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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
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[1]    BUT now they that are younger than I have me in derision,
Whose fathers I disdained to set with the dogs of my flock.
[2]  Yea, the strength of their hands, whereto should it profit me?
Men in whom ripe 1 age is perished.
[3]  They are gaunt with want and famine;
They 2 gnaw the dry ground, in 3 the gloom of wasteness and desolation.
[4]  They pluck salt-wort by the bushes;
And the roots of the broom are their 4 food.
[5]  They are driven forth from the midst of men;
They cry after them as after a thief;
[6]  So that they dwell in frightful valleys,
In holes of the earth and of the rocks.
[7]  Among the bushes they bray;
Under the nettles 5 they are 6 gathered together.
[8]  They are children of fools, yea, children of base 7 men;
They were 8 scourged out of the land.
 
[9]  And now I am become their song,
Yea, I am a byword unto them.
[10]  They abhor me, they stand aloof from me,
And spare not to spit in 9 my face.
[11]  For he hath loosed his 10 cord, and afflicted me;
And they have cast off the bridle before me.
[12]  Upon my right hand rise the rabble; 11
They thrust aside my feet,
And they cast up against me their ways of destruction.
[13]  They mar 12 my path,
They set forward my calamity,
Even men that have no helper.
[14]  As 13 through a wide breach they come:
In the midst of the ruin they roll themselves upon me.
[15]  Terrors are turned upon me;
They 14 chase mine 15 honor as the wind;
And my welfare is passed away as a cloud.
 
[16]  And now, my soul is poured out within 16 me;
Days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
[17]  In the night season my bones are pierced 17 in 18 me,
And the 19 pains that gnaw me take no rest.
[18]  By God’s great force is my garment disfigured;
It bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.
[19]  He hath cast me into the mire,
And I am become like dust and ashes.
[20]  I cry unto thee, and thou dost not answer me:
I stand up, and thou gazest at me.
[21]  Thou art turned to be cruel to me;
With the might of thy hand thou persecutest me.
[22]  Thou liftest me up to the wind, thou causest me to ride upon it;
And thou dissolvest me in the storm.
[23]  For I know that thou wilt bring me to death,
And to the 20 house appointed for all living.
 
[24]  Howbeit doth not one stretch out the hand in his fall?
Or in his calamity therefore cry for help?
[25]  Howbeit doth not one stretch out the hand in his fall?
Or in his calamity therefore!
[26]  Did not I weep for him that was in trouble?
Was not my soul grieved for the needy?
[27]  When I looked for good, then evil came;
And when I waited for light, there came darkness.
[28]  My heart is troubled, and resteth not;
Days of affliction are come upon me.
[29]  I go mourning 21 without the sun:
I stand up in the assembly, and cry for help.
[30]  I am a brother to jackals,
And a companion to ostriches.
[31]  My skin is black, and falleth from me,
And my bones are burned with heat.
[32]  Therefore is my harp turned to mourning,
And my pipe into the voice of them that weep.
 
Note 1. Or, vigor. [back]
Note 2. Or, They flee into the wilderness, into &c. [back]
Note 3. Or, which yesternight was.Or, on the eve of. [back]
Note 4. Or, to warm them. [back]
Note 5. Or, wild vetches. [back]
Note 6. Or, stretch themselves. [back]
Note 7. Heb. men of no name. [back]
Note 8. Or, are outcasts from the land. [back]
Note 9. Or, at the sight of me. [back]
Note 10. According to another reading, my cord (or, bowstring). [back]
Note 11. Or, brood. [back]
Note 12. Or, break up. [back]
Note 13. Or, As a wide breaking in of waters. [back]
Note 14. Or, Thou chasest. [back]
Note 15. Or, my nobility. [back]
Note 16. Heb. upon. [back]
Note 17. Or, corroded and drop away from me. [back]
Note 18. Heb. from off. [back]
Note 19. Or, my sinews take &c. [back]
Note 20. Or, the house of meeting for &c. [back]
Note 21. Or, blackened, but not by the sun. [back]
 

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