| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || YEA, at this my heart trembleth,|
And is moved out of its place.
| ||Hear, oh, hear the noise of his voice,|
And the sound 1 that goeth out of his mouth.
| ||He sendeth it forth under the whole heaven,|
And his lightning 2 unto the ends 3 of the earth.
| ||After it a voice roareth;|
He thundereth with the voice of his majesty;
And he restraineth not the 4 lightnings when his voice is heard.
| ||God thundereth marvellously with his voice;|
Great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.
| ||For he saith to the snow, Fall thou on the earth;|
Likewise to the shower of rain,
And to the showers of his mighty rain.
| ||He sealeth up the hand of every man,|
That all men whom he hath made may know it.
| ||Then the beasts go into coverts,|
And remain in their dens.
| ||Out of the chamber of the south cometh the storm,|
And cold out of the north. 5
| ||By the breath of God ice is given;|
And the breadth of the waters is straitened. 6
| ||Yea, he ladeth the thick cloud with moisture;|
He spreadeth abroad the cloud of his lightning: 7
| ||And it is turned round about by his guidance,|
That they may do whatsoever he commandeth them
Upon the face of the habitable world,
| ||Whether it be for correction, or for his land, 8|
Or for lovingkindness, that he cause it to come.
| ||Hearken unto this, O Job:|
Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
| ||Dost thou know how God layeth his charge upon them,|
And causeth the lightning 9 of his cloud to shine?
| ||Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds,|
The wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge?
| ||How 10 thy garments are warm,|
When 11 the earth is still by reason of the south wind?
| ||Canst thou with him spread out the sky,|
Which is strong as a molten mirror?
| ||Teach us what we shall say unto him;|
For we cannot set our speech in order by reason of darkness.
| ||Shall it be told him that I would speak?|
Or 12 should a man wish that he were swallowed up?
| ||And now men see 13 not the light which is bright in the skies;|
But the wind passeth, and cleareth them.
| ||Out of the north cometh golden 14 splendor:|
God hath upon him terrible majesty.
| ||Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out:|
He is excellent in power;
And in 15 justice and plenteous righteousness he will not afflict.
| ||Men do therefore fear him:|
He regardeth not any that are wise of heart.
|Note 1. Or, muttering. [back]|
|Note 2. Heb. light. [back]|
|Note 3. Heb. skirts. [back]|
|Note 4. Heb. them. [back]|
|Note 5. Heb. scattering winds. [back]|
|Note 6. Or, congealed. [back]|
|Note 7. Heb. light. [back]|
|Note 8. Or, earth. [back]|
|Note 9. Heb. light. [back]|
|Note 10. Or, Thou whose garments are &c. [back]|
|Note 11. Or, When he quieteth the earth by the south wind. [back]|
|Note 12. Or, If a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up. [back]|
|Note 13. Or, cannot look on the light when it is bright in the skies, when the wind hath passed, and cleared them. [back]|
|Note 14. Heb. gold. [back]|
|Note 15. Or, to justice
he doeth no violence. [back]|