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Iyyōbh, in the Jewish Book of Truth - Known to Christians as the Book of Job

By Vexen Crabtree 2012


The Book of Job is a 4th century BCE1 poem about a holy man who is severely tested by God and suffers extreme misery and loss. The two introductory chapters both repeat slightly different versions of how God and Satan conspire together to destroy the life of Job, who is described by both of them as a particularly upstanding and holy man with a successful life and beloved family. These things are taken away from Job violently and suddenly. The majority of this book is made up of Job's friends attempting to counsel him with awful advice, and his retorts against them. Job completely stops responding at the end of Job 31. From Job 38, God responds with an amoral argument that as God is so amazingly powerful that it can do whatever it wants and no-one can question it.

The book has moral and theological problems. Firstly, God is omniscient (all-knowing), meaning that it would have known completely confidently that Job was going to pass the test. Given that knowledge, the actual suffering caused (including the death of children) need not have happened. Also, God itself is said to have delivered the evil upon Job (42:11), causing problems for Christians who hold that God is perfectly good. God falls into the role of the violent father-figure: it punishes and abuses Job, then feels guilty about it afterwards, so gives gifts and re-assurance: In 42:10, 12-17 God gives an abundance of gifts to Job, including a long life.

The Book of Job portrays God itself in a very poor light and there are no moral lessons to be learnt except that we should surrender to circumstance.

1. Authorship and Structure2

The introduction and ending are not in prose, whereas the other content chapters are a poem. The two introductory chapters both repeat slightly different versions of how God and Satan conspire together, probably resulting from an editor not knowing which of two variants to use as the correct introduction. The text is anonymous, and the author is unknown1.

There is a probability that the book may be safely placed somewhere between 450 and 350 B.C. [...]. It is practically certain that the book falls before Chronicles (circa 300 B.C.) as in 1 Chronicles 21:1, Satan is a proper name, whereas in Job the word is still an appellative--he is 'the Satan'.

"Introduction to the Old Testament" by John Edgar McFadyen (1905)1

Two Hebrew commentators, Abenezra and Spinoza [both] say that the book of Job carries no internal evidence of being a Hebrew book; that the genius of the composition and the drama of the piece are not Hebrew; that it has been translated from another language into Hebrew, and that the author of the book was a Gentile; that the character represented under the name of Satan (which is the first and only time this name is mentioned in the Bible) does not correspond to any Hebrew idea. [...] The astronomical names, Pleiades, Orion, and Arcturus, are Greek and not Hebrew names.

"The Age of Reason" by Thomas Paine (1807)3

2. God Testing People in The Bible4

God is all-knowing. It knows everything, future and past. This is the omniscient monotheistic God. Such a God exists outside of time, and can see all future and past events as if they've all already happened. This chain of events has all been created by God, from beginning to end. God is immovable, immutable, beyond time. As a result of all this, God clearly knows what tests we will pass and fail. God knows if we are largely moral or largely immoral. It knows why we transgress, and it knows in detail every reason and factor that ultimately causes us to go wrong.

God therefore never needs to test anyone. God knows, even without doing a test, what the results of the test will be. Let's say God wants to test someone by allowing them to stumble across a wallet in the street with money in it. Let's assume that God considers it best if the subject hands the wallet in to the police, and worse if the subject steals the money and throws away the wallet. God knows if the person will pass such a test. God knows it because it created the person and their personality in the first place, so can work out what they will do. It also knows what the person will do because it is all-knowing, and knows all possible future events. God never needs to actually test the person, God already knows if they'll pass. To say that God needs or wants to "test" us is to say that God is not all-knowing.

"God Never Needs to Test Us: 2. God Does Not Need to Test Us" by Vexen Crabtree (2005)

Sometimes, it is said in the Bible that God tests people. In Deuteronomy 8:1-2 God reveals that the 40-years in the wilderness was a test done by God to find out what was in people's hearts - whether they would still obey orders. In Deuteronomy 13:1-5 God sends some false prophets and wonder-workers as tests to see if people will follow other gods, and in 2 Chronicles 32:31 God is doing similar fact-finding tests. In Genesis 22:1 God tempts Abraham, and Job lost everything as part of a horrible series of tests done by Satan and God in collaboration, of Job's loyalty to God. Yet an all-knowing God, creator of all time, knows exactly who will pass any tests, and knows exactly what is in everyone's heart. So either God is lying about his reasons, or, god is not actually all-knowing. Strangely, in James 1:13 it says that no-one can say that God has tempted them with evil, because "God tempteth no man". These contradictions to logic, and, contradictions to other verses, clearly indicate that the authors of the Bible did not have a particularly good grasp of theology or philosophy, and could not have been inspired by God to write what they wrote!


3. God as the Author of Evil: Are Satan and God Interchangeable?4


The following section is taken from "Is the Christian God Evil? Evidence from Scripture and Nature" by Vexen Crabtree (2006):

Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Psalms 139:12 (KJV)

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 11:14

As various authors copied copies of the Hebrew Scriptures, changes accumulated in the stories. Sometimes, the same story appears twice. There are even two accounts of the Creation that contradict each other in the details. One such doubled story shows us clearly that the Old Testament God is evil, and Satan itself is not a separate being, but is actually part of God, a face of God. There is one occasion when David took a census of his men in order to count how many could fight in the armies of Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:2 and 2 Samuel 24:2 both contain a copy of the exact same text:

So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, "Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan. Then report back to me so that I may know how many there are."

1 Chronicles 21:2

So the king said to Joab and the army commanders with him, "Go throughout the tribes of Israel from Dan to Beersheba and enroll the fighting men, so that I may know how many there are."

2 Samuel 24:2

What had happened is that God had a rule: That David was not allowed to 'number' Israel. But, for some reason, David went ahead and did so. As a result, God punished them all for breaking his rule. But, it is very telling when we examine the preceding verse: Who inspired David to count Israel's fighting men?

Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.

1 Chronicles 21:1

The anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, "Go and take a census of Israel and Judah."

2 Samuel 24:1

In one copy of the story, we are told Satan told David to do so. In the other, it was God. How can this be? It is because in the Old Testament, Satan and God are the same being. Satan in the Old Testament is merely the face that God puts on when it is testing its people. "The anger of the Lord" is Satan. Another example is 1 Timothy 1:20, where God mentions "Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme". Satan isn't a being that freely chose to reject God; it is a hidden part of God, that God uses as a tool so it doesn't have to sully its own name. It was common in old religions (Hinduism, Roman religions, etc) for gods to have multiple faces, each associated with different emotions. In the Christian Bible, Satan is God.

A similar confusion of roles happens in the Book of Job. In Job 1:8-12 Satan approaches God and asks to test Job's loyalty to God. In Job 1:11 it is God who is asked "put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face". Satan's idea is that if God demolishes Job's good life, then Job will no longer be faithful to God. But Satan can't do this itself as it is God that has the power to do evil. In the next verse God gives that power to Satan:

And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand.

Job 1:12 [KJV]

So, Satan acts only when God gives it power to do so. Once again, we see that God and Satan are merely two facets of the same being. One final verse seals this idea. Who, when it comes to the concluding of the story in chapter 42, is given the credit for bringing evil against Job? It is God itself:

[Job's friends and family] comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him.

Job 42:11 [KJV]

Other translations such as Young's Literal Translation phrase it in the same way. God and Satan are intertwined. Satan can't do anything except by the will of God. Psalms 139:12, 1 Chronicles 21:1-2 and 2 Samuel 24:1-2, and Job 1:8-12, 42:11 all confuse good and evil, God and Satan into one single creative force, with God being described as not only the source of evil, but as its actual instigator. God cannot be benevolent.


4. The 42 chapters of Job (1070 verses)

Job 1 (22 verses) - Job was blameless. The LORD allowed Satan to test him. Job's servants and children were killed. He tore his robes and worshipped.5

1There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.A man there hath been in the land of Uz -- Job his name -- and that man hath been perfect and upright -- both fearing God, and turning aside from evil.

Job 1:1-22 is referenced on The Problem of Evil: Why Would a Good God Create Suffering?: 5. Theodicy Deferred (It is all a mystery!) - the Story of Job

Some comments on Job 1:7 are on Can God Lie? Is God Always Truthful in the Christian Bible?: 1. Verses from the Bible in More Detail

Job 1:7 is mentioned on Is Omniscience Possible? Does God Know Everything?: 4.1. Christianity: Times in the Bible When God Doesn't Know All, and Tests People to Find Things Out

For more on Job 1:8-12 see Is the Christian God Evil? Evidence from Scripture and Nature: 1.2. Satan and God are Interchangeable

Job 1:8-12 is referenced on Is the Christian God Evil? Evidence from Scripture and Nature: 1.2. Satan and God are Interchangeable

Job 1:8-12: See Satan and The Devil in World Religions: 2.3.1. Satan in the Hebrew Scriptures

Job 1:8-12 is discussed on Satan and The Devil in World Religions: 2.3.2. God and Satan are Interchangeable

Some comments on Job 1:8-12 are on Satan and The Devil in World Religions: 2.3.2. God and Satan are Interchangeable

Job 1:8-12 is mentioned on this page in 3. God as the Author of Evil: Are Satan and God Interchangeable?

Job 1:8-12 is referenced on this page in 3. God as the Author of Evil: Are Satan and God Interchangeable?

Some comments on Job 1:11 are on Is the Christian God Evil? Evidence from Scripture and Nature: 1.2. Satan and God are Interchangeable

For more on Job 1:11 see Satan and The Devil in World Religions: 2.3.2. God and Satan are Interchangeable

Job 1:11 is discussed on this page in 3. God as the Author of Evil: Are Satan and God Interchangeable?

Job 1:12 comments: Is the Christian God Evil? Evidence from Scripture and Nature: 1.2. Satan and God are Interchangeable

Job 1:12 comments: Satan and The Devil in World Religions: 2.3.2. God and Satan are Interchangeable

Job 1:12 is mentioned on this page in 3. God as the Author of Evil: Are Satan and God Interchangeable?

2And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.And there are borne to him seven sons and three daughters,
3His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.and his substance is seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred pairs of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and a service very abundant; and that man is greater than any of the sons of the east.
4And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.And his sons have gone and made a banquet -- the house of each `in' his day -- and have sent and called to their three sisters to eat and to drink with them;
5And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.and it cometh to pass, when they have gone round the days of the banquet, that Job doth send and sanctify them, and hath risen early in the morning, and caused to ascend burnt-offerings -- the number of them all -- for Job said, `Perhaps my sons have sinned, yet blessed God in their heart.' Thus doth Job all the days.
6Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.And the day is, that sons of God come in to station themselves by Jehovah, and there doth come also the Adversary in their midst.
7And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.And Jehovah saith unto the Adversary, `Whence comest thou?' And the Adversary answereth Jehovah and saith, `From going to and fro in the land, and from walking up and down on it.'
8And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?And Jehovah saith unto the Adversary, `Hast thou set thy heart against My servant Job because there is none like him in the land, a man perfect and upright, fearing God, and turning aside from evil?'
9Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?And the Adversary answereth Jehovah and saith, `For nought is Job fearing God?
10Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.Hast not Thou made a hedge for him, and for his house, and for all that he hath -- round about?
11But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.The work of his hands Thou hast blessed, and his substance hath spread in the land, and yet, put forth, I pray Thee, Thy hand, and strike against anything that he hath -- if not: to Thy face he doth bless Thee!'
12And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.And Jehovah saith unto the Adversary, `Lo, all that he hath `is' in thy hand, only unto him put not forth thy hand.' And the Adversary goeth out from the presence of Jehovah.
13And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:And the day is, that his sons and his daughters are eating, and drinking wine, in the house of their brother, the first-born.
14And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:And a messenger hath come in unto Job and saith, `The oxen have been plowing, and the she-asses feeding by their sides,
15And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.and Sheba doth fall, and take them, and the young men they have smitten by the mouth of the sword, and I am escaped -- only I alone -- to declare `it' to thee.'
16While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.While this `one' is speaking another also hath come and saith, `Fire of God hath fallen from the heavens, and burneth among the flock, and among the young men, and consumeth them, and I am escaped -- only I alone -- to declare `it' to thee.'
17While 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, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.While this `one' is speaking another also hath come and saith, `Chaldeans made three heads, and rush on the camels, and take them, and the young men they have smitten by the mouth of the sword, and I am escaped -- only I alone -- to declare `it' to thee.'
18While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:While this `one' is speaking another also hath come and saith, `Thy sons and thy daughters are eating, and drinking wine, in the house of their brother, the first-born.
19And, 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 thee.And lo, a great wind hath come from over the wilderness, and striketh against the four corners of the house, and it falleth on the young men, and they are dead, and I am escaped -- only I alone -- to declare `it' to thee.'
20Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,And Job riseth, and rendeth his robe, and shaveth his head, and falleth to the earth, and doth obeisance,
21And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.and he saith, `Naked came I forth from the womb of my mother, and naked I turn back thither: Jehovah hath given and Jehovah hath taken: let the name of Jehovah be blessed.'
22In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.In all this Job hath not sinned, nor given folly to God.

Job 2 (13 verses) - Satan & LORD discuss Job; Satan gives Job skin disease; Job's wife discourages Job; Job stays faithful; Job's friends visit him6

1Again 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.And the day is, that sons of God come in to station themselves by Jehovah, and there doth come also the Adversary in their midst to station himself by Jehovah.

Job 2:1-13 is mentioned on The Problem of Evil: Why Would a Good God Create Suffering?: 5. Theodicy Deferred (It is all a mystery!) - the Story of Job

Job 2:2: Can God Lie? Is God Always Truthful in the Christian Bible?: 1. Verses from the Bible in More Detail

Job 2:2 is referenced on Is Omniscience Possible? Does God Know Everything?: 4.1. Christianity: Times in the Bible When God Doesn't Know All, and Tests People to Find Things Out

2And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.And Jehovah saith unto the Adversary, `Whence camest thou?' And the Adversary answereth Jehovah and saith, `From going to and fro in the land, and from walking up and down in it.'
3And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.And Jehovah saith unto the Adversary, `Hast thou set thy heart unto My servant Job because there is none like him in the land, a man perfect and upright, fearing God and turning aside from evil? and still he is keeping hold on his integrity, and thou dost move Me against him to swallow him up for nought!'
4And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.And the Adversary answereth Jehovah and saith, `A skin for a skin, and all that a man hath he doth give for his life.
5But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.Yet, put forth, I pray Thee, Thy hand, and strike unto his bone and unto his flesh -- if not: unto Thy face he doth bless Thee!'
6And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.And Jehovah saith unto the Adversary, `Lo, he `is' in thy hand; only his life take care of.'
7So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.And the Adversary goeth forth from the presence of Jehovah, and smiteth Job with a sore ulcer from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
8And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.And he taketh to him a potsherd to scrape himself with it, and he is sitting in the midst of the ashes.
9Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.And his wife saith to him, `Still thou art keeping hold on thine integrity: bless God and die.'
10But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. 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.And he saith unto her, `As one of the foolish women speaketh, thou speakest; yea, the good we receive from God, and the evil we do not receive.' In all this Job hath not sinned with his lips.
11Now 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.And three of the friends of Job hear of all this evil that hath come upon him, and they come in each from his place -- Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite -- and they are met together to come in to bemoan him, and to comfort him;
12And 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.and they lift up their eyes from afar and have not discerned him, and they lift up their voice and weep, and rend each his robe, and sprinkle dust on their heads -- heavenward.
13So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.And they sit with him on the earth seven days and seven nights, and there is none speaking unto him a word when they have seen that the pain hath been very great.

Job 3 (26 verses) - Job speaks to friends: he curses the day of his birth, regrets that he ever lived, talks about how suffering people still live6

1After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.After this hath Job opened his mouth, and revileth his day.

Job 3:8 appears on Leviathan, the Western Crown Prince of Satanism: 1. Sources

2And Job spake, and said,And Job answereth and saith: --
3Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.Let the day perish in which I am born, And the night that hath said: `A man-child hath been conceived.'
4Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.That day -- let it be darkness, Let not God require it from above, Nor let light shine upon it.
5Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.Let darkness and death-shade redeem it, Let a cloud tabernacle upon it, Let them terrify it as the most bitter of days.
6As 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.That night -- let thick darkness take it, Let it not be united to days of the year, Into the number of months let it not come.
7Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.Lo! that night -- let it be gloomy, Let no singing come into it.
8Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.Let the cursers of day mark it, Who are ready to wake up Leviathan.
9Let 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:Let the stars of its twilight be dark, Let it wait for light, and there is none, And let it not look on the eyelids of the dawn.
10Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.Because it hath not shut the doors Of the womb that was mine! And hide misery from mine eyes.
11Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?Why from the womb do I not die? From the belly I have come forth and gasp!
12Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?Wherefore have knees been before me? And what `are' breasts, that I suck?
13For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,For now, I have lain down, and am quiet, I have slept -- then there is rest to me,
14With kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves;With kings and counsellors of earth, These building wastes for themselves.
15Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:Or with princes -- they have gold, They are filling their houses `with' silver.
16Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.(Or as a hidden abortion I am not, As infants -- they have not seen light.)
17There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.There the wicked have ceased troubling, And there rest do the wearied in power.
18There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.Together prisoners have been at ease, They have not heard the voice of an exactor,
19The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.Small and great `are' there the same. And a servant `is' free from his lord.
20Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;Why giveth He to the miserable light, and life to the bitter soul?
21Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;Who are waiting for death, and it is not, And they seek it above hid treasures.
22Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?Who are glad -- unto joy, They rejoice when they find a grave.
23Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?To a man whose way hath been hidden, And whom God doth shut up?
24For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.For before my food, my sighing cometh, And poured out as waters `are' my roarings.
25For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.For a fear I feared and it meeteth me, And what I was afraid of doth come to me.
26I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.I was not safe -- nor was I quiet -- Nor was I at rest -- and trouble cometh!

Job 4 (21 verses) - Eliphaz speaks to Job: indicates Job may be weak & guilty; talks about a dream which showed him man's unholiness & mortality6

1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,And Eliphaz the Temanite answereth and saith: --
2If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?Hath one tried a word with thee? -- Thou art weary! And to keep in words who is able?
3Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.Lo, thou hast instructed many, And feeble hands thou makest strong.
4Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.The stumbling one do thy words raise up, And bowing knees thou dost strengthen.
5But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.But now, it cometh in unto thee, And thou art weary; It striketh unto thee, and thou art troubled.
6Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?Is not thy reverence thy confidence? Thy hope -- the perfection of thy ways?
7Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?Remember, I pray thee, Who, being innocent, hath perished? And where have the upright been cut off?
8Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.As I have seen -- ploughers of iniquity, And sowers of misery, reap it!
9By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.From the breath of God they perish, And from the spirit of His anger consumed.
10The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.The roaring of a lion, And the voice of a fierce lion, And teeth of young lions have been broken.
11The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.An old lion is perishing without prey, And the whelps of the lioness do separate.
12Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.And unto me a thing is secretly brought, And receive doth mine ear a little of it.
13In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,In thoughts from visions of the night, In the falling of deep sleep on men,
14Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.Fear hath met me, and trembling, And the multitude of my bones caused to fear.
15Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:And a spirit before my face doth pass, Stand up doth the hair of my flesh;
16It 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,It standeth, and I discern not its aspect, A similitude `is' over-against mine eyes, Silence! and a voice I hear:
17Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?`Is mortal man than God more righteous? Than his Maker is a man cleaner?
18Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:Lo, in His servants He putteth no credence, Nor in His messengers setteth praise.'
19How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?Also -- the inhabitants of houses of clay, (Whose foundation `is' in the dust, They bruise them before a moth.)
20They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.From morning to evening are beaten down, Without any regarding, for ever they perish.
21Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.Hath not their excellency been removed with them? They die, and not in wisdom!

Job 5 (27 verses) - Eliphaz speaks to Job: people bring trouble on themselves; encourages Job to turn to God; God is willing to save & help people6

1Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?Pray, call, is there any to answer thee? And unto which of the holy ones dost thou turn?
2For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.For provocation slayeth the perverse, And envy putteth to death the simple,
3I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.I -- I have seen the perverse taking root, And I mark his habitation straightway,
4His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.Far are his sons from safety, And they are bruised in the gate, And there is no deliverer.
5Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.Whose harvest the hungry doth eat, And even from the thorns taketh it, And the designing swallowed their wealth.
6Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;For sorrow cometh not forth from the dust, Nor from the ground springeth up misery.
7Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.For man to misery is born, And the sparks go high to fly.
8I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:Yet I -- I inquire for God, And for God I give my word,
9Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:Doing great things, and there is no searching. Wonderful, till there is no numbering.
10Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:Who is giving rain on the face of the land, And is sending waters on the out-places.
11To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.To set the low on a high place, And the mourners have been high `in' safety.
12He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.Making void thoughts of the subtile, And their hands do not execute wisdom.
13He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.Capturing the wise in their subtilty, And the counsel of wrestling ones was hastened,
14They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday as in the night.By day they meet darkness, And as night -- they grope at noon.
15But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.And He saveth the wasted from their mouth, And from a strong hand the needy,
16So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.And there is hope to the poor, And perverseness hath shut her mouth.
17Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:Lo, the happiness of mortal man, God doth reprove him: And the chastisement of the Mighty despise not,
18For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.For He doth pain, and He bindeth up, He smiteth, and His hands heal.
19He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.In six distresses He delivereth thee, And in seven evil striketh not on thee.
20In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.In famine He hath redeemed thee from death, And in battle from the hands of the sword.
21Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.When the tongue scourgeth thou art hid, And thou art not afraid of destruction, When it cometh.
22At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.At destruction and at hunger thou mockest, And of the beast of the earth, Thou art not afraid.
23For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.(For with sons of the field `is' thy covenant, And the beast of the field Hath been at peace with thee.)
24And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin.And thou hast known that thy tent `is' peace, And inspected thy habitation, and errest not,
25Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.And hast known that numerous `is' Thy seed, And thine offspring as the herb of the earth;
26Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.Thou comest in full age unto the grave, As the going up of a stalk in its season.
27Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.Lo, this -- we searched it out -- it `is' right, hearken; And thou, know for thyself!

Job 6 (30 verses) - Job speaks to friends: Job expresses his great grief & weakness; God has caused Job's pain; Job's friends are not helping him6

1But Job answered and said,And Job answereth and saith: --
2Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!O that my provocation were thoroughly weighed, And my calamity in balances They would lift up together!
3For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.For now, than the sands of the sea it is heavier, Therefore my words have been rash.
4For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.For arrows of the Mighty `are' with me, Whose poison is drinking up my spirit. Terrors of God array themselves `for' me!
5Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?Brayeth a wild ass over tender grass? Loweth an ox over his provender?
6Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?Eaten is an insipid thing without salt? Is there sense in the drivel of dreams?
7The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.My soul is refusing to touch! They `are' as my sickening food.
8Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!O that my request may come, That God may grant my hope!
9Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!That God would please -- and bruise me, Loose His hand and cut me off!
10Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.And yet it is my comfort, (And I exult in pain -- He doth not spare,) That I have not hidden The sayings of the Holy One.
11What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?What `is' my power that I should hope? And what mine end That I should prolong my life?
12Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?Is my strength the strength of stones? Is my flesh brazen?
13Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?Is not my help with me, And substance driven from me?
14To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.To a despiser of his friends `is' shame, And the fear of the Mighty he forsaketh.
15My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;My brethren have deceived as a brook, As a stream of brooks they pass away.
16Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:That are black because of ice, By them doth snow hide itself.
17What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.By the time they are warm they have been cut off, By its being hot they have been Extinguished from their place.
18The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.Turn aside do the paths of their way, They ascend into emptiness, and are lost.
19The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.Passengers of Tema looked expectingly, Travellers of Sheba hoped for them.
20They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.They were ashamed that one hath trusted, They have come unto it and are confounded.
21For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.Surely now ye have become the same! Ye see a downfall, and are afraid.
22Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?Is it because I said, Give to me? And, By your power bribe for me?
23Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?And, Deliver me from the hand of an adversary? And, From the hand of terrible ones ransom me?
24Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.Shew me, and I -- I keep silent, And what I have erred, let me understand.
25How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?How powerful have been upright sayings, And what doth reproof from you reprove?
26Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?For reproof -- do you reckon words? And for wind -- sayings of the desperate.
27Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.Anger on the fatherless ye cause to fall, And are strange to your friend.
28Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.And, now, please, look upon me, Even to your face do I lie?
29Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.Turn back, I pray you, let it not be perverseness, Yea, turn back again -- my righteousness `is' in it.
30Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?Is there in my tongue perverseness? Discerneth not my palate desirable things?

Job 7 (21 verses) - Job speaks to friends: his life is difficult, purposeless & miserable; Job is bitter & angry, complains to God about hard life6

1Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?Is there not a warfare to man on earth? And as the days of an hireling his days?
2As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:As a servant desireth the shadow, And as a hireling expecteth his wage,
3So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.So I have been caused to inherit months of vanity, And nights of misery they numbered to me.
4When 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.If I lay down then I said, `When do I rise!' And evening hath been measured, And I have been full of tossings till dawn.
5My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.Clothed hath been my flesh `with' worms, And a clod of dust, My skin hath been shrivelled and is loathsome,
6My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.My days swifter than a weaving machine, And they are consumed without hope.
7O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.Remember Thou that my life `is' a breath, Mine eye turneth not back to see good.
8The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.The eye of my beholder beholdeth me not. Thine eyes `are' upon me -- and I am not.
9As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.Consumed hath been a cloud, and it goeth, So he who is going down to Sheol cometh not up.
10He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.He turneth not again to his house, Nor doth his place discern him again.
11Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.Also I -- I withhold not my mouth -- I speak in the distress of my spirit, I talk in the bitterness of my soul.
12Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?A sea-`monster' am I, or a dragon, That thou settest over me a guard?
13When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaints;When I said, `My bed doth comfort me,' He taketh away in my talking my couch.
14Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:And thou hast affrighted me with dreams, And from visions thou terrifiest me,
15So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.And my soul chooseth strangling, Death rather than my bones.
16I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.I have wasted away -- not to the age do I live. Cease from me, for my days `are' vanity.
17What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?What `is' man that Thou dost magnify him? And that Thou settest unto him Thy heart?
18And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?And inspectest him in the mornings, In the evenings dost try him?
19How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?How long dost Thou not look from me? Thou dost not desist till I swallow my spittle.
20I 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?I have sinned, what do I to Thee, O watcher of man? Why hast Thou set me for a mark to Thee, And I am for a burden to myself -- and what?
21And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.Thou dost not take away my transgression, And cause to pass away mine iniquity, Because now, for dust I lie down: And Thou hast sought me -- and I am not!

Job 8 (22 verses) - Bildad speaks to Job: Job & children must have sinned to cause Job's trouble; tells Job to turn to God; talks about evil people6

1Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,And Bildad the Shuhite answereth and saith: --
2How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?Till when dost thou speak these things? And a strong wind -- sayings of thy mouth?
3Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?Doth God pervert judgment? And doth the Mighty One pervert justice?
4If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;If thy sons have sinned before Him, And He doth send them away, By the hand of their transgression,
5If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;If thou dost seek early unto God, And unto the Mighty makest supplication,
6If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.If pure and upright thou `art', Surely now He waketh for thee, And hath completed The habitation of thy righteousness.
7Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.And thy beginning hath been small, And thy latter end is very great.
8For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:For, ask I pray thee of a former generation, And prepare to a search of their fathers,
9(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)(For of yesterday we `are', and we know not, For a shadow `are' our days on earth.)
10Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?Do they not shew thee -- speak to thee, And from their heart bring forth words?
11Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?`Doth a rush wise without mire? A reed increase without water?
12Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.While it `is' in its budding -- uncropt, Even before any herb it withereth.
13So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:So `are' the paths of all forgetting God, And the hope of the profane doth perish,
14Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.Whose confidence is loathsome, And the house of a spider his trust.
15He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.He leaneth on his house -- and it standeth not: He taketh hold on it -- and it abideth not.
16He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.Green he `is' before the sun, And over his garden his branch goeth out.
17His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.By a heap his roots are wrapped, A house of stones he looketh for.
18If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.If `one' doth destroy him from his place, Then it hath feigned concerning him, I have not seen thee!
19Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.Lo, this `is' the joy of his way, And from the dust others spring up.'
20Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:Lo, God doth not reject the perfect, Nor taketh hold on the hand of evil doers.
21Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.While he filleth with laughter thy mouth, And thy lips with shouting,
22They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.Those hating thee do put on shame, And the tent of the wicked is not!

Job 9 (35 verses) - Job said, "How can a man dispute with God? His power is vast! But he destroys the innocent. If only there were a mediator between us!"5

1Then Job answered and said,And Job answereth and saith: --
2I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?Truly I have known that `it is' so, And what -- is man righteous with God?
3If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.If he delight to strive with Him -- He doth not answer him one of a thousand.
4He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?Wise in heart and strong in power -- Who hath hardened toward Him and is at peace?
5Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.Who is removing mountains, And they have not known, Who hath overturned them in His anger.
6Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.Who is shaking earth from its place, And its pillars move themselves.
7Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.Who is speaking to the sun, and it riseth not, And the stars He sealeth up.
8Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.Stretching out the heavens by Himself, And treading on the heights of the sea,
9Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.Making Osh, Kesil, and Kimah, And the inner chambers of the south.
10Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.Doing great things till there is no searching, And wonderful, till there is no numbering.
11Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.Lo, He goeth over by me, and I see not, And He passeth on, and I attend not to it.
12Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?Lo, He snatches away, who bringeth it back? Who saith unto Him, `What dost Thou?'
13If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.God doth not turn back His anger, Under Him bowed have proud helpers.
14How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?How much less do I -- I answer Him? Choose out my words with Him?
15Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.Whom, though I were righteous, I answer not, For my judgment I make supplication.
16If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.Though I had called and He answereth me, I do not believe that He giveth ear `to' my voice.
17For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.Because with a tempest He bruiseth me, And hath multiplied my wounds for nought.
18He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.He permitteth me not to refresh my spirit, But filleth me with bitter things.
19If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?If of power, lo, the Strong One; And if of judgment -- who doth convene me?
20If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.If I be righteous, Mine mouth doth declare me wicked, Perfect I am! -- it declareth me perverse.
21Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.Perfect I am! -- I know not my soul, I despise my life.
22This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.It is the same thing, therefore I said, `The perfect and the wicked He is consuming.'
23If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.If a scourge doth put to death suddenly, At the trial of the innocent He laugheth.
24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?Earth hath been given Into the hand of the wicked one. The face of its judges he covereth, If not -- where, who `is' he?
25Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.My days have been swifter than a runner, They have fled, they have not seen good,
26They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.They have passed on with ships of reed, As an eagle darteth on food.
27If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:Though I say, `I forget my talking, I forsake my corner, and I brighten up!'
28I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.I have been afraid of all my griefs, I have known that Thou dost not acquit me.
29If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?I -- I am become wicked; why `is' this? `In' vain I labour.
30If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;If I have washed myself with snow-water, And purified with soap my hands,
31Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.Then in corruption Thou dost dip me, And my garments have abominated me.
32For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.But if a man like myself -- I answer him, We come together into judgment.
33Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.If there were between us an umpire, He doth place his hand on us both.
34Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:He doth turn aside from off me his rod, And His terror doth not make me afraid,
35Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.I speak, and do not fear Him, But I am not right with myself.

Job 10 (22 verses) - "God, why do you reject the work of your hands? You know that I am not guilty! Why did you bring me out of the womb? Leave me alone."5

1My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.My soul hath been weary of my life, I leave off my talking to myself, I speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 10:3: See The Problem of Evil: Why Would a Good God Create Suffering?: 5. Theodicy Deferred (It is all a mystery!) - the Story of Job

Job 10:21 is discussed on Hell in World Religions: 3. Sheol (Hebrew)

2I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.I say unto God, `Do not condemn me, Let me know why Thou dost strive `with' me.
3Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?Is it good for Thee that Thou dost oppress? That Thou despisest the labour of Thy hands, And on the counsel of the wicked hast shone?
4Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?Eyes of flesh hast Thou? As man seeth -- seest Thou?
5Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days,As the days of man `are' Thy days? Thy years as the days of a man?
6That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?That Thou inquirest for mine iniquity, And for my sin seekest?
7Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.For Thou knowest that I am not wicked, And there is no deliverer from Thy hand.
8Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.Thy hands have taken pains about me, And they make me together round about, And Thou swallowest me up!
9Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?Remember, I pray Thee, That as clay Thou hast made me, And unto dust Thou dost bring me back.
10Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?Dost Thou not as milk pour me out? And as cheese curdle me?
11Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.Skin and flesh Thou dost put on me, And with bones and sinews dost fence me.
12Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.Life and kindness Thou hast done with me. And Thy inspection hath preserved my spirit.
13And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.And these Thou hast laid up in Thy heart, I have known that this `is' with Thee.
14If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.If I sinned, then Thou hast observed me, And from mine iniquity dost not acquit me,
15If 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 thou mine affliction;If I have done wickedly -- wo to me, And righteously -- I lift not up my head, Full of shame -- then see my affliction,
16For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.And it riseth -- as a lion Thou huntest me. And Thou turnest back -- Thou shewest Thyself wonderful in me.
17Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.Thou renewest Thy witnesses against me, And dost multiply Thine anger with me, Changes and warfare `are' with me.
18Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!And why from the womb Hast Thou brought me forth? I expire, and the eye doth not see me.
19I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.As I had not been, I am, From the belly to the grave I am brought,
20Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,Are not my days few? Cease then, and put from me, And I brighten up a little,
21Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;Before I go, and return not, Unto a land of darkness and death-shade,
22A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.A land of obscurity as thick darkness, Death-shade -- and no order, And the shining `is' as thick darkness.'

Job 11 (20 verses) - Zophar said, "Should your babble go unanswered? God exacts less than your guilt deserves! Reach out to him and you will find hope."5

1Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,And Zophar the Naamathite answereth and saith: --
2Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?Is a multitude of words not answered? And is a man of lips justified?
3Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?Thy devices make men keep silent, Thou scornest, and none is causing blushing!
4For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.And thou sayest, `Pure `is' my discourse, And clean I have been in Thine eyes.'
5But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;And yet, O that God had spoken! And doth open His lips with thee.
6And 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.And declare to thee secrets of wisdom, For counsel hath foldings. And know thou that God forgetteth for thee, `Some' of thine iniquity.
7Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?By searching dost thou find out God? Unto perfection find out the Mighty One?
8It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?Heights of the heavens! -- what dost thou? Deeper than Sheol! -- what knowest thou?
9The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.Longer than earth `is' its measure, And broader than the sea.
10If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?If He pass on, and shut up, and assemble, Who then dost reverse it?
11For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?For he hath known men of vanity, And He seeth iniquity, And one doth not consider `it'!
12For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.And empty man is bold, And the colt of a wild ass man is born.
13If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;If thou -- thou hast prepared thy heart, And hast spread out unto Him thy hands,
14If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.If iniquity `is' in thy hand, put it far off, And let not perverseness dwell in thy tents.
15For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:For then thou liftest up thy face from blemish, And thou hast been firm, and fearest not.
16Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:For thou dost forget misery, As waters passed away thou rememberest.
17And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday: thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.And above the noon doth age rise, Thou fliest -- as the morning thou art.
18And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.And thou hast trusted because their is hope, And searched -- in confidence thou liest down,
19Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.And thou hast rested, And none is causing trembling, And many have entreated thy face;
20But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.And the eyes of the wicked are consumed, And refuge hath perished from them, And their hope `is' a breathing out of soul!

Job 12 (25 verses) - Job said, "Who does not know all these things? With God are wisdom and power. He brings darkness into light. He destroys nations."5

1And Job answered and said,And Job answereth and saith: --
2No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.Truly -- ye `are' the people, And with you doth wisdom die.
3But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?I also have a heart like you, I am not fallen more than you, And with whom is there not like these?
4I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.A laughter to his friend I am: `He calleth to God, and He answereth him,' A laughter `is' the perfect righteous one.
5He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.A torch -- despised in the thoughts of the secure Is prepared for those sliding with the feet.
6The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.At peace are the tents of spoilers, And those provoking God have confidence, He into whose hand God hath brought.
7But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:And yet, ask, I pray thee, `One of' the beasts, and it doth shew thee, And a fowl of the heavens, And it doth declare to thee.
8Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.Or talk to the earth, and it sheweth thee, And fishes of the sea recount to thee:
9Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?`Who hath not known in all these, That the hand of Jehovah hath done this?
10In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.In whose hand `is' the breath of every living thing, And the spirit of all flesh of man.'
11Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?Doth not the ear try words? And the palate taste food for itself?
12With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.With the very aged `is' wisdom, And `with' length of days understanding.
13With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.With Him `are' wisdom and might, To him `are' counsel and understanding.
14Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.Lo, He breaketh down, and it is not built up, He shutteth against a man, And it is not opened.
15Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.Lo, He keepeth in the waters, and they are dried up, And he sendeth them forth, And they overturn the land.
16With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.With Him `are' strength and wisdom, His the deceived and deceiver.
17He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.Causing counsellors to go away a spoil, And judges He maketh foolish.
18He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.The bands of kings He hath opened, And He bindeth a girdle on their loins.
19He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.Causing ministers to go away a spoil And strong ones He overthroweth.
20He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.Turning aside the lip of the stedfast, And the reason of the aged He taketh away.
21He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.Pouring contempt upon princes, And the girdle of the mighty He made feeble.
22He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.Removing deep things out of darkness, And He bringeth out to light death-shade.
23He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.Magnifying the nations, and He destroyeth them, Spreading out the nations, and He quieteth them.
24He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.Turning aside the heart Of the heads of the people of the land, And he causeth them to wander In vacancy -- no way!
25They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.They feel darkness, and not light, He causeth them to wander as a drunkard.

Job 13 (28 verses) - "I want to argue my case with God. Be quiet and I will speak. Though he slay me, I will hope in him. God, why do you hide your face?"5

1Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.Lo, all -- hath mine eye seen, Heard hath mine ear, and it attendeth to it.
2What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.According to your knowledge I have known -- also I. I am not fallen more than you.
3Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.Yet I for the Mighty One do speak, And to argue for God I delight.
4But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.And yet, ye `are' forgers of falsehood, Physicians of nought -- all of you,
5O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.O that ye would keep perfectly silent, And it would be to you for wisdom.
6Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.Hear, I pray you, my argument, And to the pleadings of my lips attend,
7Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?For God do ye speak perverseness? And for Him do ye speak deceit?
8Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God?His face do ye accept, if for God ye strive?
9Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him?Is `it' good that He doth search you, If, as one mocketh at a man, ye mock at Him?
10He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.He doth surely reprove you, if in secret ye accept faces.
11Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you?Doth not His excellency terrify you? And His dread fall upon you?
12Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.Your remembrances `are' similes of ashes, For high places of clay your heights.
13Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.Keep silent from me, and I speak, And pass over me doth what?
14Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth? And my soul put in my hand?
15Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.Lo, He doth slay me -- I wait not! Only, my ways unto His face I argue.
16He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.Also -- He `is' to me for salvation, For the profane cometh not before Him.
17Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.Hear ye diligently my word, And my declaration with your ears.
18Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.Lo, I pray you, I have set in order the cause, I have known that I am righteous.
19Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.Who `is' he that doth strive with me? For now I keep silent and gasp.
20Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.Only two things, O God, do with me: Then from Thy face I am not hidden.
21Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.Thy hand put far off from me, And Thy terror let not terrify me.
22Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.And call Thou, and I -- I answer, Or -- I speak, and answer Thou me.
23How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.How many iniquities and sins have I? My transgression and my sin let me know.
24Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?Why dost Thou hide Thy face? And reckonest me for an enemy to Thee?
25Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?A leaf driven away dost Thou terrify? And the dry stubble dost Thou pursue?
26For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.For Thou writest against me bitter things, And causest me to possess iniquities of my youth:
27Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.And puttest in the stocks my feet, And observest all my paths, On the roots of my feet Thou settest a print,
28And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.And he, as a rotten thing, weareth away, As a garment hath a moth consumed him.

Job 14 (22 verses) - "Man is like a fleeting shadow. If a tree is cut down, it will sprout again, but will a man live again? You overpower him forever."5

1Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.Man, born of woman! Of few days, and full of trouble!
2He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.As a flower he hath gone forth, and is cut off, And he fleeth as a shadow and standeth not.
3And doth thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?Also -- on this Thou hast opened Thine eyes, And dost bring me into judgment with Thee.
4Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.Who giveth a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
5Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;If determined are his days, The number of his months `are' with Thee, His limit Thou hast made, And he passeth not over;
6Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.Look away from off him that he may cease, Till he enjoy as an hireling his day.
7For 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.For there is of a tree hope, if it be cut down, That again it doth change, That its tender branch doth not cease.
8Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;If its root becometh old in the earth, And its stem doth die in the dust,
9Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.From the fragrance of water it doth flourish, And hath made a crop as a plant.
10But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?And a man dieth, and becometh weak, And man expireth, and where `is' he?
11As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:Waters have gone away from a sea, And a river becometh waste and dry.
12So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.And man hath lain down, and riseth not, Till the wearing out of the heavens they awake not, Nor are roused from their sleep.
13O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!O that in Sheol Thou wouldst conceal me, Hide me till the turning of Thine anger, Set for me a limit, and remember me.
14If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.If a man dieth -- doth he revive? All days of my warfare I wait, till my change come.
15Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.Thou dost call, and I -- I answer Thee; To the work of Thy hands Thou hast desire.
16For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?But now, my steps Thou numberest, Thou dost not watch over my sin.
17My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.Sealed up in a bag `is' my transgression, And Thou sewest up mine iniquity.
18And surely the mountains falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.And yet, a falling mountain wasteth away, And a rock is removed from its place.
19The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.Stones have waters worn away, Their outpourings wash away the dust of earth, And the hope of man Thou hast destroyed.
20Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.Thou prevailest `over' him for ever, and he goeth, He is changing his countenance, And Thou sendest him away.
21His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.Honoured are his sons, and he knoweth not; And they are little, and he attendeth not to them.
22But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.Only -- his flesh for him is pained, And his soul for him doth mourn.'

Job 15 (35 verses)

1Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,And Eliphaz the Temanite answereth and saith: --
2Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?Doth a wise man answer `with' vain knowledge? And fill `with' an east wind his belly?
3Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?To reason with a word not useful? And speeches -- no profit in them?
4Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.Yea, thou dost make reverence void, And dost diminish meditation before God.
5For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.For thy mouth teacheth thine iniquity, And thou chooseth the tongue of the subtile.
6Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.Thy mouth declareth thee wicked, and not I, And thy lips testify against thee.
7Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?The first man art thou born? And before the heights wast thou formed?
8Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?Of the secret counsel of God dost thou hear? And withdrawest thou unto thee wisdom?
9What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?What hast thou known, and we know not? Understandest thou -- and it is not with us?
10With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.Both the gray-headed And the very aged `are' among us -- Greater than thy father `in' days.
11Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?Too few for thee are the comforts of God? And a gentle word `is' with thee,
12Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,What -- doth thine heart take thee away? And what -- are thine eyes high?
13That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?For thou turnest against God thy spirit? And hast brought out words from thy mouth:
14What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?What `is' man that he is pure, And that he is righteous, one born of woman?
15Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.Lo, in His holy ones He putteth no credence, And the heavens have not been pure in His eyes.
16How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?Also -- surely abominable and filthy Is man drinking as water perverseness.
17I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;I shew thee -- hearken to me -- And this I have seen and declare:
18Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:Which the wise declare -- And have not hid -- from their fathers.
19Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.To them alone was the land given, And a stranger passed not over into their midst:
20The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.`All days of the wicked he is paining himself, And few years have been laid up for the terrible one.
21A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.A fearful voice `is' in his ears, In peace doth a destroyer come to him.
22He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.He believeth not to return from darkness, And watched `is' he for the sword.
23He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.He is wandering for bread -- `Where `is' it?' He hath known that ready at his hand Is a day of darkness.
24Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.Terrify him do adversity and distress, They prevail over him As a king ready for a boaster.
25For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.For he stretched out against God his hand, And against the Mighty he maketh himself mighty.
26He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers:He runneth unto Him with a neck, With thick bosses of his shields.
27Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on his flanks.For he hath covered his face with his fat, And maketh vigour over `his' confidence.
28And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.And he inhabiteth cities cut off, houses not dwelt in, That have been ready to become heaps.
29He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.He is not rich, nor doth his wealth rise, Nor doth he stretch out on earth their continuance.
30He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.He turneth not aside from darkness, His tender branch doth a flame dry up, And he turneth aside at the breath of His mouth!
31Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.Let him not put credence in vanity, He hath been deceived, For vanity is his recompence.
32It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.Not in his day is it completed, And his bending branch is not green.
33He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.He shaketh off as a vine his unripe fruit, And casteth off as an olive his blossom.
34For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.For the company of the profane `is' gloomy, And fire hath consumed tents of bribery.
35They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.To conceive misery, and to bear iniquity, Even their heart doth prepare deceit.

Job 16 (22 verses)

1Then Job answered and said,And Job answereth and saith: --
2I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.I have heard many such things, Miserable comforters `are' ye all.
3Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?Is there an end to words of wind? Or what doth embolden thee that thou answerest?
4I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.I also, like you, might speak, If your soul were in my soul's stead. I might join against you with words, And nod at you with my head.
5But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.I might harden you with my mouth, And the moving of my lips might be sparing.
6Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?If I speak, my pain is not restrained, And I cease -- what goeth from me?
7But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company.Only, now, it hath wearied me; Thou hast desolated all my company,
8And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face.And Thou dost loathe me, For a witness it hath been, And rise up against me doth my failure, In my face it testifieth.
9He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.His anger hath torn, and he hateth me, He hath gnashed at me with his teeth, My adversary sharpeneth his eyes for me.
10They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.They have gaped on me with their mouth, In reproach they have smitten my cheeks, Together against me they set themselves.
11God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.God shutteth me up unto the perverse, And to the hands of the wicked turneth me over.
12I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.At ease I have been, and he breaketh me, And he hath laid hold on my neck, And he breaketh me in pieces, And he raiseth me to him for a mark.
13His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.Go round against me do his archers. He splitteth my reins, and spareth not, He poureth out to the earth my gall.
14He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.He breaketh me -- breach upon breach, He runneth upon me as a mighty one.
15I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.Sackcloth I have sewed on my skin, And have rolled in the dust my horn.
16My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;My face is foul with weeping, And on mine eyelids `is' death-shade.
17Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.Not for violence in my hands, And my prayer `is' pure.
18O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place.O earth, do not thou cover my blood! And let there not be a place for my cry.
19Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.Also, now, lo, in the heavens `is' my witness, And my testifier in the high places.
20My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.My interpreter `is' my friend, Unto God hath mine eye dropped:
21O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!And he reasoneth for a man with God, And a son of man for his friend.
22When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.When a few years do come, Then a path I return not do I go.

Job 17 (16 verses) - Job is desolate. All is woe.

1My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.My spirit hath been destroyed, My days extinguished -- graves `are' for me.
2Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?If not -- mockeries `are' with me. And in their provocations mine eye lodgeth.
3Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me?Place, I pray Thee, my pledge with Thee; Who is he that striketh hand with me?
4For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them.For their heart Thou hast hidden From understanding, Therefore Thou dost not exalt them.
5He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.For a portion he sheweth friendship, And the eyes of his sons are consumed.
6He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.And he set me up for a proverb of the peoples, And a wonder before them I am.
7Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow.And dim from sorrow is mine eye, And my members as a shadow all of them.
8Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.Astonished are the upright at this, And the innocent against the profane Stirreth himself up.
9The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.And the righteous layeth hold `on' his way, And the clean of hands addeth strength, And -- dumb are they all.
10But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.Return, and come in, I pray you, And I find not among you a wise man.
11My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.My days have passed by, My devices have been broken off, The possessions of my heart!
12They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.Night for day they appoint, Light `is' near because of darkness.
13If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.If I wait -- Sheol `is' my house, In darkness I have spread out my couch.
14I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.To corruption I have called: -- `Thou `art' my father.' `My mother' and `my sister' -- to the worm.
15And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?And where `is' now my hope? Yea, my hope, who doth behold it?
16They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.`To' the parts of Sheol ye go down, If together on the dust we may rest.

Job 18 (21 verses)

1Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,And Bildad the Shuhite answereth and saith: --
2How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.When do ye set an end to words? Consider ye, and afterwards do we speak.
3Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?Wherefore have we been reckoned as cattle? We have been defiled in your eyes!
4He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?(He is tearing himself in his anger.) For thy sake is earth forsaken? And removed is a rock from its place?
5Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.Also, the light of the wicked is extinguished. And there doth not shine a spark of his fire.
6The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.The light hath been dark in his tent, And his lamp over him is extinguished.
7The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.Straitened are the steps of his strength, And cast him down doth his own counsel.
8For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare.For he is sent into a net by his own feet, And on a snare he doth walk habitually.
9The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.Seize on the heel doth a gin, Prevail over him do the designing.
10The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.Hidden in the earth is his cord, And his trap on the path.
11Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.Round about terrified him have terrors, And they have scattered him -- at his feet.
12His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.Hungry is his sorrow, And calamity is ready at his side.
13It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.It consumeth the parts of his skin, Consume his parts doth death's first-born.
14His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.Drawn from his tent is his confidence, And it causeth him to step to the king of terrors.
15It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.It dwelleth in his tent -- out of his provender, Scattered over his habitation is sulphur.
16His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off.From beneath his roots are dried up, And from above cut off is his crop.
17His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.His memorial hath perished from the land, And he hath no name on the street.
18He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.They thrust him from light unto darkness, And from the habitable earth cast him out.
19He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.He hath no continuator, Nor successor among his people, And none is remaining in his dwellings.
20They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.At this day westerns have been astonished And easterns have taken fright.
21Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.Only these `are' tabernacles of the perverse, And this the place God hath not known.

Job 19 (29 verses)

1Then Job answered and said,And Job answereth and saith: --
2How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?Till when do ye afflict my soul, And bruise me with words?
3These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.These ten times ye put me to shame, ye blush not. Ye make yourselves strange to me --
4And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.And also -- truly, I have erred, With me doth my error remain.
5If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach:If, truly, over me ye magnify yourselves, And decide against me my reproach;
6Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.Know now, that God turned me upside down, And His net against me hath set round,
7Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.Lo, I cry out -- violence, and am not answered, I cry aloud, and there is no judgment.
8He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.My way He hedged up, and I pass not over, And on my paths darkness He placeth.
9He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.Mine honour from off me He hath stripped, And He turneth the crown from my head.
10He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.He breaketh me down round about, and I go, And removeth like a tree my hope.
11He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.And He kindleth against me His anger, And reckoneth me to Him as His adversaries.
12His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.Come in do His troops together, And they raise up against me their way, And encamp round about my tent.
13He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.My brethren from me He hath put far off, And mine acquaintances surely Have been estranged from me.
14My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.Ceased have my neighbours And my familiar friends have forgotten me,
15They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.Sojourners of my house and my maids, For a stranger reckon me: An alien I have been in their eyes.
16I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth.To my servant I have called, And he doth not answer, With my mouth I make supplication to him.
17My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children's sake of mine own body.My spirit is strange to my wife, And my favours to the sons of my `mother's' womb.
18Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.Also sucklings have despised me, I rise, and they speak against me.
19All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.Abominate me do all the men of my counsel, And those I have loved, Have been turned against me.
20My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.To my skin and to my flesh Cleaved hath my bone, And I deliver myself with the skin of my teeth.
21Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.Pity me, pity me, ye my friends, For the hand of God hath stricken against me.
22Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?Why do you pursue me as God? And with my flesh are not satisfied?
23Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!Who doth grant now, That my words may be written? Who doth grant that in a book they may be graven?
24That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!With a pen of iron and lead -- For ever in a rock they may be hewn.
25For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:That -- I have known my Redeemer, The Living and the Last, For the dust he doth rise.
26And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:And after my skin hath compassed this `body', Then from my flesh I see God:
27Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.Whom I -- I see on my side, And mine eyes have beheld, and not a stranger, Consumed have been my reins in my bosom.
28But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?But ye say, `Why do we pursue after him?' And the root of the matter hath been found in me.
29Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.Be ye afraid because of the sword, For furious `are' the punishments of the sword, That ye may know that `there is' a judgment.

Job 20 (29 verses) - Zophar said, "My understanding inspires me to answer. The triumph of the wicked is short. His food will turn sour in his stomach."5

1Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,And Zophar the Naamathite answereth and saith: --
2Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.Therefore my thoughts cause me to answer, And because of my sensations in me.
3I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.The chastisement of my shame I hear, And the spirit of mine understanding Doth cause me to answer:
4Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,This hast thou known from antiquity? Since the placing of man on earth?
5That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?That the singing of the wicked `is' short, And the joy of the profane for a moment,
6Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;Though his excellency go up to the heavens, And his head against a cloud he strike --
7Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?As his own dung for ever he doth perish, His beholders say: `Where `is' he?'
8He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.As a dream he fleeth, and they find him not, And he is driven away as a vision of the night,
9The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.The eye hath not seen him, and addeth not. And not again doth his place behold him.
10His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.His sons do the poor oppress, And his hands give back his wealth.
11His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.His bones have been full of his youth, And with him on the dust it lieth down.
12Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;Though he doth sweeten evil in his mouth, Doth hide it under his tongue,
13Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:Hath pity on it, and doth not forsake it, And keep it back in the midst of his palate,
14Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.His food in his bowels is turned, The bitterness of asps `is' in his heart.
15He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.Wealth he hath swallowed, and doth vomit it. From his belly God driveth it out.
16He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.Gall of asps he sucketh, Slay him doth the tongue of a viper.
17He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.He looketh not on rivulets, Flowing of brooks of honey and butter.
18That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.He is giving back `what' he laboured for, And doth not consume `it'; As a bulwark `is' his exchange, and he exults not.
19Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;For he oppressed -- he forsook the poor, A house he hath taken violently away, And he doth not build it.
20Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.For he hath not known ease in his belly. With his desirable thing he delivereth not himself.
21There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.There is not a remnant to his food, Therefore his good doth not stay.
22In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.In the fulness of his sufficiency he is straitened. Every perverse hand doth meet him.
23When 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.It cometh to pass, at the filling of his belly, He sendeth forth against him The fierceness of His anger, Yea, He raineth on him in his eating.
24He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.He fleeth from an iron weapon, Pass through him doth a bow of brass.
25It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.One hath drawn, And it cometh out from the body, And a glittering weapon from his gall proceedeth. On him `are' terrors.
26All 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.All darkness is hid for his treasures, Consume him doth a fire not blown, Broken is the remnant in his tent.
27The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.Reveal do the heavens his iniquity, And earth is raising itself against him.
28The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.Remove doth the increase of his house, Poured forth in a day of His anger.
29This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.This `is' the portion of a wicked man from God. And an inheritance appointed him by God.

Job 21 (34 verses) - Job said, "Listen to me. Why do the wicked grow mighty? How often do they have trouble? Who repays them? Your answers are empty!"5

1But Job answered and said,And Job answereth and saith: --
2Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.Hear ye diligently my word, And this is your consolation.
3Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.Bear with me, and I speak, And after my speaking -- ye may deride.
4As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?I -- to man `is' my complaint? and if `so', wherefore May not my temper become short?
5Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.Turn unto me, and be astonished, And put hand to mouth.
6Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.Yea, if I have remembered, then I have been troubled. And my flesh hath taken fright.
7Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?Wherefore do the wicked live? They have become old, Yea, they have been mighty in wealth.
8Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.Their seed is established, Before their face with them, And their offspring before their eyes.
9Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.Their houses `are' peace without fear, Nor `is' a rod of God upon them.
10Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.His bullock hath eaten corn, and doth not loath. His cow bringeth forth safely, And doth not miscarry.
11They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.They send forth as a flock their sucklings, And their children skip,
12They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.They lift `themselves' up at timbrel and harp, And rejoice at the sound of an organ.
13They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.They wear out in good their days, And in a moment `to' Sheol go down.
14Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.And they say to God, `Turn aside from us, And the knowledge of Thy ways We have not desired.
15What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?What `is' the Mighty One that we serve Him? And what do we profit when we meet with Him?'
16Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.Lo, not in their hand `is' their good, (The counsel of the wicked Hath been far from me.)
17How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.How oft is the lamp of the wicked extinguished, And come on them doth their calamity? Pangs He apportioneth in His anger.
18They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.They are as straw before wind, And as chaff a hurricane hath stolen away,
19God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.God layeth up for his sons his sorrow, He giveth recompense unto him -- and he knoweth.
20His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.His own eyes see his destruction, And of the wrath of the Mighty he drinketh.
21For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?For what `is' his delight in his house after him, And the number of his months cut off?
22Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.To God doth `one' teach knowledge, And He the high doth judge?
23One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.This `one' dieth in his perfect strength, Wholly at ease and quiet.
24His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.His breasts have been full of milk, And marrow his bones doth moisten.
25And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.And this `one' dieth with a bitter soul, And have not eaten with gladness.
26They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.Together -- on the dust they lie down, And the worm doth cover them over.
27Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.Lo, I have known your thoughts, And the devices against me ye do wrongfully.
28For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?For ye say, `Where `is' the house of the noble? And where the tent -- The tabernacles of the wicked?'
29Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,Have ye not asked those passing by the way? And their signs do ye not know?
30That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.That to a day of calamity is the wicked spared. To a day of wrath they are brought.
31Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?Who doth declare to his face his way? And `for' that which he hath done, Who doth give recompence to him?
32Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.And he -- to the graves he is brought. And over the heap a watch is kept.
33The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.Sweet to him have been the clods of the valley, And after him every man he draweth, And before him there is no numbering.
34How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?And how do ye comfort me `with' vanity, And in your answers hath been left trespass?

Job 22 (30 verses)

1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,And Eliphaz the Temanite answereth and saith: --
2Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?To God is a man profitable, Because a wise man to himself is profitable?
3Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?Is it a delight to the Mighty One That thou art righteous? is it gain, That thou makest perfect thy ways?
4Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?Because of thy reverence Doth He reason `with' thee? He entereth with thee into judgment:
5Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?Is not thy wickedness abundant? And there is no end to thine iniquities.
6For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.For thou takest a pledge of thy brother for nought, And the garments of the naked Thou dost strip off.
7Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.Thou causest not the weary to drink water, And from the hungry thou withholdest bread.
8But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.As to the man of arm -- he hath the earth, And the accepted of face -- he dwelleth in it.
9Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.Widows thou hast sent away empty, And the arms of the fatherless are bruised.
10Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;Therefore round about thee `are' snares, And trouble thee doth fear suddenly.
11Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.Or darkness -- thou dost not see, And abundance of waters doth cover thee.
12Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!Is not God high `in' heaven? And see the summit of the stars, That they are high.
13And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?And thou hast said, `What -- hath God known? Through thickness doth He judge?
14Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.Thick clouds `are' a secret place to Him, And He doth not see;' And the circle of the heavens He walketh habitually,
15Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?The path of the age dost thou observe, That men of iniquity have trodden?
16Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:Who have been cut down unexpectedly, A flood is poured out on their foundation.
17Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?Those saying to God, `Turn aside from us,' And what doth the Mighty One to them?
18Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.And he hath filled their houses `with' good: (And the counsel of the wicked Hath been far from me.)
19The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.See do the righteous and they rejoice, And the innocent mocketh at them,
20Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.`Surely our substance hath not been cut off, And their excellency hath fire consumed.'
21Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.Acquaint thyself, I pray thee, with Him, And be at peace, Thereby thine increase `is' good.
22Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.Receive, I pray thee, from His mouth a law, And set His sayings in thy heart.
23If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.If thou dost return unto the Mighty Thou art built up, Thou puttest iniquity far from thy tents.
24Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.So as to set on the dust a defence, And on a rock of the valleys a covering.
25Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.And the Mighty hath been thy defence, And silver `is' strength to thee.
26For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.For then on the Mighty thou delightest thyself, And dost lift up unto God thy face,
27Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.Thou dost make supplication unto Him, And He doth hear thee, And thy vows thou completest.
28Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.And thou decreest a saying, And it is established to thee, And on thy ways hath light shone.
29When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.For they have made low, And thou sayest, `Lift up.' And the bowed down of eyes he saveth.
30He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.He delivereth the not innocent, Yea, he hath been delivered By the cleanness of thy hands.

Job 23 (17 verses) - Job said, "If only I knew where to find God! When he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. But he does whatever he pleases."5

1Then Job answered and said,And Job answereth and saith: --
2Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.Also -- to-day `is' my complaint bitter, My hand hath been heavy because of my sighing.
3Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!O that I had known -- and I find Him, I come in unto His seat,
4I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.I arrange before Him the cause, And my mouth fill `with' arguments.
5I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.I know the words He doth answer me, And understand what He saith to me.
6Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.In the abundance of power doth He strive with me? No! surely He putteth `it' in me.
7There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.There the upright doth reason with Him, And I escape for ever from my judge.
8Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:Lo, forward I go -- and He is not, And backward -- and I perceive him not.
9On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:`To' the left in His working -- and I see not, He is covered `on' the right, and I behold not.
10But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.For He hath known the way with me, He hath tried me -- as gold I go forth.
11My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.On His step hath my foot laid hold, His way I have kept, and turn not aside,
12Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.The command of His lips, and I depart not. Above my allotted portion I have laid up The sayings of His mouth.
13But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.And He `is' in one `mind', And who doth turn Him back? And His soul hath desired -- and He doth `it'.
14For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.For He doth complete my portion, And many such things `are' with Him.
15Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.Therefore, from His presence I am troubled, I consider, and am afraid of Him.
16For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:And God hath made my heart soft, And the Mighty hath troubled me.
17Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.For I have not been cut off before darkness, And before me He covered thick darkness.

Job 24 (25 verses) - "The wounded cry out, but God charges no one with wrong. Some rebel against the light; they are exalted a while, and then are gone."5

1Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?Wherefore from the Mighty One Times have not been hidden, And those knowing Him have not seen His days.
2Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.The borders they reach, A drove they have taken violently away, Yea, they do evil.
3They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.The ass of the fatherless they lead away, They take in pledge the ox of the widow,
4They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.They turn aside the needy from the way, Together have hid the poor of the earth.
5Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.Lo, wild asses in a wilderness, They have gone out about their work, Seeking early for prey, A mixture for himself -- food for young ones.
6They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.In a field his provender they reap, And the vineyard of the wicked they glean.
7They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.The naked they cause to lodge Without clothing. And there is no covering in the cold.
8They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.From the inundation of hills they are wet, And without a refuge -- have embraced a rock.
9They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.They take violently away From the breast the orphan, And on the poor they lay a pledge.
10They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;Naked, they have gone without clothing, And hungry -- have taken away a sheaf.
11Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.Between their walls they make oil, Wine-presses they have trodden, and thirst.
12Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.Because of enmity men do groan, And the soul of pierced ones doth cry, And God doth not give praise.
13They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.They have been among rebellious ones of light, They have not discerned His ways, Nor abode in His paths.
14The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.At the light doth the murderer rise, He doth slay the poor and needy, And in the night he is as a thief.
15The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.And the eye of an adulterer Hath observed the twilight, Saying, `No eye doth behold me.' And he putteth the face in secret.
16In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.He hath dug in the darkness -- houses; By day they shut themselves up, They have not known light.
17For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.When together, morning `is' to them death shade, When he discerneth the terrors of death shade.
18He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.Light he `is' on the face of the waters, Vilified is their portion in the earth, He turneth not the way of vineyards.
19Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned.Drought -- also heat -- consume snow-waters, Sheol `those who' have sinned.
20The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.Forget him doth the womb, Sweeten `on' him doth the worm, No more is he remembered, And broken as a tree is wickedness.
21He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.Treating evil the barren `who' beareth not, And `to' the widow he doth no good,
22He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.And hath drawn the mighty by his power, He riseth, and none believeth in life.
23Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.He giveth to him confidence, and he is supported, And his eyes `are' on their ways.
24They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.High they were `for' a little, and they are not, And they have been brought low. As all `others' they are shut up, And as the head of an ear of corn cut off.
25And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?And if not now, who doth prove me a liar, And doth make of nothing my word?

Job 25 (6 verses)

1Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,And Bildad the Shuhite answereth and saith: --
2Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places.The rule and fear `are' with Him, Making peace in His high places.
3Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise?Is their `any' number to His troops? And on whom ariseth not His light?
4How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?And what? is man righteous with God? And what? is he pure -- born of a woman?
5Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.Lo -- unto the moon, and it shineth not, And stars have not been pure in His eyes.
6How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?How much less man -- a grub, And the son of man -- a worm!

Job 26 (14 verses)

"Christian theologians remain unsure about just what the verse about the 'crooked serpent' means, most think it refers to a constellation in the sky" - "Bad Faith: The Danger of Religious Extremism" by Neil J. Kressel (2007)7.

1But Job answered and said,And Job answereth and saith: --
2How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?What -- thou hast helped the powerless, Saved an arm not strong!
3How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?What -- thou hast given counsel to the unwise, And wise plans in abundance made known.
4To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?With whom hast thou declared words? And whose breath came forth from thee?
5Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.The Rephaim are formed, Beneath the waters, also their inhabitants.
6Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.Naked `is' Sheol over-against Him, And there is no covering to destruction.
7He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.Stretching out the north over desolation, Hanging the earth upon nothing,
8He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.Binding up the waters in His thick clouds, And the cloud is not rent under them.
9He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.Taking hold of the face of the throne, Spreading over it His cloud.
10He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.A limit He hath placed on the waters, Unto the boundary of light with darkness.
11The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.Pillars of the heavens do tremble, And they wonder because of His rebuke.
12He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.By His power He hath quieted the sea, And by His understanding smitten the proud.
13By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.By His Spirit the heavens He beautified, Formed hath His hand the fleeing serpent.
14Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?Lo, these `are' the borders of His way, And how little a matter is heard of Him, And the thunder of His might Who doth understand?

Job 27 (23 verses) - "My heart does not reproach me. Let my enemy be as the wicked! His many sons are for the sword. The wind sweeps him from his place."5

1Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,And Job addeth to lift up his simile, and saith: --
2As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;God liveth! He turned aside my judgment, And the Mighty -- He made my soul bitter.
3All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;For all the while my breath `is' in me, And the spirit of God in my nostrils.
4My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.My lips do not speak perverseness, And my tongue doth not utter deceit.
5God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.Pollution to me -- if I justify you, Till I expire I turn not aside mine integrity from me.
6My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.On my righteousness I have laid hold, And I do not let it go, My heart doth not reproach me while I live.
7Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.As the wicked is my enemy, And my withstander as the perverse.
8For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?For what `is' the hope of the profane, When He doth cut off? When God doth cast off his soul?
9Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?His cry doth God hear, When distress cometh on him?
10Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?On the Mighty doth he delight himself? Call God at all times?
11I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.I shew you by the hand of God, That which `is' with the Mighty I hide not.
12Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?Lo, ye -- all of you -- have seen, And why `is' this -- ye are altogether vain?
13This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.This `is' the portion of wicked man with God, And the inheritance of terrible ones From the Mighty they receive.
14If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.If his sons multiply -- for them `is' a sword. And his offspring `are' not satisfied `with' bread.
15Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.His remnant in death are buried, And his widows do not weep.
16Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;If he heap up as dust silver, And as clay prepare clothing,
17He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.He prepareth -- and the righteous putteth `it' on, And the silver the innocent doth apportion.
18He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.He hath built as a moth his house, And as a booth a watchman hath made.
19The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.Rich he lieth down, and he is not gathered, His eyes he hath opened, and he is not.
20Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.Overtake him as waters do terrors, By night stolen him away hath a whirlwind.
21The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.Take him up doth an east wind, and he goeth, And it frighteneth him from his place,
22For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.And it casteth at him, and doth not spare, From its hand he diligently fleeth.
23Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.It clappeth at him its hands, And it hisseth at him from his place.

Job 28 (28 verses) - "There is a mine for silver, but where is wisdom found? It is hidden from the eyes of all living. The fear of the Lord is wisdom!"5

1Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.Surely there is for silver a source, And a place for the gold they refine;

Job 28:24 appears on Don't Panic: The World is Not About to End and Western Culture is Safe: 2.5. The Loss of Religion Means the Loss of All Morality

For more on Job 28:24 see Can God Lie? Is God Always Truthful in the Christian Bible?: 1. Verses from the Bible in More Detail

Job 28:24 appears on What Causes Religion and Superstitions?: 2.5. Moralizing: Being Religious in Order to Be a Good Person

Job 28:24: See Is Omniscience Possible? Does God Know Everything?: 1. Is God All-Knowing in the Bible and Qur'an?

Job 28:24 is discussed on Is Omniscience Possible? Does God Know Everything?: 4.1. Christianity: Times in the Bible When God Doesn't Know All, and Tests People to Find Things Out

Job 28:24: Do We Need Religion to Have Good Morals?: 1.3. Is Religion Required to Be a Good Person?

Job 28:28: See Fearing God: 1. Fear of God in the Old Testament

For more on Job 28:28 see Is the Christian God Evil? Evidence from Scripture and Nature: 1.3. Fear God

2Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.Iron from the dust is taken, And `from' the firm stone brass.
3He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.An end hath he set to darkness, And to all perfection he is searching, A stone of darkness and death-shade.
4The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.A stream hath broken out from a sojourner, Those forgotten of the foot, They were low, from man they wandered.
5As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.The earth! from it cometh forth bread, And its under-part is turned like fire.
6The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.A place of the sapphire `are' its stones, And it hath dust of gold.
7There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen:A path -- not known it hath a ravenous fowl, Nor scorched it hath an eye of the kite,
8The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.Nor trodden it have the sons of pride, Not passed over it hath the fierce lion.
9He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.Against the flint he sent forth his hand, He overturned from the root mountains.
10He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.Among rocks, brooks he hath cleaved, And every precious thing hath his eye seen.
11He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.From overflowing floods he hath bound, And the hidden thing bringeth out `to' light.
12But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?And the wisdom -- whence is it found? And where `is' this, the place of understanding?
13Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.Man hath not known its arrangement, Nor is it found in the land of the living.
14The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.The deep hath said, `It `is' not in me,' And the sea hath said, `It is not with me.'
15It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.Gold is not given for it, Nor is silver weighed -- its price.
16It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.It is not valued with pure gold of Ophir, With precious onyx and sapphire,
17The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.Not equal it do gold and crystal, Nor `is' its exchange a vessel of fine gold.
18No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.Corals and pearl are not remembered, The acquisition of wisdom `is' above rubies.
19The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.Not equal it doth the topaz of Cush, With pure gold it is not valued.
20Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?And the wisdom -- whence doth it come? And where `is' this, the place of understanding?
21Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.It hath been hid from the eyes of all living. And from the fowl of the heavens It hath been hidden.
22Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.Destruction and death have said: `With our ears we have heard its fame.'
23God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.God hath understood its way, And He hath known its place.
24For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;For He to the ends of the earth doth look, Under the whole heavens He doth see,
25To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.To make for the wind a weight, And the waters He meted out in measure.
26When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:In His making for the rain a limit, And a way for the brightness of the voices,
27Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.Then He hath seen and declareth it, He hath prepared it, and also searched it out,
28And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.And He saith to man: -- `Lo, fear of the Lord, that `is' wisdom, And to turn from evil `is' understanding.'

Job 29 (25 verses)

1Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,And Job addeth to lift up his simile, and saith: --
2Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;Who doth make me as `in' months past, As `in' the days of God's preserving me?
3When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;In His causing His lamp to shine on my head, By His light I walk `through' darkness.
4As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;As I have been in days of my maturity, And the counsel of God upon my tent.
5When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;When yet the Mighty One `is' with me. Round about me -- my young ones,
6When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;When washing my goings with butter, And the firm rock `is' with me rivulets of oil.
7When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!When I go out to the gate by the city, In a broad place I prepare my seat.
8The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.Seen me have youths, and they, been hidden, And the aged have risen -- they stood up.
9The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.Princes have kept in words, And a hand they place on their mouth.
10The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.The voice of leaders hath been hidden, And their tongue to the palate hath cleaved.
11When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:For the ear heard, and declareth me happy, And the eye hath seen, and testifieth `to' me.
12Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.For I deliver the afflicted who is crying, And the fatherless who hath no helper.
13The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.The blessing of the perishing cometh on me, And the heart of the widow I cause to sing.
14I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.Righteousness I have put on, and it clotheth me, As a robe and a diadem my justice.
15I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.Eyes I have been to the blind, And feet to the lame `am' I.
16I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.A father I `am' to the needy, And the cause I have not known I search out.
17And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.And I break the jaw-teeth of the perverse, And from his teeth I cast away prey.
18Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.And I say, `With my nest I expire, And as the sand I multiply days.'
19My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.My root is open unto the waters, And dew doth lodge on my branch.
20My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.My honour `is' fresh with me, And my bow in my hand is renewed.
21Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.To me they have hearkened, Yea, they wait, and are silent for my counsel.
22After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.After my word they change not, And on them doth my speech drop,
23And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.And they wait as `for' rain for me, And their mouth they have opened wide `As' for the latter rain.
24If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.I laugh unto them -- they give no credence, And the light of my face cause not to fall.
25I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.I choose their way, and sit head, And I dwell as a king in a troop, When mourners he doth comfort.

Job 30 (31 verses) - "But now younger men mock me. They do not hesitate to spit at me. God has cast me into the mire. When I expected good, evil came."5

1But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.And now, laughed at me, Have the younger in days than I, Whose fathers I have loathed to set With the dogs of my flock.
2Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?Also -- the power of their hands, why `is it' to me? On them hath old age perished.
3For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.With want and with famine gloomy, Those fleeing to a dry place, Formerly a desolation and waste,
4Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.Those cropping mallows near a shrub, And broom-roots `is' their food.
5They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)From the midst they are cast out, (They shout against them as a thief),
6To dwell in the cliffs of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.In a frightful place of valleys to dwell, Holes of earth and clefts.
7Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.Among shrubs they do groan, Under nettles they are gathered together.
8They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.Sons of folly -- even sons without name, They have been smitten from the land.
9And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.And now, their song I have been, And I am to them for a byword.
10They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.They have abominated me, They have kept far from me, And from before me have not spared to spit.
11Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.Because His cord He loosed and afflicteth me, And the bridle from before me, They have cast away.
12Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.On the right hand doth a brood arise, My feet they have cast away, And they raise up against me, Their paths of calamity.
13They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.They have broken down my path, By my calamity they profit, `He hath no helper.'
14They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.As a wide breach they come, Under the desolation have rolled themselves.
15Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.He hath turned against me terrors, It pursueth as the wind mine abundance, And as a thick cloud, Hath my safety passed away.
16And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.And now, in me my soul poureth itself out, Seize me do days of affliction.
17My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.At night my bone hath been pierced in me, And mine eyelids do not lie down.
18By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.By the abundance of power, Is my clothing changed, As the mouth of my coat it doth gird me.
19He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.Casting me into mire, And I am become like dust and ashes.
20I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.I cry unto Thee, And Thou dost not answer me, I have stood, and Thou dost consider me.
21Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.Thou art turned to be fierce to me, With the strength of Thy hand, Thou oppresest me.
22Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.Thou dost lift me up, On the wind Thou dost cause me to ride, And Thou meltest -- Thou levellest me.
23For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.For I have known To death Thou dost bring me back, And `to' the house appointed for all living.
24Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.Surely not against the heap Doth He send forth the hand, Though in its ruin they have safety.
25Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?Did not I weep for him whose day is hard? Grieved hath my soul for the needy.
26When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.When good I expected, then cometh evil, And I wait for light, and darkness cometh.
27My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.My bowels have boiled, and have not ceased, Gone before me have days of affliction.
28I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.Mourning I have gone without the sun, I have risen, in an assembly I cry.
29I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.A brother I have been to dragons, And a companion to daughters of the ostrich.
30My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.My skin hath been black upon me, And my bone hath burned from heat,
31My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.And my harp doth become mourning, And my organ the sound of weeping.

Job 31 (40 verses) - "Does God not see my ways? Have I lied? Have I refused to help the poor? Have I put my trust in money? Let the Almighty answer me!"5

1I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?A covenant I made for mine eyes, And what -- do I attend to a virgin?
2For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?And what `is' the portion of God from above? And the inheritance of the Mighty from the heights?
3Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?Is not calamity to the perverse? And strangeness to workers of iniquity?
4Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?Doth not He see my ways, And all my steps number?
5If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;If I have walked with vanity, And my foot doth hasten to deceit,
6Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity.He doth weigh me in righteous balances, And God doth know my integrity.
7If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;If my step doth turn aside from the way, And after mine eyes hath my heart gone, And to my hands cleaved hath blemish,
8Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.Let me sow -- and another eat, And my products let be rooted out.
9If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;If my heart hath been enticed by woman, And by the opening of my neighbour I laid wait,
10Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.Grind to another let my wife, And over her let others bend.
11For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.For it `is' a wicked thing, and a judicial iniquity;
12For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.For a fire it `is', to destruction it consumeth, And among all mine increase doth take root,
13If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;If I despise the cause of my man-servant, And of my handmaid, In their contending with me,
14What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?Then what do I do when God ariseth? And when He doth inspect, What do I answer Him?
15Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?Did not He that made me in the womb make him? Yea, prepare us in the womb doth One.
16If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;If I withhold from pleasure the poor, And the eyes of the widow do consume,
17Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;And I do eat my morsel by myself, And the orphan hath not eat of it,
18(For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)(But from my youth He grew up with me as `with' a father, And from the belly of my mother I am led.)
19If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;If I see `any' perishing without clothing, And there is no covering to the needy,
20If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;If his loins have not blessed me, And from the fleece of my sheep He doth not warm himself,
21If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:If I have waved at the fatherless my hand, When I see in `him' the gate of my court,
22Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.My shoulder from its blade let fall, And mine arm from the bone be broken.
23For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.For a dread unto me `is' calamity `from' God, And because of His excellency I am not able.
24If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;If I have made gold my confidence, And to the pure gold have said, `My trust,'
25If I rejoice because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;If I rejoice because great `is' my wealth, And because abundance hath my hand found,
26If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;If I see the light when it shineth, And the precious moon walking,
27And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:And my heart is enticed in secret, And my hand doth kiss my mouth,
28This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.It also `is' a judicial iniquity, For I had lied to God above.
29If I rejoice at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:If I rejoice at the ruin of my hater, And stirred up myself when evil found him,
30Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.Yea, I have not suffered my mouth to sin, To ask with an oath his life.
31If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.If not -- say ye, O men of my tent, `O that we had of his flesh, we are not satisfied.'
32The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.In the street doth not lodge a stranger, My doors to the traveller I open.
33If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:If I have covered as Adam my transgressions, To hide in my bosom mine iniquity,
34Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?Because I fear a great multitude, And the contempt of families doth affright me, Then I am silent, I go not out of the opening.
35Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.Who giveth to me a hearing? lo, my mark. The Mighty One doth answer me, And a bill hath mine adversary written.
36Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.If not -- on my shoulder I take it up, I bind it a crown on myself.
37I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.The number of my steps I tell Him, As a leader I approach Him.
38If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;If against me my land doth cry out, And together its furrows weep,
39If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:If its strength I consumed without money, And the life of its possessors, I have caused to breathe out,
40Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.Instead of wheat let a thorn go forth, And instead of barley a useless weed! The words of Job are finished.

Job 32 (22 verses)

1So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.And these three men cease from answering Job, for he `is' righteous in his own eyes,
2Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.and burn doth the anger of Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram; against Job hath his anger burned, because of his justifying himself more than God;
3Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.and against his three friends hath his anger burned, because that they have not found an answer, and condemn Job.
4Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.And Elihu hath waited earnestly beside Job with words, for they are older than he in days.
5When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.And Elihu seeth that there is no answer in the mouth of the three men, and his anger burneth.
6And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.And Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite answereth and saith: -- Young I `am' in days, and ye `are' age Therefore I have feared, And am afraid of shewing you my opinion.
7I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.I said: Days do speak, And multitude of years teach wisdom.
8But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.Surely a spirit is in man, And the breath of the Mighty One Doth cause them to understand.
9Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.The multitude are not wise, Nor do the aged understand judgment.
10Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.Therefore I have said: Hearken to me, I do shew my opinion -- even I.
11Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.Lo, I have waited for your words, I give ear unto your reasons, Till ye search out sayings.
12Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:And unto you I attend, And lo, there is no reasoner for Job, `Or' answerer of his sayings among you.
13Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.Lest ye say, We have found wisdom, God doth thrust him away, not man.
14Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.And he hath not set in array words for me, And with your sayings I do not answer him.
15They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.(They have broken down, They have not answered again, They removed from themselves words.
16When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;)And I have waited, but they do not speak, For they have stood still, They have not answered any more.)
17I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.I answer, even I -- my share, I shew my opinion -- even I.
18For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.For I have been full of words, Distressed me hath the spirit of my breast,
19Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.Lo, my breast `is' as wine not opened, Like new bottles it is broken up.
20I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.I speak, and there is refreshment to me, I open my lips and answer.
21Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.Let me not, I pray you, accept the face of any, Nor unto man give flattering titles,
22For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.For I have not known to give flattering titles, In a little doth my Maker take me away.

Job 33 (33 verses)

1Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.And yet, I pray thee, O Job, Hear my speech and `to' all my words give ear.
2Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.Lo, I pray thee, I have opened my mouth, My tongue hath spoken in the palate.
3My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.Of the uprightness of my heart `are' my sayings, And knowledge have my lips clearly spoken.
4The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.The Spirit of God hath made me, And the breath of the Mighty doth quicken me.
5If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.If thou art able -- answer me, Set in array before me -- station thyself.
6Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.Lo, I `am', according to thy word, for God, From the clay I -- I also, have been formed.
7Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.Lo, my terror doth not frighten thee, And my burden on thee is not heavy.
8Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,Surely -- thou hast said in mine ears, And the sounds of words I hear:
9I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.`Pure `am' I, without transgression, Innocent `am' I, and I have no iniquity.
10Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,Lo, occasions against me He doth find, He doth reckon me for an enemy to Him,
11He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.He doth put in the stocks my feet, He doth watch all my paths.'
12Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.Lo, `in' this thou hast not been righteous, I answer thee, that greater is God than man.
13Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.Wherefore against Him hast thou striven, When `for' all His matters He answereth not?
14For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.For once doth God speak, and twice, (He doth not behold it.)
15In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;In a dream -- a vision of night, In the falling of deep sleep on men, In slumberings on a bed.
16Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,Then He uncovereth the ear of men, And for their instruction sealeth:
17That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.To turn aside man `from' doing, And pride from man He concealeth.
18He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.He keepeth back his soul from corruption, And his life from passing away by a dart.
19He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:And he hath been reproved With pain on his bed, And the strife of his bones `is' enduring.
20So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.And his life hath nauseated bread, And his soul desirable food.
21His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.His flesh is consumed from being seen, And high are his bones, they were not seen!
22Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.And draw near to the pit doth his soul, And his life to those causing death.
23If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:If there is by him a messenger, An interpreter -- one of a thousand, To declare for man his uprightness:
24Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.Then He doth favour him and saith, `Ransom him from going down to the pit, I have found an atonement.'
25His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth:Fresher `is' his flesh than a child's, He returneth to the days of his youth.
26He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.He maketh supplication unto God, And He accepteth him. And he seeth His face with shouting, And He returneth to man His righteousness.
27He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;He looketh on men, and saith, `I sinned, And uprightness I have perverted, And it hath not been profitable to me.
28He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.He hath ransomed my soul From going over into the pit, And my life on the light looketh.'
29Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,Lo, all these doth God work, Twice -- thrice with man,
30To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.To bring back his soul from the pit, To be enlightened with the light of the living.
31Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.Attend, O Job, hearken to me, Keep silent, and I -- I do speak.
32If thou hast anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.If there are words -- answer me, Speak, for I have a desire to justify thee.
33If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.If there are not -- hearken thou to me, Keep silent, and I teach thee wisdom.

Job 34 (37 verses)

1Furthermore Elihu answered and said,And Elihu answereth and saith:
2Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.Hear, O wise men, my words, And, O knowing ones, give ear to me.
3For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.For the ear doth try words, And the palate tasteth to eat.
4Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.Judgment let us choose for ourselves, Let us know among ourselves what `is' good.
5For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment.For Job hath said, `I have been righteous, And God hath turned aside my right,
6Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without transgression.Against my right do I lie? Mortal `is' mine arrow -- without transgression.'
7What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water?Who `is' a man like Job? He drinketh scoffing like water,
8Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.And he hath travelled for company With workers of iniquity, So as to go with men of wickedness.
9For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.For he hath said, `It doth not profit a man, When he delighteth himself with God.'
10Therefore hearken unto me ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.Therefore, O men of heart, hearken to me; Far be it from God to do wickedness, And `from' the Mighty to do perverseness:
11For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.For the work of man he repayeth to him, And according to the path of each He doth cause him to find.
12Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.Yea, truly, God doth not do wickedly, And the Mighty doth not pervert judgment.
13Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world?Who hath inspected for Himself the earth? And who hath placed all the habitable world?
14If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;If He doth set on him His heart, His spirit and his breath unto Him He gathereth.
15All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.Expire doth all flesh together, And man to dust returneth.
16If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.And if `there is' understanding, hear this, Give ear to the voice of my words.
17Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?Yea, doth one hating justice govern? Or the Most Just dost thou condemn?
18Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?Who hath said to a king -- `Worthless,' Unto princes -- `Wicked?'
19How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.That hath not accepted the person of princes, Nor hath known the rich before the poor, For a work of His hands `are' all of them.
20In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.`In' a moment they die, and at midnight Shake do people, and they pass away, And they remove the mighty without hand.
21For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.For His eyes `are' on the ways of each, And all his steps He doth see.
22There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.There is no darkness nor death-shade, For workers of iniquity to be hidden there;
23For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God.For He doth not suffer man any more, To go unto God in judgment,
24He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead.He breaketh the mighty -- no searching! And He appointeth others in their stead.
25Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.Therefore He knoweth their works, And He hath overturned by night, And they are bruised.
26He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;As wicked He hath stricken them, In the place of beholders.
27Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:Because that against right They have turned aside from after Him, And none of His ways have considered wisely,
28So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.To cause to come in unto Him The cry of the poor, And the cry of the afflicted He heareth.
29When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:And He giveth rest, and who maketh wrong? And hideth the face, and who beholdeth it? And in reference to a nation and to a man, `It is' the same.
30That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.From the reigning of a profane man, From the snares of a people;
31Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:For unto God hath any said: `I have taken away, I do not corruptly,
32That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.Besides `that which' I see, shew Thou me, If iniquity I have done -- I do not add?'
33Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.By thee doth He recompense, That thou hast refused -- That thou dost choose, and not I? And what thou hast known, speak.
34Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.Let men of heart say to me, And a wise man is hearkening to me.
35Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.Job -- not with knowledge doth he speak, And his words `are' not with wisdom.
36My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men.My Father! let Job be tried -- unto victory, Because of answers for men of iniquity,
37For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.For he doth add to his sin, Transgression among us he vomiteth, And multiplieth his sayings to God.

Job 35 (16 verses)

1Elihu spake moreover, and said,And Elihu answereth and saith: --
2Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's?This hast thou reckoned for judgment: Thou hast said -- `My righteousness `is' more than God's?'
3For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?For thou sayest, `What doth it profit Thee! What do I profit from my sin?'
4I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee.I return thee words, and thy friends with thee,
5Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou.Behold attentively the heavens -- and see, And behold the clouds, They have been higher than thou.
6If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?If thou hast sinned, what dost thou against Him? And thy transgressions have been multiplied, What dost thou to Him?
7If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?If thou hast been righteous, What dost thou give to Him? Or what from thy hand doth He receive?
8Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.For a man like thyself `is' thy wickedness, And for a son of man thy righteousness.
9By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.Because of the multitude of oppressions They cause to cry out, They cry because of the arm of the mighty.
10But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;And none said, `Where `is' God my maker? Giving songs in the night,
11Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?Teaching us more than the beasts of the earth, Yea, than the fowl of the heavens He maketh us wiser.'
12There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.There they cry, and He doth not answer, Because of the pride of evil doers.
13Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.Surely vanity God doth not hear, And the Mighty doth not behold it.
14Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.Yea, though thou sayest thou dost not behold Him, Judgment `is' before Him, and stay for Him.
15But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet he knoweth it not in great extremity:And, now, because there is not, He hath appointed His anger, And He hath not known in great extremity.
16Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.And Job `with' vanity doth open his mouth, Without knowledge words he multiplieth.

Job 36 (33 verses)

1Elihu also proceeded, and said,And Elihu addeth and saith: --
2Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God's behalf.Honour me a little, and I shew thee, That yet for God `are' words.
3I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.I lift up my knowledge from afar, And to my Maker I ascribe righteousness.
4For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.For, truly, my words `are' not false, The perfect in knowledge `is' with thee.
5Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.Lo, God `is' mighty, and despiseth not, Mighty `in' power `and' heart.
6He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.He reviveth not the wicked, And the judgment of the poor appointeth;
7He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.He withdraweth not from the righteous His eyes, And `from' kings on the throne, And causeth them to sit for ever, and they are high,
8And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;And if prisoners in fetters They are captured with cords of affliction,
9Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.Then He declareth to them their work, And their transgressions, Because they have become mighty,
10He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.And He uncovereth their ear for instruction, And saith that they turn back from iniquity.
11If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.If they do hear and serve, They complete their days in good, And their years in pleasantness.
12But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.And if they do not hearken, By the dart they pass away, And expire without knowledge.
13But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.And the profane in heart set the face, They cry not when He hath bound them.
14They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.Their soul dieth in youth, And their life among the defiled.
15He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.He draweth out the afflicted in his affliction, And uncovereth in oppression their ear.
16Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.And also He moved thee from a strait place, `To' a broad place -- no straitness under it, And the sitting beyond of thy table Hath been full of fatness.
17But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.And the judgment of the wicked thou hast fulfilled, Judgment and justice are upheld -- because of fury,
18Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.Lest He move thee with a stroke, And the abundance of an atonement turn thee not aside.
19Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.Doth He value thy riches? He hath gold, and all the forces of power.
20Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.Desire not the night, For the going up of peoples in their stead.
21Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.Take heed -- do not turn unto iniquity, For on this thou hast fixed Rather than `on' affliction.
22Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?Lo, God doth sit on high by His power, Who `is' like Him -- a teacher?
23Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?Who hath appointed unto Him his way? And who said, `Thou hast done iniquity?'
24Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.Remember that thou magnify His work That men have beheld.
25Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.All men have looked on it, Man looketh attentively from afar.
26Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.Lo, God `is' high, And we know not the number of His years, Yea, there `is' no searching.
27For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:When He doth diminish droppings of the waters, They refine rain according to its vapour,
28Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.Which clouds do drop, They distil on man abundantly.
29Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?Yea, doth `any' understand The spreadings out of a cloud? The noises of His tabernacle?
30Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.Lo, He hath spread over it His light, And the roots of the sea He hath covered,
31For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.For by them He doth judge peoples, He giveth food in abundance.
32With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.By two palms He hath covered the light, And layeth a charge over it in meeting,
33The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.He sheweth by it `to' his friend substance, Anger against perversity.

Job 37 (24 verses) - "God thunders with his voice. By the breath of God, ice is made. Do you know his wondrous works? He is great in power and justice!"5

1At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.Also, at this my heart trembleth, And it moveth from its place.

Job 37:16 is discussed on Don't Panic: The World is Not About to End and Western Culture is Safe: 2.5. The Loss of Religion Means the Loss of All Morality

Job 37:16 is referenced on Can God Lie? Is God Always Truthful in the Christian Bible?: 1. Verses from the Bible in More Detail

Job 37:16 is mentioned on What Causes Religion and Superstitions?: 2.5. Moralizing: Being Religious in Order to Be a Good Person

Job 37:16 is referenced on Is Omniscience Possible? Does God Know Everything?: 1. Is God All-Knowing in the Bible and Qur'an?

For more on Job 37:16 see Is Omniscience Possible? Does God Know Everything?: 4.1. Christianity: Times in the Bible When God Doesn't Know All, and Tests People to Find Things Out

Job 37:16 appears on Do We Need Religion to Have Good Morals?: 1.3. Is Religion Required to Be a Good Person?

2Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth.Hearken diligently to the trembling of His voice, Yea, the sound from His mouth goeth forth.
3He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.Under the whole heavens He directeth it, And its light `is' over the skirts of the earth.
4After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.After it roar doth a voice -- He thundereth with the voice of His excellency, And He doth not hold them back, When His voice is heard.
5God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.God thundereth with His voice wonderfully, Doing great things and we know not.
6For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.For to snow He saith, `Be `on' the earth.' And the small rain and great rain of His power.
7He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.Into the hand of every man he sealeth, For the knowledge by all men of His work.
8Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.And enter doth the beast into covert, And in its habitations it doth continue.
9Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.From the inner chamber cometh a hurricane, And from scatterings winds -- cold,
10By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.From the breath of God is frost given, And the breadth of waters is straitened,
11Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:Yea, by filling He doth press out a cloud, Scatter a cloud doth His light.
12And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.And it is turning itself round by His counsels, For their doing all He commandeth them, On the face of the habitable earth.
13He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.Whether for a rod, or for His land, Or for kindness -- He doth cause it to come.
14Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.Hear this, O Job, Stand and consider the wonders of God.
15Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?Dost thou know when God doth place them, And caused to shine the light of His cloud?
16Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?Dost thou know the balancings of a cloud? The wonders of the Perfect in knowledge?
17How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?How thy garments `are' warm, In the quieting of the earth from the south?
18Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?Thou hast made an expanse with Him For the clouds -- strong as a hard mirror!
19Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.Let us know what we say to Him, We set not in array because of darkness.
20Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.Is it declared to Him that I speak? If a man hath spoken, surely he is swallowed up.
21And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.And now, they have not seen the light, Bright it `is' in the clouds, And the wind hath passed by and cleanseth them.
22Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.From the golden north it cometh, Beside God `is' fearful honour.
23Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.The Mighty! we have not found Him out, High in power and judgment, He doth not answer! And abundant in righteousness,
24Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.Therefore do men fear Him, He seeth not any of the wise of heart.

Job 38 (41 verses) - Then the LORD said, "I will question you. Where were you when I founded the earth? Who enclosed the sea? Can you bind the Pleiades?"5

1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,And Jehovah answereth Job out of the whirlwind, and saith: --

Job 38:1-4: See The Problem of Evil: Why Would a Good God Create Suffering?: 5. Theodicy Deferred (It is all a mystery!) - the Story of Job

For more on Job 38:4,33 see The Problem of Evil: Why Would a Good God Create Suffering?: 5. Theodicy Deferred (It is all a mystery!) - the Story of Job

2Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?Who `is' this -- darkening counsel, By words without knowledge?
3Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.Gird, I pray thee, as a man, thy loins, And I ask thee, and cause thou Me to know.
4Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.Where wast thou when I founded earth? Declare, if thou hast known understanding.
5Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?Who placed its measures -- if thou knowest? Or who hath stretched out upon it a line?
6Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;On what have its sockets been sunk? Or who hath cast its corner-stone?
7When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?In the singing together of stars of morning, And all sons of God shout for joy,
8Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?And He shutteth up with doors the sea, In its coming forth, from the womb it goeth out.
9When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,In My making a cloud its clothing, And thick darkness its swaddling band,
10And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,And I measure over it My statute, And place bar and doors,
11And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?And say, `Hitherto come thou, and add not, And a command is placed On the pride of thy billows.'
12Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;Hast thou commanded morning since thy days? Causest thou the dawn to know its place?
13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?To take hold on the skirts of the earth, And the wicked are shaken out of it,
14It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.It turneth itself as clay of a seal And they station themselves as clothed.
15And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.And withheld from the wicked is their light, And the arm lifted up is broken.
16Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?Hast thou come in to springs of the sea? And in searching the deep Hast thou walked up and down?
17Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?Revealed to thee were the gates of death? And the gates of death-shade dost thou see?
18Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.Thou hast understanding, Even unto the broad places of earth! Declare -- if thou hast known it all.
19Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,Where `is' this -- the way light dwelleth? And darkness, where `is' this -- its place?
20That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?That thou dost take it unto its boundary, And that thou dost understand The paths of its house.
21Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?Thou hast known -- for then thou art born And the number of thy days `are' many!
22Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,Hast thou come in unto the treasure of snow? Yea, the treasures of hail dost thou see?
23Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?That I have kept back for a time of distress, For a day of conflict and battle.
24By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?Where `is' this, the way light is apportioned? It scattereth an east wind over the earth.
25Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;Who hath divided for the flood a conduit? And a way for the lightning of the voices?
26To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;To cause `it' to rain on a land -- no man, A wilderness -- no man in it.
27To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?To satisfy a desolate and waste place, And to cause to shoot up The produce of the tender grass?
28Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?Hath the rain a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
29Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?From whose belly came forth the ice? And the hoar-frost of the heavens, Who hath begotten it?
30The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.As a stone waters are hidden, And the face of the deep is captured.
31Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?Dost thou bind sweet influences of Kimah? Or the attractions of Kesil dost thou open?
32Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?Dost thou bring out Mazzaroth in its season? And Aysh for her sons dost thou comfort?
33Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?Hast thou known the statutes of heaven? Or dost thou appoint Its dominion in the earth?
34Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?Dost thou lift up to the cloud thy voice, And abundance of water doth cover thee?
35Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are?Dost thou send out lightnings, and they go And say unto thee, `Behold us?'
36Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?Who hath put in the inward parts wisdom? Or who hath given To the covered part understanding?
37Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,Who doth number the clouds by wisdom? And the bottles of the heavens, Who doth cause to lie down,
38When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?In the hardening of dust into hardness, And clods cleave together?
39Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,Dost thou hunt for a lion prey? And the desire of young lions fulfil?
40When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?When they bow down in dens -- Abide in a thicket for a covert?
41Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.Who doth prepare for a raven his provision, When his young ones cry unto God? They wander without food.

Job 39 (30 verses)

1Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?Hast thou known the time of The bearing of the wild goats of the rock? The bringing forth of hinds thou dost mark!
2Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?Thou dost number the months they fulfil? And thou hast known the time of their bringing forth!
3They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.They bow down, Their young ones they bring forth safely, Their pangs they cast forth.
4Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.Safe are their young ones, They grow up in the field, they have gone out, And have not returned to them.
5Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?Who hath sent forth the wild ass free? Yea, the bands of the wild ass who opened?
6Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.Whose house I have made the wilderness, And his dwellings the barren land,
7He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.He doth laugh at the multitude of a city, The cries of an exactor he heareth not.
8The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.The range of mountains `is' his pasture, And after every green thing he seeketh.
9Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?Is a Reem willing to serve thee? Doth he lodge by thy crib?
10Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?Dost thou bind a Reem in a furrow `with' his thick band? Doth he harrow valleys after thee?
11Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?Dost thou trust in him because great `is' his power? And dost thou leave unto him thy labour?
12Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?Dost thou trust in him That he doth bring back thy seed? And `to' thy threshing-floor doth gather `it'?
13Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?The wing of the rattling ones exulteth, Whether the pinion of the ostrich or hawk.
14Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,For she leaveth on the earth her eggs, And on the dust she doth warm them,
15And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.And she forgetteth that a foot may press it, And a beast of the field tread it down.
16She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her's: her labour is in vain without fear;Her young ones it hath hardened without her, In vain `is' her labour without fear.
17Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.For God hath caused her to forget wisdom, And He hath not given a portion To her in understanding:
18What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.At the time on high she lifteth herself up, She laugheth at the horse and at his rider.
19Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?Dost thou give to the horse might? Dost thou clothe his neck `with' a mane?
20Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.Dost thou cause him to rush as a locust? The majesty of his snorting `is' terrible.
21He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.They dig in a valley, and he rejoiceth in power, He goeth forth to meet the armour.
22He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.He laugheth at fear, and is not affrighted, And he turneth not back from the face of the sword.
23The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.Against him rattle doth quiver, The flame of a spear, and a halbert.
24He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.With trembling and rage he swalloweth the ground, And remaineth not stedfast Because of the sound of a trumpet.
25He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.Among the trumpets he saith, Aha, And from afar he doth smell battle, Roaring of princes and shouting.
26Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?By thine understanding flieth a hawk? Spreadeth he his wings to the south?
27Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?At thy command goeth an eagle up high? Or lifteth he up his nest?
28She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.A rock he doth inhabit, Yea, he lodgeth on the tooth of a rock, and fortress.
29From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.From thence he hath sought food, To a far off place his eyes look attentively,
30Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.And his brood gulph up blood, And where the pierced `are' -- there `is' he!

Job 40 (24 verses)

1Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,And Jehovah doth answer Job, and saith: --

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2Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.Is the striver with the Mighty instructed? The reprover of God, let him answer it.
3Then Job answered the LORD, and said,And Job answereth Jehovah, and saith: --
4Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.Lo, I have been vile, What do I return to Thee? My hand I have placed on my mouth.
5Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.Once I have spoken, and I answer not, And twice, and I add not.
6Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,And Jehovah answereth Job out of the whirlwind, and saith: --
7Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.Gird, I pray thee, as a man, thy loins, I ask thee, and cause thou Me to know.
8Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?Dost thou also make void My judgment? Dost thou condemn Me, That thou mayest be righteous?
9Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?And an arm like God hast thou? And with a voice like Him dost thou thunder?
10Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.Put on, I pray thee, excellency and loftiness, Yea, honour and beauty put on.
11Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.Scatter abroad the wrath of thine anger, And see every proud one, and make him low.
12Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.See every proud one -- humble him, And tread down the wicked in their place.
13Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.Hide them in the dust together, Their faces bind in secret.
14Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.And even I -- I do praise thee, For thy right hand giveth salvation to thee.
15Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.Lo, I pray thee, Behemoth, that I made with thee: Grass as an ox he eateth.
16Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.Lo, I pray thee, his power `is' in his loins, And his strength in the muscles of his belly.
17He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.He doth bend his tail as a cedar, The sinews of his thighs are wrapped together,
18His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.His bones `are' tubes of brass, His bones `are' as a bar of iron.
19He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.He `is' a beginning of the ways of God, His Maker bringeth nigh his sword;
20Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.For food do mountains bear for him, And all the beasts of the field play there.
21He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.Under shades he lieth down, In a secret place of reed and mire.
22The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.Cover him do shades, `with' their shadow, Cover him do willows of the brook.
23Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.Lo, a flood oppresseth -- he doth not haste, He is confident though Jordan Doth come forth unto his mouth.
24He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.Before his eyes doth `one' take him, With snares doth `one' pierce the nose?

Job 41 (34 verses)

1Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?Dost thou draw leviathan with an angle? And with a rope thou lettest down -- his tongue?

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2Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?Dost thou put a reed in his nose? And with a thorn pierce his jaw?
3Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?Doth he multiply unto thee supplications? Doth he speak unto thee tender things?
4Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?Doth he make a covenant with thee? Dost thou take him for a servant age-during?
5Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?Dost thou play with him as a bird? And dost thou bind him for thy damsels?
6Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?(Feast upon him do companions, They divide him among the merchants!)
7Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?Dost thou fill with barbed irons his skin? And with fish-spears his head?
8Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.Place on him thy hand, Remember the battle -- do not add!
9Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?Lo, the hope of him is found a liar, Also at his appearance is not one cast down?
10None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?None so fierce that he doth awake him, And who `is' he before Me stationeth himself?
11Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.Who hath brought before Me and I repay? Under the whole heavens it `is' mine.
12I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.I do not keep silent concerning his parts, And the matter of might, And the grace of his arrangement.
13Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?Who hath uncovered the face of his clothing? Within his double bridle who doth enter?
14Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.The doors of his face who hath opened? Round about his teeth `are' terrible.
15His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.A pride -- strong ones of shields, Shut up -- a close seal.
16One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.One unto another they draw nigh, And air doth not enter between them.
17They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.One unto another they adhere, They stick together and are not separated.
18By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.His sneezings cause light to shine, And his eyes `are' as the eyelids of the dawn.
19Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.Out of his mouth do flames go, sparks of fire escape.
20Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.Out of his nostrils goeth forth smoke, As a blown pot and reeds.
21His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.His breath setteth coals on fire, And a flame from his mouth goeth forth.
22In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.In his neck lodge doth strength, And before him doth grief exult.
23The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.The flakes of his flesh have adhered -- Firm upon him -- it is not moved.
24His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.His heart `is' firm as a stone, Yea, firm as the lower piece.
25When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.From his rising are the mighty afraid, From breakings they keep themselves free.
26The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.The sword of his overtaker standeth not, Spear -- dart -- and lance.
27He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.He reckoneth iron as straw, brass as rotten wood.
28The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.The son of the bow doth not cause him to flee, Turned by him into stubble are stones of the sling.
29Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.As stubble have darts been reckoned, And he laugheth at the shaking of a javelin.
30Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.Under him `are' sharp points of clay, He spreadeth gold on the mire.
31He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.He causeth to boil as a pot the deep, The sea he maketh as a pot of ointment.
32He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.After him he causeth a path to shine, One thinketh the deep to be hoary.
33Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.There is not on the earth his like, That is made without terror.
34He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.Every high thing he doth see, He `is' king over all sons of pride.

Job 42 (17 verses)

1Then Job answered the LORD, and said,And Job answereth Jehovah and saith: --

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2I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.Thou hast known that `for' all things Thou art able, And not withheld from Thee is `any' device:
3Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.`Who `is' this, hiding counsel without knowledge?' Therefore, I have declared, and understand not, Too wonderful for me, and I know not.
4Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.`Hear, I pray thee, and I -- I do speak, I ask thee, and cause thou me to know.'
5I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.By the hearing of the ear I heard Thee, And now mine eye hath seen Thee.
6Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.Therefore do I loathe `it', And I have repented on dust and ashes.
7And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.And it cometh to pass after Jehovah's speaking these words unto Job, that Jehovah saith unto Eliphaz the Temanite, `Burned hath Mine anger against thee, and against thy two friends, because ye have not spoken concerning Me rightly, like My servant Job.
8Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.And now, take to you seven bullocks and seven rams, and go ye unto My servant Job, and ye have caused a burnt-offering to ascend for you; and Job My servant doth pray for you, for surely his face I accept, so as not to do with you folly, because ye have not spoken concerning Me rightly, like My servant Job.
9So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.And they go -- Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, Zophar the Naamathite -- and do as Jehovah hath spoken unto them; and Jehovah doth accept the face of Job.
10And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.And Jehovah hath turned `to' the captivity of Job in his praying for his friends, and Jehovah doth add `to' all that Job hath -- to double.
11Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.And come unto him do all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all his former acquaintances, and they eat bread with him in his house, and bemoan him, and comfort him concerning all the evil that Jehovah had brought upon him, and they gave to him each one kesitah, and each one ring of gold.
12So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.And Jehovah hath blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning, and he hath fourteen thousand of a flock, and six thousand camels, and a thousand pairs of oxen, and a thousand she-asses.
13He had also seven sons and three daughters.And he hath seven sons and three daughters;
14And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.and he calleth the name of the one Jemima, and the name of the second Kezia, and the name of the third Keren-Happuch.
15And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.And there have not been found women fair as the daughters of Job in all the land, and their father doth give to them an inheritance in the midst of their brethren.
16After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.And Job liveth after this a hundred and forty years, and seeth his sons, and his sons' sons, four generations;
17So Job died, being old and full of days.and Job dieth, aged and satisfied `with' days.