1. And Eliphaz the Temanite made answer and said,

2. Will a wise man make answer with knowledge of no value, or will he give birth to the east wind?

3. Will he make arguments with words in which is no profit, and with sayings which have no value?

4. Truly, you make the fear of God without effect, so that the time of quiet worship before God is made less by your outcry.

5. For your mouth is guided by your sin, and you have taken the tongue of the false for yourself.

6. It is by your mouth, even yours, that you are judged to be in the wrong, and not by me; and your lips give witness against you.

7. Were you the first man to come into the world? or did you come into being before the hills?

8. Were you present at the secret meeting of God? and have you taken all wisdom for yourself?

9. What knowledge have you which we have not? is there anything in your mind which is not in ours?

10. With us are men who are grey-haired and full of years, much older than your father.

11. Are the comforts of God not enough for you, and the gentle word which was said to you?

12. Why is your heart uncontrolled, and why are your eyes lifted up;

13. So that you are turning your spirit against God, and letting such words go out of your mouth?

14. What is man, that he may be clean? and how may the son of woman be upright?

15. Truly, he puts no faith in his holy ones, and the heavens are not clean in his eyes;

16. How much less one who is disgusting and unclean, a man who takes in evil like water!

17. Take note and give ear to my words; and I will say what I have seen:

18. (The things which wise men have got from their fathers, and have not kept secret from us;

19. For only to them was the land given, and no strange people were among them:)

20. The evil man is in pain all his days, and the number of the years stored up for the cruel is small.

21. A sound of fear is in his ears; in time of peace destruction will come on him:

22. He has no hope of coming safe out of the dark, and his fate will be the sword;

23. He is wandering about in search of bread, saying, Where is it? and he is certain that the day of trouble is ready for him:

24. He is greatly in fear of the dark day, trouble and pain overcome him:

25. Because his hand is stretched out against God, and his heart is lifted up against the Ruler of all,

26. Running against him like a man of war, covered by his thick breastplate; even like a king ready for the fight,

27. Because his face is covered with fat, and his body has become thick;

28. And he has made his resting-place in the towns which have been pulled down, in houses where no man had a right to be, whose fate was to become masses of broken walls.

29. He does not get wealth for himself, and is unable to keep what he has got; the heads of his grain are not bent down to the earth.

30. He does not come out of the dark; his branches are burned by the flame, and the wind takes away his bud.

31. Let him not put his hope in what is false, falling into error: for he will get deceit as his reward.

32. His branch is cut off before its time, and his leaf is no longer green.

33. He is like a vine whose grapes do not come to full growth, or an olive-tree dropping its flowers.

34. For the band of the evil-doers gives no fruit, and the tents of those who give wrong decisions for reward are burned with fire.

35. Evil has made them with child, and they give birth to trouble; and the fruit of their body is shame for themselves.

1. And Job made answer and said,

2. Such things have frequently come to my ears: you are comforters who only give trouble.

3. May words which are like the wind be stopped? or what is troubling you to make answer to them?

4. It would not be hard for me to say such things if your souls were in my soul's place; joining words together against you, and shaking my head at you:

5. I might give you strength with my mouth, and not keep back the comfort of my lips.

6. If I say what is in my mind, my pain becomes no less: and if I keep quiet, how much of it goes from me?

7. But now he has overcome me with weariness and fear, and I am in the grip of all my trouble.

8. It has come up as a witness against me, and the wasting of my flesh makes answer to my face.

9. I am broken by his wrath, and his hate has gone after me; he has made his teeth sharp against me: my haters are looking on me with cruel eyes;

10. Their mouths are open wide against me; the blows of his bitter words are falling on my face; all of them come together in a mass against me.

11. God gives me over to the power of sinners, sending me violently into the hands of evil-doers.

12. I was in comfort, but I have been broken up by his hands; he has taken me by the neck, shaking me to bits; he has put me up as a mark for his arrows.

13. His bowmen come round about me; their arrows go through my body without mercy; my life is drained out on the earth.

14. I am broken with wound after wound; he comes rushing on me like a man of war.

15. I have made haircloth the clothing of my skin, and my horn is rolled in the dust.

16. My face is red with weeping, and my eyes are becoming dark;

17. Though my hands have done no violent acts, and my prayer is clean.

18. O earth, let not my blood be covered, and let my cry have no resting-place!

19. Even now my witness is in heaven, and the supporter of my cause is on high.

20. My friends make sport of me; to God my eyes are weeping,

21. So that he may give decision for a man in his cause with God, and between a son of man and his neighbour.

22. For in a short time I will take the journey from which I will not come back.

1. My spirit is broken, my days are ended, the last resting-place is ready for me.

2. Truly, those who make sport of me are round about me, and my eyes become dark because of their bitter laughing.

3. Be pleased, now, to be responsible for me to yourself; for there is no other who will put his hand in mine.

4. You have kept their hearts from wisdom: for this cause you will not give them honour.

5. As for him who is false to his friend for a reward, light will be cut off from the eyes of his children.

6. He has made me a word of shame to the peoples; I have become a mark for their sport.

7. My eyes have become dark because of my pain, and all my body is wasted to a shade.

8. The upright are surprised at this, and he who has done no wrong is troubled because of the evil-doers.

9. Still the upright keeps on his way, and he who has clean hands gets new strength.

10. But come back, now, all of you, come; and I will not see a wise man among you.

11. My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the desires of my heart.

12. They are changing night into day; they say, The light is near the dark.

13. If I am waiting for the underworld as my house, if I have made my bed in the dark;

14. If I say to the earth, You are my father; and to the worm, My mother and my sister;

15. Where then is my hope? and who will see my desire?

16. Will they go down with me into the underworld? Will we go down together into the dust?

1. Then Bildad the Shuhite made answer and said,

2. How long will it be before you have done talking? Get wisdom, and then we will say what is in our minds.

3. Why do we seem as beasts in your eyes, and as completely without knowledge?

4. But come back, now, come: you who are wounding yourself in your passion, will the earth be given up because of you, or a rock be moved out of its place?

5. For the light of the sinner is put out, and the flame of his fire is not shining.

6. The light is dark in his tent, and the light shining over him is put out.

7. The steps of his strength become short, and by his design destruction overtakes him.

8. His feet take him into the net, and he goes walking into the cords.

9. His foot is taken in the net; he comes into its grip.

10. The twisted cord is put secretly in the earth to take him, and the cord is placed in his way.

11. He is overcome by fears on every side, they go after him at every step.

12. His strength is made feeble for need of food, and destruction is waiting for his falling footstep.

13. His skin is wasted by disease, and his body is food for the worst of diseases.

14. He is pulled out of his tent where he was safe, and he is taken away to the king of fears.

15. In his tent will be seen that which is not his, burning stone is dropped on his house.

16. Under the earth his roots are dry, and over it his branch is cut off.

17. His memory is gone from the earth, and in the open country there is no knowledge of his name.

18. He is sent away from the light into the dark; he is forced out of the world.

19. He has no offspring or family among his people, and in his living-place there is no one of his name.

20. At his fate those of the west are shocked, and those of the east are overcome with fear.

21. Truly, these are the houses of the sinner, and this is the place of him who has no knowledge of God.

1. And Job made answer and said,

2. How long will you make my life bitter, crushing me with words?

3. Ten times now you have made sport of me; it gives you no sense of shame to do me wrong.

4. And, truly, if I have been in error, the effect of my error is only on myself.

5. If you make yourselves great against me, using my punishment as an argument against me,

6. Be certain that it is God who has done me wrong, and has taken me in his net.

7. Truly, I make an outcry against the violent man, but there is no answer: I give a cry for help, but no one takes up my cause.

8. My way is walled up by him so that I may not go by: he has made my roads dark.

9. He has put off my glory from me, and taken the crown from my head.

10. I am broken down by him on every side, and I am gone; my hope is uprooted like a tree.

11. His wrath is burning against me, and I am to him as one of his haters.

12. His armies come on together, they make their road high against me, and put up their tents round mine.

13. He has taken my brothers far away from me; they have seen my fate and have become strange to me.

14. My relations and my near friends have given me up, and those living in my house have put me out of their minds.

15. I am strange to my women-servants, and seem to them as one from another country.

16. At my cry my servant gives me no answer, and I have to make a prayer to him.

17. My breath is strange to my wife, and I am disgusting to the offspring of my mother's body.

18. Even young children have no respect for me; when I get up their backs are turned on me.

19. All the men of my circle keep away from me; and those dear to me are turned against me.

20. My bones are joined to my skin, and I have got away with my flesh in my teeth.

21. Have pity on me, have pity on me, O my friends! for the hand of God is on me.

22. Why are you cruel to me, like God, for ever saying evil against me?

23. If only my words might be recorded! if they might be put in writing in a book!

24. And with an iron pen and lead be cut into the rock for ever!

25. But I am certain that he who will take up my cause is living, and that in time to come he will take his place on the dust;

26. And ... without my flesh I will see God;

27. Whom I will see on my side, and not as one strange to me. My heart is broken with desire.

28. If you say, How cruel we will be to him! because the root of sin is clearly in him:

29. Be in fear of the sword, for the sword is the punishment for such things, so that you may be certain that there is a judge.

1. Then Zophar the Naamathite made answer and said,

2. For this cause my thoughts are troubling me and driving me on.

3. I have to give ear to arguments which put me to shame, and your answers to me are wind without wisdom.

4. Have you knowledge of this from early times, when man was placed on the earth,

5. That the pride of the sinner is short, and the joy of the evil-doer but for a minute?

6. Though he is lifted up to the heavens, and his head goes up to the clouds;

7. Like the waste from his body he comes to an end for ever: those who have seen him say, Where is he?

8. He is gone like a dream, and is not seen again; he goes in flight like a vision of the night.

9. The eye which saw him sees him no longer; and his place has no more knowledge of him.

10. His children are hoping that the poor will be kind to them, and his hands give back his wealth.

11. His bones are full of young strength, but it will go down with him into the dust.

12. Though evil-doing is sweet in his mouth, and he keeps it secretly under his tongue;

13. Though he takes care of it, and does not let it go, but keeps it still in his mouth;

14. His food becomes bitter in his stomach; the poison of snakes is inside him.

15. He takes down wealth as food, and sends it up again; it is forced out of his stomach by God.

16. He takes the poison of snakes into his mouth, the tongue of the snake is the cause of his death.

17. Let him not see the rivers of oil, the streams of honey and milk.

18. He is forced to give back the fruit of his work, and may not take it for food; he has no joy in the profit of his trading.

19. Because he has been cruel to the poor, turning away from them in their trouble; because he has taken a house by force which he did not put up;

20. There is no peace for him in his wealth, and no salvation for him in those things in which he took delight.

21. He had never enough for his desire; for this cause his well-being will quickly come to an end.

22. Even when his wealth is great, he is full of care, for the hand of everyone who is in trouble is turned against him.

23. God gives him his desire, and sends the heat of his wrath on him, making it come down on him like rain.

24. He may go in flight from the iron spear, but the arrow from the bow of brass will go through him;

25. He is pulling it out, and it comes out of his back; and its shining point comes out of his side; he is overcome by fears.

26. All his wealth is stored up for the dark: a fire not made by man sends destruction on him, and on everything in his tent.

27. The heavens make clear his sin, and the earth gives witness against him.

28. The produce of his house is taken away into another country, like things given into the hands of others in the day of wrath.

29. This is the reward of the evil man, and the heritage given to him by God.

1. Then Job made answer and said,

2. Give attention with care to my words; and let this be your comfort.

3. Let me say what is in my mind, and after that, go on making sport of me.

4. As for me, is my outcry against man? is it then to be wondered at if my spirit is troubled?

5. Take note of me and be full of wonder, put your hand on your mouth.

6. At the very thought of it my flesh is shaking with fear.

7. Why is life given to the evil-doers? why do they become old and strong in power?

8. Their children are ever with them, and their offspring before their eyes.

9. Their houses are free from fear, and the rod of God does not come on them.

10. Their ox is ready at all times to give seed; their cow gives birth, without dropping her young.

11. They send out their young ones like a flock, and their children have pleasure in the dance,

12. They make songs to the instruments of music, and are glad at the sound of the pipe.

13. Their days come to an end without trouble, and suddenly they go down to the underworld.

14. Though they said to God, Go away from us, for we have no desire for the knowledge of your ways.

15. What is the Ruler of all, that we may give him worship? and what profit is it to us to make prayer to him?

16. Truly, is not their well-being in their power? (The purpose of the evil-doers is far from me.)

17. How frequently is the light of the evil-doers put out, or does trouble come on them? how frequently does his wrath take them with cords?

18. How frequently are they as dry stems before the wind, or as grass taken away by the storm-wind?

19. You say, God keeps punishment stored up for his children. Let him send it on the man himself, so that he may have the punishment of it!

20. Let his eyes see his trouble, and let him be full of the wrath of the Ruler of all!

21. For what interest has he in his house after him, when the number of his months is ended?

22. Is anyone able to give teaching to God? for he is the judge of those who are on high.

23. One comes to his end in complete well-being, full of peace and quiet:

24. His buckets are full of milk, and there is no loss of strength in his bones.

25. And another comes to his end with a bitter soul, without ever tasting good.

26. Together they go down to the dust, and are covered by the worm.

27. See, I am conscious of your thoughts, and of your violent purposes against me;

28. For you say, Where is the house of the ruler, and where is the tent of the evil-doer?

29. Have you not put the question to the travellers, and do you not take note of their experience?

30. How the evil man goes free in the day of trouble, and has salvation in the day of wrath?

31. Who will make his way clear to his face? and if he has done a thing, who gives him punishment for it?

32. He is taken to his last resting-place, and keeps watch over it.

33. The earth of the valley covering his bones is sweet to him, and all men come after him, as there were unnumbered before him.

34. Why then do you give me comfort with words in which there is no profit, when you see that there is nothing in your answers but deceit?

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