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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
[1]    THEN Job answered and said,
[2]  Oh that my vexation were but weighed,
And all my calamity laid in the balances!
[3]  For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas:
Therefore have my words been rash.
[4]  For the arrows of the Almighty are within me,
The poison whereof my spirit drinketh up:
The terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.
[5]  Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass?
Or loweth the ox over his fodder?
[6]  Can that which hath no savor be eaten without salt?
Or is there any taste in the 1 white of an egg?
[7]  My 2 soul refuseth to touch them;
They are as loathsome food to me.
[8]  Oh that I might have my request;
And that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
[9]  Even that it would please God to crush me;
That he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
[10]  And be it still my consolation,
Yea, 3 let me exult 4 in pain that 5 spareth not,
That I have not denied 6 the words of the Holy One.
[11]  What is my strength, that I should wait?
And what is mine end, that I should be patient?
[12]  Is my strength the strength of stones?
Or is my flesh of brass?
[13]  Is it not that I have no help in me,
And that wisdom is driven quite from me?
[14]    To him that is ready to faint kindness should be showed from his friend;
Even 7 to him that forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
[15]  My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook,
As the channel of brooks that pass away;
[16]  Which are black by reason of the ice,
And wherein the snow hideth itself:
[17]  What time they wax 8 warm, they vanish;
When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
[18]  The 9 caravans that travel by the way of them turn aside;
They go up into the waste, and perish.
[19]  The caravans of Tema looked,
The companies of Sheba waited for them.
[20]  They were put to shame because they had hoped;
They came thither, and were confounded.
[21]  For now ye are 10 nothing;
Ye see a terror, and are afraid.
[22]  Did I say, Give unto me?
Or, Offer a present for me of your substance?
[23]  Or, Deliver me from the adversary’s hand?
Or, Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors?
[24]  Teach me, and I will hold my peace;
And cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
[25]  How forcible are words of uprightness!
But your reproof, what doth it reprove?
[26]  Do ye think to reprove words,
Seeing that the speeches of one that is desperate are as 11 wind?
[27]  Yea, ye would cast lots upon the fatherless,
And make merchandise of your friend.
[28]  Now therefore be pleased to look upon me;
For 12 surely I shall not lie to your face.
[29]  Return, I pray you, let there be no injustice;
Yea, return again, my 13 cause is righteous.
[30]  Is there injustice on my tongue?
Cannot my taste discern mischievous things?
Note 1. Or, the juice of purslain. [back]
Note 2. Or, What things my soul refused to touch, these are as my loathsome food. [back]
Note 3. Or, Though I shrink back. [back]
Note 4. Or, harden myself. [back]
Note 5. Or, though he spare not. [back]
Note 6. Or, concealed. [back]
Note 7. Or, Else might he forsake.Or, But he forsaketh. [back]
Note 8. Or, shrink. [back]
Note 9. Or, The paths of their way are turned aside. [back]
Note 10. Another reading is, are like thereto. [back]
Note 11. Or, for the wind. [back]
Note 12. Or, And it will be evident unto you if I lie. [back]
Note 13. Heb. my righteousness is in it. [back]


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