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!

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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?

Writings:Job 20 “my thoughts give answer to me”

Job Chapter 20

1 {S} Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said:
2 Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, even by reason of mine agitation that is in me.
3 I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame, but out of my understanding my spirit answereth me.
4 Knowest thou not this of old time, since man was placed upon earth,
5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless 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 that 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 which saw him shall see him no more;
neither shall his place any more behold him.
10 His children shall appease the poor, and his hands shall restore his wealth.
11 His bones are full of his youth, but it 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 will not let it go, but keep it still within his mouth;
14 Yet his food in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of 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 look upon the rivers, the flowing streams of honey and curd.
18 That which he laboured for shall he give back, and shall not swallow it down;
according to the substance that he hath gotten, he shall not rejoice.
19 For he hath oppressed and forsaken the poor;
he hath violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up.
20 Because he knew no quietness within him, in his greed he suffered nought to escape,
21 There was nothing left that he devoured not–

therefore his prosperity shall not endure.

22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits;
the hand of every one that is in misery shall come upon him.
23 It shall be for the filling of his belly;
He shall cast the fierceness of His wrath upon him, and shall cause it to rain upon him into his flesh.
24 If he flee from the iron weapon, the bow of brass shall strike him through.
25 He draweth it forth, and it cometh out of his body;
yea, the glittering point cometh out of his gall;
terrors are upon him.
26 All darkness is laid up for his treasures; {N}
a fire not blown by man shall consume him;
it shall go ill with him that is left in his tent.
27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, and the earth shall rise up against him.
28 The increase of his house shall depart, 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.

Writings:Job 19 “I am escaped with the skin of my teeth”

Job Chapter 19

1 {S} Then Job answered and said:
2 How long will ye vex my soul, and crush me with words?
3 These ten times have ye reproached me;
ye are not ashamed that ye deal harshly with me.
4 And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.
5 If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach;
6 Know now that God hath subverted my cause, and hath compassed me with His net.
7 Behold, I cry out:

‘Violence!’

but I am not heard;
I cry aloud, but there is no justice.
8 He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and hath set darkness in my paths.
9 He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
10 He hath broken me down on every side, and I am gone;
and my hope hath He plucked up like a tree.
11 He hath also kindled His wrath against me, and He counteth me unto Him as one of His adversaries.
12 His troops come on together, and cast up their way against me, and encamp round about my tent.
13 He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are wholly estranged from me.
14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
15 They that dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger;
I am become an alien in their sight.
16 I call unto my servant, and he giveth me no answer, though I entreat him with my mouth.
17 My breath is abhorred of my wife, and I am loathsome to the children of my tribe.
18 Even urchins despised me;
if I arise, they speak against me.
19 All my intimate friends abhor me;
and they 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 inscribed in a book!
24 That with an iron pen and lead they were graven in the rock for ever!
25 But as for me, I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He will witness at the last upon the dust;
26 And when after my skin this is destroyed, then without my flesh shall I see God;
27 Whom I, even I, shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another’s.
My reins are consumed within me.
28 If ye say:

‘How we will persecute him!’

seeing that the root of the matter is found in me;
29 Be ye afraid of the sword;
for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.

Writings:Job 18 “Thou that tearest thyself”

Job Chapter 18

1 {S} Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said:
2 How long will ye lay snares for words?
Consider, and afterwards we will speak.
3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed dull in your sight?
4 Thou that tearest thyself in thine anger, shall the earth be forsaken for thee?
Or shall the rock be removed out of its 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 tent, and his lamp over him shall be put out.
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 the toils.
9 A gin* shall take him by the heel, and a snare shall lay hold on him.

[*a ‘gin’ is a demon]

10 A noose is hid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.
11 Terrors shall overwhelm him on every side, and shall entrap him at his feet.
12 His trouble shall be ravenous, and calamity shall be ready for his fall.
13 It shall devour the members of his body, yea, the first-born of death shall devour his members.
14 That wherein he trusteth shall be plucked out of his tent;
and he shall be brought to the king of terrors.
15 There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his;
brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
16 His roots shall dry up beneath, and above shall his branch wither.
17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name abroad.
18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.
19 He shall have neither son nor son’s son among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.
20 They that come after shall be astonished at his day, as they that went before are affrighted.
21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.

Writings:Job 16,17 “for the sake of flattery”

Job Chapter 16

1 {S} Then Job answered and said:
2 I have heard many such things;
sorry comforters are ye all.
3 Shall windy words have an end?
Or what provoketh thee that thou answerest?
4 I also could speak as ye do; {N}
if your soul were in my soul’s stead, I could join words together against you, {N}
and shake my head at you.
5 I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips would assuage your grief.
6 Though I speak, my pain is not assuaged;
and though I forbear, what am I eased?
7 But now He hath made me weary;
Thou hast made desolate all my company.
8 And Thou hast shrivelled me up, which is a witness against me;
and my leanness riseth up against me, it testifieth to my face.
9 He hath torn me in His wrath, and hated me;
He hath gnashed upon me with His teeth;
mine adversary sharpeneth his eyes upon me.
10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth;
they have smitten me upon the cheek scornfully;
they gather themselves together against me.
11 God delivereth me to the ungodly, and casteth me into the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, and He broke me asunder;
yea, He hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces; {N}
He hath also set me up for His mark.
13 His archers compass me round about, He cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; {N}
He poureth out my gall upon the ground.
14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach;
He runneth upon me like a giant.
15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and have laid my horn in the dust.
16 My face is reddened with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
17 Although there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure.
18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no resting-place.
19 Even now, behold, my Witness is in heaven, and He that testifieth of me is on high.
20 Mine inward thoughts are my intercessors, mine eye poureth out tears unto God;
21 That He would set aright a man contending with God, as a son of man setteth aright his neighbour!
22 For the years that are few are coming on, and I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

Job Chapter 17

1 My spirit is consumed, my days are extinct, the grave is ready for me.
2 Surely there are mockers with me, and mine eye abideth in their provocation.
3 Give now a pledge, be surety for me with Thyself;
who else is there that will strike hands with me?
4 For Thou hast hid their heart from understanding;
therefore shalt Thou not exalt them.
5 He that denounceth his friends for the sake of flattery, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
6 He hath made me also a byword of the people;
and I am become one in whose face they spit.
7 Mine eye also is dimmed by reason of vexation, and all my members are as a shadow.
8 Upright men are astonished at this, and the innocent stirreth up himself against the godless.
9 Yet the righteous holdeth on his way, and he that hath clean hands waxeth stronger and stronger.
10 But as for you all, do ye return, and come now;
and I shall not find a wise man among you.
11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.
12 They change the night into day;
the light is short because of darkness.
13 If I look for the nether-world as my house;
if I have spread my couch in the darkness;
14 If I have said to corruption:

‘Thou art my father’,

to the worm:

‘Thou art my mother, and my sister’;

15 Where then is my hope?
And as for my hope, who shall see it?
16 They shall go down to the bars of the nether-world, when we are at rest together in the dust.