| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || CALL now; is there any that will answer thee?|
And to which of the holy ones wilt thou turn?
| ||For vexation killeth the foolish man,|
And jealousy 1 slayeth the silly one.
| ||I have seen the foolish taking root:|
But suddenly I cursed his habitation.
| ||His children are far from safety,|
And they are crushed in the gate,
Neither is there any to deliver them:
| ||Whose harvest the hungry eateth up,|
And taketh it even out of the thorns;
And the 2 snare gapeth for their substance.
| ||For affliction 3 cometh not forth from the dust,|
Neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
| ||But man is born unto trouble,|
As the 4 sparks fly upward.
| ||But as for me, I would seek unto God,|
And unto God would I commit my cause;
| ||Who doeth great things and unsearchable,|
Marvellous things without number:
| ||Who giveth rain upon the earth,|
And sendeth waters upon the fields;
| ||So that he setteth up on high those that are low,|
And those that mourn are exalted to safety.
| ||He frustrateth the devices of the crafty,|
So that their hands cannot 5 perform their enterprise.
| ||He taketh the wise in their own craftiness;|
And the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.
| ||They meet with darkness in the day-time,|
And grope at noonday as in the night.
| ||But he saveth from the sword of 6 their mouth,|
Even the needy from the hand of the mighty.
| ||So the poor hath hope,|
And iniquity stoppeth her mouth.
| || Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: 7|
Therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty.
| ||For he maketh sore, and bindeth up;|
He woundeth, and his hands make whole.
| ||He will deliver thee in six troubles;|
Yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
| ||In famine he will redeem thee from death;|
And in war from the power of the sword.
| ||Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue;|
Neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
| ||At destruction and dearth thou shalt laugh;|
Neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
| ||For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field;|
And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.
| ||And thou shalt know that thy tent is in peace;|
And thou shalt visit thy fold, 8 and shalt 9 miss nothing.
| ||Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great,|
And thine offspring as the grass of the earth.
| ||Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age,|
Like as a shock of grain cometh in its season.
| ||Lo this, we have searched it, so it is;|
Hear it, and know thou it for 10 thy good.