| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || THEN Job answered and said,|
| ||No doubt but ye are the people,|
And wisdom shall die with you.
| ||But I have understanding as well as you;|
I am not inferior to you:
Yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
| ||I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbor,|
I who called upon God, and he answered:
The just, the perfect man is a laughing-stock.
| ||In the thought of him that is at ease there is contempt for misfortune;|
It is ready for them whose foot slippeth.
| ||The tents of robbers prosper,|
And they that provoke God are secure;
Into 1 whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
| || But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee;|
And the birds of the heavens, and they shall tell thee:
| ||Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee;|
And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
| ||Who knoweth not in 2 all these,|
That the hand of Jehovah hath wrought this,
| ||In whose hand is the soul of every living thing,|
And the breath 3 of all mankind?
| ||Doth not the ear try words,|
Even as the palate tasteth its food?
| ||With 4 aged men is wisdom,|
And in length of days understanding.
| ||With God 5 is wisdom and might;|
He hath counsel and understanding.
| ||Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again;|
He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
| ||Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up;|
Again, he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
| ||With him is strength and wisdom;|
The deceived and the deceiver are his.
| ||He leadeth counsellors away stripped,|
And judges maketh he fools.
| ||He looseth the bond of kings,|
And bindeth their loins with a girdle.
| ||He leadeth priests away stripped,|
And overthroweth the mighty.
| ||He removeth the speech of the trusty,|
And taketh away the understanding of the elders.
| ||He poureth contempt upon princes,|
And looseth the belt of the strong.
| ||He uncovereth deep things out of darkness,|
And bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
| ||He increaseth the nations, and he destroyeth them:|
He enlargeth the nations, and he leadeth them captive.
| ||He taketh away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth, 6|
And causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
| ||They grope in the dark without light;|
And he maketh them to stagger 7 like a drunken man.