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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
[1]    THEN Job answered and said,
[2]  Of a truth I know that it is so:
But 1 how can man be just with 2 God?
[3]  If 3 he be pleased to contend with him,
He cannot answer him one of a thousand.
[4]  He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength:
Who hath hardened himself against him, and prospered?—
[5]  Him that removeth the mountains, and they know it not,
When he overturneth them in his anger;
[6]  That shaketh the earth out of its place,
And the pillars thereof tremble;
[7]  That commandeth the sun, and it riseth not,
And sealeth up the stars;
[8]  That alone stretcheth out the heavens,
And treadeth upon the waves 4 of the sea;
[9]  That maketh the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,
And the chambers of the south;
[10]  That doeth great things past finding out,
Yea, marvellous things without number.
[11]  Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not:
He passeth on also, but I perceive him not.
[12]  Behold, he seizeth the prey, who can hinder 5 him?
Who will say unto him, What doest thou?
[13]    God will not withdraw his anger;
The helpers of Rahab 6 do 7 stoop under him.
[14]  How much less shall I answer him,
And choose out my words to reason with him?
[15]  Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer;
I would make supplication to my judge.
[16]  If I had called, and he had answered me,
Yet would I not believe that he hearkened unto my voice.
[17]  For 8 he breaketh me with a tempest,
And multiplieth my wounds without cause.
[18]  He will not suffer me to take my breath,
But filleth me with bitterness.
[19]  If we speak of strength, lo, 9 he is mighty!
And if of justice, Who, saith he, will summon me?
[20]  Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me:
Though I be perfect, it 10 shall prove me perverse.
[21]  I 11 am perfect; I regard not myself;
I despise my life.
[22]  It is all one; therefore I say,
He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
[23]  If the scourge slay suddenly,
He will mock at the trial 12 of the innocent.
[24]  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?
[25]    Now my days are swifter than a post: 13
They flee away, they see no good.
[26]  They are passed away as the swift 14 ships;
As the eagle that swoopeth on the prey.
[27]  If I say, I will forget my complaint,
I will put off my sad countenance, and be 15 of good cheer;
[28]  I am afraid of all my sorrows,
I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.
[29]  I shall be condemned;
Why then do I labor in vain?
[30]  If I wash myself with 16 snow water,
And make 17 my hands never so clean;
[31]  Yet wilt thou plunge me in the ditch,
And mine own clothes shall abhor me.
[32]  For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him,
That we should come together in judgment.
[33]  There is no umpire betwixt us,
That might lay his hand upon us both.
[34]  Let him take his rod away from me,
And let not his terror make me afraid:
[35]  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]


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