| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || THEN answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,|
| ||If one assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved?|
But who can withhold himself from speaking?
| ||Behold, thou hast instructed many,|
And thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
| ||Thy words have upholden him that was falling,|
And thou hast made firm the feeble 1 knees.
| ||But now it is come unto thee, and thou 2 faintest;|
It toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
| ||Is not thy fear of God thy confidence,|
And the integrity of thy ways thy hope?
| ||Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent?|
Or where were the upright cut off?
| ||According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity,|
And sow trouble, 3 reap the same.
| ||By the breath of God they perish,|
And by the blast of his anger are they consumed.
| ||The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion,|
And the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
| ||The old lion perisheth for lack of prey,|
And the whelps of the lioness are scattered abroad.
| || Now a thing was secretly 4 brought to me,|
And mine ear received a whisper thereof.
| ||In thoughts from the visions of the night,|
When deep sleep falleth on men,
| ||Fear came upon me, and trembling,|
Which made all my bones to shake.
| ||Then a 5 spirit passed before my face;|
The hair of my flesh stood up.
| ||It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof;|
A form was before mine eyes:
There 6 was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
| ||Shall mortal man be 7 more just than God?|
Shall a man be 8 more pure than his Maker?
| ||Behold, he putteth no trust in his servants;|
And his angels he chargeth with folly:
| ||How much more them that dwell in houses of clay,|
Whose foundation is in the dust,
Who are crushed before 9 the moth!
| ||Betwixt 10 morning and evening they are destroyed: 11|
They perish for ever without any regarding it.
| ||Is 12 not their tent-cord plucked up within them?|
They die, and that without wisdom.