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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
XXXIV
 
 
[1]    MOREOVER Elihu answered and said,
[2]  Hear my words, ye wise men;
And give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.
[3]  For the ear trieth words,
As the palate tasteth food.
[4]  Let us choose for us that which is right:
Let us know among ourselves what is good.
[5]  For Job hath said, I am righteous,
And God hath taken away my right:
[6]  Notwithstanding 1 my right I am accounted a liar;
My 2 wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.
[7]  What man is like Job,
Who drinketh up scoffing like water,
[8]  Who goeth in company with the workers of iniquity,
And walketh with wicked men?
[9]  For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing
That he should delight 3 himself with God.
 
[10]  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.
[11]  For the work of a man will he render unto him,
And cause every man to find according to his ways.
[12]  Yea, of a surety, God will not do wickedly,
Neither will the Almighty pervert justice.
[13]  Who gave him a charge over the earth?
Or who hath disposed 4 the whole world?
[14]  If 5 he set his heart upon himself, 6
If he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;
[15]  All flesh shall perish together,
And man shall turn again unto dust.
[16]  If 7 now thou hast understanding, hear this:
Hearken to the voice of my words.
[17]  Shall even one that hateth justice govern?
And wilt thou condemn him that is righteous and mighty?—
[18]  Him 8 that saith to a king, Thou art vile,
Or to nobles, Ye are wicked;
[19]  That respecteth not the persons of princes,
Nor regardeth the rich more than the poor;
For they all are the work of his hands.
[20]  In a moment they die, even 9 at midnight;
The people are shaken and pass away,
And the mighty are taken away without hand.
 
[21]  For his eyes are upon the ways of a man,
And he seeth all his goings.
[22]  There is no darkness, nor thick gloom,
Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
[23]  For he needeth not further to consider a man,
That he should go before God in judgment.
[24]  He breaketh in pieces mighty men in 10 ways past finding out,
And setteth others in their stead.
[25]  Therefore he taketh knowledge of their works;
And he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed. 11
[26]  He striketh them as wicked men
In 12 the open sight of others;
[27]  Because they turned aside from following him,
And would not have regard to any of his ways:
[28]  So 13 that they caused the cry of the poor to come unto him,
And he heard the cry of the afflicted.
[29]  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:
[30]  That the godless man reign not,
That there be none to ensnare the people.
 
[31]    For hath any said unto God, I have borne chastisement,
I 14 will not offend any more:
[32]  That which I see not teach thou me:
If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more?
[33]  Shall his recompense be as thou wilt, that thou refusest it?
For thou must choose, and not I:
Therefore speak what thou knowest.
[34]  Men of understanding will say unto me,
Yea, every wise man that heareth me:
[35]  Job speaketh without knowledge,
And his words are without wisdom.
[36]  Would that Job were tried unto the end,
Because of his answering like wicked men.
[37]  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]
 

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