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The Book of JobFrom the Hebrew Job means hated and oppressed
The 34th Chapter
Eliu proceeding forth in his communication, said: Hear my words, (O you wise men) hearken unto me, you that have understanding. For like as the mouth tastes the meats, so the ear proves and discerns the words. As for the judgment, let us seek it out among ourselves, that we may know what is right. And why? Job has said: I am righteous, but God does 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 drinks up scornfulness like water? Which goes in company of wicked doers, and walks with ungodly men: For he has said: though a man be good, yet he is naught before God. Therefore hearken unto me, you 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 rewards the works of man, and causes every man to find according to his ways. For sure it is, that God condemns no man wrongfully, and the judgement of the Almighty is not unrighteous. Who rules the earth in his stead? Or who has he set to govern the whole world? To whom has 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 you now have understanding, hear what I say, and hearken to the voice of my words.
May he be made whole, that loves no right? (kjv = that hates right govern?) If you were a very innocent man, should you then be punished? For he is even the same, that knows the rebellions kings, and says to the Princes: Ungodly men are ye. He has none respect unto the persons of the lordly, and regards 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 sees all his goings. There is no darkness or thick shadow, that can hide the wicked doers from him. For no man shall be suffered (allowed) to go into judgement with God.
Many one, yes innumerable does he punish, and sets others in their stead. For he knows 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 hears 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 makes an hypocrite to reign over them. For so much as I have begun to talk of God, I will not hinder you, If I have gone amiss, enform me: if I have done wrong, I will leave off. Will you not give a reasonable answer? are you afraid of anything, seeing you began first to speak, and not I? For else the men of understanding and wisdom, that have heard me might say: What can you speak? As for Job he has not spoken to the purpose nor wisely. O' father let Job be well tried, because he has turned himself to the wicked: yes above his sins he has blasphemed, which offense he has done even before us, in that he strives against God with his words.
The 35th Chapter
Eliu spoke moreover, and said: Think you it right, that you saidst: I am righteous before God? Seeing you say so, how do you know it? What thing have you more excellent than I, that I am a sinner? Therefore will I give answer unto you and your friends: Look unto the heaven, and behold it: consider the clouds, how they are higher than you. If you sinnest, what do you *unto him? (kjv = against) If your offenses be many, how get you his favor? If you be righteous, what give you him? Or what receives he of your hands? Of such an ungodly person as you, and of the son of man that is righteous as you pretend to be: there is a great cry and complaint made by them that are oppressed with violence, yes every man complains upon the cruel arm of the tyrants. For such a one never says: Where is God that made me? and that shines upon us, that we might praise him in the night? Which gives us more understanding than he does the beasts of the earth, and teaches us more than the fouls of heaven.
If any such complain, no man gives answer, and that because of the *wickedness of proud tyrants. (kjv = pride of evil men.) But if a man call upon God, does he not hear him? does not the almighty accept his cry? When you speak then, should not he pardon you, and put your trust in him? Then uses no violence in his wrath, neither has he pleasure in curious and deep inquisitions. Therefore has Job opened his mouth but in vain, and foolishly has he made so many words.
The 36th Chapter
Eliu proceeded forth in his talking and said: Hold still a little, and I shall show you, what I have yet to speak on God's behalf. I will open unto you 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 you, is perfect. Behold, God casts not away the mighty, for he himself is mighty in power and wisdom.
As for the ungodly, he preserves them not, but helps the poor to their right. He turns not his eyes away from the righteous, he sets up kings in their throne, and confirms them, so that they always sit therin. But if they be layed in prison and chains, or bound with the bonds of poverty: then shows he them their works and deeds and sins where with they have used cruel violence.
He with punishing and nurturing of them, rounds them in the ears, warns 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 perishes in foolishness, and their life with the condemned. The poor delivers he out of his straitness, and comforts such as be in necessity and trouble. Even so shall he keep you (if you will be content) from the bottomless pit that is beneath: and if you will hold the quiet, he shall fill your table with plenteousness.
Nevertheless you have condemned the judgement of the ungodly, yes even such a judgment and sentence shall you suffer. For then shall not your cause be stilled with cruelty, nor pacified with many gifts. Has God ordered then, that the glorious life of you, and all such mighty men should not be put down? Prolong not you the time, till there come a night for you, to set other people in your stead. But beware that you turn not aside to wickedness and sin, which hither to you have 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: you have done wrong?
O' consider how great and excellent his works be, whom all men love and praise: yes wonder at him, and yet see him but afar off. Behold, so great is God, that he passes our knowledge, neither can we come to the experience of his years. He turns the water to small drops, he drives 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 governs he his people, and gives them abundance of meat. In the turning of the hand he hides the light, and at his commandment it comes again. The rising up thereof shows 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 goes out of his mouth. He governs everything under the heaven, and his light reaches unto the end of the world. A roaring voice follows him: for his glorious majesty gives such a thunder clap, that (though a man hear it) yet he may not receive it afterward. It gives an horrible sound, when God sends out his voice: great things does he, which we can not comprehend. When he commands the snow, it falls upon the earth: As soon as he gives the rain a charge, immediately the showers have their strength, and fall down. He sends 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 comes the tempest, and cold out of the north.
At the breath of God, the frost comes, and the waters are shed abroad. The clouds do their labor in getting moistness, the clouds pour down the rain. He distributes also on every side, according as it pleases him to deal out his works, that they may do, whatsoever he commands 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. are you of counsel with God, when he does things? When he causes the light to come forth of his clouds? are you of his counsel, when he spreads out the clouds? have you the perfect knowledge of his wonders? and how your clothes are warm, when the land is still through the South wind? have you 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 sees not the light, that he keeps clear in the clouds, which he cleanses when he makes the wind to blow. Gold is brought out of the North, but the praise and honor of Gods fear, comes 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 fears him, why should not all wise men also stand in fear of him.
The 38th Chapter
Then spoke the Lord unto Job out of the storm, and said: What is he that hides his mind with foolish words? Gird up your loins like a man, for I will question you, see you give me a direct answer. Where was you, when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell plainly if you have understanding. Who has measured it, know you? Or, who has spread the line upon it? Where upon stand the pillars of it? Or, who layed the corner stone? Where was you, 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 you shall come, but no further, and here shall you lay down your proud and high waves. have you given the morning his charge (as soon as you 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 have you turned like clay, and set them up again as the changing of a garment. You have you spoiled the ungodly of their light, and broken the arm of the proud. Came you ever into the ground of the sea: or have you walked in the low corners of the deep? Have the gates of death been open unto you, or have you seen the door of everlasting treasure? have you also perceived how broad the earth is? Now if you have knowledge of all, then show me where light dwells, and where darkness is: that you may bring us unto their quarters, if you can tell the way to their houses. Know you (when you was born) how old you should be? Went you ever into the treasures of the snow? or have you 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 divides the abundance of waters into rivers, or who makes a way for the stormy weather, that it waters and moistures the dry and barren ground: to make the grass grow in places where no man remains? Who is the father of rain? Or who has begotten the drops of dew? Out of whose womb came the ice? Who has gendered the coldness of the air? That the waters are as hard as stones, and lay congealed above the deep. *Hast you brought the seven stars together? Or are you able to break the circle of heaven? Can you bring forth the morning star at a convenient time, and convey them home again? Know you the course of heaven, that you may set up the ordinance thereof upon the earth? Moreover, can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that they may pour down a great rain upon you? Can you thunder also that they may go their way, and be obedient unto you, saying : Lo here we are. Who gives sure wisdom or steadfast understanding? Who numbers the clouds in wisdom? Who fills the vehement waters of heaven? Who turns the clots to dust, and then to be clots again? Hunt you the prey from the lion, or feed you his young whelps living in their dens, and lurking in their couches? Who provides meat for the raven, when his young ones cry unto God, and fly about for want of meat? *kjv = 31 Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 32 Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or can you 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
The 39th Chapter
Know you the time when the wild goats bring forth their young amongst the stoney rocks? Or lay you wait when the hinds use to fawn? reckon you the months after they engender, that you Know 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 lets the wild ass go free, or who loosens 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 your crib? Can you bind the yoke about him in your furrows, to make him plow after you in the valleys? May you trust him (because he is strong) or commit your labor unto him? May you 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 has layed his eggs upon the ground, he *bred them in the dust, and forgets them: so that they might be trodden upon with feet, or broken with some wild beast. So hard is he to his young ones, as though they were not his, and labors in vain without any fear. And that because God has taken wisdom from him, and has not given him understanding. When his time is, he flys up on high, and cares neither for horse nor man. *bred them in the dust: as to bring forth children without the "waters" (truth) of God; dry dust from which vessels of the Lord cannot be made without the waters. RN
Hast you 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 makes, is fearful? he breaks the ground with the hoofs of his feet cheerfully in his strength, and runs to meet the harness men. He lays aside all fear, his stomach is not abated, neither starts he back for any sword. though the quivers rattle upon him, though the spear and shield glister: yet rushes he in fearlessly, and beats upon the ground. He fears not the noise of the trumpets, but as soon as he hears the shawmes blow, tush (says he) for he smells the battle afar off, the noise, the Captains and the shouting.
Comes it through your wisdom, that the Goshawk flys toward the South? does the Eagle mount up, and make her nest on high, at your commandment? He abides in the stoney rocks, and upon the high tops of hard mountains, where no man can come. From from that place may he behold his pray, and look far about with his eyes. His young ones are feed with blood, and where any dead body lays, there he is immediately.
Moreover, God spoke unto Job and said: Can he that strives with the almighty, be at rest? Should not he which disputes with God, give him an answer? Job answered the Lord, saying: Behold, I am too vile a person, to answer you, therefore will I lay my hand upon my mouth. Once or twice have I spoken, but I will say no more.
The 40th Chapter
Then spoke the Lord unto Job out of the storm, and said: Gird up your loins now like a man, and tell me the things that I will ask you. Will you disannul my judgment? Or will you condemn me, that you yourself may be made righteous? Is your arm then like the arm of God? Makes your voice such a sound as his doth? Then arm yourself with your own power, up, deck you in your jolly array, pour out your indignation of your wrath: see that you cast down all the proud, look well, that you make all such as be *stubburn, (stubborn) to obey: tread all ungodly under your feet, cast them down into the mire, and cover their faces with darkness: Then I will confess also, that your own right hand has saved you.
Behold, Behemoth, (whom I made with you) which eats hay as an ox: how strong is in his loins, and what power he has in the navel of his body. He spreads 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 lays 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?
Dare you draw out Leviathan with an angle (hook)? or bind his tongue with a snare? Can you put a ring in the nose of him? or bore his chaftes (jaw) through with a nail? Will he make a covenant with you? Or are you able to compel him to do you continual service? Will you take your pastime with him as with a bird? Or give him to your maidens, that your companions may hew him in pieces, to be parted among the merchant men? Can you fill the net with his skin, or the fish panner with his head? Dare you lay your hand upon him? It is better for you to consider what harm might happen you there through, and not touch him. For when you think to have hold upon him, he shall beguile you: Every man also that sees him, shall go back. And why? there dare none be so bold as to raise him up.
The 41st Chapter
Who is able to stand before me? Or, who has given me anything before 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 lifts him up, and strips him out of his clothes, or who takes him by the bit of his bridle? Who opens the doors of his face? for he has 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: Yes one hangs 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 goes smoke, like as out of an hot seesing pot. His breath makes the coals burn, the flame goes out of his mouth. In his neck remains 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 smites upon. When he goes: the mightiest of all are afraid, and the waves heave. If he draw out the sword, there may neither spear, nor breast plate, abide him. He sits as much by a straw as by iron, and as much by a rotten stock as by metal. He starts not away for him that bends the bow: and as for flying stones, he cares as much for stubble as for them. He counts the hammer no better than a straw, he laughs them to scorn that shakes the spear. He treads the gold in the mire like the sharp potsherds. He makes the deep to seese and boil like a pot, and stirs 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 fears not. If a man will consider all high things, this same is a king over all the children of pride.
The 42nd Chapter
Then Job answered the Lord, and said: I know that you have power over all things, and that there is no thought hid unto you. 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 you. I have given diligent ear unto you, and now I see you 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 you and your two friends, for you have spoken the thing that is not right before me, like as my servant Job has 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 you have not spoken the thing which is right, like as my servant Job has 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: Yes the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
And then came there unto him all his brethren, all his sisters, with all them that had been of his acquaintance before, 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
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