| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || THEN Job answered and said,|
| ||Even to-day is my complaint rebellious: 1|
My stroke is heavier than my groaning.
| ||Oh that I knew where I might find him!|
That I might come even to his seat!
| ||I would set my cause in order before him,|
And fill my mouth with arguments.
| ||I would know the words which he would answer me,|
And understand what he would say unto me.
| ||Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?|
Nay; but 2 he would give heed unto me.
| ||There the upright might reason with him;|
So should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
| ||Behold, I go forward, but he is not there;|
And backward, but I cannot perceive him;
| ||On the left hand, when he doth work, but I cannot behold him;|
He hideth 3 himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.
| || But 4 he knoweth the 5 way that I take;|
When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
| ||My foot hath held fast to his steps;|
His way have I kept, and turned not aside.
| ||I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips;|
I have treasured up the words of his mouth more 6 than my necessary 7 food.
| ||But he 8 is in one mind, and who can turn him?|
And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
| ||For he performeth that which is appointed for me:|
And many such things are with him.
| ||Therefore am I terrified at his presence;|
When I consider, I am afraid of him.
| ||For God hath made my heart faint,|
And the Almighty hath terrified me;
| ||Because 9 I was not cut off before the darkness,|
Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.
|Note 1. Or, bitter.Or, accounted rebellion. [back]|
|Note 2. Or, he would only give heed. [back]|
|Note 3. Or, turneth himself to
him, but. [back]|
|Note 4. Or, For. [back]|
|Note 5. Heb. the way that is with me. [back]|
|Note 6. Or, more than my own law. [back]|
|Note 7. Or, portion. See Prov. 30. 8. [back]|
|Note 8. Or, he is one. [back]|
|Note 9. Or, For I am not dismayed because of the darkness, nor because thick darkness covereth my face. [back]|