| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || THEN Job answered and said,|
| ||Oh that my vexation were but weighed,|
And all my calamity laid in the balances!
| ||For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas:|
Therefore have my words been rash.
| ||For the arrows of the Almighty are within me,|
The poison whereof my spirit drinketh up:
The terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.
| ||Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass?|
Or loweth the ox over his fodder?
| ||Can that which hath no savor be eaten without salt?|
Or is there any taste in the 1 white of an egg?
| ||My 2 soul refuseth to touch them;|
They are as loathsome food to me.
| ||Oh that I might have my request;|
And that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
| ||Even that it would please God to crush me;|
That he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
| ||And be it still my consolation,|
Yea, 3 let me exult 4 in pain that 5 spareth not,
That I have not denied 6 the words of the Holy One.
| ||What is my strength, that I should wait?|
And what is mine end, that I should be patient?
| ||Is my strength the strength of stones?|
Or is my flesh of brass?
| ||Is it not that I have no help in me,|
And that wisdom is driven quite from me?
| || To him that is ready to faint kindness should be showed from his friend;|
Even 7 to him that forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
| ||My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook,|
As the channel of brooks that pass away;
| ||Which are black by reason of the ice,|
And wherein the snow hideth itself:
| ||What time they wax 8 warm, they vanish;|
When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
| ||The 9 caravans that travel by the way of them turn aside;|
They go up into the waste, and perish.
| ||The caravans of Tema looked,|
The companies of Sheba waited for them.
| ||They were put to shame because they had hoped;|
They came thither, and were confounded.
| ||For now ye are 10 nothing;|
Ye see a terror, and are afraid.
| ||Did I say, Give unto me?|
Or, Offer a present for me of your substance?
| ||Or, Deliver me from the adversarys hand?|
Or, Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors?
| ||Teach me, and I will hold my peace;|
And cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
| ||How forcible are words of uprightness!|
But your reproof, what doth it reprove?
| ||Do ye think to reprove words,|
Seeing that the speeches of one that is desperate are as 11 wind?
| ||Yea, ye would cast lots upon the fatherless,|
And make merchandise of your friend.
| ||Now therefore be pleased to look upon me;|
For 12 surely I shall not lie to your face.
| ||Return, I pray you, let there be no injustice;|
Yea, return again, my 13 cause is righteous.
| ||Is there injustice on my tongue?|
Cannot my taste discern mischievous things?
|Note 1. Or, the juice of purslain. [back]|
|Note 2. Or, What things my soul refused to touch, these are as my loathsome food. [back]|
|Note 3. Or, Though I shrink back. [back]|
|Note 4. Or, harden myself. [back]|
|Note 5. Or, though he spare not. [back]|
|Note 6. Or, concealed. [back]|
|Note 7. Or, Else might he forsake.Or, But he forsaketh. [back]|
|Note 8. Or, shrink. [back]|
|Note 9. Or, The paths of their way are turned aside. [back]|
|Note 10. Another reading is, are like thereto. [back]|
|Note 11. Or, for the wind. [back]|
|Note 12. Or, And it will be evident unto you if I lie. [back]|
|Note 13. Heb. my righteousness is in it. [back]|