| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || HOWBEIT, Job, I pray thee, hear my speech,|
And hearken to all my words.
| ||Behold now, I have opened my mouth;|
My tongue hath spoken in my mouth. 1
| ||My words shall utter the uprightness of my heart;|
And that which my lips know they shall speak sincerely.
| ||The Spirit of God hath made me,|
And the breath of the Almighty giveth me life.
| ||If thou canst, answer thou me;|
Set thy words in order before me, stand forth.
| ||Behold, I 2 am toward God even as thou art:|
I also am formed out of the clay.
| ||Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid,|
Neither shall my pressure be heavy upon thee.
| ||Surely thou hast spoken in my hearing,|
And I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
| ||I am clean, without transgression;|
I am innocent, neither is there iniquity in me:
| ||Behold, he findeth occasions 3 against me,|
He counteth me for his enemy;
| ||He putteth my feet in the stocks,|
He marketh all my paths.
| ||Behold, I 4 will answer thee, in this thou art not just;|
For God is greater than man.
| || Why dost thou strive against him,|
For that he giveth not account of any of his matters?
| ||For God speaketh once, 5|
Yea twice, though man regardeth it not.
| ||In a dream, in a vision of the night,|
When deep sleep falleth upon men,
In slumberings upon the bed;
| ||Then he openeth 6 the ears of men,|
And sealeth their instruction,
| ||That 7 he may withdraw man from his purpose,|
And hide pride from man;
| ||He 8 keepeth back his soul from the pit,|
And his life from perishing by the sword. 9
| ||He is chastened also with pain upon his bed,|
And 10 with continual strife in his bones;
| ||So that his life abhorreth bread,|
And his soul dainty food.
| ||His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen;|
And his bones that were not seen stick out.
| ||Yea, his soul draweth near unto the pit,|
And his life to the destroyers.
| ||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;
| ||Then 14 God is gracious unto him, and saith,|
Deliver him from going down to the pit,
I have found a ransom.
| ||His flesh shall be fresher than a childs;|
He returneth to the days of his youth.
| ||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.
| ||He singeth 15 before men, and saith,|
I have sinned, and perverted that which was right,
And it 16 profited me not:
| ||He hath redeemed my soul from going into the pit,|
And my life shall behold the light.
| ||Lo, all these things doth God work,|
Twice, yea thrice, with a man,
| ||To bring back his soul from the pit,|
That he may be enlightened with the light of the 17 living.
| ||Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me:|
Hold thy peace, and I will speak.
| ||If thou hast anything to say, answer me:|
Speak, for I desire to justify thee.
| ||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 Gods 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
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]|