The Old Testament

 

The Book of Esther


 1:1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus

which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and

seven and twenty provinces:) 1:2 That in those days, when the king

Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the

palace, 1:3 In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all

his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the

nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him: 1:4 When he

shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his

excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and fourscore days.

 

1:5 And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all

the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great

and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's

palace; 1:6 Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with

cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble:

the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue,

and white, and black, marble.

 

1:7 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being

diverse one from another,) and royal wine in abundance, according to

the state of the king.

 

1:8 And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for so

the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they

should do according to every man's pleasure.

 

1:9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal

house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.

 

1:10 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with

wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha,

Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence

of Ahasuerus the king, 1:11 To bring Vashti the queen before the king

with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty:

for she was fair to look on.

 

1:12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by

his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger

burned in him.

 

1:13 Then the king said to the wise men, which knew the times, (for so

was the king's manner toward all that knew law and judgment: 1:14 And

the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres,

Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, which saw

the king's face, and which sat the first in the kingdom;) 1:15 What

shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she hath

not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the

chamberlains?  1:16 And Memucan answered before the king and the

princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but

also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the

provinces of the king Ahasuerus.

 

1:17 For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so

that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be

reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought

in before him, but she came not.

 

1:18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto

all the king's princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen.

Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath.

 

1:19 If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him,

and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes,

that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king

Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is

better than she.

 

1:20 And when the king's decree which he shall make shall be published

throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give

to their husbands honour, both to great and small.

 

1:21 And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did

according to the word of Memucan: 1:22 For he sent letters into all

the king's provinces, into every province according to the writing

thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man

should bear rule in his own house, and that it should be published

according to the language of every people.

 

2:1 After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased,

he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed

against her.

 

2:2 Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, Let there

be fair young virgins sought for the king: 2:3 And let the king

appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may

gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to

the house of the women, unto the custody of Hege the king's

chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for

purification be given them: 2:4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the

king be queen instead of Vashti.

 

And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.

 

2:5 Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was

Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a

Benjamite; 2:6 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the

captivity which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah,

whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.

 

2:7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter:

for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and

beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took

for his own daughter.

 

2:8 So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his decree was

heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the

palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the

king's house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.

 

2:9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and

he speedily gave her her things for purification, with such things as

belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her,

out of the king's house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the

best place of the house of the women.

 

2:10 Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai

had charged her that she should not shew it.

 

2:11 And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women's

house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.

 

2:12 Now when every maid's turn was come to go in to king Ahasuerus,

after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the

women, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to

wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours,

and with other things for the purifying of the women;) 2:13 Then thus

came every maiden unto the king; whatsoever she desired was given her

to go with her out of the house of the women unto the king's house.

 

2:14 In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into the

second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king's

chamberlain, which kept the concubines: she came in unto the king no

more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were called by

name.

 

2:15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of

Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto

the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain,

the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the

sight of all them that looked upon her.

 

2:16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in

the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his

reign.

 

2:17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained

grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he

set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of

Vashti.

 

2:18 Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his

servants, even Esther's feast; and he made a release to the provinces,

and gave gifts, according to the state of the king.

 

2:19 And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then

Mordecai sat in the king's gate.

 

2:20 Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai

had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as

when she was brought up with him.

 

2:21 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king's gate, two of the

king's chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door,

were wroth, and sought to lay hands on the king Ahasuerus.

 

2:22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the

queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai's name.

 

2:23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out;

therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the

book of the chronicles before the king.

 

3:1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of

Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all

the princes that were with him.

 

3:2 And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate, bowed,

and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him.

But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.

 

3:3 Then the king's servants, which were in the king's gate, said unto

Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king's commandment?  3:4 Now it

came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkened not

unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai's matters

would stand: for he had told them that he was a Jew.

 

3:5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence,

then was Haman full of wrath.

 

3:6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had

shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy

all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even

the people of Mordecai.

 

3:7 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year

of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from

day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is,

the month Adar.

 

3:8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people

scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces

of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither

keep they the king's laws: therefore it is not for the king's profit

to suffer them.

 

3:9 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be

destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands

of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the

king's treasuries.

 

3:10 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman

the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.

 

3:11 And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the

people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee.

 

3:12 Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the

first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had

commanded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that were

over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every

province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after

their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and

sealed with the king's ring.

 

3:13 And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces,

to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and

old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth

day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the

spoil of them for a prey.

 

3:14 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every

province was published unto all people, that they should be ready

against that day.

 

3:15 The posts went out, being hastened by the king's commandment, and

the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat

down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed.

 

4:1 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his

clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst

of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry; 4:2 And came even

before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate

clothed with sackcloth.

 

4:3 And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and

his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting,

and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

 

4:4 So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then

was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe

Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it

not.

 

4:5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king's chamberlains,

whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment

to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was.

 

4:6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city,

which was before the king's gate.

 

4:7 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of

the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king's

treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.

 

4:8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was

given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to

declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the

king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him

for her people.

 

4:9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.

 

4:10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto

Mordecai; 4:11 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's

provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or women, shall come

unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one

law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall

hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been

called to come in unto the king these thirty days.

 

4:12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.

 

4:13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself

that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews.

 

4:14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall

there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another

place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who

knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

4:15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, 4:16 Go,

gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye

for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and

my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king,

which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

 

4:17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther

had commanded him.

 

5:1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal

apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over

against the king's house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in

the royal house, over against the gate of the house.

 

5:2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the

court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to

Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near,

and touched the top of the sceptre.

 

5:3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and

what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the

kingdom.

 

5:4 And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king

and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.

 

5:5 Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as

Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that

Esther had prepared.

 

5:6 And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy

petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? even

to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.

 

5:7 Then answered Esther, and said, My petition and my request is; 5:8

If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it please the

king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and

Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do

to morrow as the king hath said.

 

5:9 Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but

when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood not up, nor

moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai.

 

5:10 Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he

sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.

 

5:11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude

of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him,

and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the

king.

 

5:12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in

with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and

to morrow am I invited unto her also with the king.

 

5:13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the

Jew sitting at the king's gate.

 

5:14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a

gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto

the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily

with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he

caused the gallows to be made.

 

6:1 On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring

the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the

king.

 

6:2 And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and

Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who

sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.

 

6:3 And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to

Mordecai for this? Then said the king's servants that ministered unto

him, There is nothing done for him.

 

6:4 And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into

the outward court of the king's house, to speak unto the king to hang

Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.

 

6:5 And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in

the court. And the king said, Let him come in.

 

6:6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done

unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in

his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to

myself?  6:7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king

delighteth to honour, 6:8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the

king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the

crown royal which is set upon his head: 6:9 And let this apparel and

horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble

princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth

to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city,

and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the

king delighteth to honour.

 

6:10 Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and

the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that

sitteth at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast

spoken.

 

6:11 Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai,

and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and

proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the

king delighteth to honour.

 

6:12 And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted to

his house mourning, and having his head covered.

 

6:13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing

that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto

him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast

begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely

fall before him.

 

6:14 And while they were yet talking with him, came the king's

chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther

had prepared.

 

7:1 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.

 

7:2 And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the

banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be

granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even

to the half of the kingdom.

 

7:3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in

thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me

at my petition, and my people at my request: 7:4 For we are sold, I

and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we

had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue,

although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage.

 

7:5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen,

Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?

7:6 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman.

Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.

 

7:7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went

into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his

life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined

against him by the king.

 

7:8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of

the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther

was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the

house? As the word went out of king's mouth, they covered Haman's

face.

 

7:9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king,

Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for

Mordecai, who spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of

Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

 

7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for

Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.

 

8:1 On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the

Jews' enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king;

for Esther had told what he was unto her.

 

8:2 And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and

gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of

Haman.

 

8:3 And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his

feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman

the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews.

 

8:4 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther

arose, and stood before the king, 8:5 And said, If it please the king,

and if I have favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the

king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the

letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he

wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king's provinces: 8:6

For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people?

or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?  8:7 Then

the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew,

Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have

hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews.

 

8:8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's name,

and seal it with the king's ring: for the writing which is written in

the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse.

 

8:9 Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third

month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day

thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded

unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of

the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty

and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing

thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews

according to their writing, and according to their language.

 

8:10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' name, and sealed it with the

king's ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on

mules, camels, and young dromedaries: 8:11 Wherein the king granted

the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and

to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay and to cause to perish,

all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both

little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey, 8:12

Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the

thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar.

 

8:13 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every

province was published unto all people, and that the Jews should be

ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

 

8:14 So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being

hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment. And the decree was

given at Shushan the palace.

 

8:15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal

apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a

garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and

was glad.

 

8:16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.

 

8:17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the

king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness,

a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became

Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

 

9:1 Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the

thirteenth day of the same, when the king's commandment and his decree

drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the

Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was turned to the

contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;) 9:2 The

Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the

provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their

hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon

all people.

 

9:3 And all the rulers of the provinces, and the lieutenants, and the

deputies, and officers of the king, helped the Jews; because the fear

of Mordecai fell upon them.

 

9:4 For Mordecai was great in the king's house, and his fame went out

throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater and

greater.

 

9:5 Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the

sword, and slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would unto

those that hated them.

 

9:6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred

men.

 

9:7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha, 9:8 And Poratha, and

Adalia, and Aridatha, 9:9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and

Vajezatha, 9:10 The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy

of the Jews, slew they; but on the spoil laid they not their hand.

 

9:11 On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the

palace was brought before the king.

 

9:12 And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain and

destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of

Haman; what have they done in the rest of the king's provinces? now

what is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: or what is thy

request further? and it shall be done.

 

9:13 Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the

Jews which are in Shushan to do to morrow also according unto this

day's decree, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged upon the gallows.

 

9:14 And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was given

at Shushan; and they hanged Haman's ten sons.

 

9:15 For the Jews that were in Shushan gathered themselves together on

the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men

at Shushan; but on the prey they laid not their hand.

 

9:16 But the other Jews that were in the king's provinces gathered

themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from

their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but

they laid not their hands on the prey, 9:17 On the thirteenth day of

the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and

made it a day of feasting and gladness.

 

9:18 But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together on the

thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the

fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting

and gladness.

 

9:19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled

towns, made the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of gladness and

feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions one to another.

 

9:20 And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the

Jews that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh

and far, 9:21 To stablish this among them, that they should keep the

fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same,

yearly, 9:22 As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies,

and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from

mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting

and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the

poor.

 

9:23 And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai

had written unto them; 9:24 Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the

Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to

destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and

to destroy them; 9:25 But when Esther came before the king, he

commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he devised against

the Jews, should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons

should be hanged on the gallows.

 

9:26 Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur.

 

Therefore for all the words of this letter, and of that which they had

seen concerning this matter, and which had come unto them, 9:27 The

Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all

such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that

they would keep these two days according to their writing, and

according to their appointed time every year; 9:28 And that these days

should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every

family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim

should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish

from their seed.

 

9:29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the

Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim.

 

9:30 And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty

and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace

and truth, 9:31 To confirm these days of Purim in their times

appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had

enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their

seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry.

 

9:32 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and it

was written in the book.

 

10:1 And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the

isles of the sea.

 

10:2 And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the

declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced

him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings

of Media and Persia?  10:3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king

Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of

his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to

all his seed.

 

 

 

 

The Book of Job

 

 

1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that

man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

 

1:2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

 

1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand

camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and

a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the

men of the east.

 

1:4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day;

and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with

them.

 

1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about,

that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning,

and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for

Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their

hearts. Thus did Job continually.

 

1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present

themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

 

1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan

answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and

from walking up and down in it.

 

1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job,

that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright

man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?  1:9 Then Satan

answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?  1:10 Hast

not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all

that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands,

and his substance is increased in the land.

 

1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he

will curse thee to thy face.

 

1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy

power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth

from the presence of the LORD.

 

1:13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating

and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: 1:14 And there came

a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses

feeding beside them: 1:15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took

them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the

sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

 

1:16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The

fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and

the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell

thee.

 

1:17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The

Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have

carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the

sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

 

1:18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy

sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest

brother's house: 1:19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the

wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon

the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell

thee.

 

1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and

fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 1:21 And said, Naked came I

out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD

gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

 

1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

 

2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present

themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present

himself before the LORD.

 

2:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan

answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and

from walking up and down in it.

 

2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job,

that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright

man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth

fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy

him without cause.

 

2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all

that a man hath will he give for his life.

 

2:5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh,

and he will curse thee to thy face.

 

2:6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but

save his life.

 

2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job

with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

 

2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat

down among the ashes.

 

2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine

integrity?  curse God, and die.

 

2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women

speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we

not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

 

2:11 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come

upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the

Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they

had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to

comfort him.

 

2:12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not,

they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his

mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.

 

2:13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven

nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief

was very great.

 

3:1 After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

 

3:2 And Job spake, and said, 3:3 Let the day perish wherein I was

born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child

conceived.

 

3:4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above,

neither let the light shine upon it.

 

3:5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell

upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.

 

3:6 As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be

joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of

the months.

 

3:7 Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.

 

3:8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up

their mourning.

 

3:9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for

light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day: 3:10

Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow

from mine eyes.

 

3:11 Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost

when I came out of the belly?  3:12 Why did the knees prevent me? or

why the breasts that I should suck?  3:13 For now should I have lain

still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,

3:14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate

places for themselves; 3:15 Or with princes that had gold, who filled

their houses with silver: 3:16 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had

not been; as infants which never saw light.

 

3:17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at

rest.

 

3:18 There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the

oppressor.

 

3:19 The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his

master.

 

3:20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto

the bitter in soul; 3:21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and

dig for it more than for hid treasures; 3:22 Which rejoice

exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?  3:23 Why is

light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

3:24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured

out like the waters.

 

3:25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that

which I was afraid of is come unto me.

 

3:26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet

trouble came.

 

4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 4:2 If we assay to

commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself

from speaking?  4:3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast

strengthened the weak hands.

 

4:4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast

strengthened the feeble knees.

 

4:5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee,

and thou art troubled.

 

4:6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the

uprightness of thy ways?  4:7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever

perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?  4:8

Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap

the same.

 

4:9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils

are they consumed.

 

4:10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and

the teeth of the young lions, are broken.

 

4:11 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's

whelps are scattered abroad.

 

4:12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a

little thereof.

 

4:13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep

falleth on men, 4:14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all

my bones to shake.

 

4:15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood

up: 4:16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an

image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice,

saying, 4:17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be

more pure than his maker?  4:18 Behold, he put no trust in his

servants; and his angels he charged with folly: 4:19 How much less in

them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust,

which are crushed before the moth?  4:20 They are destroyed from

morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.

 

4:21 Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die,

even without wisdom.

 

5:1 Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of

the saints wilt thou turn?  5:2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and

envy slayeth the silly one.

 

5:3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his

habitation.

 

5:4 His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the

gate, neither is there any to deliver them.

 

5:5 Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of the

thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.

 

5:6 Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth

trouble spring out of the ground; 5:7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as

the sparks fly upward.

 

5:8 I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: 5:9

Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without

number: 5:10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon

the fields: 5:11 To set up on high those that be low; that those which

mourn may be exalted to safety.

 

5:12 He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands

cannot perform their enterprise.

 

5:13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of

the froward is carried headlong.

 

5:14 They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday

as in the night.

 

5:15 But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from

the hand of the mighty.

 

5:16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.

 

5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise

not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 5:18 For he maketh sore, and

bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

 

5:19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall

no evil touch thee.

 

5:20 In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the

power of the sword.

 

5:21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt

thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.

 

5:22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be

afraid of the beasts of the earth.

 

5:23 For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the

beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.

 

5:24 And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and

thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin.

 

5:25 Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine

offspring as the grass of the earth.

 

5:26 Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of

corn cometh in in his season.

 

5:27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it

for thy good.

 

6:1 But Job answered and said, 6:2 Oh that my grief were throughly

weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!  6:3 For now

it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are

swallowed up.

 

6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof

drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array

against me.

 

6:5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over

his fodder?  6:6 Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or

is there any taste in the white of an egg?  6:7 The things that my

soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.

 

6:8 Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the

thing that I long for!  6:9 Even that it would please God to destroy

me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!  6:10 Then

should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let

him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.

 

6:11 What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end,

that I should prolong my life?  6:12 Is my strength the strength of

stones? or is my flesh of brass?  6:13 Is not my help in me? and is

wisdom driven quite from me?  6:14 To him that is afflicted pity

should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the

Almighty.

 

6:15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream

of brooks they pass away; 6:16 Which are blackish by reason of the

ice, and wherein the snow is hid: 6:17 What time they wax warm, they

vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.

 

6:18 The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and

perish.

 

6:19 The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for

them.

 

6:20 They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither,

and were ashamed.

 

6:21 For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.

 

6:22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your

substance?  6:23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me

from the hand of the mighty?  6:24 Teach me, and I will hold my

tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

 

6:25 How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

6:26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is

desperate, which are as wind?  6:27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless,

and ye dig a pit for your friend.

 

6:28 Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto

you if I lie.

 

6:29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my

righteousness is in it.

 

6:30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse

things?  7:1 Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not

his days also like the days of an hireling?  7:2 As a servant

earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the

reward of his work: 7:3 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and

wearisome nights are appointed to me.

 

7:4 When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone?

and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

 

7:5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is

broken, and become loathsome.

 

7:6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without

hope.

 

7:7 O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.

 

7:8 The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes

are upon me, and I am not.

 

7:9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down

to the grave shall come up no more.

 

7:10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place

know him any more.

 

7:11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the

anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

 

7:12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?  7:13

When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my

complaints; 7:14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me

through visions: 7:15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death

rather than my life.

 

7:16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days

are vanity.

 

7:17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou

shouldest set thine heart upon him?  7:18 And that thou shouldest

visit him every morning, and try him every moment?  7:19 How long wilt

thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my

spittle?  7:20 I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou

preserver of men?  why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so

that I am a burden to myself?  7:21 And why dost thou not pardon my

transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the

dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.

 

8:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, 8:2 How long wilt thou

speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like

a strong wind?  8:3 Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty

pervert justice?  8:4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he

have cast them away for their transgression; 8:5 If thou wouldest seek

unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; 8:6 If

thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and

make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

 

8:7 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly

increase.

 

8:8 For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself

to the search of their fathers: 8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and

know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:) 8:10 Shall

not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their

heart?  8:11 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow

without water?  8:12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut

down, it withereth before any other herb.

 

8:13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope

shall perish: 8:14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall

be a spider's web.

 

8:15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall

hold it fast, but it shall not endure.

 

8:16 He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his

garden.

 

8:17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of

stones.

 

8:18 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying,

I have not seen thee.

 

8:19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall

others grow.

 

8:20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he

help the evil doers: 8:21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and

thy lips with rejoicing.

 

8:22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling

place of the wicked shall come to nought.

 

9:1 Then Job answered and said, 9:2 I know it is so of a truth: but

how should man be just with God?  9:3 If he will contend with him, he

cannot answer him one of a thousand.

 

9:4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened

himself against him, and hath prospered?  9:5 Which removeth the

mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.

 

9:6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof

tremble.

 

9:7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the

stars.

 

9:8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves

of the sea.

 

9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of

the south.

 

9:10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders

without number.

 

9:11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I

perceive him not.

 

9:12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto

him, What doest thou?  9:13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the

proud helpers do stoop under him.

 

9:14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to

reason with him?  9:15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not

answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

 

9:16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe

that he had hearkened unto my voice.

 

9:17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds

without cause.

 

9:18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with

bitterness.

 

9:19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who

shall set me a time to plead?  9:20 If I justify myself, mine own

mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me

perverse.

 

9:21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would

despise my life.

 

9:22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect

and the wicked.

 

9:23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the

innocent.

 

9:24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the

faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?  9:25 Now

my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

 

9:26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that

hasteth to the prey.

 

9:27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my

heaviness, and comfort myself: 9:28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I

know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.

 

9:29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?  9:30 If I wash myself

with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; 9:31 Yet shalt thou

plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.

 

9:32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we

should come together in judgment.

 

9:33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand

upon us both.

 

9:34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify

me: 9:35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with

me.

 

10:1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon

myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

 

10:2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou

contendest with me.

 

10:3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou

shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel

of the wicked?  10:4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man

seeth?  10:5 Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's

days, 10:6 That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest

after my sin?  10:7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is

none that can deliver out of thine hand.

 

10:8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about;

yet thou dost destroy me.

 

10:9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and

wilt thou bring me into dust again?  10:10 Hast thou not poured me out

as milk, and curdled me like cheese?  10:11 Thou hast clothed me with

skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.

 

10:12 Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath

preserved my spirit.

 

10:13 And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this

is with thee.

 

10:14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from

mine iniquity.

 

10:15 If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I

not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine

affliction; 10:16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion:

and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.

 

10:17 Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine

indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.

 

10:18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh

that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!  10:19 I should

have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from

the womb to the grave.

 

10:20 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may

take comfort a little, 10:21 Before I go whence I shall not return,

even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; 10:22 A land of

darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any

order, and where the light is as darkness.

 

11:1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 11:2 Should not

the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be

justified?  11:3 Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when

thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?  11:4 For thou hast

said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.

 

11:5 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee; 11:6

And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are

double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less

than thine iniquity deserveth.

 

11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the

Almighty unto perfection?  11:8 It is as high as heaven; what canst

thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?  11:9 The measure

thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

 

11:10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can

hinder him?  11:11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also;

will he not then consider it?  11:12 For vain men would be wise,

though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

 

11:13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward

him; 11:14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not

wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.

 

11:15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou

shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear: 11:16 Because thou shalt forget

thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away: 11:17 And thine

age shall be clearer than the noonday: thou shalt shine forth, thou

shalt be as the morning.

 

11:18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt

dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.

 

11:19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea,

many shall make suit unto thee.

 

11:20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not

escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.

 

12:1 And Job answered and said, 12:2 No doubt but ye are the people,

and wisdom shall die with you.

 

12:3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to

you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?  12:4 I am as one

mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him:

the just upright man is laughed to scorn.

 

12:5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in

the thought of him that is at ease.

 

12:6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are

secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.

 

12:7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls

of the air, and they shall tell thee: 12:8 Or speak to the earth, and

it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto

thee.

 

12:9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath

wrought this?  12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing,

and the breath of all mankind.

 

12:11 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?  12:12

With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

 

12:13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and

understanding.

 

12:14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he

shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

 

12:15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he

sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

 

12:16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver

are his.

 

12:17 He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges

fools.

 

12:18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a

girdle.

 

12:19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.

 

12:20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the

understanding of the aged.

 

12:21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of

the mighty.

 

12:22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to

light the shadow of death.

 

12:23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the

nations, and straiteneth them again.

 

12:24 He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the

earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no

way.

 

12:25 They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to

stagger like a drunken man.

 

13:1 Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and

understood it.

 

13:2 What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto

you.

 

13:3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with

God.

 

13:4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.

 

13:5 O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your

wisdom.

 

13:6 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.

 

13:7 Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?

13:8 Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God?  13:9 Is it

good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do

ye so mock him?  13:10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly

accept persons.

 

13:11 Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall

upon you?  13:12 Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to

bodies of clay.

 

13:13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on

me what will.

 

13:14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in

mine hand?  13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I

will maintain mine own ways before him.

 

13:16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come

before him.

 

13:17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.

 

13:18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be

justified.

 

13:19 Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue,

I shall give up the ghost.

 

13:20 Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from

thee.

 

13:21 Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me

afraid.

 

13:22 Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer

thou me.

 

13:23 How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my

transgression and my sin.

 

13:24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?

13:25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue

the dry stubble?  13:26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and

makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.

 

13:27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly

unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.

 

13:28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth

eaten.

 

14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.

 

14:2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as

a shadow, and continueth not.

 

14:3 And doth thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me

into judgment with thee?  14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an

unclean? not one.

 

14:5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with

thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; 14:6 Turn

from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling,

his day.

 

14:7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will

sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.

 

14:8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock

thereof die in the ground; 14:9 Yet through the scent of water it will

bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

 

14:10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost,

and where is he?  14:11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood

decayeth and drieth up: 14:12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till

the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of

their sleep.

 

14:13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest

keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me

a set time, and remember me!  14:14 If a man die, shall he live again?

all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

 

14:15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire

to the work of thine hands.

 

14:16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my

sin?  14:17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up

mine iniquity.

 

14:18 And surely the mountains falling cometh to nought, and the rock

is removed out of his place.

 

14:19 The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which

grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of

man.

 

14:20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou

changest his countenance, and sendest him away.

 

14:21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are

brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.

 

14:22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him

shall mourn.

 

15:1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, 15:2 Should a wise

man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?  15:3

Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he

can do no good?  15:4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest

prayer before God.

 

15:5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the

tongue of the crafty.

 

15:6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips

testify against thee.

 

15:7 Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before

the hills?  15:8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou

restrain wisdom to thyself?  15:9 What knowest thou, that we know not?

what understandest thou, which is not in us?  15:10 With us are both

the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.

 

15:11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret

thing with thee?  15:12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what

do thy eyes wink at, 15:13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God,

and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?  15:14 What is man, that

he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be

righteous?  15:15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the

heavens are not clean in his sight.

 

15:16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh

iniquity like water?  15:17 I will shew thee, hear me; and that which

I have seen I will declare; 15:18 Which wise men have told from their

fathers, and have not hid it: 15:19 Unto whom alone the earth was

given, and no stranger passed among them.

 

15:20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number

of years is hidden to the oppressor.

 

15:21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer

shall come upon him.

 

15:22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is

waited for of the sword.

 

15:23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth

that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.

 

15:24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail

against him, as a king ready to the battle.

 

15:25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth

himself against the Almighty.

 

15:26 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of

his bucklers: 15:27 Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and

maketh collops of fat on his flanks.

 

15:28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man

inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.

 

15:29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue,

neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.

 

15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his

branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.

 

15:31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall

be his recompence.

 

15:32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall

not be green.

 

15:33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast

off his flower as the olive.

 

15:34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire

shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.

 

15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly

prepareth deceit.

 

16:1 Then Job answered and said, 16:2 I have heard many such things:

miserable comforters are ye all.

 

16:3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou

answerest?  16:4 I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my

soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head

at you.

 

16:5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my

lips should asswage your grief.

 

16:6 Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear,

what am I eased?  16:7 But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made

desolate all my company.

 

16:8 And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against

me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face.

 

16:9 He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me

with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

 

16:10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me

upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together

against me.

 

16:11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into

the hands of the wicked.

 

16:12 I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken

me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.

 

16:13 His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins

asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.

 

16:14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like

a giant.

 

16:15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the

dust.

 

16:16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of

death; 16:17 Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is

pure.

 

16:18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place.

 

16:19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on

high.

 

16:20 My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.

 

16:21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for

his neighbour!  16:22 When a few years are come, then I shall go the

way whence I shall not return.

 

17:1 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready

for me.

 

17:2 Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in

their provocation?  17:3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee;

who is he that will strike hands with me?  17:4 For thou hast hid

their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them.

 

17:5 He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his

children shall fail.

 

17:6 He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was

as a tabret.

 

17:7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are

as a shadow.

 

17:8 Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall

stir up himself against the hypocrite.

 

17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean

hands shall be stronger and stronger.

 

17:10 But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot

find one wise man among you.

 

17:11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts

of my heart.

 

17:12 They change the night into day: the light is short because of

darkness.

 

17:13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the

darkness.

 

17:14 I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou

art my mother, and my sister.

 

17:15 And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?

17:16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest

together is in the dust.

 

18:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, 18:2 How long will it

be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.

 

18:3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your

sight?  18:4 He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be

forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?

18:5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of

his fire shall not shine.

 

18:6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall

be put out with him.

 

18:7 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own

counsel shall cast him down.

 

18:8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a

snare.

 

18:9 The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail

against him.

 

18:10 The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in

the way.

 

18:11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him

to his feet.

 

18:12 His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be

ready at his side.

 

18:13 It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of

death shall devour his strength.

 

18:14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it

shall bring him to the king of terrors.

 

18:15 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his:

brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

 

18:16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch

be cut off.

 

18:17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have

no name in the street.

 

18:18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of

the world.

 

18:19 He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any

remaining in his dwellings.

 

18:20 They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they

that went before were affrighted.

 

18:21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the

place of him that knoweth not God.

 

19:1 Then Job answered and said, 19:2 How long will ye vex my soul,

and break me in pieces with words?  19:3 These ten times have ye

reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to

me.

 

19:4 And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with

myself.

 

19:5 If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead

against me my reproach: 19:6 Know now that God hath overthrown me, and

hath compassed me with his net.

 

19:7 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but

there is no judgment.

 

19:8 He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set

darkness in my paths.

 

19:9 He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my

head.

 

19:10 He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope

hath he removed like a tree.

 

19:11 He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me

unto him as one of his enemies.

 

19:12 His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and

encamp round about my tabernacle.

 

19:13 He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are

verily estranged from me.

 

19:14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten

me.

 

19:15 They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a

stranger: I am an alien in their sight.

 

19:16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him

with my mouth.

 

19:17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the

children's sake of mine own body.

 

19:18 Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against

me.

 

19:19 All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are

turned against me.

 

19:20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped

with the skin of my teeth.

 

19:21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the

hand of God hath touched me.

 

19:22 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my

flesh?  19:23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were

printed in a book!  19:24 That they were graven with an iron pen and

lead in the rock for ever!  19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth,

and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 19:26 And

though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I

see God: 19:27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall

behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

 

19:28 But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the

matter is found in me?  19:29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath

bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a

judgment.

 

20:1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 20:2 Therefore do

my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.

 

20:3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my

understanding causeth me to answer.

 

20:4 Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,

20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the

hypocrite but for a moment?  20:6 Though his excellency mount up to

the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds; 20:7 Yet he shall

perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say,

Where is he?  20:8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be

found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.

 

20:9 The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall

his place any more behold him.

 

20:10 His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall

restore their goods.

 

20:11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down

with him in the dust.

 

20:12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under

his tongue; 20:13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it

still within his mouth: 20:14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it

is the gall of asps within him.

 

20:15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again:

God shall cast them out of his belly.

 

20:16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay

him.

 

20:17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and

butter.

 

20:18 That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not

swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be,

and he shall not rejoice therein.

 

20:19 Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he

hath violently taken away an house which he builded not; 20:20 Surely

he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that

which he desired.

 

20:21 There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man

look for his goods.

 

20:22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every

hand of the wicked shall come upon him.

 

20:23 When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of

his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.

 

20:24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall

strike him through.

 

20:25 It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering

sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.

 

20:26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown

shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his

tabernacle.

 

20:27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise

up against him.

 

20:28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow

away in the day of his wrath.

 

20:29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage

appointed unto him by God.

 

21:1 But Job answered and said, 21:2 Hear diligently my speech, and

let this be your consolations.

 

21:3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock

on.

 

21:4 As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should

not my spirit be troubled?  21:5 Mark me, and be astonished, and lay

your hand upon your mouth.

 

21:6 Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my

flesh.

 

21:7 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in

power?  21:8 Their seed is established in their sight with them, and

their offspring before their eyes.

 

21:9 Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon

them.

 

21:10 Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and

casteth not her calf.

 

21:11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their

children dance.

 

21:12 They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the

organ.

 

21:13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the

grave.

 

21:14 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not

the knowledge of thy ways.

 

21:15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit

should we have, if we pray unto him?  21:16 Lo, their good is not in

their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

 

21:17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh

their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.

 

21:18 They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm

carrieth away.

 

21:19 God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him,

and he shall know it.

 

21:20 His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the

wrath of the Almighty.

 

21:21 For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the

number of his months is cut off in the midst?  21:22 Shall any teach

God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

 

21:23 One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.

 

21:24 His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with

marrow.

 

21:25 And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never

eateth with pleasure.

 

21:26 They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover

them.

 

21:27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye

wrongfully imagine against me.

 

21:28 For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the

dwelling places of the wicked?  21:29 Have ye not asked them that go

by the way? and do ye not know their tokens, 21:30 That the wicked is

reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the

day of wrath.

 

21:31 Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him

what he hath done?  21:32 Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and

shall remain in the tomb.

 

21:33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man

shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.

 

21:34 How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there

remaineth falsehood?  22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and

said, 22:2 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be

profitable unto himself?  22:3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty,

that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy

ways perfect?  22:4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he

enter with thee into judgment?  22:5 Is not thy wickedness great? and

thine iniquities infinite?  22:6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy

brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.

 

22:7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast

withholden bread from the hungry.

 

22:8 But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable

man dwelt in it.

 

22:9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless

have been broken.

 

22:10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth

thee; 22:11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of

waters cover thee.

 

22:12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the

stars, how high they are!  22:13 And thou sayest, How doth God know?

can he judge through the dark cloud?  22:14 Thick clouds are a

covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of

heaven.

 

22:15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?

22:16 Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown

with a flood: 22:17 Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can

the Almighty do for them?  22:18 Yet he filled their houses with good

things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

 

22:19 The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them

to scorn.

 

22:20 Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them

the fire consumeth.

 

22:21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good

shall come unto thee.

 

22:22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his

words in thine heart.

 

22:23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou

shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

 

22:24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as

the stones of the brooks.

 

22:25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have

plenty of silver.

 

22:26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt

lift up thy face unto God.

 

22:27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and

thou shalt pay thy vows.

 

22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto

thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

 

22:29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting

up; and he shall save the humble person.

 

22:30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered

by the pureness of thine hands.

 

23:1 Then Job answered and said, 23:2 Even to day is my complaint

bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

 

23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to

his seat!  23:4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth

with arguments.

 

23:5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand

what he would say unto me.

 

23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would

put strength in me.

 

23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be

delivered for ever from my judge.

 

23:8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I

cannot perceive him: 23:9 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: 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried

me, I shall come forth as gold.

 

23:11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not

declined.

 

23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I

have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

 

23:13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul

desireth, even that he doeth.

 

23:14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many

such things are with him.

 

23:15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am

afraid of him.

 

23:16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:

23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he

covered the darkness from my face.

 

24:1 Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that

know him not see his days?  24:2 Some remove the landmarks; they

violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.

 

24:3 They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's

ox for a pledge.

 

24:4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide

themselves together.

 

24:5 Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work;

rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and

for their children.

 

24:6 They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the

vintage of the wicked.

 

24:7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no

covering in the cold.

 

24:8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the

rock for want of a shelter.

 

24:9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of

the poor.

 

24:10 They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away

the sheaf from the hungry; 24:11 Which make oil within their walls,

and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.

 

24:12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded

crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.

 

24:13 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not

the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.

 

24:14 The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy,

and in the night is as a thief.

 

24:15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying,

No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.

 

24:16 In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for

themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.

 

24:17 For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one

know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.

 

24:18 He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth:

he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.

 

24:19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave

those which have sinned.

 

24:20 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.

 

24:21 He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not

good to the widow.

 

24:22 He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no

man is sure of life.

 

24:23 Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet

his eyes are upon their ways.

 

24:24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought

low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the

tops of the ears of corn.

 

24:25 And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my

speech nothing worth?  25:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and

said, 25:2 Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high

places.

 

25:3 Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his

light arise?  25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can

he be clean that is born of a woman?  25:5 Behold even to the moon,

and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.

 

25:6 How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a

worm?  26:1 But Job answered and said, 26:2 How hast thou helped him

that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?

26:3 How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast

thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?  26:4 To whom hast thou

uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?  26:5 Dead things are

formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.

 

26:6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

 

26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the

earth upon nothing.

 

26:8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is

not rent under them.

 

26:9 He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud

upon it.

 

26:10 He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and

night come to an end.

 

26:11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

 

26:12 He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he

smiteth through the proud.

 

26:13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath

formed the crooked serpent.

 

26:14 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?  27:1

Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, 27:2 As God liveth, who

hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

27:3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my

nostrils; 27:4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter

deceit.

 

27:5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not

remove mine integrity from me.

 

27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart

shall not reproach me so long as I live.

 

27:7 Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me

as the unrighteous.

 

27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained,

when God taketh away his soul?  27:9 Will God hear his cry when

trouble cometh upon him?  27:10 Will he delight himself in the

Almighty? will he always call upon God?  27:11 I will teach you by the

hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.

 

27:12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus

altogether vain?  27:13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God,

and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the

Almighty.

 

27:14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his

offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

 

27:15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his

widows shall not weep.

 

27:16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the

clay; 27:17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the

innocent shall divide the silver.

 

27:18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper

maketh.

 

27:19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he

openeth his eyes, and he is not.

 

27:20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away

in the night.

 

27:21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a

storm hurleth him out of his place.

 

27:22 For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee

out of his hand.

 

27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his

place.

 

28:1 Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where

they fine it.

 

28:2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the

stone.

 

28:3 He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection:

the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.

 

28:4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters

forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.

 

28:5 As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned

up as it were fire.

 

28:6 The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of

gold.

 

28:7 There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's

eye hath not seen: 28:8 The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the

fierce lion passed by it.

 

28:9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the

mountains by the roots.

 

28:10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every

precious thing.

 

28:11 He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is

hid bringeth he forth to light.

 

28:12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of

understanding?  28:13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it

found in the land of the living.

 

28:14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not

with me.

 

28:15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed

for the price thereof.

 

28:16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious

onyx, or the sapphire.

 

28:17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it

shall not be for jewels of fine gold.

 

28:18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price

of wisdom is above rubies.

 

28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be

valued with pure gold.

 

28:20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of

understanding?  28:21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living,

and kept close from the fowls of the air.

 

28:22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with

our ears.

 

28:23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place

thereof.

 

28:24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the

whole heaven; 28:25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth

the waters by measure.

 

28:26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning

of the thunder: 28:27 Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared

it, yea, and searched it out.

 

28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is

wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

 

29:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, 29:2 Oh that I were

as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; 29:3 When his

candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through

darkness; 29:4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of

God was upon my tabernacle; 29:5 When the Almighty was yet with me,

when my children were about me; 29:6 When I washed my steps with

butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil; 29:7 When I went out

to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

29:8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and

stood up.

 

29:9 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their

mouth.

 

29:10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the

roof of their mouth.

 

29:11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw

me, it gave witness to me: 29:12 Because I delivered the poor that

cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

 

29:13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I

caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

 

29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a

robe and a diadem.

 

29:15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.

 

29:16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I

searched out.

 

29:17 And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of

his teeth.

 

29:18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my

days as the sand.

 

29:19 My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night

upon my branch.

 

29:20 My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.

 

29:21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my

counsel.

 

29:22 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon

them.

 

29:23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their

mouth wide as for the latter rain.

 

29:24 If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my

countenance they cast not down.

 

29:25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the

army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

 

30:1 But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose

fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.

 

30:2 Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom

old age was perished?  30:3 For want and famine they were solitary;

fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.

 

30:4 Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their

meat.

 

30:5 They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as

after a thief;) 30:6 To dwell in the cliffs of the valleys, in caves

of the earth, and in the rocks.

 

30:7 Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were

gathered together.

 

30:8 They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were

viler than the earth.

 

30:9 And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.

 

30:10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in

my face.

 

30:11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also

let loose the bridle before me.

 

30:12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and

they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.

 

30:13 They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no

helper.

 

30:14 They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the

desolation they rolled themselves upon me.

 

30:15 Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and

my welfare passeth away as a cloud.

 

30:16 And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction

have taken hold upon me.

 

30:17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews

take no rest.

 

30:18 By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it

bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

 

30:19 He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and

ashes.

 

30:20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou

regardest me not.

 

30:21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest

thyself against me.

 

30:22 Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it,

and dissolvest my substance.

 

30:23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house

appointed for all living.

 

30:24 Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though

they cry in his destruction.

 

30:25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul

grieved for the poor?  30:26 When I looked for good, then evil came

unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

 

30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction

prevented me.

 

30:28 I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the

congregation.

 

30:29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

 

30:30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.

 

30:31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice

of them that weep.

 

31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a

maid?  31:2 For what portion of God is there from above? and what

inheritance of the Almighty from on high?  31:3 Is not destruction to

the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?  31:4

Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?  31:5 If I have

walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; 31:6 Let me

be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity.

 

31:7 If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked

after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands; 31:8 Then

let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.

 

31:9 If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid

wait at my neighbour's door; 31:10 Then let my wife grind unto

another, and let others bow down upon her.

 

31:11 For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be

punished by the judges.

 

31:12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root

out all mine increase.

 

31:13 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my

maidservant, when they contended with me; 31:14 What then shall I do

when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?

31:15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one

fashion us in the womb?  31:16 If I have withheld the poor from their

desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; 31:17 Or have

eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten

thereof; 31:18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a

father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;) 31:19 If I have

seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;

31:20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with

the fleece of my sheep; 31:21 If I have lifted up my hand against the

fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate: 31:22 Then let mine arm

fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.

 

31:23 For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of

his highness I could not endure.

 

31:24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou

art my confidence; 31:25 If I rejoice because my wealth was great, and

because mine hand had gotten much; 31:26 If I beheld the sun when it

shined, or the moon walking in brightness; 31:27 And my heart hath

been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: 31:28 This

also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have

denied the God that is above.

 

31:29 If I rejoice at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted

up myself when evil found him: 31:30 Neither have I suffered my mouth

to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.

 

31:31 If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his

flesh!  we cannot be satisfied.

 

31:32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors

to the traveller.

 

31:33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity

in my bosom: 31:34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt

of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the

door?  31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the

Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.

 

31:36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown

to me.

 

31:37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince

would I go near unto him.

 

31:38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof

complain; 31:39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or

have caused the owners thereof to lose their life: 31:40 Let thistles

grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley.

 

The words of Job are ended.

 

32:1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous

in his own eyes.

 

32:2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the

Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled,

because he justified himself rather than God.

 

32:3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because

they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

 

32:4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder

than he.

 

32:5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these

three men, then his wrath was kindled.

 

32:6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am

young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew

you mine opinion.

 

32:7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach

wisdom.

 

32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty

giveth them understanding.

 

32:9 Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand

judgment.

 

32:10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.

 

32:11 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons,

whilst ye searched out what to say.

 

32:12 Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you

that convinced Job, or that answered his words: 32:13 Lest ye should

say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.

 

32:14 Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I

answer him with your speeches.

 

32:15 They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.

 

32:16 When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and

answered no more;) 32:17 I said, I will answer also my part, I also

will shew mine opinion.

 

32:18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.

 

32:19 Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to

burst like new bottles.

 

32:20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and

answer.

 

32:21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me

give flattering titles unto man.

 

32:22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker

would soon take me away.

 

33:1 Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all

my words.

 

33:2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my

mouth.

 

33:3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips

shall utter knowledge clearly.

 

33:4 The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty

hath given me life.

 

33:5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand

up.

 

33:6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am

formed out of the clay.

 

33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my

hand be heavy upon thee.

 

33:8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the

voice of thy words, saying, 33:9 I am clean without transgression, I

am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.

 

33:10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his

enemy, 33:11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my

paths.

 

33:12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God

is greater than man.

 

33:13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of

any of his matters.

 

33:14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

 

33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth

upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; 33:16 Then he openeth the ears

of men, and sealeth their instruction, 33:17 That he may withdraw man

from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

 

33:18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from

perishing by the sword.

 

33:19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude

of his bones with strong pain: 33:20 So that his life abhorreth bread,

and his soul dainty meat.

 

33:21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his

bones that were not seen stick out.

 

33:22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the

destroyers.

 

33:23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a

thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness: 33:24 Then he is gracious

unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have

found a ransom.

 

33:25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to

the days of his youth: 33:26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be

favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will

render unto man his righteousness.

 

33:27 He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and

perverted that which was right, and it profited me not; 33:28 He will

deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the

light.

 

33:29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, 33:30 To

bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of

the living.

 

33:31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will

speak.

 

33:32 If thou hast anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to

justify thee.

 

33:33 If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee

wisdom.

 

34:1 Furthermore Elihu answered and said, 34:2 Hear my words, O ye

wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.

 

34:3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.

 

34:4 Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is

good.

 

34:5 For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my

judgment.

 

34:6 Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without

transgression.

 

34:7 What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water?  34:8

Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with

wicked men.

 

34:9 For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should

delight himself with God.

 

34:10 Therefore hearken unto me ye men of understanding: far be it

from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he

should commit iniquity.

 

34:11 For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every

man to find according to his ways.

 

34:12 Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty

pervert judgment.

 

34:13 Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed

the whole world?  34:14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather

unto himself his spirit and his breath; 34:15 All flesh shall perish

together, and man shall turn again unto dust.

 

34:16 If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice

of my words.

 

34:17 Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn

him that is most just?  34:18 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art

wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?  34:19 How much less to him

that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more

than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.

 

34:20 In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at

midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without

hand.

 

34:21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his

goings.

 

34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of

iniquity may hide themselves.

 

34:23 For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should

enter into judgment with God.

 

34:24 He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set

others in their stead.

 

34:25 Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the

night, so that they are destroyed.

 

34:26 He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;

34:27 Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of

his ways: 34:28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto

him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.

 

34:29 When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he

hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a

nation, or against a man only: 34:30 That the hypocrite reign not,

lest the people be ensnared.

 

34:31 Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne

chastisement, I will not offend any more: 34:32 That which I see not

teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.

 

34:33 Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it,

whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore

speak what thou knowest.

 

34:34 Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken

unto me.

 

34:35 Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without

wisdom.

 

34:36 My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his

answers for wicked men.

 

34:37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands

among us, and multiplieth his words against God.

 

35:1 Elihu spake moreover, and said, 35:2 Thinkest thou this to be

right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's?  35:3

For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit

shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?  35:4 I will answer thee,

and thy companions with thee.

 

35:5 Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are

higher than thou.

 

35:6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy

transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?  35:7 If thou

be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine

hand?  35:8 Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy

righteousness may profit the son of man.

 

35:9 By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed

to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.

 

35:10 But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the

night; 35:11 Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and

maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?  35:12 There they cry, but

none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.

 

35:13 Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty

regard it.

 

35:14 Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is

before him; therefore trust thou in him.

 

35:15 But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet

he knoweth it not in great extremity: 35:16 Therefore doth Job open

his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.

 

36:1 Elihu also proceeded, and said, 36:2 Suffer me a little, and I

will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God's behalf.

 

36:3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe

righteousness to my Maker.

 

36:4 For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in

knowledge is with thee.

 

36:5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in

strength and wisdom.

 

36:6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the

poor.

 

36:7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings

are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they

are exalted.

 

36:8 And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of

affliction; 36:9 Then he sheweth them their work, and their

transgressions that they have exceeded.

 

36:10 He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that

they return from iniquity.

 

36:11 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in

prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

 

36:12 But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they

shall die without knowledge.

 

36:13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he

bindeth them.

 

36:14 They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.

 

36:15 He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears

in oppression.

 

36:16 Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a

broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be

set on thy table should be full of fatness.

 

36:17 But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and

justice take hold on thee.

 

36:18 Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his

stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.

 

36:19 Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of

strength.

 

36:20 Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

 

36:21 Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather

than affliction.

 

36:22 Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?  36:23

Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought

iniquity?  36:24 Remember that thou magnify his work, which men

behold.

 

36:25 Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.

 

36:26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the

number of his years be searched out.

 

36:27 For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain

according to the vapour thereof: 36:28 Which the clouds do drop and

distil upon man abundantly.

 

36:29 Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the

noise of his tabernacle?  36:30 Behold, he spreadeth his light upon

it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.

 

36:31 For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.

 

36:32 With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to

shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.

 

36:33 The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also

concerning the vapour.

 

37:1 At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.

 

37:2 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth

out of his mouth.

 

37:3 He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto

the ends of the earth.

 

37:4 After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his

excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.

 

37:5 God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth

he, which we cannot comprehend.

 

37:6 For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the

small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

 

37:7 He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his

work.

 

37:8 Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.

 

37:9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.

 

37:10 By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the

waters is straitened.

 

37:11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his

bright cloud: 37:12 And it is turned round about by his counsels: that

they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world

in the earth.

 

37:13 He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land,

or for mercy.

 

37:14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous

works of God.

 

37:15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of

his cloud to shine?  37:16 Dost thou know the balancings of the

clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

37:17 How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the

south wind?  37:18 Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is

strong, and as a molten looking glass?  37:19 Teach us what we shall

say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

 

37:20 Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he

shall be swallowed up.

 

37:21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but

the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.

 

37:22 Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible

majesty.

 

37:23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent

in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not

afflict.

 

37:24 Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise

of heart.

 

38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 38:2

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?  38:3

Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and

answer thou me.

 

38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?

declare, if thou hast understanding.

 

38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath

stretched the line upon it?  38:6 Whereupon are the foundations

thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 38:7 When the

morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

38:8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it

had issued out of the womb?  38:9 When I made the cloud the garment

thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 38:10 And brake up

for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, 38:11 And said,

Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud

waves be stayed?  38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy

days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; 38:13 That it might

take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken

out of it?  38:14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as

a garment.

 

38:15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm

shall be broken.

 

38:16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou

walked in the search of the depth?  38:17 Have the gates of death been

opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?

38:18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou

knowest it all.

 

38:19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness,

where is the place thereof, 38:20 That thou shouldest take it to the

bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house

thereof?  38:21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or

because the number of thy days is great?  38:22 Hast thou entered into

the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the

hail, 38:23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against

the day of battle and war?  38:24 By what way is the light parted,

which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?  38:25 Who hath divided

a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the

lightning of thunder; 38:26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no

man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; 38:27 To satisfy

the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb

to spring forth?  38:28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten

the drops of dew?  38:29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary

frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?  38:30 The waters are hid as

with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

 

38:31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the

bands of Orion?  38:32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?

or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?  38:33 Knowest thou the

ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the

earth?  38:34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that

abundance of waters may cover thee?  38:35 Canst thou send lightnings,

that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are?  38:36 Who hath put

wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the

heart?  38:37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the

bottles of heaven, 38:38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the

clods cleave fast together?  38:39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the

lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions, 38:40 When they couch

in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?  38:41 Who

provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God,

they wander for lack of meat.

 

39:1 Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring

forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?  39:2 Canst thou

number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they

bring forth?  39:3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young

ones, they cast out their sorrows.

 

39:4 Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they

go forth, and return not unto them.

 

39:5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands

of the wild ass?  39:6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the

barren land his dwellings.

 

39:7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the

crying of the driver.

 

39:8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after

every green thing.

 

39:9 Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?

39:10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will

he harrow the valleys after thee?  39:11 Wilt thou trust him, because

his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?  39:12

Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it

into thy barn?  39:13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks?

or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?  39:14 Which leaveth her eggs

in the earth, and warmeth them in dust, 39:15 And forgetteth that the

foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.

 

39:16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not

her's: her labour is in vain without fear; 39:17 Because God hath

deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.

 

39:18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse

and his rider.

 

39:19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck

with thunder?  39:20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the

glory of his nostrils is terrible.

 

39:21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth

on to meet the armed men.

 

39:22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he

back from the sword.

 

39:23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the

shield.

 

39:24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither

believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.

 

39:25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle

afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

 

39:26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward

the south?  39:27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her

nest on high?  39:28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the

crag of the rock, and the strong place.

 

39:29 From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.

 

39:30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are,

there is she.

 

40:1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, 40:2 Shall he that

contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let

him answer it.

 

40:3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 40:4 Behold, I am vile;

what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

 

40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will

proceed no further.

 

40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and

declare thou unto me.

 

40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that

thou mayest be righteous?  40:9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst

thou thunder with a voice like him?  40:10 Deck thyself now with

majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.

 

40:11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is

proud, and abase him.

 

40:12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread

down the wicked in their place.

 

40:13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.

 

40:14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can

save thee.

 

40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as

an ox.

 

40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the

navel of his belly.

 

40:17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are

wrapped together.

 

40:18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars

of iron.

 

40:19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make

his sword to approach unto him.

 

40:20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts

of the field play.

 

40:21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and

fens.

 

40:22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the

brook compass him about.

 

40:23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth

that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.

 

40:24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.

 

41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a

cord which thou lettest down?  41:2 Canst thou put an hook into his

nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?  41:3 Will he make many

supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?  41:4

Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant

for ever?  41:5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou

bind him for thy maidens?  41:6 Shall the companions make a banquet of

him? shall they part him among the merchants?  41:7 Canst thou fill

his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?  41:8 Lay

thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

 

41:9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down

even at the sight of him?  41:10 None is so fierce that dare stir him

up: who then is able to stand before me?  41:11 Who hath prevented me,

that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.

 

41:12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely

proportion.

 

41:13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him

with his double bridle?  41:14 Who can open the doors of his face? his

teeth are terrible round about.

 

41:15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.

 

41:16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.

 

41:17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they

cannot be sundered.

 

41:18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the

eyelids of the morning.

 

41:19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.

 

41:20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or

caldron.

 

41:21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.

 

41:22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy

before him.

 

41:23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in

themselves; they cannot be moved.

 

41:24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the

nether millstone.

 

41:25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of

breakings they purify themselves.

 

41:26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the

dart, nor the habergeon.

 

41:27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.

 

41:28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him

into stubble.

 

41:29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a

spear.

 

41:30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things

upon the mire.

 

41:31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a

pot of ointment.

 

41:32 He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to

be hoary.

 

41:33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.

 

41:34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children

of pride.

 

42:1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 42:2 I know that thou canst

do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

 

42:3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I

uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I

knew not.

 

42:4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee,

and declare thou unto me.

 

42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye

seeth thee.

 

42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

 

42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto

Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled

against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of

me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

 

42:8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go

to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and

my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal

with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing

which is right, like my servant Job.

 

42:9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the

Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the

LORD also accepted Job.

 

42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his

friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

 

42:11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters,

and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat

bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him

over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also

gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

 

42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his

beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand

camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

 

42:13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

 

42:14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the

second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.

 

42:15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters

of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

 

42:16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his

sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.

 

42:17 So Job died, being old and full of days.