1 Lo, mine eye
hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.
2 What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto
3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason
4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.
5 O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should
be your wisdom.
6 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my
7 Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?
8 Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God?
9 Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh
another, do ye so mock him?
10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.
11 Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall
12 Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies
13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let
come on me what will.
14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life
in mine hand?
15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain
mine own ways before him.
16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not
come before him.
17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.
18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall
19 Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my
tongue, I shall give up the ghost.
20 Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself
21 Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make
22 Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer
23 How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my
transgression and my sin.
24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine
25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue
the dry stubble?
26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me
to possess the iniquities of my youth.
27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly
unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my
28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is
1 Man that is born
of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth
also as a shadow, and continueth not.
3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest
me into judgment with thee?
4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are
with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish,
as an hireling, his day.
7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will
sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock
thereof die in the ground;
9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth
boughs like a plant.
10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost,
and where is he?
11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and
12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no
more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest
keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest
appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed
time will I wait, till my change come.
15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a
desire to the work of thine hands.
16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over
17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up
18 And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the
rock is removed out of his place.
19 The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things
which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest
the hope of man.
20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou
changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they
are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within
him shall mourn.
1 Then answered
Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly
with the east wind?
3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches
wherewith he can do no good?
4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before
5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the
tongue of the crafty.
6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own
lips testify against thee.
7 Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before
8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain
wisdom to thyself?
9 What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou,
which is not in us?
10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder
than thy father.
11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any
secret thing with thee?
12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes
13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such
words go out of thy mouth?
14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born
of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens
are not clean in his sight.
16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh
iniquity like water?
17 I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will
18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not
19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed
20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the
number of years is hidden to the oppressor.
21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer
shall come upon him.
22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and
he is waited for of the sword.
23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth
that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail
against him, as a king ready to the battle.
25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth
himself against the Almighty.
26 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses
of his bucklers:
27 Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh
collops of fat on his flanks.
28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no
man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.
29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue,
neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry
up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go
31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity
shall be his recompence.
32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch
shall not be green.
33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall
cast off his flower as the olive.
34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and
fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their
belly prepareth deceit.