1 I made a covenant
with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
2 For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance
of the Almighty from on high?
3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment
to the workers of iniquity?
4 Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to
6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine
7 If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked
after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;
8 Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring
be rooted out.
9 If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have
laid wait at my neighbour's door;
10 Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down
11 For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be
punished by the judges.
12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would
root out all mine increase.
13 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant,
when they contended with me;
14 What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth,
what shall I answer him?
15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not
one fashion us in the womb?
16 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused
the eyes of the widow to fail;
17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless
hath not eaten thereof;
18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father,
and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)
19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor
20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed
with the fleece of my sheep;
21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when
I saw my help in the gate:
22 Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm
be broken from the bone.
23 For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason
of his highness I could not endure.
24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold,
Thou art my confidence;
25 If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine
hand had gotten much;
26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in
27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath
kissed my hand:
28 This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for
I should have denied the God that is above.
29 If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or
lifted up myself when evil found him:
30 Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse
to his soul.
31 If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his
flesh! we cannot be satisfied.
32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my
doors to the traveller.
33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity
in my bosom:
34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families
terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?
35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the
Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written
36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a
crown to me.
37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince
would I go near unto him.
38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof
39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have
caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of
barley. The words of Job are ended.
1 So these three
men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own
2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the
Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled,
because he justified himself rather than God.
3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because
they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were
elder than he.
5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these
three men, then his wrath was kindled.
6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said,
I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and
durst not shew you mine opinion.
7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach
8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty
giveth them understanding.
9 Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand
10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.
11 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons,
whilst ye searched out what to say.
12 Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of
you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:
13 Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth
him down, not man.
14 Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will
I answer him with your speeches.
15 They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.
16 When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still,
and answered no more;)
17 I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine
18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth
19 Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready
to burst like new bottles.
20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips
21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither
let me give flattering titles unto man.
22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my
maker would soon take me away.
1 Wherefore, Job,
I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken
in my mouth.
3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips
shall utter knowledge clearly.
4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty
hath given me life.
5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me,
6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also
am formed out of the clay.
7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall
my hand be heavy upon thee.
8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard
the voice of thy words, saying,
9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is
there iniquity in me.
10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for
11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that
God is greater than man.
13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account
of any of his matters.
14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth
upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride
18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from
perishing by the sword.
19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude
of his bones with strong pain:
20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.
21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his
bones that were not seen stick out.
22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to
23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among
a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from
going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return
to the days of his youth:
26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him:
and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto
man his righteousness.
27 He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted
that which was right, and it profited me not;
28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his
life shall see the light.
29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,
30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with
the light of the living.
31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I
32 If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire
to justify thee.
33 If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach