| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || THEN answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,|
| ||Can a man be profitable unto God?|
Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself.
| ||Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous?|
Or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
| ||Is it for 1 thy fear of him that he reproveth thee,|
That he entereth with thee into judgment?
| ||Is not thy wickedness great?|
Neither is there any end to thine iniquities.
| ||For thou hast taken pledges of thy brother for nought,|
And stripped the naked of their clothing.
| ||Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink,|
And thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
| ||But as for the 2 mighty man, he had the earth; 3|
And the 4 honorable man, he dwelt in it.
| ||Thou hast sent widows away empty,|
And the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
| ||Therefore snares are round about thee,|
And sudden fear troubleth thee,
| ||Or 5 darkness, so that thou canst not see,|
And abundance of waters cover thee.
| ||Is not God in the height of heaven?|
And behold the height 6 of the stars, how high they are!
| ||And thou sayest, What doth God know?|
Can he judge through the thick darkness?
| ||Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he seeth not;|
And he walketh on the vault of heaven.
| ||Wilt 7 thou keep the old way|
Which wicked men have trodden?
| ||Who were snatched away before their time,|
Whose foundation was poured out as a stream,
| ||Who said unto God, Depart from us;|
And, What can the Almighty do for 8 us? 9
| ||Yet he filled their houses with good things:|
But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
| ||The righteous see it, and are glad;|
And the innocent laugh them to scorn,
| ||Saying, Surely they that did rise up against us are cut off,|
And the 10 remnant of them the fire hath consumed.
| || Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace:|
Thereby 11 good shall come unto thee.
| ||Receive, I pray thee, the 12 law from his mouth,|
And lay up his words in thy heart.
| ||If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up,|
If 13 thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents.
| ||And lay thou thy treasure 14 in 15 the dust,|
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks;
| ||And the Almighty will be thy treasure, 16|
And precious 17 silver unto thee.
| ||For then shalt thou delight thyself in the Almighty,|
And shalt lift up thy face unto God.
| ||Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he will hear thee;|
And thou shalt pay thy vows.
| ||Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee;|
And light shall shine upon thy ways.
| ||When they cast 18 thee down, thou shalt say, There is lifting up;|
And the 19 humble person he will save.
| ||He will deliver even him that is not innocent:|
Yea, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of thy hands.
|Note 1. Or, for fear of thee. [back]|
|Note 2. Heb. the man of arm. [back]|
|Note 3. Or, land. [back]|
|Note 4. Heb. he whose person is accepted. [back]|
|Note 5. Or, Or dost thou not see the darkness, And the flood of waters that covereth thee? [back]|
|Note 6. Heb. head. [back]|
|Note 7. Or, Dost thou mark. [back]|
|Note 8. Or, to. [back]|
|Note 9. Heb. them. [back]|
|Note 10. Or, that which remained to them.Or, their abundance. [back]|
|Note 11. Or, as otherwise read, Thereby shall thine increase be good. [back]|
|Note 12. Or, instruction. [back]|
|Note 13. Or, Thou shalt put away
And shalt lay up. [back]|
|Note 14. Or, wrathful are. [back]|
|Note 15. Or, on the earth. [back]|
|Note 16. Heb. ore. [back]|
|Note 17. Or, precious silver shall be thine. [back]|
|Note 18. Or, are made low. [back]|
|Note 19. Heb. him that is lowly of eyes. [back]|