Bible: Job 1-20
1:1 There was a man 3 in the land of Uz 4 whose 5 name was Job. 6 And that man was pure 7 and upright, 8 one who feared God and turned away from evil. 9 1:2 Seven 10 sons and three daughters were born to him. 11 1:3 His possessions 12 included 13 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys; in addition he had a very great household. 14 Thus he 15 was the greatest of all the people in the east. 16
1:4 Now his sons used to go 17 and hold 18 a feast in the house of each one in turn, 19 and they would send and invite 20 their three 21 sisters to eat and to drink with them. 1:5 When 22 the days of their feasting were finished, 23 Job would send 24 for them and sanctify 25 them; he would get up early 26 in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to 27 the number of them all. For Job thought, “Perhaps 28 my children 29 have sinned and cursed 30 God in their hearts.” This was Job’s customary practice. 31
Satan’s Accusation of Job 32
1:6 Now the day came when 33 the sons of God 34 came to present themselves before 35 the
1:9 Then Satan answered the
1:12 So the
Job’s Integrity in Adversity 60
1:13 Now the day 61 came when Job’s 62 sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 1:14 and a messenger came to Job, saying, “The oxen were plowing 63 and the donkeys were grazing beside them, 1:15 and the Sabeans 64 swooped down 65 and carried them all away, and they killed 66 the servants with the sword! 67 And I – only I alone 68 – escaped to tell you!”
1:16 While this one was still speaking, 69 another messenger arrived 70 and said, “The fire of God 71 has fallen from heaven 72 and has burned up the sheep and the servants – it has consumed them! And I – only I alone – escaped to tell you!”
1:17 While this one was still speaking another messenger arrived and said, “The Chaldeans 73 formed three bands and made a raid 74 on the camels and carried them all away, and they killed the servants with the sword! 75 And I – only I alone – escaped to tell you!”
1:18 While this one was still speaking another messenger arrived and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 1:19 and suddenly 76 a great wind 77 swept across 78 the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they died! And I – only I alone – escaped to tell you!”
1:20 Then Job got up 79 and tore his robe. 80 He shaved his head, 81 and then he threw himself down with his face to the ground. 82 1:21 He said, “Naked 83 I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will return there. 84 The
Satan’s Additional Charge
2:1 Again the day came when the sons of God came to present themselves before the
2:4 But 96 Satan answered the
Job’s Integrity in Suffering
2:7 So Satan went out from the presence of the
2:9 Then 114 his wife said to him, “Are you still holding firmly to your integrity? 115 Curse 116 God, and die!” 117 2:10 But he replied, 118 “You’re talking like one of the godless 119 women would do! Should we receive 120 what is good from God, and not also 121 receive 122 what is evil?” 123 In all this Job did not sin by what he said. 124
The Visit of Job’s Friends 125
2:11 When Job’s three friends heard about all this calamity that had happened to him, each of them came from his own country 126 – Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. 127 They met together 128 to come to show sympathy 129 for him and to console 130 him. 2:12 But when they gazed intently 131 from a distance but did not recognize 132 him, they began to weep loudly. Each of them tore his robes, and they threw dust into the air over their heads. 133 2:13 Then they sat down with him on the ground for seven days and seven nights, yet no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his pain 134 was very great. 135
II. Job’s Dialogue With His Friends
and the night that said, 143
let not God on high regard 148 it,
nor let light shine 149 on it!
3:5 Let darkness and the deepest
let a cloud settle on it;
let whatever blackens the day 152 terrify it!
3:6 That night – let darkness seize 153 it;
let it not be included 154 among the days of the year;
let it not enter among the number of the months! 155
3:9 Let its morning stars 164 be darkened;
nor let it see the first rays 167 of dawn,
nor did it hide trouble 171 from my eyes!
Job Wishes He Had Died at Birth 172
and why did I not expire
as 176 I came out of the womb?
3:12 Why did the knees welcome me, 177
that I might nurse at them? 180
3:13 For now 181 I would be lying down
I would be asleep and then at peace 184
3:14 with kings and counselors of the earth
who built for themselves places now desolate, 185
3:15 or with princes who possessed gold, 186
who filled their palaces 187 with silver.
like a stillborn infant, 191
and there the weary 198 are at rest.
they do not hear the voice of the oppressor. 203
3:19 Small and great are 204 there,
Longing for Death 207
and life to those 211 whose soul is bitter,
and search for it 215
more than for hidden treasures,
whose way is hidden, 223
and whom God has hedged in? 224
and what I feared has come upon me. 231
3:26 I have no ease, 232 I have no quietness;
Eliphaz Begins to Speak 235
4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered: 236
will you be impatient? 239
But who can refrain from speaking 240 ?
4:4 Your words have supported 245 those
who stumbled, 246
and you have strengthened the knees
that gave way. 247
4:5 But now the same thing 248 comes to you,
and you are discouraged; 249
it strikes you,
and you are terrified. 250
and your blameless ways your hope? 253
4:7 Call to mind now: 254
and those who sow trouble reap the same. 262
and by the blast 265 of his anger they are consumed.
and the growling 268 of the young lion,
but the teeth of the young lions are broken. 269
and the cubs of the lioness 272 are scattered.
Ungodly Complainers Provoke God’s Wrath
when a deep sleep 279 falls on men,
4:14 a trembling 280 gripped me – and a terror! –
and made all my bones shake. 281
it makes 284 the hair of my flesh stand up.
4:16 It stands still, 285
but I cannot recognize 286 its appearance;
an image is before my eyes,
and I hear a murmuring voice: 287
4:19 how much more to those who live in houses of clay, 300
whose foundation is in the dust,
and anger 317 slays the silly one.
but suddenly I cursed his place of residence. 320
5:4 His children are far 321 from safety,
nor is there anyone to deliver them. 324
and take it even from behind the thorns, 327
5:6 For evil does not come up from the dust, 331
nor does trouble spring up from the ground,
Blessings for the One Who Seeks God 337
so that 359 their hands cannot accomplish
what they had planned! 360
5:14 They meet with darkness in the daytime, 365
even 370 the poor from the hand of the powerful.
5:16 Thus the poor have hope,
he strikes, but his hands also heal.
5:19 He will deliver you 381 from six calamities;
yes, in seven 382 no evil will touch you.
5:20 In time of famine 383 he will redeem you from death,
and in time of war from the power of the sword. 384
and will not be afraid of the destruction 387 when it comes.
5:22 You will laugh at destruction and famine 388
and need not 389 be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
5:23 For you will have a pact with the stones 390 of the field,
will be secure, 396
and when you inspect 397 your domains,
you will not be missing 398 anything.
5:25 You will also know that your children 399 will be numerous,
and your descendants 400 like the grass of the earth.
5:26 You will come to your grave in a full age, 401
As stacks of grain are harvested in their season.
5:27 Look, we have investigated this, so it is true.
Job Replies to Eliphaz
6:1 Then Job responded: 405
that is why my words have been wild. 413
Complaints Reflect Suffering
6:6 Can food that is tasteless 425 be eaten without salt?
Or is there any taste in the white 426 of an egg?
they are like loathsome food to me. 430
A Cry for Death
and that God would grant me what I long for! 433
6:9 And that God would be willing 434 to crush me,
that he would let loose 435 his hand
6:10 Then I would yet have my comfort, 438
in spite of pitiless pain, 441
6:11 What is my strength, that I should wait? 445
and what is my end, 446
that I should prolong my life?
6:12 Is my strength like that of stones? 447
or is my flesh made of bronze?
6:13 Is 448 not my power to help myself nothing,
and has not every resource 449 been driven from me?
even if 452 he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
and as the riverbeds of the intermittent streams 456
that flow away. 457
6:17 When they are scorched, 462 they dry up,
when it is hot, they vanish 463 from their place.
6:18 Caravans 464 turn aside from their routes;
the traveling merchants 471 of Sheba hoped for them.
6:20 They were distressed, 472
because each one had been 473 so confident;
they arrived there, 474 but were disappointed.
you see a terror, 477 and are afraid.
No Sin Discovered
6:25 How painful 490 are honest words!
6:26 Do you intend to criticize mere words,
and treat 494 the words of a despairing man as wind?
6:27 Yes, you would gamble 495 for the fatherless,
and auction off 496 your friend.
and I will not 499 lie to your face!
6:30 Is there any falsehood 504 on my lips?
The Brevity of Life
7:1 “Does not humanity have hard service 507 on earth?
Are not their days also
like the days of a hired man? 508
months of futility, 515
and nights of sorrow 516
have been appointed 517 to me.
7:4 If I lie down, I say, 518 ‘When will I arise?’,
and the night stretches on 519
and I toss and turn restlessly 520
until the day dawns.
my skin is broken 525 and festering.
and they come to an end without hope. 529
7:7 Remember 530 that my life is but a breath,
7:8 The eye of him who sees me now will see me no more; 533
your eyes will look for me, but I will be gone. 534
so the one who goes down to the grave 537
does not come up again. 538
7:10 He returns no more to his house,
Job Remonstrates with God
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;
I will complain 543 in the bitterness of my soul.
7:12 Am I the sea, or the creature of the deep, 544
my couch will ease 550 my complaint,”
7:14 then you scare me 551 with dreams
Insignificance of Humans
and that you pay attention 567 to them?
7:18 And that you visit 568 them every morning,
will you not let me alone 573
long enough to swallow my spittle?
O watcher of men? 576
Why have you set me as your target? 577
Have I become a burden to you? 578
7:21 And why do you not pardon my transgression,
and take away my iniquity?
For now I will lie down in the dust, 579
and you will seek me diligently, 580
but I will be gone.”
Bildad’s First Speech to Job 581
8:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite spoke up and said:
8:2 “How long will you speak these things, 582
seeing 583 that the words of your mouth
Or does the Almighty pervert 588 what is right?
8:4 If 589 your children sinned against him,
and make your supplication 594 to the Almighty,
even now he will rouse himself 598 for you,
8:7 Your beginning 601 will seem so small,
since your future will flourish. 602
8:8 “For inquire now of the former 603 generation,
of their ancestors; 606
8:9 For we were born yesterday 607 and do not have knowledge,
since our days on earth are but a shadow. 608
and bring forth words 611
from their understanding? 612
8:11 Can the papyrus plant grow tall 613 where there is no marsh?
Can reeds flourish 614 without water?
8:12 While they are still beginning to flower 615
and not ripe for cutting, 616
they can wither away 617
8:13 Such is the destiny 620 of all who forget God;
the hope of the godless 621 perishes,
whose security is a spider’s web. 625
8:15 He leans against his house but it does not hold up, 626
he takes hold 627 of it but it does not stand.
8:18 If he is uprooted 636 from his place,
‘I have never seen you!’
8:19 Indeed, this is the joy of his way, 639
8:20 “Surely, God does not reject a blameless man, 642
nor does he grasp the hand 643
of the evildoers.
and your lips with gladness.
and the tent of the wicked will be no more.”
Job’s Reply to Bildad 648
9:1 Then Job answered:
9:2 “Truly, 649 I know that this is so.
he cannot answer 656 him one time in a thousand.
9:5 He who removes mountains suddenly, 662
who overturns them in his anger; 663
9:6 he who shakes the earth out of its place 664
so that its pillars tremble; 665
and seals up 668 the stars;
9:8 he alone spreads out the heavens,
and the constellations of the southern sky; 674
9:10 he does great and unsearchable things, 675
and wonderful things without number.
if he goes by, I cannot perceive him. 679
Who dares to say to him, ‘What are you doing?’
9:13 God does not restrain his anger; 682
The Impossibility of Facing God in Court
I could not answer him; 693
9:16 If I summoned him, and he answered me, 696
I would not believe 697
that he would be listening to my voice –
and multiplies my wounds for no reason. 700
for he fills 703 me with bitterness.
9:19 If it is a matter of strength, 704
most certainly 705 he is the strong one!
And if it is a matter of justice,
he will say, ‘Who will summon me?’ 706
9:20 Although I am innocent, 707
although I am blameless,
it would declare me perverse. 710
I despise my life.
Accusation of God’s Justice
‘He destroys the blameless and the guilty.’
9:23 If a scourge brings sudden death, 715
9:24 If a land 719 has been given
into the hand of a wicked man, 720
if it is not he, then who is it? 723
they speed by without seeing happiness.
9:29 If I am guilty, 738
9:30 If I wash myself with snow water, 742
and make my hands clean with lye, 743
9:31 then you plunge me into a slimy pit 744
and my own clothes abhor me.
9:32 For he 745 is not a human being like I am,
that 746 I might answer him,
that we might come 747 together in judgment.
9:33 Nor is there an arbiter 748 between us,
so that his terror 755 would not make me afraid.
9:35 Then 756 would I speak and not fear him,
but it is not so with me. 757
An Appeal for Revelation
I will complain without restraint; 760
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
10:2 I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn 761 me;
to 766 despise the work of your hands,
on the schemes of the wicked?
Motivations of God
10:4 “Do you have eyes of flesh, 769
10:5 Are your days like the days of a mortal,
or your years like the years 772 of a mortal,
and inquire about my sin,
10:7 although you know 775 that I am not guilty,
and that there is no one who can deliver 776
out of your hand?
Contradictions in God’s Dealings
10:8 “Your hands have shaped 777 me and made me,
10:9 Remember that you have made me as with 780 the clay;
will 781 you return me to dust?
10:10 Did you not pour 782 me out like milk,
10:11 You clothed 785 me with skin and flesh
and knit me together 786 with bones and sinews.
and your intervention 789 watched over my spirit.
10:13 “But these things 790 you have concealed in your heart;
10:14 If I sinned, then you would watch me
and you would not acquit me of my iniquity.
and if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head; 795
I am full of shame, 796
and satiated with my affliction. 797
10:16 If I lift myself up, 798
you hunt me as a fierce lion, 799
10:17 You bring new witnesses 802 against me,
and increase your anger against me;
relief troops 803 come against me.
An Appeal for Relief
10:18 “Why then did you bring me out from the womb?
I should have died 804
and no eye would have seen me!
10:19 I should have been as though I had never existed; 805
I should have been carried
right from the womb to the grave!
10:20 Are not my days few? 806
that I may find a little comfort, 810
10:21 before I depart, never to return, 811
to the land of darkness
and the deepest shadow, 812
10:22 to the land of utter darkness,
like the deepest darkness,
and the deepest shadow and disorder, 813
Zophar’s First Speech to Job 816
11:1 Then Zophar the Naamathite spoke up and said:
be vindicated? 821
11:4 For you have said, ‘My teaching 826 is flawless,
and I am pure in your sight.’
11:5 But if only God would speak, 827
if only he would open his lips against you, 828
11:6 and reveal to you the secrets of wisdom –
for true wisdom has two sides 829 –
so that you would know 830
that God has forgiven some of your sins. 831
Can you find out 834
the perfection of the Almighty? 835
11:8 It is higher 836 than the heavens – what can you do?
It is deeper than Sheol 837 – what can you know?
11:9 Its measure is longer than the earth,
and broader than the sea.
and convenes a court, 841
then who can prevent 842 him?
11:12 But an empty man will become wise,
when a wild donkey’s colt is born a human being. 847
and do not let evil reside in your tents.
11:15 For 854 then you will lift up your face
you will be securely established 857
and will not fear.
you will remember it
like water that 860 has flowed away.
though there be darkness, 863
it will be like the morning.
11:18 And you will be secure, because there is hope;
you will be protected 864
and will take your rest in safety.
11:19 You will lie down with 865 no one to make you afraid,
and many will seek your favor. 866
11:20 But the eyes of the wicked fail, 867
and escape 868 eludes them;
Job’s Reply to Zophar 871
12:1 Then Job answered:
12:2 “Without a doubt you are the people, 872
and wisdom will die with you. 873
12:3 I also have understanding 874 as well as you;
I am not inferior to you. 875
Who does not know such things as these? 876
I, who called on God and whom he answered 880 –
a righteous and blameless 881 man
is a laughingstock!
12:5 For calamity, 882 there is derision
(according to the ideas of the fortunate 883 ) –
a fate 884 for those whose feet slip!
12:6 But 885 the tents of robbers are peaceful,
and those who provoke God are confident 886 –
who carry their god in their hands. 887
Knowledge of God’s Wisdom 888
12:7 “But now, ask the animals and they 889 will teach you,
or the birds of the sky and they will tell you.
or let the fish of the sea declare to you.
12:9 Which of all these 892 does not know
and the breath of all the human race. 897
12:11 Does not the ear test words,
12:12 Is not wisdom found among the aged? 901
Does not long life bring understanding?
12:13 “With God 902 are wisdom and power;
counsel and understanding are his. 903
12:14 If 904 he tears down, it cannot be rebuilt;
if he imprisons a person, there is no escape. 905
12:15 If he holds back the waters, then they dry up; 906
12:16 With him are strength and prudence; 909
both the one who goes astray 910
and the one who misleads are his.
and binds a loincloth 918 around their waist.
12:19 He leads priests away stripped 919
and takes away the discernment 924 of elders.
12:21 He pours contempt on noblemen
12:22 He reveals the deep things of darkness,
and brings deep shadows 927 into the light.
12:23 He makes nations great, 928 and destroys them;
he extends the boundaries of nations
12:24 He deprives the leaders of the earth 931
of their understanding; 932
he makes them wander
in a trackless desert waste. 933
12:25 They grope about in darkness 934 without light;
he makes them stagger 935 like drunkards.
Job Pleads His Cause to God 936
13:1 “Indeed, my eyes have seen all this, 937
my ears have heard and understood it.
I am not inferior 940 to you!
13:4 But you, however, are inventors of lies; 945
all of you are worthless physicians! 946
13:5 If only you would keep completely silent! 947
For you, that would be wisdom. 948
13:6 “Listen now to my argument, 949
and be attentive to my lips’ contentions. 950
Will you speak deceitfully for him?
13:8 Will you show him partiality? 953
Will you argue the case 954 for God?
13:9 Would it turn out well if he would examine 955 you?
Or as one deceives 956 a man would you deceive him?
13:10 He would certainly rebuke 957 you
if you secretly 958 showed partiality!
and the fear he inspires 961 fall on you?
and take my life in my hands?
13:15 Even if he slays me, I will hope in him; 972
13:16 Moreover, this will become my deliverance,
for no godless person would come before him. 975
13:17 Listen carefully 976 to my words;
let your ears be attentive to my explanation. 977
I know that I am right. 982
13:19 Who 983 will contend with me?
If anyone can, I will be silent and die. 984
and then I will not hide from your face:
and stop making me afraid with your terror. 989
13:22 Then call, 990 and I will answer,
or I will speak, and you respond to me.
13:23 How many are my 991 iniquities and sins?
Show me my transgression and my sin. 992
13:24 Why do you hide your face 993
and regard me as your enemy?
and chase after dry chaff? 996
13:26 For you write down 997 bitter things against me
and cause me to inherit the sins of my youth. 998
13:27 And you put my feet in the stocks 999
and you watch all my movements; 1000
you put marks 1001 on the soles of my feet.
like a garment eaten by moths.
The Brevity of Life
14:1 “Man, born of woman, 1004
he flees like a shadow, and does not remain. 1009
And do you bring me 1012 before you for judgment?
the number of his months is under your control; 1017
you have set his limit 1018 and he cannot pass it.
14:6 Look away from him and let him desist, 1019
until he fulfills 1020 his time like a hired man.
The Inevitability of Death
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots will not fail.
14:8 Although its roots may grow old 1023 in the ground
and put forth 1028 shoots like a new plant.
he expires – and where is he? 1031
or a river drains away and dries up,
14:12 so man lies down and does not rise;
until the heavens are no more, 1034
they 1035 will not awake
nor arise from their sleep.
The Possibility of Another Life
and conceal me till your anger has passed! 1038
O that you would set me a time 1039
and then remember me! 1040
14:14 If a man dies, will he live again? 1041
until my release comes. 1044
The Present Condition 1049
14:16 “Surely now you count my steps; 1050
you would cover over 1055 my sin.
and as a rock will be removed from its place,
14:19 as water wears away stones,
so you destroy man’s hope. 1060
14:20 You overpower him once for all, 1061
and he departs;
you change 1062 his appearance
and send him away.
he does not know it; 1065
if they are brought low,
he does not see 1066 it.
14:22 Only his flesh has pain for himself, 1067
and he mourns for himself.” 1068
Eliphaz’s Second Speech 1069
15:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:
15:2 “Does a wise man answer with blustery knowledge, 1070
with words that have no value in them?
15:5 Your sin inspires 1079 your mouth;
15:6 Your own mouth condemns 1082 you, not I;
your own lips testify against 1083 you.
15:7 “Were you the first man ever born?
Were you brought forth before the hills?
15:8 Do you listen in on God’s secret council? 1084
Do you limit 1085 wisdom to yourself?
15:9 What do you know that we don’t know?
What do you understand that we don’t understand? 1086
men far older than your father. 1089
or a word spoken 1092 in gentleness to you?
and why do your eyes flash, 1095
15:13 when you turn your rage 1096 against God
and allow such words to escape 1097 from your mouth?
15:14 What is man that he should be pure,
or one born of woman, that he should be righteous?
15:15 If God places no trust in his holy ones, 1098
if even the heavens 1099 are not pure in his eyes,
15:16 how much less man, who is abominable and corrupt, 1100
who drinks in evil like water! 1101
15:17 “I will explain to you;
listen to me,
15:18 what wise men declare,
15:19 to whom alone the land was given
when no foreigner passed among them. 1106
throughout the number of the years
15:21 Terrifying sounds fill 1111 his ears;
in a time of peace marauders 1112 attack him.
he is marked for the sword; 1115
15:23 he wanders about – food for vultures; 1116
he knows that the day of darkness is at hand. 1117
15:24 Distress and anguish 1118 terrify him;
they prevail against him
like a king ready to launch an attack, 1119
15:25 for he stretches out his hand against God, 1120
and vaunts himself 1121 against the Almighty,
15:26 defiantly charging against him 1122
with a thick, strong shield! 1123
15:27 Because he covered his face with fat, 1124
15:28 he lived in ruined towns 1127
and in houses where 1128 no one lives,
where they are ready to crumble into heaps. 1129
15:29 He will not grow rich,
and his wealth will not endure,
nor will his possessions 1130 spread over the land.
15:30 He will not escape the darkness; 1131
a flame will wither his shoots
and he will depart
by the breath of God’s mouth. 1132
15:31 Let him not trust in what is worthless, 1133
for worthlessness will be his reward. 1134
and his branches will not flourish. 1137
15:33 Like a vine he will let his sour grapes fall, 1138
and like an olive tree
he will shed his blossoms. 1139
15:34 For the company of the godless is barren, 1140
15:35 They conceive 1143 trouble and bring forth evil;
their belly 1144 prepares deception.”
Job’s Reply to Eliphaz 1145
16:1 Then Job replied:
16:2 “I have heard many things like these before.
What miserable comforters 1146 are you all!
16:4 I also could speak 1152 like you,
if 1153 you were in my place;
I could pile up 1154 words against you
and I could shake my head at you. 1155
comfort from my lips would bring 1159 you relief.
Abandonment by God and Man
and if I refrain from speaking
– how 1162 much of it goes away?
16:7 Surely now he 1163 has worn me out,
you have devastated my entire household.
16:8 You have seized me, 1164
and it 1165 has become a witness;
my leanness 1166 has risen up against me
and testifies against me.
he has gnashed at me with his teeth;
my adversary locks 1170 his eyes on me.
16:10 People 1171 have opened their mouths against me,
they have struck my cheek in scorn; 1172
they unite 1173 together against me.
and throws 1176 me into the hands of wicked men.
16:12 I was in peace, and he has shattered me. 1177
He has seized me by the neck and crushed me. 1178
He has made me his target;
16:13 his archers 1179 surround me.
and pours out my gall 1182 on the ground.
16:14 He breaks through against me, time and time again; 1183
he rushes 1184 against me like a warrior.
16:15 I have sewed sackcloth on my skin, 1185
and on my eyelids there is a deep darkness, 1190
16:17 although 1191 there is no violence in my hands
and my prayer is pure.
An Appeal to God as Witness
16:18 “O earth, do not cover my blood, 1192
nor let there be a secret 1193 place for my cry.
16:19 Even now my witness 1194 is in heaven;
my advocate 1195 is on high.
16:20 My intercessor is my friend 1196
as my eyes pour out 1197 tears to God;
16:21 and 1198 he contends with God on behalf of man
16:22 For the years that lie ahead are few, 1201
and then I will go on the way of no return. 1202
17:1 My spirit is broken, 1203
my days have faded out, 1204
the grave 1205 awaits me.
my eyes must dwell on their hostility. 1208
17:3 Make then my pledge 1209 with you.
Who else will put up security for me? 1210
therefore you will not exalt them. 1213
17:5 If a man denounces his friends for personal gain, 1214
the eyes of his children will fail.
I am the one in whose face they spit. 1217
17:7 My eyes have grown dim 1218 with grief;
my whole frame 1219 is but a shadow.
17:8 Upright men are appalled 1220 at this;
the innocent man is troubled 1221 with the godless.
17:9 But the righteous man holds to his way,
and the one with clean hands grows stronger. 1222
Anticipation of Death
I will not find a wise man among you.
17:11 My days have passed, my plans 1226 are shattered,
they say, 1231 ‘The light is near
in the face of darkness.’ 1232
17:13 If 1233 I hope for the grave to be my home,
if I spread out my bed in darkness,
and to the worm, ‘My Mother,’ or ‘My sister,’
17:15 where then 1236 is my hope?
And my hope, 1237 who sees it?
Bildad’s Second Speech 1243
18:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:
18:3 Why should we be regarded as beasts,
and considered stupid 1248 in your sight?
18:4 You who tear yourself 1249 to pieces in your anger,
will the earth be abandoned 1250 for your sake?
Or will a rock be moved from its place? 1251
his flame of fire 1254 does not shine.
18:6 The light in his tent grows dark;
his lamp above him is extinguished. 1255
and his own counsel throws him down. 1258
18:8 For he has been thrown into a net by his feet 1259
and he wanders into a mesh. 1260
18:9 A trap 1261 seizes him by the heel;
a snare 1262 grips him.
18:10 A rope is hidden for him 1263 on the ground
and a trap for him 1264 lies on the path.
18:11 Terrors 1265 frighten him on all sides
and dog 1266 his every step.
and misfortune is ready at his side. 1269
18:13 It eats away parts of his skin; 1270
the most terrible death 1271 devours his limbs.
18:14 He is dragged from the security of his tent, 1272
18:15 Fire resides in his tent; 1275
over his residence burning sulfur is scattered.
18:16 Below his roots dry up,
and his branches wither above.
18:17 His memory perishes from the earth,
he has no name in the land. 1276
18:18 He is driven 1277 from light into darkness
and is banished from the world.
18:19 He has neither children nor descendants 1278 among his people,
no survivor in those places he once stayed. 1279
18:21 ‘Surely such is the residence 1284 of an evil man;
and this is the place of one who has not known God.’” 1285
Job’s Reply to Bildad 1286
19:1 Then Job answered:
19:2 “How long will you torment me 1287
you are not ashamed to attack me! 1292
my error 1295 remains solely my concern!
and plead my disgrace against me, 1298
Job’s Abandonment and Affliction
I receive no answer; 1306
I cry for help,
but there is no justice.
19:8 He has blocked 1307 my way so I cannot pass,
and has set darkness 1308 over my paths.
19:9 He has stripped me of my honor
and has taken the crown off my head. 1309
19:11 Thus 1315 his anger burns against me,
and he considers me among his enemies. 1316
19:12 His troops 1317 advance together;
they throw up 1318 a siege ramp against me,
and they camp around my tent.
Job’s Forsaken State
19:13 “He has put my relatives 1319 far from me;
my acquaintances only 1320 turn away from me.
19:14 My kinsmen have failed me;
19:15 My guests 1323 and my servant girls
consider 1324 me a stranger;
I am a foreigner 1325 in their eyes.
19:16 I summon 1326 my servant, but he does not respond,
even though I implore 1327 him with my own mouth.
19:17 My breath is repulsive 1328 to my wife;
19:18 Even youngsters have scorned me;
19:19 All my closest friends 1333 detest me;
19:20 My bones stick to my skin and my flesh; 1336
19:21 Have pity on me, my friends, have pity on me,
for the hand of God has struck me.
19:22 Why do you pursue me like God does? 1339
Will you never be satiated with my flesh? 1340
Job’s Assurance of Vindication
19:23 “O that 1341 my words were written down,
O that they were written on a scroll, 1342
19:24 that with an iron chisel and with lead 1343
they were engraved in a rock forever!
19:25 As for me, I know that my Redeemer 1344 lives,
and that as the last 1345
he will stand upon the earth. 1346
19:26 And after my skin has been destroyed, 1347
19:27 whom I will see for myself, 1350
and whom my own eyes will behold,
and not another. 1351
19:28 If you say, ‘How we will pursue him,
since the root of the trouble is found in him!’ 1354
19:29 Fear the sword yourselves,
so that you may know
that there is judgment.” 1357
Zophar’s Second Speech 1358
20:1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered:
because of my feelings 1361 within me.
20:4 “Surely you know 1366 that it has been from old,
ever since humankind was placed 1367 on the earth,
20:5 that the elation of the wicked is brief, 1368
20:6 Even though his stature 1371 reaches to the heavens
and his head touches the clouds,
20:7 he will perish forever, like his own excrement; 1372
those who used to see him will say, ‘Where is he?’
20:8 Like a dream he flies away, never again to be found, 1373
and like a vision of the night he is put to flight.
20:9 People 1374 who had seen him will not see him again,
and the place where he was
will recognize him no longer.
20:10 His sons must recompense 1375 the poor;
his own hands 1376 must return his wealth.
but that vigor will lie down with him in the dust.
20:12 “If 1379 evil is sweet in his mouth
and he hides it under his tongue, 1380
20:13 if he retains it for himself
and does not let it go,
and holds it fast in his mouth, 1381
it becomes the venom of serpents 1384 within him.
20:15 The wealth that he consumed 1385 he vomits up,
God will make him throw it out 1386 of his stomach.
20:17 He will not look on the streams, 1391
the rivers, which are the torrents 1392
of honey and butter. 1393
20:18 He gives back the ill-gotten gain 1394
without assimilating it; 1395
he will not enjoy the wealth from his commerce. 1396
20:19 For he has oppressed the poor and abandoned them; 1397
he has seized a house which he did not build. 1398
20:20 For he knows no satisfaction in his appetite; 1399
20:21 “Nothing is left for him to devour; 1402
that is why his prosperity does not last. 1403
20:22 In the fullness of his sufficiency, 1404
distress 1405 overtakes him.
the full force of misery will come upon him. 1406
20:23 “While he is 1407 filling his belly,
and rains down his blows upon him. 1410
20:24 If he flees from an iron weapon,
then an arrow 1411 from a bronze bow pierces him.
20:25 When he pulls it out 1412 and it comes out of his back,
the gleaming point 1413 out of his liver,
terrors come over him.
20:26 Total darkness waits to receive his treasures; 1414
a fire which has not been kindled 1415
will consume him
and devour what is left in his tent.
20:27 The heavens reveal his iniquity;
the earth rises up against him.
20:28 A flood will carry off his house,
rushing waters on the day of God’s wrath.
20:29 Such is the lot God allots the wicked,
and the heritage of his appointment 1416 from God.”