1 My soul is weary
of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak
in the bitterness of my soul.
2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore
thou contendest with me.
3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou
shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the
counsel of the wicked?
4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?
5 Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days,
6 That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after
7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that
can deliver out of thine hand.
8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about;
yet thou dost destroy me.
9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay;
and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like
11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced
me with bones and sinews.
12 Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation
hath preserved my spirit.
13 And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that
this is with thee.
14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit
me from mine iniquity.
15 If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will
I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see
thou mine affliction;
16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and
again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.
17 Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine
indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.
18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb?
Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!
19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have
been carried from the womb to the grave.
20 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I
may take comfort a little,
21 Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of
darkness and the shadow of death;
22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow
of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
1 Then answered
Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should
a man full of talk be justified?
3 Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest,
shall no man make thee ashamed?
4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in
5 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;
6 And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they
are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth
of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out
the Almighty unto perfection?
8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell;
what canst thou know?
9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader
than the sea.
10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who
can hinder him?
11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he
not then consider it?
12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild
13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands
14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not
wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.
15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou
shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
16 Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as
waters that pass away:
17 And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt
shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.
18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou
shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.
19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid;
yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not
escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.
1 And Job answered
2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with
3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior
to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
4 I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God,
and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised
in the thought of him that is at ease.
6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke
God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the
fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes
of the sea shall declare unto thee.
9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath
10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the
breath of all mankind.
11 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?
12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.
14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he
shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also
he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver
17 He leadeth counsellers away spoiled, and maketh the judges
18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with
19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.
20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away
the understanding of the aged.
21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength
of the mighty.
22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth
out to light the shadow of death.
23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth
the nations, and straiteneth them again.
24 He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the
earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there
is no way.
25 They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them
to stagger like a drunken man.