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Elihu's zeal to speak.
Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: B. C. 1520.
because he justified 2 himself, ra-2 his soul. ther than God.
3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
4 Now Elihu had 3 waited till Job had spoken, because they were 4 elder than he.
8 But there is a spirit b in man: and the inspiration c of the Almighty | giveth them understanding.
9 Great d men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
a ch. 15. 10.
5 When Elihu saw that there was b Pr.20.27. no answer in the mouthof thesethree men, then his wrath was kindled. c Pr.2.6. 6 And Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said, Id Mat. 11.25. am 5 young, and ye are very old; a 1 Co.1.27. wherefore I was afraid, and 6 durst undernot show you mine opinion. standings. 8 words.
7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
20 I will speak, that I may 14 be refreshed; I will open my lips and
21 Let me not, I pray you, accept| any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
22 For fI know not to give flattering titles: in so doing my Makerg would soon take me away. CHAPTER XXXIII. Elihu offereth himself, instead of God, to reason with Job.
9 or, ordered.
12 of my
10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will show mine opinion. 11 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your 7 reasons, whilst ye searched out 8 what to say..
12 Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, that answered! his words:
13 Lest ye should say, Wee have
15 They were amazed: they and ch.9.34. swered no more: they 10 left off 4 ears. speaking.
18 He keepeth back his soul from
19 He n is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain: 20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul 9 dainty meat.
21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out. 22 His soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show unto man his uprightness:
24 Then he is gracious unto him, desire. and saith, Deliver him from going 10 or, an down to the pit: I have found 10 a atonement. Fransom.
25 His flesh shall be fresher than
16 When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more ;)
17 I said, I will answer also my part; I also will show mine opinion. 18 For I am full of 11 matter, the spirit 12 within me constraineth me. 19 Behold, my belly is as wines which 13 hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
13 is not opened. 14 breathe.
f Ga. 1.10.
God's call to repentance.
WHEREFORE, Job, I pray thee,
hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my 1 mouth.
3 My words a shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge b clearly.
4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up. 6 Behold, I am according to thy 2 wish in c God's stead: I also am 3 formed out of the clay.
7 Behold, my d terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine 4 hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy e words, saying,
9I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he f counteth me for his enemy,
11 Heg putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh hall my paths. 12 Behold, in this thou art not just I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.
13 Why dost thou strive against i him for he 5 giveth not account & of any of his matters.
14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
8 passing by.
9 meat of
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed. 16 Then he 6 openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, 17 That he may withdraw i man from his 7 purpose, and hide pride m from man.
11 a child's: he shail return to the days of his youth:
26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy for he will render unto man his right
cannot be unjust.
B. C. 1520. | wickedly, neither will the Almighty
over the earth? or who hath dis-
14 If he set his heart upon 5 man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;
27 12 He looketh upon men; and if any say, o 1 have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;
15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust. 16 If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.
28 13 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
17 Shall d even he that hateth right 6 govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?
29 Lo, all these things worketh God 14 oftentimes with man, 30 To bring back his soul from the pit, p to be enlightened with the light g of the living.
18 Is it fit to say to a king,e Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?
19 How much less to him f that ac
31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will (CHAP. 34.) cepteth g not the persons of princes, speak. nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.
32 If thou hast any thing to say, answer me speak, for I desire to justify thee.
1 Elihu accuseth Job for charging God with injustice. 10 God omnipotent cannot be unjust. 31 Man must humble himself unto God. 31 Elihu reproveth Job.
o 1Jno. 1.9.
33 if not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach theeb ch.9.22,23. midnight, and pass away: and 7 the
20 In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at
mighty shall be taken away without hand.
21 For his eyes h are upon the ways of man, and he seethi all his goings.
12 Yea, surely God will not dol
FURTHERMORE Elihu answer-6 bind,
ed and said,
4 the world,
22 There is no darkness, k nor shadow of death,where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. 23 For he will not lay upon man more than m right; that he should 8 enter into judgment with God. 21 He shall break in pieces mighty men without 9 number, and set others in their stead.
25 Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are 10 dei Ps. 139.2,3.stroyed. Am.9.2,3. He.4.13.
the mighty. h 2Ch. 16.9.
4 Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.
5 For Job hath said, a I am right-k eous and God hath taken away my judgment.
6 Should I lie against my right? my 2 wound is incurable without transgression.
7 What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water? 8 Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.
f He. 12.28.
g 1 Pe.1.17.
26 He striketh them as wicked men in the 11 open sight n of others; 1 Re.6, 15, 16. 27 Because they turned back m Is.42.3. 12 from him, and o would not con1Co. 10.13.sider any of his ways: 8 go.
28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth p the cry of the afflicted.
29 When he q giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hidethr his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:
11 place of
9 For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing b that he should de-n 1Ti.5.24. light himself with God. 12 from after.
10 Therefore hearken unto me, o Pr. 1.29,30. ye men of 3 understanding: Farbe P Ex.22.27. it from God, that he should do wick-Ro. 8.31-34. edness; and from the Almighty, r Ps. 143.7. that he should commit iniquity.
s 1Ki. 12.28.
11 For the work c of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his
30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people s be ensnared.
31 Surely it is meet to be said unto God, It have borne chastisement, 1 will not offend any more:
32 That which I see not, teach u thou me if I have done iniquity, Iv will do no more.
33 Should it be 13 according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whe
Of comparison with God.
JOB, XXXV, XXXVI. ther thou refuse, or whether thou] B. C. 1520. choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.
31 Let men of 14 understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken
15 or, My
CHAPTER XXXV. Comparison is not to be made with God.
35 Job hath spoken without w knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.
36 15 My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end, because of his answers for wicked men.
5 Behold, God is mighty, and de
37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words bch.31.2, &c. spiseth not any: hea is mighty in strength and 2 wisdom. against God.
6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the 3 poor.
7 Heb withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
8 And ifc they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction; 9 Then he showeth them their
work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10 He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
11 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. 12 But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge. 13 But the hypocrites in heart heapd up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.
1 or, by it
8 Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.
9 By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
10 But none saith, Where is God my Maker, who giveth songs in the night;
11 Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
2 return to
LIHU spake moreover,and said,
right, that thou saidst, a My right-
d Ps. 16.2.
3 For thou saidst, What b advan-
cleansed from my sin?
12 There they cry, (but none giveth answer,) because of the pride of
4 i.e. Job.
God just in his ways. CHAPTER XXXVI.
Elihu showeth how God is just in his
LIHU also proceeded, and said,
6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? c or if thy transgres-(CHAP. 36.) sions be multiplied, what doest 1 there are thou unto him?
7 Ifd thon be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?
show thee that. 1 I have yet to speak on God's behalf.
3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4 For truly my words shall not be false he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
14 5 They die in youth, e and their life is among the unclean.
15 He delivereth the 7 poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.
16 Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad f place, where there is no straitness; and 8 that which should be set on thy table g should be full 6 or, sodom-of fatness. ites, De.23.17.
17 But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice 9 take hold on thee. 18 Because there is wrath, beware lest take thee away with his stroke then a great ransom cannot 19 deliver thee.
19 Will he esteem thy riches! h no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.
b He. 13.5.
c Fs. 107. 10.
4 pass away.
or,afflicted. f Ps.31.8.
13 Surely God will note hears the rest of vanity, neither will the Almighty thy table. regard it. 14 Although thou sayest thou shalt 5 Ps.23.5. not see him, yet f judgment is before 9 or, should uphoid thee. him; therefore trust thou in him. 10 turn thee aside.
15 But now, because it is not so, 3 he hath visited in his anger; yet 4 he knoweth itg not in great extremity :
16 Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain he multiplieth k P's.94.12. words without knowledge.
h Pr. 11.4.
20 Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.
21 Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
22 Behold, Godi exalteth by his power: who teacheth & like him?
God is to be feared.
l Ps. 111.2-8.
JOB, XXXVII, XXXVIII. His wisdom unsearchable. 23 Who hath enjoined him his B. C. 1520. whatsoever he commandeth them way? or who can say, Thou hast upon the face of the world in the wrought iniquity. earth. 2 Remember that thou magnify m Ps. 102.24. his work, which men behold. 25 Every man may see it; man. may behold it afar off.
n Ps. 147.8.9.
13 He causeth it to come, whether 8 for correction, i or for his land, or for mercy.l
26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neitherm can the numberof his years be searched out. 27 For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down ramn according to the vapour thereof: 29 Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.
29 Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or thei noise of his tabernacle?
30 Behold, he spreadeth o his light upon it, and covereth the 11 bottom
of the sea.
31 For by them p judgeth he the b Ps.68.33. people; leg giveth meat in abun-e Ps.29.3. dance.
32 With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.
33 The noise r thereof showeth concerning it, the cattle also concerning 12 the vapour.
God is to be feared because of his great works.
also my heart trembleth, a
A and is moved out of his place.
2 1 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth cut of his mouth.
3 He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his 2 lightning unto the 3 ends of the earth.
Ac. 14. 17.
12 that which
8 Then the beasts gof into dens, and remain in their places. 9 Out of the 5 south cometh the whirlwind and cold out of the 6 north.
8 a rod.
1 Joel 2.23.
4 After it a voiceb roareth: he thundereth c with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard. 5 God thundereth marvellously m is.40.22. with his voice; great things doeth he,d which we cannot comprehend. 9 Gold. 6 For he saith to the show, Ben 1Ti.6.16. thou on the earth; 4 likewise to the o Ps.62.11. sinall rain, and to the great rain of 66.3. his strength. p Ps.99.4.
7 He sealeth up the hand of every man, thate all men may know his work.
s Mat. 10.28.
10 By the breath of God frost g is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth 7 his bright cloud: 12 And it is turned round about e Re.2.28. by his counsels: that they may doh!
14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?
16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?
17 How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?
18 Hast thou with him spread m out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking-glass?
19 Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.
20 Shall it be told him that I speak? If a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.
4 Where b wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou 2 hast understanding.
5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who
hath stretched the line upon it?
6 Whereupon are the 3 foundations thereof 4 fastened? or who laid the corner-stone thereof;
7 When the morning stars c sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 Or who shiut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth as if it had issued out of the womb?
9 When I made the cloud the
Job convinced of ignorance
JOB, XXXIX. and of imbecility. garment thereof, and thick dark-| B. C. 1520. | 32 Canst thou bring forth 12 Mazness a swaddling-band for it, zaroth in his season? or canst thou 10 And 5 brake up for it my de- 5 established 13 guide Arcturus with his sons? creed place, and set bars and doors, my decree 33 Knowest thou the ordinances m 11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou upon it. of heaven? canst thou set the come, but no further: and here dominion thereof in the earth? shall 6thy proud waves be stayed? d 31 Canst thou lift up thy voice to 12 Hast thou commanded the the clouds, that abundance of morning since thy days; and caused waters may cover thee? the day-spring to know his place 13 That it might take hold of the 7 ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? 17 Have the gates of death been! opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?
14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arine & shall be broken.
19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?
treasures of the snow? or hast thou
24 By what way is the light parted, which scatteretli the east wind upon the earth?
25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;
26 To cause it to rain h on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no
the pride of
e Ps. 10.15.
f Ps.9. 13.
8 or, at.
27 To satisfy i the desolate and waste ground, and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth? 28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost k of heaven, who hath gendered it?
30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is 9 frozen.
18 Hast thou perceived the breadth 9 taken. of the earth? declare if thou know-10 Cimah,or,
est it all.
37 Who can number the clouds in Ex.9.18.24. wisdom? or who can 15 stay the bottles of heaven,
i Ps. 107.35.
21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the 12 or, the number of thy days is great?
22 Hast thou entered into the
twelve signs. 13guide them. mJe.31.35,36. 14 Behold us.
15 cause to
16 is poured,
o Ps. 104.21.
p Ps. 147.9.
31 Canst thou bind the sweet in-d De.33.17. fluences of 10 Pleiades, or loose Ps.92.10. the bands of 11 Orion?
35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, 14 Here we are?
36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward n parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?
38 When the dust 16 groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the o lion? or fill the 17 appetite of the young lions,
40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?
41 Who provideth for the raven p his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of
Of the wild goats and hinds, etc.
bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds a do calve?
2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth? 3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.
4 Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.
5 Who hath sent out the wild ass b free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
6 Whose c house I have made the wilderness, and the 1 barren land his dwellings.
7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the 2 driver.
The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.
9 Will the unicorn d be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? 10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?
11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?
12 Wilt thou believe him, that he