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The Book of Job

From the Hebrew Job means “hated and oppressed”

 

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Chapter 34

      Eliu proceeding forth in his communication, said: Hear my words, (O ye wise men ) hearken unto me, ye that have understanding. For like as the mouth tasteth the meats, so the ear proveth and deserneth the words. As for the judgment, let us seek it out among ourselves, that we may know what is right. And why? Job hath said: I am righteous, but God doth me wrong. I must needs be a liar, though my cause be right, and violently I am plagued where I made no fault: where is there such one as Job, that drinketh up scornfulness like water? Which goeth in company of wicked doers, and walketh with ungodly men: For he hath said: Though a man be good, yet he is naught before God. Therefore hearken unto me, yee that have understanding.
      Far be it from God, that he should meddle with wickedness: and far be it from the almighty, that he should meddle with unrighteous dealing: but he rewardeth the works of man, and causeth every man to find according to his ways. For sure it is, that God condemeth no man wrongfully, and the judgement of the Almighty is not unrighteous. Who ruleth the earth in his stead? Or who hath he set to govern the whole world? To whom hath he given his heart, for to draw his spirit and breath from him? All flesh shall come together unto naught, and all men shall turn again unto earth. If thou now have understanding, hear what I say, and hearken to the voice of my words.
      *May he be made whole, that loveth no right? If thou were a very innocent man, shouldest thou then be punished? For he is even the same, that knoweth the rebellions kings, and sayeth to the Princes: Ungodly men are ye. He hath none respect unto the persons of the lordly, and regardeth not the rich more than the poor. For they all be the work of his hands. In the twinkling of an eye shall they be slain: and at midnight, when the people and the tyrants rage, then shall they perish, and be taken away without hands. And why? his eyes look upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. There is no darkness or thick shadow, that can hide the wicked doers from him. For no man shall be suffered to go into judgement with God.
      Many one, yee innumerable doth he punish, and seteth others in their stead. For he knoweth their evil and dark works, therefore shall they be destroyed. They that were in the stead of Sears, dealt like ungodly men. Therefore turned they traitorously and unfaithfully from him, and would not receive his ways. In so much that they have caused the voice of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the complaint of such as are in necessity. If he deliver and grant pardon, who will judge or condemn? But if he hide away his countenance, who will turn it about again, whether it be to the people or to any man? From the wickedness and sin of the people, he maketh an hypocrite to reign over them. For so much as I have begun to talk of God, I will not hinder thee, If I have gone amiss, enform me: if I have done wrong, I will leave off. Wilt thou not give a reasonable answer? Art thou afraid of anything, seeing thou beganest first to speak, and not I? For else the men of understanding and wisdom, that have heard me might say: What canst thou speak? As for Job he hath not spoken to the purpose nor wisely. O' father let Job be well tried, because he hath turned himself to the wicked: yee above his sins he hath blasphemed, which offense he hath done even before us, in that he striveth against God with his words.

 

May he be made whole, that loveth no right? (kjv and other bibles of man = that hateth right govern?)

 

 

 

Chapter 35

      Eliu spake moreover, and said: Thinkest thou it right, that thou saidst: I am righteous before God? Seeing thou sayest so, how doest thou know it? What thing hast thou more excellent than I, that I am a sinner? Therefore will I give answer unto thee and thy friends: Look unto the heaven, and behold it: consider the clouds, how they are higher than thou. If thou sinnest, what doest thou *unto him? If thine offenses be many, how gettest thou his favor? If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? Or what receiveth he of thy hands? Of such an ungodly person as thou, and of the son of man that is righteous as thou pretendest to be: there is a great cry and complaint made by them that are oppressed with violence, yee every man complaineth upon the cruel arm of the tyrants. For such a one never sayeth: Where is God that made me? and that shineth upon us, that we might praise him in the night? Which giveth us more understanding than he doth the beasts of the earth, and teacheth us more than the fouls of heaven.
      If any such complain, no man giveth answer, and that because of the wickedness of proud tyrants. But if a man call upon God, doth he not hear him? Doth not the almighty accept his cry? When thou speakest then, should not he pardon thee, and put thy trust in him? Then useth no violence in his wrath, neither hath he pleasure in curious and deep inquisitions. Therefore hath Job opened his mouth but in vain, and foolishly hath he made so many words.

 

*unto him? (kjv and other "bibles of man" = against)
*wickedness of proud tyrants. (kjv and other "bibles of man" = pride of evil men.)

 

 

 

Chapter 36

      Eliu proceeded forth in his talking and said: Hold still a little, and I shall show thee, what I have yet to speak on God's behalf. I will open unto thee yet more of mine understanding, and *prove my maker righteousness. True are my words, and holy: and the knowledge where with all I argue against thee, is perfect. Behold, God casteth not away the mighty, for he himself is mighty in power and wisdom.
      As for the ungodly, he preserveth them not, but helpeth the poor to their right. He turneth not his eyes away from the righteous, he setteth up kings in their throne, and confirmeth them, so that they always sit therin. But if they be layed in prison and chains, or bound with the bonds of poverty: then showeth he them their works and deeds and sins where with they have used cruel violence.
      He with punishing and nurturing of them, roundeth them in the ears, warneth them to leave off from their wickedness, and to amend. If they now will take heed and be obedient, they shall wear out their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasure and joy. But if they will not obey, they shall go through the sword, and perish or ever they be aware. As for such as be *fained, dissemblers and hypocrites, they heap up wrath for themselves: for they call not upon him, though they be his prisoners. Thus their soul perisheth in foolishness, and their life with the condemned. The poor delivereth he out of his straitness, and comforteth such as be in necessity and trouble. Even so shall he keep thee ( if thou wilt be content ) from the bottomless pit that is beneath: and if thou wilt hold the quiet, he shall fill thy table with plenteousness.
       Nevertheless thou hast condemned the judgement of the ungodly, yee even such a judgment and sentence shalt thou suffer. For then shall not thy cause be stilled with cruelty, nor pacified with many gifts. Hath God ordered then, that the glorious life of thee, and all such mighty men should not be put down? Prolong not thou the time, till there come a night for thee, to set other people in thy stead. But beware that thou turn not aside to wickedness and sin, which hither to thou hast chosen more than meekness. Behold, God is of a mighty high power: Where is there such a guide and law giver as he? Who will reprove him of his way? Who will say unto him: thou hast done wrong?
      O' consider how great and excellent his works be, whom all men love and praise: yee wonder at him, and yet see him but afar off. Behold, so great is God, that he passeth our knowledge, neither can we come to the experience of his years. He turneth the water to small drops, he driveth his clouds together for rain, so that they pour down and drop upon men. He can spread out the clouds ( a covering of his tabernacle) and cause his light to shine upon them, and to cover the bottom of the sea. By these things governeth he his people, and giveth them abundance of meat. In the turning of the hand he hideth the light, and at his commandment it cometh again. The rising up thereof showeth he to his friends and to the cattle.

 

*prove my maker righteousness. (kjv and other "bibles of man" = will ascribe righteous to my maker) *fained, (obligated / or willing)

 

 

 

Chapter 37

      At this, my heart is astounded, and moved out of his place. Hear then the sound of his voice, and the noise that goeth out of his mouth. He governeth everything under the heaven, and his light reacheth unto the end of the world. A roaring voice followeth him: for his glorious majesty giveth such a thunder clap, that (though a man hear it) yet he may not receive it afterward. It giveth an horrible sound, when God sendeth out his voice: great things doth he, which we can not comprehend. When he commandeth the snow, it falleth upon the earth: As soon as he giveth the rain a charge, immediately the showers have their strength, and fall down. He sendeth fear upon every man, that they might know their own works. The beasts creep into their dens, and take their rest. Out of the south cometh the tempest, and cold out of the north.
      At the breath of God, the frost cometh, and the waters are shed abroad. The clouds do their labor in getting moistness, the clouds pour down the rain. He distributeth also on every side, according as it pleaseth him to deal out his works, that they may do, whatsoever he commandeth them through the whole world: whether it be to punish any land, or to do good unto them, that seek him.
      Hearken unto this, ( O' Job ) stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. Art thou of counsel with God, when he doth things? When he causeth the light to come forth of his clouds? Art thou of his counsel, when he spreadeth out the clouds? Hast thou the perfect knowledge of his wonders? and how thy clothes are warm, when the land is still through the South wind? Hast thou helped him to spread out the heaven, which is to look upon, as it were cast of clear metal? Teach us what we will say to him, for we are *unmete because of darkness. Shall it be told him what I say? Should a man speak, or should he keep it back? For every man seeth not the light, that he keepeth clear in the clouds, which he cleanseth when he maketh the wind to blow. Gold is brought out of the North, but the praise and honor of Gods fear, cometh from God himself. It is not we that find out the almighty: for in power, equity, and righteousness, he is higher than can be expressed. Seeing then that every body feareth him, why should not all wise men also stand in fear of him.

 

*unmete (unworthy)

 

 

 

Chapter 38

      Then spake the Lord unto Job out of the storm, and said: What is he that hideth his mind with foolish words? Gird up thy loins like a man, for I will question thee, see thou give me a direct answer. Where wast thou, when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell plainly if thou hast understanding. Who hath measured it, knowest thou? Or, who hath spread the line upon it? Where upon stand the pillars of it? Or, who layed the corner stone? Where wast thou, when the morning stars praised me together, and all the children of God rejoiced triumphantly? Who shut the sea with doors, when it break forth as a child out of his mothers womb? When I made the clouds to be a covering for it, and swaddled it with the dark? When I gave it my commandment, making doors and bars for it, and saying: Hither to thou shalt come, but no further, and here shalt thou lay down thy proud and high waves. Hast thou given the morning his charge ( as soon as thou was born ) and showed the day spring his place, that it might take hold of the corners of the earth, and that the ungodly might be shaken out? Their tokens and weapons hast thou turned like clay, and set them up again as the changing of a garment. Yee hast thou spoiled the ungodly of their light, and broken the arm of the proud. Camest thou ever into the ground of the sea: or hast thou walked in the low corners of the deep? Have the gates of death been open unto thee, or hast thou seen the door of everlasting treasure? Hast thou also perceived how broad the earth is? Now if thou hast knowledge of all, then show me where light dwelleth, and where darkness is: that thou mayest bring us unto their quarters, if thou canst tell the way to their houses. Knowest thou ( when thou wast born ) how old thou shouldest be? Wentest thou ever into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the secret places of the hail, which I have prepared against the time of trouble, against the time of battle and war? By what way is the light parted, and the heat dealt upon the earth? Who divideth the abundance of waters into rivers, or who maketh a way for the stormy weather, that it watereth and moistureth the dry and barren ground: to make the grass grow in places where no man remaineth? Who is the father of rain? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew? Out of whose womb came the ice? Who hath gendered the coldness of the air? That the waters are as hard as stones, and lay congealed above the deep. *Hast thou brought the seven stars together? Or art thou able to break the circle of heaven? Canst thou bring forth the morning star at a convenient time, and convey them home again? Knowest thou the course of heaven, that thou may set up the ordinance thereof upon the earth? Moreover, canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that they may pour down a great rain upon thee? Canst thou thunder also that they may go their way, and be obedient unto thee, saying : Lo here we are. Who giveth sure wisdom or steadfast understanding? Who numbereth the clouds in wisdom? Who filleth the vehement waters of heaven? Who turneth the clots to dust, and then to be clots again? Huntest thou the prey from the lion, or feedest thou his young whelps living in their dens, and lurking in their couches? Who provideth meat for the raven, when his young ones cry unto God, and fly about for want of meat?

 

*kjv and other bibles of man = 31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? As the record shows: these lines, and many, many others are found in the first edition of the 1611 kjv. plainly Greek asstrology..of the septuigent (Greek OT not Hebrew) from witch they copied. RN

 

 

 

Chapter 39

      Knowest thou the time when the wild goats bring forth their young amongst the stoney rocks? Or layest thou wait when the hinds use to fawn? reckonest thou the months after they engender, that thou knowest the time of their bearing? or when they lay down when they cast their young ones, and when they are deliver of their travail and pain? How their young ones grow up and wax great through good feeding? who letteth the wild ass go free, or who looseth the bonds of the mule? Unto whom have I given the wilderness to be their house, and the untilled land to be their dwelling place. That they may give no force for the multitude of people in the cities, neither regard the crying of the driver: but seek their pasture about the mountains and follow the green grass. Will the unicorn be so tame as to do that service, or abide still by thy crib? Canst thou bind the yoke about him in thy furrows, to make him plow after thee in the valleys? Mayest thou trust him ( because he is strong ) or commit thy labor unto him? Mayest thou believe him, that he will bring home the corn, or carry anything unto the barn? The Ostrich ( whose feathers are fairer than the wings of a sparrow hawk ) when he hath layed his eggs upon the ground, he *bredeth them in the dust, and forgetteth them: so that they might be trodden upon with feet, or broken with some wild beast. So hard is he to his young ones, as though they were not his, and laboureth in vain without any fear. And that because God hath taken wisdom from him, and hath not given him understanding. When his time is, he flyeth up on high, and careth neither for horse nor man.
      Hast thou given the horse his strength? or learned him to bow down his neck in fear: that he let himself be driven forth like a grasshopper, where as the stout neying that he maketh, is fearful? he breaketh the ground with the hoofs of his feet cheerfully in his strength, and runneth to meet the harness men. He layeth aside all fear, his stomach is not abated, neither starteth he back for any sword. Though the quivers rattle upon him, though the spear and shield glister: yet rusheth he in fearlessly, and beateth upon the ground. He feareth not the noise of the trumpets, but as soon as he heareth the shawmes blow, tush ( sayeth he ) for he smelleth the battle afar off, the noise, the Captains and the shouting.
Cometh it through thy wisdom, that the Goshawk flyeth toward the South? Doth the Eagle mount up, and make her nest on high, at thy commandment? He abideth in the stoney rocks, and upon the high tops of hard mountains, where no man can come. From thence may he behold his pray, and look far about with his eyes. His young ones are feed with blood, and where any dead body layeth, there he is immediately.
Moreover, God spake unto Job and said: Can he that striveth with the almighty, be at rest? Should not he which disputeth with God, give him an answer? Job answered the Lord, saying: Behold, I am too vile a person, to answer thee, therefore will I lay my hand upon my mouth. Once or twice have I spoken, but I will say no more.

 

*bredeth: breeds them ...?

 

 

 

Chapter 40

      Then spoke the Lord unto Job out of the storm, and said: Gird up your loins now like a man, and tell me the things that I will ask you. Will you disannul my judgment? Or will you condemn me, that you yourself may be made righteous? Is your arm then like the arm of God? Makes your voice such a sound as his doth? Then arm yourself with your own power, up, deck you in your jolly array, pour out your indignation of your wrath: see that you cast down all the proud, look well, that you make all such as be *stubburn, to obey: tread all ungodly under your feet, cast them down into the mire, and cover their faces with darkness: Then I will confess also, that your own right hand has saved you.
       Behold, Behemoth, (whom I made with you) which eats hay as an ox: how strong is in his loins, and what power he has in the navel of his body. He spreads out his tail like a Cedar tree, all his veins are stiff. His shins are like pipes of brass, his rig bones are like staves of iron. First when God made him, he ordered the wilderness for him, that the mountains should give him grass, where all the beasts of the field take their pastime. He lays among the reeds in the Mosses, the ferns hid him with their shadow, and the willows of the brook cover him round about. Lo, without any labor might he drink out of the whole flood, and sup of Jordan without any travail. Who dare lay a hand on him openly, and undertake to catch him? Or, who dare put a hook through his nose, and lay a snare for him?
       Dare you draw out Leviathan with an *angle ? or bind his tongue with a snare? Can you put a ring in the nose of him? or bore his *chaftes through with a nail? Will he make a covenant with you? Or are you able to compel him to do you continual service? Will you take your pastime with him as with a bird? Or give him to your maidens, that your companions may hew him in pieces, to be parted among the merchant men? Can you fill the net with his skin, or the fish panner with his head? Dare you lay your hand upon him? It is better for you to consider what harm might happen you there through, and not touch him. For when you think to have hold upon him, he shall beguile you: Every man also that sees him, shall go back. And why? there dare none be so bold as to raise him up.

 

*stubburn, (stubborn) comes to mind "stubble burning".
*angle; (hook) or an "angle" in their hooks ...chaftes (jaw)

 

 

 

Chapter 41

      Who is able to stand before me? Or, who has given me anything before hand, that I am bound to reward him again? All things under heaven are mine. I fear him not, whether he threaten or speak fair. Who lifts him up, and strips him out of his clothes, or who takes him by the bit of his bridle? Who opens the doors of his face? for he has terrible teeth round about, His body is covered with scales as if it were with shields, locked in, kept, and well compact together. One is so joined to another, that no air can come in: Yes one hangs upon another, that they cannot be sundered. His *nesings are like a glittering fire, and his eyes like the morning shine. Out of his mouth go torches and fire brands, out of his nostrils there goes smoke, like as out of an hot seesing pot. His breath makes the coals burn, the flame goes out of his mouth. In his neck remains strength, and before his face sorrow is turned to gladness. The members of his body are joined so strait one to another, that he can not be moved.
       His heart is as hard as stone, and as fast as the *stithie that the hammer man smites upon. When he goes: the mightiest of all are afraid, and the waves heave. If he draw out the sword, there may neither spear, nor breast plate, abide him. He sits as much by a straw as by iron, and as much by a rotten stock as by metal. He starts not away for him that bends the bow: and as for flying stones, he cares as much for stubble as for them. He counts the hammer no better than a straw, he laughs them to scorn that shakes the spear. He treads the gold in the mire like the sharp potsherds. He makes the deep to seese and boil like a pot, and stirs the sea together like an ointment. The way is light after him, the deep is his walking place. Upon earth there is no power like unto his, for he is so made that he fears not. If a man will consider all high things, this same is a king over all the children of pride.

 

*nesings: (eye sockets) *stithie (steel anvil)

 

 

 

Chapter 42

       Then Job answered the Lord, and said: I know that you have power over all things, and that there is no thought hid unto you. For who can keep his own counsel so secret, but it shall be known? Therefore have I spoken unwisely, seeing these things that are so high, and passed mine understanding. O' hearken unto me also, and let me speak: answer unto the thing that I will ask you. I have given diligent ear unto you, and now I see you with mine eyes. Wherefore I give mine own self the blame, and take repentance in the dust and ashes.
       Now when the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, he said unto Eliphas the Themanite: I am displeased with you and your two friends, for you have spoken the thing that is not right before me, like as my servant Job has done. Therefore take seven oxen and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, offer also for yourselves a burnt offering: and let my servant Job pray for you. Him will I accept, and not deal with you after your foolishness: in that you have not spoken the thing which is right, like as my servant Job has done.
       So Eliphas the Themanite, Baldad the Suhite and Sophar the Naamathite went there way, and did according as the Lord commanded them. The Lord also accepted the person of Job, and the Lord turned him unto Job, when he prayed for his friends: Yes the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
       And then came there unto him all his brethren, all his sisters, with all them that had been of his acquaintance before, and ate bread with him in his house, wondering at him, and comforting him over all the trouble, that the Lord had brought upon him. Every man gave him a sheep and a Jewel of gold.
       And the Lord made Job richer than he was before: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand asses. He had children also, seven sons and three daughters. *The first called Day: the second called Poverty: the third called All plenteousness. In all the land were none found so fair, as the daughters of Job, and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this Job lived* forty years, so that he saw his children, his childrens children to the fourth generation, And so he died, being old and of a perfect age.

 

kjv and other bibles of man = name of the first, Jemima: and the name of the second, Kezia: and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. 16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years,

 

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