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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
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[1]    WHY 1 are times not laid up by the Almighty?
And why do not they that know him see his days?
[2]  There are that remove the landmarks;
They violently take away flocks, and feed them.
[3]  They drive away the ass of the fatherless;
They take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
[4]  They turn the needy out of the way:
The poor 2 of the earth all hide themselves.
[5]  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.
[6]  They cut their 4 provender in the field;
And they glean the vintage of the wicked.
[7]  They lie all night naked without clothing,
And have no covering in the cold.
[8]  They are wet with the showers of the mountains,
And embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
[9]  There are that pluck the fatherless from the breast,
And take 5 a pledge of the poor;
[10]  So that they go about naked without clothing,
And being hungry they carry the sheaves.
[11]  They make oil within the walls of these men;
They tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
[12]  From out of the populous 6 city men groan,
And the soul of the wounded crieth out:
Yet God regardeth not the folly.
 
[13]  These are of them that rebel against the light;
They know not the ways thereof,
Nor abide in the paths thereof.
[14]  The murderer riseth with the light;
He killeth the poor and needy;
And in the night he is as a thief.
[15]  The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight,
Saying, No eye shall see me:
And he disguiseth 7 his face.
[16]  In the dark they dig through houses:
They 8 shut themselves up in the day-time;
They know not the light.
[17]  For the 9 morning is to all of them as thick darkness;
For they know the terrors of the thick darkness.
 
[18]    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.
[19]  Drought and heat consume 11 the snow waters:
So doth Sheol those that have sinned.
[20]  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.
[21]  He devoureth the barren that beareth not,
And doeth not good to the widow.
[22]  Yet God preserveth the mighty by his power:
He riseth up that hath no assurance of life.
[23]  God giveth them to be in security, and they rest thereon;
And 13 his eyes are upon their ways.
[24]  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.
[25]  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]
 

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