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*Heb. outplaces.

pl Sam. ii. 7.

Ps. cxiii. 7.

Neh. iv. 15.

10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the


11 P To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.

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Ps. xxxiii. 10. 12 He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that Or, cannot their hands + cannot perform their enterprise.

Is. viii. 10.

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13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the

r 1 Cor. iii. 19. counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

s Dent. xxviii. 29.


14 They meet with darkness in the day-time, and

Or, run into. grope in the noonday as in the night.

t Ps. vii. 42.

u Prov. iii.

11, 12. Heb.

15 But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.

16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.

17" Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: xii. 5. Jam. i. therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

12. Rev. iii.


x Deut. xxxii. 39.

1 Sam. ii. 6.

Is. xxx. 26. Hos. vi. I. y Ps. xci. 3.

Heb. from the hands. ||Or, when the tongue Scourgeth.

z Hos. li. 18.

* Or, that peace is thy tabernacle.

+ Or, err.

Or, much.

19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven

there shall no evil touch thee.

20 In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war § from the power of the sword.

21 Thou shalt be hid || from the scourge of the tongue : neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. 22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

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23 For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.


24 And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not + sin.

25 Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.

26 Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a

Heb. ascend- shock of corn § cometh in in his season.


|| Heb. for thyself.

27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.


Reply of Job to Eliphaz.


1 Job sheweth that his complaints are not causeless. 8 He wisheth for death, wherein he is assured of comfort. 14 He reproveth his friends of unkindness. 1 But Job answered and said,

2 Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my A.C. 2130. calamity laid in the balances together!

* Heb. lifted

3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: up." therefore my words are swallowed up.

4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me. 5 Doth the wild ass bray loweth the ox over his fodder? 6 Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

when he hath grass?


7 The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.

8 Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

9 Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

10 Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.

11 What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?

12 Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?

13 Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

+ That is, I want words to

express my P. xxxviii.



Heb. at


(Heb. my ex


|| Heb.brasen.

that melteth.

14 To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from aleb to him his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.

15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as

the stream of brooks they pass away;

16 Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:

17 What time they wax warm, † they vanish: when it + Heb. they is hot, they are § consumed out of their place.

18 The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.

19 The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

20 They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.

21 | For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.

22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?

23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?

are cut off. ↑ Heb. in the heat thereof. Heb. extinguished.

or, for now *

ye are like to
Heb. to it.

Heb. not.

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Heb. ye cause to fall upon.

+ Heb. before

your face.

That is, in

this matter. Heb. my palate.

|| Or, a warJare.

* Heb. gapeth after.

+ Heb. the evening be measured.

b Ch. xvi. 22.

& xvii. 11. Pa.

24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

25 How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

27 Yea, * ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.

28 Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.

29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.

30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot § my taste discern perverse things?


1 Job excuseth his desire of death. 12 He complaineth of his own restlessness, 17 and God's watchfulness.

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 xc.6. & cii. 11. spent without hope.

& ciii. 15. & exliv. 4. Isa. xxxviii. 12. &

7 O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no

x1. 6. Jam. iv. more §see good.


+ Heb. shall

not return.

To see, that is, to enjoy. That is, I can live no


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 soul.

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 case my complaint;

14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me A.C. 2130. through visions :

15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.

16 I loath it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.

* Heb. than

my bones.

17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and cvi that thou shouldest set thine heart



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.


The Argument taken up by Bildad.


1 Bildad sheweth God's justice in dealing with men according to their works. 8 He alledgeth antiquity to prove the certain destruction of the hypocrite. 20 He applieth God's just dealing to Job.

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?

cxliv. 3. Heb. ii. 6.

3d Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty d Deut.xxxii. pervert justice?

4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away + for their transgression;

4. 2 Chr. xix. 7. Dan. ix. 14.

Heb. in the hand of their

e Ch. xxii. 23,

5 If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make transgression. 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 greatly increase.

8 For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:


9 (For 8 we are but of yesterday, and know because our days upon earth are a shadow :)


f iv. 32.

nothing, §.

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xlvii. Chron. xxix. 15. & vii. 6. Ps.

10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words xxxix. 5. &

out of their heart?

cii. 11. &
cxliv. 14.
1 Heb. not.

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h Ps. cxxix.6. Jer. xvii. 6.

i Ch. xi. 20.

& xviii. 14. &

Axvii. 8. Ps.

cxii. 10. Prov. x. 28.

11 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?

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 *Heb. a spi-a spider's web.

der's house.

+ Heb. take the ungodly by the hand.

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 of stones.

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 Heb. shout rejoicing.

ing for joy.

Heb. shall not be.

22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked § shall come to nought.

k Ps. cxliii. 2.


Reply of Job to Bildad, in which he asserts, that Affliction is no
Proof of Wickedness.


1 Job acknowledging God's justice, sheweth there is no contending with him. 22 Man's innocency is not to be condemned by afflictions.

1 Then Job answered and said,

2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be

Or, before just with God?


3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

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 thereof tremble.

7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.

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