| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || ELIHU also proceeded, and said,|
| ||Suffer 1 me a little, and I will show thee;|
For I 2 have yet somewhat to say on Gods behalf.
| ||I will fetch my knowledge from afar,|
And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
| ||For truly my words are not false:|
One that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
| ||Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any:|
He is mighty in strength of understanding. 3
| ||He preserveth not the life of the wicked,|
But giveth to the afflicted their right.
| ||He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous:|
But with kings upon the throne
He setteth them for ever, and they are exalted.
| ||And if they be bound in fetters,|
And be taken in the cords of affliction;
| ||Then he showeth them their work,|
And their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.
| ||He openeth also their ear to instruction,|
And commandeth that they return from iniquity.
| ||If they hearken and serve him,|
They shall spend their days in prosperity,
And their years in pleasures. 4
| ||But if they hearken not, they shall perish by the 5 sword,|
And they shall die without knowledge.
| ||But they that are godless in heart lay up anger:|
They cry not for help when he bindeth them.
| ||They 6 die in youth,|
And their life perisheth among 7 the unclean. 8
| ||He delivereth the afflicted by 9 their affliction,|
And openeth their ear in 10 oppression.
| ||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.
| || But thou art 12 full of the judgment of the wicked:|
Judgment and justice take hold on thee.
| ||For 13 let not wrath stir thee up against chastisements;|
Neither let the greatness of the ransom turn thee aside.
| ||Will thy cry avail, that thou be not in distress,|
Or all the forces of thy strength?
| ||Desire not the night,|
When peoples are 14 cut off in their place.
| ||Take heed, regard not iniquity;|
For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
| ||Behold, God doeth loftily in his power:|
Who is a teacher like unto him?
| ||Who hath enjoined him his way?|
Or who can say, Thou hast wrought unrighteousness?
| || Remember that thou magnify his work,|
Whereof men have sung.
| ||All men have looked thereon;|
Man beholdeth it afar off.
| ||Behold, God is great, and we know him not;|
The number of his years is unsearchable.
| ||For he draweth up the drops of water,|
Which distil in rain from 15 his 16 vapor,
| ||Which the skies pour down|
And drop upon man abundantly.
| ||Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds,|
The thunderings of his pavilion?
| ||Behold, he spreadeth his light around 17 him;|
And he covereth 18 the bottom of the sea.
| ||For by these he judgeth the peoples;|
He giveth food in abundance.
| ||He covereth his hands with the lightning, 19|
And giveth it a charge that 20 it strike the mark.
| ||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]|