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CHAP. IV. Eliphaz communeth with Job. Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved ? but who can withhold himself from speaking ?. 3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. 4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. ,7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off? 12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. 13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, 14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. 15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up. 16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof : an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying, 17 Shall mortal man be more just than God ? shall a man be more pure than his Maker? 18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly : 19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth ?
Chap. V. Affliction is for man's good. 6 ALTHOUGH affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground: 7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. 17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth : therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth op: he woundeth, and his hands make
whole, 19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles : yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. 20 In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword. 21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue : nei. ther shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. 22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth. 23 For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field : and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee. 24 And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace : and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin. 26 Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full
like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.
CHAP. VI. Job reproveth his friends. But Job answered and said, 2 Oh, that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together! 3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea : therefore my words are swallowed up. 4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set them: selves in array against me. 14 To him that is afflicted, pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty. 24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. 25 How forci. ble are right words! but what doth your arguing proye? 26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind ? 27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend. 28 Now therefore be content, look upon me ; for it is evident unto
you, if I lie.
CHAP. VII. Job desireth death. Is there not an appointed time to man upon carth ? are not his days also like the days of an hireling? 6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope. 7 O re. member that my life is wind : mine eye
shall more see good. 8 The eye of him that hath seen me, shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not. 9. As the cloud is consumed, and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. 10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more. 11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit: I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
16 I loath it: I would not live alway: let me alone ;
my days are vanity. 17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? 18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment ? 20 I have sinned, what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men ? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself? Chap. VIII. Bildad's Expostulation with Job.
Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, 2 How long wilt thou speak these things ? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind ?
3. Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighly pervert justice ? 6 If thou wert pure and upright ; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous. 8 For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers : s For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon eartli are a shadow. 20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers ; 21 Till he fill thy mouth with laugh. ing, and thy lips with rejoicing. 22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame, and the dwelling-place of the wicked shall come to nought,
CHAP. IX. God's justice and power. Then Job answered, and said, 2 I know it is so of a truth: but how shall man be just with God? 3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand. 4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered ? 5 Which re. moveth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger, 6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. 7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. 8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. 9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. 10 Which doeth great things past finding out ; yea, and wonders without number.
11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not. 12 Behold, he tak, eth away, who can hinder him ? who will say unto him, What doest thou ? 19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead? 20 If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me; If I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.
CHAP. XI. Zophar's answer. Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 2 Should not the multitude of words be answered ? and should a man full of talk be justified? 4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes, 5 But, О that God would speak, and open his lips against thee; 6 And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth. 7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection ? 8 It is as high as heaven ; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? 9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him ? 14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. 14 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear :
17 And thine age shall be clearer than the noon-day: thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning. 20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.
CHAP. XII. Job's answer. And Job answered and said, 2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you. 3 But I have understanding as well as you; yea, who knoweth not such things as these ? 7 Byt ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee : 8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee ; and the fishes of