11:10 Have not you made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side? you have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.11:11 But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse you to your face.
1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; only upon himself put not forth your hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
1:13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
1:14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
1:15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yes, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell you.
1:16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and has burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell you.
1:17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yes, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell you.
1:18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
1:19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell you.
1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Job Chapter 2
2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
2:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From where do you come? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and eschews evil? and still he holds fast his integrity, although you moved me against him, to destroy him without cause.
2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yes, all that a man has will he give for his life.
2:5 But put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.
2:6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in your hand; but save his life.
2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Do you still retain your integrity? curse God, and die.
2:10 But he said unto her, You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
2:11 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.
2:12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
2:13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.
Job Chapter 3
3:1 After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
3:2 And Job spoke, and said,
3:3 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
3:4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
3:5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
3:6 As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.
3:7 Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
3:8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.
3:9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:
3:10 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
3:11 Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
3:12 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
3:13 For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
3:14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;
3:15 Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
3:16 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.
3:17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.
3:18 There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
3:19 The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
3:20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;
3:21 Which long for death, but it comes not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;
3:22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?
3:23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God has hedged in?
3:24 For my sighing comes before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
3:25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
3:26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
Job Chapter 4
4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
4:2 If we assay to commune with you, will you be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
4:3 Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands.
4:4 Your words have upholden him that was falling, and you have strengthened the feeble knees.
4:5 But now it is come upon you, and you faintest; it toucheth you, and you are troubled.
4:6 Is not this your fear, your confidence, your hope, and the uprightness of your ways?
4:7 Remember, I pray you, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
4:9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
4:10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
4:11 The old lion perishes for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
4:12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
4:13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men,
4:14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
4:15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
4:16 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,
4:17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
4:18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
4:19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
4:20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.
4:21 Does not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.
Job Chapter 5
5:1 Call now, if there be any that will answer you; and to which of the saints will you turn?
5:2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.
5:3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
5:4 His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.
5:5 Whose harvest the hungry eats up, and takes it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.
5:6 Although affliction comes not forth of the dust, neither does trouble spring out of the ground;
5:7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
5:8 I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
5:9 Which does great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:
5:10 Who gives rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:
5:11 To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.
5:12 He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
5:13 He takes the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
5:14 They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night.
5:15 But he saves the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.
5:16 So the poor has hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.
5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not you the chastening of the Almighty:
5:18 For he makes sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
5:19 He shall deliver you in six troubles: yes, in seven there shall no evil touch you.
5:20 In famine he shall redeem you from death: and in war from the power of the sword.
5:21 You shall be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.
5:22 At destruction and famine you shall laugh: neither shall you be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
5:23 For you shall be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.
5:24 And you shall know that your tabernacle shall be in peace; and you shall visit your habitation, and shall not sin.
5:25 You shall know also that your seed shall be great, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.
5:26 You shall come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn comes in in his season.
5:27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know you it for your good.
Job Chapter 6
6:1 But Job answered and said,
6:2 Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!
6:3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.
6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinks up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.
6:5 Does the wild ass bray when he has grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?
6:6 Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
6:7 The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.
6:8 Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
6:9 Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
6:10 Then should I yet have comfort; yes, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
6:11 What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?
6:12 Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?
6:13 Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
6:14 To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
6:15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;
6:16 Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:
6:17 What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
6:18 The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.
6:19 The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.
6:20 They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.
6:21 For now you are nothing; you see my casting down, and are afraid.
6:22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?
6:23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?
6:24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
6:25 How forcible are right words! but what does your arguing reprove?
6:26 Do you imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?
6:27 Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless, and you dig a pit for your friend.
6:28 Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.
6:29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yes, return again, my righteousness is in it.
6:30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?
Job Chapter 7
7:1 Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?
7:2 As a servant earnestly desires the shadow, and as an hireling looks for the reward of his work:
7:3 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.
7:4 When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.
7:5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.
7:6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.
7:7 O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.
7:8 The eye of him that has seen me shall see me no more: your eyes are upon me, and I am not.
7:9 As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away: so he that goes down to the grave shall come up no more.
7:10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
7:11 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.
7:12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that you settest a watch over me?
7:13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;
7:14 Then you scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:
7:15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.
7:16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.
7:17 What is man, that you shouldest magnify him? and that you shouldest set your heart upon him?
7:18 And that you shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?
7:19 How long will you not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?
7:20 I have sinned; what shall I do unto you, O you preserver of men? why have you set me as a mark against you, so that I am a burden to myself?
7:21 And why do you not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and you shall seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.
Job Chapter 8
8:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
8:2 How long will you speak these things? and how long shall the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?
8:3 Does God pervert judgment? or does the Almighty pervert justice?
8:4 If your children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;
8:5 If you wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make your supplication to the Almighty;
8:6 If you wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for you, and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.
8:7 Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end should greatly increase.
8:8 For enquire, I pray you, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
8:10 Shall not they teach you, and tell you, and utter words out of their heart?
8:11 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?
8:12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withers before any other herb.
8:13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:
8:14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.
8:15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
8:16 He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.
8:17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and sees the place of stones.
8:18 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen you.
8:19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.
8:20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:
8:21 Till he fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing.
8:22 They that hate you shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.
Job Chapter 9
9:1 Then Job answered and said,
9:2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
9:3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.
9:4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself against him, and has prospered?
9:5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.
9:6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
9:7 Which commands the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.
9:8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
9:9 Which makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
9:10 Which does great things past finding out; yes, and wonders without number.
9:11 Lo, he goes by me, and I see him not: he passes on also, but I perceive him not.
9:12 Behold, he takes away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?
9:13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.
9:14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?
9:15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.
9:16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.
9:17 For he breaks me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.
9:18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.
9:19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?
9:20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
9:21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.
9:22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroys the perfect and the wicked.
9:23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
9:24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covers the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?
9:25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.
9:26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.
9:27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:
9:28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that you will not hold me innocent.
9:29 If I be wicked, why then labor I in vain?
9:30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;
9:31 Yet shall you plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.
9:32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.
9:33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.
9:34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:
9:35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.
Job Chapter 10
10:1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
10:2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; show me wherefore you contendest with me.
10:3 Is it good unto you that you shouldest oppress, that you shouldest despise the work of your hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
10:4 Have you eyes of flesh? or seest you as man sees?
10:5 Are your days as the days of man? are your years as man's days,
10:6 That you enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?
10:7 You knows that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of your hand.
10:8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet you do destroy me.
10:9 Remember, I ask you, that you have made me as the clay; and will you bring me into dust again?
10:10 Have you not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
10:11 You have clothed me with skin and flesh, and have fenced me with bones and sinews.
10:12 You have granted me life and favor, and your visitation has preserved my spirit.
10:13 And these things have you hid in your heart: I know that this is with you.
10:14 If I sin, then you markest me, and you will not acquit me from mine iniquity.
10:15 If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see you mine affliction;
10:16 For it increaseth. You huntest me as a fierce lion: and again you shewest thyself marvellous upon me.
10:17 You renewest your witnesses against me, and increasest your indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.
10:18 Wherefore then have you brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!
10:19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
10:20 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
10:21 Before I go where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
10:22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
Job Chapter 11
11:1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
11:2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?
11:3 Should your lies make men hold their peace? and when you mockest, shall no man make you ashamed?
11:4 For you have said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in your eyes.
11:5 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against you;
11:6 And that he would show you the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of you less than your iniquity deserveth.
11:7 Canst you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty unto perfection?
11:8 It is as high as heaven; what can you do? deeper than hell; what can you know?
11:9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
11:10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?
11:11 For he knows vain men: he sees wickedness also; will he not then consider it?
11:12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.
11:13 If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him;
11:14 If iniquity be in your hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in your tabernacles.
11:15 For then shall you lift up your face without spot; yes, you shall be stedfast, and shall not fear:
11:16 Because you shall forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:
11:17 And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; you shall shine forth, you shall be as the morning.
11:18 And you shall be secure, because there is hope; yes, you shall dig about you, and you shall take your rest in safety.
11:19 Also you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; yes, many shall make suit unto you.
11:20 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.
Job Chapter 12
12:1 And Job answered and said,
12:2 No doubt but you are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
12:3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yes, who knows not such things as these?
12:4 I am as one mocked of his neighbor, who calls upon God, and he answers him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
12:5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.
12:6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God brings abundantly.
12:7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach you; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell you:
12:8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto you.
12:9 Who knows not in all these that the hand of the LORD has wrought this?
12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
12:11 Does not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?
12:12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
12:13 With him is wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding.
12:14 Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
12:15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
12:16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.
12:17 He leads counsellors away spoiled, and makes the judges fools.
12:18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.
12:19 He leads princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.
12:20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and takes away the understanding of the aged.
12:21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.
12:22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and brings out to light the shadow of death.
12:23 He increaseth the nations, and destroys them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.
12:24 He takes away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
12:25 They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them to stagger like a drunken man.
Job Chapter 13
13:1 Lo, mine eye has seen all this, mine ear has heard and understood it.
13:2 What you know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.
13:3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.
13:4 But you are forgers of lies, you are all physicians of no value.
13:5 O that you would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.
13:6 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
13:7 Will you speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?
13:8 Will you accept his person? will you contend for God?
13:9 Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do you so mock him?
13:10 He will surely reprove you, if you do secretly accept persons.
13:11 Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you?
13:12 Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.
13:13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.
13:14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?
13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
13:16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.
13:17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.
13:18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.
13:19 Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.
13:20 Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from you.
13:21 Withdraw your hand far from me: and let not your dread make me afraid.
13:22 Then call you, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer you me.
13:23 How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.
13:24 Wherefore hidest you your face, and holdest me for your enemy?
13:25 Will you break a leaf driven to and fro? and will you pursue the dry stubble?
13:26 For you writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.
13:27 You puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; you settest a print upon the heels of my feet.
13:28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.
Job Chapter 14
14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
14:2 He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continues not.
14:3 And do you open your eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with you?
14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
14:5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with you, you have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
14:6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.
14:7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
14:8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
14:9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
14:10 But man dies, and wasteth away: yes, man gives up the ghost, and where is he?
14:11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
14:12 So man lies down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
14:13 O that you wouldest hide me in the grave, that you wouldest keep me secret, until your wrath be past, that you wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14:14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
14:15 You shall call, and I will answer you: you will have a desire to the work of your hands.
14:16 For now you numberest my steps: do you not watch over my sin?
14:17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and you sewest up mine iniquity.
14:18 And surely the mountain falling comes to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.
14:19 The waters wear the stones: you washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and you destroyest the hope of man.
14:20 You prevailest for ever against him, and he passes: you changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
14:21 His sons come to honor, and he knows it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
14:22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.
Job Chapter 15
15:1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
15:2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
15:3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
15:4 Yes, you castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.
15:5 For your mouth uttereth your iniquity, and you choosest the tongue of the crafty.
15:6 Thine own mouth condemneth you, and not I: yes, your own lips testify against you.
15:7 Art you the first man that was born? or was you made before the hills?
15:8 Have you heard the secret of God? and do you restrain wisdom to thyself?
15:9 What knows you, that we know not? what understandest you, which is not in us?
15:10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than your father.
15:11 Are the consolations of God small with you? is there any secret thing with you?
15:12 Why does your heart carry you away? and what do your eyes wink at,
15:13 That you turnest your spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of your mouth?
15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15:15 Behold, he puts no trust in his saints; yes, the heavens are not clean in his sight.
15:16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinks iniquity like water?
15:17 I will show you, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;
15:18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:
15:19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.
15:20 The wicked man travails with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.
15:21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.
15:22 He believes not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.
15:23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knows that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
15:24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
15:25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.
15:26 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers:
15:27 Because he covers his face with his fatness, and makes collops of fat on his flanks.
15:28 And he dwells in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.
15:29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
15:31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.
15:32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.
15:33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
15:34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.
Job Chapter 16
16:1 Then Job answered and said,
16:2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are you all.
16:3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth you that you answerest?
16:4 I also could speak as you do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.
16:5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.
16:6 Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?
16:7 But now he has made me weary: you have made desolate all my company.
16:8 And you have filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me bears witness to my face.
16:9 He teareth me in his wrath, who hates me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.
16:10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.
16:11 God has delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
16:12 I was at ease, but he has broken me asunder: he has also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.
16:13 His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and does not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.
16:14 He breaks me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.
16:15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.
16:16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
16:17 Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.
16:18 O earth, cover not you my blood, and let my cry have no place.
16:19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.
16:20 My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.
16:21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbor!
16:22 When a few years are come, then I shall go the way from where I shall not return.
Job Chapter 17
17:1 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.
17:2 Are there not mockers with me? and does not mine eye continue in their provocation?
17:3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with you; who is he that will strike hands with me?
17:4 For you have hid their heart from understanding: therefore shall you not exalt them.
17:5 He that speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
17:6 He has made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.
17:7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow.
17:8 Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.
17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
17:10 But as for you all, do you return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.
17:11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.
17:12 They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.
17:13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.
17:14 I have said to corruption, You art my father: to the worm, Thou are my mother, and my sister.
17:15 And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?
17:16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.
Job Chapter 18
18:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
18:2 How long will it be ere you make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.
18:3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?
18:4 He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for you? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?
18:5 Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
18:6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.
18:7 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.
18:8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks upon a snare.
18:9 The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.
18:10 The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.
18:11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.
18:12 His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.
18:13 It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.
18:14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.
18:15 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
18:16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off.
18:17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.
18:18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.
18:19 He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.
18:20 They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.
18:21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knows not God.
Job Chapter 19
19:1 Then Job answered and said,
19:2 How long will you vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?
19:3 These ten times have you reproached me: you are not ashamed that you make yourselves strange to me.
19:4 And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.
19:5 If indeed you will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach:
19:6 Know now that God has overthrown me, and has compassed me with his net.
19:7 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.
19:8 He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness in my paths.
19:9 He has stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
19:10 He has destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope has he removed like a tree.
19:11 He has also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.
19:12 His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.
19:13 He has put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.
19:14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
19:15 They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.
19:16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth.
19:17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children's sake of mine own body.
19:18 Yes, young children despised me; I arose, and they spoke against me.
19:19 All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.
19:20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
19:21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O you my friends; for the hand of God has touched me.
19:22 Why do you persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
19:23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
19:24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
19:25 For I know that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
19:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
19:27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
19:28 But you should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?
19:29 Be you afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment.
Job Chapter 20
20:1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
20:2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.
20:3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.
20:4 Knowest you not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
20:6 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;
20:7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?
20:8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yes, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
20:9 The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.
20:10 His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.
20:11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.
20:12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;
20:13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:
20:14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.
20:15 He has swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
20:16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.
20:17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.
20:18 That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.
20:19 Because he has oppressed and has forsaken the poor; because he has violently taken away an house which he builded not;
20:20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.
20:21 There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.
20:22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.
20:23 When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.
20:24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.
20:25 It is drawn, and comes out of the body; yes, the glittering sword comes out of his gall: terrors are upon him.
20:26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.
20:27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
20:28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
20:29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.