1There 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.
2There were born to him seven sons and three daughters.
3His possessions also were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys and a very great household, so that this man was the greatest of all the children of the east.
4His 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.
5It 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 burnt 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 this continually.
9Then Satan answered Yahweh and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?
10Haven’t you made a hedge around him on every side, and around his house and around all that he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
11But put forth your hand now and touch all that he has, and he will renounce you to your face.”
So Satan went out from the presence of Yahweh.
13It fell on a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house
14that a messenger came to Job, and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were feeding beside them,
15and the Sabeans attacked and took them away. Yes, they have killed the servants with the mouth of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
16While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God has fallen from heaven and has burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
17While he was still speaking, another also came 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 mouth of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
18While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house,
19and behold, a great wind came 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.”
“Naked I came out of my mother’s womb,
and naked will I return there.
Yahweh gave, and Yahweh has taken away.
Blessed be the name of Yahweh.”
1Again it came to pass on the day when the sons of God came to present themselves before Yahweh that Satan came also among them to present himself before Yahweh.
2Yahweh 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.”
3Yahweh said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? For there is none like him in the earth, 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 cause.”
4Satan answered Yahweh and said, “Skin for skin. Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.
5But put forth your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will renounce you to your face.”
7So Satan went out from the presence of Yahweh and struck Job with painful sores from the sole of his foot to his head.
8He took for himself a potsherd to scrape himself with, and he sat among the ashes.
9Then his wife said to him, “Do you still maintain your integrity? Renounce God and die.”
11Now when Job’s three friends heard of all the 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 show him sympathy and to comfort him.
12When they lifted up their eyes from a distance and didn’t recognize him, they raised their voices and wept; and they each tore his robe and sprinkled dust on their heads toward the heavens.
13So 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.
the night that said, ‘There is a boy conceived.’
Do not let God from above seek for it,
neither let the light shine on it.
Let a cloud dwell on it.
Let all that makes black the day terrify it.
Let it not rejoice among the days of the year.
Let it not come into the number of the months.
Let no joyful shout be heard in it.
who are ready to rouse up leviathan.
Let it look for light, but have none,
neither let it see the eyelids of the morning,
nor did it hide trouble from my eyes.
Why didn’t I give up the spirit when my mother bore me?
Or why the breast, that I should nurse?
I should have slept, then I would have been at rest,
who built up waste places for themselves;
who filled their houses with silver:
as infants who never saw light.
There the weary are at rest.
They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.
The servant is free from his master.
life to the bitter in soul
when they can find the grave?
whom God has hedged in?
My groanings are poured out like water.
What I am afraid of comes to me.
neither have I rest; but trouble comes.”
But who can withhold himself from speaking?
you have strengthened the weak hands.
you have made firm the feeble knees.
It touches you, and you are troubled.
Isn’t the integrity of your ways your hope?
Or where were the upright cut off?
and sow trouble reap the same.
By the blast of his anger are they consumed.
the teeth of the young lions are broken.
The cubs of the lioness are scattered abroad.
My ear received a whisper of it.
when deep sleep falls on men,
that made all my bones shake.
The hair of my flesh stood up.
but I could not discern its appearance.
A form was before my eyes.
Silence, then I heard a voice, saying,
Can a man be more pure than his Maker?
He charges his angels with error.
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed before the moth!
They perish forever without any regarding it.
They die, and that without wisdom.’”
To which of the holy ones will you turn?
and jealousy kills the simple.
but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
They are crushed in the gate. Neither is there any to deliver them
and take it even out of the thorns.
The snare gapes for their substance.
neither does trouble spring out of the ground;
as the sparks fly upward.
I would commit my cause to God
marvelous things without number;
and sends waters on the fields;
those who mourn are exalted to safety.
so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.
and grope at noonday as in the night.
even the needy from the hand of the mighty.
and injustice shuts her mouth.
Therefore do not reject the discipline of the Almighty.
He injures, and his hands make whole.
yes, in seven no evil will touch you.
in war, from the power of the sword.
neither will you be afraid of destruction when it comes.
neither will you be afraid of the animals of the earth.
The animals of the field will be at peace with you.
You will visit your fold, and will miss nothing.
like a shock of grain comes in its season.
Hear it, and know it for your good.”
and all my calamity laid in the balances!
therefore have my words been rash.
Or does the ox low over his fodder?
Or is there any flavor in the white of an egg?
They are as loathsome food to me.
that God would grant the thing that I long for,
that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
yes, let me exult in pain that doesn’t spare,
that I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
What is my end, that I should be patient?
Or is my flesh of bronze?
that wisdom is driven quite from me?
even to him who forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
as the channel of brooks that pass away;
in which the snow hides itself.
When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
They go up into the waste and perish.
The companies of Sheba waited for them.
They came there, and were confounded.
You see a terror, and are afraid.
‘Offer a present for me from your substance?’
or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors?’
Cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
But your reproof, what does it reprove?
since the speeches of one who is desperate are as wind?
and make merchandise of your friend.
for surely I would not lie to your face.
Yes, return again. My cause is righteous.
Is my taste not able to discern mischievous things?”
Aren’t his days like the days of a hired hand?
like a hireling who looks for his wages,
wearisome nights are appointed to me.
I toss and turn until the dawning of the day.
My skin hardens, then breaks out afresh.
and are spent without hope.
Your eyes will be on me, but I will not be.
so he who goes down to Sheol will come up no more.
neither will his place know him any more.
that you put a guard over me?
My couch will ease my complaint;’
and terrify me through visions:
death rather than my bones.
Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.
that you should set your mind on him,
and test him every moment?
nor leave me alone until I swallow down my saliva?
you watcher of men?
Why have you set me as a mark for you,
so that I am a burden to myself?
and take away my iniquity?
For now will I lie down in the dust.
You will seek me diligently, but I will not be.”
Will the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?
Or does the Almighty pervert righteousness?
he has delivered them into the hand of their disobedience.
make your supplication to the Almighty.
surely now he would awaken for you,
and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.
yet your latter end would greatly increase.
Find out about the learning of their fathers.
because our days on earth are a shadow.)
and utter words out of their heart?
Can the rushes grow without water?
it withers before any other reed.
The hope of the godless man will perish,
whose trust is a spider’s web.
but it will not stand.
He will cling to it,
but it will not endure.
His shoots go out over its garden.
He sees the place of stones.
then it will deny him, saying, ‘I have not seen you.’
out of the earth, others will spring.
neither will he uphold the evildoers.
your lips with shouting.
The tent of the wicked will be no more.”
but how can man be just with God?
he cannot answer him one time in 1,000.
who has hardened himself against him and prospered?
and they do not know it,
when he overturns them in his anger.
Its pillars tremble.
and it doesn’t rise,
and seals up the stars.
and treads on the waves of the sea.
and the rooms of the south.
yes, marvelous things without number.
He passes on also, but I do not perceive him.
Who will ask him, ‘What are you doing?’
The helpers of Rahab stoop under him.
and choose my words to argue with him?
I would make supplication to my judge.
yet I would not believe that he listened to my voice.
and multiplies my wounds without cause.
but fills me with bitterness.
If of justice, ‘Who,’ says he, ‘will summon me?’
Though I am blameless, it will prove me perverse.
I do not respect myself.
I despise my life.
he destroys the blameless and the wicked.
he will mock at the trial of the innocent.
He covers the faces of its judges.
If not he, then who is it?
They flee away, they see no good,
as the eagle that swoops on the prey.
I will put off my sad face, and cheer up,’
I know that you will not hold me innocent.
Why then do I labor in vain?
and cleanse my hands with lye,
that we should come together in judgment.
that might lay his hand on us both.
Let his terror not make me afraid;
for I am not so in myself.”
I will give free course to my complaint.
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
Show me why you contend with me.
that you should despise the work of your hands
and smile on the counsel of the wicked?
Or do you see as man sees?
or your years as man’s years,
and search for my sin?
there is no one who can deliver out of your hand.
yet you destroy me.
Will you bring me into dust again?
and curdled me like cheese?
and knit me together with bones and sinews.
Your visitation has preserved my spirit.
I know that this is with you:
You will not acquit me from my iniquity.
If I am righteous, I still cannot lift up my head,
being filled with disgrace,
and conscious of my affliction.
Again you show yourself powerful to me.
and increase your indignation on me.
Changes and warfare are with me.
I wish I had given up the spirit, and no eye had seen me.
I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
Leave me alone, so that I may find a little comfort,
to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;
of the shadow of death, without any order,
where the light is as midnight.”
Should a man full of talk be justified?
When you mock, should no man make you ashamed?
I am clean in your eyes.’
and open his lips against you,
For true wisdom has two sides.
Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your iniquity deserves.
Or can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
They are deeper than Sheol. What can you know?
and broader than the sea.
or convenes a court, then who can oppose him?
He sees iniquity also, even though he doesn’t consider it.
when a man is born as a wild donkey’s colt.
stretch out your hands toward him.
Do not let unrighteousness dwell in your tents.
Yes, you will be steadfast, and will not fear,
You will remember it as waters that are passed away.
Though there is darkness, it will be as the morning.
Yes, you will search, and will take your rest in safety.
Yes, many will court your favor.
They will have no way to flee.
Their hope will be the giving up of the spirit.”
and wisdom will die with you.
I am not inferior to you.
Yes, who doesn’t know such things as these?
I, who called on God, and he answered.
The just, the blameless man is a joke.
It is ready for them whose foot slips.
the birds of heaven, and they will tell you.
The fish of the sea will declare to you.
the hand of Yahweh has done this,
and the breath of all mankind?
just as the palate tastes its food?
in length of days understanding.
He has counsel and understanding.
He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.
Again, he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.
The deceived and the deceiver are his.
He makes judges fools.
He binds their waist with a belt.
and overthrows the mighty.
and takes away the understanding of the elders.
and loosens the belt of the strong.
and brings out to light the shadow of death.
He enlarges the nations, and he leads them captive.
and causes them to wander in a trackless wilderness.
He makes them stagger like a drunken man.”
My ear has heard and understood it.
I am not inferior to you.
I desire to reason with God.
You are all physicians of no value.
Then you would be wise.
Listen to the pleadings of my lips.
and talk deceitfully for him?
Will you contend for God?
Or as one deceives a man, will you deceive him?
if you secretly show partiality.
and his dread fall on you?
your defenses are defenses of clay.
Let come on me what will.
and put my life in my hand?
Nevertheless, I will maintain my ways before him.
that a godless man will not come before him.
Let my declaration be in your ears.
I know that I am righteous.
For then would I hold my peace and give up the spirit.
then I will not hide myself from your face:
and do not let your terror make me afraid.
or let me speak, and you answer me.
Make me know my disobedience and my sin.
and hold me for your enemy?
Will you pursue the dry stubble?
and make me inherit the iniquities of my youth:
You set a bound to the soles of my feet,
like a garment that is moth–eaten.”
is of few days and full of trouble.
He also flees like a shadow, and doesn’t continue.
and bring me into judgment with you?
the number of his months is with you,
and you have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass.
until he will accomplish, as a hireling, his day.
if it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
that the tender branch of it will not cease.
and its stock dies in the ground,
and put forth boughs like a plant.
Yes, man gives up the spirit, and where is he?
and the river wastes and dries up,
Until the heavens are no more, they will not awake,
nor be roused out of their sleep.
that you would keep me secret until your wrath is past,
that you would appoint me a set time,
and remember me!
All the days of my warfare would I wait,
until my release should come.
You would have a desire to the work of your hands.
Do not you watch over my sin?
You fasten up my iniquity.
The rock is removed out of its place.
The torrents of it wash away the dust of the earth.
So you destroy the hope of man.
You change his face and send him away.
They are brought low, but he doesn’t perceive it of them.
and his soul inside him mourns.”
and fill himself with the east wind?
or with speeches with which he can do no good?
and hinder devotion before God.
and you choose the language of the crafty.
Yes, your own lips testify against you.
Or were you brought forth before the hills?
What do you understand that is not in us?
much elder than your father.
even the word that is gentle toward you?
Why do your eyes flash,
What is he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
a man who drinks iniquity like water!
what I have seen I will declare:
and have not hidden it;
and no stranger passed among them)
even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.
In prosperity the destroyer will come on him.
He is waited for by the sword.
He knows that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
They prevail against him as a king ready to the battle.
and behaves himself proudly against the Almighty;
with the thick shields of his bucklers;
and gathered fat on his thighs.
in houses that no one inhabited,
that were ready to become heaps.
neither will their possessions be extended on the earth.
The flame will dry up his branches.
By the breath of God’s mouth will he go away.
for emptiness will be his reward.
His branch will not be green.
and will cast off his flower as the olive tree.
and fire will consume the tents of bribery.
Their heart prepares deceit.”
You are all miserable comforters!
Or what compels you that you answer?
If your soul were in my soul’s place,
I could join words together against you,
and shake my head at you;
The solace of my lips would relieve you.
And if I hold back, how much of it leaves me?
You have made desolate all my company.
My leanness rises up against me. It testifies to my face.
He has gnashed on me with his teeth.
My adversary sharpens his eyes on me.
They have struck me on the cheek with contempt.
They have massed themselves together against me.
and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
Yes, he has taken me by the neck and dashed me to pieces.
He has also set me up for his target.
He splits my kidneys apart and does not spare.
He pours out my gall on the ground.
He runs on me like a giant.
and have thrust my horn into the dust.
Deep darkness is on my eyelids.
and my prayer is pure.
Let my cry have no place to rest.
He who vouches for me is on high.
My eyes pour out tears to God,
of a son of man with his neighbor!
I will go the way of no return.”
My eye dwells on their provocation.
Who is there who will strike hands with me?
Therefore you will not exalt them.
even the eyes of his children will fail.
They spit in my face.
All my members are as a shadow.
The innocent will stir up himself against the godless.
He who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.
Will we descend together into the dust?”
Consider, and afterwards we will speak.
that have become unclean in your eyes?
will the earth be forsaken for you?
Or should the rock be removed out of its place?
The spark of his fire will not shine.
His lamp above him will be put out.
His own counsel will cast him down.
and he wanders into its mesh.
A trap will catch him.
a trap for him in the way.
and will chase him at his heels.
Calamity will be ready at his side.
The firstborn of death will devour his members.
He will be brought to the king of terrors.
sulfur is scattered over his habitation.
Above will his branch be cut off.
He will have no name in the street.
and chased out of the world.
nor any remaining where he lived.
as those who went before were frightened.
This is the place of him who doesn’t know God.”
and crush me with words?
You aren’t ashamed that you attack me.
my error remains with myself.
and plead against me my reproach,
and has surrounded me with his net.
I cry out for help, but there is no justice.
and has set darkness in my paths.
and taken the crown from my head.
My hope he has plucked up like a tree.
He counts me among his adversaries.
build a siege ramp against me
and encamp around my tent.
My acquaintances are wholly estranged from me.
My familiar friends have forgotten me.
In their eyes I am a foreigner.
I beg him with my mouth.
I am loathsome to the children of my own mother.
If I arise, they speak against me.
They whom I loved have turned against me.
I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
for the hand of God has touched me.
and are not satisfied with my flesh?
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
they were engraved in the rock forever!
In the end, he will stand upon the earth.
My eyes will see, and not as a stranger.
My heart is consumed inside me.
because the root of the matter is found in me,
for wrath brings the punishments of the sword,
that you may know there is a judgment.”
and because of my haste that is in me.
and the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.
since man was placed on earth,
the joy of the godless but for a moment?
and his head reaches to the clouds,
Yes, he will be chased away like a vision of the night.
neither will his place any more see him.
His hands will give back his wealth.
but youth will lie down with him in the dust.
though he hide it under his tongue,
but keep it still inside his mouth;
It is cobra venom inside him.
God will cast them out of his belly.
The viper’s tongue will kill him.
the flowing streams of honey and butter.
According to the substance that he has gotten, he does not rejoice.
He has violently taken away a house, and he did not build it up.
he does not save anything of that in which he delights.
therefore his prosperity will not endure.
The hand of everyone who is in misery will come on him.
God will cast the fierceness of his wrath on him.
It will rain on him while he is eating.
The bronze arrow will strike him through.
Yes, the glittering point comes out of his liver.
Terrors are on him.
An unfanned fire will devour him.
It will consume what is left in his tent.
The earth will rise up against him.
They will rush away in the day of his wrath.
the heritage appointed to him by God.”
Let this be your consolation.
After I have spoken, mock on.
Why shouldn’t I be impatient?
Lay your hand on your mouth.
Horror takes hold of my flesh.
yes, and grow mighty in power?
their offspring before their eyes.
neither is the rod of God upon them.
Their cows calve and do not miscarry.
Their children dance.
and rejoice at the sound of the pipe.
In an instant they go down to Sheol.
for we do not want to know about your ways.
What profit should we have if we pray to him?’
The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
that their calamity comes on them,
that God distributes sorrows in his anger?
as chaff that the storm carries away?
Let him recompense it to himself, that he may know it.
Let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
when the number of his months is cut off?
since he judges those who are high?
being wholly at ease and quiet.
and never tastes of good.
The worm covers them.
the devices with which you would wrong me.
Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?’
Do not you know their evidences,
that they are led forth to the day of wrath?
Who would repay him what he has done?
Men will keep watch over the tomb.
All men will draw after him,
as there were innumerable before him.
because in your answers there remains only falsehood?”
Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.
Or does it benefit him that you make your ways perfect?
that he enters with you into judgment?
Neither is there any end to your iniquities.
and stripped the naked of their clothing.
and you have withheld bread from the hungry.
The honorable man, he lived in it.
and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
Sudden fear troubles you,
and floods of waters cover you.
See the height of the stars, how high they are!
Can he judge through the thick darkness?
He walks on the vault of heaven.’
that wicked men have walked,
whose foundation was poured out as a stream,
and, ‘What can the Almighty do for us?’
but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
The innocent ridicule them,
The fire has consumed their remnant.’
By it good will come to you.
and lay up his words in your heart.
if you put away unrighteousness far from your tents.
the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.
and precious silver to you.
and will lift up your face to God.
You will pay your vows.
Light will shine on your ways.
He will save the humble person.
Yes, he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”
His hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.
That I might come even to his seat!
and fill my mouth with arguments.
and understand what he would tell me.
No, but he would listen to me.
so I should be delivered forever from my judge.
if west, I cannot find him;
He turns south, but I cannot catch a glimpse of him.
When he has tried me, I will come forth like gold.
I have kept his way and not turned aside.
I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
What his soul desires, even that he does.
Many such things are with him.
When I consider, I am afraid of him.
The Almighty has terrified me.
neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.”
Why do not those who know him see his days?
They violently take away flocks, and feed them.
and they take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
The poor of the earth all hide themselves.
seeking diligently for food.
The wilderness yields them bread for their children.
They glean the vineyard of the wicked.
and have no covering in the cold.
and embrace the rock for lack of a shelter.
and take a pledge of the poor,
Being hungry, they carry the sheaves.
They tread wine presses and suffer thirst.
The soul of the wounded cries out,
yet God doesn’t regard the folly.
They do not know its ways,
nor stay in its paths.
He kills the poor and needy.
In the night he is like a thief.
saying, ‘No eye will see me.’
He disguises his face.
They shut themselves up in the daytime.
They do not know the light.
for they know the terrors of the thick darkness.
Their portion is cursed in the earth.
They do not turn into the way of the vineyards.
so does Sheol those who have sinned.
The worm will feed sweetly on him.
He will be no more remembered.
Unrighteousness will be broken as a tree.
He shows no kindness to the widow.
He rises up who has no assurance of life.
His eyes are on their ways.
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.
and make my speech worth nothing?”
He makes peace in his high places.
On whom does his light not arise?
Or how can he who is born of a woman be clean?
the son of man, who is a worm!”
How have you saved the arm that has no strength!
and plentifully declared sound knowledge!
Whose spirit came out from you?
those beneath the waters and all that live in them.
and Abaddon has no covering.
and hangs the earth on nothing.
and the cloud is not burst under them.
and spreads his cloud on it.
and to the confines of light and darkness.
and are astonished at his rebuke.
and by his understanding he strikes through Rahab.
His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.
How small a whisper do we hear of him!
But the thunder of his power who can understand?”
the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
neither will my tongue utter deceit.
Until I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
My heart will not reproach me so long as I live.
Let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
when God takes away his life?
when trouble comes on him?
and call on God at all times?
What is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
why then have you become altogether vain?
the heritage of oppressors that they receive from the Almighty.
His offspring will not be satisfied with bread.
His widows will make no lamentation.
and prepare clothing as the clay,
and the innocent will divide the silver.
as a booth that the watchman makes.
He opens his eyes, and he is not.
A storm steals him away in the night.
It sweeps him out of his place.
as he flees away from his hand.
and will hiss him out of his place.”
and a place for gold that they refine.
and copper is smelted out of the ore.
and searches out, to the furthest bound,
the stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.
They are forgotten by the foot.
They hang far from men, they swing back and forth.
underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.
It has dust of gold.
neither has the falcon’s eye seen it.
nor has the fierce lion passed by there.
and he overturns the mountains by the roots.
His eye sees every precious thing.
The thing that is hidden he brings forth to light.
Where is the place of understanding?
Neither is it found in the land of the living.
The sea says, ‘It isn’t with me.’
neither can silver be weighed for its price.
with the prized onyx, or the sapphire.
neither can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
Yes, the price of wisdom is above jewels.
Neither can it be valued with pure gold.
Where is the place of understanding?
‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’
and he knows its place.
and sees under the whole heavens.
Yes, he measures out the waters by measure.
and a way for the lightning of the thunder,
He established it, yes, and searched it out.
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom.
To depart from evil is understanding.’”
as in the days when God watched over me;
and by his light I walked through darkness,
when the friendship of God was in my tent,
and my children were around me,
and the rock poured out streams of oil for me,
when I prepared my seat in the street.
The aged rose up and stood.
and laid their hand on their mouth.
and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
and when the eye saw me, it commended me,
and the fatherless also who had none to help him,
and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
My justice was as a robe and a diadem.
and feet to the lame.
and plucked the prey out of his teeth.
I will number my days as the sand.
The dew lies all night on my branch.
My bow is renewed in my hand.’
and kept silence for my counsel.
My speech fell on them.
They didn’t reject the light of my face.
I lived as a king in the army,
as one who comforts the mourners.”
have me in derision,
whose fathers I would have disdained
to put with my sheep dogs.
men in whom ripe age has perished?
They gnaw the dry ground
in the gloom of waste and desolation.
The roots of the broom are their food.
They cry out after them as after a thief,
and in holes of the earth and of the rocks.
and under the nettles they are gathered together.
They were flogged out of the land.
Yes, I am a byword to them.
and do not hesitate to spit in my face.
and they have thrown off restraint before me.
They thrust aside my feet,
they cast up against me their ways of destruction.
they set forward my calamity
without anyone’s help.
in the midst of the ruin they roll themselves in.
They chase my honor as the wind.
My welfare has passed away as a cloud.
Days of affliction have taken hold on me.
and the pains that gnaw me take no rest.
It binds me about as the collar of my coat.
I have become like dust and ashes.
I stand up, and you gaze at me.
With the might of your hand you persecute me.
You dissolve me in the storm.
to the house appointed for all living.
Or in his calamity therefore cry out for help?
Wasn’t my soul grieved for the needy?
when I waited for light, there came darkness.
Days of affliction have come on me.
I stand up in the assembly and cry out for help.
and a companion to ostriches.
My bones are burned with heat.
and my pipe into the voice of those who weep.”
how then should I look lustfully at a young woman?
and the heritage from the Almighty on high?
and disaster to the workers of iniquity?
and number all my steps?
and my foot has hurried to deceit
if my heart has walked after my eyes,
if any stain has stuck to my hands,
and let the produce of my field be rooted out.
or I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s door,
Yes, it would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges:
and would root out all my increase.
or of my female servant when they contended with me,
When he visits, what should I answer him?
Didn’t one fashion us in the womb?
or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail
and the fatherless has not eaten of it
her have I guided from my mother’s womb),
or that the needy had no covering;
if he hasn’t been warmed with my sheep’s fleece;
because I saw my help in the gate,
and my arm be broken from the bone.
Because his majesty, I can do nothing.
and have said to the fine gold, ‘You are my confidence,’
and because my hand had gotten much;
or the moon moving in splendor,
and my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,
for I should have denied the God who is above.
or lifted up myself when evil found him;
by asking his life with a curse)
‘Who can find one who has not been filled with his meat?’
but I have opened my doors to the traveler);
by hiding my iniquity in my heart
and the contempt of families terrified me,
so that I kept silence, and didn’t go out of the door–
(behold, here is my signature,)
let the Almighty answer;
let the accuser write my indictment!
and I would bind it to me as a crown.
As a ruler would I go near to him.
and its furrows weep together,
or have caused its owners to lose their life,
and stinkweed instead of barley.”
The words of Job are ended.
1So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
2Then 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.
3Also his wrath was kindled against his three friends, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
4Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were elder than he.
5When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was kindled.
“I am young,
and you are very old.
Therefore I held back
and didn’t dare show you my opinion.
and multitude of years should teach wisdom.’
and the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.
nor the aged who understand justice.
I also will show my opinion.’
and I listened for your reasoning
while you searched out what to say.
but there was no one who convinced Job
or who answered his words among you.
God may refute him, not man,’
neither will I answer him with your speeches.
They do not have a word to say.
because they stand still and answer no more?
and I also will show my opinion.
The spirit within me constrains me.
like new wineskins it is ready to burst.
I will open my lips and answer.
neither will I give flattering titles to any man.
or else my Maker would soon take me away.”
and listen to all my words.
My tongue has spoken in my mouth.
What my lips know they will speak sincerely.
and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Set your words in order before me, and stand forth.
I am also formed out of the clay.
neither will my pressure be heavy on you.
I have heard the voice of your words, saying,
I am innocent, neither is there iniquity in me.
He counts me for his enemy.
He marks all my paths.’
In this you are not righteous, for God is greater than humans.
though man pays no attention.
when deep sleep falls on men in slumbering on the bed;
and seals their instruction,
and hide pride from man.
with regular strife in his bones,
and his soul dainty food.
His bones that were not seen stick out.
and his life to the destroyers.
an interpreter, one among 1,000
to show to man what is right for him,
‘Deliver him from going down to the pit,
I have found a ransom.’
He returns to the days of his youth.
so that he sees his face with joy.
He restores to man his righteousness.
‘I have sinned and perverted what was right,
and it didn’t profit me.
My life will see the light.’
twice, yes three times, with a man
that he may be enlightened with the light of the living.
Hold your peace, and I will speak.
Speak, for I desire to justify you.
Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom.”
Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
as the palate tastes food.
Let us know among ourselves what is good.
God has taken away my right;
My wound is incurable, though I am without disobedience.’
who drinks scorn like water,
and walks with wicked men?
that he should delight himself with God.’
far be it from God that he should do wickedness,
from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
and cause every man to find according to his ways.
neither will the Almighty pervert justice.
Or who has appointed him over the whole world?
if he gathered to himself his spirit and his breath,
and man would turn again to dust.
Listen to the voice of my words.
Will you condemn him who is righteous and mighty?
or to nobles, ‘Wicked!’?
nor respects the rich more than the poor;
for they all are the work of his hands.
The people are shaken and pass away.
The mighty are taken away without a hand.
He sees all his goings.
where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
that he should go before God in judgment.
and sets others in their place.
He overturns them in the night so that they are destroyed.
in the open sight of others,
and would not pay attention to any of his ways,
He heard the cry of the afflicted.
When he hides his face, who then can see him?
Alike whether to a nation or to a man,
that there be no one to ensnare the people.
‘I am guilty, but I will not offend any more.
If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more’?
that you refuse it?
For you must choose, and not I.
Therefore speak what you know.
yes, every wise man who hears me:
His words are without wisdom.’
because of his answering like wicked men.
He claps his hands among us
and multiplies his words against God.”
or do you say, ‘My righteousness is more than God’s,‘
What profit will I have, more than if I had sinned?‘
and your companions with you.
See the skies that are higher than you.
If your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
Or what does he receive from your hand?
and your righteousness may profit a son of man.
They cry out for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.
who gives songs in the night,
and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?‘
the Almighty will not take notice of it.
The cause is before him, and you wait for him!
neither does he greatly regard arrogance.
and he multiplies words without knowledge.”
for I still have something to say on God’s behalf.
and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
He is mighty in strength of understanding.
but gives to the afflicted their right.
but with kings on the throne he sets them forever,
and they are exalted.
and are taken in the cords of afflictions,
that they have behaved themselves proudly.
and commands that they return from iniquity.
they will spend their days in prosperity
and their years in pleasures.
they will perish by the sword;
they will die without knowledge.
They do not cry out for help when he binds them.
Their life perishes among the unclean.
and opens their ear in oppression.
into a wide place where there is no restriction.
That which is set on your table would be full of fatness.
Judgment and justice take hold of you.
neither let the great size of a bribe turn you aside.
or all the might of your strength?
when people are cut off in their place.
for you have chosen this rather than affliction.
Who is a teacher like him?
Or who can say, ‘You have committed unrighteousness?’
whereof men have sung.
Man sees it afar off.
The number of his years is unsearchable.
that distill in rain from his vapor,
and that drop on man abundantly.
and the thunderings of his pavilion?
He covers the bottom of the sea.
He gives food in abundance.
and commands it to strike the mark.
and the livestock also concerning the storm that comes up.”
and is moved out of its place.
the sound that goes out of his mouth.
and his lightning to the ends of the earth.
He thunders with the voice of his majesty.
He doesn’t hold back anything
when his voice is heard.
He does great things that we cannot comprehend.
likewise to the shower of rain and to the showers of his mighty rain.
that all men whom he has made may know it.
and remain in their dens.
and cold out of the north.
and the breadth of the waters is frozen.
He spreads abroad the cloud of his lightning.
that they may do whatever he commands them
on the surface of the habitable world,
or for loving kindness that he causes it to come.
Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge?
when the earth is still by reason of the south wind?
which is strong as a cast metal mirror?
for we cannot make our case by reason of darkness.
Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?
that is bright in the skies,
but the wind passes and clears them.
With God is awesome majesty.
In justice and great righteousness he will not oppress.
He does not regard any who are wise of heart.”
counsel by words without knowledge?
Declare, if you have understanding.
Or who stretched the line on it?
Or who laid its cornerstone
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
when it broke forth from the womb,
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
set bars and doors
Here your proud waves will be stayed’?
and caused the dawn to know its place,
and shake the wicked out of it?
and stands forth as a garment.
The high arm is broken.
Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?
Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?
Declare, if you know it all.
As for darkness, where is its place,
that you should discern the paths to its house?
and the number of your days is great!
or have you seen the treasures of the hail
against the day of battle and war?
or the east wind scattered on the earth?
or the path for the thunderstorm,
on the wilderness where there is no man,
to cause the tender grass to spring forth?
Or who fathers the drops of dew?
The gray frost of heaven, who has given birth to it?
when the surface of the deep is frozen.
or loosen the cords of Orion?
Or can you guide the Bear with her cubs?
Can you establish its dominion over the earth?
that abundance of waters may cover you?
Do they report to you, ‘Here we are?’
Or who has given understanding to the mind?
Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven
and the clods of earth stick together?
or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
and lie in wait in the thicket?
when his young ones cry out to God
and wander for lack of food?”
Do you watch when the doe bears fawns?
Or do you know the time when they give birth?
they end their labor pains.
They go out, and do not return again.
Or who has loosened the bonds of the swift donkey,
and the salt land his dwelling place?
neither does he hear the shouting of the driver.
He searches after every green thing.
Or will he stay by your feeding trough?
Or will he till the valleys after you?
Or will you leave to him your labor?
and gather the grain of your threshing floor?
but are they the feathers and plumage of love?
warms them in the dust,
or that the wild animal may trample them.
Though her labor is in vain, she is without fear,
neither has he imparted to her understanding.
she scorns the horse and his rider.
Have you clothed his neck with a quivering mane?
The glory of his snorting is awesome.
He goes out to meet the armed men.
neither does he turn back from the sword.
the flashing spear and the javelin.
He smells the battle from afar,
the thunder of the captains and the shouting.
and stretches her wings toward the south?
and makes his nest on high?
on the point of the cliff and the stronghold.
His eyes see it afar off.
Where the slain are, there he is.”
He who argues with God, let him answer it.”Job Promises Silence
I lay my hand on my mouth.
yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”Yahweh Challenges Job
Will you condemn me, that you may be justified?
Can you thunder with a voice like him?
Array yourself with honor and majesty.
Look at everyone who is proud, and bring him low.
and humble him. Crush the wicked in their place.
Bind their faces in the hidden place.
that your own right hand can save you.
He eats grass as an ox.
His force is in the muscles of his belly.
The sinews of his thighs are knit together.
His limbs are like bars of iron.
He who made him gives him his sword.
where all the animals of the field play.
in the covert of the reed and the marsh.
The willows of the brook surround him.
He is confident, though the Jordan swells even to his mouth.
or pierce through his nose with a snare?”
or press down his tongue with a cord?
or pierce his jaw through with a hook?
or will he speak soft words to you?
that you should take him for a servant forever?
Or will you bind him for your girls?
Will they part him among the merchants?
or his head with fish spears?
Remember the battle, and do so no more.
Won’t one be laid low even at the sight of him?
Who then is he who can stand before me?
Everything under the heavens is mine.
nor his mighty strength, nor the beauty of his structure.
Who can come inside his jaws?
Around his teeth is terror.
shut up together with a close seal.
that no air can come between them.
They stick together so that they cannot be pulled apart.
His eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
Sparks of fire leap forth.
as of a boiling pot over a fire of reeds.
A flame goes forth from his mouth.
Terror dances before him.
They are firm on him. They cannot be moved.
yes, firm as the lower millstone.
They retreat before his thrashing.
nor the spear, the dart, nor the pointed shaft.
and bronze as rotten wood.
Sling stones are like chaff to him.
He laughs at the rushing of the javelin.
leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.
He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
One would think the deep had white hair.
that is made without fear.
He is king over all the sons of pride.”
and that no purpose of yours can be restrained.
Surely I have uttered that which I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, that I didn’t know.
I will question you,
and you will answer me.’
but now my eye sees you.Yahweh Rebukes Job's Friends
7And it came about 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 what is right, as my servant Job has.
8Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves; and my servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him, so that I do not deal with you according to your folly, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.”
9So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what Yahweh commanded them, and Yahweh accepted Job’s prayer.
10Yahweh turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends. Yahweh gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11Then all his brothers came to him 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 qisitah and a ring of gold.a
12So Yahweh blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. And so he came to have 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys.
13He had also seven sons and three daughters.
14He called the name of the first, Jemimah; and the name of the second, Keziah; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch.
15In all the land were no women found so beautiful as the daughters of Job. Their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.