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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
[1]    AND Job again took up his parable, and said,
[2]  Oh that I were as in the months of old
As in the days when God watched over me;
[3]  When his lamp shined upon 1 my head.
And by his light I walked through darkness;
[4]  As I was in the 2 ripeness of my days,
When the friendship 3 of God was upon my tent;
[5]  When the Almighty was yet with me,
And my children were about me;
[6]  When my steps were washed with butter,
And the rock poured me out streams of oil!
[7]  When I went forth to the gate unto the city,
When I prepared my seat in the street, 4
[8]  The young men saw me and hid themselves,
And the aged rose up and stood;
[9]  The princes refrained from talking,
And laid their hand on their mouth;
[10]  The voice of the nobles was hushed, 5
And their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
[11]  For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me;
And when the eye saw me, it gave witness unto me:
[12]  Because I delivered the poor that cried,
The fatherless also, that 6 had none to help him.
[13]  The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me;
And I caused the window’s heart to sing for joy.
[14]  I put on righteousness, and it clothed 7 me;
My justice was as a robe and a diadem. 8
[15]  I was eyes to the blind,
And feet was I to the lame.
[16]  I was a father to the needy:
And the 9 cause of him that I knew not I searched out.
[17]  And I brake the jaws 10 of the unrighteous,
And plucked the prey out of his teeth.
[18]  Then I said, I shall die in 11 my nest,
And I shall multiply my days as the sand:
[19]  My root is spread 12 out to 13 the waters,
And the dew lieth all night upon my branch:
[20]  My glory is fresh in me,
And my bow is renewed in my hand.
[21]  Unto me men gave ear, and waited
And kept silence for my counsel.
[22]  After my words they spake not again;
And my speech distilled upon them.
[23]  And they waited for me as for the rain;
And they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
[24]  I smiled on them, when they had no confidence;
And the light of my countenance they cast not down.
[25]  I chose out their way, and sat as chief,
And dwelt as a king in the army,
As one that comforteth the mourners.
Note 1. Or, above. [back]
Note 2. Heb. my days of autumn. [back]
Note 3. Or, counsel. [back]
Note 4. Or, broad place. [back]
Note 5. Heb. hid. [back]
Note 6. Or, and him that had &c. [back]
Note 7. Or, clothed itself with me. [back]
Note 8. Or, turban. [back]
Note 9. Or, the cause which I knew not. [back]
Note 10. Heb. great teeth. [back]
Note 11. Or, beside.Heb. with. [back]
Note 12. Heb. opened. [back]
Note 13. Or, by. [back]


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