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HEN answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, 2 Should a wise man utter 1 vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk?a or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
4 Yea, thon 2 castest off fear, and restrainest 3 prayer before God. 5 For thy mouth 4 uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.
10 With us are both the gray-headedf and very aged men, much elder than thy father.
11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?
12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,
13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, g and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?
14 What his man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous ?
3 or, speech.
6 Thine b own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.
7 Art thou the first man that was horn? or wast thou made before c the hills?
8 Hast d thou heard the secret of m De.32.8. God? and dost thou restrain wis-n Joel 3.17. dom to thyself? o Ec.9.3.
9 What e knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?
h Ps. 14.3.
Pr.20.9. Eph.2.3. 1Jno. 1.8,10. i ch.25.5.
5 A sound of
or, cut off w Ps.55.23.
2 words of
State of the wicked.
number p of years is hidden to the
21 5 A dreadful sound is q in his ears in prosperity r the destroyer shall come upon him.
22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.
23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
25 For s he stretcheth out his hand
27 Because u he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on his flanks.
28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.
29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
31 Let not him that is deceived trust v in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompense.
32 It shall be 6 accomplished before w his time, and his branch shall not be green.
33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
35 They z conceive mischief, and
15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens i are sight.
Job maintaineth his innocence.
not clean in his site abominable or, iniquity. T2 Job answered and said,
3 Shall 2 vain words have an end?
or what emboldeneth thee that
18 Which wise men have told from
4 I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake 6 mine head at you.
5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, c and the moving of my lips should assuage your grief.
34 For the congregation of x hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of y bribery.
from men to God. JOB, XVII, XVIII. understanding: therefore 6 Though I speak, my grief is not B. C. 1520. | from shalt thou not exalt them. assuaged: and though I forbear, what 3 am I eased? 5 He that speaketh flattery c to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
7 But now he hath made me
weary: thou hast made desolate all d Ep.5.27.
6 He hath made me also a by-word of the people, and 3 aforetime I was
3 goeth from
ch.10. 16,17. f ch.13.24.
8 And thou hast filled me with de wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in g La.3.30. me beareth witness to my face. h Ps.35.15. 9 He teareth e me in his wrath, i ch.1.15,17. who hateth me: he gnasheth upon 4 me with his teeth; mine enemy f sharpeneth his eyes upon me.
shut me up.
10 They have gaped upon me with 1 Ps.42.7. their mouth; they have smitten gm ch.30.19. me upon the cheek reproachfully; n Ps.44.17-21. they have h gathered themselves o Ps.66.18, 19. together against me. in the high places, Eph. 1.3.
11 God i hath 4 delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me k up for his mark.
6 are my
13 His archers compass me round about; he cleaveth my reins asun-q Ec. 12.5. der, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground. 14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.
15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the m dust.
16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
20 My friends 6 scorn me: but! mine eye poureth out tears unto God.
c Ps. 12.3.
17 Not n for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer o is pure. 18 O earth, cover not thou my 4or,thoughts. blood, and let my cry have no d Ps.84.7,11, Pr.4.18. place.
19 Also now, behold, my witness e Ps.24.4. is in heaven, and my record is 5 on s add high.
strength. f Pr. 16.9. 19.21.
ready for me.
2 Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye 2 continue in their provocation?
3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands b with me?
4 For thou hast hid their heart
as a tabret.
7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my 4 members are as a shadow.
21 Op that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his 7 neighbour!
22 When 8 a few years are come, then I shall go q the way whence ig Jon.2.6. h ch.3.17-19. shall not return.
8 cried, or,
this, and the innocent shall stir up 8 Upright men shall be astonied at himself against the hypocrite.
9 The righteous d also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean e hands shall 5 be stronger and
10 But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.
11 My days are past, my purposes f are broken off, even the 6 thoughts of my heart.
12 They change the night into day: the light is 7 short because of dark
13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.
14 I have 8 said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister. 15 And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it? 16 They shall go down to the bars g of the pit, when our rest h together is in the dust.
2 or, lamp.
Bildad reproveth Job of presumption and impatience.
THEN answered Bildad the
Tshuhite, and said,
2 How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.
3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?
4 He a teareth 1 himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?
5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall b be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his 2 candle shall be put out with him.
7 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own c counsel shall cast him down.
8 For he is cast into a net d by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare.
9 The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.
10 The snare is 3 laid for him in
Calamities of the wicked.
the ground, and a trap for him in the way.
11 Terrors e shall make him afraid on every side, and shall 4 drive him to his feet.
JOB, XIX, XX. B. C. 1520.
12 His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.
13 It shall devour the 5 strength of his skin: even the first-born of death shall devour his strength. 14 His confidence ƒ shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.
15 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
16 His rootsg shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off.
4 And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.
5 If indeed ye will magnify b yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach:
6 Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.
7 Behold, I cry out of 2 wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.
8 He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.
9 He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
10 Hec hath me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.
11 He hath also kindled his wrath
e Je.20.3,4. 4 scatter.
f Pr. 10.28.
h Ps.34. 16.
6 They shall drive him.me.
i Is. 14.22.
7 or, lived
8 laid hold on
Job craveth pity. against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.
12 His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle. 13 He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me. 14 My d kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten
8 a stranger.
in me are
11 or, and
15 They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am alien in their sight.
16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I entreated him with my mouth.
17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I entreated for the children's sake of 3 mine own body. 18 Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against
19 All 5 my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.
20 My e bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
22 Why do ye persecute ƒ me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
23 6 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
25 For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26 And 7 though, after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh 7 shall I see h God:
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not 8 another; though 9 my reins be consumed 10 within me.
28 But ye should say, Why perseI cute we him? 11 seeing the root of the matter is found in me.
29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that i ye may know there is a judgment.
Zophar showeth the state and portion
2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this 1 I make haste.
3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.
State and portion
4 Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth, 5 That the triumphing of the wicked is 2 short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a a moment?
6 Though b his excellency mount b Is.14.13,14. secret places; a fire m not blown up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the 3 clouds;
shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.
7 Yet he shall perish for ever like c his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?
8 He shall fly away as a dream d and shall not be found, yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
9 The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall e ver. 18. his place any more behold him. fch.13.26. 10 4 His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands 5 ch.15.16. shall restore their e goods.
11 His bones are full of the sin f of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.
13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not, but keep it still 5 within his mouth:
2 from near.
16 He shall suck the poison h of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay
17 He shall not see the rivers, the 6 floods, the brooks of honey and butter.
12 Though wickedness be sweet g in his mouth, though he hide it un-6 der his tongue;
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 k he is eating.
24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.
4 or, The
27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
28 The increase of his house shall oppress his 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 12 appointed unto him by God. CHAPTER XXI.
5 in the
7 the sub
14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.
15 He hath swallowed down rich-9 know.
left for his
18 That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to This substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein. 19 Because he hath 8 oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not; 20 Surely he shall not feel quiet-(CHAP. 21.) ness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.
12 of his de-
2 Look unto.
21 There shall 10 none of his meat be i left; therefore shall no man a ch.40.4. look for his goods.
b Je. 12.1.2.
22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand 3 peace from. of the 11 wicked shall come upon him.
d Ex.5 2.
f Ps. 1.1.
of the wicked. 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
The judgment of the wicked is in another world.
Job answered and
B2 Hear diligently my speech,
and let this be your consolations.
6 Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.
7 Wherefore b do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?
8 Their seed is established in their
sight with them, and their offspring
before their eyes.
9 Their houses are 3 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 trimbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
13 They spend their days in 4 wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.
14 Therefore c they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
15 What d is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit e should we have, if we pray unto him?
16 Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel ƒ of the wicked is far from me.
17 How oft is the 5 candle of the wicked put out? and how oft cometh their destruction upon them?
All are alike in death.
18 They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm 6 carrieth away.
19 God layeth up 7 his iniquity for his children: g he rewardeth him, and he 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 Shallh any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.
23 One dieth in his 8 full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet. 24 His 9 breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.
25 And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eat-i eth with pleasure, 26 They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
i. e. the
7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry. Ro.11.34.8 But as for the 3 mighty man, he very perhad the earth; and the 4 honourfection, or, able man dwelt in it.
9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
10 Therefore snares b 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
1 or, if he
clothes of the naked. 3 man of
6 or, what?
8 or, to.
e Ac. 14. 15-17
9 or, estate.
HEN Eliphaz the Temanite an-11 i. e. God. swered and said,
Address of Eliphaz.
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 2 naked of their cloth
2 Can a man be profitable a unto
12 or, on the
4 Will he reprove thee for fear of strength. thee? will he enter with thee into k Ps.66.17-20. judgment?
or, a flood 21 Acquaint now thyself with was poured 11 him, and be at peace: thereby upon their good shall come unto thee. foundation 22 Receive, I pray thee, the law Ge.7.10,&c. from his mouth, and lay up g his d ch.21.14. words in thine heart.
23 If thou return h to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away i iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
20 Whereas our 9 substance is not cut down, but 10 the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
24 Then shalt thou lay up gold 12 as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy 13 defence, and thou shalt have 14 plenty of silver.
26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
27 Thou k shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.