The Book of Job
From the Hebrew Job means " hated and oppressed "
The 1st Chapter
In the land of hus (Uz), there was a man called Job: an innocent and virtuous man, such one as feared God, *exchewed evil.
This man had seven sons, and three daughters. His substance was seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred she asses, and a very great household: so that he was one of the most principal men among all them of the east country. And his sons went, and made banquets: one day in one house, another day in another, and sent for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. So when they had passed over the time of their banqueting round about, Job sent for them, and cleansed them again, and gat up early, and offered for everyone a burnt offering. For Job thought thus: peradventure my sons have done some offense, and have been unthankful to God in their hearts. And thus did Job everyday. Now upon the time, when the servants of God came and stood before the Lord, Sathan (Satan) came also among them. And the Lord said unto Sathan: From whence comest thou? Sathan answered the Lord, and said: I have gone about the land and walked through it. *exchewed = to avoid, shun, escape evil,
Then said the Lord unto Sathan: hast thou not considered my servant Job, and how that he is an innocent and virtuous man: such one as feareth God, and *extueth evil, and that there is none like him in the land? Sathan answered, and said unto the Lord: Doth Job fear God for nought? hast thou not preserved him, his house, and all his substance on every side? hast thou not blessed the work of his hands? Is not his possession is increased in the land? But lay thine hand upon him a little, touch once all that he hath, and ( I hold ) he shall curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Sathan: lo all that he hath, be in thy power: only upon him self see that thou lay not thine hand. Then went Sathan forth from the Lord.
*extueth this is not excheweth, however : the definition not found in sources, To offer 3 possible roots: 1) may be excheweth as found above, yet this spelling is different. 2) ex / tue : ex means to separate from, tue is from the word "Mars" as found in the name of the day; tuesday, given to "honor" the Greek god of war. To extueth evil would be then to remove the "glory" of war; ex/ tue = to remove virtue from evil ; true evil is evil masked in good, or evil that appears virtuous. 2) From the word estuary; a: where the river boils against the tide, b: to surge or overflow in honor or disgrace. RN
Now upon a certain day when his sons and his daughters were eating, and drinking wine in their eldest brothers house, there came a messenger unto Job, and said: While the oxen were plowing, and the Asses going in the pasture beside them: the *Sabeens came in violently, and took them all away: yee, they have slain thy servants with the sword, and I only ran my way, to tell thee. *Sabeens HEB = "drunkard" or " he who is coming" is drunk, with the wine of the world, maker of oaths /a gatherer together . RN
And while he was yet speaking, there came another, and said: The fire of God is fallen from heaven, it hath consumed, and burnt up all thy sheep and servants: and I only ran my way , to tell thee. In the mean season while he was yet speaking, there came another, and said: The *Caldees made three armies, and fell upon thy camels, which they have carried away, yee and slain thy servants with the sword: and I only am gotten away, to tell thee: While he was speaking, there came yet another, and said: Thy sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brothers house, and suddenly there came a mighty great wind out of the South, and smote the four corners of the house: which fell upon thy children, so that they are dead: and I am gotten away alone, to tell thee. *Caldees = desirous and willing .
Then Job stood up, and rent his clothes, shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, worshipped, and
said: Naked came I out of my mothers womb, and naked shall I turn thither again. The Lord gave, and the Lord
hath taken away, now blessed be the name of the Lord. In all these things did Job not offend, ner murmur foolishly
The 2nd Chapter
It happened also upon a time, that when the servants of God came and stood before the Lord, Sathan came
among them, and stood before him. And the Lord said unto Sathan: From whence comest thou? Sathan answered
and said: I have gone about the land, and walked through it.
Then said the Lord unto Sathan: hast thou not considered my servant Job, how that he is an innocent and virtuous man such one as feareth God, and Extueth evil, and that there is none like him in the land?
But thou movedst me against him, to punish him: yet is it in vain, for he continueth still in his goodness.
Sathan answered the Lord, and said:
Skin for skin? yee a man will give all that ever he hath, for his life. But lay thine hand upon him, touch him once upon the bone and flesh, and ( I hold) he shall curse thee to thy face. Then said the Lord unto Sathan: lo, there hast him in thy power, but save his life.
So went Sathan forth from the Lord, and smote Job with marvelous sore *boils, from the sole of his foot unto his crown. So that he sat upon the ground in ashes, and scraped off the filth of his with sores with a *potsherd.
*boils = from the Hebrew to hasten , burning, as in the
burning up of the flesh. ( desires of the flesh) *potsherd =
a piece of a broken pot ( vessel ) RN.
Then said his wife unto him: Dost thou continue in thy perfectness? curse God, and die. But Job said unto her: Thou speakest like a foolish women. Seeing we have received prosperity at the hand of God, wherefore should we be not content with adversity also? In all these things, did not Job sin with his lips.
Now when Jobs friends heard of all the trouble, that happened to him, there came three of them, every one
from his own place: *namely, Eliphas the Thamanite, Baldad the Suhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. *namely =
these names from the Hebrew are: Eliphaz = "my God is (fine) gold" Themanite = "southward" to destroy, to perish Bildad = "confusing (by
mingling) love". Shuhite = "wealth" Zophar = "sparrow" "Melek is father" or "my father is king".
Abel Mizraim = "meadow of Egypt" : field of copts (adversaries) to go early, depart early ,Naamathite = see Naamah "pleasantness"
For they were agreed together to come, and to show their compassion on him, and to comfort him. So when they lifted up their eyes afar off, they knew him not.
Then they cried, and wept: They sat them down by him also upon the ground seven days and seven nights.
Neither was there any of them that spake one word unto him, for they saw that his pain was very great.
The 3rd Chapter
After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day, and said: lost be the day, wherein I was born: and the
night, in the which it was said: there is a man child conceived. The same day be turned to darkness, and not
regarded of God from above, neither be shined upon with light: but be covered with darkness, and the shadow of
death. let the dim cloud fall upon it, and let it be lapped with sorrow. Let the dark storm over come that night, let it
not be reckoned among the days of the year, ner counted in months. Despised be that night, and discommended: let
them that curse the day, even those that be ready to raise up mourning give it also their curse. Let the stars be dim
through darkness of it. Let it look for light, but let it see none, neither the raising up of the fair morning: because it
shut not up the womb that bare me, ner hide these sorrows from my eyes.
Alas, why died I not in the birth? Why did not I perish, as soon as I came out of my mothers womb? Why set they me upon their knees? Why gave they me suck with their breasts? Then should I now have layen still, I should have slept, and been at rest: like as the kings and Lords of the earth, which build themselves special places: As the princes that have great substance of gold, and their houses full of silver. O that I utterly had no being, or were as a thing born out of time (that is put aside ) ether as young children, which never saw the light. There must the wicked cease from their tyranny, there such as are overlabored be at rest: there are those let out free, which have been in prison, so that they hear no more the voice of the oppressor: There are small and great: the bondman, and he that is free from his master.
Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery? and life unto them, that have heavy hearts? Which long
for death, if it come not: and search for it more than for treasure which also would be exceedingly glad, and rejoice
if they found their grave. That should be joy to the man whose way is hid, which God keepeth back from him. For
my sighs come before I eat, and my roarings fall out like flowing water. For the thing that I feared, is come upon
me: and the thing that I was afraid of, is happened to me? Was I not happy? Had I not quietness? Was I not in rest?
And now cometh such misery upon me.
The 4th Chapter
Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite and said unto him: If we begin to commune with thee peradventure thou wilt be discontent, but who can withhold himself from speaking? Behold, thou hast been a teacher of many, and hast comforted the weary hands.
Thy words have set up those that were fallen, thou hast refreshed the weak knees. But now that the plague
is come upon thee, thou shrinkest away: now that it hath touched thy self, thou art faint hearted. Is not this thy
fear, thy steadfastness, thy patience, and the perfectness of thy ways? Consider (I pray thee) who ever perished
being innocent? Or, when were the godly destroyed? As I have seen them that plow vanity and sow malice reap the
same. With the blast of God did they perish, and by the breath of his anger consumed they away. The roaring of the
lion, the voice of the lioness, and the teeth of the lions whelps are broken. The lion perisheth, for lack of prey and
the lions whelps are scattered abroad.
And unto me was the word hid, and mine hath ear hath received a little thereof. In the fantasies and
thoughts of the visions of the night, when sleep cometh on men: Fear came upon me and dread and made all my
bones to shake. And when the wind passed by before my presence it made the hairs of my flesh stand up. He stood
there and I knew not his face, an image there was before me and there was stillness, so that I heard this voice.
Shall man be more just than God? Or shall man be purer than his maker? Behold there is no trust to his servants,
and in his angels hath he found frowardness. How much more in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose
foundation is but earth: which shall be consumed by the moth? They shall be smitten from morning unto the
evening: yea they shall perish everlastingly, and no man think theron. Is not their dignity taken away with them,
they shall die and not in wisdom.
The 5th Chapter
Name me one else, if thou can find any: yee look about thee, upon any of the holy men. As for the foolish man, displeasure killeth him and anger slayeth the ignorant. I have seen my self, when the foolish was deep rooted, that his beauty was suddenly destroyed, that his children were without prosperity or health: that they were slain in the door, and no man to deliver them: that his harvest is eaten up of the hungry: that the weaponed man had spoiled it, and that the thirsty had drunk up his riches. Is it not the earth that bringeth forth travail, neither cometh sorrow out of the ground: but it is man, that is born unto misery, like as the bird for to fly.
But now I will speak of the Lord, and talk of God: which doeth things, that are unsearchable, and marvelous without number: Which giveth rain upon the earth, and poureth water upon all things: which set up them of low degree, and sendeth prosperity, to those that are in heaviness: Which destroyeth the devices of the subtle, so that they are not able to perform the things that they take in hand: which compass the wise in their own craftiness, and over through the counsel of the wicked? In so much that they might run in to darkness by fair day, and grope about them at the noon day, like as in the night.
And so he delivereth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the cruel, that the poor hath hope, and that the mouth of the oppressor may be stopped.
Behold, happy is the man, whom God punisheth: therefore, despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty. For though he make a wound, he giveth medicine again: though he smite, his hand maketh whole again.
He deliver thee out of six troubles, so that in the seventh there can no harm touch thee. In the midst of hunger he saveth thee from death: and when it is war, from the power of the sword.
He shall keep thee from the perilous tongue so that when trouble cometh, thou shalt not need to fear. In destruction and derth (famine) thou shalt be merry, and shalt not be afraid for the beasts of the earth: But the castles in the land shall be confederate with thee, and the beasts of the field, shall give thee peace.
Yee thou shalt know, that thy dwelling place shall be in rest: thou shalt hold thy substance, and be no
more punished for sin. Thou shalt see also, that thy seed shall increase, and that thy posterity shall be as the grass
of the earth. Thou shalt come to thy grave in a fair age, like as the of corn sheaves are brought in to the barn in due
season. Lo, this is the matter, as we ourselves have proved by experience. Therefore now that thou hearest it, take
better heed to thyself.
The 6th Chapter
Job answered, and said: Oh that my misery were weighed, and my punishment weighed in the balances: For then should it be heavier, than the sand of the sea. This is the cause, that my words are so sorrowful.
For the arrows of the allmighty are in me, whose indignation hath drunk up my spirit, and the terrible fears of God fight against me. Doth the wild ass roar when he hath grass? Or crieth the ox, when he hath fodder enough? That which is unsavory, shalt it be eaten without salt, or is there any taste in the white of an egg? The things that some time I might not away withal, are now my meat for very sorrow. O' that I might have my desire: O' that God would grant me the thing, that I long for: That he would begin and smite me: that he would let his hand go, and hew me down. Then should I have some comfort: yee, I would desire him in my pain, that he should not spare, for I will not be against the words of the holy one.
What power have I to endure? Or, what is mine end, that my soul might be patient? Is my strength the strength of stones? Or is my flesh made of brass? Is it not so that there is in me no help? that my substance is taken from me. He that is in tribulation ought to be comforted of his neighbor: but the fear of the Lord is clean away: Mine own brethren pass over by me as the water broke, that hastily runneth through the valleys. But they that fear the hoarfrost, the snow shall fall upon them.
When their time cometh, they shall be destroyed and perish: and when they be set on fire, they shall be removed out of their place, for the paths that they go in, are crooked: they haste after vain things, and shall perish. Consider the paths of Theman, and the ways of Saba, wherein they have put their trust. Confounded are they, that put any confidence in them: For when they came to obtain the things they looked for, they were brought to confusion.
Even so are ye also come unto me: but now that ye see my misery, ye are afraid. Did I desire you, to come
hither? Or, to give me any of your substance? To deliver me from the enemies hand, or to save me from the power
of the mighty? Teach me and I will hold my tongue: and if I do error, show me wherin.
Wherefore blame ye the words, that are well and truly spoken? which of you can reprove them? Saving
only that ye are subtle to check mens sayings, and can speak many words in the wind. Ye fall upon the fatherless,
and go about to overthrow your own friend. Wherefore look not only upon me, but upon yourselves: whether I lie,
or no. Turn into your own selves ( I pray you ) be indifferent judges, and consider mine unguiltiness: whether there
be any unrighteousness in my tongue, or vain words in my mouth.
The 7th Chapter
Is not the life of man upon earth a battle? Are not his days like the days of an hired servant? For like as a bond servant desireth the shadow, and as an hireling would faine have an end of his work: Even so have I labored whole months long ( but in vain ) and many a careful night have I told. When I layed me down to sleep, I said: O' when shall I rise? Again, I longed for the night. Thus am I full of sorrow, till it be dark. My flesh is clothed with worms, filthiness and dust: my skin is withered, and crumpled together: my days pass over more speedily, than a weaver can weave out his web: and are gone, or I am at war. O' remember, that my life is but a wind, and that mine eye shall no more see the pleasures thereof, yee and that none other mans eye shall see me anymore. For if thou fasten thine eyes upon me, I come to naught like as a cloud is consumed and vanisheth away, even so he that goeth down to hell, cometh no more up, nor turneth again into his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
Therefore I will not spare my mouth, but will speak in the trouble of my spirit, in that bitterness of my mind will I talk. Am I a sea, or a whalefish, that thou keepest me so in prison? When I think: my bed shall comfort me. I shall have some refreshing by talking by myself upon my couch: Then troublest thou me with dreams, and makest me so afraid through visions, that my soul wisheth rather to be strangled, and my bones to be dead.
I can see no remedy, I shall live no more: O' spare me then, for my days are but vain. What is man, that thou hast him in such reputation, and setest so much by him? Thou takest diligent care for him, and suddenly doest thou try him.
Why goest thou not from me, nor letest me alone, so long till I swallow down my spittle? I have offended,
what shall I do unto thee, O' thou preserver of men? Why hast thou made me to stand in thy way, and am so heavy
a burden unto to myself? Why doest thou not forgive my sin? Wherefore takest thou not away my wickedness.
Behold, now must I sleep in the dust: And if thou seekest me tomorrow in the morning, I shall be gone.
The 8th Chapter
Then answered *Baldad the Suhite, and said: How long wilt thou talk of such things? how long shall thy mouth speak so proud words? Doth God pervert the thing that is lawful? Or, doth the Almighty destroy the thing that is right? When thy sons sinned against him, did not he punish them for their wickedness? If thou wouldest now resort unto God by times, and make thy humble prayer to the Almighty: If thou wouldest live a pure and godly life: should he not wake up unto thee immediately, and give thee the beauty of righteousness again? In so much, that wherin soever thou haddest little afore, thou should have great abundance. Enquire of them that have been before thee, search diligently among thy forefathers: Namely, that we are but of yesterday, and consider not, that our days upon the earth are but a very shadow. They shall show thee, they shall tell thee, yee they will gladly confess the same. Bildad = "confusing (by mingling) love" Shuhite = "wealth".
May a rush be green without moistness? may the grass grow without water? No: but ( or ever it be shot forth, and or ever it be gathered ) it withereth, before any other herb. Even so goeth it with all them, that forget God: and even thus also shall the hypocrites hope come to naught. His confidence shall be destroyed, for he trusteth in a spiders web. He leaneth upon his house, but he shall not stand: he holdeth him fast by it, yet shall he not endure. Often time a thing do flourish, and men think that it may abide the *Son shining: it shooteth forth the branches in his garden, it taketh many roots, in so much that it is like a house of stones. *Son = this word Sonne is Son, they did make a spelling difference between Sun and Son, this is Son.
But if it be taken out of his place, every man denyeth it, saying: I know thee not. Lo, thus it is with him, that rejoiceth in his own doings: and as for others, they grow out of the earth.
Behold, God will not cast away a virtuous man, neither will he help the ungodly. Thy mouth shall be still
with laughing, and thy lips with gladness. They that hate thee, shall be confounded, and the dwellings of the
ungodly shall come to nought.
The 9th Chapter
Job answered, and said: As for that, I know it is so of a truth, that a man compared unto God, can not be justified. If he will argue with him, he shall not be able to answer him unto one among a thousand. He is wise of heart, and mighty in strength. Who ever prospered that took part against him? He translateth the mountains, or ever they be a ware, and overthroweth them in his wrath. He removeth the earth out of her place, that her pillars shake withal.
He commandeth the *Son, and it riseth not: he closeth up the stars, as it were under a signet. He himself alone spreadeth out the heavens, and goeth upon the waves of the sea. He maketh the vaines of heaven, the Orions, the seven stars and the secrete places of the south. He doeth great things, such as are unsearchable, yee and wonders without number.
If he came by me, I might not look upon him: if he went his way, I should not perceive it. If he be hasty to take anything away, who will make him restore it again? Who will say unto him: what doest thou? He is God, whos wrath no man may withstand: but the proudest of all must stoop under him. How then should I answer him? or what words should I send out against him? Yee though I be righteous, yet will I not give him one word again, but meekly submit myself to my judge. All be it that I call upon him, and he hear me, yet I am not sure, that he hath heard my voice: he troubleth me so with the tempest, and woundeth me out of measure without a cause. He will not let my spirit be in rest, but filleth me with bitterness.
If men speak of strength, he is the strongest of all: if men speak of righteousness, who bare be my record. If I will justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I will put forth myself for a perfect man, he shall prove me a wicked doer: For that I should be an innocent, my conscience knoweth it not, yee I my self am weary of my life.
This is one thing will I say: He destroyeth both the righteous and the ungodly. And though he slay suddenly with the scourge, yet laugheth he at the punishment of the innocent. As for the world, he give it over in to the power of the wicked, such as the rivers be, whereof all the lands are full. Is it not so? where is there any, but he is such on?
My days have been more swift than a runner: they are gone suddenly, and have seen no good thing. They
are passed away, as the ships that be good under sail, and as the Aegle ( eagle) that hasteth to the prey. When I am
purposed to forget my complainings, to change my countenance, and to consider myself: Then I am afraid of all
my works, for I know, thou favorest not the evil doer. If I be then a wicked one, why have I labored in vain?
Though I washeth myself with snow water, and made mine hands ever so clean, yet shouldest thou dip me in the
*inyer (manure), and mine own clothes should defile me. For he that I must give answer unto, and with whom I go to
law, is not a man as I am. Neither is there any daysman to reprove both parties, or to lay his hand betwixt us. Let
him take his rod away from me, yee let him make me no more afraid of him, and then shall I answer him without
any fear. For as long as I am in such fearfulness, I can make no answer: And why? it grieveth my soul to live.
The 10th Chapter
Nevertheless, now will I put forth my words: I will speak out of the heaviness of my soul, and will say unto God:
Do not condemn me: but show me the cause, wherefore thou judgest me on this manner. Thinkest thou it well done, to oppress me, to cast me off ( being a work of thine hands ) and to maintain the counsel of the ungodly? Hast thou fleshly eyes then, or doest thou look as a man looketh? Are thy days as the days of man, and thy years as mans years? That thou makest such an inquisition for my wickedness, and searchest out my sin? Whereas (notwithstanding) thou knowest that I am no wicked person, and that there is no man able to deliver me out of thine hand. Thy hands have made me, and fashioned me altogether round about, wilt thou then destroy me suddenly? O' remember ( I beseek thee ) how that thou madest me of the mould of the earth, and shalt bring me to earth again.
Hast thou not milked me, as it were milk: and turned me to curdles like cheese? Thou hast covered me with skin and flesh, and joined me together with bones and sinews. Thou hast granted me life, and done me good: and the diligent heed that thou tookest upon me, hath preserved my spirit.
Though thou hidest these things in thine heart, yet am I sure, that thou rememberest them all. Wherefore didest thou keep me, when I sinned, and hast not cleansed me from mine offense? If I do wickedly, woe is me therefore: If I be righteous, yet dare I not lift up my head: so full am I of confusion, and see mine own misery.
Thou huntest me out ( being in heaviness ) as it were a *Lion, and troublest me out of measure. Thou bringest fresh witnesses against me, thy wrath increases thou upon me, very many are the plagues that I am in. Wherefore hast thou brought me out of my mothers womb? O' that I had perished, and that no eye had seen me. If they had carried me to my grave, as soon as I was born, then should I be now, as though I had never been.
Shall not my short life come so soon to an end? O' hold thee from me, let me alone, that I might ease myself a little afore I go thither, from whence I shall not return again. Namely, to that land of darkness and shadow of death: yee into that dark cloudy land and deadly shadow, where as is no order, but terrible fear as in the darkness.
The 11th Chapter
Zophar = "sparrow" "Melek is father" or "my father is king". Abel Mizraim = "meadow of Egypt" ; field of copts (adversaries) to go early, depart
early ,Naamathite = see Naamah "pleasantness" .
Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said: Should not he that maketh many words, be answered? Should he that bableth much, be commended therin? Should men give ear unto thee only? Thou wilt laugh other men to scorn, and shall nobody mock thee again? Wilt thou say unto God: The thing that I take in hand is perfect, and I am clean in thy sight? O' that God would speak, and open his lips against thee, that he might show thee ( out of his secrete wisdom ) how many fold his law is: then shouldest thou know, that God had forgotten the, because of thy sins.
Wilt thou find out God with thy seeking? Wilt thou attain to the perfectness of the Almighty? He is higher than heaven, what wilt thou do? Deeper than hell, how wilt thou then know him? His length exceedeth the length of the earth, and his breadth the breadth of the sea. Though he turn all things upside down, close them in, or thrust them together, who dare check him therefore?
For it is he that knoweth the vanity of men: he seeth their wickedness also, should he not then consider it? A vain body exalteth himself, and the son of man is like a wild asses foal. If thou haddest now a right heart, and lifted up thine hands toward him: if thou would putest away the wickedness which thou hast in hand, so that no ungodliness dwelt in thy house: Then mightest thou lift up thy face without shame, then shouldest thou be sure, and have no need to fear.
Then shouldest thou forget thy misery, and think no more upon it, than upon the waters that run by. Then
should thy life be as clear as the noon day, and spring forth as the morning. Then mightest thou have comfort , in
the hope that thou hast: and sleep quietly, when thou art buried. Then shouldest thou take rest, and no man to
make thee afraid, yee many one should set much by thee. As for the eyes of the ungodly, they shall be consumed,
and not escape: their hope shall be misery and sorrow of mind.
The 12th Chapter
So Job answered, and said: Then ( no doubt ) ye are the men alone, and wisdom shall perish with you. But I have understanding as well as yee, and am no less than yee. Yee, who knoweth not these things? Thus he that calleth upon God, and whom God heareth, is mocked of his neighbor: the godly and innocent man is laughed to scorn. Godliness is a light despised in the hearts of the rich, and is set for them to stumble upon. The houses of robbers are in wealth and prosperity, and they that maliciously meddle against God, dwell without care: yee God giveth all things richly with his hand.
Ask the cattle, and they inform thee: the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Speak to the earth, and it shall show thee: Or to the fishes of the sea, and they shall certify thee. What is he, but he knoweth that the hand of the Lord made all these? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all men. Have not the ears pleasure in hearing, and the mouth in tasting the thing that it eateth? Among old persons there is wisdom, and among the aged is understanding. Yee with God is wisdom and strength, it is he that hath counsel and fore knowledge.
If he break down a thing, who can set it up again? If he shut a thing, who will open it? Behold, if he withhold the waters, they dry up: If he let them go, they destroy the earth. With him is strength and wisdom: he knoweth both the deceiver and him that is deceived.
He carry away the wise men, as it were a spoil, and bringeth the judges out of their wits. He looseth the
girdle of kings, and girdleth their loins with a bond. He leadeth away the Priests in to captivity, and turneth the
mighty up side down. He taketh the *verity (truth,factual, real) from out of the mouth, and disappoint the aged of their
wisdom. He poureth out confusion upon the Princes, and comforteth them that are oppressed. Look what lieth hide
in darkness, he declareth it openly: and the very shadow of death bringeth he to light. He both increaseth the
people and destroyeth them: He maketh them to multiply, and driveth them away. He changeth the hearts of the
Princes and Kings of the earth, and disapointeth them: so that they go wandering out of the way, and grope in the
dark without light, staggering to and fro like drunk men.
The 13th Chapter
Lo, all this have I seen with mine eye, heard with my ear, and understand it. Look what ye know, that same do I know also, neither am I inferior unto you. Nevertheless I am purposed to talk with the almighty, and my desire is to commune with God. As for you, ye are workmasters of lies, and unprofitable Physicians all together. Would God ye keep your tongue, that ye might be taken as wise men. Therefore hear my words, and ponder the sentence of my lips. Will ye make an answer for God with lies, and maintain him with deceit? Will ye except the person of God, and entreat for him? Shall that help you, when hr calleth you to reckoning. Think ye to beguile him, as a man is beguiled? He shall punish you, and reprove you, if you do secretly except any person. Shall he not make you afraid, when he showeth himself? Shall not his terrible face fall upon you? your remembrance shall be like unto dust, and your pride shall be turned into clay. Hold your tongues now, and let me speak, for their is something come into my mind. Wherefore do I bare my flesh in my teeth, and my soul in my hands? Lo, there is neither comfort nor hope for me, if he will slay me. But if I show and reprove mine own ways in his sight, he is even the same that maketh me whole: And why? There may no hypocrite come before him. Hear my words, and ponder my sayings with your ears. Behold, now have I prepared my judgement, and know that I will be found righteous. What is he that will go to the law with me? For if I hold my tongue, I shall die. Nevertheless grant me two things, and then will I not hide myself from thee.
Withdraw thine hand from me, and let not the fearful dread of thee make me afraid. And then send for me to the law, that, I may answer for myself: or else, let me speak, and give thou the answer. How great are my misdeeds and sins? Let me know my transgressions and offenses. Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy? Wilt thou be so cruel and extreme unto a flying leaf, and follow upon dry stubble? That thou layest so sharply to my charge, and will utterly undo me, for the sins of my youth? Thou hast put my foot in the stocks: thou lookest narrowly unto all my paths, and markest the steps of my feet: where as I
( notwithstanding ) must consume like as a foul carrion, and as a cloth that is moth eaten.
The 14th Chapter
Man that is born of a woman, hath but a short time to live, and is full of diverse miseries. He cometh up and falleth away like a flower. He flyeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one state. Thinkest thou it now well done, to open thine eyes upon such one, and to bring me before thee in judgement? Who can make it clean, that cometh from an unclean thing? Nobody. The days of a man are short, the number of his months are known only to thee. Thou hast appointed him his bounds, he cannot go beyond them. Go from him , that he might rest alittle: until his day come, which he looketh for, like as an hireling doeth.
If a tree be cut down, there is some hope yet, that it will sprout and shout forth the branches again; For though a root be waxen old and dead in the ground, yet when the stock getth the scent of water, it will bud, and bring forth bows, like as when it was first planted. But as for a man, when he is dead, perished and consumed away, what becometh him? The floods when they be dried up, and the rivers when they be empty, are filled again through the flowing waters of the sea: but when a man sleepeth, he riseth not again, until the heaven perish: he shall not wake up nor rise out of his sleep. O' that thou wouldest keep me, and hide me in the hell, until thy wrath were spilled: and to appoint me a time, wherin thou mightest remember me. May a dead man live again? All the days of this my pilgrimage am I looking, when my changing shall come. If thou wouldest but call me, I should obey thee: only despise not the work of thine own hands.
For thou hast numbered all my goings, yet be not thou to extreme upon my sins. Thou hast sealed up mine offenses, as it were in a bag: but be merciful unto my wickedness. The mountains fall away at the last, the rocks are removed out of their place, the waters pierce through the very stones by little and little, the floods wash away the gravel and the earth: Even so destroyest thou the hope of a man in like manner. Thou prevailest against him, so that he passeth away : thou changes his estate, and puttest him from thee.
Whether his children come to worship or no, he can not tell: And if they be men of low degree, he knoweth not.
While he liveth, his flesh must have travail: And while the soul is in him, he must be in sorrow.
The 15th Chapter
names from the Hebrew are:
* Eliphaz = "my God is (fine) gold"
Themanite = "southward" to destroy, to perish .
Then answered *Eliphaz the Themanite, and said: Should a wise man answer as the silence of the wind, and fill his belly with the wind of the east? Thou reproveth with words, that are nothing worth: and speakest the things, that do no good. As for shame, thou hast set it aside, else wouldest thou not make so many words before God: but thy wickedness acheth thy mouth, and so thou hast chosen the a crafty tongue. Thine own mouth condemeth thee, and not I : yee thine own lips shape the answer. Art thou the first man, that ever was born? Or, wast thou made before the hills? hast thou heard the secrete counsel of God, that all wisdom is to little for thee? What knowest thou that we knowest not? What understandest thou, but we can the same? With us are old and aged men, yee such as have lived longer than thy forefathers.
Thinkest thou it a small thing of the consolations of God? and are they with the* living word. Why doth thine heart make thee so proud? Why standest thou so greatly in thine own conceit? Where unto thine eyes, that thy mind is so puffed up against God and letteth such words come out of thy mouth? What is a man, that he should be clean? what hath he ( which is born of a woman ) whereby he might be known to be righteous? Behold there is no trust to his *fanctes: yee the very heavens are not clean in his sight. How much more then an abominable and vile man, which drinketh wickedness like water? I will tell thee, hear me: I will show thee a thing, that I know: which wise men have told, and hath not been hid from their fathers: unto whom only the land was given, that no stranger should ever come among them.
note this "living word" *fanctes = fancies, imaginations,
ungodly imaginations of God.
The ungodly despair all the days of their life, and the number of a tyrants years is unknown. And fearful found is ever in his ears, and when it is peace yet feareth he destruction: He believeth never to be delivered out of darkness, the sword is always before his eyes. When he goeth forth to get his living, he thinketh plainly, that the day of darkness is at hand. Sorrow and carefulness make him afraid, and compass him round about, like as it where a king with his host ready to the battle. For he hath stretched out his hand against God, and armed himself against the Almighty. He runneth proudly upon him, and with stiffneck fighteth he against him: where as he covereth his face with fatness, and maketh his body well liking. Therefore shall his dwelling be in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabits, but are become heaps of stones.
He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, ner increase upon the earth. He shall never come out of darkness, the flame shall dry up his branches, with the blast of the mouth of God shall he be taken away. He will never apply himself to faithfulness and truth, so sore is he deceived with vanity.
He shall perish, afore his time be worn out, and his hand shall not be green. He shall be plucked off as an
untimely grape from the vine, and shall let his flower fall, as the olive doth. For the congregation of hypocrites is
unfruitful, and the fire shall consume the houses of such, as are greedy to receive gifts. He conceives travail, he
beareth mischief, and his body bringeth forth deceit.
The 16th Chapter
Job answered, and said: I have often times heard such things. Miserable givers of comfort are ye, all the
fort of you. Shall not thy vain words come yet to an end? Or, hast thou yet any more to say? I could speak as ye do
also. But would God, that your soul were in my souls stead.: then should I heap up words against you, and shake
my head at you.
I should comfort you with my mouth, and release your pain with the talking of my lips. But what shall I do? For all my words, my sorrow will not cease: and though I hold my tongue, yet will it not depart from me. And now that I am full of pain, and all that I have destroyed ( whereof my wrinkles bare witness ) there standeth up a disassembler to make me answer with lies to my face. He is angry at me, he hateth me, and gnasheth upon me with his teeth. Mine enemy schooleth upon me with his eyes.
They have opened their mouths wide upon me, and smitten me upon the cheek despitefully, they have eased themselves through mine adversary. God hath given me over to the ungodly. I was some time in wealth, but suddenly he hath brought me to nought. He hath taken me by the neck, he hath rent me, and set me, as it were a mark for him to shoot at. He hath compassed me round about with his darts, he hath wounded my loins, and not spared. My bowels hath he poured upon the ground. He hath given me one wound upon another, and is fallen upon me like a giant. I have sowed sack cloth upon my skin, and lay with my strength in the dust.
My face is swollen with weeping, and mine eyes are waxen dim. Howbeit there is no wickedness in my
hands, and my prayer is clean. O' earth, cover not my blood, and let my crying find no room. For lo, my witness is
in heaven, and he that knoweth me, is above in the height. My friends laugh me to scorn, but mine eye poureth out
tears unto God. Though a body might plead with God, as one man doeth another, yet the number of my years are
come, and I must go the way, from whence I shall not turn again.
The 17th Chapter
My breath faileth, my days are shortened. I am hard at deaths door. I have deceived no man, yet must mine eye continue in heaviness. O' deliver me and set me by thee: who shall then be able to thrust my hands together? Thou hast withholden their hearts from understanding, therefore shall they not be set up on high. He promiseth his friends part of his good, but his own children spend it.
He hath made me as it were a byword of the common people. I am his jesting stock among them. My countenance is heavy for very anger, and the members of my body are become like a shadow. Virtuous men therefore shall well consider this, an innocent shall take part against the hypocrite.
The righteous will keep his way, and he that hath clean hands, will ever be stronger and stronger. As for you, turn you, and get you hence, for I can not see one wise man among you.
My days are past, my thoughts are vanished away, which have vexed my heart, changing the night into
day, and the light into darkness. Though I tarry never so much, yet the grave is my house, and I must make my bed
in the dark. I call corruption my father, and the worms call I my mother and my sister. What helpeth then my long
tarrying? Or, who will fulfill the thing, that I look for? All that I have, shall go down into the pit, and lay with me
in the dust.
The 18th Chapter
Baldad = "confusing (by mingling) love".
Shuhite = "wealth" .
Then answered Baldad the Suhite, and said: when will ye make an end of your words? Mark well, and consider, we will speak also. Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed so vile in your sight? Why destroyest thou thy self with anger? Shall the earth be forsaken, or the stones removed out of there place because of thee? Shall not the light of the ungodly be put out? Yee and the flame of his fire shall not burn. The light shall be dark in his dwelling, and his candle shall be put out with him. His presumptious goings shall be kept in, and his own counsel shall cast him down. For his feet shall be taken in the net, and he shall walk in the snare. His foot shall be holden in the gilder, and the thirsty shall catch him. The snare is layed for him in the ground, and a pitfall in the way.
Fearfulness shall make him afraid on every side, that he shall not know, where to get out. Hunger shall be
his substance, and misfortune shall hang upon him. He shall eat the strength of his skin, the first bone of death
shall *cate (delicacy) his members. All his comfort and hope shall be rooted out of his dwelling, very fearfullness
shall bring him unto the king. Other men shall dwell in his house ( which is now none of his ) and brimstone shall
be scattered upon his habitation. His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his harvest be cut down. He
rememberance shall perish from the earth, and his name shall not be praised in the streets: he shall be driven from
the light into darkness, and cast clean out of the world. He shall neither have children nor kinfolks among his
people, no, ner any prosperity in his country: young and old shall be astonished at his death. Such are now the
dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.
The 19th Chapter
Job answered, and said: how long will ye vex my mind, and trouble me with words? Lo, ten times have ye reproved me: are ye not ashamed, for to laugh me to scorn? If I go wrong, I go wrong to myself. But if ye will enhance yourselves against me, and accuse me to be a wicked person because of the shame that is come upon me: know this then, that it is God, which hath handled me so violently, and hath compassed me about with his scourges. Behold, though I cry, yet violence is done unto me, I can not be heard: Though I complain, there is none to give sentence with me. He hath hedged up my path, I can not get away, he hath set darkness in my gate. He hath spoiled me of mine honor, and taken the crown away from my head. He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am undone: My hope hath he taken away from me, as it were a tree plucked up by the root. His wrath is kindled against me, he taketh me, as though I were his enemy.
His men of war came together, which made their way over me, and besieged my dwelling round about. He hath put my brethren far away from me, and such as were of mine acquaintance, are become strangers unto me. Mine own kinfolk have forsaken me, and my friends have put me out of remembrance. The servants and maids of mine own house take me for a stranger, and I am become as an *aleaunt in their sight. *aleaunt = alien
When I call upon my servant, he giveth me no answer: no though I pray him with my mouth. Mine own wife may not abide my breath, I am faint to speak fair unto the children of mine own body. Yee the very desert fools despise me, and when I am gone form them, they speak evil upon me. All such as were my most familiar, abhor me: And they whom I loved best, are turned against me. My bone hangeth to my skin, and my flesh is away, only there is left to me is the skin about my teeth. Have pity upon me, ( O ye my friends ) for the hand of the Lord hath touched me. Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied of my flesh?
O' that my words were written, O' that they were put in a book: would God they were graven with an iron pen in lead or stone.
For I am sure, that my redeemer liveth, and that I shall rise out of the earth in the latter day: that I shall be clothed again with this skin, and see God in my flesh.
Yee I myself shall behold him, not with other but these same eyes. My reins are consumed within in me, when ye
say: Why do we not persecute him? We have found an occasion against him. But beware of the sword, for the
sword will be avenged of wickedness, and be sure, that there is a judgement.
The 20th Chapter
Sophar = "sparrow" "Melek is father", or "my father is king" Abel Mizraim = "meadow of Egypt" ; field of copts (adversaries) fertileness of Egypt,
to go early, depart early ,Naamathite = see Naamah "pleasantness"
Then answered Sophar the Naamathite, and said: For the same cause do my thoughts compel me to answer. And why? My mind is tossed here and there. I have sufficiently heard thy checking and reproof, therefore am I purposed to make answer after mine own understanding. Knowest thou not this, namely: that from the beginning ( ever since the creation of man upon the earth ) the praise of the ungodly hath been short, and that the joy of the Hypocrites continued but the twinkling of an eye? Though he be magnified up to the heaven, so that his head reacheth into the clouds: yet he perish at the last like dung: In so much that they which have seen him, say: Where is he? He vanisheth as a dream, so that he can no more be found, and passeth away as a vision in the night. So that the eye which saw him before, getteth now no sight of him, and his place knoweth him no more. His children go a begging, their hands bring them to sorrow and heaviness.
From his youth his bones are full of vice, which shall lay down with him in the earth. When wickedness is
sweet in his mouth, he hideth it under his tongue. That he favoreth, that he will not forsake, but keepeth it close in
his throat. The meat that he eateth, shall be turned to the poison of serpents, within his body. The riches that he
devoureth, shall he perbrake (vomit) again, for God will draw them out of his belly, he shall suck the serpents head,
and the adders tongue shall slay him: so that he shall no more see the rivers, and brooks of honey and butter: But
labor shall he, and yet have nothing to eat. Great travail shall he make for riches, but he shall not enjoy them.
And why? he hath oppressed the poor, and not helped them: houses hath he spoiled, and not builded them. His belly could never be filled, therefore shall he perish in his covetness. He devoured so greedily, that he left nothing behind, therefore his goods shall not prosper. Though he had plenteousness of everything, yet he was poor, and therefore he is but a wretch on every side.
For the wicked have never so much to fill his belly, yet God shall send his wrath upon him, and cause his
battle to rain over him: so that if he flee the iron weapons, he shall be shot with a steel bow. The arrow shall be
taken forth, and go out at his back, and a glittering sword through the gall of him, fear shall come upon him.
There shall no darkness be able to hide him. And unkindled fire shall consume him, and look what remaineth in
his house, it shall be destroyed. The heaven shall declare his wickedness, and the earth take part against him. The
substance that he hath in his house, shall be taken away and perish, in the day of the Lords wrath. This is the
portion that the wicked shall have of God, and the heritage that he may look for of the Lord.
The 21st Chapter
Job answered, and said: O' hear my words, and amend yourselves. Suffer me a little, that I may speak also, and then laugh my words to scorn, if you will. Is it with a man, that I make this disputation? Which if it were so, should not my spirit be in sore trouble? Mark me well, be abashed, and lay your hand upon your mouth. For when I ponder and consider this, I am afraid, and my flesh is smitten with fear. Wherefore do wicked men live in health and prosper, come to their old age, and increase in riches? Their childrens children live in their sight, and their generation before their eyes. Their houses are safe from all fear, for the rod of God does not smite them. Their bullock gendereth, and that not out of time: their cow calveth, and is not unfruitful.
They send forth their children by flocks, and their sons lead the dance. They bare with them taberetts and harps, and have instruments of music at their pleasure. They spend their days in wealthiness: but suddenly they go down to hell. They say unto God: go from us, we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What manner of fellow is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What profit should we have, to submit our selves unto him? Lo, there is utterly no goodness in them, therefore will not I have to do with the counsel of the ungodly. How often shall the candle of the wicked put out? How often cometh their destruction upon them? Oh what sorrow shall God give them for their part in his wrath. Yee they shall be even as chaff before the wind, and as dust that the storm carrieth away.
And though God save their children from such sorrow, yet will he so reward themselves, that they shall know it. Their own destruction and misery shall they see with their own eyes, and drink of the fearful wrath of the Almighty. For what careth he, what be come of his household after his death? Whose months pass away swifter than an arrow. In as much then as God hath the highest power of all, who can teach him any knowledge? One dieth now when he is mighty and at his best, rich, and in prosperity: even when his bowels are at the fattest, and his bones full of merry. An other dieth in sorrow and heaviness, and never had good days. Now sleep they both alike in the earth, and the worms cover them.
But I know what ye think, yee and what yee imagine against me unrighteously. For ye say: Where is the Princes
palace? where is the dwelling of the ungodly: Ask any man that goeth by the way, and ( if ye will not regard their
tokens and deeds) he shall tell you, that the wicked is kept unto the day of destruction, and that the ungodly shall
be brought forth in the day of wrath. Who dare reprove him for his ways to his face? Who rewardeth him for the
ungraciousness that he doth? Yet shall he be brought to his grave, and watch among the heap of the dead. Then
shall he be *faine (willing/ obliged) to be buried among the stones by the brook side. All men must follow him, and
there are innumerable gone before him. O how vain is the comfort that ye give me? Are not your answers clean
contrary to right and truth?
The 22nd Chapter
So Eliphas the Themanite gave answer, and said: May a man be compared unto God in wisdom, though he seem to himself, for to be like him? What pleasure hath God in that thou art righteous?Or what doth it profit him, that thy ways are perfect? Is he afraid to reprove thee, and to step forth with thee in to judgement? Cometh not this for that great wickedness, and for thine ungracious deeds which are innumerable? Thou hast taken the pledge from thy brethren for nought, and robbed the naked of their clothing: To such as were weary, thou hast given no water to drink, thou hast withdrawn bread from the hungry: Should such one then as useth violence, wrong and oppression ( doing all things of parcialite, and having respect of persons ) dwell in the land? Thou hast sent the widows away empty and oppressed the poor fatherless.
Therefore art thou compassed about with snares on every side, and suddenly vexed with fear. Shouldest thou then see no darkness? Should not then the water flood run over thee? Now because that God is higher then the heavens, and because thou seest the stars are so high, wilt thou therefore say: Tush, how should God know? Doth his dominion reach beyond the clouds? Tush the clouds cover him that he may not see, for he dwelleth in heaven. Well, thou wilt keep the old way, that all wicked men have gone: both old an young, whose foundation is a running water, which sayeth unto God: go from us, and after this manner: Tush what will the Almighty do unto us? where as he ( notwithstanding ) filleth their houses with all good. Which meaning of the ungodly be far from me. For with joy shall the godly, and with gladness shall the innocent see, that their increase shall be hewn down, and their prosperity consumed with fire.
Therefore reconcile thee unto God, and be content, so shall all things prosper with thee rightwell. Receive
the law at his mouth, and lay up his words in thy heart. For if thou wilt turn to the Almighty, thou shalt stand fast,
and all unrighteousness shall be far from thy dwelling: He shall give thee an harvest, which in plenty and
abundance shall exceed the dust of the earth, and the gold of Ophir like river stones. Yee the Almighty his own self
shall be thine harvest, and the heap of thy money. Then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and lift up thy
face unto God. Then shalt thou make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt keep thy
promises. Then look what thou takest in hand, he shall make it to prosper with thee, and the light shall shine in
thy ways. For who so humbleth himself, him shall he set up: and who so looketh meekly, shall be healed. If thou be
innocent, he shall save thee: and through the unguiltyness of thine hands shalt thou be delivered.
The 23rd Chapter
Job answered, and said: My saying is yet this day in bitterness, and my hand heavy among my groanings. O' that I might see him and find him: O' that I might come before his seat, to plead my cause before him, and to fill my mouth with arguments: That I might know, what answer he would give me: and that I might understand, what he would say unto me. Will he plead against me with his great power and strength, or will he lean himself utterly upon me? Oh no, let him not do so with me. But let him give me like power to go to the law, then am I sure to win my matter. For though I go before, I find him not: If I come behind, I can get no knowledge of him: If I go on the left side to ponder his works, I can not attain unto them. Again, if I go on the right side, he hideth himself, that I can not see him. But as for my way, he knoweth it: and tryeth me as the gold in the fire.
Nevertheless my feet keep his path, his high street have I holden, and not gone out of it. I have not
forsaken the commandment of his lips, but look what he charged me with his mouth, that I have shut up in my
heart. It is he him self alone, who will turn him back? He doth as him listeth, and bringeth to pass what he will. He
rewardeth me in to my bosom, and many things more doth he, as he may by his power. This is the cause, that I
shrink at his presence, so that when I consider him, I am afraid of him. For in so much as he is God, he maketh my
heart soft: and seeing that he is Almighty, he putteth me in fear. Thus I can not get out of darkness, the cloud hath
so covered my face.
The 24th Chapter
Considering then that there is no time hid from the Almighty, how happeneth it, that they which know him, will not regard his days? For some men there be, that remove other mens landmarks: that rob them of their castle, and keep the same for their own: that drive away the ass of the fatherless: that take the widows ox for a pledge: that thrust the poor out of the way, and oppress the simple of the world together. Behold, the wild asses in the desert go by times, as their manner is, to spoil: Yee the very wilderness ministereth food for their children. They reap the corn field that is not their own: and gather the grapes out of his vineyard, whom they have oppressed by violence. They are the cause that so many men are naked and bare, having no clothes to cover them and to keep them from the cold: So that when the showers in the mountains have rained upon them, and they be all wet, they have none other succour, but to keep them among the rocks.
They spoil the sucking fatherless children, and put the poor in prison: In so much that they let them go naked without clothing, and yet the hungry bear the sheaves. The poor are faine (obliged) to labor in their oil mills, yee and to tread in their wine presses, and yet to suffer thirst. The whole city crieth unto the Lord with sighing, the souls of the slayen make their complaint: But God destroyeth them not for all this, where as they (notwithstanding ) are rebellious and disobedient enemies: which seek not his light and way, ner turn again in to his path. Timely in the morning do they arise, to murder the simple and poor, and in the night they go a stealing.
The eye of the ungodly is like the *advouterer, that waiteth for the darkness, and sayeth thus in him self:
Tush, there shall no man see me, and so he disguiseth his face. In the night season they search the houses, and
hide themselves in the day time, but will not know the light. For as soon as the day breaketh, the shadow of death
cometh upon them, and they go in horrible darkness. The ungodly is very swift: O that his portion on earth were
swifter than the running water, which suffereth not the shipman to behold the fair and pleasant vineyards. O that
they ( for that wickedness which they have done ) were drawn into the hell, sooner than snow melteth with the
heat. O that all compassion upon them were forgotten: that their dainties were worms, that they were clean put out
of remembrance, and utterly hewn down like an unfruitful tree. For they maintain the barren, and make them that
they cannot bare, and unto widows they do no good. They pluck down the mighty with their power, and when they
themselves are gotten up, they are never without fear, as long as they live. And though they might be safe, yet they
will not receive it, for their eyes look upon their own ways. They are exalted for a little, but shortly are they gone,
brought to extreme poverty, and taken out of the way: yee and utterly plucked off, as the ears of corn. Is it not so?
Who will then reprove me as a liar? and say that my words are nothing worth? *advouterer: prefix "a" meaning not or
without, devout: devotion; plain hearted to God see James 2 for adultery
The 25th Chapter
Baldad = "confusing (by mingling) love" , Shuhite = "wealth"
Then answered Baldad the Suhite, and said: Power and fear is with him above, that maketh peace, sitting
in his highness, whose men of war are innumerable, and whose light ariseth over all. But how may a man
compared unto God be justified? Or, how can he be clean, that is born of a woman? Behold, the Moon shineth
nothing in comparison to him, and the stars are unclean in his sight. How much more then man, that is but
corruption: and the son of man, which is but a worm?
The 26th Chapter
Job answered, and said: O how helped thou the weak? what comfort givest thou unto him that hath no strength? Where is that counsel that thou shouldest give him, which hath no wisdom? Wilt thou so show thy excellent righteousness? Before whom hast thou spoken those words? Who made the breath to come out of that mouth: The giants and worthies that are slayen, and lay under the world with their companions: yee and all they that dwell beneath in the hell are not hid from him, and that very destruction it self can not be kept out of his sight. He stretcheth out the north over the empty, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. He bindeth the water in his clouds, that they fall not down together. He holdeth back his *stoule, that it can not be seen, and spreadeth his clouds before it. *stoule = stole; robe, covering and in the Hebrew "clouds" are destruction.
He hath compassed the waters with certain bounds, until the day and night come to an end. The very
pillars of heaven tremble and quake at his reproof. He filleth the sea with his power, and through his wisdom he
hath set forth the world. With his spirit he hath garnished the heavens, and with his hand hath he wounded the
rebellious serpent. This is now a short sum of his doings. But who is able to sufficiently rehearse his works? Who
can perceive and understand the thunder of his power.
The 27th Chapter
And Job proceeded a went forth in his communication saying: As truly as God liveth (which hath taken away my power from me ) and the Almighty, that hath vexed my mind: My lips shall talk of no vanity, and my tongue shall speak no deceit, while my breath is in me, and as long as the wind ( that God hath given me ) is in my nostrils.
God forbid, that I should grant your cause to be right. As for me, until mine end come will I never go
from my innocency. My righteous dealings shall I keep fast, which I will not forsake: my heart shall not reprove
me of my days. Therefore mine enemy shall be found as ungodly, and he that taketh part against me, as the
unrighteous. What hope hath the hypocrite, though he have great good, and though God give him riches after his
hearts desire? Doth God hear him the sooner, when he crieth unto him in his necessity? Hath he such pleasure and
delight in the Almighty, that he dare call upon God? I will teach you in the name of God? and the thing that I have
of the Almighty, will I not keep from you. Behold, ye stand in your own conceit, as though ye knew all things.
Wherefore then do ye go about with such vain words saying: This is that portion that the wicked shall have of God,
and the heritage that the Tyrants shall receive of the Almighty. If he get many children, they shall perish with the
sword, and his posterity shall have scarceness of bread. Look whom he leaveth behind him, they shall die and be
buried, and no man shall pity of his widows. Though he have as much money as the dust of the earth, and raiment
as ready as the clay, he may well prepare it: but the godly shall put it upon him, and the innocent shall deal out the
money. His house shall endure as the moth, and as a booth (tent) that the watchman maketh. When the rich man
dieth, he carrieth nothing with him: he is gone in the twinkling of an eye. Destruction taketh hold upon him as the
water flood, and the tempest stealeth him away in the night season. A vehement wind carryeth him hence, and
departeth: a storm plucketh him out of his place. It rusheth in upon him, and spareth him not, he may not escape
the power thereof. Then clap men their hands at him, yee and jest of him, when they look upon his place.
The 28th Chapter
There are places were silver is molten, and where gold is tried: where iron is digged out of the ground, and stones are resolved to metal. The darkness shall once come to an end, he can seek out the ground of all things: the stones, the dark, and the horrible shadow. With the river of water parteth he asunder the strange people, That knoweth no good neighbor head: such as are rude, unmannerly and boisterous: He bringeth food out of the earth, and that which is under, consumeth he with fire. There is found a place, whose stones are clean Sapphires, and where the clots of the are gold. There is a way also that the birds know not, that no vultures eye hath seen: wherein the proud and high minded walk not, and where no lion cometh. There putteth he his hand upon the stoney rocks, and over throweth the mountains. Rivers flow out of the rocks, and look what is pleasant, his eye seeth it. Out of the rocks bringeth he great floods together, and the thing that is hid bringeth he to light. How cometh a man then by wisdom? Where is the place where men find understanding? Verily no man can tell how worthy a thing she is, neither is she found in the land of the living. The deep saith: she is not in me. The sea saith: she is not with me. She cannot be gotten for the most fine gold, neither may the price of her be bought with any money. No wedges of the gold of Ophir, no precious Onyx stones, no Sapphire may be compared unto her. No, neither gold nor Crystal, neither sweet odors ner golden plate. There is nothing so worthy, or so excellent, as once to be named unto her: for perfect wisdom goeth far beyond them all. The Topaz that cometh out of Inde, may no wise be likened unto her: yee no manner of apparel how pleasant and fair soever it be.
From where then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? She is hid from the eyes of all
men, yee and from the fouls of the air. Destruction and death say: We have heard tell of her with our ears. But God
seeth her way, and knoweth her place. For he holdeth the ends of the world and looketh upon all that is under
heaven. When he weighed the winds, and measured the waters: When he set the rain in order, and gave the mighty
floods a law.
Then did he see her, then declared he her, prepared her and knew her. And unto man he said: Behold, to fear the
Lord, is wisdom: and to forsake evil, is understanding.
The 29th Chapter
So Job proceeded and went forth in his communication, saying: Oh that I were as I was in the months by past, and in the days when God preserved me: When his light shined upon my head: by I went after the same light and shining even through the darkness. As it stood with me, when I was wealthy and had enough: when God prospered my house: When the Almighty was with me: when my household flocks stood about me: When my ways ran over with butter, and when the stony rocks gave me rivers of oil: When I went through the city unto the gate, and when they set me a chair in the street: When the young men ( as soon as they saw me ) hid themselves, when the Princes left of their talking, and laid their hand to their mouth: when the mighty keep still their voice, and when their tongues cleaved to the roof of their mouths. When all they that heard me, called me happy: and when all they that saw me, wished me good. For I delivered the poor when he cried, and the fatherless that wanted help. He that should have been lost, gave me a good word, and the widows heart praised me. And why? I put upon me righteousness, which covered me as a garment, and equity was my crown. I was an eye unto the blind, and a foot to the lame, I was a father unto the poor, and when I knew not their cause, I sought it out diligently. I brake the *chafes (annoyance, vexation) of the unrighteous, and plucked the spoil out of their teeth.
Therefore, I thought verily, that I should have died in my nest: and that my days should have been as
many as the sands of the sea. For my root was spread out by the water side, and the dew lay upon my corn. My
honor increased more and more, and my bow was ever stronger in my hand. Unto me men gave ear, me they
regarded, and with silence they tarried for my counsel. If I had spoken, they would have it none other ways, my
words were so well taken among them. They waited for me, as the doth for the rain: and gaped upon me, as the
doth to receive the latter shower. When I laughed, they knew well it was not in earnest: and this testimony of my
countenance pleased them nothing at all. When I was chief, and sat as a king among his servants: Or as one that
comforteth such as be in heaviness.
The 30th Chapter
But now they that are mine inferiors and younger then I , have me in derision: yee even they, whose fathers I would have thought scorn to have set with the dogs of my cattle. The power and strength of their hands might do me no good, and as for their age, it is spent and past away without any profit. For very misery and hunger, they went about in the wilderness like wretches and beggars, plucking up herbs from among the bushes, and the Junipers root was their meat. And when they were driven forth, men cried after them, as it had been after a thief. Their dwelling was beside foul brooks, yee even in the caves and dens of the earth. Upon the dry *heath (low shrubs and brush) went they about crying, and in the broom hills they gathered them together. They were children of fools and villains, which are dead away from the world. Now am I their song, and am become their jesting stock: they abhor me, they flee far from me, and stain my face with spit, for the lord has opened his quiver, he hath hit me and put a bridle in my mouth.
Upon my right hand they rose together against me, they have hurt my feet, made a way to destroy me, and my path have they clean marred. It was so easy for them to do me harm, that they needed no man to help them. They fell upon me, as it had been the breaking in of waters, and came in by heaps to destroy me. Fearfulness has turned against me.
Mine honor vanisheth away more swiftly than wind, and my prosperity departeth hence like as it were a
cloud. Therefore is my mind poured full of heaviness, and the days of trouble have taken hold upon me. My bones
are pierced through in the night season, and my sinews take no rest. With all their power have they changed my
garment, and girded me therewith, as it were with a coat. I am even as it were clay, and am become like ashes and
dust. I cry unto thee, thou doest not hear me: and though I stand before thee, yet thou regardest me not. Thou art
become mine enemy, and with thy violent hand thou takest part against me. In times past thou didest set me up on
high, as it were above the wind, but now hast thou given me a very sore fall. Sure I am, that thou wilt deliver me
unto death: whereas a lodging is prepared for all men living. Now use not me to do violence unto them, that are
destroyed already: but where hurt is done, there use they to help. Did I not weep in the time of trouble? Had not my
soul com passion upon the poor? Yet nevertheless where as I looked for good, evil happened unto me: and where as
I waited for light, there came darkness. My bowels seeth within me, and take no rest, for the days of my trouble are
come upon me. Meekly and lowly I came in, yee and without any displeasure: I stood up in the congregation, and
communed with them. But now I am a companion of dragons, and a fellow of the Ostriches. My skin upon me is
turned to black, and my bones are burnt with heat: my harp is turned to sorrow, and my pipe to weeping.
The 31st Chapter
I made a covenant with mine eyes, that I would not look upon a damsel. For how great a portion shall I have of God from above? and what inheritance from the almighty from on high? As for the ungodly and he that joineth himself to the company of wicked doers shall not destruction and misery come upon him? Doth not he see my ways, and tell all my goings. If I have cleaved unto vanity, or if my feet have run to deceive: Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may see my innocency. If so be that I have withdrawn my foot out of the right way, if my heart hath followed mine eyesight, if I have stained or defiled mine hands: O' then is it reason that I sow, and another eat, yee that my generation and posterity be clean rooted out. If mine heart hath *lusted after my neighbors wife, (kjv = been deceived by a woman) or if I have laid wait at his door. O' then let my wife *be another mans harlot and let other lie with her. (kjv = grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.) For this is a wickedness and sin, that is worthy to be punished, yee and a fire that utterly shall consume, and root out all my substance. Did I ever think scorn to do right unto my servants and maidens, when they had any matter against me. But seeing that God will sit in judgement what shall I do? And for so much as he will needs visit me, what answer shall I give him? He that did fashion me in my mothers womb, made he not him also? were we not both shaped alike in our mothers bodies? When the poor desireth anything at me, have I denied them? Have I caused the widow stand waiting for me in vain? Have I eaten my portion alone, that the fatherless hath had no part with me? For mercy grew up with me from my youth, and compassion from my mothers womb. Have I seen any man perish through nakedness and want of clothing? Or any poor man for lack of raiment, whose sides thanked me not, because he was warmed with the wool of my sheep?
Did I ever lifted up my hand to hurt the fatherless? Yee in the gates where I saw myself to be in authority:
then let mine arm fall from my shoulder, and mine arm holes be broken from the joints. For I have ever feared the
vengeance and punishment of God, and knew very well, that I was not able to bear his burden. Have I put my trust
in gold? Or have I said to the finest gold of all: thou art my confidence? Have I rejoiced because my substance was
great, and because my hand got so much? Did I ever greatly regard the rising of the* son? Or had I the going
down of the moon in great reputation? Hath my heart meddled privately with any deceit? Or, did I ever kiss mine
own hand? That were a wickedness worth to be punished, for then should I have denied the God that was above.
Have I ever rejoiced at the hurt of mine enemy? Or was I ever glad, that any harm happened to him? Oh no . I
never suffered my mouth to do such a sin, as to wish him evil. Yet they of mine own household say: who shall let
us to have our belly full of his flesh? I have not suffered a stranger to lay without, but opened my doors unto him.
Have I ever done any wicked deed where through I shamed myself before men: or any abomination, that I was
*faine (obliged/ willing) to hide it? For if I had feared any great multitude of people: or if I had been despised of the
simple, O' then I should have been afraid. Thus I have quietly spent my life, and not gone out at the door. O' that I
had one which did hear me. Lo, this is my cause. Let the almighty give me answer: and let him that is my contrary
party , sue me with libel. Then shall I take it upon my shoulder, and as a garland about my head. I have told the
number of my goings, and delivered them unto him as to a Prince. But if cause be that my land cry against me, or
that the furrows thereof make any complaint: if I have eaten the fruits thereof unpaid for, yee if I have grieved any
of the plowmen: then let thistles grow instead of my wheat, and thorns for my barley.
Here end the words of Job
The 32nd Chapter
So these three men would strive no more with Job, because he held himself a righteous man. (kjv =in his own eyes) But Eliu the son of Barachell the Bussite of the kindred of Ram, was very sore displeased at Job, that he called him self just before God. And with Jobs three friends he was angry also, because they had found no reasonable answer to over come him. Now tarried Eliu till they had ended their communication with Job, for why they were elder than he. So when Eliu the son of Barachell the Bussite saw, that these three men were not able to make Job answer, he was miscontent: so that he gave answer himself, and said: Considering, that I am young, and ye be men of age, I was afraid, and durst not show forth my mind, for I thought thus within myself: It becometh old men to speak, and the aged to teach wisdom. Every man ( no doubt ) hath a mind, but it is the inspiration of the Almighty that giveth understanding. All men are not wise, neither doth every aged man understand the thing that is lawful. Therefore will I speak also ( in so far as I may be heard ) and will show you mine opinion. For when I had waited till ye made an end of your talking, and heard your wisdom, what arguments you made in your communication: Yee when I had diligently pondered what ye said, I found not one of you that made any good argument against Job, or that could directly make answer unto his words: Lest ye should praise yourselves, to have found out wisdom: because it is God that hath cast him out, and no man. Nevertheless, seeing that he hath not spoken unto me, therefore will I not answer him as ye have done ( for they where abashed that they could not make answer, nor speak one word ) but in so much as ye will not speak, standing still like dumb men, and making no answer: I have a good hope to snap him an answer, and to show him my meaning. For I am full of words, and the spirit that is within me, compelleth me.
Behold I am as the new wine, which hath no vent, and bursteth the new vessels asunder. Therefore will I
speak, that I may have vent: I will open my lips, and make answer. I will regard no manner of person, no man will
I spare for if I would go about to please men, I know not how soon my maker would take me away.
The 33rd Chapter
Wherefore hear my words ( O' Job ) and hearken to me all, that I will say: Behold, I will open my mouth, and my tongue shall speak out of my jaws. My heart shall order my words aright, and my lips shall talk of pure wisdom. The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the almighty hath given me life. If thou canst, then give me answer: prepare thyself to stand before me face to face. Behold, before God am I, even as thou, for I am fashioned and made even of the same mould. Therefore, thou needest not be afraid of me, neither needest thou to fear, that may authority , shall be too heavy for thee. Now hast thou spoken in mine ears, and I have heard the voice of thy words: I am clean without any fault, I am innocent, and there is no wickedness in me. But lo, he hath picked a quarrel against me, and taketh me for his enemy: He hath put my feet in the stocks, and looketh narrowly unto all my paths. Behold, unto these unreasonable words of thin will I make answer.
Should God be reproved of man? Why dost thou strive against him? because he giveth thee no *accomptes
(acceptable accounts) of all his doings? For when God doth once command a thing there should no man be curious, to
search whether it be right. In dreams and visions of the night season When slumbering cometh upon men, that
they fall asleep in their beds ) he roundeth them in the ears, he informeth them, and showeth them plainly, that it is
he, which withdraweth man from evil, delivereth him from pride, keepeth his soul from destruction, and his life
from the sword. He chasteneth him with sickness, and bringeth him to his bed: he layeth sore punishment upon his
bones, so that his life may away with no bread, and his soul abhorreth to eat any dainty meat. In so much that his
body is clean consumed away, and his bones appear no more. His soul draweth onto destruction, and his life to
death. Now if there be a messenger ( one among a thousand ) sent for to speak unto man, and to show him the
right way: then the Lord is merciful unto him, and sayeth: He shall be delivered, that he fall not down to
destruction, for I am sufficiently reconciled. Then his flesh ( which hath been in misery and trouble ) shall be as it
was in his youth. For if he submit himself unto God, he is gracious, and showeth him his countenance joyfully, and
rewardeth man for his righteousness. Such a respect hath he unto men. Therefore let a man confess ( and say ) I
offended, but he hath chastened and reformed me: I did unrighteously nevertheless he hath not recompensed me
thereafter. Yee he hath delivered my soul from destruction, and my life, that it seeth the light. Lo, thus worketh
God always with man, that he keepeth his soul from perishing, and letteth him enjoy the light of living. Mark well
( O' Job ) and hear me: hold thee still until I have spoken. But if thou hast anything to say, then answer me, and
speak. fro thy answer pleaseth me. If thou hast nothing, then hear me, and hold thy tongue, so shall I teach thee
wisdom. *accomptes; appears to be an original compound word, which was later divided into two words: acceptable / accounts /accomplishments.
The 34th Chapter
Eliu proceeding forth in his communication, said: Hear my words, (O ye wise men ) hearken unto me, ye that have understanding. For like as the mouth tasteth the meats, so the ear proveth and deserneth the words. As for the judgment, let us seek it out among ourselves, that we may know what is right. And why? Job hath said: I am righteous, but God doth me wrong. I must needs be a liar, though my cause be right, and violently I am plagued where I made no fault: where is there such one as Job, that drinketh up scornfulness like water? Which goeth in company of wicked doers, and walketh with ungodly men: For he hath said: Though a man be good, yet he is naught before God. Therefore hearken unto me, yee that have understanding.
Far be it from God, that he should meddle with wickedness: and far be it from the almighty, that he should meddle with unrighteous dealing: but he rewardeth the works of man, and causeth every man to find according to his ways. For sure it is, that God condemeth no man wrongfully, and the judgement of the Almighty is not unrighteous. Who ruleth the earth in his stead? Or who hath he set to govern the whole world? To whom hath he given his heart, for to draw his spirit and breath from him? All flesh shall come together unto naught, and all men shall turn again unto earth. If thou now have understanding, hear what I say, and hearken to the voice of my words.
May he be made whole, that loveth no right? (kjv = that hateth right govern?) If thou were a very innocent man, shouldest thou then be punished? For he is even the same, that knoweth the rebellions kings, and sayeth to the Princes: Ungodly men are ye. He hath none respect unto the persons of the lordly, and regardeth not the rich more than the poor. For they all be the work of his hands. In the twinkling of an eye shall they be slain: and at midnight, when the people and the tyrants rage, then shall they perish, and be taken away without hands. And why? his eyes look upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. There is no darkness or thick shadow, that can hide the wicked doers from him. For no man shall be suffered to go into judgement with God.
Many one, yee innumerable doth he punish, and seteth others in their stead. For he knoweth their evil and
dark works, therefore shall they be destroyed. They that were in the stead of Sears, dealt like ungodly men.
Therefore turned they traitorously and unfaithfully from him, and would not receive his ways. In so much that they
have caused the voice of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the complaint of such as are in necessity. If he
deliver and grant pardon, who will judge or condemn? But if he hide away his countenance, who will turn it about
again, whether it be to the people or to any man? From the wickedness and sin of the people, he maketh an
hypocrite to reign over them. For so much as I have begun to talk of God, I will not hinder thee, If I have gone
amiss, enform me: if I have done wrong, I will leave off. Wilt thou not give a reasonable answer? Art thou afraid of
anything, seeing thou beganest first to speak, and not I? For else the men of understanding and wisdom, that have
heard me might say: What canst thou speak? As for Job he hath not spoken to the purpose nor wisely. O' father let
Job be well tried, because he hath turned himself to the wicked: yee above his sins he hath blasphemed, which
offense he hath done even before us, in that he striveth against God with his words.
The 35th Chapter
Eliu spake moreover, and said: Thinkest thou it right, that thou saidst: I am righteous before God? Seeing thou sayest so, how doest thou know it? What thing hast thou more excellent than I, that I am a sinner? Therefore will I give answer unto thee and thy friends: Look unto the heaven, and behold it: consider the clouds, how they are higher than thou. If thou sinnest, what doest thou *unto him? (kjv = against him) If thine offenses be many, how gettest thou his favor? If thou be righteous, what givest thou him?
Or what receiveth he of thy hands? Of such an ungodly person as thou, and of the son of man that is righteous as thou pretendest to be: there is a great cry and complaint made by them that are oppressed with violence, yee every man complaineth upon the cruel arm of the tyrants. For such a one never sayeth: Where is God that made me? and that shineth upon us, that we might praise him in the night? Which giveth us more understanding than he doth the beasts of the earth, and teacheth us more than the fouls of heaven.
If any such complain, no man giveth answer, and that because of the
*wickedness of proud tyrants. (kjv = pride of evil men.) But if a man call upon God, doth he not hear him? Doth not the
almighty accept his cry? When thou speakest then, should not he pardon thee, and put thy trust in him? Then useth
no violence in his wrath, neither hath he pleasure in curious and deep inquisitions. Therefore hath Job opened his
mouth but in vain, and foolishly hath he made so many words.
The 36th Chapter
Eliu proceeded forth in his talking and said: Hold still a little, and I shall show thee, what I have yet to speak on God's behalf. I will open unto thee yet more of mine understanding, and *prove my maker righteousness. (kjv = will ascribe righteous to my maker) True are my words, and holy: and the knowledge where with all I argue against thee, is perfect. Behold, God casteth not away the mighty, for he himself is mighty in power and wisdom.
As for the ungodly, he preserveth them not, but helpeth the poor to their right. He turneth not his eyes away from the righteous, he setteth up kings in their throne, and confirmeth them, so that they always sit therin. But if they be layed in prison and chains, or bound with the bonds of poverty: then showeth he them their works and deeds and sins where with they have used cruel violence.
He with punishing and nurturing of them, roundeth them in the ears, warneth them to leave off from their wickedness, and to amend. If they now will take heed and be obedient, they shall wear out their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasure and joy. But if they will not obey, they shall go through the sword, and perish or ever they be aware. As for such as be *fained, (obligated / willing) dissemblers and hypocrites, they heap up wrath for themselves: for they call not upon him, though they be his prisoners. Thus their soul perisheth in foolishness, and their life with the condemned. The poor delivereth he out of his straitness, and comforteth such as be in necessity and trouble. Even so shall he keep thee ( if thou wilt be content ) from the bottomless pit that is beneath: and if thou wilt hold the quiet, he shall fill thy table with plenteousness.
Nevertheless thou hast condemned the judgement of the ungodly, yee even such a judgment and sentence shalt thou suffer. For then shall not thy cause be stilled with cruelty, nor pacified with many gifts. Hath God ordered then, that the glorious life of thee, and all such mighty men should not be put down? Prolong not thou the time, till there come a night for thee, to set other people in thy stead. But beware that thou turn not aside to wickedness and sin, which hither to thou hast chosen more than meekness. Behold, God is of a mighty high power: Where is there such a guide and law giver as he? Who will reprove him of his way? Who will say unto him: thou hast done wrong?
O' consider how great and excellent his works be, whom all men love and praise: yee wonder at him, and yet see him but afar off. Behold, so great is God, that he passeth our knowledge, neither can we come to the experience of his years. He turneth the water to small drops, he driveth his clouds together for rain, so that they pour down and drop upon men.
He can spread out the clouds ( a covering of his tabernacle) and cause his light to shine upon them, and to cover
the bottom of the sea. By these things governeth he his people, and giveth them abundance of meat. In the turning
of the hand he hideth the light, and at his commandment it cometh again. The rising up thereof showeth he to his
friends and to the cattle.
The 37th Chapter
At this, my heart is astounded, and moved out of his place. Hear then the sound of his voice, and the noise that goeth out of his mouth. He governeth everything under the heaven, and his light reacheth unto the end of the world. A roaring voice followeth him: for his glorious majesty giveth such a thunder clap, that ( though a man hear it) yet he may not receive it afterward. It giveth an horrible sound, when God sendeth out his voice: great things doth he, which we can not comprehend. When he commandeth the snow, it falleth upon the earth: As soon as he giveth the rain a charge, immediately the showers have their strength, and fall down. He sendeth fear upon every man, that they might know their own works. The beasts creep into their dens, and take their rest. Out of the south cometh the tempest, and cold out of the north.
At the breath of God, the frost cometh, and the waters are shed abroad. The clouds do their labor in getting moistness, the clouds pour down the rain. He distributeth also on every side, according as it pleaseth him to deal out his works, that they may do, whatsoever he commandeth them through the whole world: whether it be to punish any land, or to do good unto them, that seek him.
Hearken unto this, ( O' Job ) stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. Art thou of counsel
with God, when he doth things? When he causeth the light to come forth of his clouds? Art thou of his counsel,
when he spreadeth out the clouds? Hast thou the perfect knowledge of his wonders? and how thy clothes are warm,
when the land is still through the South wind? Hast thou helped him to spread out the heaven, which is to look
upon, as it were cast of clear metal? Teach us what we will say to him, for we are *unmete (unworthy) because of
darkness. Shall it be told him what I say? Should a man speak, or should he keep it back? For every man seeth not
the light, that he keepeth clear in the clouds, which he cleanseth when he maketh the wind to blow. Gold is
brought out of the North, but the praise and honor of Gods fear, cometh from God himself. It is not we that find out
the almighty: for in power, equity, and righteousness, he is higher than can be expressed. Seeing then that every
body feareth him, why should not all wise men also stand in fear of him.
The 38th Chapter
Then spake the Lord unto Job out of the storm, and said: What is he that hideth his mind with foolish words? Gird up thy loins like a man, for I will question thee, see thou give me a direct answer. Where wast thou, when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell plainly if thou hast understanding. Who hath measured it, knowest thou? Or, who hath spread the line upon it? Where upon stand the pillars of it? Or, who layed the corner stone? Where wast thou, when the morning stars praised me together, and all the children of God rejoiced triumphantly?
Who shut the sea with doors, when it break forth as a child out of his mothers womb? When I made the clouds to be a covering for it, and swaddled it with the dark? When I gave it my commandment, making doors and bars for it, and saying: Hither to thou shalt come, but no further, and here shalt thou lay down thy proud and high waves.
Hast thou given the morning his charge ( as soon as thou was born ) and showed the day spring his place, that it might take hold of the corners of the earth, and that the ungodly might be shaken out? Their tokens and weapons hast thou turned like clay, and set them up again as the changing of a garment. Yee hast thou spoiled the ungodly of their light, and broken the arm of the proud. Camest thou ever into the ground of the sea: or hast thou walked in the low corners of the deep? Have the gates of death been open unto thee, or hast thou seen the door of everlasting treasure? Hast thou also perceived how broad the earth is? Now if thou hast knowledge of all, then show me where light dwelleth, and where darkness is: that thou mayest bring us unto their quarters, if thou canst tell the way to their houses.
Knowest thou ( when thou wast born ) how old thou shouldest be? Wentest thou ever into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the secret places of the hail, which I have prepared against the time of trouble, against the time of battle and war?
By what way is the light parted, and the heat dealt upon the earth? Who
divideth the abundance of waters into rivers, or who maketh a way for the stormy weather, that it watereth and
moistureth the dry and barren ground: to make the grass grow in places where no man remaineth? Who is the
father of rain? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew? Out of whose womb came the ice? Who hath gendered the
coldness of the air? That the waters are as hard as stones, and lay congealed above the deep. *Hast thou brought
the seven stars together? Or art thou able to break the circle of heaven? Canst thou bring forth the morning star at
a convenient time, and convey them home again? Knowest thou the course of heaven, that thou may set up the
ordinance thereof upon the earth? Moreover, canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that they may pour down a
great rain upon thee? Canst thou thunder also that they may go their way, and be obedient unto thee, saying : Lo
here we are. Who giveth sure wisdom or steadfast understanding? Who numbereth the clouds in wisdom? Who
filleth the vehement waters of heaven? Who turneth the clots to dust, and then to be clots again? Huntest thou the
prey from the lion, or feedest thou his young whelps living in their dens, and lurking in their couches? Who
provideth meat for the raven, when his young ones cry unto God, and fly about for want of meat? *kjv = 31 Canst thou
bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 32: Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide
Arcturus with his sons?: As the record shows: these lines, and many, many others are found in the first edition of the 1611 kjv. RN
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Knowest thou the time when the wild goats bring forth their young amongst the stoney rocks? Or layest
thou wait when the hinds use to fawn? reckonest thou the months after they engender, that thou knowest the time
of their bearing? or when they lay down when they cast their young ones, and when they are deliver of their travail
and pain? How their young ones grow up and wax great through good feeding? who letteth the wild ass go free, or
who looseth the bonds of the mule? Unto whom have I given the wilderness to be their house, and the untilled land
to be their dwelling place. That they may give no force for the multitude of people in the cities, neither regard the
crying of the driver: but seek their pasture about the mountains and follow the green grass. Will the unicorn be so
tame as to do that service, or abide still by thy crib? Canst thou bind the yoke about him in thy furrows, to make
him plow after thee in the valleys? Mayest thou trust him ( because he is strong ) or commit thy labor unto him?
Mayest thou believe him, that he will bring home the corn, or carry anything unto the barn? The Ostrich ( whose
feathers are fairer than the wings of a sparrow hawk ) when he hath layed his eggs upon the ground, he *bredeth
them in the dust, and forgetteth them: so that they might be trodden upon with feet, or broken with some wild
So hard is he to his young ones, as though they were not his, and laboureth in vain without any fear. And that because God hath taken wisdom from him, and hath not given him understanding. When his time is, he flyeth up on high, and careth neither for horse nor man.
Hast thou given the horse his strength? or learned him to bow down his neck in fear: that he let himself be driven forth like a grasshopper, where as the stout neying that he maketh, is fearful? he breaketh the ground with the hoofs of his feet cheerfully in his strength, and runneth to meet the harness men. He layeth aside all fear, his stomach is not abated, neither starteth he back for any sword. Though the quivers rattle upon him, though the spear and shield glister: yet rusheth he in fearlessly, and beateth upon the ground. He feareth not the noise of the trumpets, but as soon as he heareth the shawmes blow, tush ( sayeth he ) for he smelleth the battle afar off, the noise, the Captains and the shouting.
Cometh it through thy wisdom, that the Goshawk flyeth toward the South? Doth the Eagle mount up, and
make her nest on high, at thy commandment? He abideth in the stoney rocks, and upon the high tops of hard
mountains, where no man can come. From thence may he behold his pray, and look far about with his eyes. His
young ones are feed with blood, and where any dead body layeth, there he is immediately.
Moreover, God spake unto Job and said: Can he that striveth with the almighty, be at rest? Should not he
which disputeth with God, give him an answer? Job answered the Lord, saying: Behold, I am too vile a person, to
answer thee, therefore will I lay my hand upon my mouth. Once or twice have I spoken, but I will say no more.
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Then spake the Lord unto Job out of the storm, and said: Gird up thy loins now like a man, and tell me
the things that I will ask thee. Wilt thou disannul my judgment? Or wilt thou condemn me, that thou thyself
mayest be made righteous? Is thine arm then like the arm of God? Maketh thy voice such a sound as his doth?
Then arm thyself with thine own power, up, deck thee in thy jolly array, pour out thy indignation of thy wrath: see
that thou cast down all the proud, look well, that thou makest all such as be *stubburn, (stubborn) to obey: tread all
ungodly under thy feet, cast them down into the mire, and cover their faces with darkness: Then I will confess also,
that thy own right hand hath saved thee.
Behold, Behemoth, ( whom I made with thee ) which eateth hay as an ox: how strong is in his loins, and
what power he hath in the navel of his body. He spreadeth out his tail like a Cedar tree, all his veins are stiff. His
shins are like pipes of brass, his rig bones are like staves of iron. First when God made him, he ordered the
wilderness for him, that the mountains should give him grass, where all the beasts of the field take their pastime.
He layeth among the reeds in the Mosses, the ferns hid him with their shadow, and the willows of the brook cover
him round about. Lo, without any labor might he drink out of the whole flood, and sup of Jordan without any
travail. Who dare lay a hand on him openly, and undertake to catch him? Or, who dare put a hook through his
nose, and lay a snare for him?
Darest thou draw out Leviathan with an angle (hook)? or bind his tongue with a snare? Canst thou put a ring in the nose of him? or bore his chaftes (jaw) through with a nail? Will he make a covenant with thee? Or art thou able to compel him to do thee continual service? Wilt thou take thy pastime with him as with a bird? Or give him to thy maidens, that thy companions may hew him in pieces, to be parted among the merchant men? Canst thou fill the net with his skin, or the fish panner with his head? Darest thou lay thine hand upon him? It is better for thee to consider what harm might happen thee there through, and not touch him. For when thou thinkest to have hold upon him, he shall beguile thee: Every man also that seeth him, shall go back. And why? there dare none be so bold as to raise him up.
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Who is able to stand before me? Or, who hath given me anything afore hand, that I am bound to reward him again? All things under heaven are mine. I fear him not, whether he threaten or speak fair. Who lifteth him up, and stripeth him out of his clothes, or who taketh him by the bit of his bridle? Who openeth the doors of his face? for he hath terrible teeth round about, His body is covered with scales as if it were with shields, locked in, kept, and well compact together. One is so joined to another, that no air can come in: Yee one hangeth upon another, that they cannot be sundered. His nesings (eye sockets) are like a glittering fire, and his eyes like the morning shine. Out of his mouth go torches and fire brands, out of his nostrils there goeth smoke, like as out of an hot seething pot. His breath maketh the coals burn, the flame goeth out of his mouth. In his neck remaineth strength, and before his face sorrow is turned to gladness. The members of his body are joined so strait one to another, that he can not be moved.
His heart is as hard as stone, and as fast as the *stithie (steel anvil) that the hammer man smiteth upon. When he goeth: the mightiest of all are afraid, and the waves heave. If he draw out the sword, there may neither spear, ner breast plate, abide him.
He sitteth as much by a straw as by iron, and as much by a rotten stock as by metal. He starteth not away
for him that bendeth the bow: and as for flying stones, he careth as much for stubble as for them. He counteth the
hammer no better than a straw, he laugheth them to scorn that shaketh the spear. He treadeth the gold in the mire
like the sharp potsherds. He maketh the deep to seethe and boil like a pot, and stirreth the sea together like an
ointment. The way is light after him, the deep is his walking place. Upon earth there is no power like unto his, for
he is so made that he feareth not. If a man will consider all high things, this same is a king over all the children of
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Then Job answered the Lord, and said: I know that thou hast power over all things, and that there is no thought hid unto thee. For who can keep his own counsel so secret, but it shall be known? Therefore have I spoken unwisely, seeing these things that are so high, and passed mine understanding. O' hearken unto me also, and let me speak: answer unto the thing that I will ask thee. I have given diligent ear unto thee, and now I see thee with mine eyes. Wherefore I give mine own self the blame, and take repentance in the dust and ashes.
Now when the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, he said unto Eliphas the Themanite: I am displeased with thee and thy two friends, for ye have spoken the thing that is not right before me, like as my servant Job hath done. Therefore take seven oxen and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, offer also for yourselves a burnt offering: and let my servant Job pray for you. Him will I accept, and not deal with you after your foolishness: in that ye have not spoken the thing which is right, like as my servant Job hath done.
So Eliphas the Themanite, Baldad the Suhite and Sophar the Naamathite went there way, and did according as the Lord commanded them. The Lord also accepted the person of Job, and the Lord turned him unto Job, when he prayed for his friends: Yee the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had afore.
And then came there unto him all his brethren, all his sisters, with all them that had been of his
acquaintance afore, and ate bread with him in his house, wondering at him, and comforting him over all the
trouble, that the Lord had brought upon him. Every man gave him a sheep and a Jewel of gold.
And the Lord made Job richer than he was before: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand asses. He had children also, seven sons and three daughters. *The first called Day: the second called Poverty: the third called All plenteousness. In all the land were none found so fair, as the daughters of Job, and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this Job lived* forty years, so that he saw his children, his childrens children to the fourth generation, And so he died, being old and of a perfect age.
kjv = name of the first, Jemima: and the name of the second, Kezia: and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. 16.
After this lived Job an hundred and forty years,
This ends the book of Job