The Book of Job
1 – Hear therefore, O Job, my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
2 – Behold now I have opened my mouth, let my tongue speak within my jaws.
3 – My words are from my upright heart, and my lips shall speak a pure sentence.
4 – The spirit of God made me, and the breath of the Almighty gave me life.
5 – If thou canst, answer me, and stand up against my face.
6 – Behold God hath made me as well as thee, and of the same clay I also was formed.
7 – But yet let not my wonder terrify thee, and let not my eloquence be burdensome to thee.
8 – Now thou has said in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words :
9 – I am clean, and without sin : I am unspotted, and there is no iniquity in me.
10 – Because he hath found complaints against me, therefore he hath counted me for his enemy.
11 – He hath put my feet in the stocks, he hath observed all my paths.
12 – Now this is the thing in which thou art not justified : I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.
13 – Dost thou strive against him, because he hath not answered thee to all words?
14 – God speaketh once, and repeateth not the selfsame thing the second time.
15 – By a dream in a vision by night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, and they are sleeping in their beds :
16 – Then he openeth the ears of men, and teaching instructeth them in what they are to learn.
17 – That he may withdraw a man from the things he is doing, and may deliver him from pride.
18 – Rescuing his soul from corruption : and his life from passing to the sword.
19 – He rebuketh also by sorrow in the bed, and he maketh all his bones to wither.
20 – Bread becometh abominable to him in his life, and to his soul the meat which before he desired.
21 – His flesh shall be consumed away, and his bones that were covered shall be made bare.
22 – His soul hath drawn near to corruption, and his life to the destroyers.
23 – If there shall be an angel speaking for him, one among thousands, to declare man’s uprightness,
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.
25 – His flesh is consumed with punishment, let him return to the days of his youth.
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.
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.
28 – He hath delivered his soul from going into destruction, that it may live and see the light.
29 – Behold, all these things God worketh three times within every one.
30 – That he may withdraw their souls from corruption, and enlighten them with the light of the living.
31 – Attend, Job, and hearken to me : and hold thy peace, whilst I speak.
32 – But if thou hast any thing to say, answer me, speak : for I would have thee to appear just.
33 – And if thou have not, hear me : hold thy peace, and I will teach thee wisdom.
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