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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
[1]    HOWBEIT, Job, I pray thee, hear my speech,
And hearken to all my words.
[2]  Behold now, I have opened my mouth;
My tongue hath spoken in my mouth. 1
[3]  My words shall utter the uprightness of my heart;
And that which my lips know they shall speak sincerely.
[4]  The Spirit of God hath made me,
And the breath of the Almighty giveth me life.
[5]  If thou canst, answer thou me;
Set thy words in order before me, stand forth.
[6]  Behold, I 2 am toward God even as thou art:
I also am formed out of the clay.
[7]  Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid,
Neither shall my pressure be heavy upon thee.
[8]  Surely thou hast spoken in my hearing,
And I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
[9]  I am clean, without transgression;
I am innocent, neither is there iniquity in me:
[10]  Behold, he findeth occasions 3 against me,
He counteth me for his enemy;
[11]  He putteth my feet in the stocks,
He marketh all my paths.
[12]  Behold, I 4 will answer thee, in this thou art not just;
For God is greater than man.
[13]    Why dost thou strive against him,
For that he giveth not account of any of his matters?
[14]  For God speaketh once, 5
Yea twice, though man regardeth it not.
[15]  In a dream, in a vision of the night,
When deep sleep falleth upon men,
In slumberings upon the bed;
[16]  Then he openeth 6 the ears of men,
And sealeth their instruction,
[17]  That 7 he may withdraw man from his purpose,
And hide pride from man;
[18]  He 8 keepeth back his soul from the pit,
And his life from perishing by the sword. 9
[19]  He is chastened also with pain upon his bed,
And 10 with continual strife in his bones;
[20]  So that his life abhorreth bread,
And his soul dainty food.
[21]  His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen;
And his bones that were not seen stick out.
[22]  Yea, his soul draweth near unto the pit,
And his life to the destroyers.
[23]  If there be with him an 11 angel,
An interpreter, one among 12 a thousand,
To show unto man what 13 is right for him;
[24]  Then 14 God is gracious unto him, and saith,
Deliver him from going down to the pit,
I have found a ransom.
[25]  His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s;
He returneth to the days of his youth.
[26]  He prayeth unto God, and he is favorable unto him,
So that he seeth his face with joy:
And he restoreth unto man his righteousness.
[27]  He singeth 15 before men, and saith,
I have sinned, and perverted that which was right,
And it 16 profited me not:
[28]  He hath redeemed my soul from going into the pit,
And my life shall behold the light.
[29]  Lo, all these things doth God work,
Twice, yea thrice, with a man,
[30]  To bring back his soul from the pit,
That he may be enlightened with the light of the 17 living.
[31]  Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me:
Hold thy peace, and I will speak.
[32]  If thou hast anything to say, answer me:
Speak, for I desire to justify thee.
[33]  If not, hearken thou unto me:
Hold thy peace, and I will teach thee wisdom.
Note 1. Heb. palate. [back]
Note 2. Or, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead. [back]
Note 3. Or, causes of alienation. [back]
Note 4. Or, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee; for &c. [back]
Note 5. Or, in one way, yea, in two. [back]
Note 6. Heb. uncovereth. [back]
Note 7. Or, That man may put away his purpose, and that he may hide. [back]
Note 8. Or, That he may keep back. [back]
Note 9. Or, weapons. [back]
Note 10. Another reading is, While all his bones are firm. [back]
Note 11. Or, a messenger. [back]
Note 12. Or, of the thousand. [back]
Note 13. Or, his uprightness. [back]
Note 14. Or, And he be gracious … and say … ransom: his flesh &c. [back]
Note 15. Or, looketh upon men. [back]
Note 16. Or, it was not requited unto me.Or, it was not meet for me. [back]
Note 17. Or, life. [back]


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