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18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have A.C. 2130. no place.

19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.

*Heb. in the high places.

20 My friends + scorn me: but mine eye poureth out + Heb. are my tears unto God.

21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!

22 When § a few years are come, whence I shall not return.

then I shall go the way

JOB XVII.

scorners.

+ Or, friend. Heb. years of number.

1 Job appealeth from men to God. 6 The unmerciful dealing of men with the afflicted may astonish, but not discourage the righteous. 11 His hope is not in life, but in death.

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1 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves | Or, spirit is are ready for me.

2 Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye * continue in their provocation?

3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me?

4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding : therefore shalt thou not exalt them.

5 He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

6 He hath made me also a byword of the people; and + aforetime I was as a tabret.

7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all members are as a shadow.

spent.

*Heb. lodge.

↑ Or, before them.

my or, my

8 Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.

9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands & shall be stronger and stronger.

thoughts.

Heb. shall

10 But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I add strength.

cannot find one wise man among you.

11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.

Heb. the

possessions.

12 They change the night into day: the light is * short * Heb, near.. because of darkness.

13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my

bed in the darkness.

or, called.

14 I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to Heb. cried, the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.

15 And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall

see it?

16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when cur rest together is in the dust.

A. C. 2130.

* Heb. his sou!.

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1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

2 How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.

3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?

4 He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?

5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his

+ Or, lamp. †candle shall be put out with him.

↑ Heb. hidden.

7 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.

8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare.

9 The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.

10 The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.

11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall Heb. scatter drive him to his feet.

him.

|| Heb. bars.

a ch. viii. 14. & xi. 20. Ps.

12 His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.

13 It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the first-born of death shall devour his strength.

14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle,

exii. 10. Prov. and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.

x. 28.

b Prov. ii. 22.

* Heb. they shall drive him.

15 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

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16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off.

17 b His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.

18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.

19 He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.

20 They that come after him shall be astonied at his A. C. 2130. day, as they that went before † were affrighted.

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* Or, lived

21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this with him. is the place of him that knoweth not God.

SECTION XIV.

Job complains of the cruelty of his friends.

JOB XIX.

1.Job complaining of his friends' cruelty, sheweth there is misery enough in him to
feed their cruelty. 21 He craveth pity. 25 He believeth the resurrection.
1 Then Job answered and said,

2 How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?

3 These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye* make yourselves strange to me.

+ Heb. laid hold on horror.

* Or, harden yourselves

4 And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remain- against me. eth with myself.

5 If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach:

6 Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath

compassed me with his net.

7 Behold, I cry out of + wrong, but I am not heard: I +Or, violence. cry aloud, but there is no judgment.

8 He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he

hath set darkness in my paths.

9 He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.

10 He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.

11 He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.

12 His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.

13 He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.

14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.

15 They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.

16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth.

17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children's sake of mine own body.

Heb. my belly.

18 Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and theyor, the

spake against me.

wicked.

A. C. 2130.

a Ps. xli. 9. & Iv. 13, 14, 20. *Heb, the

men of my secret.

+ Or, as.

Heb. Who will give, &c.

Or, After I shall awake, though this body be destroyed, yet out of my

19 All my inward friends abhorred me: and they a * whom I loved are turned against me.

20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.

22 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?

23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!

25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

26 § And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall flesh shall I behold, and not || another; * though my reins be consumed + within me.

see God.

Heb. a stranger. *Or, my reins within me are consumed with

carnest desire

28 But ye should say, "Why persecute we him, ‡ seeing the root of the matter is found in me?

29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the [for that day 1 punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.

+ Heb. in my

bosom.

b ver. 22.

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SECTION XV.

Zophar replies to Job.

JOB XX.

Zophar sheweth the state and portion of the wicked.

1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.

of

3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit my understanding causeth me to answer.

4 Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,

5 That the triumphing of the wicked is + short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

6 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;

7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?

8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.

9 The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; A. C. 2130. neither shall his place any more behold him.

10* His children shall seek to please the poor, and his * Or, The hands shall restore their goods.

11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which

shall lie down with him in the dust.

12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;

13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still

within his mouth :

poor shall oppress his

children.

+ Heb. in the midst of his

14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of palate. asps within him.

15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.

16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue

shall slay him.

17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.

18 That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: § according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein. 19 Because he hath || oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;

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20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he b Eccles. v. shall not save of that which he desired.

13, 14.
• Heb. know.

21+ There shall none of his meat be left; therefore +Or, There shall no man look for his goods.

22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.

23 When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.

24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.

25 It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.

26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.

27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.

28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.

29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage § appointed unto him by God.

shall be none left for his meat.

+ Or, trouble

some.

Heb. of his decree from God.

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