| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || THEN Job answered and said,|
| ||Of a truth I know that it is so:|
But 1 how can man be just with 2 God?
| ||If 3 he be pleased to contend with him,|
He cannot answer him one of a thousand.
| ||He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength:|
Who hath hardened himself against him, and prospered?
| ||Him that removeth the mountains, and they know it not,|
When he overturneth them in his anger;
| ||That shaketh the earth out of its place,|
And the pillars thereof tremble;
| ||That commandeth the sun, and it riseth not,|
And sealeth up the stars;
| ||That alone stretcheth out the heavens,|
And treadeth upon the waves 4 of the sea;
| ||That maketh the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,|
And the chambers of the south;
| ||That doeth great things past finding out,|
Yea, marvellous things without number.
| ||Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not:|
He passeth on also, but I perceive him not.
| ||Behold, he seizeth the prey, who can hinder 5 him?|
Who will say unto him, What doest thou?
| || God will not withdraw his anger;|
The helpers of Rahab 6 do 7 stoop under him.
| ||How much less shall I answer him,|
And choose out my words to reason with him?
| ||Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer;|
I would make supplication to my judge.
| ||If I had called, and he had answered me,|
Yet would I not believe that he hearkened unto my voice.
| ||For 8 he breaketh me with a tempest,|
And multiplieth my wounds without cause.
| ||He will not suffer me to take my breath,|
But filleth me with bitterness.
| ||If we speak of strength, lo, 9 he is mighty!|
And if of justice, Who, saith he, will summon me?
| ||Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me:|
Though I be perfect, it 10 shall prove me perverse.
| ||I 11 am perfect; I regard not myself;|
I despise my life.
| ||It is all one; therefore I say,|
He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
| ||If the scourge slay suddenly,|
He will mock at the trial 12 of the innocent.
| ||The earth is given into the hand of the wicked;|
He covereth the faces of the judges thereof:
If it be not he, who then is it?
| || Now my days are swifter than a post: 13|
They flee away, they see no good.
| ||They are passed away as the swift 14 ships;|
As the eagle that swoopeth on the prey.
| ||If I say, I will forget my complaint,|
I will put off my sad countenance, and be 15 of good cheer;
| ||I am afraid of all my sorrows,|
I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.
| ||I shall be condemned;|
Why then do I labor in vain?
| ||If I wash myself with 16 snow water,|
And make 17 my hands never so clean;
| ||Yet wilt thou plunge me in the ditch,|
And mine own clothes shall abhor me.
| ||For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him,|
That we should come together in judgment.
| ||There is no umpire betwixt us,|
That might lay his hand upon us both.
| ||Let him take his rod away from me,|
And let not his terror make me afraid:
| ||Then would I speak, and not fear him;|
For I am not so in myself.
|Note 1. Or, For. [back]|
|Note 2. Or, before. [back]|
|Note 3. Or, If one should desire
He could not &c. [back]|
|Note 4. Heb. high places. [back]|
|Note 5. Or, turn him back. [back]|
|Note 6. Or, arrogancy. See Is. 30. 7. [back]|
|Note 7. Or, did. [back]|
|Note 8. Heb. He who. [back]|
|Note 9. Or, Lo, here am I, saith he; And if of judgement, Who &c. [back]|
|Note 10. Or, he. [back]|
|Note 11. Or, Though I be perfect, I will not regard &c. [back]|
|Note 12. Or, calamity. [back]|
|Note 13. Or, runner. [back]|
|Note 14. Heb. ships of reed. [back]|
|Note 15. Heb. brighten up. [back]|
|Note 16. Another reading is, with snow. [back]|
|Note 17. Heb. cleanse my hands with lye. [back]|