him propose equity against me, and let my judgment come to victory.
23:8But if I go to the east, he appeareth not; if to the west, I shall not understand him.
23:9If to the left hand, what shall I do? I shall not take hold on him: if I turn myself to the right hand, I shall not see him.
23:10But he knoweth my way, and has tried me as gold that passeth through the fire:
23:11My foot hath followed his steps, I have kept his way, and have not declined from it.
23:12I have not departed from the commandments of his lips, and the words of his mouth I have hid in my bosom.
23:13For he is alone, and no man can turn away his thought: and whatsoever his soul hath desired, that hath he done.
23:14And when he shall have fulfilled his will in me, many other like things are also at hand with him.
23:15And therefore I am troubled at his presence, and when I consider him I am made pensive with fear.
23:16God hath softened my heart, and the Almighty hath troubled me.
23:17For I have not perished because of the darkness that hangs over me, neither hath the mist covered my face.
24:1¤ Times are not hid from the Almighty: but they that know him, know not his days.
24:2Some have removed landmarks, have taken away flocks by force, and fed them.
24:3They have driven away the ass of the fatherless, and have taken away the widow's ox for a pledge.
24:4They have overturned the way of the poor, and have oppressed together the meek of the earth.
24:5Others like wild asses in the desert go forth to their work: by watching for a prey they get bread for their children.
24:6They reap the field that is not their own, and gather the vintage of his vineyard whom by violence they have oppressed.
24:7They send men away naked, taking away their clothes who have no covering in the cold:
24:8Who are wet, with the showers of the mountains, and having no covering embrace the stones.
24:9They have violently robbed the fatherless, and stripped the poor common people.
24:10From the naked and them that go without clothing, and from the hungry they have taken away the ears of corn.
24:11They have taken their rest at noon among the stores of them, who after having trodden the winepresses suffer thirst.
24:12Out of the cities they have made men to groan, and the soul of the wounded hath cried out, and God doth not suffer it to pass unrevenged.
24:13They have been rebellious to the light, they have not known his ways, neither have they returned by his paths.
24:14The murderer riseth at the very break of day, he killeth the needy, and the poor man: but in the night he will be as a thief.
24:15The eye of the adulterer observeth darkness, saying: No eye shall see me: and he will cover his face.
24:16He diggeth through houses in the dark, as in the day they had appointed for themselves, and they have not known the light.
24:17If the morning suddenly appear, it is to them the shadow of death: and they walk in darkness as if it were in light.
24:18He is light upon the face of the water: cursed be his portion on the earth, let him not walk by the way of the vineyards.
24:19Let him pass from the snow waters to excessive heat, and his sin even to hell.
24:20Let mercy forget him: may worms be his sweetness: let him be remembered no more, but be broken in pieces as an unfruitful tree.
24:21For he hath fed the barren that beareth not, and to the widow he hath done no good.
24:22He hath pulled down the strong by his might: and when he standeth up, he shall not trust to his life.
24:23God hath given him place for penance, and he abuseth it unto pride: but his eyes are upon his ways.
24:24They are lifted up for a little while and shall not stand, and shall be brought down as all things, and shall be taken away, and as the tops of the ears of corn they shall be broken.
24:25And if it be not so, who can convince me that I have lied, and set my words before God?