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10:19. I should have been as if I had not been, carried from the womb
to the grave.

10:20. Shall not the fewness of my days be ended shortly? Suffer me,
therefore, that I may lament my sorrow a little:

10:21. Before I go and return no more, to a land that is dark and
covered with the mist of death:

10:22. A land of misery and darkness, where the shadow of death, and no
order, but everlasting horror dwelleth.

Job Chapter 11

Sophar reproves Job, for justifying himself, and invites him to

11:1. Then Sophar the Naamathite answered, and said:

11:2. Shall not he that speaketh much, hear also? or shall a man full
of talk be justified?

11:3. Shall men hold their peace to thee only? and when thou hast
mocked others, shall no man confute thee?

11:4. For thou hast said: My word is pure, and I am clean in thy sight.

11:5. And I wish that God would speak with thee, and would open his
lips to thee,

11:6. That he might shew thee the secrets of wisdom, and that his law
is manifold, and thou mightest understand that he exacteth much less of
thee, than thy iniquity deserveth.

11:7. Peradventure thou wilt comprehend the steps of God, and wilt find
out the Almighty perfectly?

11:8. He is higher than heaven, and what wilt thou do? he is deeper
than hell, and how wilt thou know?

11:9. The measure of him is longer than the earth, and broader than the

11:10. If he shall overturn all things, or shall press them together,
who shall contradict him?

11:11. For he knoweth the vanity of men, and when he seeth iniquity,
doth he not consider it?

11:12. A vain man is lifted up into pride, and thinketh himself born
free like a wild ass's colt.

11:13. But thou hast hardened thy heart, and hast spread thy hands to

11:14. If thou wilt put away from thee the iniquity that is in thy
hand, and let not injustice remain in thy tabernacle:

11:15. Then mayst thou lift up thy face without spot, and thou shalt be
steadfast, and shalt not fear.

11:16. Thou shalt also forget misery, and remember it only as waters
that are passed away.

11:17. And brightness like that of the noonday, shall arise to thee at
evening: and when thou shalt think thyself consumed, thou shalt rise as
the day star.

11:18. And thou shalt have confidence, hope being set before thee, and
being buried thou shalt sleep secure.

11:19. Thou shalt rest, and there shall be none to make thee afraid:
and many shall entreat thy face.

11:20. But the eyes of the wicked shall decay, and the way to escape
shall fail them, and their hope the abomination of the soul.

Job Chapter 12

Job's reply to Sophar. He extols God's power and wisdom.

12:1. Then Job answered, and said:

12:2. Are you then men alone, and shall wisdom die with you?

12:3. I also have a heart as well as you: for who is ignorant of these
things, which you know?

12:4. He that is mocked by his friends as I, shall call upon God and he
will hear him: for the simplicity of the just man is laughed to scorn.

12:5. The lamp despised in the thoughts of the rich, is ready for the
time appointed.

12:6. The tabernacles of robbers abound, and they provoke God boldly;
whereas it is he that hath given all into their hands:

12:7. But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee: and the birds
of the air, and they shall tell thee.

12:8. Speak to the earth, and it shall answer thee: and the fishes of
the sea shall tell.

12:9. Who is ignorant that the hand of the Lord hath made all these

12:10. In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the spirit
of all flesh of man.

12:11. Doth not the ear discern words, and the palate of him that
eateth, the taste?

12:12. In the ancient is wisdom, and in length of days prudence.

12:13. With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and

12:14. If he pull down, there is no man that can build up: if he shut
up a man, there is none that can open.

12:15. If he withhold the waters, all things shall be dried up: and if
he send them out, they shall overturn the earth.

12:16. With him is strength and wisdom: he knoweth both the deceivers,
and him that is deceived.

12:17. He bringeth counsellors to a foolish end, and judges to

12:18. He looseth the belt of kings, and girdeth their loins with a

12:19. He leadeth away priests without glory, and overthroweth nobles.

12:20. He changeth the speech of the true speakers, and taketh away the
doctrine of the aged.

12:21. He poureth contempt upon princes, and relieveth them that were

12:22. He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth up to
light the shadow of death.

12:23. He multiplieth nations, and destroyeth them, and restoreth them
again after they were overthrown.

12:24. He changeth the heart of the princes of the people of the earth,
and deceiveth them that they walk in vain where there is no way.

12:25. They shall grope as in the dark, and not in the light, and he
shall make them stagger like men that are drunk.

Job Chapter 13

Job persists in maintaining his innocence: and reproves his friends.

13:1. Behold my eye hath seen all these things, and my ear hath heard
them, and I have understood them all.

13:2. According to your knowledge I also know: neither am I inferior to

13:3. But yet I will speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with

13:4. Having first shewn that you are forgers of lies, and maintainers
of perverse opinions.

13:5. And I wish you would hold your peace, that you might be thought
to be wise men.

13:6. Hear ye therefore my reproof, and attend to the judgment of my

13:7. Hath God any need of your lie, that you should speak deceitfully
for him?

13:8. Do you accept this person, and do you endeavour to judge for God?

13:9. Or shall it please him, from whom nothing can be concealed? or
shall he be deceived as a man, with your deceitful dealings?

13:10. He shall reprove you, because in secret you accept his person.

13:11. As soon as he shall move himself, he shall trouble you: and his
dread shall fall upon you.

13:12. Your remembrance shall be compared to ashes, and your necks
shall be brought to clay.

13:13. Hold your peace a little while, that I may speak whatsoever my
mind shall suggest to me.

13:14. Why do I tear my flesh with my teeth, and carry my soul in my

13:15. Although he should kill me, I will trust in him: but yet I will
reprove my ways in his sight.

13:16. And he shall be my saviour: for no hypocrite shall come before
his presence.

13:17. Hear ye my speech, and receive with your ears hidden truths.

13:18. If I shall be judged, I know that I shall be found just.

13:19. Who is he that will plead against me? let him come: why am I
consumed holding my peace?

13:20. Two things only do not to me, and then from thy face I shall not
be hid:

13:21. Withdraw thy hand far from me, and let not thy dread terrify me.

13:22. Call me, and I will answer thee: or else I will speak, and do
thou answer me.

13:23. How many are my iniquities and sins? make me know my crimes and

13:24. Why hidest thou thy face, and thinkest me thy enemy?

13:25. Against a leaf, that is carried away with the wind, thou shewest
thy power, and thou pursuest a dry straw.

13:26. For thou writest bitter things against me, and wilt consume me
for the sins of my youth.

13:27. Thou hast put my feet in the stocks, and hast observed all my
paths, and hast considered the steps of my feet:

13:28. Who am to be consumed as rottenness, and as a garment that is

Job Chapter 14

Job declares the shortness of man's days: and professes his belief of a

14:1. Man born of a woman, living for a short time, is filled with many

14:2. Who cometh forth like a flower, and is destroyed, and fleeth as a
shadow, and never continueth in the same state.

14:3. And dost thou think it meet to open thy eyes upon such an one,
and to bring him into judgment with thee?

14:4. Who can make him clean that is conceived of unclean seed? is it
not thou who only art?

14:5. The days of man are short, and the number of his months is with
thee: thou hast appointed his bounds which cannot be passed.

14:6. Depart a little from him, that he may rest until his wished for
day come, as that of the hireling.

14:7. A tree hath hope: if it be cut, it growth green again, and the
boughs thereof sprout.

14:8. If its roots be old in the earth, and its stock be dead in the

14:9. At the scent of water, it shall spring, and bring forth leaves,
as when it was first planted.

14:10. But man when he shall be dead, and stripped and consumed, I pray
you where is he?

14:11. As if the waters should depart out of the sea, and an emptied
river should be dried up;

14:12. So man when he is fallen asleep shall not rise again; till the
heavens be broken, he shall not awake, nor rise up out of his sleep.

14:13. Who will grant me this, that thou mayst protect me in hell, and
hide me till thy wrath pass, and appoint me a time when thou wilt
remember me?

That thou mayst protect me in hell. . .That is, in the state of the
dead; and in the place where the souls are kept waiting for their

14:14. Shall man that is dead, thinkest thou, live again? all the days
in which I am now in warfare, I expect until my change come.

14:15. Thou shalt call me, and I will answer thee: to the work of thy
hands thou shalt reach out thy right hand.

14:16. Thou indeed hast numbered my steps, but spare my sins.

14:17. Thou hast sealed up my offences as it were in a bag, but hast
cured my iniquity.

14:18. A mountain falling cometh to nought, and a rock is removed out
of its place.

14:19. Waters wear away the stones, and with inundation the ground by
little and little is washed away: so in like manner thou shalt destroy

14:20. Thou hast strengthened him for a little while, that he may pass
away for ever: thou shalt change his face, and shalt send him away.

14:21. Whether his children come to honour or dishonour, he shall not

14:22. But yet his flesh, while he shall live, shall have pain, and his
soul shall mourn over him.

Job Chapter 15

Eliphaz returns to the charge against Job, and describes the wretched
state of the wicked.

15:1. And Eliphaz the Themanite, answered, and said:

15:2. Will a wise man answer as if he were speaking in the wind, and
fill his stomach with burning heat?

15:3. Thou reprovest him by words, who is not equal to thee, and thou
speakest that which is not good for thee.

15:4. As much as is in thee, thou hast made void fear, and hast taken
away prayers from before God.

Thou hast made void fear. . .That is, cast off the fear of offending

15:5. For thy iniquity hath taught thy mouth, and thou imitatest the
tongue of blasphemers.

15:6. Thy own mouth shall condemn thee, and not I: and thy own lips
shall answer thee.

15:7. Art thou the first man that was born, or wast thou made before
the hills?

15:8. Hast thou heard God's counsel, and shall his wisdom be inferior
to thee?

15:9. What knowest thou that we are ignorant of? what dost thou
understand that we know not?

15:10. There are with us also aged and ancient men, much elder than thy

15:11. Is it a great matter that God should comfort thee? but thy
wicked words hinder this.

15:12. Why doth thy heart elevate thee, and why dost thou stare with
thy eyes, as if they were thinking great things?

15:13. Why doth thy spirit swell against God, to utter such words out
of thy mouth?

15:14. What is man that he should be without spot, and he that is born
of a woman that he should appear just?

15:15. Behold among his saints none is unchangeable, and the heavens
are not pure in his sight.

15:16. How much more is man abominable, and unprofitable, who drinketh
iniquity like water?

15:17. I will shew thee, hear me: and I will tell thee what I have

15:18. Wise men confess and hide not their fathers.

Wise men confess and hide not their fathers. . .That is, the knowledge
and documents they have received from their fathers they are not
ashamed to own.

15:19. To whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger hath passed
among them.

15:20. The wicked man is proud all his days, and the number of the
years of his tyranny is uncertain.

15:21. The sound of dread is always in his ears: and when there is
peace, he always suspecteth treason.

15:22. He believeth not that he may return from darkness to light,
looking round about for the sword on every side.

15:23. When he moveth himself to seek bread, he knoweth that the day of
darkness is ready at his hand.

15:24. Tribulation shall terrify him, and distress shall surround him,
as a king that is prepared for the battle.

15:25. For he hath stretched out his hand against God, and hath
strengthened himself against the Almighty.

15:26. He hath run against him with his neck raised up, and is armed
with a fat neck.

15:27. Fatness hath covered his face, and the fat hangeth down on his

15:28. He hath dwelt in desolate cities, and in desert houses that are
reduced into heaps.

15:29. He shall not be enriched, neither shall his substance continue,
neither shall he push his root in the earth.

15:30. He shall not depart out of darkness: the flame shall dry up his
branches, and he shall be taken away by the breath of his own mouth.

15:31. He shall not believe, being vainly deceived by error, that he
may be redeemed with any price.

15:32. Before his days be full he shall perish: and his hands shall
wither away.

15:33. He shall be blasted as a vine when its grapes are in the first
flower, and as an olive tree that casteth its flower.

15:34. For the congregation of the hypocrite is barren, and fire shall
devour their tabernacles, who love to take bribes.

15:35. He hath conceived sorrow, and hath brought forth iniquity, and
his womb prepareth deceits.

Job Chapter 16

Job expostulates with his friends: and appeals to the judgment of God.

16:1. Then Job answered, and said:

16:2. I have often heard such things as these: you are all troublesome

16:3. Shall windy words have no end? or is it any trouble to thee to

16:4. I also could speak like you: and would God your soul were for my

16:5. I would comfort you also with words, and would wag my head over

16:6. I would strengthen you with my mouth, and would move my lips, as
sparing you.

16:7. But what shall I do? If I speak, my pain will not rest: and if I
hold my peace, it will not depart from me.

16:8. But now my sorrow hath oppressed me, and all my limbs are brought
to nothing.

16:9. My wrinkles bear witness against me, and a false speaker riseth
up against my face, contradicting me.

16:10. He hath gathered together his fury against me, and threatening
me he hath gnashed with his teeth upon me: my enemy hath beheld me with
terrible eyes.

16:11. They have opened their mouths upon me, and reproaching me they
have struck me on the cheek, they are filled with my pains.

16:12. God hath shut me up with the unjust man, and hath delivered me
into the hands of the wicked.

16:13. I that was formerly so wealthy, am all on a sudden broken to
pieces: he hath taken me by my neck, he hath broken me, and hath set me
up to be his mark.

16:14. He hath compassed me round about with his lances, he hath
wounded my loins, he hath not spared, and hath poured out my bowels on
the earth,

16:15. He hath torn me with wound upon wound, he hath rushed in upon me
like a giant.

16:16. I have sowed sackcloth upon my skin, and have covered my flesh
with ashes.

16:17. My face is swollen with weeping, and my eyelids are dim.

16:18. These things have I suffered without the iniquity of my hand,
when I offered pure prayers to God.

16:19. O earth, cover not thou my blood, neither let my cry find a
hiding place in thee.

16:20. For behold my witness is in heaven, and he that knoweth my
conscience is on high.

16:21. My friends are full of words: my eye poureth out tears to God.

16:22. And O that a man might so be judged with God, as the son of man
is judged with his companion!

16:23. For behold short years pass away, and I am walking in a path by
which I shall not return.

Job Chapter 17

Job's hope in God: he expects rest in death.

17:1. My spirit shall be wasted, my days shall be shortened and only
the grave remaineth for me.

17:2. I have not sinned, and my eye abideth in bitterness.

Not sinned. . .That is, I am not guilty of such sins as they charge me

17:3. Deliver me, O Lord, and set me beside thee, and let any man's
hand fight against me.

17:4. Thou hast set their heart far from understanding, therefore they
shall not be exalted.

17:5. He promiseth a prey to his companions, and the eyes of his
children shall fail.

17:6. He hath made me as it were a byword of the people, and I am an
example before them.

17:7. My eye is dim through indignation, and my limbs are brought as it
were to nothing.

17:8. The just shall be astonished at this, and the innocent shall be
raised up against the hypocrite.

17:9. And the just man shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean
hands shall be stronger and stronger.

17:10. Wherefore be you all converted, and come, and I shall not find
among you any wise man.

17:11. My days have passed away, my thoughts are dissipated, tormenting
my heart.

17:12. They have turned night into day, and after darkness I hope for
light again.

17:13. If I wait hell is my house, and I have made my bed in darkness.

Hell. . .Sheol. The region of the dead.

17:14. I have said to rottenness: Thou art my father; to worms, my
mother and my sister.

17:15. Where is now then my expectation, and who considereth my

17:16. All that I have shall go down into the deepest pit: thinkest
thou that there at least I shall have rest?

Deepest pit. . .Literally, hell.

Job Chapter 18

Baldad again reproves Job and describes the miseries of the wicked.

18:1. Then Baldad the Suhite answered, and said:

18:2. How long will you throw out words? understand first, and so let
us speak.

18:3. Why are we reputed as beasts, and counted vile before you?

18:4. Thou that destroyest thy soul in thy fury, shall the earth be
forsaken for thee, and shall rocks be removed out of their place?

18:5. Shall not the light of the wicked be extinguished, and the flame
of his fire not shine?

18:6. The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and the lamp that is
over him, shall be put out.

18:7. The step of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel
shall cast him down headlong.

18:8. For he hath thrust his feet into a net, and walketh in its

18:9. The sole of his foot shall be held in a snare, and thirst shall
burn against him.

18:10. A gin is hidden for him in the earth, and his trap upon the

18:11. Fears shall terrify him on every side, and shall entangle his

18:12. Let his strength be wasted with famine, and let hunger invade
his ribs.

18:13. Let it devour the beauty of his skin, let the firstborn death
consume his arms.

18:14. Let his confidence be rooted out of his tabernacle, and let
destruction tread upon him like a king.

18:15. Let the companions of him that is not, dwell in his tabernacle,
let brimstone be sprinkled in his tent.

18:16. Let his roots be dried up beneath, and his harvest destroyed

18:17. Let the memory of him perish from the earth, and let not his
name be renowned in the streets.

18:18. He shall drive him out of light into darkness, and shall remove
him out of the world.

18:19. His seed shall not subsist, nor his offspring among his people,
nor any remnants in his country.

18:20. They that come after him shall be astonished at his day, and
horror shall fall upon them that went before.

18:21. These then are the tabernacles of the wicked, and this the place
of him that knoweth not God.

Job Chapter 19

Job complains of the cruelty of his friends; he describes his own
sufferings: and his belief of a future resurrection.

19:1. Then Job answered, and said:

19:2. How long do you afflict my soul, and break me in pieces with

19:3. Behold, these ten times you confound me, and are not ashamed to
oppress me.

19:4. For if I have been ignorant, my ignorance shall be with me.

19:5. But you set yourselves up against me, and reprove me with my

19:6. At least now understand, that God hath not afflicted me with an
equal judgment, and compassed me with his scourges.

With an equal judgment. . .St. Gregory explains these words thus: Job
being a just man, and truly considering his own life, thought that his
affliction was greater than his sins deserved: and in that respect,
that the punishment was not equal, yet it was just, as coming from God,
who gives a crown of justice to those who suffer for righteousness'
sake, and proves the just with tribulations, as gold is tried by fire.

19:7. Behold I shall cry suffering violence, and no one will hear: I
shall cry aloud, and there is none to judge.

19:8. He hath hedged in my path round about, and I cannot pass, and in
my way he hath set darkness.

19:9. He hath stripped me of my glory, and hath taken the crown from my

19:10. He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am lost, and he hath
taken away my hope, as from a tree that is plucked up.

19:11. His wrath is kindled against me, and he hath counted me as his

19:12. His troops have come together, and have made themselves a way by
me, and have besieged my tabernacle round about.

19:13. He hath put my brethren far from me, and my acquaintance like
strangers have departed from me.

19:14. My kinsmen have forsaken me, and they that knew me, have
forgotten me.

19:15. They that dwell in my house, and my maidservants have counted me
as a stranger, and I have been like an alien in their eyes.

19:16. I called my servant, and he gave me no answer, I entreated him
with my own mouth.

19:17. My wife hath abhorred my breath, and I entreated the children of
my womb.

19:18. Even fools despised me, and when I was gone from them, they
spoke against me.

19:19. They that were sometime my counsellors, have abhorred me: and he
whom I loved most is turned against me.

19:20. The flesh being consumed, my bone hath cleaved to my skin, and
nothing but lips are left about my teeth.

19:21. Have pity on me, have pity on me, at least you my friends,
because the hand of the Lord hath touched me.

19:22. Why do you persecute me as God, and glut yourselves with my

19:23. Who will grant me that my words may be written? who will grant
me that they may be marked down in a book?

19:24. With an iron pen and in a plate of lead, or else be graven with
an instrument in flint stone?

19:25. For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and in the last day I shall
rise out of the earth.

Ver. 25, 26, and 27 shew Job's explicit belief in his Redeemer, and
also of the resurrection of the flesh, not as one tree riseth in place
of another, but that the selfsame flesh shall rise at the last day, by
the power of God, changed in quality but not in substance, every one to
receive sentence according to his works in this life.

19:26. And I shall be clothed again with my skin, and in my flesh I
shall see my God.

19:27. Whom I myself shall see, and my eyes shall behold, and not
another: this my hope is laid up in my bosom.

19:28. Why then do you say now: Let us persecute him, and let us find
occasion of word against him?

19:29. Flee then from the face of the sword, for the sword is the
revenger of iniquities: and know ye that there is a judgment.

Job Chapter 20

Sophar declares the shortness of the prosperity of the wicked: and
their sudden downfall.

20:1. Then Sophar the Naamathite answered, and said:

20:2. Therefore various thoughts succeed one another in me, and my mind
is hurried away to different things.

20:3. The doctrine with which thou reprovest me, I will hear, and the
spirit of my understanding shall answer for me.

20:4. This I know from the beginning, since man was placed upon the

20:5. That the praise of the wicked is short, and the joy of the
hypocrite but for a moment.

20:6. If his pride mount up even to heaven, and his head touch the

20:7. In the end he shall be destroyed like a dunghill, and they that
had seen him, shall say: Where is he?

20:8. As a dream that fleeth away he shall not be found, he shall pass
as a vision of the night:

20:9. The eyes that had seen him, shall see him no more, neither shall
his place any more behold him.

20:10. His children shall be oppressed with want, and his hands shall
render to him his sorrow.

20:11. His bones shall be filled with the vices of his youth, and they
shall sleep with him in the dust.

20:12. For when evil shall be sweet in his mouth, he will hide it under
his tongue.

20:13. He will spare it, and not leave it, and will hide it in his

20:14. His bread in his belly shall be turned into the gall of asps
within him,

20:15. The riches which he hath swallowed, he shall vomit up, and God
shall draw them out of his belly.

20:16. He shall suck the head of asps, and the viper's tongue shall
kill him.

20:17. Let him not see the streams of the river, the brooks of honey
and of butter.

20:18. He shall be punished for all that he did, and yet shall not be
consumed: according to the multitude of his devices so also shall he

According to the multitude of his devices. . .That is, his stratagems to
gratify his passions and to oppress and destroy the poor.

20:19. Because he broke in and stripped the poor: he hath violently
taken away a house which he did not build.

20:20. And yet his belly was not filled: and when he hath the things he
coveted, he shall not be able to possess them.

20:21. There was nothing left of his meat, and therefore nothing shall
continue of his goods:

20:22. When he shall be filled, he shall be straitened, he shall burn,
and every sorrow shall fall upon him.

20:23. May his belly be filled, that God may send forth the wrath of
his indignation upon him, and rain down his war upon him.

20:24. He shall flee from weapons of iron, and shall fall upon a bow of

20:25. The sword is drawn out, and cometh forth from its scabbard, and
glittereth in his bitterness: the terrible ones shall go and come upon

20:26. All darkness is hid in his secret places: a fire that is not
kindled shall devour him, he shall be afflicted when left in his

20:27. The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, and the earth shall rise
up against him.

20:28. The offspring of his house shall be exposed, he shall be pulled
down in the day of God's wrath.

20:29. This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the
inheritance of his doings from the Lord.

Job Chapter 21

Job shews that the wicked often prosper in this world, even to the end
of their life: but that their judgment is in another world.

21:1. Then Job answered, and said:

21:2. Hear, I beseech you, my words, and do penance.

21:3. Suffer me, and I will speak, and after, if you please, laugh at
my words.

21:4. Is my debate against man, that I should not have just reason to
be troubled?

21:5. Hearken to me and be astonished, and lay your finger on your

21:6. As for me, when I remember, I am afraid, and trembling taketh
hold on my flesh.

21:7. Why then do the wicked live, are they advanced, and strengthened
with riches?

21:8. Their seed continueth before them, a multitude of kinsmen, and of
children's children in their sight.

21:9. Their houses are secure and peaceable, and the rod of God is not
upon them.

21:10. Their cattle have conceived, and failed not: their cow has
calved, and is not deprived of her fruit.

21:11. Their little ones go out like a flock, and their children dance
and play.

21:12. They take the timbrel, and the harp, and rejoice at the sound of
the organ.

21:13. They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment they go down to

21:14. Who have said to God: Depart from us, we desire not the
knowledge of thy ways.

21:15. Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what doth it
profit us if we pray to him?

21:16. Yet because their good things are not in their hand, may the
counsel of the wicked be far from me.

21:17. How often shall the lamp of the wicked be put out, and a deluge
come upon them, and he shall distribute the sorrows of his wrath?

21:18. They shall be as chaff before the face of the wind, and as ashes
which the whirlwind scattereth.

21:19. God shall lay up the sorrow of the father for his children: and
when he shall repay, then shall he know.

21:20. His eyes shall see his own destruction, and he shall drink of
the wrath of the Almighty.

21:21. For what is it to him what befalleth his house after him: and if
the number of his months be diminished by one half?

21:22. Shall any one teach God knowledge, who judgeth those that are

21:23. One man dieth strong, and hale, rich and happy.

21:24. His bowels are full of fat, and his bones are moistened with

21:25. But another dieth in bitterness of soul without any riches:

21:26. And yet they shall sleep together in the dust, and worms shall
cover them.

21:27. Surely I know your thoughts, and your unjust judgments against

21:28. For you say: Where is the house of the prince? and where are the
dwelling places of the wicked?

21:29. Ask any one of them that go by the way, and you shall perceive
that he knoweth these same things.

21:30. Because the wicked man is reserved to the day of destruction,
and he shall be brought to the day of wrath.

21:31. Who shall reprove his way to his face? and who shall repay him
what he hath done?

21:32. He shall be brought to the graves, and shall watch in the heap
of the dead.

21:33. He hath been acceptable to the gravel of Cocytus, and he shall
draw every man after him, and there are innumerable before him.

Acceptable to the gravel of Cocytus. . .The Hebrew word, which St.
Jerome has here rendered by the name Cocytus, (which the poets
represent as a river in hell,) signifies a valley or a torrent: and in
this place, is taken for the low region of death and hell: which
willingly, as it were, receives the wicked at their death: who are
ushered in by innumerable others that have gone before them; and are
followed by multitudes above number.

21:34. How then do ye comfort me in vain, whereas your answer is shewn
to be repugnant to truth?

Job Chapter 22

Eliphaz falsely imputes many crimes to Job, but promises him prosperity
if he will repent.

22:1. Then Eliphaz the Themanite answered, and said:

22:2. Can man be compared with God, even though he were of perfect

22:3. What doth it profit God if thou be just? or what dost thou give
him if thy way be unspotted?

22:4. Shall he reprove thee for fear, and come with thee into judgment:

22:5. And not for thy manifold wickedness and thy infinite iniquities?

22:6. For thou hast taken away the pledge of thy brethren without
cause, and stripped the naked of their clothing.

22:7. Thou hast not given water to the weary, thou hast withdrawn bread
from the hungry.

22:8. In the strength of thy arm thou didst possess the land, and being
the most mighty thou holdest it.

22:9. Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless
thou hast broken in pieces.

22:10. Therefore art thou surrounded with shares, and sudden fear
troubleth thee.

22:11. And didst thou think that thou shouldst not see darkness, and
that thou shouldst not be covered with the violence of overflowing

22:12. Dost not thou think that God is higher than heaven, and is
elevated above the height of the stars?

22:13. And thou sayst: What doth God know? and he judgeth as it were
through a mist.

22:14. The clouds are his covert, and he doth not consider our things,
and he walketh about the poles of heaven.

22:15. Dost thou desire to keep the path of ages, which wicked men have

22:16. Who were taken away before their time, and a flood hath
overthrown their foundation.

22:17. Who said to God: Depart from us: and looked upon the Almighty as
if he could do nothing:

22:18. Whereas he had filled their houses with good things: whose way
of thinking be far from me.

22:19. The just shall see, and shall rejoice, and the innocent shall
laugh them to scorn.

22:20. Is not their exaltation cut down, and hath not fire devoured the
remnants of them?

22:21. Submit thyself then to him, and be at peace: and thereby thou
shalt have the best fruits.

22:22. Receive the law of his mouth, and lay up his words in thy heart.

22:23. If thou wilt return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, and
shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacle.

22:24. He shall give for earth flint, and for flint torrents of gold.

22:25. And the Almighty shall be against thy enemies, and silver shall
be heaped together for thee.

22:26. Then shalt thou abound in delights in the Almighty, and shalt
lift up thy face to God.

22:27. Thou shalt pray to him, and he will hear thee, and thou shalt
pay vows.

22:28. Thou shalt decree a thing, and it shall come to thee, and light
shall shine in thy ways.

22:29. For he that hath been humbled, shall be in glory: and he that
shall bow down his eyes, he shall be saved.

22:30. The innocent shall be saved, and he shall be saved by the
cleanness of his hands.

Job Chapter 23

Job wishes to be tried at God's tribunal.

23:1. Then Job answered, and said:

23:2. Now also my words are in bitterness, and the hand of my scourge
is more grievous than my mourning.

23:3. Who will grant me that I might know and find him, and come even
to his throne?

23:4. I would set judgment before him, and would fill my mouth with

23:5. That I might know the words that he would answer me, and
understand what he would say to me.

23:6. I would not that he should contend with me with much strength,
nor overwhelm me with the weight of his greatness.

23:7. Let him propose equity against me, and let my judgment come to

23:8. But if I go to the east, he appeareth not; if to the west, I
shall not understand him.

23:9. If to the left hand, what shall I do? I shall not take hold on
him: if I turn myself to the right hand, I shall not see him.

23:10. But he knoweth my way, and has tried me as gold that passeth
through the fire:

23:11. My foot hath followed his steps, I have kept his way, and have
not declined from it.

23:12. I have not departed from the commandments of his lips, and the
words of his mouth I have hid in my bosom.

23:13. For he is alone, and no man can turn away his thought: and
whatsoever his soul hath desired, that hath he done.

23:14. And when he shall have fulfilled his will in me, many other like
things are also at hand with him.

23:15. And therefore I am troubled at his presence, and when I consider
him I am made pensive with fear.

23:16. God hath softened my heart, and the Almighty hath troubled me.

23:17. For I have not perished because of the darkness that hangs over
me, neither hath the mist covered my face.

Job Chapter 24

God's providence often suffers the wicked to go on a long time in their
sins: but punisheth them in another life.

24:1. Times are not hid from the Almighty: but they that know him, know
not his days.

24:2. Some have removed landmarks, have taken away flocks by force, and
fed them.

24:3. They have driven away the ass of the fatherless, and have taken
away the widow's ox for a pledge.

24:4. They have overturned the way of the poor, and have oppressed
together the meek of the earth.

24:5. Others like wild asses in the desert go forth to their work: by
watching for a prey they get bread for their children.

24:6. They reap the field that is not their own, and gather the vintage
of his vineyard whom by violence they have oppressed.

24:7. They send men away naked, taking away their clothes who have no
covering in the cold:

24:8. Who are wet, with the showers of the mountains, and having no
covering embrace the stones.

24:9. They have violently robbed the fatherless, and stripped the poor
common people.

24:10. From the naked and them that go without clothing, and from the
hungry they have taken away the ears of corn.

24:11. They have taken their rest at noon among the stores of them, who
after having trodden the winepresses suffer thirst.

24:12. Out of the cities they have made men to groan, and the soul of
the wounded hath cried out, and God doth not suffer it to pass

24:13. They have been rebellious to the light, they have not known his
ways, neither have they returned by his paths.

24:14. The murderer riseth at the very break of day, he killeth the
needy, and the poor man: but in the night he will be as a thief.

24:15. The eye of the adulterer observeth darkness, saying: No eye
shall see me: and he will cover his face.

24:16. He diggeth through houses in the dark, as in the day they had
appointed for themselves, and they have not known the light.

24:17. If the morning suddenly appear, it is to them the shadow of
death: and they walk in darkness as if it were in light.

24:18. He is light upon the face of the water: cursed be his portion on
the earth, let him not walk by the way of the vineyards.

24:19. Let him pass from the snow waters to excessive heat, and his sin
even to hell.

24:20. Let mercy forget him: may worms be his sweetness: let him be
remembered no more, but be broken in pieces as an unfruitful tree.

24:21. For he hath fed the barren that beareth not, and to the widow he
hath done no good.

24:22. He hath pulled down the strong by his might: and when he
standeth up, he shall not trust to his life.

24:23. God hath given him place for penance, and he abuseth it unto
pride: but his eyes are upon his ways.

24:24. They are lifted up for a little while and shall not stand, and
shall be brought down as all things, and shall be taken away, and as
the tops of the ears of corn they shall be broken.

24:25. And if it be not so, who can convince me that I have lied, and
set my words before God?

Job Chapter 25

God's providence often suffers the wicked to go on a long time in their
sins: but punisheth them in another life.

25:1. Times are not hid from the Almighty: but they that know him, know
not his days.

25:2. Some have removed landmarks, have taken away flocks by force, and
fed them.

25:3. They have driven away the ass of the fatherless, and have taken
away the widow's ox for a pledge.

25:4. They have overturned the way of the poor, and have oppressed
together the meek of the earth.

25:5. Others like wild asses in the desert go forth to their work: by
watching for a prey they get bread for their children.

25:6. They reap the field that is not their own, and gather the vintage
of his vineyard whom by violence they have oppressed.

25:7. They send men away naked, taking away their clothes who have no
covering in the cold:

25:8. Who are wet, with the showers of the mountains, and having no
covering embrace the stones.

25:9. They have violently robbed the fatherless, and stripped the poor
common people.

25:10. From the naked and them that go without clothing, and from the
hungry they have taken away the ears of corn.

25:11. They have taken their rest at noon among the stores of them, who
after having trodden the winepresses suffer thirst.

25:12. Out of the cities they have made men to groan, and the soul of
the wounded hath cried out, and God doth not suffer it to pass

25:13. They have been rebellious to the light, they have not known his
ways, neither have they returned by his paths.

25:14. The murderer riseth at the very break of day, he killeth the
needy, and the poor man: but in the night he will be as a thief.

25:15. The eye of the adulterer observeth darkness, saying: No eye
shall see me: and he will cover his face.

25:16. He diggeth through houses in the dark, as in the day they had
appointed for themselves, and they have not known the light.

25:17. If the morning suddenly appear, it is to them the shadow of
death: and they walk in darkness as if it were in light.

25:18. He is light upon the face of the water: cursed be his portion on
the earth, let him not walk by the way of the vineyards.

25:19. Let him pass from the snow waters to excessive heat, and his sin
even to hell.

25:20. Let mercy forget him: may worms be his sweetness: let him be
remembered no more, but be broken in pieces as an unfruitful tree.

25:21. For he hath fed the barren that beareth not, and to the widow he
hath done no good.

25:22. He hath pulled down the strong by his might: and when he
standeth up, he shall not trust to his life.

25:23. God hath given him place for penance, and he abuseth it unto
pride: but his eyes are upon his ways.

25:24. They are lifted up for a little while and shall not stand, and
shall be brought down as all things, and shall be taken away, and as
the tops of the ears of corn they shall be broken.

25:25. And if it be not so, who can convince me that I have lied, and
set my words before God?

Job Chapter 26

Job declares his sentiments of the wisdom and power of God.

26:1. Then Job answered, and said:

26:2. Whose helper art thou? is it of him that is weak? and dost thou
hold up the arm of him that has no strength?

26:3. To whom hast thou given counsel? perhaps to him that hath no
wisdom, and thou hast shewn thy very great prudence.

26:4. Whom hast thou desired to teach? was it not him that made life?

26:5. Behold the giants groan under the waters, and they that dwell
with them.

26:6. Hell is naked before him, and there is no covering for

26:7. He stretched out the north over the empty space, and hangeth the
earth upon nothing.

26:8. He bindeth up the waters in his clouds, so that they break not
out and fall down together.

26:9. He withholdeth the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud
over it.

26:10. He hath set bounds about the waters, till light and darkness
come to an end.

26:11. The pillars of heaven tremble, and dread at his beck.

26:12. By his power the seas are suddenly gathered together, and his
wisdom has struck the proud one.

26:13. His spirit hath adorned the heavens, and his obstetric hand
brought forth the winding serpent.

His obstetric hand brought forth the winding serpent. . .That is, the
omnipotent power of God: which brought forth all things created in
time, but conceived in the Divine mind from all eternity. The winding
serpent, a constellation of fixed stars winding round the north pole,
called Draco. This appears from the foregoing part of the same verse,
His spirit hath adorned the heavens.

26:14. Lo, these things are said in part of his ways: and seeing we
have heard scarce a little drop of his word, who shall be able to
behold the thunder of his greatness?

Job Chapter 27

Job persists in asserting his own innocence, and that hypocrites will
be punished in the end.

27:1. Job also added, taking up his parable, and said:

27:2. As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment, and the Almighty,
who hath brought my soul to bitterness,

27:3. As long as breath remaineth in me, and the spirit of God in my

27:4. My lips shall not speak iniquity, neither shall my tongue
contrive lying.

27:5. God forbid that I should judge you to be just: till I die I will
not depart from my innocence.

27:6. My justification, which I have begun to hold, I will not forsake:
for my heart doth not reprehend me in all my life.

27:7. Let my enemy be as the ungodly, and my adversary as the wicked

27:8. For what is the hope of the hypocrite if through covetousness he
take by violence, and God deliver not his soul?

27:9. Will God hear his cry, when distress shall come upon him?

27:10. Or can he delight himself in the Almighty, and call upon God at
all times?

27:11. I will teach you by the hand of God, what the Almighty hath, and
I will not conceal it.

27:12. Behold you all know it, and why do you speak vain things without

27:13. This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the
inheritance of the violent, which they shall receive of the Almighty.

27:14. If his sons be multiplied, they shall be for the sword, and his
grandsons shall not be filled with bread.

27:15. They that shall remain of him, shall be buried in death, and his
widows shall not weep.

27:16. If he shall heap together silver as earth, and prepare raiment
as clay,

27:17. He shall prepare indeed, but the just man shall be clothed with
it: and the innocent shall divide the silver.

27:18. He hath built his house as a moth, and as a keeper he hath made
a booth.

27:19. The rich man when he shall sleep shall take away nothing with
him: he shall open his eyes and find nothing.

27:20. Poverty like water shall take hold on him, a tempest shall
oppress him in the night:

27:21. A burning wind shall take him up, and carry him away, and as a
whirlwind shall snatch him from his place.

27:22. And he shall cast upon him, and shall not spare: out of his hand
he would willingly flee.

27:23. He shall clasp his hands upon him, and shall hiss at him,
beholding his place.

Job Chapter 28

Man's industry searcheth out many things: true wisdom is taught by God

28:1. Silver hath beginnings of its veins, and gold hath a place
wherein it is melted.

28:2. Iron is taken out of the earth, and stone melted with heat is
turned into brass.

28:3. He hath set a time for darkness, and the end of all things he
considereth, the stone also that is in the dark and the shadow of

28:4. The flood divideth from the people that are on their journey,
those whom the food of the needy man hath forgotten, and who cannot be
come at.

28:5. The land, out of which bread grew in its place, hath been
overturned with fire.

28:6. The stones of it are the place of sapphires, and the clods of it
are gold.

28:7. The bird hath not known the path, neither hath the eye of the
vulture beheld it.

28:8. The children of the merchants have not trodden it, neither hath
the lioness passed by it.

28:9. He hath stretched forth his hand to the flint, he hath overturned
mountains from the roots.

28:10. In the rocks he hath cut out rivers, and his eye hath seen every
precious thing.

28:11. The depths also of rivers he hath searched, and hidden things he
hath brought forth to light.

28:12. But where is wisdom to be found, and where is the place of

28:13. Man knoweth not the price thereof, neither is it found in the
land of them that live in delights.

28:14. The depth saith: It is not in me: and the sea saith: It is not
with me.

28:15. The finest gold shall not purchase it, neither shall silver be
weighed in exchange for it.

28:16. It shall not be compared with the dyed colours of India, or with
the most precious stone sardonyx, or the sapphire.

28:17. Gold or crystal cannot equal it, neither shall any vessels of
gold be changed for it.

28:18. High and eminent things shall not be mentioned in comparison of
it: but wisdom is drawn out of secret places.

28:19. The topaz of Ethiopia shall not be equal to it, neither shall it
be compared to the cleanest dyeing.

28:20. Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of

28:21. It is hid from the eyes of all living, and the fowls of the air
know it not.

28:22. Destruction and death have said: With our ears we have heard the
fame thereof.

28:23. God understandeth the way of it, and he knoweth the place

28:24. For he beholdeth the ends of the world: and looketh on all
things that are under heaven.

28:25. Who made a weight for the winds, and weighed the waters by

28:26. When he gave a law for the rain, and a way for the sounding

28:27. Then he saw it, and declared, and prepared, and searched it.

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

Job Chapter 29

Job relates his former happiness, and the respect that all men shewed

29:1. Job also added, taking up his parable, and said:

29:2. Who will grant me, that I might be according to the months past,
according to the days in which God kept me?

29:3. When his lamp shined over my head, and I walked by his light in

29:4. As I was in the days of my youth, when God was secretly in my

29:5. When the Almighty was with me: and my servants round about me?

29:6. When I washed my feet with butter, and the rock poured me out
rivers of oil?

29:7. When I went out to the gate of the city, and in the street they
prepared me a chair?

29:8. The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the old men rose up
and stood.

29:9. The princes ceased to speak, and laid the finger on their mouth.

29:10. The rulers held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to their

29:11. The ear that heard me blessed me, and the eye that saw me gave
witness to me:

29:12. Because I had delivered the poor man that cried out; and the
fatherless, that had no helper.

29:13. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me, and I
comforted the heart of the widow.

29:14. I was clad with justice: and I clothed myself with my judgment,
as with a robe and a diadem.

29:15. I was an eye to the blind, and a foot to the lame.

29:16. I was the father of the poor: and the cause which I knew not, I
searched out most diligently.

29:17. I broke the jaws of the wicked man, and out of his teeth I took
away the prey.

29:18. And I said: I shall die in my nest, and as a palm tree shall
multiply my days.

29:19. My root is opened beside the waters, and dew shall continue in
my harvest.

29:20. My glory shall always be renewed, and my bow in my hand shall be

29:21. They that heard me, waited for my sentence, and being attentive
held their peace at my counsel.

29:22. To my words they durst add nothing, and my speech dropped upon

29:23. They waited for me as for rain, and they opened their mouth as
for a latter shower.

29:24. If at any time I laughed on them, they believed not, and the
light of my countenance fell not on earth.

29:25. If I had a mind to go to them, I sat first, and when I sat as a
king, with his army standing about him, yet I was a comforter of them
that mourned.

Job Chapter 30

Job shews the wonderful change of his temporal estate, from welfare to
great calamity.

30:1. But now the younger in time scorn me, whose fathers I would not
have set with the dogs of my flock:

But now the younger in time. . .That is, younger than I am, and as it
were obscure, when I was conspicuous and in magnificence; they now look
down on me.

30:2. The strength of whose hands was to me as nothing, and they were
thought unworthy of life itself.

30:3. Barren with want and hunger, who gnawed in the wilderness,
disfigured with calamity and misery.

30:4. And they ate grass, and barks of trees, and the root of junipers
was their food.

30:5. Who snatched up these things out of the valleys, and when they
had found any of them, they ran to them with a cry.

30:6. They dwelt in the desert places of torrents, and in caves of
earth, or upon the gravel.

30:7. They pleased themselves among these kind of things, and counted
it delightful to be under the briers.

30:8. The children of foolish and base men, and not appearing at all
upon the earth.

30:9. Now I am turned into their song, and am become their byword.

30:10. They abhor me, and flee far from me, and are not afraid to spit
in my face.

30:11. For he hath opened his quiver, and hath afflicted me, and hath
put a bridle into my mouth.

30:12. At the right hand of my rising, my calamities forthwith arose:
they have overthrown my feet, and have overwhelmed me with their paths
as with waves.

30:13. They have destroyed my ways, they have lain in wait against me,
and they have prevailed, and there was none to help.

30:14. They have rushed in upon me, as when a wall is broken, and a
gate opened, and have rolled themselves down to my miseries.

30:15. I am brought to nothing: as a wind thou hast taken away my
desire: and my prosperity hath passed away like a cloud.

30:16. And now my soul fadeth within myself, and the days of affliction
possess me.

30:17. In the night my bone is pierced with sorrows: and they that feed
upon me, do not sleep.

30:18. With the multitude of them my garment is consumed, and they have
girded me about, as with the collar of my coat.

30:19. I am compared to dirt, and am likened to embers and ashes.

30:20. I cry to thee, and thou hearest me not: I stand up, and thou
dost not regard me.

30:21. Thou art changed to be cruel toward me, and in the hardness of
thy hand thou art against me.

30:22. Thou hast lifted me up, and set me as it were upon the wind, and
thou hast mightily dashed me.

30:23. I know that thou wilt deliver me to death, where a house is
appointed for every one that liveth.

30:24. But yet thou stretchest not forth thy hand to their consumption:
and if they shall fall down thou wilt save.

30:25. I wept heretofore for him that was afflicted, and my soul had
compassion on the poor.

30:26. I expected good things, and evils are come upon me: I waited for
light, and darkness broke out.

30:27. My inner parts have boiled without any rest, the days of
affliction have prevented me.

30:28. I went mourning without indignation; I rose up, and cried in the

30:29. I was the brother of dragons, and companion of ostriches.

Brother of dragons, etc. . .Imitating these creatures in their
lamentable noise.

30:30. My skin is become black upon me, and my bones are dried up with

30:31. My harp is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of
those that weep.

Job Chapter 31

Job, to defend himself from the unjust judgments of his friends, gives
a sincere account of his own virtues.

31:1. I made a covenant with my eyes, that I would not so much as think
upon a virgin.

31:2. For what part should God from above have in me, and what
inheritance the Almighty from on high?

31:3. Is not destruction to the wicked, and aversion to them that work

31:4. Doth not he consider my ways, and number all my steps?

31:5. If I have walked in vanity, and my foot hath made haste to

31:6. Let him weigh me in a just balance, and let God know my

31:7. If my step hath turned out of the way, and if my heart hath
followed my eyes, and if a spot hath cleaved to my hands:

31:8. Then let me sow and let another reap: and let my offspring be
rooted out.

31:9. If my heart hath been deceived upon a woman, and if I have laid
wait at my friend's door:

31:10. Let my wife be the harlot of another, and let other men lie with

31:11. For this is a heinous crime, and a most grievous iniquity.

31:12. It is a fire that devoureth even to destruction, and rooteth up
all things that spring.

31:13. If I have despised to abide judgment with my manservant, or my
maidservant, when they had any controversy against me:

31:14. For what shall I do when God shall rise to judge? and when he
shall examine, what shall I answer him?

31:15. Did not he that made me in the womb make him also: and did not
one and the same form me in the womb?

31:16. If I have denied to the poor what they desired, and have made
the eyes of the widow wait:

31:17. If I have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless hath not
eaten thereof:

31:18. (For from my infancy mercy grew up with me: and it came out with
me from my mother's womb:)

31:19. If I have despised him that was perishing for want of clothing,
and the poor man that had no covering:

31:20. If his sides have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with
the fleece of my sheep:

31:21. If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, even when I
saw myself superior in the gate:

31:22. Let my shoulder fall from its joint, and let my arm with its
bones be broken.

31:23. For I have always feared God as waves swelling over me, and his
weight I was unable to bear.

31:24. If I have thought gold my strength, and have said to fine gold:
My confidence:

31:25. If I have rejoiced over my great riches, and because my hand had
gotten much.

31:26. If I beheld the sun when it shined and the moon going in

If I beheld the sun, etc. . .If I behold the sun and moon with
admiration, knowing them to be created and governed by the power of
God, I call on my adversaries to produce any thing against me, whereby
I could be charged with worshipping the sun or moon.

31:27. And my heart in secret hath rejoiced, and I have kissed my hand
with, my mouth:

31:28. Which is a very great iniquity, and a denial against the most
high God.

31:29. If I have been glad at the downfall of him that hated me, and
have rejoiced that evil had found him.

31:30. For I have not given my mouth to sin, by wishing a curse to his

31:31. If the men of my tabernacle have not said: Who will give us of
his flesh that we may be filled?

31:32. The stranger did not stay without, my door was open to the

31:33. If as a man I have hid my sin, and have concealed my iniquity in
my bosom.

31:34. If I have been afraid at a very great multitude, and the
contempt of kinsmen hath terrified me: and have not rather held my
peace, and not gone out of the door.

31:35. Who would grant me a hearing, that the Almighty may hear my
desire: and that he himself that judgeth would write a book,

31:36. That I may carry it on my shoulder, and put it about me as a

31:37. At every step of mine I would pronounce it, and offer it as to a

31:38. If my land cry against me, and with it the furrows thereof

31:39. If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, and have
afflicted the son of the tillers thereof:

31:40. Let thistles grow up to me instead of wheat, and thorns instead
of barley.

The words of Job are ended.

Job Chapter 32

Eliu is angry with Job and his friends. He boasts of himself.

32:1. So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he seemed just
to himself.

32:2. And Eliu the son of Barachel the Buzite of the kindred of Ram,
was angry and was moved to indignation: now he was angry against Job,
because he said he was just before God.

32:3. And he was angry with his friends, because they had not found a
reasonable answer, but only had condemned Job.

32:4. So Eliu waited while Job was speaking because they were his
elders that were speaking.

32:5. But when he saw that the three were not able to answer, he was
exceedingly angry.

32:6. Then Eliu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered, and said: I am
younger in days, and you are more ancient, therefore hanging down my
head, I was afraid to shew you my opinion.

32:7. For I hoped that greater age would speak, and that a multitude of
years would teach wisdom.

32:8. But, as I see, there is a spirit in men, and the inspiration of
the Almighty giveth understanding.

32:9. They that are aged are not the wise men, neither do the ancients
understand judgment.

32:10. Therefore I will speak: Hearken to me, I also will shew you my

32:11. For I have waited for your words, I have given ear to your
wisdom, as long as you were disputing in words.

32:12. And as long as I thought you said some thing, I considered: but,
as I see, there is none of you that can convince Job, and answer his

32:13. Lest you should say: We have found wisdom, God hath cast him
down, not man.

32:14. He hath spoken nothing to me, and I will not answer him
according to your words.

32:15. They were afraid, and answered no more, and they left off

32:16. Therefore because I have waited, and they have not spoken: they
stood, and answered no more:

32:17. I also will answer my part, and will shew my knowledge.

32:18. For I am full of matter to speak of, and the spirit of my bowels
straiteneth me.

32:19. Behold, my belly is as new wine which wanteth vent, which
bursteth the new vessels.

32:20. I will speak and take breath a little: I will open my lips, and
will answer.

32:21. I will not accept the person of man, and I will not level God
with man.

I will not level God with man. . .Here Eliu considers that Job hath put
himself on a level with God, by the manner he assumed to justify his
own life in speaking to God as if he spoke to an equal: Eliu expresses
in the following ver. 22 his fear of punishment hereafter for such an

32:22. For I know not how long I shall continue, and whether after a
while my Maker may take me away.

Job Chapter 33

Eliu blames Job for asserting his own innocence.

33:1. Hear therefore, O Job, my speeches, and hearken to all my words.

33:2. Behold now I have opened my mouth, let my tongue speak within my

33:3. My words are from my upright heart, and my lips shall speak a
pure sentence.

33:4. The spirit of God made me, and the breath of the Almighty gave me

33:5. If thou canst, answer me, and stand up against my face.

33:6. Behold God hath made me as well as thee, and of the same clay I
also was formed.

33:7. But yet let not my wonder terrify thee, and let not my eloquence
be burdensome to thee.

33:8. Now thou hast said in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of
thy words:

33:9. I am clean, and without sin: I am unspotted, and there is no
iniquity in me.

33:10. Because he hath found complaints against me, therefore he hath
counted me for his enemy.

33:11. He hath put my feet in the stocks, he hath observed all my

33:12. Now this is the thing in which thou art not justified: I will
answer thee, that God is greater than man.

33:13. Dost thou strive against him, because he hath not answered thee
to all words?

33:14. God speaketh once, and repeateth not the selfsame thing the
second time.

33:15. By a dream in a vision by night, when deep sleep falleth upon
men, and they are sleeping in their beds:

33:16. Then he openeth the ears of men, and teaching instructeth them
in what they are to learn.

33:17. That he may withdraw a man from the things he is doing, and may
deliver him from pride.

33:18. Rescuing his soul from corruption: and his life from passing to
the sword.

33:19. He rebuketh also by sorrow in the bed, and he maketh all his
bones to wither.

33:20. Bread becometh abominable to him in his life, and to his soul
the meat which before he desired.

33:21. His flesh shall be consumed away, and his bones that were
covered shall be made bare.

33:22. His soul hath drawn near to corruption, and his life to the

33:23. If there shall be an angel speaking for him, one among
thousands, to declare man's uprightness,

33:24. He shall have mercy on him, and shall say: Deliver him, that he
may not go down to corruption: I have found wherein I may be merciful
to him.

33:25. His flesh is consumed with punishments, let him return to the
days of his youth.

33:26. He shall pray to God, and he will be gracious to him: and he
shall see his face with joy, and he will render to man his justice.

33:27. He shall look upon men, and shall say: I have sinned, and indeed
I have offended, and I have not received what I have deserved.

33:28. He hath delivered his soul from going into destruction, that it
may live and see the light.

33:29. Behold, all these things God worketh three times within every

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