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band of the wicked shall come upon him.
23 When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.
24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.
25 It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.
26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.
27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.
sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
9 Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.
10 Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.
11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
12 They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of
BUT Job answered and said,
2 Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.
3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.
4 As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?
5 Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.
6 Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on
13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.
14 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
16 Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out? and how oft cometh their destruction upon them? God distributeth sorrows in his anger.
18 They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.
19 God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and be shall know it.
20 His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst ?
22 Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.
7 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?
8 Their seed is established in their
23 One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
24 His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.
25 And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.
26 They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
28 For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked ?
29 Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,
30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction ? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
31 Who shall declare his way to bis face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?
32 Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.
33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.
34 How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood ?
is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?
5 Is not thy wickedness great ? and thine iniquities infinite?
6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
8 But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.
9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken. 10 Therefore snares
are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
13 And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud ?
14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
16 Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood :
17 Which said unto God, Depart from us : and what can the Almighty do for them?
18 Yet he filled their houses with good things : but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or
19 The righteous see it, and are glad : and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
20 Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.
26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift
up thy face unto God. 27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.
3 () that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
7 There the righteous might dispute with him ; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there ; and backward, but I cannot perceive him :
9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him; he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him :
10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
12 Neither have I from the commandment of his lips; I bave esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him ? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me : and many such things are with him.
15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence : when I consider, I am afraid of him.
16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
17 Because I was not cut off before
THEN Job answered and said,
2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning
the darkness, neither hath he cover- 14 The murderer rising with the ed the darkness from my face.
light killeth the poor and needy, and
in the night is as a thief. CHAP. XXIV.
15 The eye also of the adulterer Why, seeing times are not hidden waiteth for the twilight, saying, No from the Almighty, do they that eye shall see me: and disguiseth his know him not see his days?
face. 2 Some remove the landmarks ; 16 In the dark they dig through they violently take away flocks, and bouses, which they had marked for feed thereof.
themselves in the daytime: they: 3 They drive away the ass of the know not the light. fatherless, they take the widow's ox 17 For the morning is to them for a pledge.
even as the shadow of death : if one 4 They turn the needy out of the know them, they are in the terrors of way: the poor of the earth hide the shadow of death. themselves together.
18 He is swift as the waters; their 5 Behold, as wild asses in the portion is cursed in the earth : he bedesert, go they forth to their work; holdeth not the way of the vineyards. rising betimes for a prey : the wil- 19 Drought and heat consume derness yieldeth food for them and the snow waters : so doth the grave for their cbildren.
those which have sinned. 6 They reap every one his corn in 20 The womb shall forget him; the field : and they gather the vin- the worm shall feed sweetly on him; tage of the wicked.
he shall be no more remembered; and 7 They cause the naked to lodge wickedness shall be broken as a tree. without clothing, that they have no 21 He evil entreateth the barren covering in the cold.
that beareth not: and doeth not 8 They are wet with the showers good to the widow. of the mountains, and embrace the 22 He draweth also the mighty rock for want of a shelter.
with his power: he riseth up, and no 9 They pluck the fatherless from man is sure of life. the breast, and take a pledge of the 23 Though it be given him to be poor.
in safety, whereon he resteth; yet 10 They cause him to go naked
his eyes are upon
ways. without clothing, and they take 24 They are exalted for a little away the sheaf from the hungry; while, but are gone and brought 11 Which make oil within their low; they are taken out of the
way walls, and tread their winepresses, as all other, and cut off as the tops and suffer thirst.
of the ears of corn. 12 Men groan from out of the 25 And if it be not so now,
who city, and the soul of the wounded will make me a liar, and make my crieth out : yet God layeth not folly speech nothing worth? to them. 13 They are of those that rebel
CHAP. XXV. against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths
The answered Bildad the Shuthereof.
hite, and said,
2 Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places.
3 Is there any number of his armies ? and upon whom doth not his light arise?
4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
5 Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.
6 How much less man, that is a worm ? and the son of man, which is a worm !
12 He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.
13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.
14 Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of bim? but the thunder of his power who can understand?
CHAP. XXVII. MOREOVER Job continued his parable, and said,
2 As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;
3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils ;
4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
5 God forbid that I should justify you : till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
7 Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.
8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? 9 Will God hear his
when trouble cometh upon him?
10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty ? will he always call upon God?
11 I will teach you by the hand of God : that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it ; why then are ye thus altogether vain ?
13 This is the portion of a wicked
10 He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.