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2 Then was kindled the 33 If I covered my tranf- wrath of Elihu the son of gressions as Adam; by hid-Barachel the Buzite of the ing mine iniquity in my bo-kindred of Ram: against fom :

Job was his wrath kindled, 34 Did I fear a great because he justified himself multitude, or did the con- rather than Ġod, tempt of families terrify me; 3 Also against his three that I kept silence, and went friends was his wrath kinnot out of the door?

dled, because they had found 35 Oh, that one would no answer, and yet had conhear me! behold, my desire demned Job. is that the Almighty would 4 Now Elihu had waited answer me, and that mine till Job had spoken, because adverfary had written a they were elder than he. book.

5 When Elihu saw that 36 Surely I would take it there was no answer in the upon my shoulder : and bind mouth of these three men, it as a crown to me.

then his wrath was kindled. 37

I would declare unto 6 And Elihu the son of him the number of my steps; Barachel the Buzite answeras a prince would I go near ed and said, I am young, and unto him.

ye are very old; wherefore 38 If my land cry against I was afraid, and durst nat me, or that the furrows like- Ihew you mine opinion. wise thereof complain; 7 I said, Days should 39 If I have eaten the speak, and multitude of

years fruits thereof without money, thould teach wisdom. or have caused the owners 8 But there is a spirit in thereof to lofe their life: man: and the inspiration of

40 Let thistles grow in the Almighty giveth them stead of wheat, and cockle understanding. instead of barley.



Great men are not alwords of Job are ended, ways wife; neither do the

aged understand judgment. CHAP, XXXII.

10 Therefore I said, HearO these three men ceased ken to me; I also will thew

to answer Job, because mine opinion. he was righteous in his own II Behold, I waited for eyes.

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your reasons, whilst ye search-give Aattering titles : in fe ed out what to say. doing my Maker would soon

L2 Yea, I attended "anto take me away. you: and behold, there was none of

CHAP. XXXII. that convinced

you Job, or that answered his

Herefore, Job, I pray words:

thee, hear my 13 Left ye should say, ipeeches, and hearken to all We have found out wisdom: my words. God thrusteth him down, 2 Behold, now I have not man.

opened my mouth,

mouth, my 14 Now he hath not di- tongue bath spoken in my rected his words against me: mouth. neither will I answer him 3 My words shall be of the with your speeches.

uprightness of my heart; and 15 They were amazed: my lips shall utter knowledge they answered no more: they clearly. left off speaking.

4 The spirit of God hath 16 When I had waited, made me, and the breath of (for they spake not, but the Almighty hath given me 1tood still, and answered no life. more)

5 If thou canst answer me, 17" I said, I will answer set thy words in order before also my part, I also will thew me, stand up. mine opinion.

6 Behold, I am according 18 For I am full of mat- to thy wish in God's stead: ter: the spirit within me I also am formed out of the constraineth me.

clay. 19 Behold, niy belly is as 7 Behold


terror shall wine which hath no vent, it not make thee afraid, neither is ready to burst like new shall my hand be heavy upon bottles,

thee. 20 I will speak that I may 8 Surely thou hast spoken be refreshed; I will open my in my hearing, and I have lips and answer.

heard the voice of thy words, 21 Let me not, I pray Jaying, you, accept any man's per 9 I am clean without son, neither let me give Hat- transgresion, I am innocent; tering titles unto man. neither is there iniquity in 22 For I know not to me.

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than man,

10 Behold, he findeth oc- and his bones, that were noe cafions against me : he seen, stick out. counteth me for his enemy, 22 Yea, his soul draweth

11 He putteth my feet in near unto the grave, and his "the stocks: he marketh all life to the destroyers, my paths.


If there be a messenger 12 Behold, in this thou with him, an interpreter, art not just. I will answer one among a thousand, to thee, that God is greater thew unto man his upright

Iness : 13 Why dost thou strive

24 Then he is gracious against him? for he giveth unto him, and faith, Deliver not account of any of his him from going down to the inatters.

pit: I have found a ransom. 14 "For God speaketh 25 His flesh shall be fresher once, yea, twice, yet man than a child's; he shall reperceiveth it not.

turn to the days of his youth, 15 In a dream, in a vision

26 He shall pray unto of the night, when deep sleep God, and he will be favourfalleth upon men, in flum- able unto him ; and he shall berings upon the bed; see his face with joy: for he

16 Then he openeth the will render unto man his ears of men, and fealeth righteousness. their instruction.

27 He looketh upon men, 17 That he may with and if any say, I have finned, draw man from his purpose, and perverted that which was and hide pride from man, right, and it profited me

18 He keepeth back his not; soul from the pit, and his 28 He will deliver his life from perishing by the soul from going into the pit, fword.

and his life shall see the light. 19 He is chastened also 29 Lo, all these things with pain upon his bed, and worketh God oftentimes with the multitude of his bones man, with strong pain;

30 To bring back his soul 20 So that his life abhor- from the pit, to be enlight, reth bread, and his soul ened with the light of the dainty meat.

living. 21 His flesh is consumed 31 Mark well, O Job, away that it cannot be seen; hearken unto me; hold thy


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Peace, and I will speak, and from the Almighty that

32 If thou hast any thing he should commit iniquity. to say, answer me; speak, 11 For the work of a man for I desire to justify thee,

shall he render unto him, 33 If not, hearken unto and cause every man to find me: hold thy peace, and I according to his ways. shall teach thee wisdom. 12 Yea, furely God will

not do wickedly, neither will CHAP. XXXIV.

the Almighty pervert judgUrthermore, Elihu an- ment. swered and said,

13 Who hath given him 2 Hear my words, O ye a charge over the earth? or wise men; and give ear unto who hath disposed the whole me, ye that have knowledge. world? 3 For the ear trieth words, 14

If he fet his heart upon as the mouth tasteth meat.

man, if he gather unto him4 Let us choose to us self his spirit and his breath; judgment: let us know a 15 All flesh fhall perish mong ourselves what is good. together, and man fhall turn

5 For Job hath said, I am again unto dust. righteous : and God hath 16 If now thou hast untaken away my judgment. derstanding, hear this: hear

6 Should I lie against my ken to the voice of my right? my wound is incur- words. able without tranfgreffion. 17 Shall even he that hat

7 What man is like Job, eth right govern? and wilt who drinketh up scorning like thou condemn him that is water?

most juft? 8 Which goeth in com 18Is it fit to say to a pany with the workers of king, Thou art wicked? and iniquity, and walketh with to princes, Ye are ungodly? wicked men.

19 How much less to him 9 For he hath said, it pro- that accepteth not the perfiteth a man' nothing, that fons of princes, nor regardhe should delight himself with eth the rich more than the God.

poor? for they all are the 10 Therefore hearken un-work of his hands. to me, ye men of understand

20 In a moment fall they ing: Far be it from God die, and the people shall be that he should do wickedness, troubled at midnight, and


pass away: and the mighty reign not, left the people be
Thall be taken away without eninared.

31 Surely it is meet to be 21 For his eyes are upon said unto God, I have borne the ways of man, and he chastisement, I will not offend feeth all his goings.

any more. 22 There is no darkness, 32 That which I fee not; nor shadow of death, where teach thou me: if I have the workers of iniquity may done iniquity, I will do no hide themselves.

more. 23 For he will not lay 33 Should it be according upon man more than right; to thy mind? he will recomthat he should enter into pense it, whether thou rejudgment with God. fuse, or whether thou choose:

24. He shall break in and not I: therefore speak pieces mighty men without what thou knowed. number, and fet others in

34 Let men of undertheir stead.

standing tell me, and let a 25

Therefore he knoweth wise man hearken unto me. their works, and he over 35 Job hath fpoken withturneth them in the night, so out knowledge, and his that they are destroyed, words were without wisdom.

25 He striketh them as 36 My desire is that Job wicked men in the open may be tried unto the end, fight of others :

because of his answers for 27 Because they turned wicked men. back from him, and would 37 For he addeth rebel. not consider any of his ways: lion unto his fin, he clappeth

28 So that they cause the his hands amongst us, and cry of the poor to come multiplieth his words against unto him, and he heareth God. the cry

of the afflicted. 29 When he giveth qui

CHAP. XXXV. etness, who then can make LIHU spake moreover, trouble? and when he hideth

and said, his face, who then can be 2 Thinkest thou this to hold him? whether it be done be right, that thou faidst, against a nation, or against My righteousness is a man only:

than God's. 30 That the hypocrite 3 For thou faidst, What


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