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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
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[1]    THEN Job answered and said,
[2]  How long will ye vex my soul,
And break me in pieces with words?
[3]  These ten times have ye reproached me:
Ye are not ashamed that ye deal hardly with me.
[4]  And be it indeed that I have erred,
Mine error remaineth with myself.
[5]  If 1 indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me,
And plead against me my reproach;
[6]  Know now that God hath subverted 2 me in my cause,
And hath compassed me with his net.
 
[7]    Behold, I cry 3 out of wrong, but I am not heard:
I cry for help, but there is no justice.
[8]  He hath walled up my way that I cannot pass,
And hath set darkness in my paths.
[9]  He hath stripped me of my glory,
And taken the crown from my head.
[10]  He hath broken me down on every side, and I am gone;
And my hope hath he plucked up like a tree.
[11]  He hath also kindled his wrath against me,
And he counteth me unto him as one of his adversaries.
[12]  His troops come on together,
And cast up their way against me,
And encamp round about my tent.
 
[13]  He hath put my brethren far from me,
And mine acquaintance are wholly estranged from me.
[14]  My kinsfolk have failed,
And my familiar friends have forgotten me.
[15]  They that dwell 4 in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger:
I am an alien in their sight.
[16]  I call unto my servant, and he giveth me no answer,
Though I entreat him with my mouth.
[17]  My breath is strange to my wife,
And my 5 supplication to the children of 6 mine own mother.
[18]  Even young children despise me;
If I arise, they speak against me.
[19]  All my 7 familiar friends abhor me,
And they whom I loved are turned against me.
[20]  My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh,
And I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
[21]  Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends;
For the hand of God hath touched me.
[22]  Why do ye persecute me as God,
And are not satisfied with my flesh?
 
[23]    Oh that my words were now written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
[24]  That with an iron pen and lead
They were graven in the rock for ever!
[25]  But 8 as for me I know that my Redeemer 9 liveth,
And at last he will stand up upon the earth: 10
[26]  And 11 after my skin, even this body, is destroyed,
Then without my flesh shall I see God;
[27]  Whom I, even I, shall see, on 12 my side,
And mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger.
My heart 13 is consumed within me.
[28]  If ye say, How we will persecute him!
And that the root of the matter is found in me;
[29]  Be ye afraid of the sword:
For wrath 14 bringeth the punishments of the sword,
That ye may know there is a judgment.
 
Note 1. Or, Will ye indeed … reproach? [back]
Note 2. Or, overthrown me. [back]
Note 3. Or, cry out, Violence! [back]
Note 4. Or, sojourn. [back]
Note 5. Or, I make supplication.Or, I am loathsome. [back]
Note 6. Or, of my body. [back]
Note 7. Heb. the men of my council. [back]
Note 8. Or, For. [back]
Note 9. Or, vindicator.Heb. goel. [back]
Note 10. Heb. dust. [back]
Note 11. Or, And after my skin hath been thus destroyed, Yet from my flesh shall I see God. [back]
Note 12. Or, for myself. [back]
Note 13. Heb. reins. [back]
Note 14. Or, wrathful are. [back]
 

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