| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || WHY 1 are times not laid up by the Almighty?|
And why do not they that know him see his days?
| ||There are that remove the landmarks;|
They violently take away flocks, and feed them.
| ||They drive away the ass of the fatherless;|
They take the widows ox for a pledge.
| ||They turn the needy out of the way:|
The poor 2 of the earth all hide themselves.
| ||Behold, as wild asses in the dessert|
They go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food; 3
The wilderness yieldeth them bread for their children.
| ||They cut their 4 provender in the field;|
And they glean the vintage of the wicked.
| ||They lie all night naked without clothing,|
And have no covering in the cold.
| ||They are wet with the showers of the mountains,|
And embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
| ||There are that pluck the fatherless from the breast,|
And take 5 a pledge of the poor;
| ||So that they go about naked without clothing,|
And being hungry they carry the sheaves.
| ||They make oil within the walls of these men;|
They tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
| ||From out of the populous 6 city men groan,|
And the soul of the wounded crieth out:
Yet God regardeth not the folly.
| ||These are of them that rebel against the light;|
They know not the ways thereof,
Nor abide in the paths thereof.
| ||The murderer riseth with the light;|
He killeth the poor and needy;
And in the night he is as a thief.
| ||The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight,|
Saying, No eye shall see me:
And he disguiseth 7 his face.
| ||In the dark they dig through houses:|
They 8 shut themselves up in the day-time;
They know not the light.
| ||For the 9 morning is to all of them as thick darkness;|
For they know the terrors of the thick darkness.
| || Swiftly 10 they pass away upon the face of the waters;|
Their portion is cursed in the earth:
They turn not into the way of the vineyards.
| ||Drought and heat consume 11 the snow waters:|
So doth Sheol those that have sinned.
| ||The womb shall forget him;|
The worm shall feed sweetly on him;
He shall be no more remembered;
And unrighteousness shall be broken as 12 a tree.
| ||He devoureth the barren that beareth not,|
And doeth not good to the widow.
| ||Yet God preserveth the mighty by his power:|
He riseth up that hath no assurance of life.
| ||God giveth them to be in security, and they rest thereon;|
And 13 his eyes are upon their ways.
| ||They are exalted; yet a little while, and they are gone;|
Yea, 14 they are brought low, they are taken 15 out of the way as all others,
And are cut off as the tops of the ears of grain.
| ||And if it be not so now, who will prove me a liar,|
And make my speech nothing worth?
|Note 1. Or, Why is it, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, that they who know him see not his days? [back]|
|Note 2. Or, meek. [back]|
|Note 3. Heb. prey. [back]|
|Note 4. Or, his. [back]|
|Note 5. Or, take in pledge that which is on the poor. [back]|
|Note 6. Heb. city of men. [back]|
|Note 7. Or, putteth a covering on his face. [back]|
|Note 8. Or, Which they had marked for themselves. [back]|
|Note 9. Or, thick darkness is to all of them as the morning; For they &c. [back]|
|Note 10. Or, Ye say, Swiftly &c.Heb. Swift is he &c. [back]|
|Note 11. Heb. violently take away. [back]|
|Note 12. Or, as a tree; even he that devoureth &c. [back]|
|Note 13. Or, But. [back]|
|Note 14. Or, And when they are &c. [back]|
|Note 15. Or, gathered in. [back]|