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31 After this opened Job his mouth, 2 and cursed his day. °And Job lan

swered and said : (3 Let the day perish wherein I was

born, And the night which said, There is

a man child conceived. * 4

Let that day be darkness;
Let not God regard it from above,

Neither let the light shine upon it. 5 Let darkness and 8the shadow of

death 'claim' it 'for their own!; Let a cloud dwell upon it; Let 'all that maketh black the day

terrify it. 6 As for that night, let thickl dark

ness seize upon it: Let it not 4Sirejoice among the days

Or as 'an' hidden untimely birth

I had not been;
As infants which never saw light.
There the wicked

And there the weary be at rest.
There the prisoners are at ease!

together; They hear not the voice of the

itaskmasteri. The small and great are there; And the servant is free from his

master. Wherefore is light given to him

that is in misery, And life unto the bitter in soul; Which "long for death, but it cometh

not; And dig for it more than for hid

treasures ; Which rejoice 10exceedingly, And are glad, when they can find

the grave ? Why is light given to a man whose




of the year;


way is bid,



And whom God hath hedged in? * 24 For my sighing cometh libefore I

eat, And my roarings are poured out

like 'waterl. 25 For 12the thing which I 'fear cometh!

upon me, And that which I lam! afraid of

icometh unto me. 26) 18] 'am' not lat ease', neither lam! I

quiet, neither 'havel I rest; But trouble 'cometh'.



Let it not come into the number of

the months. Lo, let that night be bibarren'; Let no joyful voice come therein. Let them curse it that curse the

day, Who are ready to 'rousel up Slevi.

athan!. Let the stars of the twilight thereof

be dark : Let it look for light, but have none; Neither let it 'behold! the 'eyelids!

of the 'morning! : Because it shut not up the doors of

my mother's womb, Nor hid "trouble from mine eyes. Why died I not from the womb ? Why did I not give up the ghost

when I came out of the belly ? Why did the knees treceivel me? Or why the breasts, that I should

suck? For now should I have lien Idown!

and been quiet; I should have slept; then had I

been at rest: With kings and counsellors of the

earth, Which built lup wastel places for

themselves; Or with princes that had gold, Who filled their houses with silver:

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41) Then answered Eliphaz the Teman

ite, and said, 2 If lonel 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 Iconfirmed the

14feeble knees. 5 But now it is come iuntol thee, and

thou 15faintest; It toucheth thee, and thou art



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1 Or, I paint . Or, linguire after! 3 Or, deep darkness! (and so else

where) * Some ancient versions read, be

joined unto

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VERSION OF 1611.-- III. 2 spake; 3 (in).. (it was); 5 stain .. the blackness of ; 6 be joined unto; 7 solitary ; 8 raise . . their mourning ; 9 see .. dawning . . day; 10 sorrow; 12 prevent; 13 still ; 14 desolate; 16 a; 18 rest.. oppressor; 24 the waters ; 25 greatly feared is come .. was .. is come; 26 was . . in safety

Yet .. came. IV. 2 we; 4 strengthened ; 5 upon. = [44]

had .. was ..

ways ?


* 6) Is not thy fear 'of God' thy con- 21 101 Isl not their "tent-cord plucked fidence,

up within them? And thy hope the lintegrity of thy They die, land thati without wisdom.

51 Call now; lis! there any that will 7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever

answer thee? perished, being innocent ?

And to which of the 11holy ones! Or where were the fuprightl cut

wilt thou turn? off?

2 For Ivexation killeth the foolish 8 According! as I have seen, they

man, that plow iniquity,

And 12 jealousyl slayeth the silly And sow litroublel, reap the same. 9) By the breath of God they perish, 3 I have seen the foolish taking root:

And by the blast of his langeri are But suddenly I cursed his habitathey consumed.

tion. 10 The roaring of the lion, and the 4 His children are far from safety, voice of the fierce lion,

And they are crushed in the gate, And the teeth of the younge lions, Neither is there any to deliver are broken.

them. The old lion perisheth for lack of 5 Whose harvest the hungry cateth prey,

up, And the whelps lof the lionessi are

And taketh it even

out of the scattered abroad.

thorns, 12 Now a thing was 'secretly brought And 13the 'snare gapeth for their to me,

substance. And mine ear received a 'whisper 6 Fori 14affliction cometh not forth of thereof.

the dust, 13 In thoughts from the visions of the Neither doth trouble spring out of night,

the ground; When deep sleep falleth on men,

7 Buti man is born unto trouble, Fear came upon me, and trembling, As 15the sparks fly upward.

Which made all my bones to shake. 8 But as for me, I would seek unto 15 Then a spirit passed before my

God, face;

And unto God would I commit my The hair of my flesh stood up.

cause: 16 It stood still, but I could not dis- 9 Which doeth great things and cern the 'appearances thereof;

unsearchable; A form' was before mine eyes :

Marvellous things without number : * There was silence, and I heard a 10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, voice, saying,

And sendeth waters
Shall mortal man sbe more just

fields :
than God?

11 "So that he setteth' up on high those Shall a man be more pure than

that be low; his Maker?

"And those which mourn Warel exli Behold, he 'putteth' no trust in his

alted to safety. servants;

12 He ifrustratethi the devices of the And his angels he 'chargethi with

crafty, folly:

So that their hands 16cannot per19 How much Imorel them that dwell

form their enterprise. in houses of clay,

He taketh the wise in their own Whose foundation is in the dust,

craftiness: Which crushed before the

And the counsel of the froward is moth !

carried headlong. 20) "Betwixt morning land' evening They meet with darkness in the they are destroyed :

day-time, They perish for ever without any And grope 'at' noonday as in the regarding it.

night. 10T, I mischief

8 Or, From morning to evening 13 According to many ancient versions, 2 Heb. brought by stealth, 9 Heb. broken in pieces.

the thirsty suallow up. Or, a lbreathi passed lover! 10 Or, Is not their excellency which is 14 Or, iniquity See ch. iv. 8. Or, I heard a still voice

15 Héb. the sons of flame or of light* Or, be just before God 11 See ch. xv, 15.

ning. Or, be pure lbefore his Maker 12 Or, indignation

16 Or, icand perform Inothing of Or, Vlikel

VERSION of 1611.– 6 this.. uprightness ; 7 righteous; 8 Even.. wickedness; 9 nostrils ; 11 stout Lion's ; 12 little; 16 form . . An image; 18 put .. charged ; 19 less in ; 20 from .. to; 21 Doth .. excellency which is in . . go away.. even.

v. 1 if.. be.. saints ; 2 wrath .. envy; 5 robber swalloweth up; 6 Although ; 7 Yet; 11 To set. . That.. may be ; 12 disappointeth ; 14 in the. = [44]

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3 For now it would be heavier than the

sand of the Iseasi : Therefore thave! my words Ibeen

rashi. 4) For the arrows of the Almighty are

within me, The poison whereof my spirit drink



eth up:








But he saveth from the sword loft

their mouth, "Even' the 'needy' from the hand of

the mighty So the poor hath hope, And iniquity stoppeth her mouth. Behold, happy is the man whom

God 'correcteth: Therefore despise not thou the

chastening of the Almighty. For he maketh sore, and bindeth

up; He woundeth, and his hands make

whole. He shall deliver thee in six

troubles; Yea, in seven there shall no evil

touch thee. In famine he shall redeem thee

from death; And in war from the power of the

sword. Thou shalt be hid from the scourge

of the tongue; Neither shalt thou be afraid of

destruction when it cometh. At destruction and dearth' thou

shalt laugh; Neither shalt thou be afraid of the

beasts of the earth. For thou shalt be in league with the

stones of the field; And the beasts of the field shall be

at peace with thee. And thou shalt know that thy 'tent

ist in peace; And thou shalt visit thy sifold',

and 4shalt 'miss nothing'. Thou shalt know also that thy seed

shall be great, And thine offspring as the grass of

the earth. Thou shalt come to thy grave in




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The terrors of God do set them

selves in array against me. Doth the wild ass bray when he

hath grass ? Or loweth the ox over his fodder? Can that which ihath no savourl be

eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white

of an egg? My soul 'refuseth' to touch 'them; They are as 'loathsomel meat ito

mel. Oh that I might have my request; And that God would grant me the

thing that I long for! Even that it would please God to

crush' me; That he would let loose his hand,

and cut me off ! Then should I yet have comfort; 8Yea, I would "exult' in 'pain 10that

spareth' not: 11 For I have not 121 denied the words

of the Holy One. What is my strength, that I should

Iwaiti ? And what is mine end, that I should

'be patienti? Is my strength the strength of

stones? Or is my flesh of brass ? Is lit! not that I have not help in

me, And Ithat 18effectual working' is

driven quite from me ? To him that is ready to faint kind

nessshould be shewed from his

friend; 141 Even to him thati forsaketh the

fear of the Almighty: My brethren have dealt deceitfully

as a brook, As the channel' of brooks thati

pass away; Which are iblackl by reason of the

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7 Or, IWhatI things my soul refused

to touch, Ithesel are as my loath

some meat
* Or, I Thoughi / Ishrink back!
* Or, harden myself

ice, And wherein the

Thideth itself! :


10 Or, I though hel spare not
11 Or, i Thati 19 Or, concealed
13 Or, Isound! wisdom
14 Or, 1 Else mightl he i forsakel Or,

But he forsaketh

VERSION OF 1611.–15 poor .. From . . and; 22 famine ; 24 tabernacle shall be .. habitation .. not sin ; 26 his. - VI. 1 But; 2 grief.. throughly; 3 sea . . are swallowed up; 6 is unsavoury; 7 The things that .. refused . . my sorrowful ; 9 destroy; 10 harden myself . . sorrow; let him . . spare .. concealed ; 11 hope . . prolong my life; 13 my wisdom; 14 afflicted pity.. But he; 15 (And) .. they ; 16 blackish.. is hid. = [50]

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As a servant that! earnestly de

sireth the shadow, And as 'an' hireling that looketh

for his 'wages' : So am I made to possess months

of vanity, And wearisome nights are appointed

to me. When I lie down, I say, 8When shall I arise ? but the night

lis long! ; And I am full of tossings to and fro

unto the dawning of the day. My flesh is clothed with worms and

clods of dust; My skin "closeth up' and 'breaketh

out afresh!. My days are swifter than a weaver's

shuttle, And are spent without hope. Oh remember that my life is wind : Mine eye

shall no more see good. The eye of him that 'seethi me shall

Ibehold' me no more: Thine eyes Ishall be upon me, 'buti

I Ishalll not 'bel. As the cloud is consumed and van





17 What time they lwax warm, they

vanish : When it is hot, they are consumed

out of their place. 18 ?The caravans that travel by thel

way lof them turni aside;
They go 'up into the wastel, and

19 The 'caravans' of Tema looked,

The companies of Sheba waited for

them. 3) They were ashamed because they

had hoped ;
They came thither, and were con-

21 For now ye 8are nothing;

Ye see la terror', and are afraid.
22) Did I


Give unto me?
Or, 'Offeri a 'presenti for me of

your substance ?
23 Or, Deliver me from the ladver-

sary's' hand ? Or, Redeem me from the hand of

the 'oppressors!? 13 Teach me, and I will hold my

'peacel : And cause me to understand where

in I have erred. ** How forcible are words of upright

ness!! But what doth your arguing re

prove ? ** Do ye imagine to reprove words?

'Seeing that the speeches of one

that is desperate are tas wind. 21 Yea, ye 'would cast lots upon the

fatherless, And make merchandise of your

friend. %

Now therefore be 'pleased to look

upon me; For Isurely' I 'shall not' lie Ito your

facel. * Return, I pray you, let Ithere be no

injustice! ; Yea, return again, 6my 'causel is

frighteous! Is there linjustice on' my tongue? Cannot my taste discern 'mischiev

ous' things ? Is there not sla Twarfarel to man upon earth ? And are not his days like the days of lan' hireling?

isheth away,


So he that goeth down to 101 Sheol!

shall come up no more. He shall return no more

to his house, Neither shall his place know him

any more. Therefore I will not refrain

mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my

spirit ; I will complain in the bitterness of



my soul.




Am I a sea, or a isea-monsterl,
That thou settest a watch over me?
When I say, My bed shall comfort

My couch shall ease my complaint;
Then thou scarest me with dreams,
And terrifiest me through visions :
So that my soul chooseth strangling,
And death rather than thesel my

Ibones! 111 loathe imy lifel; 1 12 would not live

alway : Let me alone; for my days are





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9 Or, is broken and become loathsome 10 Or, the grave 11 Or, I Iwaste away! 12 Or, Ishalli 13 Or, las a breaths

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VERSION OF 1611.-18 paths of their . . are turned .. to nothing ; 19 troops ; 21 my casting down ; 22 Bring . . reward; 23 enemy's .. mighty ; 24 tongue ; 25 right; 26 And .. which ; 27 overwhelm ..

a pit for ; 28 content .. it is evident unto you if ; 29 it not be iniquity .. righteousness in it: 30 iniquity in .. perverse.

- VII. 1 an appointed time . . also .. a; 2a .. the reward of . Hork : 4 and .. be gone; 5 is broken .. become loathsome ; 8 hath seen .. see .. are .. and .. am ; 8 the grave; 12 whale ;' 15 life ; 16 it. = [70]

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Because our days upon earth are a

shadow :) Shall not they teach thee, and tell

thee, And utter words out of their heart? Can the rush grow up without

mire ? Can the flag grow without water? Whilst it is yet in lits' greenness,

and not cut down, It withereth before any other herb. So are the paths of all that forget

God; And the hope 'of the godless man!

shall perish: Whose Iconfidence! shall bibreak in

sunderl, And whose trust lisi a spider's web. He shall lean upon his house, but it

shall not stand : He shall hold fast "thereby', but it

shall not endure. He is green before the sun, And his 'shoots gol forth lovers his

garden. His roots are wrapped Sabout the

heap, "He beholdeth the place of stones. If he be destroyed from his place, Then it shall deny him, saying, I

have not seen thee. Behold, this is the joy of his way, And out of the Searth shall others

Ispring! Behold, God will not cast away a

perfect man, Neither will he 'uphold! the evil

doers. 10 He 'will yeti fill thy mouth with

Naughter, And thy lips with 'shoutingl. They that hate thee shall be clothed

with shame; And the tent of the wicked shall

Ibe no morel

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81 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 'mighty' wind ? 3 Doth God pervert judgement ?

Or doth the Almighty pervert jus

tice? 4 81f thy children have sinned against

him, And he have delivered! them linto

the hand of their transgression : 5 If thou wouldest seek Idiligently'

unto God, And make thy supplication to the

Almighty; 6 If thou wert pure and upright;

Surely now he would awake for

thee, And make the habitation of thy

righteousness prosperous. 7 And though thy beginning was

small, Yet thy latter end should greatly

increase. 8 For inquire, I pray thee, of the

And 'apply. thyself to 'that which!

their fathers have searched out": 9 (For we are but of yesterday, and

know nothing,


former age,

91 Then Job answered and said,
2) Of a truth I know that it is so:

11 But how 'can' man be just 12with

God? 3 131f he 'be pleased to contend with

him, He cannot answer him one of a

thousand. He is wise in heart, and mighty in


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Version of 1611.- 19 depart; 20 (shall). . preserver . . against; 21 sleep.. in the morning. VIII. 2 strong; 4 cast .. away for; 5 betimes ; 8 prepare .. the search of ; 12 his; 13 hypocrite's; 14 hope . . be cut off shall be ; 15 it; 16 branch shooteth .. in; 17 And seeth ; 18 destroy him; 19

grow; 20 help ; 21 Till . . laughing . . rejoicing ; 22 dwelling place . . come to nought. IX. 2 should; 3 will. = [45]

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