| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| ||MY spirit is consumed, my days are extinct,|
The grave is ready for me.
| ||Surely there are mockers 1 with me,|
And mine eye dwelleth upon their provocation.
| ||Give now a pledge, be surety for me with thyself;|
Who is there that will strike hands with me?
| ||For thou hast hid their heart from understanding:|
Therefore shalt thou not exalt them.
| ||He that denounceth his friends for a prey, 2|
Even the eyes of his children shall fail.
| || But he hath made me a by-word of the people;|
And they spit in my face.
| ||Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow,|
And all my members are as a shadow.
| ||Upright men shall be astonished at this,|
And the innocent shall stir up himself against the godless.
| ||Yet shall the righteous hold on his way,|
And he that hath clean hands shall wax stronger and stronger.
| ||But as for you all, come on now again;|
And 3 I shall not find a wise man among you.
| ||My days are past, my purposes are broken off,|
Even the thoughts 4 of my heart.
| ||They change the night into day:|
The light, say they, is near unto 5 the darkness.
| ||If I look 6 for Sheol as my house;|
If I have spread my couch in the darkness;
| ||If I have said to corruption, 7 Thou art my father;|
To the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister;
| ||Where then is my hope?|
And as for my hope, who shall see it?
| ||It shall go down to the bars of Sheol,|
When once there is rest in the dust.