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The Book of Job
Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God, and turned away from evil.
Job 1:2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters.
Job 1:3 His possessions also were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the children of the east.
Job 1:4 His sons went and held a feast in the house of each one on his birthday; and they sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
Job 1:5 It was so, when the days of their feasting had run their course, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered ascension offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned, and renounced God in their hearts.” Job did so regularly.
Job 1:6 Now it happened on the day when God’s sons came to present themselves before Yahweh that Satan also came among them.
Job 1:7 Yahweh said to Satan, “where have you come from?” Then Satan answered Yahweh, and said, “from going back and forth on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”
Job 1:8 Yahweh said to Satan, “have you considered My servant, Job? For there is none like Him in the land, a blameless and an upright man, one who fears God, and turns away from evil.”
Job 1:9 Then Satan answered Yahweh, and said, “does Job fear God for nothing?
Job 1:10 Have You not made a hedge around him, and around his house, and around all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
Job 1:11 But put forth Your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will renounce You to Your face.”
Job 1:12 Yahweh said to Satan, “behold, all that he has is in your power. Only do not stretch out your hand against him! So Satan went forth from the presence of Yahweh.
Job 1:13 It fell on a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house,
Job 1:14 that there came a messenger to Job, and said, “the oxen were plowing, and the donkeys feeding beside them,
Job 1:15 and the Sabeans attacked, and took them away. Yes, they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
Job 1:16 While he was still speaking, there also came another, and said, “the fire of God has fallen from the heavens, and has burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
Job 1:17 While he was still speaking, there came also another, and said, “the Chaldeans made three bands, and swept down on the camels, and have taken them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
Job 1:18 While he was still speaking, there came also another, and said, “your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house,
Job 1:19 and behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young men, and they are dead. I alone have escaped to tell you.”
Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and tore his robe, and shaved his head, and bowed down on the ground, and worshiped.
Job 1:21 He said, “naked I came out of my mother’s womb, and naked I will return there. Yahweh gave, and Yahweh has taken away. Blessed be the name of Yahweh.”
Job 1:22 In all this, Job did not sin, nor charge God with wrongdoing.
Job 2:1 Again it happened on the day when the sons of God came to present themselves before Yahweh and Satan came also among them to present himself before Yahweh.
Job 2:2 Yahweh said to Satan, “where have you come from?” Satan answered Yahweh, and said, “from going back and forth on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”
Job 2:3 Yahweh said to Satan, “have you considered My servant Job? For there is none like him in the land, a blameless and an upright man, one who fears God, and turns away from evil. He still maintains his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to ruin him without reason.”
Job 2:4 Satan answered Yahweh, and said, “skin for skin. Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.
Job 2:5 But put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will renounce You to Your face.”
Job 2:6 Yahweh said to Satan, “behold, he is in your hand. Only spare his life.”
Job 2:7 So Satan went forth from the presence of Yahweh, and struck Job with painful sores from the sole of his foot to his head.
Job 2:8 He took for himself a potsherd to scrape himself with, and he sat among the ashes.
Job 2:9 Then his wife said to him, “do you still maintain your integrity? Renounce God, and die!”
Job 2:10 But he said to her, “you speak as one of the foolish women would speak. What? Will we receive good at the hand of God, and will we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Job 2:11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come on him, they each came from his own place: Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, and they made an appointment together to come to sympathize with him and to comfort him.
Job 2:12 When they lifted up their eyes from a distance, and did not recognize him, they raised their voices, and wept; and they each tore his robe, and sprinkled dust on their heads toward heaven.
Job 2:13 So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.
Job 3:1 After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed the day of his birth.
Job 3:2 Job answered:
Job 3:3 “Let the day perish in which I was born, the night which said, ‘there is a boy conceived.’
Job 3:4 Let that day be darkness. Do not let God from above seek for it, neither let the light shine on it.
Job 3:5 Let darkness and the shadow of death claim it for their own. Let a cloud dwell on it. Let all that makes black the day terrify it.
Job 3:6 As for that night, let thick darkness seize on it. Let it not rejoice among the days of the year. Let it not come into the number of the months.
Job 3:7 Behold, let that night be barren. Let no joyful shout be admitted.
Job 3:8 Let them curse it who curse the day, who are skillful to stir up Leviathan.
Job 3:9 Let the stars of its twilight be dark. Let it look for light, but have none, neither let it see the eyelids of the dawn,
Job 3:10 because it did not shut up the doors of my mother’s womb, nor did it hide trouble from my eyes.
Job 3:11 “Why did I not die from the womb? Why did I not die when my mother bore me?
Job 3:12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breast, that I should nurse?
Job 3:13 For now should I have lain down and been quiet. I should have slept, then I would have been at rest,
Job 3:14 with kings and counselors of the land, who built up waste places for themselves;
Job 3:15 or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
Job 3:16 or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, as infants who never saw light.
Job 3:17 There the wicked stop from troubling. There the weary are at rest.
Job 3:18 There the prisoners are at ease together. They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.
Job 3:19 The small and the great are there. The servant is free from his master.
Job 3:20 “Why is light given to him who is in misery, life to the bitter in soul,
Job 3:21 who long for death, but it does not come; and dig for it more than for hidden treasures,
Job 3:22 who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?
Job 3:23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?
Job 3:24 For my sighing comes before I eat. My groanings are poured out like water.
Job 3:25 For the thing which I fear comes on me, that which I am afraid of comes to me.
Job 3:26 I am not at ease, neither am I quiet, neither have I rest; but trouble comes.”
Job 4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,
Job 4:2 “if someone ventures to talk with you, will you be grieved? But who can withhold himself from speaking?
Job 4:3 Behold, you have instructed many, you have strengthened the weak hands.
Job 4:4 Your words have supported him who was falling, you have made firm the feeble knees.
Job 4:5 But now it has come to you, and you faint. It touches you, and you are troubled.
Job 4:6 Is not your piety your confidence? Isn’t the integrity of your ways your hope?
Job 4:7 “Remember, now, whoever perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off?
Job 4:8 According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity, and sow trouble, reap the same.
Job 4:9 By the breath of God they perish. By the blast of His anger are they consumed.
Job 4:10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
Job 4:11 The old lion perishes for lack of prey. The cubs of the lioness are scattered abroad.
Job 4:12 “Now a thing was secretly brought to me. My ear received a whisper of it.
Job 4:13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men,
Job 4:14 fear came on me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.
Job 4:15 Then a spirit passed before my face. The hair of my flesh stood up.
Job 4:16 It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes. Silence, then I heard a voice, saying,
Job 4:17 ‘Will mortal man be more just than God? Will a man be more pure than his Maker?
Job 4:18 Behold, He puts no trust in His servants. He charges His angels with error.
Job 4:19 How much more, those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth!
Job 4:20 Between morning and evening they are destroyed. They perish forever without any regarding it.
Job 4:21 Isn’t their tent cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.’
Job 5:1 “Call now; is there any who will answer you? To which of the holy ones will you turn?
Job 5:2 For resentment kills the foolish man, and jealousy kills the simple.
Job 5:3 I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
Job 5:4 His children are far from safety. They are crushed in the gate. Neither is there any to deliver them,
Job 5:5 whose harvest the hungry eats up, and take it even out of the thorns. The snare gapes for their substance.
Job 5:6 For affliction does not come forth from the dust, neither does trouble spring out of the ground;
Job 5:7 but man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
Job 5:8 “But as for me, I would seek God. I would commit my cause to God,
Job 5:9 who does great things that cannot be fathomed, marvelous things without number;
Job 5:10 who gives rain on the earth, and sends waters on the fields;
Job 5:11 so that He sets up on high those who are low, those who mourn are exalted to safety.
Job 5:12 He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
Job 5:13 He takes the wise in their own craftiness; the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.
Job 5:14 They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope at noon as in the night.
Job 5:15 But He saves from the sword of their mouth, even the needy from the hand of the mighty.
Job 5:16 So the poor has hope, and injustice shuts her mouth.
Job 5:17 “Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects. Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.
Job 5:18 For He wounds, and binds up. He injures, and His hands make whole.
Job 5:19 He will deliver you in six troubles; yes, in seven no evil will touch you.
Job 5:20 In famine He will redeem you from death; in war, from the power of the sword.
Job 5:21 You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, neither will you be in fear because of destruction whenever it comes.
Job 5:22 At destruction and famine you will laugh, neither will you be afraid of the wild beasts of the earth.
Job 5:23 For you will be allied with the stones of the field. The wild beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
Job 5:24 You will know that your dwelling place is in peace. You will visit your habitation, and will not sin.
Job 5:25 You will know also that your seed will be great, your offspring as the grass of the land.
Job 5:26 You will come to your grave in full maturity, like a stack of grain comes in its season.
Job 5:27 Behold this, we have explored it and it is so. Listen to this, and know it for your good.”
Job 6:1 Then Job answered,
Job 6:2 “O that my anguish was weighed and all my calamity lay in the balances!
Job 6:3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas, therefore have my words been rash.
Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me. My spirit drinks up their poison. The terrors of God set themselves in array against me.
Job 6:5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? Or does the ox low over his fodder?
Job 6:6 Can that which has no flavor be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
Job 6:7 My soul refuses to touch them. They are as loathsome food to me.
Job 6:8 “O that I might have my request, that God would grant the thing that I long for,
Job 6:9 even that it would please God to crush me; that He would let loose His hand, and cut me off!
Job 6:10 Be it still my consolation, yes, let me exult in pain that does not spare, that I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
Job 6:11 What is my strength that I should wait? What is my end, that I should be patient?
Job 6:12 Is my strength the strength of stones? Or is my flesh of brass?
Job 6:13 Is it not that I have no help in me, that wisdom is driven quite from me?
Job 6:14 “To him who is ready to faint, lovingkindness should be shown from his friend; even to the one who forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
Job 6:15 My brothers have dealt deceitfully as a brook, as the channel of brooks that pass away;
Job 6:16 which are black by reason of the ice, in which the snow hides itself.
Job 6:17 In the dry season, they vanish. When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
Job 6:18 The caravans that travel beside them turn aside. They go up into the waste, and perish.
Job 6:19 The caravans of Tema looked. The companies of Sheba waited for them.
Job 6:20 They were distressed because they were confident. They came there, and were confounded.
Job 6:21 For now you are nothing. You see a terror, and are afraid.
Job 6:22 Did I say, ‘give to me?’ or, ‘offer a bribe to me from your wealth?’
Job 6:23 Or, ‘deliver me from the adversary’s hand?’ or, ‘redeem me from the hand of the oppressors?’
Job 6:24 “Teach me, and I will hold my peace. Cause me to understand how I have erred.
Job 6:25 How forcible are words of uprightness! But your arguments, what does it prove?
Job 6:26 Do you think to prove with words, since the arguments of one who is desperate are as wind?
Job 6:27 Yes, you would even cast lots for the fatherless, and undermine your friend.
Job 6:28 Now therefore be pleased to look at me, for surely I will not lie to your face.
Job 6:29 Please return. Let there be no injustice. Yes, return again. My cause is righteous.
Job 6:30 Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern mischievous things?
Job 7:1 “Is not a man forced to labor on earth? Are not his days like the days of a hired hand?
Job 7:2 As a servant who earnestly desires the shade, as a hireling who looks for his wages,
Job 7:3 so am I made to possess months of misery, wearisome nights are appointed to me.
Job 7:4 When I lie down, I say, ‘when will I arise, and the night be gone?’ I toss and turn until the dawning of the day.
Job 7:5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust. My skin closes up, and breaks out afresh.
Job 7:6 My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.
Job 7:7 O remember that my life is a breath. My eye will no more see good.
Job 7:8 The eye of him who sees me will see me no more. Your eyes shall be on me, but I shall not be.
Job 7:9 As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, so he who goes down to Sheol will come up no more.
Job 7:10 He will return no more to his house, neither will his place know him anymore.
Job 7:11 “Therefore I will not keep silent. I will speak in the anguish of my spirit. I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
Job 7:12 Am I a sea, or a sea serpent, that You put a guard over me?
Job 7:13 When I say, ‘my bed will comfort me. My couch will ease my complaint;’
Job 7:14 then You scare me with dreams, and terrify me through visions:
Job 7:15 so that my soul chooses strangling, death rather than my bones.
Job 7:16 I loathe my life. I will not live always. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.
Job 7:17 What is man, that You should magnify him, that You should set Your mind on him,
Job 7:18 that You should visit him every morning, and test him every moment?
Job 7:19 How long will You not look away from me, nor leave me alone until I swallow down my saliva?
Job 7:20 If I have sinned, what do I do to You, You watcher of men? Why have You set me as a mark for You, so that I am a burden to myself?
Job 7:21 Why do You not pardon my disobedience, and take away my iniquity? For now will I lie down in the dust. You will seek me diligently, but I will not be.”
Job 8:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
Job 8:2 “how long will you speak these things? Will the arguments from your mouth be a mighty wind?
Job 8:3 Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert righteousness?
Job 8:4 If your children have sinned against Him, He has delivered them into the hand of their disobedience.
Job 8:5 If you want to seek God diligently, make your supplication to the Almighty.
Job 8:6 If you were pure and upright, surely now He would awaken for you, and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.
Job 8:7 Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would greatly increase.
Job 8:8 “Please inquire of past generations. Find out about what was explored of the fathers.
Job 8:9 (For we are but of times past, and learned nothing, because our days on earth are a shadow:)
Job 8:10 will they not teach you, tell you, and utter words out of their heart?
Job 8:11 “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the papyrus grow without water?
Job 8:12 While it is yet in its greenness, not cut down, it withers before any other reed.
Job 8:13 So are the paths of all who forget God. The hope of the godless man will perish,
Job 8:14 whose confidence will break apart, whose trust is a spider’s web.
Job 8:15 He will lean on his house, but it shall not stand. He will cling to it, but it will not endure.
Job 8:16 He is green before the sun. His branches go out over his garden.
Job 8:17 His roots are wrapped around the rock pile. He sees the place of stones.
Job 8:18 If he is destroyed from his place, then it will deny him, saying, ‘I have not seen you.’
Job 8:19 Behold, this is the joy of his way: out of the land, others will grow.
Job 8:20 “Behold, God will not cast away a blameless man, neither will He uphold the evildoers.
Job 8:21 He will still fill your mouth with laughter, your lips with shouting.
Job 8:22 Those who hate you will be clothed with shame. The tent of the wicked will be no more.”
Job 9:1 Then Job answered,
Job 9:2 “truly I know that it is so, but how can man be just with God?
Job 9:3 If he is pleased to contend with Him, he cannot answer Him one time in a thousand.
Job 9:4 God who is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself against Him, and prospered?
Job 9:5 He removes the mountains, and they do not know it, when He overturns them in His anger.
Job 9:6 He shakes the earth out of its place. Its pillars tremble.
Job 9:7 He commands the sun, and it does not rise, and seals up the stars.
Job 9:8 He alone stretches out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea.
Job 9:9 He makes the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the rooms of the south.
Job 9:10 He does great things past finding out; yes, marvelous things without number.
Job 9:11 Behold, He goes by me, and I do not see Him. He passes on also, but I do not perceive Him.
Job 9:12 Behold, He takes away. Who can hinder Him? Who will ask Him, ‘what are You doing?’
Job 9:13 “God will not withdraw His anger. The helpers of Rahab stoop under Him.
Job 9:14 How much less will I answer Him, and choose my words to argue with Him?
Job 9:15 Though I were righteous, yet I wouldn’t answer Him. I would beg for mercy to my judge.
Job 9:16 If I had called, and He had answered me, yet I wouldn’t believe that He listened to my voice.
Job 9:17 For He breaks me with a storm, and multiplies my wounds without cause.
Job 9:18 He will not allow me to catch my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
Job 9:19 If it is a matter of strength, behold, He is mighty! If of justice, ‘who,’ says He, ‘will summon me?’
Job 9:20 Though I am righteous, my own mouth will condemn me. Though I am blameless, it will prove me perverse.
Job 9:21 I am blameless. I do not respect myself. I despise my life.
Job 9:22 “It is all the same. Therefore I say He destroys the blameless and the wicked.
Job 9:23 If the whip kills suddenly, He will mock at the testing of the innocent.
Job 9:24 The land is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the faces of its judges. If not He, then who is it?
Job 9:25 “Now my days are swifter than a runner. They flee away, they see no good,
Job 9:26 they have passed away as the swift ships, as the eagle that swoops on the prey.
Job 9:27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face, and cheer up;’
Job 9:28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that You will not hold me innocent.
Job 9:29 I shall be condemned. Why then do I labor in vain?
Job 9:30 If I wash myself with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,
Job 9:31 yet You will plunge me into the ditch. My own clothes shall abhor me.
Job 9:32 For He is not a man, as I am, that I should answer Him, that we should come together in judgment.
Job 9:33 There is no umpire between us that might lay his hand on us both.
Job 9:34 Let Him take His rod away from me. Let His terror not make me afraid;
Job 9:35 then I would speak, and not fear Him, for I am not so in myself.
Job 10:1 “My soul is weary of my life. I will give free course to my complaint. I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
Job 10:2 I will tell God, ‘do not condemn me. Show me why You contend with me.
Job 10:3 Is it good to You that You should oppress, that You should despise the work of Your hands, and smile on the counsel of the wicked?
Job 10:4 Do You have eyes of flesh? Or do You see as man sees?
Job 10:5 Are Your days as the days of mortals, or Your years as man’s years,
Job 10:6 that You inquire after my iniquity, and search after my sin?
Job 10:7 Although You know that I am not wicked, there is no one who can deliver out of Your hand.
Job 10:8 “‘Your hands have framed me and fashioned me altogether, yet You destroy me.
Job 10:9 Remember, I beg You, that You have fashioned me as clay. Will You bring me into dust again?
Job 10:10 Haven’t You poured me out like milk, and curdled me like cheese?
Job 10:11 You have clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.
Job 10:12 You have granted me life and loving kindness. Your visitation has preserved my spirit.
Job 10:13 Yet You hid these things in Your heart. I know that this is with You:
Job 10:14 if I sin, then You mark me. You will not acquit me from my iniquity.
Job 10:15 If I am wicked, woe to me. If I am righteous, I still shall not lift up my head, being filled with disgrace, and conscious of my affliction.
Job 10:16 If my head is held high, You hunt me like a lion. Again You show Yourself powerful to me.
Job 10:17 You renew Your witnesses against me, and increase Your indignation on me. Changes and warfare are with me.
Job 10:18 “‘Why, then, have You brought me forth out of the womb? I wish I had given up the spirit, and no eye had seen me.
Job 10:19 I should have been as though I had not been. I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
Job 10:20 Aren’t my days few? Cease then. Leave me alone, that I may find a little comfort,
Job 10:21 before I go where I shall not return from, to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;
Job 10:22 the land dark as midnight, of the shadow of death, without any order, where the light is as midnight.’”
Job 11:1 Then Zophar, the Naamathite, answered,
Job 11:2 should not the multitude of words be answered? Should a man full of talk be justified?
Job 11:3 Should your boastings make men hold their peace? When you mock, shall no man make you ashamed?
Job 11:4 For you say, ‘my doctrine is pure. I am clean in your eyes.’
Job 11:5 But O that God would speak, and open His lips against you,
Job 11:6 that He would show you the secrets of wisdom! For true wisdom has two sides. Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your iniquity deserves.
Job 11:7 “Can you fathom the mystery of God? Or can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
Job 11:8 They are high as heaven. What can you do? They are deeper than Sheol. What can you know?
Job 11:9 Its measure is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
Job 11:10 If He passes by, or confines, or convenes a court, then who can oppose Him?
Job 11:11 For He knows false men. He sees iniquity also, even though He does not consider it.
Job 11:12 An empty-headed man becomes wise when a man is born as a wild donkey’s colt.
Job 11:13 “If you set your heart aright, stretch out your hands toward Him.
Job 11:14 If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away. Do not let unrighteousness dwell in your tents.
Job 11:15 Surely then you shall lift up your face without spot; yes, you shall be steadfast, and shall not fear:
Job 11:16 for you shall forget your misery. You shall remember it as waters that are passed away.
Job 11:17 Life shall be clearer than the noonday. Though there is darkness, it shall be as the morning.
Job 11:18 You shall be secure, because there is hope. Yes, you shall search, and shall take your rest in safety.
Job 11:19 Also you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. Yes, many shall court your favor.
Job 11:20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail. They shall have no way to flee. Their hope shall be the giving up of the spirit.”
Job 12:1 Then Job answered,
Job 12:2 “no doubt, but you are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
Job 12:3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Yes, who does not know such things as these?
Job 12:4 I am like one who is a joke to his neighbor, I, who called on God, and He answered. The just, the blameless man is a joke.
Job 12:5 In the thought of him who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune. It is ready for them whose foot slips.
Job 12:6 The tents of robbers prosper. Those who provoke God are secure, who carry their God in their hands.
Job 12:7 “But ask the beasts, now, and they shall teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they shall tell you.
Job 12:8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you. The fish of the sea shall declare to you.
Job 12:9 Who does not know that in all these, the hand of Yahweh has done this,
Job 12:10 in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?
Job 12:11 Does not the ear try words, even as the palate tastes its food?
Job 12:12 With aged men is wisdom and in length of days understanding.
Job 12:13 “With God is wisdom and might. He has counsel and understanding.
Job 12:14 Behold, He breaks down, and it cannot be built again. He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.
Job 12:15 Behold, He withholds the waters, and they dry up. Again, He sends them out, and they overturn the land.
Job 12:16 With Him is strength and wisdom. The deceived and the deceiver are His.
Job 12:17 He leads counselors away stripped. He makes judges fools.
Job 12:18 He loosens the bond of kings. He binds their waist with a belt.
Job 12:19 He leads priests away stripped, and overthrows the mighty.
Job 12:20 He removes the speech of those who are trusted, and takes away the understanding of the elders.
Job 12:21 He pours contempt on princes, and loosens the belt of the strong.
Job 12:22 He uncovers deep things out of darkness, and brings out to light the shadow of death.
Job 12:23 He increases the nations, and He destroys them. He enlarges the nations, and He leads them captive.
Job 12:24 He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the land, and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
Job 12:25 They grope in the dark without light. He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
Job 13:1 “Behold, my eye has seen all this. My ear has heard and understood it.
Job 13:2 What you know, I know also. I am not inferior to you.
Job 13:3 “Surely I would speak to the Almighty. I desire to reason with God.
Job 13:4 But you are forgers of lies. You are all physicians of no value.
Job 13:5 O that you would be completely silent! Then you would be wise.
Job 13:6 Hear now my reasoning. Listen to the pleadings of my lips.
Job 13:7 Will you speak unrighteously for God, and talk deceitfully for Him?
Job 13:8 Will you show partiality to Him? Will you contend for God?
Job 13:9 Is it good that He should search you out? Or as one deceives a man, will you deceive Him?
Job 13:10 He will surely reprove you if you secretly show partiality.
Job 13:11 Shall not His majesty make you afraid, and His dread fall on you?
Job 13:12 Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, your defenses are defenses of clay.
Job 13:13 “Be silent, leave me alone, that I may speak. Let come on me what will.
Job 13:14 Why should I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?
Job 13:15 Behold, He will kill me. I have no hope. Nevertheless, I will maintain my ways before Him.
Job 13:16 This also shall be my salvation that a godless man shall not come before Him.
Job 13:17 Hear diligently my speech. Let my declaration be in your ears.
Job 13:18 See now, I have set my claim in order. I know that I will be proven righteous.
Job 13:19 Who is he who will conduct a legal case against me? If so I would hold my peace and give up and die.
Job 13:20 “Only do not do two things to me; then I will not hide myself from Your Presence;
Job 13:21 withdraw Your hand far from me; and do not let Your terror make me afraid.
Job 13:22 Then call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and You answer me.
Job 13:23 How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my disobedience and my sin.
Job 13:24 Why hide you Your face, and hold me for Your enemy?
Job 13:25 Will You harass a driven leaf? Will You pursue the dry stubble?
Job 13:26 For You write bitter things against me, and make me inherit the iniquities of my youth:
Job 13:27 You also put my feet in the stocks, and mark all my paths. You set a bound to the soles of my feet,
Job 13:28 though I am decaying like a rotten thing, like a garment that is moth-eaten.
Job 14:1 “Man, who is born of a woman, is of few days, and full of trouble.
Job 14:2 He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down. He also flees like a shadow, and does not continue.
Job 14:3 Do You open Your eyes on such a one, and bring me into judgment with You?
Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not anyone.
Job 14:5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months is with You, and You have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
Job 14:6 look away from him, that he may rest, until he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day.
Job 14:7 “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, that the tender branch of it will not cease.
Job 14:8 Though its root grows old in the land, and its stock dies in the soil,
Job 14:9 yet through the scent of water it will bud, and put forth boughs like a plant.
Job 14:10 But man dies, and is laid low. Yes, man gives up the spirit, and where is he?
Job 14:11 As the waters fail from the sea and the river wastes and dries up,
Job 14:12 so man lies down and does not rise. Until the heavens are no more, they shall not awake, nor be roused out of their sleep.
Job 14:13 “O that You would hide me in Sheol, that You would keep me secret, until Your wrath is past, that You would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
Job 14:14 If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my warfare would I wait, until my release should come.
Job 14:15 You would call, and I would answer You. You would have a desire for the work of Your hands.
Job 14:16 But now You number my steps. Do You not watch over my sin?
Job 14:17 My disobedience is sealed up in a bag. You fasten up my iniquity.
Job 14:18 “But the mountain falling comes to nothing. The rock is removed out of its place;
Job 14:19 The waters wear the stones. The torrents of it wash away the dust of the land. So You destroy the hope of man.
Job 14:20 You always prevail against him, and he departs. You change his face, and send him away.
Job 14:21 His sons come to honor, and he does not know it. They are brought low, but he does not perceive it of them.
Job 14:22 But his flesh on him has pain, and his soul within him mourns.”
Job 15:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,
Job 15:2 “should a wise man answer with vain knowledge, and fill himself with the east wind?
Job 15:3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk, or with speeches with which he can do no good?
Job 15:4 Yes, you do away with fear, and hinder devotion before God.
Job 15:5 For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the language of the crafty.
Job 15:6 Your own mouth condemns you, and not I. Yes, your own lips testify against you.
Job 15:7 “Are you the first man who was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills?
Job 15:8 Have you heard the secret counsel of God? Do you limit wisdom to yourself?
Job 15:9 What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand, which is not in us?
Job 15:10 With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men, much elder than your father.
Job 15:11 Are the consolations of God too small for you, even the word that is gentle toward you?
Job 15:12 Why does your heart carry you away? Why do your eyes flash
Job 15:13 that you turn your spirit against God, and let such words go out of your mouth?
Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? What is he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
Job 15:15 Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones. Yes, the heavens are not clean in His sight;
Job 15:16 how much less one who is abominable and corrupt, a man who drinks iniquity like water!
Job 15:17 “I will show you, listen to me; that which I have seen I will declare:
Job 15:18 (which wise men have told by their fathers, and have not hidden it;
Job 15:19 to whom alone the land was given, and no stranger passed among them):
Job 15:20 the wicked man writhes in pain all his days, even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.
Job 15:21 A sound of terrors is in his ears. In prosperity the destroyer shall come on him.
Job 15:22 He does not believe that he shall return out of darkness. He is waited for by the sword.
Job 15:23 He wanders abroad for bread, saying, ‘where is it?’ He knows that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
Job 15:24 Distress and anguish make him afraid. They prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
Job 15:25 Because he has stretched out his hand against God, and behaves himself proudly against the Almighty;
Job 15:26 he runs at Him with a stiff neck, with the thick shields of his bucklers;
Job 15:27 because he has covered his face with his fatness, and gathered fat on his thighs.
Job 15:28 He has lived in desolate cities, in houses which no one inhabited, which were ready to become heaps.
Job 15:29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall their possessions be extended on the land.
Job 15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness. The flame shall dry up his branches. By the breath of God’s mouth he shall go away.
Job 15:31 Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; for emptiness shall be his reward.
Job 15:32 It shall be accomplished before his time. His branch shall not be green.
Job 15:33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive tree.
Job 15:34 For the company of the godless shall be barren, and fire shall consume the tents of bribery.
Job 15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. Their heart prepares deceit.”
Job 16:1 Then Job answered,
Job 16:2 “I have heard many such things. You are all miserable comforters!
Job 16:3 Shall vain words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?
Job 16:4 I also could speak as you do. If your soul were in my soul’s place, I could join words together against you, and shake my head at you,
Job 16:5 but I would strengthen you with my mouth. The solace of my lips would relieve you.
Job 16:6 “Though I speak, my grief is not subsided. Though I forbear, what am I eased?
Job 16:7 But now, God, You have surely worn me out. You have made desolate all my company.
Job 16:8 You have shriveled me up. This is a witness against me. My leanness rises up against me. It testifies to my face.
Job 16:9 He has torn me in His wrath, and persecuted me. He has gnashed on me with His teeth. My adversary sharpens his eyes on me.
Job 16:10 They have gaped on me with their mouth. They have struck me on the cheek reproachfully. They gather themselves together against me.
Job 16:11 God delivers me to the ungodly, and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
Job 16:12 I was at ease, and He broke me apart. Yes, He has taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces. He has also set me up for His target.
Job 16:13 His archers surround me. He splits my kidneys apart, and does not spare. He pours out my gall on the ground.
Job 16:14 He breaks me with breach on breach. He runs on me like a giant.
Job 16:15 I have sewed sackcloth on my skin, and have thrust my horn in the dust.
Job 16:16 My face is red with weeping. Deep darkness is on my eyelids.
Job 16:17 Although there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure.
Job 16:18 “Earth, do not cover my blood. Let my cry have no place to rest.
Job 16:19 Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven. And my advocate is on high.
Job 16:20 My friends scoff at me. My eyes pour out tears to God,
Job 16:21 that He would maintain the right of a man with God, of a son of man with his neighbor!
Job 16:22 For when a few years have come, I shall go the way of no return.
Job 17:1 “My spirit is consumed. My days are extinct, and the grave is ready for me.
Job 17:2 Surely there are mockers with me. My eye dwells on their provocation.
Job 17:3 “Now give a pledge, be collateral for me with Yourself. Who is there who will strike hands with me?
Job 17:4 For You have hidden their heart from understanding, Therefore You shall not exalt them.
Job 17:5 He who denounces his friends for a prey, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
Job 17:6 “But He has made me an object lesson to the people. They spit in my face.
Job 17:7 My eye also is dim by reason of sorrow. All my members are as a shadow.
Job 17:8 Upright men shall be astonished at this. The innocent shall stir up himself against the godless.
Job 17:9 Yet shall the righteous hold on his way. He who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.
Job 17:10 But as for you all, come on now again; I shall not find a wise man among you.
Job 17:11 My days are past, my plans are broken off, as are the thoughts of my heart.
Job 17:12 They change the night into day, saying ‘the light is near’ in the presence of darkness.
Job 17:13 If I look for Sheol as my house, if I have spread my couch in the darkness,
Job 17:14 if I have said to corruption, ‘you are my father;’ to the worm, ‘my mother,’ and ‘my sister;’
Job 17:15 where then is my hope? As for my hope, who shall see it?
Job 17:16 Shall it go down with me to the gates of Sheol, or descend together into the dust?”
Job 18:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
Job 18:2 “how long will you hunt for words? Consider, and afterwards we will speak.
Job 18:3 Why are we counted as beasts, which have become unclean in your sight?
Job 18:4 You who tear yourself in your anger, shall the land be forsaken for you? Or shall the rock be removed out of its place?
Job 18:5 “Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, the spark of his fire shall not shine.
Job 18:6 The light shall be dark in his tent. His lamp above him shall be put out.
Job 18:7 The steps of his strength shall be shortened. His own counsel shall cast him down.
Job 18:8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he wanders into its mesh.
Job 18:9 A snare will take him by the heel. A trap will catch him.
Job 18:10 A noose is hidden for him in the ground, a trap for him in the way.
Job 18:11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall chase him at his heels.
Job 18:12 His strength shall be famished. Calamity shall be ready at his side.
Job 18:13 The members of his body shall be devoured. The firstborn of death shall devour his members.
Job 18:14 He shall be rooted out of his tent where he trusts. He shall be brought to the king of terrors.
Job 18:15 There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his. Sulfur shall be scattered on his habitation.
Job 18:16 His roots shall be dried up beneath. Above shall his branch will be cut off.
Job 18:17 His memory shall perish from the land. He shall have no name in the street.
Job 18:18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.
Job 18:19 He shall have neither son nor grandson among his people, nor any remaining where he lived.
Job 18:20 Those who come after shall be astonished at his day, as those who went before were frightened.
Job 18:21 Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous. This is the place of him who does not know God.”
Job 19:1 Then Job answered,
Job 19:2 “how long will you torment me, and crush me with words?
Job 19:3 You have reproached me ten times. You are not ashamed that you attack me.
Job 19:4 If it is true that I have erred, my error remains with myself.
Job 19:5 If indeed you will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach;
Job 19:6 know now that God has disrupted me, and has surrounded me with His net.
Job 19:7 “Behold, I cry out, “it is not fair”, but no response. I cry for help, but there is no justice.
Job 19:8 He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass, and has set darkness in my paths.
Job 19:9 He has stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
Job 19:10 He has broken me down on every side, and I am gone. My hope He has plucked up like a tree.
Job 19:11 He has also kindled His wrath against me. He counts me among His adversaries.
Job 19:12 His troops come on together, build a siege ramp against me, and encamp around my tent.
Job 19:13 “He has put my brothers far from me. My acquaintances are wholly estranged from me.
Job 19:14 My relatives have gone away. My familiar friends have forgotten me.
Job 19:15 Those who dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger. I am an alien in their sight.
Job 19:16 I call to my servant, and he gives me no answer. I beg him with my mouth.
Job 19:17 My breath is offensive to my wife. I am loathsome to the children of my own mother.
Job 19:18 Even young children despise me. If I arise, they speak against me.
Job 19:19 All my familiar friends abhor me. They whom I loved have turned against me.
Job 19:20 My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
Job 19:21 “Be gracious to me, be gracious to me, you my friends; for the hand of God has struck me.
Job 19:22 Why do you persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
Job 19:23 “O that my words were now written! O that they were inscribed in a book!
Job 19:24 That with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock perpetually!
Job 19:25 But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives. Afterwards, He will stand upon the dust.
Job 19:26 Though after my skin is destroyed, then without my flesh I will see God,
Job 19:27 Whom I, even I, will see for myself. My eyes will see, and not from the eyes of a stranger. “My inner man will be completed within me.
Job 19:28 If you say, ‘how will we badger him!’ Because the root of the matter is found in him,
Job 19:29 be afraid of the sword, for wrath brings the punishments of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment.”
Job 20:1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,
Job 20:2 “therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, even by reason of my haste that is in me.
Job 20:3 I have heard the reproof which puts me to shame. The spirit of my understanding answers me.
Job 20:4 Do you not know this from old time, since man was placed on earth,
Job 20:5 that the triumphing of the wicked is short, the joy of the godless, but for a moment?
Job 20:6 Though his height mount up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds,
Job 20:7 yet he will perish always like his own dung. Those who have seen him will say, ‘where is he?’
Job 20:8 He will fly away as a dream, and will not be found. Yes, he will be chased away like a vision of the night.
Job 20:9 The eye which saw him will see him no more, neither will his place anymore see him.
Job 20:10 His children will seek the favor of the poor. His hands will give back his wealth.
Job 20:11 His bones are full of his youth, but youth will lie down with him in the dust.
Job 20:12 “Though wickedness is sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue,
Job 20:13 though he spare it, and will not let it go, but keep it still within his mouth;
Job 20:14 yet his food in his bowels is turned. It is cobra venom within him.
Job 20:15 He has swallowed down riches, and he will vomit them up again. From within him God will hurl them out.
Job 20:16 He will suck cobra venom. The viper’s tongue will kill him.
Job 20:17 He will not look at the rivers, the flowing streams of honey and butter.
Job 20:18 That for which he labored he will return, and will not swallow it down. According to the wealth that he has gotten, he will not find pleasure with it.
Job 20:19 For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor. He has violently taken away a house, and he will not build it up.
Job 20:20 “Because he knew no peace within him, he will not save anything of that in which he delights.
Job 20:21 There was nothing left that he did not devour, therefore his prosperity will not endure.
Job 20:22 In the fullness of his sufficiency, distress will overtake him. The hand of everyone who is in misery will come on him.
Job 20:23 When he is about to fill his belly, God will cast the fierceness of His wrath on him. It will rain on him while he is eating.
Job 20:24 He will flee from the iron weapon. The bronze arrow will strike him through.
Job 20:25 He draws it forth, and it comes out of his body. Yes, the glittering point comes out of his liver. Terrors are on him.
Job 20:26 All darkness is laid up for his treasures. An unfanned fire will devour him. It will consume that which is left in his tent.
Job 20:27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity. The earth shall rise up against him.
Job 20:28 The increase of his house shall depart. They shall rush away in the day of His wrath.
Job 20:29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, the inheritance declared to him by God.”
Job 21:1 Then Job answered,
Job 21:2 “listen diligently to my speech. Let this be your consolation.
Job 21:3 Allow me, and I also will speak; after I have spoken, mock on.
Job 21:4 As for me, is my complaint to man? Why shouldn’t I be impatient?
Job 21:5 Look at me, and be astonished. Lay your hand on your mouth.
Job 21:6 When I remember, I am troubled. Horror takes hold of my flesh.
Job 21:7 “Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, and grow mighty in power?
Job 21:8 Their child is established with them in their sight, their offspring before their eyes.
Job 21:9 Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.
Job 21:10 Their bulls breed without fail. Their cows calve, and do not miscarry.
Job 21:11 They send forth their little ones like a flock. Their children dance.
Job 21:12 They sing to the tambourine and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the pipe.
Job 21:13 They spend their days in prosperity. In an instant they go down to Sheol.
Job 21:14 They tell God, ‘depart from us, for we do not want to know about Your ways.
Job 21:15 What is the Almighty that we should serve Him? What profit should we have, if we pray to Him?’
Job 21:16 Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand. The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
Job 21:17 “How often is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out that their calamity comes on them, that God distributes sorrows in His anger?
Job 21:18 How often is it that they are as stubble before the wind, as chaff that the storm carries away?
Job 21:19 You say, ‘God lays up his iniquity for his children.’ Let him recompense it to himself, that he may know it.
Job 21:20 Let his own eyes see his destruction. Let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
Job 21:21 For what does he care for his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off?
Job 21:22 “Shall any teach God knowledge, since He judges those who are high?
Job 21:23 One dies in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
Job 21:24 His pails are full of milk. The marrow of his bones is moistened.
Job 21:25 Another dies in bitterness of soul, and never tastes of good.
Job 21:26 They lie down alike in the dust. The worm covers them.
Job 21:27 “Behold, I know your thoughts, the devices with which you would wrong me.
Job 21:28 For you say, ‘where is the house of the prince? Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?’
Job 21:29 Haven’t you asked wayfaring men? Do you not know their evidences,
Job 21:30 that the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity, that they are led forth to the day of wrath?
Job 21:31 Who shall declare his way to his face? Who shall repay him what he has done?
Job 21:32 Yet he will be borne to the grave. Men shall keep watch over the tomb.
Job 21:33 The dirt clods of the valley shall be sweet to him. All men shall proceed after him, as there were innumerable before him.
Job 21:34 So how can you comfort me with nonsense, because in your answers there remains only falsehood?”
Job 22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,
Job 22:2 “can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.
Job 22:3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous? Or does it benefit Him, that you make your ways perfect?
Job 22:4 Is it because of your piety that He reproves you and that He enters with you into judgment?
Job 22:5 Isn’t your wickedness great? Neither is there any end to your iniquities.
Job 22:6 For you have taken pledges from your brother for nothing, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
Job 22:7 You have not given water to the weary to drink, and you have withheld bread from the hungry.
Job 22:8 But as for the mighty man, he had the land. The honorable man, he lived in it.
Job 22:9 You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
Job 22:10 Therefore snares are around you. Sudden fear troubles you,
Job 22:11 or darkness, so that you cannot see, and floods of waters cover you.
Job 22:12 “Is not God in the heights of heaven? See the height of the stars, how high they are!
Job 22:13 You say, ‘what does God know? Can He judge through the thick darkness?
Job 22:14 Thick clouds are a covering to Him, so that He does not see. He walks on the vault of the heavens.’
Job 22:15 Are you mindful of the ancient path, which wicked men have walked,
Job 22:16 who were taken away before their time, whose support was cast out with a flood,
Job 22:17 who said to God, ‘depart from us;’ and, ‘what can the Almighty do for us?’
Job 22:18 Yet He filled their houses with good things, but the plots of the wicked are distant from me.
Job 22:19 The righteous see it, and are glad. The innocent ridicule them,
Job 22:20 saying, ‘surely those who rose up against us are cut off. The fire has consumed the remainder of them.’
Job 22:21 “Profit yourself by being close to Him now, and be at peace. Thereby good shall come to you.
Job 22:22 Please receive instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in Your heart.
Job 22:23 If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, if you put away unrighteousness far from your tents.
Job 22:24 Lay your treasure in the dust, the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.
Job 22:25 The Almighty will be Your treasure, and precious silver to you.
Job 22:26 For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty, and shall lift up your face to God.
Job 22:27 You shall make your prayer to Him, and He will hear you. You shall pay your vows.
Job 22:28 You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established to you. Light shall shine on your ways.
Job 22:29 When they cast down, you shall say, ‘be lifted up.’ He will save the humble person.
Job 22:30 He will even deliver him who is not innocent. Yes, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”
Job 23:1 Then Job answered,
Job 23:2 “even today my complaint is rebellious. His hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.
Job 23:3 O that I knew where I might find Him! That I might come even to His seat!
Job 23:4 I would set my cause in order before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
Job 23:5 I would know the words which He would answer me, and understand what He would tell me.
Job 23:6 Would He contend with me in the greatness of His power? No, but He would listen to me.
Job 23:7 There the upright might reason with Him, so I should be delivered forever from my judge.
Job 23:8 “If I go east, He is not there; if west, I cannot find Him;
Job 23:9 He works to the north, but I cannot see Him. He turns south, but I cannot catch a glimpse of Him.
Job 23:10 But He knows the way that I take. When He has tried me, I shall come forth like gold.
Job 23:11 My foot has held fast to His steps. I have kept His way, and not turned aside.
Job 23:12 I haven’t gone back from the commandment of His lips. I have treasured up the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
Job 23:13 But He stands alone, and who can oppose Him? What his soul desires, even that He does.
Job 23:14 For He performs that which is appointed for me. Many such things are with Him.
Job 23:15 Therefore I am terrified at His presence. When I consider, I am afraid of Him.
Job 23:16 For God has made my heart faint. The Almighty has terrified me.
Job 23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither did He cover the thick darkness from my face.
Job 24:1 “Why are times not concealed by the Almighty? Why do not those who know Him see His days?
Job 24:2 There are some who remove the landmarks. They consume flocks, and feed on them.
Job 24:3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless, and they take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
Job 24:4 They turn the needy out of the way. The poor of the land all hide themselves.
Job 24:5 Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert, they go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food. The desert yields them food for their young men.
Job 24:6 They reap their provender in the field. They glean the vineyard of the wicked.
Job 24:7 They lie all night naked without clothing, and have no covering in the cold.
Job 24:8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for lack of a shelter.
Job 24:9 There are those who pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor,
Job 24:10 so that they go around naked without clothing. Being hungry, they carry the sheaves.
Job 24:11 They make oil within the walls of these men. They tread wine presses, and suffer thirst.
Job 24:12 From out of the populous city, men groan. The soul of the wounded cries out, yet God does not regard the folly.
Job 24:13 “These are of those who rebel against the light. They do not know its ways, nor stay in its paths.
Job 24:14 The murderer rises with the light. He kills the poor and needy. In the night he is like a thief.
Job 24:15 The eye also of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, ‘No eye shall see me.’ He disguises his face.
Job 24:16 In the dark they dig through houses. They shut themselves up in the daytime. They do not know the light.
Job 24:17 For the morning is to all of them like thick darkness, for they know the terrors of the thick darkness.
Job 24:18 “They are foam on the surface of the waters. Their portion is cursed in the land. They do not turn into the way of the vineyards.
Job 24:19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters, so does Sheol those who have sinned.
Job 24:20 The womb shall forget him. The worm shall feed sweetly on him. He shall be no more remembered. Unrighteousness shall be broken as a tree.
Job 24:21 He devours the barren who do not bear. He shows no kindness to the widow.
Job 24:22 Yet God preserves the mighty by His power. He rises up who has no assurance of life.
Job 24:23 God gives them security, and they rest in it. His eyes are on their ways.
Job 24:24 They are exalted; yet a little while, and they are gone. Yes, they are brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others, and are cut off as the tops of the ears of grain.
Job 24:25 If it isn’t so now, who will prove me a liar, and make my speech worth nothing?”
Job 25:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
Job 25:2 “dominion and fear are with Him. He makes peace in His high places.
Job 25:3 Can His armies be counted? On whom does His light not arise?
Job 25:4 How then can man be just with God? Or how can he who is born of a woman be clean?
Job 25:5 Behold, even the moon has no brightness, and the stars are not pure in His sight;
Job 25:6 How much less man, who is a worm, the son of man, who is a worm!”
Job 26:1 Then Job answered,
Job 26:2 “how have you helped him who is without power! How have you saved the arm that has no strength!
Job 26:3 How have you counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge!
Job 26:4 To whom have you uttered words? Whose spirit came forth from you?
Job 26:5 “Those who are deceased tremble, those beneath the waters and all that live in them.
Job 26:6 Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering.
Job 26:7 He stretches out the north over empty space, and hangs the earth on nothing.
Job 26:8 He binds up the waters in His thick clouds, and the cloud is not burst under them.
Job 26:9 He enshrouds the presence of His throne, and spreads His cloud on it.
Job 26:10 He has described a boundary on the surface of the waters, and to the confines of light and darkness.
Job 26:11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at His rebuke.
Job 26:12 He stills the sea with His power, and by His understanding He strikes through the proud.
Job 26:13 By His wind the heavens are made clear. His hand has pierced the swift serpent.
Job 26:14 Behold, these are but the extremities of his ways. How small a whisper do we hear of Him! But the thundering of His strength who can understand?”
Job 27:1 Job again took up his parable, and said,
Job 27:2 “as God lives, who has taken away my right, the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter.
Job 27:3 (For as long as my spirit is still in me, and the Spirit of God is in my nostrils);
Job 27:4 surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness, neither shall my tongue utter deceit.
Job 27:5 Far be it from me that I should justify you. Until I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
Job 27:6 I hold fast to my righteousness, and will not let it go. My heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
Job 27:7 “Let my enemy be as the wicked. Let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the godless, when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?
Job 27:9 Will God hear his cry when trouble comes on him?
Job 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty, and call on God at all times?
Job 27:11 I will teach you about the hand of God. That which is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
Job 27:12 Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain?
Job 27:13 “This is the portion of a wicked man with God, the heritage of oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty.
Job 27:14 If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword. His offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
Job 27:15 Those who remain of him shall be buried in death. His widows shall make no lamentation.
Job 27:16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare clothing as the clay;
Job 27:17 he may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.
Job 27:18 He builds his house as the moth, as a booth which the watchman makes.
Job 27:19 He lies down rich, but he shall not do so again. He opens his eyes, and he is not.
Job 27:20 Terrors overtake him like waters. A storm steals him away in the night.
Job 27:21 The east wind carries him away, and he departs. It sweeps him out of his place.
Job 27:22 For it hurls at him, and does not spare, as he flees away from his hand.
Job 27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
Job 28:1 “Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold which they refine.
Job 28:2 Iron is taken out of the land, and copper is smelted out of the ore.
Job 28:3 Man sets an end to darkness, and searches out, to the furthest bound, the stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.
Job 28:4 He breaks open a shaft away from where people live. They are forgotten by the foot. They hang far from men, they swing back and forth.
Job 28:5 As for the land, out of it comes bread; underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.
Job 28:6 Sapphires come from its rocks. It has dust of gold.
Job 28:7 That path no bird of prey knows, neither has the falcon’s eye seen it.
Job 28:8 The proud beasts have not trodden it, nor has the fierce lion passed by there.
Job 28:9 He puts forth his hand on the flinty rock, and he overturns the mountains by the roots.
Job 28:10 He cuts out channels among the rocks. His eye sees every precious thing.
Job 28:11 He binds the streams that they do not trickle. The thing that is hidden he brings forth to light.
Job 28:12 “But where shall wisdom be found? Where is the place of understanding?
Job 28:13 Man does not know its price; neither is it found in the land of the living.
Job 28:14 The deep says, ‘It is not in me.’ The sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
Job 28:15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for its price.
Job 28:16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
Job 28:17 Gold and glass cannot equal it, neither shall it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
Job 28:18 No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal. Yes, the price of wisdom is above rubies.
Job 28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
Job 28:20 Where then does wisdom come from? Where is the place of understanding?
Job 28:21 Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the birds of the heavens.
Job 28:22 Destruction and Death say, ‘we have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’
Job 28:23 “God understands its way, and He knows its place.
Job 28:24 For He looks to the ends of the earth, and sees under the whole heavens.
Job 28:25 He establishes the force of the wind. Yes, He measures out the waters by measure.
Job 28:26 When He made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder;
Job 28:27 then He saw it, and declared it. He established it, yes, and searched it out.
Job 28:28 To man He said, ‘behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom. To depart from evil is understanding.’”
Job 29:1 Job again took up his parable, and said,
Job 29:2 “O that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me;
Job 29:3 when his lamp shone on my head, and by his light I walked through darkness,
Job 29:4 as I was in the ripeness of my days, when the friendship of God was in my tent,
Job 29:5 when the Almighty was yet with me, and my children were around me,
Job 29:6 when my steps were washed with butter, and the rock poured out streams of oil for me,
Job 29:7 when I went forth to the city gate, when I prepared my seat in the street.
Job 29:8 The young men saw me and hid themselves. The aged rose up and stood.
Job 29:9 The princes refrained from talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
Job 29:10 The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
Job 29:11 For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it commended me:
Job 29:12 Because I delivered the poor who cried, and the fatherless also, who had none to help him,
Job 29:13 the blessing of him who was ready to perish came on me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me. My justice was as a robe and a diadem.
Job 29:15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame.
Job 29:16 I was a father to the needy. The cause of him who I did not know, I searched out.
Job 29:17 I broke the jaws of the unrighteous, and plucked the prey out of his teeth.
Job 29:18 Then I said, ‘I shall die in my own house, I shall number my days as the sand.
Job 29:19 My root is spread out to the waters. The dew lies all night on my branch.
Job 29:20 My glory is fresh in me. My bow is renewed in my hand.’
Job 29:21 “Men listened to me, waited, and kept silence for my counsel.
Job 29:22 After my words they did not speak again. My speech fell on them.
Job 29:23 They waited for me as for the rain. Their mouths drank as with the spring rain.
Job 29:24 I smiled on them when they had no confidence. They did not reject the light of my face.
Job 29:25 I chose out their way, and sat as chief. I lived as a king in the army, as one who comforts the mourners.
Job 30:1 “But now those who are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.
Job 30:2 Of what use is the strength of their hands to me, men in whom ripe age has perished?
Job 30:3 They are gaunt from lack and famine. They gnaw the dry ground, in the gloom of waste and desolation.
Job 30:4 They pluck salt herbs by the bushes. The roots of the broom are their food.
Job 30:5 They are driven out from the midst of men. They cry after them as after a thief;
Job 30:6 so that they dwell in frightful valleys, and in holes of the ground and of the rocks.
Job 30:7 Among the bushes they bray; and under the nettles they are gathered together.
Job 30:8 They are children of fools, yes, children of base men. They were flogged out of the land.
Job 30:9 “Now I have become their song of mockery. Yes, I am an object of ridicule to them.
Job 30:10 They abhor me, they stand aloof from me, and do not hesitate to spit in my face.
Job 30:11 For He has untied his cord, and afflicted me; and they have thrown off restraint before me.
Job 30:12 On my right hand rise the brood of thugs. They thrust aside my feet, they cast up against me their ways of destruction.
Job 30:13 They tear down my path, they set forward my calamity, without anyone’s help.
Job 30:14 As through a wide breach they come, in the midst of the ruin they roll themselves in.
Job 30:15 Terrors have turned on me. They chase my honor as the wind. My welfare has passed away as a cloud.
Job 30:16 “Now my soul is poured out within me. Days of affliction have taken hold on me.
Job 30:17 In the night season my bones are pierced in me, and the pains that gnaw me take no rest.
Job 30:18 By great strength are my garments searched. They encircle me about as the collar of my coat.
Job 30:19 He has cast me into the mud. I have become like dust and ashes.
Job 30:20 I cry to You, and You do not answer me. I stand up, and You gaze at me.
Job 30:21 You have turned to be cruel to me. With the might of Your hand you persecute me.
Job 30:22 You lift me up to the wind, and drive me with it. You dissolve me in the storm.
Job 30:23 For I know that You will bring me to death, to the house appointed for all living.
Job 30:24 “However does not one stretch out a hand in his fall? Or in his calamity therefore cry for help?
Job 30:25 Did I not weep for him who was in trouble? Was not my soul grieved for the needy?
Job 30:26 When I looked for good, then evil came; when I waited for light, there came darkness.
Job 30:27 My heart is troubled, and does not rest. Days of affliction have come on me.
Job 30:28 I go mourning without the sun. I stand up in the assembly, and cry for help.
Job 30:29 I am a brother to jackals, and a companion to ostriches.
Job 30:30 My skin grows black and peels from me. My bones are burned with heat.
Job 30:31 Therefore my harp has turned to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of those who weep.
Job 31:1 “I made a covenant with my eyes, how then should I look lustfully at a young woman?
Job 31:2 For what is the portion from God above, and the heritage from the Almighty on high?
Job 31:3 Is it not calamity to the unrighteous, and disaster to the workers of iniquity?
Job 31:4 Does not He see my ways, and number all my steps?
Job 31:5 “If I have walked with falsehood, and my foot has hurried to deceit
Job 31:6 (let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know my integrity);
Job 31:7 if my step has turned out of the way, if my heart walked after my eyes, if any defilement has stuck to my hands,
Job 31:8 then let me sow, and let another eat. Yes, let the produce of my field be rooted out.
Job 31:9 “If my heart has been enticed to a woman, and I have laid wait at my neighbor’s door,
Job 31:10 then let my wife serve by pleasing another, and let others sleep with her.
Job 31:11 For that would be a heinous crime. Yes, it would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges:
Job 31:12 for it is a fire that consumes to destruction, and would root out all my increase.
Job 31:13 “If I have despised the cause of my male servant or of my female servant, when they contended with me;
Job 31:14 what then shall I do when God rises up? When He visits, what shall I answer Him?
Job 31:15 Did He not who made me in the womb make him? Did one not fashion us in the womb?
Job 31:16 “If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
Job 31:17 or have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it,
Job 31:18 (no, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, her have I guided from my mother’s womb);
Job 31:19 if I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or that the needy had no covering;
Job 31:20 if his heart hasn’t blessed me, if he hasn’t been warmed with my sheep’s fleece;
Job 31:21 if I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, because I saw my help in the gate,
Job 31:22 then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder blade, and my arm be broken from the bone.
Job 31:23 For calamity from God is a terror to me. Because of His majesty, I can do nothing.
Job 31:24 “If I have made gold my hope, and have said to the fine gold, ‘you are my confidence;’
Job 31:25 if I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gotten much;
Job 31:26 if I have seen the sun when it shined, or the moon moving in splendor,
Job 31:27 and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,
Job 31:28 this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges; for I should have denied the God who is above.
Job 31:29 “If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him;
Job 31:30 (yes, I have not allowed my mouth to sin by asking his life with a curse);
Job 31:31 if the men of my tent have not said, ‘who can find one who has not been filled with his meat?’
Job 31:32 (The foreigner has not lodged in the street, but I have opened my doors to the traveler);
Job 31:33 if like Adam I have covered my transgressions, by hiding my iniquity in my heart,
Job 31:34 because I feared the great multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and did not go out of the door —
Job 31:35 O that I had one to hear me! (Behold, here is my signature, let the Almighty answer me); let the accuser write my indictment!
Job 31:36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder; and I would bind it to me as a crown.
Job 31:37 I would declare to Him the number of my steps. As a prince would, I go near to Him.
Job 31:38 If my land cries out against me and its furrows weep together;
Job 31:39 if I have eaten its fruits without money, or have caused its owners to lose their life,
Job 31:40 let briars grow instead of wheat, and stinkweed instead of barley.” The words of Job are ended.
Job 32:1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
Job 32:2 Then the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel, the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was kindled against Job. His wrath was kindled because he justified himself rather than God.
Job 32:3 Also his wrath was kindled against his three friends, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
Job 32:4 Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job, because they were elder than he.
Job 32:5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was kindled.
Job 32:6 Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered, “I am young, and you are very old; therefore I held back, and did not dare show you my knowledge.
Job 32:7 I said, ‘days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.’
Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives understanding.
Job 32:9 It is not the great who are wise, nor the aged who understand justice.
Job 32:10 Therefore I said, ‘listen to me; I also will show my knowledge.’
Job 32:11 “Behold, I waited for your words, and I listened for your reasoning, while you searched out what to say.
Job 32:12 Yes, I gave you my full attention, but there was no one who convinced Job, or who answered his arguments, among you.
Job 32:13 Beware lest you say, ‘we have found wisdom, God may refute him, not man;’
Job 32:14 for he has not directed his words against me; neither will I answer him with your arguments.
Job 32:15 “They are amazed. They answer no more. They do not have a word to say.
Job 32:16 Shall I wait, because they do not speak, because they stand still, and answer no more?
Job 32:17 I also will answer my part, and I also will show what I know.
Job 32:18 For I am full of words. The Spirit within me constrains me.
Job 32:19 Behold, my inner being is as fermented wine which has no outlet; like new wineskins it is ready to burst.
Job 32:20 I will speak, that I may be released. I will open my lips and answer.
Job 32:21 Please do not let me respect any man’s person, neither will I give flattering titles to any man.
Job 32:22 For I do not know how to give flattering titles; or else my Maker would soon take me away.
Job 33:1 “However, Job, please hear my speech, and listen to all my words.
Job 33:2 See now, I have opened my mouth. My tongue has spoken in my mouth.
Job 33:3 My arguments shall utter the uprightness of my heart. That which my lips know they shall speak sincerely.
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Job 33:5 If you can, answer me. Set your words in order before me, and stand forth.
Job 33:6 Behold, I am toward God even as you are. I am also formed out of the clay.
Job 33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make you afraid, neither shall my pressure be heavy on you.
Job 33:8 “Surely you have spoken in my hearing, I have heard the voice of your words, saying,
Job 33:9 ‘I am clean, without disobedience. I am innocent, neither is there iniquity in me.
Job 33:10 Behold, He finds occasions against me. He counts me for His enemy.
Job 33:11 He puts my feet in the stocks. He marks all my paths.’
Job 33:12 “Behold, I will answer you. In this you are not just, for God is greater than man.
Job 33:13 Why do you strive against Him, because He does not give account of any of His matters?
Job 33:14 For God speaks once, yes twice, though man pays no attention.
Job 33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, in slumbering on the bed;
Job 33:16 Then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,
Job 33:17 that He may turn away man from his works, and conceal vainglory away from man.
Job 33:18 He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
Job 33:19 He is disciplined also with pain on his bed, with continual strong pain in his bones;
Job 33:20 so that his life abhors bread, and his soul dainty food.
Job 33:21 His flesh is so consumed away, that it cannot be seen. His bones that were not seen stick out.
Job 33:22 Yes, his soul draws near to the pit and his life to the destroyers.
Job 33:23 “If there is beside him an angel, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show to man what is right for him;
Job 33:24 then God is gracious to him, and says, ‘deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.’
Job 33:25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s. He returns to the days of his youth.
Job 33:26 He prays to God, and He is favorable to him, so that he sees His face with joy. He restores to man his righteousness.
Job 33:27 He sings before men, and says, ‘I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it did not profit me.
Job 33:28 He has redeemed my soul from going into the pit. My life shall see the light.’
Job 33:29 “Behold, God works all these things, twice, yes three times, with a man,
Job 33:30 to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of the living.
Job 33:31 Mark well, Job, and listen to me. Hold your peace, and I will speak.
Job 33:32 If you have anything to say, answer me. Speak, for I desire to justify you.
Job 33:33 If not, listen to me. Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom.”
Job 34:1 Moreover Elihu answered,
Job 34:2 “hear my words, you wise men. Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
Job 34:3 For the ear tries words, as the palate tastes food.
Job 34:4 Let us choose for us that which is right. Let us know among ourselves what is good.
Job 34:5 For Job has said, ‘I am righteous, God has taken away my right:
Job 34:6 notwithstanding my right I am considered a liar. My wound is incurable, though I am without disobedience.’
Job 34:7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water,
Job 34:8 who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, and walks with wicked men?
Job 34:9 For he has said, ‘it profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.’
Job 34:10 “Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding: far be it from God, that He should do wickedness, from the Almighty, that He should commit iniquity.
Job 34:11 For the work of a man He will render to him, and make a man to find it according to his ways.
Job 34:12 Yes surely, God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert justice.
Job 34:13 Who appointed Him over the earth? Or who has constituted Him over the whole world?
Job 34:14 If He set His heart on Himself, if He gathered to Himself His Spirit and His breath,
Job 34:15 all flesh would perish together, and man would turn again to dust.
Job 34:16 “If now you have understanding, hear this. Listen to the voice of my words.
Job 34:17 Shall even one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn Him who is righteous and mighty? —
Job 34:18 Who says to a king, ‘worthless’! Or to nobles, ‘wicked!’?
Job 34:19 Who is not discriminating to leaders, nor acknowledge the rich more than the poor; for they all are the work of His hands.
Job 34:20 In a moment they die, even at midnight. The people are shaken and pass away. The mighty are taken away without a hand.
Job 34:21 “For His eyes are on the ways of a man. He sees all his goings.
Job 34:22 There is no darkness, nor thick gloom, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
Job 34:23 For He does not need to consider a man further, that he should go before God in judgment.
Job 34:24 He breaks in pieces mighty men in ways past finding out, and sets others in their place.
Job 34:25 Therefore He takes knowledge of their works. He overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
Job 34:26 He strikes them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
Job 34:27 because they turned aside from following Him, and wouldn’t pay attention to any of His ways,
Job 34:28 so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him. He heard the cry of the afflicted.
Job 34:29 When He is quiet who then can condemn? When He hides His face who then can see Him? Alike whether to a nation or to a man,
Job 34:30 that the godless man may not reign, that there be no one to ensnare the people.
Job 34:31 “For has any said to God, ‘I am guilty, but I will not offend any more.
Job 34:32 Teach me that which I do not see. If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more’?
Job 34:33 Shall His recompense be as you desire, that you refuse it? For you must choose and not I. Therefore speak what you know.
Job 34:34 Men of understanding will tell me, yes, every wise man who hears me:
Job 34:35 ‘Job speaks without knowledge. His words are without wisdom.’
Job 34:36 I wish that Job were tested to the extreme because he is answering like wicked men.
Job 34:37 For he adds rebellion to his sin. He strikes his hands in the midst of us, and multiplies his arguments with God.”
Job 35:1 Moreover Elihu answered,
Job 35:2 “do you think this to be your right, or do you say, ‘my righteousness is more than God’s,’
Job 35:3 that you ask, ‘what advantage will it be to you? What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?’
Job 35:4 I will answer you, and your companions with you.
Job 35:5 Look to the heavens, and see. See the heavens, which are higher than you.
Job 35:6 If you have sinned, what effect do you have against Him? If your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to Him?
Job 35:7 If you are righteous, what do you give Him? Or what does He receive from your hand?
Job 35:8 Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are, and your righteousness may profit a son of man.
Job 35:9 “By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out. They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.
Job 35:10 But none says, ‘where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,
Job 35:11 who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’
Job 35:12 There they cry, but none gives answer, because of the pride of evil men.
Job 35:13 Surely God will not hear an empty cry, neither will the Almighty regard it.
Job 35:14 How much less when you say you do not see Him. The cause is before Him, and you wait for Him!
Job 35:15 But now, because He has not visited in His anger, neither does He greatly regard arrogance.
Job 35:16 Therefore Job opens his mouth with empty talk, and he multiplies words without knowledge.”
Job 36:1 Elihu also continued, and said,
Job 36:2 “bear with me a little, and I will show you; for I still have something to say on God’s behalf.
Job 36:3 I will get my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
Job 36:4 For truly my words are not false. One who is complete in knowledge is with you.
Job 36:5 “Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise anyone. He is mighty in strength of understanding.
Job 36:6 He does not preserve the life of the wicked, but gives to the afflicted their right.
Job 36:7 He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous, but with kings on the throne, He sets them forever, and they are exalted.
Job 36:8 If they are bound in chains, and are taken in the cords of afflictions,
Job 36:9 then He shows them their work, and their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.
Job 36:10 He also opens their ears to instruction, and commands that they return from iniquity.
Job 36:11 If they listen and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
Job 36:12 But if they do not listen, they shall perish by the sword; they shall die without knowledge.
Job 36:13 “But those who are godless in heart bring wrath. They do not cry for help when He binds them.
Job 36:14 Their inner being dies young. Their life is among the sodomites.
Job 36:15 He delivers the afflicted in their misery, and reveals to their ear in distress.
Job 36:16 Yes, He would have allured you out of distress, into a broad place, where there is no restriction. That which is set on your table would be full of rich food.
Job 36:17 “But you have satisfied the guilt of the wicked. Judgment and justice uphold you.
Job 36:18 “Be careful that wrath does not entice you to mocking; and do not let the immensity of the ransom turn you aside.”
Job 36:19 Would your wealth sustain you in distress, or all the might of your strength?
Job 36:20 Do not desire the night, when people are cut off in their place.
Job 36:21 Keep watch, turn away from iniquity; for you have chosen this rather than misery.
Job 36:22 Behold, God is exalted in His strength. Who is a teacher like Him?
Job 36:23 Who has prescribed His way for Him? Or who can say, ‘You have committed unrighteousness?’
Job 36:24 “Remember that you magnify His work, whereof men have sung.
Job 36:25 All men have looked thereon. Man sees it afar off.
Job 36:26 Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him. The number of His years is unsearchable.
Job 36:27 For He draws up the drops of water, which distill in rain from His vapor,
Job 36:28 which the heavens pour down and which drop on man abundantly.
Job 36:29 Yes, can any understand the spreading of the clouds, and the thunderings of His pavilion?
Job 36:30 Behold, He spreads His light around Himself. He covers the bottom of the sea.
Job 36:31 For by these He judges the people. He gives food in abundance.
Job 36:32 He covers His hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark.
Job 36:33 Its noise tells about Him, and the livestock also concerning the storm that comes up.
Job 37:1 “Yes, at this my heart trembles, and is moved out of its place.
Job 37:2 Hear, O, hear the noise of His voice, the sound that goes out of His mouth.
Job 37:3 He sends it forth under the whole heavens, and His lightning to the ends of the earth.
Job 37:4 After it a voice roars. He thunders with the voice of His majesty. He does not hold back anything when His voice is heard.
Job 37:5 God thunders marvelously with His voice. He does great things, which we cannot comprehend.
Job 37:6 For He says to the snow, ‘fall on the land;’ likewise to the shower of rain, and to the showers of His mighty rain.
Job 37:7 He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom He has made may know it.
Job 37:8 Then the beasts take cover, and remain in their dens.
Job 37:9 Out of its room comes the storm, and cold out of the north.
Job 37:10 By the breath of God, ice is given, and the breadth of the waters is frozen.
Job 37:11 Yes, He loads the thick cloud with moisture. He spreads abroad the cloud of His lightning.
Job 37:12 It is turned around by His guidance, that they may do whatever He commands them on the surface of the habitable world,
Job 37:13 whether it is for correction, or for His land, or for lovingkindness, that He causes it to come.
Job 37:14 “Listen to this, Job. Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
Job 37:15 Do you know how God controls them, and causes the lightning of His cloud to shine?
Job 37:16 Do you know the workings of the clouds, the wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?
Job 37:17 You whose clothing is warm, when the land is still by reason of the south wind?
Job 37:18 Can you, with Him, spread out the heavens, which is strong as a cast metal mirror?
Job 37:19 Teach us what we shall tell Him, for we cannot make our case by reason of darkness.
Job 37:20 Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?
Job 37:21 Now men do not see the light which is bright in the heavens, but the wind passes, and clears them.
Job 37:22 Out of the north comes golden splendor. With God is awesome majesty.
Job 37:23 We cannot reach the Almighty. He is exalted in power. In justice and great righteousness He will not oppress.
Job 37:24 Therefore men revere Him. He does not regard any who are wise of heart.”
Job 38:1 Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,
Job 38:2 “who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Job 38:3 Brace yourself like a man for I will question you, then you answer Me!
Job 38:4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding.
Job 38:5 Who determined its measures, if you know? Or who stretched the line on it?
Job 38:6 Whereupon were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,
Job 38:7 when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Job 38:8 “Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth from the womb,
Job 38:9 when I made clouds its garment, and wrapped it in thick darkness,
Job 38:10 marked out for it My bound, set bars and doors,
Job 38:11 and said, ‘here you may come, but no further. Here your proud waves shall be stayed?’
Job 38:12 “Have you commanded the morning in your days, and caused the dawn to know its place;
Job 38:13 that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and shake the wicked out of it?
Job 38:14 It is changed as clay under the seal, and stands forth as a garment.
Job 38:15 From the wicked, their light is withheld. The high arm is broken.
Job 38:16 “Have you entered into the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?
Job 38:17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?
Job 38:18 Have you comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare, if you know it all.
Job 38:19 “What is the way to the dwelling of light? As for darkness, where is its place,
Job 38:20 that you should take it to its bound, that you should discern the paths to its house?
Job 38:21 Surely you know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!
Job 38:22 Have you entered the treasuries of the snow, or have you seen the treasures of the hail,
Job 38:23 which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
Job 38:24 By what way is the lightning distributed, or the east wind scattered on the land?
Job 38:25 Who has cut a channel for the flood water, or the path for the thunderstorm;
Job 38:26 to cause it to rain on a land where no man is; on the wilderness, in which there is no man;
Job 38:27 to satisfy the waste and desolate ground, to cause the tender grass to spring forth?
Job 38:28 Does the rain have a father? Or who fathers the drops of dew?
Job 38:29 Out of whose womb came the ice? The gray frost of the heavens, who has given birth to it?
Job 38:30 The waters become hard like stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen.
Job 38:31 “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion?
Job 38:32 Can you lead forth the constellations in their season? Or can you guide the Bear with her cubs?
Job 38:33 Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you establish its dominion over the earth?
Job 38:34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover you?
Job 38:35 Can you send forth lightnings that they may go? Do they report to you, ‘here we are?’
Job 38:36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who has given understanding to the mind?
Job 38:37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the vessels of the heavens,
Job 38:38 when the dust turns into a hard mass, and the clods stick together?
Job 38:39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lioness, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
Job 38:40 when they crouch in their dens, and lie in wait in the thicket?
Job 38:41 Who provides for the raven his prey, when his young ones cry to God, and wander for lack of food?
Job 39:1 “Do you know the time when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears fawns?
Job 39:2 Can you number the months that they fulfill? Or do you know the time when they give birth?
Job 39:3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young, they end their labor pains.
Job 39:4 Their young ones become strong. They grow up in the open field. They go forth, and do not return again.
Job 39:5 “Who has set the wild donkey free? Or who has loosened the bonds of the swift donkey,
Job 39:6 Whose home I have made the wilderness, and the salt land his dwelling place?
Job 39:7 He scorns the tumult of the city, neither does he hear the shouting of the driver.
Job 39:8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, He searches after every green thing.
Job 39:9 “Will the wild ox be content to serve you? Or will he stay by your feeding trough?
Job 39:10 Can you hold the wild ox in the furrow with his harness? Or will he till the valleys after you?
Job 39:11 Will you trust him, because his strength is great? Or will you leave to him your labor?
Job 39:12 Will you confide in him, that he will bring home your seed, and gather the grain of your threshing floor?
Job 39:13“The wings of the ostrich wave proudly; but are they the feathers and plumage of love?
Job 39:14 For she leaves her eggs on the ground, warms them in the dust,
Job 39:15 and forgets that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beasts may trample them.
Job 39:16 She deals harshly with her young ones, as if they were not hers. Though her labor is in vain, she is without fear,
Job 39:17 because God has deprived her of wisdom, neither has He imparted to her understanding.
Job 39:18 When she lifts up herself on high, she scorns the horse and his rider.
Job 39:19 “Have you given the horse might? Have you clothed his neck with a quivering mane?
Job 39:20 Have you made him to leap as a locust? The glory of his snorting is awesome.
Job 39:21 He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength. He goes out to meet the armed men.
Job 39:22 He mocks at fear, and is not dismayed, neither does he turn back from the sword.
Job 39:23 The quiver rattles against him, the flashing spear and the javelin.
Job 39:24 He eats up the ground with fierceness and rage, neither does he stand still at the sound of the trumpet.
Job 39:25 As often as the trumpet sounds he snorts, ‘aha!’ He smells the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
Job 39:26 “Is it by Your wisdom that the hawk soars, and stretches her wings toward the south?
Job 39:27 Is it at Your command that the eagle mounts up, and makes his nest on high?
Job 39:28 On the cliff he dwells, and makes his home, on the point of the cliff, and the stronghold.
Job 39:29 From there he spies out the prey. His eyes see it afar off.
Job 39:30 His young ones also suck up blood. Where the slain are, there he is.”
Job 40:1 Moreover Yahweh answered Job,
Job 40:2 “shall he who argues contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”
Job 40:3 Then Job answered Yahweh,
Job 40:4 “behold, I am of small account. What shall I answer You? I lay my hand on my mouth.
Job 40:5 I have spoken once, and I will not answer; yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”
Job 40:6 Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,
Job 40:7 “now brace yourself like a man. I will question you, and you will answer Me.
Job 40:8 Will you even annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me, that you may be justified?
Job 40:9 Or do you have an arm like God? Can you thunder with a voice like Him?
Job 40:10 “Now clothe yourself with excellency and dignity. Adorn yourself with honor and majesty.
Job 40:11 Pour out the fury of your anger. Look at everyone who is proud, and bring him low.
Job 40:12 Look at everyone who is proud, and humble him. Crush the wicked in their place.
Job 40:13 Hide them in the dust together. Bind their faces in the hidden place.
Job 40:14 Then I will also admit to you that your own right hand can save you.
Job 40:15 “See now, Behemoth, which I made as well as you. He eats grass as an ox.
Job 40:16 Look now, his strength is in his thighs. His force is in the muscles of his belly.
Job 40:17 He moves his tail like a cedar. The sinews of his thighs are knit together.
Job 40:18 His bones are like tubes of brass. His limbs are like bars of iron.
Job 40:19 He is the beginning of the ways of God. He who made him gives him his sword.
Job 40:20 Surely the mountains produce food for him, where all the beasts of the field play.
Job 40:21 He lies under the lotus trees, in the covert of the reeds, and the marsh.
Job 40:22 The lotuses cover him with their shade. The willows of the brook surround him.
Job 40:23 Behold, if a river overflows, he does not tremble. He is confident, though the Jordan swells even to his mouth.
Job 40:24 Shall any take him when he is on the watch, or pierce through his nose with a snare?
Job 41:1 “Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook, or press down his tongue with a cord?
Job 41:2 Can you put a rope into his nose, or pierce his jaw through with a hook?
Job 41:3 Will he make many petitions to you, or will he speak soft words to you?
Job 41:4 Will he make a covenant with you that you should take him for a servant always?
Job 41:5 Will you play with him as with a bird? Or will you bind him for your girls?
Job 41:6 Will traders barter for him? Will they part him among the merchants?
Job 41:7 Can you fill his skin with barbed irons, or his head with fish spears?
Job 41:8 Lay your hand on him. Remember the battle, and do so no more.
Job 41:9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain. Will not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
Job 41:10 None is so fierce that he dare stir him up. Who then is he who can stand before me?
Job 41:11 Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Everything under the heavens is mine.
Job 41:12 “I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, nor his mighty strength, nor his goodly frame.
Job 41:13 Who can strip off his outer garment? Who shall come within his jaws?
Job 41:14 Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth is terror.
Job 41:15 Strong scales are his pride, shut up together with a close seal.
Job 41:16 One is so near to another that no air can come between them.
Job 41:17 They are joined one to another. They stick together, so that they cannot be pulled apart.
Job 41:18 His sneezing flashes out light. His eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
Job 41:19 Out of his mouth go burning torches. Sparks of fire leap forth.
Job 41:20 Out of his nostrils a smoke goes, as of a boiling pot over a fire of reeds.
Job 41:21 His breath kindles coals. A flame goes forth from his mouth.
Job 41:22 There is strength in his neck. Terror dances before him.
Job 41:23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together. They are firm on him. They cannot be moved.
Job 41:24 His heart is as firm as a stone, yes, firm as the lower millstone.
Job 41:25 When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid. They retreat before his thrashing.
Job 41:26 If one attacks him with the sword, it cannot prevail; nor the spear, the dart, nor the pointed shaft.
Job 41:27 He counts iron as straw; and brass as rotten wood.
Job 41:28 The arrow cannot make him flee. Sling stones are like chaff to him.
Job 41:29 Clubs are counted as stubble. He laughs at the rushing of the javelin.
Job 41:30 His undersides are like sharp potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.
Job 41:31 He makes the deep to boil like a pot. He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
Job 41:32 He makes a path shine after him. One would think the deep had white hair.
Job 41:33 On earth there is not his equal that is made without fear.
Job 41:34 He sees everything that is high. He is king over all the sons of pride.”
Job 42:1 Then Job answered Yahweh,
Job 42:2 “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be restrained.
Job 42:3 You asked, ‘who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
Job 42:4 You said, ‘listen, now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you will answer Me.’
Job 42:5 I had heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.
Job 42:6 Therefore, “I repudiate and regret concerning dust and ashes.”
Job 42:7 It came to pass that after Yahweh had spoken these words to Job, Yahweh said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against you, and against your two friends; for you have not spoken of Me the thing that is right, as My servant Job has.
Job 42:8 Now therefore, take to yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves an ascension offering; and My servant Job will intercede for you, for I will lift him up, that I deal not with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of Me the thing that is right, as My servant Job has.”
Job 42:9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what Yahweh commanded them and Yahweh lifted Job’s face.
Job 42:10 Yahweh brought Job back from being a captive, when he interceded for his friends. Yahweh gave Job double as much as he had before.
Job 42:11 Then came there to him all his brothers, and all his sisters, and all those who had been of his acquaintance before, and ate bread with him in his house. They comforted him, and consoled him concerning all the evil that Yahweh had brought on him. Everyone also gave him a piece of money, and everyone a ring of gold.
Job 42:12 So Yahweh blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand female donkeys.
Job 42:13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
Job 42:14 He called the name of the first, Jemimah; and the name of the second, Keziah; and the name of the third, Keren-Happuch.
Job 42:15 In all the land were no women found so beautiful as the daughters of Job. Their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.
Job 42:16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, to four generations.
Job 42:17 So Job died, being old and full of days.