The Book of Job
1 – And Job answered, and said:
2 – Indeed I know it is so, and that man cannot be justified compared with
3 – If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one for a thousand.
4 – He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath resisted him, and hath had peace ?
5 – Who hath removed mountains, and they whom he overthrew in his wrath, knew it not.
6 – Who shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
7 – Who commandeth tile sun and it riseth not: and shutteth up the stars as it were under a seal:
8 – Who alone spreadeth out the heavens, and walketh upon the waves of the sea.
9 – Who maketh Arcturus, and Orion, and Hyades, and the inner parts of the south.
10 – Who doth things great and incomprehensible, and wonderful, of which there is no number.
11 – If he come to me, I shall not see him: if he depart I shall not understand.
12 – If he examine on a sudden, who shall answer him? or who can say: Why dost thou so?
13 – God, whose wrath no mall can resist, and under whom they stoop that bear up the world.
14 – What am I then, that I should answer him, and have words with him?
15 – I, who although I should have any just thing, would not answer, but would make supplication to my judge.
16 – And if he should hear me when I call, I should not believe that he had heard my voice.
17 – For he shall crush me in a whirlwind, and multiply my wounds even without cause.
18 – He alloweth not my spirit to rest, and he filleth me with bitterness.
19 – If strength be demanded, he is most strong: if equity of judgment, no man dare bear witness for me.
20 – If I would justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I would shew myself innocent, he shall prove me wicked.
21 – Although I should be simple, even this my soul shall be ignorant of, and I shall be weary of my life.
22 – One thing there is that I have spoken, both the innocent and the wicked he consumeth.
23 – If he scourge, let him kill at once, and not laugh at the pains of the innocent.
24 – The earth is given into the hand of the wicked, he covereth the face of the judges thereof: and if it be not he, who is it then?
25 – My days have been swifter than a post: they have fled away and have not seen good.
26 – They have passed by as ships carrying fruits, as an eagle flying to the prey.
27 – If I say: I will not speak so: I change my face, and am tormented with sorrow.
28 – I feared all my works, knowing that thou didst not spare the offender.
29 – But if so also I am wicked, why have I laboured in vain?
30 – If I be washed as it were with snow waters, and my hands shall shine ever so clean :
31 – Yet thou shalt plunge me in filth, and my garments shall abhor me,
32 – For I shall not answer a man that is like myself: nor one that may be heard with me equally in judgment.
33 – There is none that may be able to reprove both, and to put his hand between both.
34 – Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me.
35 – I will speak, and will not fear him: for I cannot answer while I am in fear.
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