| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || AND Job again took up his parable, and said,|
| ||As God liveth, who hath taken away my right,|
And the Almighty, who hath vexed 1 my soul;
| ||(For 2 my life is yet whole in me,|
And the spirit of God is in my nostrils;)
| ||Surely my lips shall 3 not speak unrighteousness,|
Neither shall 4 my tongue utter deceit.
| ||Far be it from me that I should justify you:|
Till I die I will not put away mine integrity from me.
| ||My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go:|
My heart shall 5 not reproach me so long as I live.
| ||Let mine enemy be as the wicked,|
And let him that riseth up against me be as the unrighteous.
| || For what is the hope of the godless, though 6 he get him gain,|
When God taketh away his soul?
| ||Will God hear his cry,|
When trouble cometh upon him?
| ||Will he delight himself in the Almighty,|
And call upon God at all times?
| ||I will teach you concerning the hand of God;|
That which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
| ||Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it;|
Why then are ye become altogether vain?
| ||This is the portion of a wicked man with God,|
And the heritage of oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty:
| ||If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword;|
And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
| ||Those that remain of him shall be buried in death,|
And his widows shall make no lamentation.
| ||Though he heap up silver as the dust,|
And prepare raiment as the clay;
| ||He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on,|
And the innocent shall divide the silver.
| ||He buildeth his house as the moth,|
And as a booth which the keeper maketh.
| ||He lieth down rich, but he shall not be gathered to his fathers;|
He openeth his eyes, and he is not.
| ||Terrors overtake him like waters;|
A tempest stealeth him away in the night.
| ||The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth;|
And it sweepeth him out of his place.
| ||For God shall hurl at him, and not spare:|
He would fain flee out of his hand.
| ||Men shall clap their hands at him,|
And shall hiss him out of his place.