Book of Job (Author Job and/or Moses)

32:1¤ So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he seemed just to himself.

32:2And Eliu the son of Barachel the Buzite of the kindred of Ram, was angry and was moved to indignation: now he was angry against Job, because he said he was just before God.

32:3And he was angry with his friends, because they had not found a reasonable answer, but only had condemned Job.

32:4So Eliu waited while Job was speaking because they were his elders that were speaking.

32:5But when he saw that the three were not able to answer, he was exceedingly angry.

32:6Then Eliu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered, and said: I am younger in days, and you are more ancient, therefore hanging down my head, I was afraid to shew you my opinion.

32:7For I hoped that greater age would speak, and that a multitude of years would teach wisdom.

32:8But, as I see, there is a spirit in men, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth understanding.

32:9They that are aged are not the wise men, neither do the ancients understand judgment.

32:10Therefore I will speak: Hearken to me, I also will shew you my wisdom.

32:11For I have waited for your words, I have given ear to your wisdom, as long as you were disputing in words.

32:12And as long as I thought you said some thing, I considered: but, as I see, there is none of you that can convince Job, and answer his words.

32:13Lest you should say: We have found wisdom, God hath cast him down, not man.

32:14He hath spoken nothing to me, and I will not answer him according to your words.

32:15They were afraid, and answered no more, and they left off speaking.

32:16Therefore because I have waited, and they have not spoken: they stood, and answered no more:

32:17I also will answer my part, and will shew my knowledge.

32:18For I am full of matter to speak of, and the spirit of my bowels straiteneth me.

32:19Behold, my belly is as new wine which wanteth vent, which bursteth the new vessels.

32:20I will speak and take breath a little: I will open my lips, and will answer.

32:21I will not accept the person of man, and I will not level God with man.

32:22For I know not how long I shall continue, and whether after a while my Maker may take me away.

33:1¤ Hear therefore, O Job, my speeches, and hearken to all my words.

33:2Behold now I have opened my mouth, let my tongue speak within my jaws.

33:3My words are from my upright heart, and my lips shall speak a pure sentence.

33:4The spirit of God made me, and the breath of the Almighty gave me life.

33:5If thou canst, answer me, and stand up against my face.

33:6Behold God hath made me as well as thee, and of the same clay I also was formed.

33:7But yet let not my wonder terrify thee, and let not my eloquence be burdensome to thee.

33:8Now thou hast said in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words:

33:9I am clean, and without sin: I am unspotted, and there is no iniquity in me.

33:10Because he hath found complaints against me, therefore he hath counted me for his enemy.

33:11He hath put my feet in the stocks, he hath observed all my paths.

33:12Now this is the thing in which thou art not justified: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

33:13Dost thou strive against him, because he hath not answered thee to all words?

33:14God speaketh once, and repeateth not the selfsame thing the second time.

33:15By a dream in a vision by night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, and they are sleeping in their beds:

33:16Then he openeth the ears of men, and teaching instructeth them in what they are to learn.

33:17That he may withdraw a man from the things he is doing, and may deliver him from pride.

33:18Rescuing his soul from corruption: and his life from passing to the sword.

33:19He rebuketh also by sorrow in the bed, and he maketh all his bones to wither.

33:20Bread becometh abominable to him in his life, and to his soul the meat which before he desired.

33:21His flesh shall be consumed away, and his bones that were covered shall be made bare.

33:22His soul hath drawn near to corruption, and his life to the destroyers.

33:23If there shall be an angel speaking for him, one among thousands, to declare man's uprightness,

33:24He shall have mercy on him, and shall say: Deliver him, that he may not go down to corruption: I have found wherein I may be merciful to him.

33:25His flesh is consumed with punishments, let him return to the days of his youth.

33:26He shall pray to God, and he will be gracious to him: and he shall see his face with joy, and he will render to man his justice.

33:27He shall look upon men, and shall say: I have sinned, and indeed I have offended, and I have not received what I have deserved.

33:28He hath delivered his soul from going into destruction, that it may live and see the light.

33:29Behold, all these things God worketh three times within every one.

33:30That he may withdraw their souls from corruption, and enlighten them with the light of the living.

33:31Attend, Job, and hearken to me, and hold thy peace, whilst I speak.

33:32But if thou hast any thing to say, answer me, speak: for I would have thee to appear just.

33:33And if thou have not, hear me: hold thy peace, and I will teach thee wisdom.

34:1¤ And Eliu continued his discourse, and said:

34:2Hear ye, wise men, my words, and ye learned, hearken to me:

34:3For the ear trieth words, and the mouth discerneth meats by the taste.

34:4Let us choose to us judgment, and let us see among ourselves what is the best.

34:5For Job hath said: I am just, and God hath overthrown my judgment.

34:6For in judging me there is a lie: my arrow is violent without any sin.

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

34:8Who goeth in company with them that work iniquity, and walketh with wicked men?

34:9For he hath said: Man shall not please God, although he run with him.

34:10Therefore, ye men of understanding, hear me: far from God be wickedness, and iniquity from the Almighty.

34:11For he will render to a man his work, and according to the ways of every one he will reward them.

34:12For in very deed God will not condemn without cause, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

34:13What other hath he appointed over the earth? or whom hath he set over the world which he made?

34:14If he turn his heart to him, he shall draw his spirit and breath unto himself.

34:15All flesh shall perish together, and man shall return into ashes.

34:16If then thou hast understanding, hear what is said, and hearken to the voice of my words.

34:17Can he be healed that loveth not judgment? and how dost thou so far condemn him that is just?

34:18Who saith to the king: Thou art an apostate: who calleth rulers ungodly:

34:19Who accepteth not the persons of princes: nor hath regarded the tyrant, when he contended against the poor man: for all are the work of his hands.

34:20They shall suddenly die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and they shall pass, and take away the violent without hand.

34:21For his eyes are upon the ways of men, and he considereth all their steps.

34:22There is no darkness, and there is no shadow of death, where they may be hid who work iniquity.

34:23For it is no longer in the power of man to enter into judgment with God.

34:24He shall break in pieces many and innumerable, and shall make others to stand in their stead.

34:25For he knoweth their works: and therefore he shall bring night on them, and they shall be destroyed.

34:26He hath struck them, as being wicked, in open sight.

34:27Who as it were on purpose have revolted from him, and would not understand all his ways:

34:28So that they caused the cry of the needy to come to him, and he heard the voice of the poor.

34:29For when he granteth peace, who is there that can condemn? When he hideth his countenance, who is there that can behold him, whether it regard nations, or all men?

34:30Who maketh a man that is a hypocrite to reign for the sins of the people?

34:31Seeing then I have spoken of God, I will not hinder thee in thy turn.

34:32If I have erred, teach thou me: if I have spoken iniquity, I will add no more.

34:33Doth God require it of thee, because it hath displeased thee? for thou begannest to speak, and not I: but if thou know any thing better, speak.

34:34Let men of understanding speak to me, and let a wise man hearken to me.

34:35But Job hath spoken foolishly, and his words sound not discipline.

34:36My father, let Job be tried even to the end: cease not from the man of iniquity.

34:37Because he addeth blasphemy upon his sins, let him be tied fast in the mean time amongst us: and then let him provoke God to judgment with his speeches.

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