| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || THEN Job answered and said,|
| ||How long will ye vex my soul,|
And break me in pieces with words?
| ||These ten times have ye reproached me:|
Ye are not ashamed that ye deal hardly with me.
| ||And be it indeed that I have erred,|
Mine error remaineth with myself.
| ||If 1 indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me,|
And plead against me my reproach;
| ||Know now that God hath subverted 2 me in my cause,|
And hath compassed me with his net.
| || Behold, I cry 3 out of wrong, but I am not heard:|
I cry for help, but there is no justice.
| ||He hath walled up my way that I cannot pass,|
And hath set darkness in my paths.
| ||He hath stripped me of my glory,|
And taken the crown from my head.
| ||He hath broken me down on every side, and I am gone;|
And my hope hath he plucked up like a tree.
| ||He hath also kindled his wrath against me,|
And he counteth me unto him as one of his adversaries.
| ||His troops come on together,|
And cast up their way against me,
And encamp round about my tent.
| ||He hath put my brethren far from me,|
And mine acquaintance are wholly estranged from me.
| ||My kinsfolk have failed,|
And my familiar friends have forgotten me.
| ||They that dwell 4 in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger:|
I am an alien in their sight.
| ||I call unto my servant, and he giveth me no answer,|
Though I entreat him with my mouth.
| ||My breath is strange to my wife,|
And my 5 supplication to the children of 6 mine own mother.
| ||Even young children despise me;|
If I arise, they speak against me.
| ||All my 7 familiar friends abhor me,|
And they whom I loved are turned against me.
| ||My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh,|
And I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
| ||Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends;|
For the hand of God hath touched me.
| ||Why do ye persecute me as God,|
And are not satisfied with my flesh?
| || Oh that my words were now written!|
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
| ||That with an iron pen and lead|
They were graven in the rock for ever!
| ||But 8 as for me I know that my Redeemer 9 liveth,|
And at last he will stand up upon the earth: 10
| ||And 11 after my skin, even this body, is destroyed,|
Then without my flesh shall I see God;
| ||Whom I, even I, shall see, on 12 my side,|
And mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger.
My heart 13 is consumed within me.
| ||If ye say, How we will persecute him!|
And that the root of the matter is found in me;
| ||Be ye afraid of the sword:|
For wrath 14 bringeth the punishments of the sword,
That ye may know there is a judgment.
|Note 1. Or, Will ye indeed
|Note 2. Or, overthrown me. [back]|
|Note 3. Or, cry out, Violence! [back]|
|Note 4. Or, sojourn. [back]|
|Note 5. Or, I make supplication.Or, I am loathsome. [back]|
|Note 6. Or, of my body. [back]|
|Note 7. Heb. the men of my council. [back]|
|Note 8. Or, For. [back]|
|Note 9. Or, vindicator.Heb. goel. [back]|
|Note 10. Heb. dust. [back]|
|Note 11. Or, And after my skin hath been thus destroyed, Yet from my flesh shall I see God. [back]|
|Note 12. Or, for myself. [back]|
|Note 13. Heb. reins. [back]|
|Note 14. Or, wrathful are. [back]|