Chapter 25

1 Then Baldad the Sauchite answered and said,

2 What beginning or fear is his--even he that makes all things in the highest? 3 For let none think that there is a respite for robbers: and


upon whom will there not come a snare from him? 4 For how shall a mortal be just before the Lord? or who that is born of a woman shall purify himself? 5 If he gives an order to the moon, then it shines not; and the stars are not pure before him. 6 But alas! man is corruption, and the son of man a worm.

Chapter 26

1 But Job answered and said,

2 To whom dost thou attach thyself, or whom art thou going to assist? is it not he that has much strength, and he who has a strong arm? 3 To whom hast thou given counsel? is it not to him who has all wisdom? whom wilt thou follow? is it not one who has the greatest power? 4 To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose breath is it that has come forth from thee?

5 Shall giants be born from under the water and the 1inhabitants thereof? 6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction has no covering. 7 He stretches out the north wind upon nothing, and he upon nothing hangs the earth; 8 binding water in his clouds, and the cloud is not rent under it. 9 He keeps back the face of his throne, stretching out his cloud upon it. 10 He has encompassed the face of the water by an appointed ordinance, until the end of light and darkness. 11 The pillars of heaven are prostrate and astonished at his rebuke. 12 He has calmed the sea with his might, and by his wisdom the whale has been overthrown. 13 And the barriers of heaven fear him, and by a command he has slain the apostate dragon. 14 Behold, these are parts of his way; and we will hearken to him at the 2least intimation of his word: but the strength of his thunder who knows, when he shall employ itt?

Chapter 27

1 And Job further continued and said in his 3parable,

2 As God lives, who has thus judge me; and the Almighty, who has embittered my soul; 3 verily, while my breath is yet in me, and the breath of God which remains to me is in my nostrils, 4 my lips shall not speak evil words, neither shall my soul meditate unrighteous thoughts. 5 Far be it from me that I should justify you till I die; for I will not let go my innocence, 6 but keeping fast to my righteousness I will by no means let it go: for I am not conscious to myself of having done any thing 4amiss. 7 Nay rather, but let mine enemies be as the overthrow of the ungodly, and they that rise up against me, as the destruction of transgressors.

8 For what is the hope of the ungodly, that he holds to it? will he indeed trust in the Lord and be saved? 9 Will God hear his prayer? or, when distress has come upon him, 10 has he any confidence before him? or will God hear him as he calls upon him?

11 Yet now I will tell you what is in the hand of the Lord: I will not lie concerning the things which are with the Almighty. 12 Behold, ye all know that ye are adding vanity to vanity. 13 This is the portion of an ungodly man from the Lord, and the possession of oppressors shall come upon them from the Almighty. 14 And if their children be many, they shall be for slaughter: and if they grow up, they shall beg. 15 And they that survive of him shall utterly perish, and no one shall pity their widows. 16 Even if he should gather silver as earth, and


prepare gold as clay; 17 All these things shall the righteous gain, and the truehearted shall possess his wealth. 18 And his house is gone like moths, and like a spider's web. 19 The rich man shall lie down, and shall not continue: he has opened his eyes, and he is not. 20 Pains have come upon him as water, and darkness has carried him away by night. 21 And a burning wind shall catch him, and he shall depart, and it shall utterly drive him out of his place. 22 And God shall cast trouble upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand. 23 5He shall cause men to clap their hands against them, and shall hiss him out of his place.

1 Gr. neighbours.

2 Gr. moisture, q.d. drop.

3 Gr. preface.

4 Compare Luke 23.41.

5 Alex. 'he shall clap his hands at him.'


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