| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || THEN answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,|
| ||Should not the multitude of words be answered?|
And should a man full of talk be justified?
| ||Should thy boastings make men hold their peace?|
And when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
| ||For thou sayest, My doctrine is pure,|
And I am clean in thine eyes.
| ||But oh that God would speak,|
And open his lips against thee,
| ||And that he would show thee the secrets of wisdom!|
For he is manifold in understanding.
Know therefore that God exacteth 1 of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
| ||Canst 2 thou by searching find out God?|
Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
| ||It 3 is high as heaven; what canst thou do?|
Deeper than Sheol; what canst thou know?
| ||The measure thereof is longer than the earth,|
And broader than the sea.
| ||If he pass through, and shut up,|
And call 4 unto judgment, then who can hinder him?
| ||For he knoweth false men:|
He seeth iniquity also, even 5 though he consider it not.
| ||But 6 vain man is void of understanding,|
Yea, man is born as a wild asss colt.
| || If thou set thy heart aright,|
And stretch out thy hands toward him;
| ||If iniquity be in thy hand, put if far away,|
And let not unrighteousness dwell in thy tents.
| ||Surely then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot;|
Yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
| ||For thou shalt forget thy misery;|
Thou shalt remember it as waters that are passed away.
| ||And thy life shall be 7 clearer than the noonday;|
Though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning.
| ||And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope;|
Yea, thou shalt search about thee, and shalt take thy rest in safety.
| ||Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid;|
Yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
| ||But the eyes of the wicked shall fail,|
And they 8 shall have no way to flee;
And their hope shall be the giving up of the ghost.
|Note 1. Or, remitteth (Heb. causeth to be forgotten) unto thee of thine iniquity. [back]|
|Note 2. Or, Canst thou find out the deep things of God? [back]|
|Note 3. Heb. The heights of heaven. [back]|
|Note 4. Heb. call an assembly. [back]|
|Note 5. Or, and him that considereth not. [back]|
|Note 6. Or, But an empty man will get understanding, when a wild asss colt is born a man. [back]|
|Note 7. Or, arise above. [back]|
|Note 8. Heb. refuge is perished from them. [back]|