Writings:Job 25 “that is a maggot”

Job Chapter 25

1 {S} Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said:
2 Dominion and fear are with Him;
He maketh peace in His high places.
3 Is there any number of His armies?
And upon whom doth not His light arise?
4 How then can man be just with God?
Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
5 Behold, even the moon hath no brightness, and the stars are not pure in His sight;
6 How much less man, that is a worm! and the son of man, that is a maggot!

Writings:Job 22 “Can He judge through the dark cloud”

Job Chapter 22

1 {S} Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said:
2 Can a man be profitable unto God?
Or can he that is wise be profitable unto Him?
3 Is it any advantage to the Almighty, that thou art righteous?
Or is it gain to Him, that thou makest thy ways blameless?
4 Is it for thy fear of Him that He reproveth thee, that He entereth with thee into judgment?
5 Is not thy wickedness great?
And are not thine iniquities without end?
6 For thou hast taken pledges of thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
8 And as a mighty man, who hath the earth, and as a man of rank, who dwelleth in it,
9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden dread affrighted thee,
11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see, and abundance of waters cover thee.
12 Is not God in the height of heaven?
And behold the topmost of the stars, how high they are!
13 And thou sayest:

‘What doth God know? Can He judge through the dark cloud?
14 Thick clouds are a covering to Him, that He seeth not;
and He walketh in the circuit of heaven.’

15 Wilt thou keep the old way which wicked men have trodden?
16 Who were snatched away before their time, whose foundation was poured out as a stream;
17 Who said unto God:

‘Depart from us’;

and what could the Almighty do unto them?
18 Yet He filled their houses with good things–

but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 The righteous saw it, and were glad, and the innocent laugh them to scorn:

20 ‘Surely their substance is cut off, and their abundance the fire hath consumed.’

21 Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace; thereby shall thine increase be good.
22 Receive, I pray thee, instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in thy heart.
23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up–if thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents,
24 And lay thy treasure in the dust, and the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks;
25 And the Almighty be thy treasure, and precious silver unto thee;
26 Then surely shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He will hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows;
28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee, and light shall shine upon thy ways.
29 When they cast thee down, thou shalt say:

‘There is lifting up’;

for the humble person He saveth.
30 He delivereth him that is innocent, yea, thou shalt be delivered through the cleanness of thy hands.

Writings:Job 21 “after that I have spoken, mock on”

Job Chapter 21

1 {S} Then Job answered and said:
2 Hear diligently my speech;
and let this be your consolations.
3 Suffer me, that I may speak;
and after that I have spoken, mock on.
4 As for me, is my complaint to man?
Or why should I not be impatient?
5 Turn unto me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.
6 Even when I remember I am affrighted, and horror hath taketh hold on my flesh.
7 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, wax mighty in power?
8 Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
9 Their houses are safe, without fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.
10 Their bull gendereth, and faileth not;
their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.
11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
12 They sing to the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the pipe.
13 They spend their days in prosperity, and peacefully they go down to the grave.
14 Yet they said unto God:

‘Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of Thy ways.
15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit should we have, if we pray unto Him?’–

16 Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand;
the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17 How oft is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out?
that their calamity cometh upon them? {N}
that He distributeth pains in His anger?
18 That they are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm stealeth away?

19 ‘God layeth up his iniquity for his children!’–

let Him recompense it unto himself, that he may know it.
20 Let his own eyes see his destruction, and let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 For what pleasure hath he in his house after him?
seeing the number of his months is determined.
22 Shall any teach God knowledge?
seeing it is He that judgeth those that are high.
23 One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet;
24 His pails are full of milk, and the marrow of his bones is moistened.
25 And another dieth in bitterness of soul, and hath never tasted of good.
26 They lie down alike in the dust, and the worm covereth them.
27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
28 For ye say:

‘Where is the house of the prince? And where is the tent wherein the wicked dwelt?’

29 Have ye not asked them that go by the way;
and will ye misdeem their tokens,
30 That the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity, that they are led forth to the day of wrath?
31 But who shall declare his way to his face?
And who shall repay him what he hath done?
32 For he is borne to the grave, and watch is kept over his tomb.
33 The clods of the valley are sweet unto him, and all men draw after him, as there were innumerable before him.
34 How then comfort ye me in vain?
And as for your answers, there remaineth only faithlessness?