| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || MAN, that is born of a woman,|
Is of few days, and full of trouble.
| ||He cometh forth like a flower, and is 1 cut down:|
He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
| ||And dost thou open thine eyes upon such a one,|
And bringest me into judgment with thee?
| ||Who 2 can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.|
| ||Seeing his days are determined,|
The number of his months is with thee,
And thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
| ||Look away from him, that he may rest, 3|
Till he shall accomplish, 4 as a hireling, his day.
| ||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.
| ||Though the root thereof wax old in the earth,|
And the stock thereof die in the ground;
| ||Yet through the scent of water it will bud,|
And put forth boughs like a plant.
| ||But man dieth, and is laid low: Yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?|
| ||As the waters fail 5 from the sea,|
And the river wasteth and drieth up;
| ||So man lieth down and riseth not:|
Till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake,
Nor be roused out of their sleep.
| || Oh that thou wouldest hide me in Sheol,|
That thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past,
That thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
| ||If a man die, shall he live again?|
All the days of my warfare would 6 I wait,
Till my release 7 should come.
| ||Thou wouldest 8 call, and I would answer thee:|
Thou wouldest have a desire to the work of thy hands.
| ||But now thou numberest my steps:|
Dost thou not watch over my sin?
| ||My transgression is sealed up in a bag,|
And thou fastenest up mine iniquity.
| ||But the mountain falling cometh 9 to nought;|
And the rock is removed out of its place;
| ||The waters wear the stones;|
The overflowings thereof wash away the dust of the earth:
So thou destroyest the hope of man.
| ||Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth;|
Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
| ||His sons come to honor, and he knoweth it not;|
And they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
| ||But 10 his flesh upon him hath pain,|
And his soul within him mourneth.