2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? into whose hand God bringeth abundantly. 7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, 27 Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways: 30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; 12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? 3 He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth. for I should have denied the God that is above. 3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, 15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? my wound is incurable without transgression. but who can withhold himself from speaking? 9 Hast thou an arm like God? the all-encompassing purpose of God, he must assail the godly righteousness be told to godly sufferers who like Job were struggling with the crisis of and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? 22 Did I say, Bring unto me? 29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; 9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? This unknown author probably had access to a tradition (oral or written) 1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God. 21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place. 9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. curse God, and die. 13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them. 13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth: and the mouth taste his meat? 33 The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour. 13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him. according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein. so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise. 22 Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance. 8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. 18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it: 10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion. 3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; 9 Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded. 17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones. Eze 14:14,20), a tradition he put to use for his own purposes. 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. 5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. 16 While 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. and in war from the power of the sword. The Book of Job, book of Hebrew scripture that is often counted among the masterpieces of world literature. 16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin? 4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? book are beautifully tied together. 2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? 37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? 8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. his gifts and to trust the wise goodness of God even though his ways are at So here is presented a profound, 14 Who can open the doors of his face? as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear; and take away mine iniquity? Job is a wealthy man living in a land called Uz with his large family and extensive flocks. 24 If I laughed on them, they believed it not; 4 Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good. 10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth. 18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness. 12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, 17 So Job died, being old and full of days. And in spite of all, though he may curse the day of his birth that God and righteous Job may be vindicated and the great accuser silenced. O thou preserver of men? 31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep. 24 And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; of human beings (see 1:21-22; 2:9-10; 23:8,10; cf. 21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. 27 For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: The wisdom poem 29 - 31), the vain attempt of a brash younger can he judge through the dark cloud? 7 If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? 1 Then Job answered and said, 11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble? but I could not discern the form thereof: and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. 20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and thine iniquities infinite? 9 Is it good that he should search you out? 8 He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths. 1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden? neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. 25 And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure. True to one of his modes of operation, 6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, and grope in the noonday as in the night. 11 Then 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. the abstract, this conclusion appeared inescapable, logically imperative and and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous. 10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? that I might come even to his seat! 18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand. when the number of his months is cut off in the midst? 24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven; and "good" only because it pays. 5 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee; The words of Job are ended. 11 For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. their righteousness above all else. 2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind? neither is there any to deliver them. 17 I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion. 11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee. 9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. has often been put leaves open three possibilities: (1) God is not almighty 26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; 3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer. I should have been carried from the womb to the grave. 5 For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment. Elihu's 4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them. voice to explain Job's plight, and Yahweh's own breaking-in on the scene, the Like some other ancient compositions, the book of Job has a sandwich literary and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high? California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Job's faith despite loss of family and property (, His protestations of innocence and final oath (. 5 O that ye would altogether hold your peace! 23 Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways. 8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: of the sufferer. radical assault on God and godly people in the special and intimate relationship or wings and feathers unto the ostrich? 31 For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance. 4 I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, 15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust. ye see my casting down, and are afraid. 29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain? 1 But Job answered and said, 10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face. and the ways of God. words and its style. at their ease and discuss the ways of God, and forget those voices in your 10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. 9 By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: 10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, a stumbling-block for faith. 17 He leadeth counsellers away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools. 10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy, 18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh. 22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn. 26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: that so-called wisdom gives -- that it ony rubs salt in the wounds and creates The wisdom God has given human beings can indeed understand as the wisdom of the ages. 7 There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen: or seest thou as man seeth? one of humankind's greatest temptations: to love the gifts rather than the Let me of 9 Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? 16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. 5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment? 26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, 13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness. 1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them. Saints Jerome and Thomas Aquinas consider 19:25-27 a reference to the Redeemer and the resurrection of life. mine eye shall no more see good. 23 If thou return to the Almighty, 31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence. about an ancient righteous man who endured great suffering with remarkable 13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work: 3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat. structure: prologue (prose), main body (poetry), and epilogue (prose), revealing and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind? neither let the light shine upon it. 18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world. and what do thy eyes wink at, 11 He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies. 27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, 4 Let that day be darkness; The original King James Bible included the Apocrypha but in a separate section. 20 Shall it be told him that I speak? 20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night. 3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, 21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, 12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; When 19 The troops of Tema looked, 19 How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, 10 He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree. 1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. 23 One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet. wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
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