| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || MY soul is weary of my life;|
I will give free course to my complaint;
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
| ||I will say unto God, Do not condemn me;|
Show me wherefore thou contendest with me.
| ||Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress,|
That thou shouldest despise the work 1 of thy hands,
And shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
| ||Hast thou eyes of flesh?|
Or seest thou as man seeth?
| ||Are thy days as the days of man,|
Or thy years as mans days,
| ||That thou inquirest after mine iniquity,|
And searchest after my sin,
| ||Although thou knowest that I am not wicked,|
And there is none that can deliver out of thy hand?
| ||Thy hands have framed me and fashioned me|
Together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
| ||Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast fashioned me as clay;|
And wilt thou bring me into dust again?
| ||Hast thou not poured me out as milk,|
And curdled me like cheese?
| ||Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh,|
And knit me together with bones and sinews.
| ||Thou hast granted me life and lovingkindness;|
And thy visitation 2 hath preserved my spirit.
| ||Yet these things thou didst hide in thy heart;|
I know that this is with thee:
| ||If I sin, then thou markest me,|
And thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.
| ||If I be wicked, woe unto me;|
And if I be righteous, yet shall I not lift up my head
Being 3 filled with ignominy,
And looking upon mine affliction.
| ||And if my head exalt itself, thou huntest me as a lion;|
And again thou showest thyself marvellous upon me.
| ||Thou renewest thy witnesses against me,|
And increasest thine indignation upon me:
Changes 4 and warfare are with me.
| ||Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb?|
I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me.
| ||I should have been as though I had not been;|
I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
| ||Are not my days few? cease 5 then,|
And let me alone, that I may take 6 comfort a little,
| ||Before I go whence I shall not return,|
Even to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;
| ||The land dark as midnight, 7|
The land of the shadow of death, without any order,
And where the light is as midnight. 8