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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
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[1]    ELIHU also proceeded, and said,
[2]  Suffer 1 me a little, and I will show thee;
For I 2 have yet somewhat to say on God’s behalf.
[3]  I will fetch my knowledge from afar,
And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
[4]  For truly my words are not false:
One that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
[5]  Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any:
He is mighty in strength of understanding. 3
[6]  He preserveth not the life of the wicked,
But giveth to the afflicted their right.
[7]  He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous:
But with kings upon the throne
He setteth them for ever, and they are exalted.
[8]  And if they be bound in fetters,
And be taken in the cords of affliction;
[9]  Then he showeth them their work,
And their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.
[10]  He openeth also their ear to instruction,
And commandeth that they return from iniquity.
[11]  If they hearken and serve him,
They shall spend their days in prosperity,
And their years in pleasures. 4
[12]  But if they hearken not, they shall perish by the 5 sword,
And they shall die without knowledge.
[13]  But they that are godless in heart lay up anger:
They cry not for help when he bindeth them.
[14]  They 6 die in youth,
And their life perisheth among 7 the unclean. 8
[15]  He delivereth the afflicted by 9 their affliction,
And openeth their ear in 10 oppression.
[16]  Yea, he would have allured thee out 11 of distress
Into a broad place, where there is no straitness;
And that which is set on thy table would be full of fatness.
 
[17]    But thou art 12 full of the judgment of the wicked:
Judgment and justice take hold on thee.
[18]  For 13 let not wrath stir thee up against chastisements;
Neither let the greatness of the ransom turn thee aside.
[19]  Will thy cry avail, that thou be not in distress,
Or all the forces of thy strength?
[20]  Desire not the night,
When peoples are 14 cut off in their place.
[21]  Take heed, regard not iniquity;
For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
[22]  Behold, God doeth loftily in his power:
Who is a teacher like unto him?
[23]  Who hath enjoined him his way?
Or who can say, Thou hast wrought unrighteousness?
 
[24]    Remember that thou magnify his work,
Whereof men have sung.
[25]  All men have looked thereon;
Man beholdeth it afar off.
[26]  Behold, God is great, and we know him not;
The number of his years is unsearchable.
[27]  For he draweth up the drops of water,
Which distil in rain from 15 his 16 vapor,
[28]  Which the skies pour down
And drop upon man abundantly.
[29]  Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds,
The thunderings of his pavilion?
[30]  Behold, he spreadeth his light around 17 him;
And he covereth 18 the bottom of the sea.
[31]  For by these he judgeth the peoples;
He giveth food in abundance.
[32]  He covereth his hands with the lightning, 19
And giveth it a charge that 20 it strike the mark.
[33]  The noise thereof telleth concerning him, 21
The cattle also concerning the 22 storm that cometh up.
 
Note 1. Heb. Wait for. [back]
Note 2. Heb. there are yet words for God. [back]
Note 3. Heb. heart. [back]
Note 4. Or, pleasantness. [back]
Note 5. Or, weapons. [back]
Note 6. Heb. Their soul dieth. [back]
Note 7. Or, like. [back]
Note 8. Or, sodomites. See Deut. 23. 17. [back]
Note 9. Or, in. [back]
Note 10. Or, by adversity. [back]
Note 11. Heb. out of the mouth of. [back]
Note 12. Or, hast filled up. [back]
Note 13. Or, Because there is wrath, beware lest thou be led away by thy sufficiency. [back]
Note 14. Heb. go up. [back]
Note 15. Heb. belonging to. [back]
Note 16. Or, the vapor thereof. [back]
Note 17. Or, thereon. [back]
Note 18. Or, covereth it with the depths of the sea. [back]
Note 19. Heb. light. [back]
Note 20. Or, against the assailant. [back]
Note 21. Or, it. [back]
Note 22. Or, him. [back]
 

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