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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
[1]    THEN answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
[2]  Should not the multitude of words be answered?
And should a man full of talk be justified?
[3]  Should thy boastings make men hold their peace?
And when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
[4]  For thou sayest, My doctrine is pure,
And I am clean in thine eyes.
[5]  But oh that God would speak,
And open his lips against thee,
[6]  And that he would show thee the secrets of wisdom!
For he is manifold in understanding.
Know therefore that God exacteth 1 of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
[7]  Canst 2 thou by searching find out God?
Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
[8]  It 3 is high as heaven; what canst thou do?
Deeper than Sheol; what canst thou know?
[9]  The measure thereof is longer than the earth,
And broader than the sea.
[10]  If he pass through, and shut up,
And call 4 unto judgment, then who can hinder him?
[11]  For he knoweth false men:
He seeth iniquity also, even 5 though he consider it not.
[12]  But 6 vain man is void of understanding,
Yea, man is born as a wild ass’s colt.
[13]    If thou set thy heart aright,
And stretch out thy hands toward him;
[14]  If iniquity be in thy hand, put if far away,
And let not unrighteousness dwell in thy tents.
[15]  Surely then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot;
Yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
[16]  For thou shalt forget thy misery;
Thou shalt remember it as waters that are passed away.
[17]  And thy life shall be 7 clearer than the noonday;
Though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning.
[18]  And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope;
Yea, thou shalt search about thee, and shalt take thy rest in safety.
[19]  Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid;
Yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
[20]  But the eyes of the wicked shall fail,
And they 8 shall have no way to flee;
And their hope shall be the giving up of the ghost.
Note 1. Or, remitteth (Heb. causeth to be forgotten) unto thee of thine iniquity. [back]
Note 2. Or, Canst thou find out the deep things of God? [back]
Note 3. Heb. The heights of heaven. [back]
Note 4. Heb. call an assembly. [back]
Note 5. Or, and him that considereth not. [back]
Note 6. Or, But an empty man will get understanding, when a wild ass’s colt is born a man. [back]
Note 7. Or, arise above. [back]
Note 8. Heb. refuge is perished from them. [back]


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