3After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2And Job said:
3"Let the day perish on which I was born,and the night that said,'A man is conceived.' 4Let that day be darkness!May God above not seek it,nor light shine upon it. 5Let gloom and deep darkness claim it.Let clouds dwell upon it;let the blackness of the day terrify it. 6That night--let thick darkness seize it!Let it not rejoice among the days of the year;let it not come into the number of the months. 7Behold, let that night be barren;let no joyful cry enter it. 8Let those curse it who curse the day,who are ready to rouse up Leviathan. 9Let the stars of its dawn be dark;let it hope for light, but have none,nor see the eyelids of the morning, 10because it did not shut the doors of my mother's womb,nor hide trouble from my eyes.
11"Why did I not die at birth,come out from the womb and expire? 12Why did the knees receive me?Or why the breasts, that I should nurse? 13For then I would have lain down and been quiet;I would have slept; then I would have been at rest, 14with kings and counselors of the earthwho rebuilt ruins for themselves, 15or with princes who had gold,who filled their houses with silver. 16Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child,as infants who never see the light? 17There the wicked cease from troubling,and there the weary are at rest. 18There the prisoners are at ease together;they hear not the voice of the taskmaster. 19The small and the great are there,and the slave is free from his master.
20"Why is light given to him who is in misery,and life to the bitter in soul, 21who long for death, but it comes not,and dig for it more than for hidden treasures, 22who rejoice exceedinglyand are glad when they find the grave? 23Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden,whom God has hedged in? 24For my sighing comes instead of my bread,and my groanings are poured out like water. 25For the thing that I fear comes upon me,and what I dread befalls me. 26I am not at ease, nor am I quiet;I have no rest, but trouble comes."
4Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2"If one ventures a word with you, will you be impatient?Yet who can keep from speaking? 3Behold, you have instructed many,and you have strengthened the weak hands. 4Your words have upheld him who was stumbling,and you have made firm the feeble knees. 5But now it has come to you, and you are impatient;it touches you, and you are dismayed. 6Is not your fear of God your confidence,and the integrity of your ways your hope?
7"Remember: who that was innocent ever perished?Or where were the upright cut off? 8As I have seen, those who plow iniquityand sow trouble reap the same. 9By the breath of God they perish,and by the blast of his anger they are consumed. 10The roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion,the teeth of the young lions are broken. 11The strong lion perishes for lack of prey,and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
12"Now a word was brought to me stealthily;my ear received the whisper of it. 13Amid thoughts from visions of the night,when deep sleep falls on men, 14dread came upon me, and trembling,which made all my bones shake. 15A spirit glided past my face;the hair of my flesh stood up. 16It stood still,but I could not discern its appearance.A form was before my eyes;there was silence, then I heard a voice: 17'Can mortal man be in the right before God?Can a man be pure before his Maker? 18Even in his servants he puts no trust,and his angels he charges with error; 19how much more those who dwell in houses of clay,whose foundation is in the dust,who are crushed like the moth. 20Between morning and evening they are beaten to pieces;they perish forever without anyone regarding it. 21Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them,do they not die, and that without wisdom?'
1 "Call now; is there anyone who will answer you?To which of the holy ones will you turn? 2Surely vexation kills the fool,and jealousy slays the simple. 3I have seen the fool taking root,but suddenly I cursed his dwelling. 4His children are far from safety;they are crushed in the gate,and there is no one to deliver them. 5The hungry eat his harvest,and he takes it even out of thorns,and the thirsty pant after his wealth. 6For affliction does not come from the dust,nor does trouble sprout from the ground, 7but man is born to troubleas the sparks fly upward.
8"As for me, I would seek God,and to God would I commit my cause, 9who does great things and unsearchable,marvelous things without number: 10he gives rain on the earthand sends waters on the fields; 11he sets on high those who are lowly,and those who mourn are lifted to safety. 12He frustrates the devices of the crafty,so that their hands achieve no success. 13He catches the wise in their own craftiness,and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end. 14They meet with darkness in the daytimeand grope at noonday as in the night. 15But he saves the needy from the sword of their mouthand from the hand of the mighty. 16So the poor have hope,and injustice shuts her mouth.
17"Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves;therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty. 18For he wounds, but he binds up;he shatters, but his hands heal. 19He will deliver you from six troubles;in seven no evil shall touch you. 20In famine he will redeem you from death,and in war from the power of the sword. 21You shall be hidden from the lash of the tongue,and shall not fear destruction when it comes. 22At destruction and famine you shall laugh,and shall not fear the beasts of the earth. 23For you shall be in league with the stones of the field,and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you. 24You shall know that your tent is at peace,and you shall inspect your fold and miss nothing. 25You shall know also that your offspring shall be many,and your descendants as the grass of the earth. 26You shall come to your grave in ripe old age,like a sheaf gathered up in its season. 27Behold, this we have searched out; it is true.Hear, and know it for your good."
6Then Job answered and said:
2"Oh that my vexation were weighed,and all my calamity laid in the balances! 3For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea;therefore my words have been rash. 4For the arrows of the Almighty are in me;my spirit drinks their poison;the terrors of God are arrayed against me. 5Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass,or the ox low over his fodder? 6Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt,or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow? 7My appetite refuses to touch them;they are as food that is loathsome to me.
8"Oh that I might have my request,and that God would fulfill my hope, 9that it would please God to crush me,that he would let loose his hand and cut me off! 10This would be my comfort;I would even exult in pain unsparing,for I have not denied the words of the Holy One. 11What is my strength, that I should wait?And what is my end, that I should be patient? 12Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze? 13Have I any help in me,when resource is driven from me?
14"He who withholds kindness from a friendforsakes the fear of the Almighty. 15My brothers are treacherous as a torrent-bed,as torrential streams that pass away, 16which are dark with ice,and where the snow hides itself. 17When they melt, they disappear;when it is hot, they vanish from their place. 18The caravans turn aside from their course;they go up into the waste and perish. 19The caravans of Tema look,the travelers of Sheba hope. 20They are ashamed because they were confident;they come there and are disappointed. 21For you have now become nothing;you see my calamity and are afraid. 22Have I said, 'Make me a gift'?Or, 'From your wealth offer a bribe for me'? 23Or, 'Deliver me from the adversary's hand'?Or, 'Redeem me from the hand of the ruthless'?
24"Teach me, and I will be silent;make me understand how I have gone astray. 25How forceful are upright words!But what does reproof from you reprove? 26Do you think that you can reprove words,when the speech of a despairing man is wind? 27You would even cast lots over the fatherless,and bargain over your friend.
28"But now, be pleased to look at me,for I will not lie to your face. 29Please turn; let no injustice be done.Turn now; my vindication is at stake. 30Is there any injustice on my tongue?Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?
1 "Has not man a hard service on earth,and are not his days like the days of a hired hand? 2Like a slave who longs for the shadow,and like a hired hand who looks for his wages, 3so I am allotted months of emptiness,and nights of misery are apportioned to me. 4When I lie down I say, 'When shall I arise?'But the night is long,and I am full of tossing till the dawn. 5My flesh is clothed with worms and dirt;my skin hardens, then breaks out afresh. 6My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttleand come to their end without hope.
7"Remember that my life is a breath;my eye will never again see good. 8The eye of him who sees me will behold me no more;while your eyes are on me, I shall be gone. 9As the cloud fades and vanishes,so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up; 10he returns no more to his house,nor does his place know him anymore.
11"Therefore I will not restrain my mouth;I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. 12Am I the sea, or a sea monster,that you set a guard over me? 13When I say, 'My bed will comfort me,my couch will ease my complaint,' 14then you scare me with dreamsand terrify me with visions, 15so that I would choose stranglingand death rather than my bones. 16I loathe my life; I would not live forever.Leave me alone, for my days are a breath. 17What is man, that you make so much of him,and that you set your heart on him, 18visit him every morningand test him every moment? 19How long will you not look away from me,nor leave me alone till I swallow my spit? 20If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of mankind?Why have you made me your mark?Why have I become a burden to you? 21Why do you not pardon my transgressionand take away my iniquity?For now I shall lie in the earth;you will seek me, but I shall not be."
8Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2"How long will you say these things,and the words of your mouth be a great wind? 3Does God pervert justice?Or does the Almighty pervert the right? 4If your children have sinned against him,he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression. 5If you will seek Godand plead with the Almighty for mercy, 6if you are pure and upright,surely then he will rouse himself for youand restore your rightful habitation. 7And though your beginning was small,your latter days will be very great.
8"For inquire, please, of bygone ages,and consider what the fathers have searched out. 9For we are but of yesterday and know nothing,for our days on earth are a shadow. 10Will they not teach you and tell youand utter words out of their understanding?
11"Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh?Can reeds flourish where there is no water? 12While yet in flower and not cut down,they wither before any other plant. 13Such are the paths of all who forget God;the hope of the godless shall perish. 14His confidence is severed,and his trust is a spider's web. 15He leans against his house, but it does not stand;he lays hold of it, but it does not endure. 16He is a lush plant before the sun,and his shoots spread over his garden. 17His roots entwine the stone heap;he looks upon a house of stones. 18If he is destroyed from his place,then it will deny him, saying, 'I have never seen you.' 19Behold, this is the joy of his way,and out of the soil others will spring.
20"Behold, God will not reject a blameless man,nor take the hand of evildoers. 21He will yet fill your mouth with laughter,and your lips with shouting. 22Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,and the tent of the wicked will be no more."
9Then Job answered and said:
2"Truly I know that it is so:But how can a man be in the right before God? 3If one wished to contend with him,one could not answer him once in a thousand times. 4He is wise in heart and mighty in strength--who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?-- 5he who removes mountains, and they know it not,when he overturns them in his anger, 6who shakes the earth out of its place,and its pillars tremble; 7who commands the sun, and it does not rise;who seals up the stars; 8who alone stretched out the heavensand trampled the waves of the sea; 9who made the Bear and Orion,the Pleiades and the chambers of the south; 10who does great things beyond searching out,and marvelous things beyond number. 11Behold, he passes by me, and I see him not;he moves on, but I do not perceive him. 12Behold, he snatches away; who can turn him back?Who will say to him, 'What are you doing?'
13"God will not turn back his anger;beneath him bowed the helpers of Rahab. 14How then can I answer him,choosing my words with him? 15Though I am in the right, I cannot answer him;I must appeal for mercy to my accuser. 16If I summoned him and he answered me,I would not believe that he was listening to my voice. 17For he crushes me with a tempestand multiplies my wounds without cause; 18he will not let me get my breath,but fills me with bitterness. 19If it is a contest of strength, behold, he is mighty!If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him? 20Though I am in the right, my own mouth would condemn me;though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse. 21I am blameless; I regard not myself;I loathe my life. 22It is all one; therefore I say,He destroys both the blameless and the wicked. 23When disaster brings sudden death,he mocks at the calamity of the innocent. 24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked;he covers the faces of its judges--if it is not he, who then is it?
25"My days are swifter than a runner;they flee away; they see no good. 26They go by like skiffs of reed,like an eagle swooping on the prey. 27If I say, 'I will forget my complaint,I will put off my sad face, and be of good cheer,' 28I become afraid of all my suffering,for I know you will not hold me innocent. 29I shall be condemned;why then do I labor in vain? 30If I wash myself with snowand cleanse my hands with lye, 31yet you will plunge me into a pit,and my own clothes will abhor me. 32For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him,that we should come to trial together. 33There is no arbiter between us,who might lay his hand on us both. 34Let him take his rod away from me,and let not dread of him terrify me. 35Then I would speak without fear of him,for I am not so in myself.
1 "I loathe my life;I will give free utterance to my complaint;I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2I will say to God, Do not condemn me;let me know why you contend against me. 3Does it seem good to you to oppress,to despise the work of your handsand favor the designs of the wicked? 4Have you eyes of flesh?Do you see as man sees? 5Are your days as the days of man,or your years as a man's years, 6that you seek out my iniquityand search for my sin, 7although you know that I am not guilty,and there is none to deliver out of your hand? 8Your hands fashioned and made me,and now you have destroyed me altogether. 9Remember that you have made me like clay;and will you return me to the dust? 10Did you not pour me out like milkand curdle me like cheese? 11You clothed me with skin and flesh,and knit me together with bones and sinews. 12You have granted me life and steadfast love,and your care has preserved my spirit. 13Yet these things you hid in your heart;I know that this was your purpose. 14If I sin, you watch meand do not acquit me of my iniquity. 15If I am guilty, woe to me!If I am in the right, I cannot lift up my head,for I am filled with disgraceand look on my affliction. 16And were my head lifted up, you would hunt me like a lionand again work wonders against me. 17You renew your witnesses against meand increase your vexation toward me;you bring fresh troops against me.
18"Why did you bring me out from the womb?Would that I had died before any eye had seen me 19and were as though I had not been,carried from the womb to the grave. 20Are not my days few?Then cease, and leave me alone, that I may find a little cheer 21before I go--and I shall not return--to the land of darkness and deep shadow, 22the land of gloom like thick darkness,like deep shadow without any order,where light is as thick darkness."
11Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2"Should a multitude of words go unanswered,and a man full of talk be judged right? 3Should your babble silence men,and when you mock, shall no one shame you? 4For you say, 'My doctrine is pure,and I am clean in God's eyes.' 5But oh, that God would speakand open his lips to you, 6and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom!For he is manifold in understanding.Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.
7"Can you find out the deep things of God?Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? 8It is higher than heaven--what can you do?Deeper than Sheol--what can you know? 9Its measure is longer than the earthand broader than the sea. 10If he passes through and imprisonsand summons the court, who can turn him back? 11For he knows worthless men;when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it? 12But a stupid man will get understandingwhen a wild donkey's colt is born a man!
13"If you prepare your heart,you will stretch out your hands toward him. 14If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away,and let not injustice dwell in your tents. 15Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish;you will be secure and will not fear. 16You will forget your misery;you will remember it as waters that have passed away. 17And your life will be brighter than the noonday;its darkness will be like the morning. 18And you will feel secure, because there is hope;you will look around and take your rest in security. 19You will lie down, and none will make you afraid;many will court your favor. 20But the eyes of the wicked will fail;all way of escape will be lost to them,and their hope is to breathe their last."
12Then Job answered and said:
2"No doubt you are the people,and wisdom will die with you. 3But I have understanding as well as you;I am not inferior to you.Who does not know such things as these? 4I am a laughingstock to my friends;I, who called to God and he answered me,a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock. 5In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune;it is ready for those whose feet slip. 6The tents of robbers are at peace,and those who provoke God are secure,who bring their god in their hand.
7"But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; 8or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;and the fish of the sea will declare to you. 9Who among all these does not knowthat the hand of the Lord has done this? 10In his hand is the life of every living thingand the breath of all mankind. 11Does not the ear test wordsas the palate tastes food? 12Wisdom is with the aged,and understanding in length of days.
13"With God are wisdom and might;he has counsel and understanding. 14If he tears down, none can rebuild;if he shuts a man in, none can open. 15If he withholds the waters, they dry up;if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land. 16With him are strength and sound wisdom;the deceived and the deceiver are his. 17He leads counselors away stripped,and judges he makes fools. 18He looses the bonds of kingsand binds a waistcloth on their hips. 19He leads priests away strippedand overthrows the mighty. 20He deprives of speech those who are trustedand takes away the discernment of the elders. 21He pours contempt on princesand loosens the belt of the strong. 22He uncovers the deeps out of darknessand brings deep darkness to light. 23He makes nations great, and he destroys them;he enlarges nations, and leads them away. 24He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earthand makes them wander in a pathless waste. 25They grope in the dark without light,and he makes them stagger like a drunken man.
1 "Behold, my eye has seen all this,my ear has heard and understood it. 2What you know, I also know;I am not inferior to you. 3But I would speak to the Almighty,and I desire to argue my case with God. 4As for you, you whitewash with lies;worthless physicians are you all. 5Oh that you would keep silent,and it would be your wisdom! 6Hear now my argumentand listen to the pleadings of my lips. 7Will you speak falsely for Godand speak deceitfully for him? 8Will you show partiality toward him?Will you plead the case for God? 9Will it be well with you when he searches you out?Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man? 10He will surely rebuke youif in secret you show partiality. 11Will not his majesty terrify you,and the dread of him fall upon you? 12Your maxims are proverbs of ashes;your defenses are defenses of clay.
13"Let me have silence, and I will speak,and let come on me what may. 14Why should I take my flesh in my teethand put my life in my hand? 15Though he slay me, I will hope in him;yet I will argue my ways to his face. 16This will be my salvation,that the godless shall not come before him. 17Keep listening to my words,and let my declaration be in your ears. 18Behold, I have prepared my case;I know that I shall be in the right. 19Who is there who will contend with me?For then I would be silent and die. 20Only grant me two things,then I will not hide myself from your face: 21withdraw your hand far from me,and let not dread of you terrify me. 22Then call, and I will answer;or let me speak, and you reply to me. 23How many are my iniquities and my sins?Make me know my transgression and my sin. 24Why do you hide your faceand count me as your enemy? 25Will you frighten a driven leafand pursue dry chaff? 26For you write bitter things against meand make me inherit the iniquities of my youth. 27You put my feet in the stocksand watch all my paths;you set a limit for the soles of my feet. 28Man wastes away like a rotten thing,like a garment that is moth-eaten.
1 "Man who is born of a womanis few of days and full of trouble. 2He comes out like a flower and withers;he flees like a shadow and continues not. 3And do you open your eyes on such a oneand bring me into judgment with you? 4Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?There is not one. 5Since his days are determined,and the number of his months is with you,and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass, 6look away from him and leave him alone,that he may enjoy, like a hired hand, his day.
7"For there is hope for a tree,if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,and that its shoots will not cease. 8Though its root grow old in the earth,and its stump die in the soil, 9yet at the scent of water it will budand put out branches like a young plant. 10But a man dies and is laid low;man breathes his last, and where is he? 11As waters fail from a lakeand a river wastes away and dries up, 12so a man lies down and rises not again;till the heavens are no more he will not awakeor be roused out of his sleep. 13Oh that you would hide me in Sheol,that you would conceal me until your wrath be past,that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me! 14If a man dies, shall he live again?All the days of my service I would wait,till my renewal should come. 15You would call, and I would answer you;you would long for the work of your hands. 16For then you would number my steps;you would not keep watch over my sin; 17my transgression would be sealed up in a bag,and you would cover over my iniquity.
18"But the mountain falls and crumbles away,and the rock is removed from its place; 19the waters wear away the stones;the torrents wash away the soil of the earth;so you destroy the hope of man. 20You prevail forever against him, and he passes;you change his countenance, and send him away. 21His sons come to honor, and he does not know it;they are brought low, and he perceives it not. 22He feels only the pain of his own body,and he mourns only for himself."
15Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2"Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge,and fill his belly with the east wind? 3Should he argue in unprofitable talk,or in words with which he can do no good? 4But you are doing away with the fear of Godand hindering meditation before God. 5For your iniquity teaches your mouth,and you choose the tongue of the crafty. 6Your own mouth condemns you, and not I;your own lips testify against you.
7"Are you the first man who was born?Or were you brought forth before the hills? 8Have you listened in the council of God?And do you limit wisdom to yourself? 9What do you know that we do not know?What do you understand that is not clear to us? 10Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us,older than your father. 11Are the comforts of God too small for you,or the word that deals gently with you? 12Why does your heart carry you away,and why do your eyes flash, 13that you turn your spirit against Godand bring such words out of your mouth? 14What is man, that he can be pure?Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous? 15Behold, God puts no trust in his holy ones,and the heavens are not pure in his sight; 16how much less one who is abominable and corrupt,a man who drinks injustice like water!
17"I will show you; hear me,and what I have seen I will declare 18(what wise men have told,without hiding it from their fathers, 19to whom alone the land was given,and no stranger passed among them). 20The wicked man writhes in pain all his days,through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless. 21Dreadful sounds are in his ears;in prosperity the destroyer will come upon him. 22He does not believe that he will return out of darkness,and he is marked for the sword. 23He wanders abroad for bread, saying, 'Where is it?'He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand; 24distress and anguish terrify him;they prevail against him, like a king ready for battle. 25Because he has stretched out his hand against Godand defies the Almighty, 26running stubbornly against himwith a thickly bossed shield; 27because he has covered his face with his fatand gathered fat upon his waist 28and has lived in desolate cities,in houses that none should inhabit,which were ready to become heaps of ruins; 29he will not be rich, and his wealth will not endure,nor will his possessions spread over the earth; 30he will not depart from darkness;the flame will dry up his shoots,and by the breath of his mouth he will depart. 31Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself,for emptiness will be his payment. 32It will be paid in full before his time,and his branch will not be green. 33He will shake off his unripe grape like the vine,and cast off his blossom like the olive tree. 34For the company of the godless is barren,and fire consumes the tents of bribery. 35They conceive trouble and give birth to evil,and their womb prepares deceit."
16Then Job answered and said:
2"I have heard many such things;miserable comforters are you all. 3Shall windy words have an end?Or what provokes you that you answer? 4I also could speak as you do,if you were in my place;I could join words together against youand shake my head at you. 5I could strengthen you with my mouth,and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.
6"If I speak, my pain is not assuaged,and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me? 7Surely now God has worn me out;he has made desolate all my company. 8And he has shriveled me up,which is a witness against me,and my leanness has risen up against me;it testifies to my face. 9He has torn me in his wrath and hated me;he has gnashed his teeth at me;my adversary sharpens his eyes against me. 10Men have gaped at me with their mouth;they have struck me insolently on the cheek;they mass themselves together against me. 11God gives me up to the ungodlyand casts me into the hands of the wicked. 12I was at ease, and he broke me apart;he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces;he set me up as his target; 13his archers surround me.He slashes open my kidneys and does not spare;he pours out my gall on the ground. 14He breaks me with breach upon breach;he runs upon me like a warrior. 15I have sewed sackcloth upon my skinand have laid my strength in the dust. 16My face is red with weeping,and on my eyelids is deep darkness, 17although there is no violence in my hands,and my prayer is pure.
18"O earth, cover not my blood,and let my cry find no resting place. 19Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,and he who testifies for me is on high. 20My friends scorn me;my eye pours out tears to God, 21that he would argue the case of a man with God,as a son of man does with his neighbor. 22For when a few years have comeI shall go the way from which I shall not return.
1 "My spirit is broken; my days are extinct;the graveyard is ready for me. 2Surely there are mockers about me,and my eye dwells on their provocation.
3"Lay down a pledge for me with yourself;who is there who will put up security for me? 4Since you have closed their hearts to understanding,therefore you will not let them triumph. 5He who informs against his friends to get a share of their property--the eyes of his children will fail.
6"He has made me a byword of the peoples,and I am one before whom men spit. 7My eye has grown dim from vexation,and all my members are like a shadow. 8The upright are appalled at this,and the innocent stirs himself up against the godless. 9Yet the righteous holds to his way,and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger. 10But you, come on again, all of you,and I shall not find a wise man among you. 11My days are past; my plans are broken off,the desires of my heart. 12They make night into day:'The light,' they say, 'is near to the darkness.' 13If I hope for Sheol as my house,if I make my bed in darkness, 14if I say to the pit, 'You are my father,'and to the worm, 'My mother,' or 'My sister,' 15where then is my hope?Who will see my hope? 16Will it go down to the bars of Sheol?Shall we descend together into the dust?"
18Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2"How long will you hunt for words?Consider, and then we will speak. 3Why are we counted as cattle?Why are we stupid in your sight? 4You who tear yourself in your anger,shall the earth be forsaken for you,or the rock be removed out of its place?
5"Indeed, the light of the wicked is put out,and the flame of his fire does not shine. 6The light is dark in his tent,and his lamp above him is put out. 7His strong steps are shortened,and his own schemes throw him down. 8For he is cast into a net by his own feet,and he walks on its mesh. 9A trap seizes him by the heel;a snare lays hold of him. 10A rope is hidden for him in the ground,a trap for him in the path. 11Terrors frighten him on every side,and chase him at his heels. 12His strength is famished,and calamity is ready for his stumbling. 13It consumes the parts of his skin;the firstborn of death consumes his limbs. 14He is torn from the tent in which he trustedand is brought to the king of terrors. 15In his tent dwells that which is none of his;sulfur is scattered over his habitation. 16His roots dry up beneath,and his branches wither above. 17His memory perishes from the earth,and he has no name in the street. 18He is thrust from light into darkness,and driven out of the world. 19He has no posterity or progeny among his people,and no survivor where he used to live. 20They of the west are appalled at his day,and horror seizes them of the east. 21Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous,such is the place of him who knows not God."
19Then Job answered and said:
2"How long will you torment meand break me in pieces with words? 3These ten times you have cast reproach upon me;are you not ashamed to wrong me? 4And even if it be true that I have erred,my error remains with myself. 5If indeed you magnify yourselves against meand make my disgrace an argument against me, 6know then that God has put me in the wrongand closed his net about me. 7Behold, I cry out, 'Violence!' but I am not answered;I call for help, but there is no justice. 8He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass,and he has set darkness upon my paths. 9He has stripped from me my gloryand taken the crown from my head. 10He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone,and my hope has he pulled up like a tree. 11He has kindled his wrath against meand counts me as his adversary. 12His troops come on together;they have cast up their siege ramp against meand encamp around my tent.
13"He has put my brothers far from me,and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me. 14My relatives have failed me,my close friends have forgotten me. 15The guests in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger;I have become a foreigner in their eyes. 16I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer;I must plead with him with my mouth for mercy. 17My breath is strange to my wife,and I am a stench to the children of my own mother. 18Even young children despise me;when I rise they talk against me. 19All my intimate friends abhor me,and those whom I loved have turned against me. 20My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh,and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth. 21Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends,for the hand of God has touched me! 22Why do you, like God, pursue me?Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?
23"Oh that my words were written!Oh that they were inscribed in a book! 24Oh that with an iron pen and leadthey were engraved in the rock forever! 25For I know that my Redeemer lives,and at the last he will stand upon the earth. 26And after my skin has been thus destroyed,yet in my flesh I shall see God, 27whom I shall see for myself,and my eyes shall behold, and not another.My heart faints within me! 28If you say, 'How we will pursue him!'and, 'The root of the matter is found in him,' 29be afraid of the sword,for wrath brings the punishment of the sword,that you may know there is a judgment."
20Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2"Therefore my thoughts answer me,because of my haste within me. 3I hear censure that insults me,and out of my understanding a spirit answers me. 4Do you not know this from of old,since man was placed on earth, 5that the exulting of the wicked is short,and the joy of the godless but for a moment? 6Though his height mount up to the heavens,and his head reach to the clouds, 7he will perish forever like his own dung;those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?' 8He will fly away like a dream and not be found;he will be chased away like a vision of the night. 9The eye that saw him will see him no more,nor will his place any more behold him. 10His children will seek the favor of the poor,and his hands will give back his wealth. 11His bones are full of his youthful vigor,but it will lie down with him in the dust.
12"Though evil is sweet in his mouth,though he hides it under his tongue, 13though he is loath to let it goand holds it in his mouth, 14yet his food is turned in his stomach;it is the venom of cobras within him. 15He swallows down riches and vomits them up again;God casts them out of his belly. 16He will suck the poison of cobras;the tongue of a viper will kill him. 17He will not look upon the rivers,the streams flowing with honey and curds. 18He will give back the fruit of his toiland will not swallow it down;from the profit of his tradinghe will get no enjoyment. 19For he has crushed and abandoned the poor;he has seized a house that he did not build.
20"Because he knew no contentment in his belly,he will not let anything in which he delights escape him. 21There was nothing left after he had eaten;therefore his prosperity will not endure. 22In the fullness of his sufficiency he will be in distress;the hand of everyone in misery will come against him. 23To fill his belly to the full,God will send his burning anger against himand rain it upon him into his body. 24He will flee from an iron weapon;a bronze arrow will strike him through. 25It is drawn forth and comes out of his body;the glittering point comes out of his gallbladder;terrors come upon him. 26Utter darkness is laid up for his treasures;a fire not fanned will devour him;what is left in his tent will be consumed. 27The heavens will reveal his iniquity,and the earth will rise up against him. 28The possessions of his house will be carried away,dragged off in the day of God's wrath. 29This is the wicked man's portion from God,the heritage decreed for him by God."
21Then Job answered and said:
2"Keep listening to my words,and let this be your comfort. 3Bear with me, and I will speak,and after I have spoken, mock on. 4As for me, is my complaint against man?Why should I not be impatient? 5Look at me and be appalled,and lay your hand over your mouth. 6When I remember, I am dismayed,and shuddering seizes my flesh. 7Why do the wicked live,reach old age, and grow mighty in power? 8Their offspring are established in their presence,and their descendants before their eyes. 9Their houses are safe from fear,and no rod of God is upon them. 10Their bull breeds without fail;their cow calves and does not miscarry. 11They send out their little boys like a flock,and their children dance. 12They sing to the tambourine and the lyreand rejoice to the sound of the pipe. 13They spend their days in prosperity,and in peace they go down to Sheol. 14They say to God, 'Depart from us!We do not desire the knowledge of your ways. 15What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?And what profit do we get if we pray to him?' 16Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand?The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17"How often is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out?That their calamity comes upon them?That God distributes pains in his anger? 18That they are like straw before the wind,and like chaff that the storm carries away? 19You say, 'God stores up their iniquity for their children.'Let him pay it out to them, that they may know it. 20Let their own eyes see their destruction,and let them drink of the wrath of the Almighty. 21For what do they care for their houses after them,when the number of their months is cut off? 22Will any teach God knowledge,seeing that he judges those who are on high? 23One dies in his full vigor,being wholly at ease and secure, 24his pails full of milkand the marrow of his bones moist. 25Another dies in bitterness of soul,never having tasted of prosperity. 26They lie down alike in the dust,and the worms cover them.
27"Behold, I know your thoughtsand your schemes to wrong me. 28For you say, 'Where is the house of the prince?Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?' 29Have you not asked those who travel the roads,and do you not accept their testimony 30that the evil man is spared in the day of calamity,that he is rescued in the day of wrath? 31Who declares his way to his face,and who repays him for what he has done? 32When he is carried to the grave,watch is kept over his tomb. 33The clods of the valley are sweet to him;all mankind follows after him,and those who go before him are innumerable. 34How then will you comfort me with empty nothings?There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood."
22Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2"Can a man be profitable to God?Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself. 3Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if you are in the right,or is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless? 4Is it for your fear of him that he reproves youand enters into judgment with you? 5Is not your evil abundant?There is no end to your iniquities. 6For you have exacted pledges of your brothers for nothingand stripped the naked of their clothing. 7You have given no water to the weary to drink,and you have withheld bread from the hungry. 8The man with power possessed the land,and the favored man lived in it. 9You have sent widows away empty,and the arms of the fatherless were crushed. 10Therefore snares are all around you,and sudden terror overwhelms you, 11or darkness, so that you cannot see,and a flood of water covers you.
12"Is not God high in the heavens?See the highest stars, how lofty they are! 13But you say, 'What does God know?Can he judge through the deep darkness? 14Thick clouds veil him, so that he does not see,and he walks on the vault of heaven.' 15Will you keep to the old waythat wicked men have trod?
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