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Elihu's zeal to speak:
He reasons with Job.
ber of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain; 22 For I know not to give flattering 39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof titles; in so doing my Maker would soon without money, or have caused the owners take me away. thereof to lose their life:
CHAP. XXXII, XXXIII.
40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, WHEREFORE, Job, I pray thee,
of Job are ended.
hear my speeches, and to all my words.
So these three men ceased to answer my
2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth,
Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kin- 4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and dred of Ram: against Job was his wrath the breath of the Almighty hath given me kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.
3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he. 5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.
5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.
6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the zite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.
8 Surely thou hast spoken in my hearBu-ing, 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.
7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy.
8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will
9 Great men are not always wise; nei-answer thee, that God is greater than man. ther do the aged understand judgment. 13 Why dost thou strive against him? for 10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; Ihe giveth not account of any of his matalso will shew mine opinion. ters.
11 Behold, I waited for your words; I
gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye search-yet man perceiveth it not. ed out what to say.
13 Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not
14 Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.
15 They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.
16 When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;) 17 I said, I will answer also my part, also will shew mine opinion.
18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.
19 Beh ld, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.
14 For God speaketh once, yea twice,
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night,
12 Yea, I attended unto you, and be- when deep sleep falleth upon men, in hold, there was none of you that convinced slumberings upon the bed; Job, or that answered his words:
16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.
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 grave, and his life to the destroyers.
23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
24 Then he is gracious unto him, and
God omnipotent cannot be unjust.
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 shall return to the days of his youth:
26 He shall pray unto God. and he will! be favourable unto bim: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.
27 He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;
28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light. 29 Lo, all these things worketh. God oftentimes with man,
30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living. 31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.
32 If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.
33 If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom. CHAP. XXXIV.
2 Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge. 3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.
Man must humble himself to him.
vern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?
18 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?
19 How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.
FURTHERMORE Elihu answered and and he overturneth them in the night, so
that they are destroyed.
26 He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
27 Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:
28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.
29 When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:
4 Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.
5 For Job hath said I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judginent.
6 Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without transgression. 7 What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water;
8 Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men?
9 For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.
20 In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.
21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.
22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
23 For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God.
24 He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead.
25 Therefore he knoweth their works,
30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
31 Surely it is meet to be said unto God, have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more
32 That which I see not, teach thou me:
10 Therefore hearken unto me, ye men if I have done iniquity, I will do no more. of understanding: far be it from God, that 33 Should it be according to thy mind? he should do wickedness; and from the he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, Almighty, that he should commit iniquity. or whether thou choose; and not I: there11 For the work of a man shall he render fore speak what thou knowest. unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.
34 Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.
12 Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.
13 Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world?
14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;
15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.
16 If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words. 17 Shall even he that hateth right go
35 Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.
36 My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end, because of his answers for wicked men.
37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.
LIHU moreover, and said,
inkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's?
3 For thou saidst, What advantage will
Justice of God's ways: CHAP. XXXVI, XXXVII.
it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have if I be cleansed from my sin?
4 I will answer thee, and thy compa- knowledge. nions with thee.
5 Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou.
13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them. 14 They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?
15 He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression. 16 Even so would he have removed thee 7 If thou be righteous, what givest thou out of the strait into a broad place, where him? or what receiveth he of thy hand? there is no straitness; and that which 8 Thy wickedness may hurt a man as should be set on thy table should be full of thou art: and thy righteousness may profit fatness.
the son of man.
17 But thou hast fulfilled the judgment 9 By reason of the multitude of oppres-of the wicked; judgment and justice take sions they make the oppressed to cry: they hold on thee. cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty. 18 Because there is wrath, beware lest 10 But none saith, Where is God my he take thee away with his stroke: then a maker, who giveth songs in the night; great ransom cannot deliver thee.
11 Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
19 Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.
20 Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.
21 Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
22 Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?
23 Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?
24 Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.
25 Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.
26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
27 For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof;
28 Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly,
29 Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?
12 There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.
13 Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.
14 Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.
15 But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet he knoweth it not in great extremity:
16 Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.
LIHU also proceeded and said, 2 Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God's behalf.
3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.. 4 For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee. 5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.
He is to be magnified.
12 But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without
6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.
7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
3 And if they be bound in fetters, and
30 Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.
31 For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.
32 With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.
33 The noise thereof sheweth concerning it,the cattle also concerning the vapour. CHAP. XXXVII.
be holden in cords of a thin their work, Ais novel o my last tremb
and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10 He openeth also their ear to pline, and commandeth that they from iniquity.
T this also heart trembleth, and
2 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth. 3. He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.
11 If they obey and serve him, they 4 After it a voice roareth; he thundereth shall spend their days in prosperity, and with the voice of his excellency and he their years in pleasures. will not stay them when his voice is heard.
God is to be feared.
5 God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.
6 For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.
7 He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.
10 By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
8 Then the beasts go into dens, and re-out of the womb? main in their places.
9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind and cold out of the north.
11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:
12 And it is turned round about by his counsels that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.
13 He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.
14 Hearken unto this, OJob: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. 15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?
21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.
22 Fair weather cometh out of the north with God is terrible majesty.
23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.
God challenges Job to answer.
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner-stone thereof:
16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?
17 Have the gates of death been open
17 How thy garments are warm, when search of the depth? he quieteth the earth by the south wind? 18 Hast thou with him spread out the ed unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors sky, which is strong, and as a molten look-of the shadow of death? ing-glass?
18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of
19 Teach us what we shall say unto the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. him; for we cannot order our speech by 19 Where is the way where light dwellreason of darkness. eth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
20 Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.
20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?
21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?
HEN the LORD answered Job out of
7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued
The whirlwind, and said,
2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. 4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it,
10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the day-spring to know his place;
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.
16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the
24 Men do therefore fear him: he re-and war? specteth not any that are wise of heart. CHAP. XXXVIII.
22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle
24 By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?
25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;
26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;
27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of the dew?
God shews his power.
CHAP. XXXIX, XL. Job humbles himself to God.
29 Out of whose womb came the ice? 12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy gendered it? barn?
30 The waters are hid as with a stone, 13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto and the face of the deep is frozen. the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto 31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences the ostrich? of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, 32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in and warmeth them in the dust, his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus 15 And forgetteth that the foot may with his sons? crush them, or that the wild beast may
33 Knowest thou the ordinances of hea-break them. ven? canst thou set the dominion thereof 16 She is hardened against her young in the earth? ones, as though they were not hers: her
34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the labour is in vain without fear; clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?
35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are? 36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?
37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of beaven,
38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?
20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.
21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to [meet the armed men.
22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.
41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.
NOWEST thou the time when the or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?
3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their
17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.
18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.
19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?
4 Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth,
and return not unto them.
5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.
23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.
24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage; neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet. 25 saith among
Ha, ha! and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?
27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?
28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.
29 From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.
30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she. CHAP. XL.
TOREOVER, the LORD answered
neither regardeth he the crying of the
2 Shall he that contendeth with the AImighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green 3 T Then Job answered the LORD, and thing.
9 Will the unicorn be willing to serve 4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I anthee, or abide by thy crib? swer thee? I will lay my hand upon my
10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his mouth. band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?
11 Wilt thou trust him, because his no further. strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?
MJ, and said,
5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed
6 T Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,