Book of Job (Author Job and/or Moses)

5:1Call now, if there be any that will answer thee, and turn to some of the saints.

5:2Anger indeed killeth the foolish, and envy slayeth the little one.

5:3I have seen a fool with a strong root, and I cursed his beauty immediately.

5:4His children shall be far from safety, and shall be destroyed in the gate, and there shall be none to deliver them.

5:5Whose harvest the hungry shall eat, and the armed man shall take him by violence, and the thirsty shall drink up his riches.

5:6Nothing upon earth is done without a cause, and sorrow doth not spring out of the ground.

5:7Man is born to labour, and the bird to fly.

5:8Wherefore I will pray to the Lord, and address my speech to God:

5:9Who doth great things, and unsearchable and wonderful things without number:

5:10Who giveth rain upon the face of the earth, and watereth all things with waters:

5:11Who setteth up the humble on high, and comforteth with health those that mourn.

5:12Who bringeth to nought the designs of the malignant, so that their hands cannot accomplish what they had begun:

5:13Who catcheth the wise in their craftiness, and disappointeth the counsel of the wicked:

5:14They shall meet with darkness in the day, and grope at noonday as in the night.

5:15But he shall save the needy from the sword of their mouth, and the poor from the hand of the violent.

5:16And to the needy there shall be hope, but iniquity shall draw in her mouth.

5:17Blessed is the man whom God correcteth: refuse not, therefore, the chastising of the Lord.

5:18For he woundeth, and cureth: he striketh, and his hands shall heal.

5:19In six troubles he shall deliver thee, and in the seventh, evil shall not touch thee.

5:20In famine he shall deliver thee from death; and in battle, from the hand of the sword.

5:21Thou shalt be hidden from the scourge of the tongue: and thou shalt not fear calamity when it cometh.

5:22In destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: and thou shalt not be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

5:23But thou shalt have a covenant with the stones of the lands, and the beasts of the earth shall be at peace with thee.

5:24And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle is in peace, and visiting thy beauty, thou shalt not sin.

5:25Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be multiplied, and thy offspring like the grass of the earth.

5:26Thou shalt enter into the grave in abundance, as a heap of wheat is brought in its season.

5:27Behold, this is even so, as we have searched out: which thou having heard, consider it thoroughly in thy mind.

6:1But Job answered, and said:

6:2O that my sins, whereby I have deserved wrath, and the calamity that I suffer, were weighed in a balance.

6:3As the sand of the sea, this would appear heavier: therefore, my words are full of sorrow:

6:4For the arrows of the Lord are in me, the rage whereof drinketh up my spirit, and the terrors of the Lord war against me.

6:5Will the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or will the ox low when he standeth before a full manger?

6:6Or can an unsavoury thing be eaten, that is not seasoned with salt? or can a man taste that which, when tasted, bringeth death?

6:7The things which before my soul would not touch, now, through anguish, are my meats.

6:8Who will grant that my request may come: and that God may give me what I look for?

6:9And that he that hath begun may destroy me, that he may let loose his hand, and cut me off?

6:10And that this may be my comfort, that afflicting me with sorrow, he spare not, nor I contradict the words of the Holy one.

6:11For what is my strength, that I can hold out? or what is my end, that I should keep patience?

6:12My strength is not the strength of stones, nor is my flesh of brass.

6:13Behold there is no help for me in myself, and my familiar friends also are departed from me.

6:14He that taketh away mercy from his friend, forsaketh the fear of the Lord.

6:15My brethren have passed by me, as the torrent that passeth swiftly in the valleys.

6:16They that fear the hoary frost, the snow shall fall upon them.

6:17At the time when they shall be scattered they shall perish: and after it groweth hot, they shall be melted out of their place.

6:18The paths of their steps are entangled: they shall walk in vain, and shall perish.

6:19Consider the paths of Thema, the ways of Saba, and wait a little while.

6:20They are confounded, because I have hoped: they are come also even unto me, and are covered with shame.

6:21Now you are come: and now, seeing my affliction, you are afraid.

6:22Did I say: Bring to me, and give me of your substance?

6:23Or deliver me from the hand of the enemy, and rescue me out of the hand of the mighty?

6:24Teach me, and I will hold my peace: and if I have been ignorant of any thing, instruct me.

6:25Why have you detracted the words of truth, whereas there is none of you that can reprove me?

6:26You dress up speeches only to rebuke, and you utter words to the wind.

6:27You rush in upon the fatherless, and you endeavour to overthrow your friend.

6:28However, finish what you have begun: give ear and see whether I lie.

6:29Answer, I beseech you, without contention: and speaking that which is just, judge ye.

6:30And you shall not find iniquity in my tongue, neither shall folly sound in my mouth.

7:1The life of man upon earth is a warfare, and his days are like the days of a hireling.

7:2As a servant longeth for the shade, as the hireling looketh for the end of his work;

7:3So I also have had empty months, and have numbered to myself wearisome nights.

7:4If I lie down to sleep, I shall say: When shall I rise? and again, I shall look for the evening, and shall be filled with sorrows even till darkness.

7:5My flesh is clothed with rottenness and the filth of dust; my skin is withered and drawn together.

7:6My days have passed more swiftly than the web is cut by the weaver, and are consumed without any hope.

7:7Remember that my life is but wind, and my eye shall not return to see good things.

7:8Nor shall the sight of man behold me: thy eyes are upon me, and I shall be no more.

7:9As a cloud is consumed, and passeth away: so he that shall go down to hell shall not come up.

7:10Nor shall he return any more into his house, neither shall his place know him any more

7:11Wherefore, I will not spare my month, I will speak in the affliction of my spirit: I will talk with the bitterness of my soul.

7:12Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou hast enclosed me in a prison?

7:13If I say: My bed shall comfort me, and I shall be relieved, speaking with myself on my couch:

7:14Thou wilt frighten me with dreams, and terrify me with visions.

7:15So that my soul rather chooseth hanging, and my bones death.

7:16I have done with hope, I shall now live no longer: spare me, for my days are nothing.

7:17What is a man, that thou shouldst magnify him or why dost thou set thy heart upon him?

7:18Thou visitest him early in the morning, and thou provest him suddenly.

7:19How long wilt thou not spare me, nor suffer me to swallow down my spittle?

7:20I have sinned: what shall I do to thee, O keeper of men? why hast thou set me opposite to thee, and I am become burdensome to myself?

7:21Why dost thou not remove my sin, and why dost thou not take away my iniquity? Behold now I shall sleep in the dust: and if thou seek me in the morning, I shall not be.

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