| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || MOREOVER Elihu answered and said,|
| ||Hear my words, ye wise men;|
And give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.
| ||For the ear trieth words,|
As the palate tasteth food.
| ||Let us choose for us that which is right:|
Let us know among ourselves what is good.
| ||For Job hath said, I am righteous,|
And God hath taken away my right:
| ||Notwithstanding 1 my right I am accounted a liar;|
My 2 wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.
| ||What man is like Job,|
Who drinketh up scoffing like water,
| ||Who goeth in company with the workers of iniquity,|
And walketh with wicked men?
| ||For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing|
That he should delight 3 himself with God.
| ||Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding:|
Far be it from God, that he should do wickedness,
And from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
| ||For the work of a man will he render unto him,|
And cause every man to find according to his ways.
| ||Yea, of a surety, God will not do wickedly,|
Neither will the Almighty pervert justice.
| ||Who gave him a charge over the earth?|
Or who hath disposed 4 the whole world?
| ||If 5 he set his heart upon himself, 6|
If he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;
| ||All flesh shall perish together,|
And man shall turn again unto dust.
| ||If 7 now thou hast understanding, hear this:|
Hearken to the voice of my words.
| ||Shall even one that hateth justice govern?|
And wilt thou condemn him that is righteous and mighty?
| ||Him 8 that saith to a king, Thou art vile,|
Or to nobles, Ye are wicked;
| ||That respecteth not the persons of princes,|
Nor regardeth the rich more than the poor;
For they all are the work of his hands.
| ||In a moment they die, even 9 at midnight;|
The people are shaken and pass away,
And the mighty are taken away without hand.
| ||For his eyes are upon the ways of a man,|
And he seeth all his goings.
| ||There is no darkness, nor thick gloom,|
Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
| ||For he needeth not further to consider a man,|
That he should go before God in judgment.
| ||He breaketh in pieces mighty men in 10 ways past finding out,|
And setteth others in their stead.
| ||Therefore he taketh knowledge of their works;|
And he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed. 11
| ||He striketh them as wicked men|
In 12 the open sight of others;
| ||Because they turned aside from following him,|
And would not have regard to any of his ways:
| ||So 13 that they caused the cry of the poor to come unto him,|
And he heard the cry of the afflicted.
| ||When he giveth quietness, who then can condemn?|
And when he hideth his face, who then can behold him?
Alike whether it be done unto a nation, or unto a man:
| ||That the godless man reign not,|
That there be none to ensnare the people.
| || For hath any said unto God, I have borne chastisement,|
I 14 will not offend any more:
| ||That which I see not teach thou me:|
If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more?
| ||Shall his recompense be as thou wilt, that thou refusest it?|
For thou must choose, and not I:
Therefore speak what thou knowest.
| ||Men of understanding will say unto me,|
Yea, every wise man that heareth me:
| ||Job speaketh without knowledge,|
And his words are without wisdom.
| ||Would that Job were tried unto the end,|
Because of his answering like wicked men.
| ||For he addeth rebellion unto his sin;|
He clappeth his hands among us,
And multiplieth his words against God.
|Note 1. Or, Should I lie against my right? [back]|
|Note 2. Heb. Mine arrow. [back]|
|Note 3. Or, consent with. See Ps. 50. 18. [back]|
|Note 4. Or, laid upon him. [back]|
|Note 5. According to another reading, If he cause his heart to return unto himself. [back]|
|Note 6. Or, man.Heb. him. [back]|
|Note 7. Or, Only understand. [back]|
|Note 8. The Heb. as pointed reads, Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art vile? Or to nobles, Ye are wicked? [back]|
|Note 9. Or, and at midnight the people &c. [back]|
|Note 10. Or, without inquisition. [back]|
|Note 11. Heb. crushed. [back]|
|Note 12. Heb. In the place of beholders. [back]|
|Note 13. Or, That they might cause
And that he might hear. [back]|
|Note 14. Or, though I offend not. [back]|