II. DIALOGUE (Poetry), Chapters 2:11-42:6

A. Scene VI, Chapters 2:11—37:24

City Dump

1. Job’s loss of understanding of friends, 2:11-13

Job 2:11-13 KJVS

[11] Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.

[12] And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.

[13] So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.


2. Job vs. Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, 3:1—32:1

Job 3:1-26 KJVS

[1] After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

[2] And Job spake, and said,

[3] Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.

[4] Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.

[5] Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.

[6] As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.

[7] Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.

[8] Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.

[9] Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:

[10] Because it shut not up the doors of my mother’s womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.

[11] Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?

[12] Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?

[13] For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,

[14] With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;

[15] Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:

[16] Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

[17] There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.

[18] There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.

[19] The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.

[20] Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;

[21] Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

[22] Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

[23] Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

[24] For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.

[25] For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

[26] I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.


Job 4:1-21 KJVS

[1] Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

[2] If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?

[3] Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

[4] Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

[5] But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

[6] Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

[7] Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

[8] Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

[9] By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

[10] The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.

[11] The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion’s whelps are scattered abroad.

[12] Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.

[13] In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,

[14] Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.

[15] Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:

[16] It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

[17] Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

[18] Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:

[19] How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?

[20] They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.

[21] Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.


Job 5:1-27 KJVS

[1] Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?

[2] For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.

[3] I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

[4] His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.

[5] Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.

[6] Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;

[7] Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

[8] I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:

[9] Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:

[10] Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:

[11] To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.

[12] He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

[13] He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

[14] They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night.

[15] But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.

[16] So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.

[17] Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

[18] For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

[19] He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.

[20] In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.

[21] Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.

[22] At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

[23] For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.

[24] And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin.

[25] Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.

[26] Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.

[27] Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.


Job 6:1-30 KJVS

[1] But Job answered and said,

[2] Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!

[3] For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.

[4] For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: 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 is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

[7] The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.

[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 destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

[10] Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.

[11] What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?

[12] Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?

[13] Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

[14] To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.

[15] My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;

[16] Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:

[17] What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.

[18] The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.

[19] The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

[20] They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.

[21] For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.

[22] Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?

[23] Or, Deliver me from the enemy’s hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?

[24] Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

[25] How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

[26] Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

[27] Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.

[28] Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.

[29] Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.

[30] Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?


Job 7:1-21 KJVS

[1] Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?

[2] As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:

[3] So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

[4] When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

[5] My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.

[6] My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.

[7] O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.

[8] The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.

[9] As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.

[10] He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.

[11] Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

[12] Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

[13] When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;

[14] Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:

[15] So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.

[16] I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.

[17] What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

[18] And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?

[19] How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

[20] I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?

[21] And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.


Job 8:1-22 KJVS

[1] Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

[2] How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?

[3] Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

[4] If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;

[5] If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;

[6] If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

[7] Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

[8] For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:

[9] (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)

[10] Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?

[11] Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?

[12] Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.

[13] So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish:

[14] Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web.

[15] He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.

[16] He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.

[17] His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.

[18] If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.

[19] Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.

[20] Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:

[21] Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.

[22] They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.


Job 9:1-35 KJVS

[1] Then Job answered and said,

[2] I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

[3] If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

[4] He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

[5] Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.

[6] Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.

[7] Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.

[8] Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.

[9] Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

[10] Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.

[11] Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

[12] Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?

[13] If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.

[14] How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

[15] Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

[16] If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.

[17] For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.

[18] He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.

[19] If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

[20] If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

[21] Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.

[22] This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.

[23] If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.

[24] The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?

[25] Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

[26] They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.

[27] If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:

[28] I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.

[29] If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?

[30] If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

[31] Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.

[32] For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.

[33] Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.

[34] Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:

[35] Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.


Job 10:1-22 KJVS

[1] My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

[2] I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.

[3] Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

[4] Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?

[5] Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man’s days,

[6] That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?

[7] Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.

[8] Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.

[9] Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?

[10] Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?

[11] Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.

[12] Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

[13] And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.

[14] If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.

[15] If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;

[16] For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.

[17] Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.

[18] Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!

[19] I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.

[20] Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,

[21] Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

[22] A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.


Job 11:1-20 KJVS

[1] Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

[2] Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

[3] Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?

[4] For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.

[5] But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;

[6] And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.

[7] Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

[8] It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

[9] The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

[10] If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?

[11] For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?

[12] For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass’s colt.

[13] If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;

[14] If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.

[15] For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:

[16] Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:

[17] And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.

[18] And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.

[19] Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.

[20] But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.


Job 12:1-25 KJVS

[1] And Job answered and said,

[2] No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

[3] But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

[4] I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.

[5] He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.

[6] The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.

[7] But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:

[8] Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

[9] Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?

[10] In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

[11] Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

[12] With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

[13] With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.

[14] Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

[15] Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

[16] With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

[17] He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.

[18] He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.

[19] He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.

[20] He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.

[21] He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.

[22] He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.

[23] He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.

[24] He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.

[25] They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.


Job 13:1-28 KJVS

[1] Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.

[2] What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.

[3] Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

[4] But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.

[5] O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

[6] Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.

[7] Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?

[8] Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God?

[9] Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him?

[10] He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.

[11] Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you?

[12] Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

[13] Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.

[14] Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?

[15] Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

[16] He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

[17] Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.

[18] Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

[19] Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.

[20] Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.

[21] Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.

[22] Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.

[23] How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.

[24] Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?

[25] Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?

[26] For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.

[27] Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.

[28] And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.


Job 14:1-22 KJVS

[1] Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

[2] He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

[3] And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?

[4] Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

[5] Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;

[6] Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

[7] For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.

[8] Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;

[9] Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

[10] But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?

[11] As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:

[12] So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

[13] O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!

[14] If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

[15] Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.

[16] For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?

[17] My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.

[18] And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.

[19] The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.

[20] Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.

[21] His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.

[22] But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.


Job 15:1-35 KJVS

[1] Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,

[2] Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

[3] Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?

[4] Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.

[5] For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.

[6] Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.

[7] Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?

[8] Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

[9] What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?

[10] With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.

[11] Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?

[12] Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,

[13] That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?

[14] What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

[15] Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

[16] How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

[17] I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;

[18] Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:

[19] Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.

[20] The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.

[21] A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.

[22] He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.

[23] He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.

[24] Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.

[25] For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.

[26] He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers:

[27] Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on his flanks.

[28] And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.

[29] He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.

[30] He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.

[31] Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.

[32] It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.

[33] He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.

[34] For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.

[35] They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.


Job 16:1-22 KJVS

[1] Then Job answered and said,

[2] I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

[3] Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?

[4] I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul’s stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.

[5] But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

[6] Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?

[7] But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company.

[8] And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face.

[9] He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

[10] They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.

[11] God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.

[12] I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.

[13] His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.

[14] He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.

[15] I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.

[16] My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;

[17] Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.

[18] O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place.

[19] Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.

[20] My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.

[21] O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!

[22] When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.


Job 17:1-16 KJVS

[1] My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.

[2] Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?

[3] Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me?

[4] For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them.

[5] He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

[6] He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.

[7] Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow.

[8] Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.

[9] The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

[10] But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.

[11] My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.

[12] They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

[13] If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.

[14] I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.

[15] And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?

[16] They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.


Job 18:1-21 KJVS

[1] Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

[2] How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.

[3] Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?

[4] He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?

[5] Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

[6] The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.

[7] The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.

[8] For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare.

[9] The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.

[10] The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.

[11] Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

[12] His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.

[13] It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.

[14] His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.

[15] It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

[16] His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off.

[17] His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.

[18] He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.

[19] He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.

[20] They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.

[21] Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.


Job 19:1-29 KJVS

[1] Then Job answered and said,

[2] How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?

[3] These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.

[4] And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.

[5] If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach:

[6] Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.

[7] Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.

[8] He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.

[9] He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.

[10] He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.

[11] He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.

[12] His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.

[13] He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.

[14] My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.

[15] They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.

[16] I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth.

[17] My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children’s sake of mine own body.

[18] Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.

[19] All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.

[20] My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

[21] Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.

[22] Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?

[23] Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

[24] That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!

[25] For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

[26] And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

[27] Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

[28] But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?

[29] Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.


Job 20:1-29 KJVS

[1] Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

[2] Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.

[3] I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.

[4] Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,

[5] That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

[6] Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;

[7] Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?

[8] He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.

[9] The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.

[10] His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.

[11] His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.

[12] Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;

[13] Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:

[14] Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.

[15] He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.

[16] He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper’s tongue shall slay him.

[17] He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.

[18] That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.

[19] Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;

[20] Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.

[21] There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.

[22] In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.

[23] When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.

[24] He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.

[25] It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.

[26] All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.

[27] The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.

[28] The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.

[29] This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.


Job 21:1-34 KJVS

[1] But Job answered and said,

[2] Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.

[3] Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.

[4] As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?

[5] Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.

[6] Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.

[7] Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?

[8] Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.

[9] Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.

[10] Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.

[11] They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.

[12] They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.

[13] They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.

[14] Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

[15] What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

[16] Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

[17] How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.

[18] They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.

[19] God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.

[20] His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

[21] For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?

[22] Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

[23] One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.

[24] His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

[25] And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.

[26] They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.

[27] Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.

[28] For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?

[29] Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,

[30] That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.

[31] Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?

[32] Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.

[33] The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.

[34] How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?


Job 22:1-30 KJVS

[1] Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

[2] Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?

[3] Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?

[4] Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?

[5] Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?

[6] For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.

[7] Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.

[8] But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.

[9] Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.

[10] Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;

[11] Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.

[12] Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

[13] And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?

[14] Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.

[15] Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?

[16] Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:

[17] Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?

[18] Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

[19] The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.

[20] Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.

[21] Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.

[22] Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.

[23] If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

[24] Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.

[25] Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.

[26] For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.

[27] Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.

[28] Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

[29] When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.

[30] He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.


Job 23:1-17 KJVS

[1] Then Job answered and said,

[2] Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

[3] Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

[4] I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

[5] I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

[6] Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

[7] There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

[8] Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

[9] On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:

[10] But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

[11] My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.

[12] Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

[13] But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

[14] For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.

[15] Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.

[16] For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:

[17] Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.


Job 24:1-25 KJVS

[1] Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?

[2] Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.

[3] They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow’s ox for a pledge.

[4] They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.

[5] Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.

[6] They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.

[7] They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.

[8] They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.

[9] They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.

[10] They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;

[11] Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.

[12] Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.

[13] They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.

[14] The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.

[15] The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.

[16] In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.

[17] For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.

[18] He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.

[19] Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned.

[20] The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.

[21] He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.

[22] He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.

[23] Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.

[24] They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.

[25] And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?


Job 25:1-6 KJVS

[1] Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

[2] Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places.

[3] Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise?

[4] How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

[5] Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.

[6] How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?


Job 26:1-14 KJVS

[1] But Job answered and said,

[2] How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?

[3] How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?

[4] To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?

[5] Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.

[6] Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

[7] He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

[8] He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

[9] He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.

[10] He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.

[11] The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

[12] He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.

[13] By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

[14] Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?


Job 27:1-23 KJVS

[1] Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

[2] As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

[3] All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;

[4] My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.

[5] God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.

[6] My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

[7] Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.

[8] For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?

[9] Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?

[10] Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?

[11] I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.

[12] Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?

[13] This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.

[14] If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

[15] Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.

[16] Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;

[17] He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.

[18] He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.

[19] The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.

[20] Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.

[21] The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.

[22] For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.

[23] Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.


Job 28:1-28 KJVS

[1] Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.

[2] Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.

[3] He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.

[4] The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.

[5] As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.

[6] The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.

[7] There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen:

[8] The lion’s whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.

[9] He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.

[10] He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.

[11] He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.

[12] But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

[13] Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

[14] The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.

[15] It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.

[16] It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.

[17] The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.

[18] No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

[19] The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

[20] Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

[21] Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.

[22] Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.

[23] God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.

[24] For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;

[25] To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.

[26] When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

[27] Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.

[28] And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.


Job 29:1-25 KJVS

[1] Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

[2] Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

[3] When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;

[4] As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;

[5] When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;

[6] When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;

[7] When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

[8] The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.

[9] The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

[10] The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

[11] When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

[12] Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

[13] The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.

[14] I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

[15] I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.

[16] I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

[17] And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

[18] Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.

[19] My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.

[20] My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.

[21] Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

[22] After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.

[23] And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

[24] If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.

[25] I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.


Job 30:1-31 KJVS

[1] But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.

[2] Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?

[3] For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.

[4] Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.

[5] They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)

[6] To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.

[7] Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.

[8] They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.

[9] And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.

[10] They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.

[11] Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.

[12] Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.

[13] They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.

[14] They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.

[15] Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.

[16] And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.

[17] My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.

[18] By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

[19] He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.

[20] I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.

[21] Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.

[22] Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.

[23] For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

[24] Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.

[25] Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?

[26] When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

[27] My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.

[28] I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.

[29] I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

[30] My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.

[31] My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.


Job 31:1-40 KJVS

[1] I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

[2] For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

[3] Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?

[4] Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

[5] If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;

[6] Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.

[7] If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;

[8] Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.

[9] If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door;

[10] Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.

[11] For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

[12] For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.

[13] If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;

[14] What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?

[15] Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?

[16] If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;

[17] Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;

[18] (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother’s womb;)

[19] If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;

[20] If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

[21] If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:

[22] Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.

[23] For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.

[24] If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;

[25] If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;

[26] If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;

[27] And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:

[28] This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.

[29] If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:

[30] Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.

[31] If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.

[32] The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.

[33] If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:

[34] Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?

[35] Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.

[36] Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.

[37] I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.

[38] If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;

[39] If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:

[40] Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.


Job 32:1 KJVS

[1] So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.


3. Job vs. Elihu, 32:2—37:24

Job 32:2-22 KJVS

[2] Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath 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.

[6] And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.

[7] I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

[8] But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

[9] Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

[10] Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.

[11] Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.

[12] Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:

[13] Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.

[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, I also will shew mine opinion.

[18] For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.

[19] Behold, 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.

[21] Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.

[22] For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.


Job 33:1-33 KJVS

[1] Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.

[2] Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.

[3] My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.

[4] The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

[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.

[8] Surely thou hast spoken in mine 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 against me, he counteth me for his enemy,

[11] He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.

[12] Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

[13] Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

[14] For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth 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 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 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 him: 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.


Job 34:1-37 KJVS

[1] Furthermore Elihu answered and said,

[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.

[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 judgment.

[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.

[10] Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

[11] For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.

[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 govern? 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.

[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, 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:

[30] That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

[31] Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:

[32] That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.

[33] Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.

[34] Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.

[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.


Job 35:1-16 KJVS

[1] Elihu spake moreover, and said,

[2] Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s?

[3] For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?

[4] I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee.

[5] Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou.

[6] If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?

[7] If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?

[8] Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.

[9] By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.

[10] But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;

[11] Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?

[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.


Job 36:1-33 KJVS

[1] Elihu 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.

[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.

[8] And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;

[9] Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.

[10] He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.

[11] If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

[12] But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

[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.

[15] He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.

[16] Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.

[17] But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.

[18] Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.

[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?

[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.


Job 37:1-24 KJVS

[1] At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.

[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.

[4] After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.

[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.

[8] Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.

[9] Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.

[10] By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.

[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, O Job: 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?

[16] Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

[17] How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?

[18] Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?

[19] Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

[20] Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.

[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.

[24] Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.


B. Scene VII, Chapters 38:1—42:6

Jehovah vs. Job

Job 38:1-41 KJVS

[1] Then the LORD answered Job out of 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?

[6] Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

[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 out of the womb?

[9] When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband 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 dayspring 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 search of the depth?

[17] Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?

[18] Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

[19] Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,

[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?

[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 and war?

[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 dew?

[29] Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?

[30] The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

[31] Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

[32] Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

[33] Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

[34] Canst thou lift up thy voice to the 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 heaven,

[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?

[41] Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.


Job 39:1-30 KJVS

[1] Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? 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 sorrows.

[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.

[7] He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.

[8] The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.

[9] Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?

[10] Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

[11] Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?

[12] Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?

[13] Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?

[14] Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

[15] And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.

[16] She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;

[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?

[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.

[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] He saith among the trumpets, 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.


Job 40:1-24 KJVS

[1] Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,

[2] Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

[3] Then Job answered the LORD, and said,

[4] Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

[5] Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

[6] Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

[7] Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

[8] Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

[9] Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

[10] Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.

[11] Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.

[12] Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.

[13] Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.

[14] Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

[15] Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.

[16] Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

[17] He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.

[18] His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.

[19] He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.

[20] Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.

[21] He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.

[22] The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.

[23] Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.

[24] He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.


Job 41:1-34 KJVS

[1] Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?

[2] Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

[3] Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?

[4] Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?

[5] Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

[6] Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?

[7] Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?

[8] Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

[9] Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?

[10] None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?

[11] Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.

[12] I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.

[13] Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?

[14] Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.

[15] His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.

[16] One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.

[17] They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.

[18] By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.

[19] Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.

[20] Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.

[21] His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.

[22] In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.

[23] The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.

[24] His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.

[25] When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.

[26] The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.

[27] He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.

[28] The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.

[29] Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.

[30] Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.

[31] He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.

[32] He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.

[33] Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.

[34] He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.


Job 42:1-6 KJVS

[1] Then Job answered the LORD, and said,

[2] I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

[3] Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

[4] Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

[5] I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

[6] Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.



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