1 Call now, if there be any that willHe wills Job to consider the example of all who have lived or live godly, whether any of them are like him in raging against God as he does.answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?
2 ForMurmuring against God in afflictions increases the pain, and uttered man's folly.wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.
3 I have seen theThat is, the sinner that does not have the fear of God.foolish taking root: but suddenly II was not moved by his prosperity but knew that God had cursed him and his.cursed his habitation.
4 HisThough God sometimes allows the father's to pass in this world, yet his judgments will light on their wicked children.children are far from safety, and they are crushed in theBy public judgment they will be condemned and no one will pity them.gate, neither [is there] any to deliver [them].
5 Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of theThough there are only two or three ears left in the hedges, yet these will be taken from him.thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.
6 Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust,That is, the earth is not the cause of barrenness and man's misery, but his own sin.neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
7 Yet man is born untoWhich declares that sin is always in our corrupt nature: for before sin it was not subject to pain and affliction.trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
8 I would seek untoIf I suffered as you do, I would seek God.God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
9 WhichHe counsels Job to humble himself to God to whom all creatures are subject and whose works declare that man is inexcusable unless he glorifies God in all his works.doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:
10 WhoHe shows by particular examples what the works of God are.giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:
11 And setteth vp on hie them that be lowe, that the sorowfull may be exalted to saluation.
12 He scattereth the deuices of the craftie: so that their handes can not accomplish that which they doe enterprise.
13 He taketh the wise in their craftinesse, and the counsel of the wicked is made foolish.
14 They meet withIn things plain and evident they show themselves fools instead of wise men.darkness in the daytime, andThis declares that God punishes the worldly wise as he threatened in (Deu_28:29).grope in the noonday as in the night.
15 But he saveth theThat is, he who humbles himself before God.poor from the sword, from theirHe compares the slander of the wicked to sharp swords.mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.
16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquityIf the wicked are compelled by God's works to shut their mouths, how much more they who profess God.stoppeth her mouth.
17 Beholde, blessed is the man whome God correcteth: therefore refuse not thou the chastising of the Almightie.
18 For he maketh the wound, and bindeth it vp: he smiteth, and his handes make whole.
19 He shall deliver thee inHe will send trouble after trouble that his children may not for one time, but continually trust in him: but they sill have a comfortable issue, even in the greatest and the last, which is here called the seventh.six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
20 In famine he shal deliuer thee from death: and in battel from the power of the sworde.
21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue, and thou shalt not be afraid of destruction when it commeth.
22 At destruction and famine thou shaltWhile the wicked lament in their troubles, you will have occasion to rejoice.laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
23 For thouWhen we are in God's favour, all creatures will serve us.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 notGod will so bless you that you will have opportunity to rejoice in all things, and not be offended.sin.
25 Thou shalt perceiue also, that thy seede shalbe great, and thy posteritie as the grasse of the earth.
26 Thou shalt come to [thy] grave inThough the children of God have not always carried out this promise, yet God recompenses it otherwise to their advantage.a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in his season.
27 LoWe have learned these points by experience, that God does not punish the innocent, that man cannot compare in justice with him, that the hypocrites will not prosper for long, and that the affliction which man sustains comes for his own sin.this, we have searched it, so it [is]; hear it, and know thou [it] for thy good.