1. Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

2. Can a man be profitable to God, as he that is wise may be profitable to 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 thy iniquities infinite?

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

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

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

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

10. Therefore snares are around 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 hight of heaven? and behold the hight 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. Who were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflowed with a flood!

17. Who said to 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 deride them.

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: by this good shall come to thee.

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

23. If thou shalt 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 defense and thou shalt have plenty of silver.

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

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

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

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

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

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 to me.

6. Would 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.

1. Why, seeing times are not hid from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?

2. Some remove the landmarks: they violently take away flocks, and their feed.

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, they go 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. Who make oil within their walls, and tread their wine-presses, 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 its ways, nor abide in its paths.

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 day-time: they know not the light.

17. For the morning is to them even as the shades of death: if one knoweth them, they are in the terrors of the shades 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. Drouth and heat consume the snow-waters: so doth the grave those who 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 oppresseth 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 is given him to be in safety, on which 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 others, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.

25. And if it is not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech of no worth?

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; and the stars are not pure in his sight.

6. How much less man, that is a worm; and the son of man, who is a worm?

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 counseled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou abundantly 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 encompassed 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 by 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?

1. Moreover, Job continued his parable, and said,

2. As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty who hath afflicted 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. Far be it from me that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove my 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 my 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 are 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 should 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.

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