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The number of his months are with His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not;


Thou hast appointed his bounds that And they are brought low, but he he cannot pass; perceiveth it not of them. But his flesh upon him shall have pain, ·

Turn from him, that he may rest, Till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

And his soul within him shall mourn.

For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down,

Judgment of the Wicked.

That it will sprout again,

And that the tender branch thereof Wherefore do the wicked live, will not cease. Become old, yea, are mighty in power?

Though the root thereof wax old in the earth,

Their seed is established in their sight with them,

And the stock thereof die in the ground;

Yet through the scent of water will bud,

And their offspring before their eyes. it Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them. They send forth their little ones like a flock,

And bring forth boughs like a plant.
But man dieth, and wasteth away:
Yea, man giveth up the ghost, and
where is he?

As the waters fail from the sea,
And the flood decayeth and drieth up:
So man lieth down, and riseth not:
Till the heavens be no more, they
shall not awake,

And their children dance.
They take the timbrel and harp,
And rejoice at the sound of the organ.
They spend their days in wealth,
And in a moment go down to the

Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us;

For we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.


That thou wouldest keep me secret, What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?

until thy wrath be past, That thou wouldest appoint me a set And what profit should we have, if time, and remember me! we pray unto him?

If a man die, shall he live again? Lo, their good is not in their hand : All the days of my appointed time The counsel of the wicked is far from will I wait, till my change come. me.

And surely the mountain falling How oft is the candle of the wicked put out?

cometh to nought,

And the rock is removed out of his And how oft cometh their destruction

upon them?

Nor be raised out of their sleep.
O that thou wouldest hide me in the


The waters wear the stones:
God distributeth sorrows in his anger.
Thou washest away the things which They are as stubble before the wind,
grow out of the dust of the earth; And as chaff that the storm carrieth
And thou destroyest the hope of man. away.

Thou prevailest for ever against him, God layeth up his iniquity for his children:

and he passeth: Thou changest his countenance, and He rewardeth him, and he shall know it. sendest him away His eyes shall see his destruction,

And he shall drink of the wrath of But the thunder of his power who can
the Almighty.

One dieth in his full strength,
Being wholly at ease and quiet.
His breasts are full of milk,
And his bones are moistened with


And another dieth in the bitterness of
his soul,

Man knoweth not the price thereof;
Neither is it found in the land of the

And never eateth with pleasure.
They shall lie down alike in the dust,
And the worms shall cover them.

Have ye not asked them that go by
the way?

The depth saith, It is not in me;
And the sea saith, It is not with me.
It cannot be gotten for gold,
Neither shall silver be weighed for
the price thereof.
cannot be valued with the gold of

And do ye not know their tokens,
That the wicked is reserved to the It
day of destruction?
They shall be brought forth to the With the precious onyx, or the
day of wrath.



But where shall wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understand-

God's Omniscience and Power.

Hell is naked before him,
And destruction hath no covering.
He stretcheth out the north over the
empty place,

And hangeth the earth upon nothing.
He bindeth up the waters in his thick The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal



And spreadeth his cloud upon it.
He hath compassed the waters with

Until the day and night come to an

The gold and the crystal cannot equal


And the cloud is not rent under them. Neither shall it be valued with pure
He holdeth back the face of his


through the proud.

By his Spirit he hath garnished the heavens;

And the exchange of it shall not be
for jewels of fine gold.

No mention shall be made of coral,
or of pearls:

For the price of wisdom is above


Whence then cometh wisdom?
And where is the place of under-

Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all

And kept close from the fowls of the

Destruction and death say,

We have heard the fame thereof

The pillars of heaven tremble
And are astonished at his reproof.
He divideth the sea with his power,
And by his understanding he smiteth with our ears.

God understandeth the way thereof,
And he knoweth the place thereof.
For he looketh to the ends of the

His hand hath formed the crooked



And seeth under the whole heaven;
To make the weight for the winds;

Lo, these are parts of his ways:

But how little a portion is heard of And he weigheth the waters by

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When he made a decree for the rain, And I caused the widow's heart to And a way for the lightning of the thunder;

sing for joy.


Then did he see it, and declare it;
He prepared it, yea, and searched it

put on righteousness and it clothed me; My judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

I was eyes to the blind,
And feet was I to the lame.
I was a father to the poor;
And the cause which I knew not I
searched out.


And unto man he said,
Behold, the fear of the Lord, that
is wisdom;

And to depart from evil is understand


God's Works.

Oh that I were as in months past,

As in the days when God preserved Behold, God is great, and we know me; him not,

When his candle shined upon my Neither can the number of his years be searched out.


And when by his light I walked For he maketh small the drops of through darkness;

As I was in the days of my youth, When the secret of God was upon my tabernacle ;

When the Almighty was yet with


They pour down rain according to
the vapor thereof;
Which the clouds do drop
And distil upon man abundantly.
Also can any understand the spread-


When my children were about me; ings of the clouds,
When I washed my steps with butter, Or the noise of his tabernacle?
And the rock poured me out rivers of Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it,


And covereth the bottom of the sea.
With clouds he covereth the light;
And commandeth it not to shine by
the cloud that cometh betwixt.
God's Wisdom unsearchable.
At this also my heart trembleth,
And is moved out of his place.
Hear attentively the noise of his

And the sound that goeth out of his

He directeth it under the whole heaven,

And his lightning unto the ends of the earth.

After it a voice roareth; he thundereth with the voice of his excellency;

he will not stay them when his voice is heard.

When I went out to the gate through the city,

When I prepared my seat in street!

The young men saw me, and

And the aged arose, and stood up.
The princes refrained talking,
And laid their hand on their mouth.
The nobles held their peace,
And their tongue cleaved to the roof
of their mouth.

When the ear heard me, then it
blessed me;

And when the eye saw me, gave witness to me:

Because I delivered the poor that




And the fatherless, and him that had And none to help him.

The blessing of him that was ready God

thundereth marvelously with

swer thou me.

Great things doeth he, which we By words without knowledge?
cannot comprehend.
Gird up now thy loins like a man ;
For he saith to the snow, Be thou on For I will demand of thee, and an-
the earth;
Likewise to the small rain, and
the great rain of his strength.
Then the beasts go into dens,
And remain in their places.
Out of the south cometh the whirl-

to Where wast thou when I laid the
foundations of the earth?
Declare, if thou hast understanding.
Who hath laid the measures thereof,
if thou knowest?

Or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundations there-
of fastened?


And cold out of the north.

By the breath of God frost is given:
And the breadth of the waters is Or who laid the corner-stone thereof:
When the morning stars sang to-


Also by watering he wearieth the
thick cloud:

And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Or who shut up the sea with doors,
When it brake forth, as if it had

issued out of the womb?

When I made the cloud the garment thereof,

And thick darkness a swaddling band for it,


And caused the light of his cloud shine?

Dost thou know the balancings of
the clouds,

And brake up for it my decreed place,
And set bars and doors,
And said,

Hitherto shalt thou come, but no

And here shall thy proud waves be

Hast thou commanded the morning
since thy days;
And caused the day-spring to know
his place;

Hast thou entered into the springs of

He scattereth his bright cloud:
Hearken unto this, Ŏ Job:
Stand still, and consider the wondrous
works of God.

Dost thou know when God disposed

The wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

Hast thou with him spread out the sky, Which is strong, and as a molten looking-glass?

Teach us what we shall say unto him;

For we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

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And as for darkness, where is the


That thou shouldest take it to the That abundance of waters may cover bound thereof, And that thou shouldest know the Canst thou send lightnings, that they paths to the house thereof? may go, Knowest thou it, because thou wast And say unto thee, Here we are? then born? Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts?

Or because the number of thy days is great?

Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?

Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,


Which I have reserved against the
time of trouble,

Against the day of battle and war?
By what way is the light parted,
Which scattereth the east wind upon
the earth?

Who hath divided a water-course for
the overflowing of waters,
Or a way for the lightning of thun-

To cause it to rain on the earth,
where no man is;

On the wilderness, wherein there is

no man.

To satisfy the desolate and waste ground;

And to cause the bud of the tender
herb to spring forth?
Hath the rain a father?

Or who hath given understanding to

the heart?

Who can number the clouds in wisdom?

Or who can stay the bottles of heaven,
When the dust groweth into hardness,
And the clods cleave fast together?
Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion?
Or fill the appetite of the young lions,
When they couch in their dens,
And abide in the covert to lie in wait?
Who provideth for the raven his food?
When his young ones cry unto God,

they wander for lack of meat. God's Power visible in the Creation. Knowest thou the time when the

wild goats of the rock bring forth? Or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?

Canst thou number the months that they fulfil?

Or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?


Or who hath begotten the drops of They bow themselves, they bring
forth their young ones,
They cast out their sorrows.
Their young ones are in good liking,
they grow up with corn;

Out of whose womb came the ice?
And the hoary frost of heaven, who

hath gendered it? Canst thou bind the sweet influences They go forth, and return not unto of Pleiades,


Or loose the bands of Orion?
Who hath sent out the wild ass free?
Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in Or who hath loosed the bands of the
wild ass?

his season?


Or canst thou guide Arcturus with Whose house I have made the wilderhis uns? Knowest thou the ordinances of And the barren land his dwellings. heaven? He scorneth the multitude of the city, Canst thou set the dominion thereof Neither regardeth he the crying of the in the earth? driver. Canst thou lift up thy voice to the The range of the mountains is his

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