Book of Job (Author Job and/or Moses)

38:1¤ Then the Lord answered Job out of a whirlwind, and said:

38:2Who is this that wrappeth up sentences in unskilful words?

38:3Gird up thy loins like a man: I will ask thee, and answer thou me.

38:4Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? tell me if thou hast understanding.

38:5Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest or who hath stretched the line upon it?

38:6Upon what are its bases grounded? or who laid the corner stone thereof,

38:7When the morning stars praised me together, and all the sons of God made a joyful melody?

38:8Who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth as issuing out of the womb:

38:9When I made a cloud the garment thereof, and wrapped it in a mist as in swaddling bands?

38:10I set my bounds around it, and made it bars and doors:

38:11And I said: Hitherto thou shalt come, and shalt go no further, and here thou shalt break thy swelling waves.

38:12Didst thou since thy birth command the morning, and shew the dawning of the day its place?

38:13And didst thou hold the extremities of the earth shaking them, and hast thou shaken the ungodly out of it?

38:14The seal shall be restored as clay, and shall stand as a garment.

38:15From the wicked their light shall be taken away, and the high arm shall be broken.

38:16Hast thou entered into the depths of the sea, and walked in the lowest parts of the deep?

38:17Have the gates of death been opened to thee, and hast thou seen the darksome doors?

38:18Hast thou considered the breadth of the earth? tell me, if thou knowest all things?

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

38:20That thou mayst bring every thing to its own bounds, and understand the paths of the house thereof.

38:21Didst thou know then that thou shouldst be born? and didst thou know the number of thy days?

38:22Hast thou entered into the storehouses of the snow, or hast thou beheld the treasures of the hail:

38:23Which I have prepared for the time of the enemy, against the day of battle and war?

38:24By what way is the light spread, and heat divided upon the earth?

38:25Who gave a course to violent showers, or a way for noisy thunder:

38:26That it should rain on the earth without man in the wilderness, where no mortal dwelleth:

38:27That it should fill the desert and desolate land, and should bring forth green grass?

38:28Who is the father of rain? or who begot the drops of dew?

38:29Out of whose womb came the ice? and the frost from heaven who hath gendered it?

38:30The waters are hardened like a stone, and the surface of the deep is congealed.

38:31Shalt thou be able to join together the shining stars the Pleiades, or canst thou stop the turning about of Arcturus?

38:32Canst thou bring forth the day star in its time, and make the evening star to rise upon the children of the earth?

38:33Dost thou know the order of heaven, and canst thou set down the reason thereof on the earth?

38:34Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that an abundance of waters may cover thee?

38:35Canst thou send lightnings, and will they go, and will they return and say to thee: Here we are?

38:36Who hath put wisdom in the heart of man? or who gave the cock understanding?

38:37Who can declare the order of the heavens, or who can make the harmony of heaven to sleep?

38:38When was the dust poured on the earth, and the clods fastened together?

38:39Wilt thou take the prey for the lioness, and satisfy the appetite of her whelps,

38:40When they couch in the dens and lie in wait in holes?

38:41Who provideth food for the raven, when her young ones cry to God, wandering about, because they have no meat?

39:1¤ Knowest thou the time when the wild goats bring forth among the rocks, or hast thou observed the hinds when they fawn?

39:2Hast thou numbered the months of their conceiving, or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?

39:3They bow themselves to bring forth young, and they cast them, and send forth roarings.

39:4Their young are weaned and go to feed: they go forth, and return not to them.

39:5Who hath sent out the wild ass free, and who hath loosed his bonds?

39:6To whom I have given a house in the wilderness, and his dwellings in the barren land.

39:7He scorneth the multitude of the city, he heareth not the cry of the driver.

39:8He looketh round about the mountains of his pasture, and seeketh for every green thing,

39:9Shall the rhinoceros be willing to serve thee, or will he stay at thy crib?

39:10Canst thou bind the rhinoceros with thy thong to plough, or will he break the clods of the valleys after thee?

39:11Wilt thou have confidence in his great strength, and leave thy labours to him?

39:12Wilt thou trust him that he will render thee the seed, and gather it into thy barnfloor?

39:13The wing of the ostrich is like the wings of the heron, and of the hawk.

39:14When she leaveth her eggs on the earth, thou perhaps wilt warm them in the dust.

39:15She forgetteth that the foot may tread upon them, or that the beasts of the field may break them.

39:16She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers, she hath laboured in vain, no fear constraining her.

39:17For God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he given her understanding.

39:18When time shall be, she setteth up her wings on high: she scorneth the horse and his rider.

39:19Wilt thou give strength to the horse or clothe his neck with neighing?

39:20Wilt thou lift him up like the locusts? the glory of his nostrils is terror.

39:21He breaketh up the earth with his hoof, he pranceth boldly, he goeth forward to meet armed men.

39:22He despiseth fear, he turneth not his back to the sword.

39:23Above him shall the quiver rattle, the spear and shield shall glitter.

39:24Chasing and raging he swalloweth the ground, neither doth he make account when the noise of the trumpet soundeth.

39:25When he heareth the trumpet he saith: Ha, ha: he smelleth the battle afar off, the encouraging of the captains, and the shouting of the army.

39:26Doth the hawk wax feathered by thy wisdom, spreading her wings to the south?

39:27Will the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest in high places?

39:28She abideth among the rocks, and dwelleth among cragged flints, and stony hills, where there is no access.

39:29From thence she looketh for the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.

39:30Her young ones shall suck up blood: and wheresoever the carcass shall be, she is immediately there.

40:1And the Lord went on, and said to Job:

40:2Shall he that contendeth with God be so easily silenced? surely he that reproveth God, ought to answer him.

40:3Then Job answered the Lord, and said:

40:4What can I answer, who hath spoken inconsiderately? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.

40:5One thing I have spoken, which I wish I had not said: and another, to which I will add no more.

40:6And the Lord answering Job out of the whirlwind, said:

40:7Gird up thy loins like a man: I will ask thee, and do thou tell me.

40:8Wilt thou make void my judgment: and condemn me, that thou mayst be justified?

40:9And hast thou an arm like God, and canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

40:10Clothe thyself with beauty, and set thyself up on high, and be glorious, and put on goodly garments.

40:11Scatter the proud in thy indignation, and behold every arrogant man, and humble him.

40:12Look on all that are proud, and confound them, and crush the wicked in their place,

40:13Hide them in the dust together, and plunge their faces into the pit.

40:14Then I will confess that thy right hand is able to save thee.

40:15Behold behemoth whom I made with thee, he eateth grass like an ox.

40:16His strength is in his loins, and his force in the navel of his belly.

40:17He setteth up his tail like a cedar, the sinews of his testicles are wrapped together.

40:18His bones are like pipes of brass, his gristle like plates of iron.

40:19He is the beginning of the ways of God, who made him, he will apply his sword.

40:20To him the mountains bring forth grass: there all the beasts of the field shall play.

40:21He sleepeth under the shadow, in the covert of the reed, and in moist places.

40:22The shades cover his shadow, the willows of the brook shall compass him about.

40:23Behold, he will drink up a river, and not wonder: and he trusteth that the Jordan may run into his mouth.

40:24In his eyes as with a hook he shall take him, and bore through his nostrils with stakes.

41:1¤ Canst thou draw out the leviathan with a hook, or canst thou tie his tongue with a cord?

41:2Canst thou put a ring in his nose, or bore through his jaw with a buckle?

41:3Will he make many supplications to thee, or speak soft words to thee?

41:4Will he make a covenant with thee, and wilt thou take him to be a servant for ever,

41:5Shalt thou play with him as with a bird, or tie him up for thy handmaids?

41:6Shall friends cut him in pieces, shall merchants divide him?

41:7Wilt thou fill nets with his skin, and the cabins of fishes with his head?

41:8Lay thy hand upon him: remember the battle, and speak no more.

41:9Behold his hope shall fail him, and in the sight of all he shall be cast down.

41:10I will not stir him up, like one that is cruel, for who can resist my countenance?

41:11Who hath given me before that I should repay him? All things that are under heaven are mine.

41:12I will not spare him, nor his mighty words, and framed to make supplication.

41:13Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can go into the midst of his mouth?

41:14Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.

41:15His body is like molten shields, shut close up with scales pressing upon one another.

41:16One is joined to another, and not so much as any air can come between them:

41:17They stick one to another and they hold one another fast, and shall not be separated.

41:18His sneezing is like the shining of fire, and his eyes like the eyelids of the morning.

41:19Out of his mouth go forth lamps, like torches of lighted fire.

41:20Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, like that of a pot heated and boiling.

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

41:22In his neck strength shall dwell, and want goeth before his face.

41:23The members of his flesh cleave one to another: he shall send lightnings against him, and they shall not be carried to another place.

41:24His heart shall be as hard as a stone, and as firm as a smith's anvil,

41:25When he shall raise him up, the angels shall fear, and being affrighted shall purify themselves.

41:26When a sword shall lay at him, it shall not be able to hold, nor a spear, nor a breastplate.

41:27For he shall esteem iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.

41:28The archer shall not put him to flight, the stones of the sling are to him like stubble.

41:29As stubble will he esteem the hammer, and he will laugh him to scorn who shaketh the spear.

41:30The beams of the sun shall be under him, and he shall strew gold under him like mire.

41:31He shall make the deep sea to boil like a pot, and shall make it as when ointments boil.

41:32A path shall shine after him, he shall esteem the deep as growing old.

41:33There is no power upon earth that can be compared with him who was made to fear no one,

41:34He beholdeth every high thing, he is king over all the children of pride.

42:1¤ Then Job answered the Lord, and said:

42:2I know that thou canst do all things, and no thought is hid from thee.

42:3Who is this that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have spoken unwisely, and things that above measure exceeded my knowledge.

42:4Hear, and I will speak: I will ask thee, and do thou tell me.

42:5With the hearing of the ear, I have heard thee, but now my eye seeth thee.

42:6Therefore I reprehend myself, and do penance in dust and ashes.

42:7And after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Themanite: My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends, because you have not spoken the thing that is right before me, as my servant Job hath.

42:8Take unto you therefore seven oxen and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer for yourselves a holocaust, and my servant Job shall pray for you: his face I will accept, that folly be not imputed to you: for you have not spoken right things before me, as my servant Job hath.

42:9So Eliphaz the Themanite, and Baldad the Suhite, and Sophar the Naamathite went, and did as the Lord had spoken to them, and the Lord accepted the face of Job.

42:10The Lord also was turned at the penance of Job, when he prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

42:11And all his brethren came to him, and all his sisters, and all that knew him before, and they ate bread with him in his house: and bemoaned him, and comforted him upon all the evil that God had brought upon him. And every man gave him one ewe, and one earring of gold.

42:12And the Lord 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 one Dies, and the name of the second Cassia, and the name of the third Cornustibii.

42:15And there were not found in all the earth women so beautiful as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

42:16And Job lived after these things, a hundred and forty years, and he saw his children, and his children's children, unto the fourth generation,

42:17and he died an old man, and full of days.

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