1 Is there not
an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like
the days of an hireling?
2 As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling
looketh for the reward of his work:
3 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights
are appointed to me.
4 When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night
be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning
of the day.
5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin
is broken, and become loathsome.
6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent
7 O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see
8 The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine
eyes are upon me, and I am not.
9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth
down to the grave shall come up no more.
10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place
know him any more.
11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the
anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my
12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?
13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease
14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through
15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than
16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my
days are vanity.
17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou
shouldest set thine heart upon him?
18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try
him every moment?
19 How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till
I swallow down my spittle?
20 I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver
of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that
I am a burden to myself?
21 And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away
mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt
seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.
1 Then answered
Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
2 How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall
the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
3 Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?
4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast
them away for their transgression;
5 If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication
to the Almighty;
6 If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for
thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
7 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should
8 For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself
to the search of their fathers:
9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our
days upon earth are a shadow:)
10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words
out of their heart?
11 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without
12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth
before any other herb.
13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's
hope shall perish:
14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's
15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he
shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
16 He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth
in his garden.
17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place
18 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him,
saying, I have not seen thee.
19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth
shall others grow.
20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will
he help the evil doers:
21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.
22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the
dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.
1 Then Job answered
2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with
3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a
4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened
himself against him, and hath prospered?
5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth
them in his anger.
6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars
7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up
8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the
waves of the sea.
9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers
of the south.
10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders
11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also,
but I perceive him not.
12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say
unto him, What doest thou?
13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do
stoop under him.
14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words
to reason with him?
15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but
I would make supplication to my judge.
16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not
believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.
17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds
18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with
19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment,
who shall set me a time to plead?
20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if
I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would
despise my life.
22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the
perfect and the wicked.
23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial
of the innocent.
24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth
the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?
25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they
see no good.
26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that
hasteth to the prey.
27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my
heaviness, and comfort myself:
28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not
hold me innocent.
29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?
30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never
31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes
shall abhor me.
32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and
we should come together in judgment.
33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his
hand upon us both.
34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify
35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with