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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
[1]    CALL now; is there any that will answer thee?
And to which of the holy ones wilt thou turn?
[2]  For vexation killeth the foolish man,
And jealousy 1 slayeth the silly one.
[3]  I have seen the foolish taking root:
But suddenly I cursed his habitation.
[4]  His children are far from safety,
And they are crushed in the gate,
Neither is there any to deliver them:
[5]  Whose harvest the hungry eateth up,
And taketh it even out of the thorns;
And the 2 snare gapeth for their substance.
[6]  For affliction 3 cometh not forth from the dust,
Neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
[7]  But man is born unto trouble,
As the 4 sparks fly upward.
[8]  But as for me, I would seek unto God,
And unto God would I commit my cause;
[9]  Who doeth great things and unsearchable,
Marvellous things without number:
[10]  Who giveth rain upon the earth,
And sendeth waters upon the fields;
[11]  So that he setteth up on high those that are low,
And those that mourn are exalted to safety.
[12]  He frustrateth the devices of the crafty,
So that their hands cannot 5 perform their enterprise.
[13]  He taketh the wise in their own craftiness;
And the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.
[14]  They meet with darkness in the day-time,
And grope at noonday as in the night.
[15]  But he saveth from the sword of 6 their mouth,
Even the needy from the hand of the mighty.
[16]  So the poor hath hope,
And iniquity stoppeth her mouth.
[17]    Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: 7
Therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty.
[18]  For he maketh sore, and bindeth up;
He woundeth, and his hands make whole.
[19]  He will deliver thee in six troubles;
Yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
[20]  In famine he will redeem thee from death;
And in war from the power of the sword.
[21]  Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue;
Neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
[22]  At destruction and dearth thou shalt laugh;
Neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
[23]  For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field;
And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.
[24]  And thou shalt know that thy tent is in peace;
And thou shalt visit thy fold, 8 and shalt 9 miss nothing.
[25]  Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great,
And thine offspring as the grass of the earth.
[26]  Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age,
Like as a shock of grain cometh in its season.
[27]  Lo this, we have searched it, so it is;
Hear it, and know thou it for 10 thy good.
Note 1. Or, indignation. [back]
Note 2. Acc. to Vulg., the thirsty swallow up. [back]
Note 3. Or, iniquity. See ch. 4, 8. [back]
Note 4. Heb. the sons of flame or, of lightning. [back]
Note 5. Or, can perform nothing of worth. [back]
Note 6. Heb. out of their mouth. [back]
Note 7. Or, reproveth. [back]
Note 8. Or, habitation. [back]
Note 9. Or, shalt not err. [back]
Note 10. Heb. for thyself. [back]


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