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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
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[1]    THEN answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
[2]  Can a man be profitable unto God?
Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself.
[3]  Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous?
Or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
[4]  Is it for 1 thy fear of him that he reproveth thee,
That he entereth with thee into judgment?
[5]  Is not thy wickedness great?
Neither is there any end to thine iniquities.
[6]  For thou hast taken pledges of thy brother for nought,
And stripped the naked of their clothing.
[7]  Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink,
And thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
[8]  But as for the 2 mighty man, he had the earth; 3
And the 4 honorable man, he dwelt in it.
[9]  Thou hast sent widows away empty,
And the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
[10]  Therefore snares are round about thee,
And sudden fear troubleth thee,
[11]  Or 5 darkness, so that thou canst not see,
And abundance of waters cover thee.
 
[12]  Is not God in the height of heaven?
And behold the height 6 of the stars, how high they are!
[13]  And thou sayest, What doth God know?
Can he judge through the thick darkness?
[14]  Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he seeth not;
And he walketh on the vault of heaven.
[15]  Wilt 7 thou keep the old way
Which wicked men have trodden?
[16]  Who were snatched away before their time,
Whose foundation was poured out as a stream,
[17]  Who said unto God, Depart from us;
And, What can the Almighty do for 8 us? 9
[18]  Yet he filled their houses with good things:
But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
[19]  The righteous see it, and are glad;
And the innocent laugh them to scorn,
[20]  Saying, Surely they that did rise up against us are cut off,
And the 10 remnant of them the fire hath consumed.
[21]    Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace:
Thereby 11 good shall come unto thee.
[22]  Receive, I pray thee, the 12 law from his mouth,
And lay up his words in thy heart.
[23]  If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up,
If 13 thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents.
[24]  And lay thou thy treasure 14 in 15 the dust,
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks;
[25]  And the Almighty will be thy treasure, 16
And precious 17 silver unto thee.
[26]  For then shalt thou delight thyself in the Almighty,
And shalt lift up thy face unto God.
[27]  Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he will hear thee;
And thou shalt pay thy vows.
[28]  Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee;
And light shall shine upon thy ways.
[29]  When they cast 18 thee down, thou shalt say, There is lifting up;
And the 19 humble person he will save.
[30]  He will deliver even him that is not innocent:
Yea, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of thy hands.
 
Note 1. Or, for fear of thee. [back]
Note 2. Heb. the man of arm. [back]
Note 3. Or, land. [back]
Note 4. Heb. he whose person is accepted. [back]
Note 5. Or, Or dost thou not see the darkness, And the flood of waters that covereth thee? [back]
Note 6. Heb. head. [back]
Note 7. Or, Dost thou mark. [back]
Note 8. Or, to. [back]
Note 9. Heb. them. [back]
Note 10. Or, that which remained to them.Or, their abundance. [back]
Note 11. Or, as otherwise read, Thereby shall thine increase be good. [back]
Note 12. Or, instruction. [back]
Note 13. Or, Thou shalt put away … And shalt lay up. [back]
Note 14. Or, wrathful are. [back]
Note 15. Or, on the earth. [back]
Note 16. Heb. ore. [back]
Note 17. Or, precious silver shall be thine. [back]
Note 18. Or, are made low. [back]
Note 19. Heb. him that is lowly of eyes. [back]
 

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