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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
[1]    THEN Job answered and said,
[2]  No doubt but ye are the people,
And wisdom shall die with you.
[3]  But I have understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you:
Yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
[4]  I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbor,
I who called upon God, and he answered:
The just, the perfect man is a laughing-stock.
[5]  In the thought of him that is at ease there is contempt for misfortune;
It is ready for them whose foot slippeth.
[6]  The tents of robbers prosper,
And they that provoke God are secure;
Into 1 whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
[7]    But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee;
And the birds of the heavens, and they shall tell thee:
[8]  Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee;
And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
[9]  Who knoweth not in 2 all these,
That the hand of Jehovah hath wrought this,
[10]  In whose hand is the soul of every living thing,
And the breath 3 of all mankind?
[11]  Doth not the ear try words,
Even as the palate tasteth its food?
[12]  With 4 aged men is wisdom,
And in length of days understanding.
[13]  With God 5 is wisdom and might;
He hath counsel and understanding.
[14]  Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again;
He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
[15]  Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up;
Again, he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
[16]  With him is strength and wisdom;
The deceived and the deceiver are his.
[17]  He leadeth counsellors away stripped,
And judges maketh he fools.
[18]  He looseth the bond of kings,
And bindeth their loins with a girdle.
[19]  He leadeth priests away stripped,
And overthroweth the mighty.
[20]  He removeth the speech of the trusty,
And taketh away the understanding of the elders.
[21]  He poureth contempt upon princes,
And looseth the belt of the strong.
[22]  He uncovereth deep things out of darkness,
And bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
[23]  He increaseth the nations, and he destroyeth them:
He enlargeth the nations, and he leadeth them captive.
[24]  He taketh away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth, 6
And causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
[25]  They grope in the dark without light;
And he maketh them to stagger 7 like a drunken man.
Note 1. Or, That bring their god in their hand. [back]
Note 2. Or, by. [back]
Note 3. Or, spirit. [back]
Note 4. Or, With aged men, ye say, is wisdom. [back]
Note 5. Heb. him. [back]
Note 6. Or, land. [back]
Note 7. Heb. wander. [back]


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