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2 Therefore various thoughts succeed), 25 The sword is drawn out, and cometh one another in me; and my mind is hurried forth from its scabbard, and glittereth in away to different things.
his bitterness: the terrible ones shall go 3 The doctrine with which thou reprov.lland come upon him. est me, I will hear; and the spirit of my 26 All darkness is hid in his secret places: understanding shall answer for me. Ja fire that is not kindled shall devour him:
4 This I know from the beginning, since he shall be afflicted when left in his taber. man was placed upon the earth,
nacle. 5 That the praise of the wicked is short, 27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a mo- and the earth shall rise up against him. ment.
28 The offspring of his house shall be 6 If his pride mount up even to heaven, exposed, he shall be pulled down in the and his head touch the clouds:
day of God's wrath. 7 In the end he shall be destroyed like a 29 This is the portion of a wicked man dunghill: and they that had seen him, shall from God, and the inheritance of his doings say: Where is he?
from the Lord. 8 As a dream that fleeth away he shall
CHAP. XXI. not be found; he shall pass as a vision of the night :
Job shews that the wicked often prosper in 9 The eyes that had seen him, shall see this world, even to the end of their life ; him no more ; neither shall his place any but that their judgment is in another more behold him.
world. want ; and his hands shall remopere so chim
his THE M Carlota benech sou, my words, and
do penance. 11 His bones shall be filled with the vices 3 Suffer me, and I will speak; and after, of his youth; and they shall sleep with him if you please, laugh at my words. in the dust.
4 Is my debate against man, that I should 12 For when evil shall be sweet in his not have just reason to be troubled ? mouth, he will hide it under his tongue. 5 Hearken to me and be astonished; and
13 He will spare it, and not leave it; and lay your finger on your mouth. will hide it in his throat.
6° As for me, when I remember, I am 14 His bread in his belly shall be turned|afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my into the gall of asps within him.
Aesh. 15 The riches which he hath swallowed, 7 Why then do the wicked live, are they he shall vomit up: and God shall draw them advanced, and strengthened with riches? out of his belly.
8 Their seed continueth before them, a 16 He shall suck the head of asps; and multitude of kinsmen, and of children's chilthe viper's tongue shall kill him.
dren in their sight. 17 (Let him not see the streams of the 9 Their houses are secure and peaceariver, the brooks of honey and of butter.) ble: and the rod of God is not upon them.
18 He shall be punished for all that he 10 Their cattle have conceived, and fail. did, and yet shall not be consumed : ac-led not: their cow hath calved, and is not cording to the multitude of his devices,* so deprived of her fruit. also shall he suffer.
il 'Their little ones go out like a flock; 19 Because he broke in and stript the and their children dance and play. poor: he hath violently taken away a house 12 They take the timbrel, and the harp, which he did not build.
and rejoice at the sound of the organ. 20 And yet his belly was not filled : and 13 They spend their days in wealth, and when he hath the things he coveted, he in a moment they go down to hell : shall not be able to possess them.
14 Who have said to God : Depart from 21 There was nothing left of his meat : us, we desire not the knowledge of thy and therefore nothing shall continue of his ways. goods :
i5 Who is the Almighty, that we should 22 When he shall be filled, he shall be serve him? and what doth it profit us if we straitened, he shall burn, and every sorrowpray to him? shall fall upon him.
16 Yet because their good things are not 23 May his belly be filled, that God may in their hand, may the counsel of the wicked send forth the wrath of his indignation upon be far from me. him, and rain down his war upon him. 17 How often shall the lamp of the wicked
2+ He shall flee from weapons of iron, be put out, and a deluge come upon them, and shall fall upon a bow of brass. and he shall distribute the sorrows of his
wrath ? † According to the multitude of his devices. 18 They shall be as chaff before the face That is, his stratagems to gratify his pas- of the wind, and as ashes which the whirlsions, and to oppress and destroy the poor.l/wind scattereth.
19 God shall lay up the sorrow of the 5 And not for thy manifold wickedness, father for his children: and when he shall and thy infinite iniquities? repay, then shall he know.
6 For thou hast taken away the pledge 20 His eyes shall see his own destruction, lof thy brethren without cause, and stript and he shall drink of the wrath of the All the naked of their clothing. mighty.
7 Thou hast not given water to the weary; 21 for what is it to him what befalleth thou hast withdrawn bread from the hunhis house after him: and if the number of gry. his months be diminished by one half? 8 In the strength of thy arm thou didst
22 Shall any one teach God knowledge, possess the land; and being the most mighty who judgeth those that are high? thou holdedst it.
23 One man dieth strong and hale, rich 9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and happy:
and the arms of the fatherless thou hast 24 His bowels are full of fat, and his broken in pieces. bones are moistened with marrow.
10 Therefore art thou surrounded with 25 But another dieth in bitterness of soul snares, and sudden fear troubleth thee. without any riches :
11 And didst thou think that thou shouldst 26 And yet they shall sleep together in not see darkness, and that thou shouldst not the dust, and worms shall cover them. be covered with the violence of overflow.
27 Surely I know your thoughts, and ing waters? your unjust judgments against me.
12 Dost not thou think that God is higher 28 For you say: Where is the house of than heaven, and is elevated above the the prince? and where are the dwelling-height of the stars ? places of the wicked ?
13 And thou sayst: What doth God 29 Ask any one of them that go by the know ? and he judgeth as it were through a way, and you shall perceive that he know-mist. eth these same things.
14 The clouds are his covert; and he 30 Because the wicked man is reserved doth not consider our things; and he walkto the day of destruction, and he shall beeth about the poles of heaven. brought to the day of wrath.
15 Dost thou desire to keep the path of 31 who shall reprove his way to his face ? ages, which wicked men have trodden? and who shall repay him what he hath done? 16 Who were taken away before their
32 He shall be brought to the graves, time, and a flood hath overthrown their and shall watch in the heap of the dead. foundation :
33 He hath been acceptable to the gravel 17 Who said to God: Depart from us ; of Cocytus; and he shall draw every man and looked upon the Almighty as if he after him, and there are innumerable be-icould do nothing: fore him.
18 Whereas he had filled their houses 34 How then do ye comfort me in vain, with good things; whose way of thinking whereas your answer is shewn to be repug. be far from me. nant to truth?
19 The just shall see, and shall rejoice : CHAP. XXII.
and the innocent shall laugh them to scorn.
20 Is not their exaltation cut down, and Eliphaz falsely imputes many crimes to Job ; hath not fire, devoured the remnants of
but promises him prosperity if he will repent. them? WHEN Eliphaz the Themanite answer- 21 Submit thyself then to him, and be at ed, and said :
peace: and thereby thou shalt have the 2 Can man be compared with God, even best fruits. though he were of perfect knowledge ? 22 Receive the law of his mouth; and
3 What doth it profit God if thou be just ? lay up his words in thy heart. or what dost thou give him if thy way be 23 "If thou wilt return to the Almighty, unspotted ?
thou shalt be built up, and shalt put away 4 Shall he reprove thee for fear, and iniquity far from thy tabernacle. come with thee into judgment :
24 He shall give for earth fint, and for
Aint torrents of gold. Acceptable to the gravel of Cocytus. The 25 And the Almighty shall be against thy Hebrew word, which St. Jerome has here enemies; and silver shall be heaped togerendered by the name Cocytus (which the ther for thee. poets represent as a river in hell}, signifies). 26 Then shalt thou abound in delights in a valley or a torrent : and in this place, is the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face to taken for the low region of death and hell : God. which willingly, as it were, receives the 27 Thou shalt pray to him, and he will wicked at their death; who are ushered in ear thee; and thou shalt pay vows. by innumerable others that have gone be- 28 Thou shalt decree a thing, and it shall fore them, and are followed by multitude -ome to thee; and light shall shine in thy above number.
29 For he that hath been bumbled shall 4 They have overturned the way of the be in glory: and he that shall bow down poor, and have oppressed together the meek his eyes, shall be saved.
of the earth. 30 The innocent shall be saved ; and he 5 Others like wild asses in the desert go shall be saved by the cleanness of his hands. forth to their work : by watching for CHAP. XXIII.
prey, they get bread for their children.
6 They reap the field that is not their Job wishes to be tried at God's tribunal. own, and gather the vintage of his vineyard THEN Job answered, and said: whom by violence they have oppressed.
7 They send men away naked, taking ness: and the hand of my scourge is morellaway their clothes who have no covering in grievous than my mourning.
the cold : 3 Who will grant me that I might know 8 Who are wet with the showers of the and find him, and come even to his throne ? mountains, and having no covering embrace
4 I would set judgment before him, and the stones. would fill my mouth with complaints. 9 They have violently robbed the father.
5 That I might know the words that he less and stript the poor common people. would answer me, and understand what heli 10 From the naked and them that go would say to me.
without clothing, and from the hungry they 6 I would not that he should contend have taken away the ears of corn. with me with much strength, nor overwhelm 11 They have taken their rest at noon me with the weight of his greatness. among the stores of them, who after having
7 Let him propose equity against me, trodden the wine-presses suffer thirst. and let my judgment come to victory. 12 Out of the cities they have made men
8 But if I go to the east, he appeareth to groan ; and the soul of the wounded hath not; if to the west, I shall not understand|cried out; and God doth not suffer it to him.
pass unrevenged. 9 If to the left hand, what shall I do? 11 13 They have been rebellious to the shall not take hold on him : if I turn myself light; they have not known his ways; nei. to the right hand, I shall not see him. ther have they returned by his paths.
10 But he knoweth my way, and has 14 The murderer riseth at the very break tried me as gold that passeth through the lof day: he killeth the needy, and the poor fire :
man : but in the night he will be as a thief. 11 My foot hath followed his steps. 1 15 The eye of the adulterer observeth have kept his way, and have not declined darkness, saying: No eye shall see me: and from it.
he will cover his face. 12 I have not departed from the com- 16 He diggeth through houses in the mandments of his lips: and the words of his dark as in the day they had appointed for mouth I have hid in my bosom.
themselves, and they have not known the 13 For he is alone, and no man can turn light. away his thought: and whatsoever his soul '17 If the morning suddenly appear, it is hath desired, that bath he done.
to them the shadow of death : and they 14 And when he shall have fulfilled his walk in darkness as if it were in light. will in me, many other like things are also at 18 He is light upon the face of the water: hand with him.
cursed be his portion on the earth : let him 15 And therefore I am troubled at his not walk by the way of the vineyards. presence; and when I consider him I am
19 Let him pass from the snow waters to made pensive with fear.
excessive heat, and his sin even to hell. 16 God hath softened my heart, and the 20 Let mercy forget him: may worms be Almighty hath troubled me.
his sweetness ; let him be remembered no 17 For I have not perished because of more, but be broken in pieces as an unfruitthe darkness that hangs over me, neither ful tree. hath the mist covered my face.
21 For he hath fed the barren that bear. CHAP. XXIV.
eth not: and to the widow he hath done no
good. Gods providence often suffers the wicked to 22 He hath pulled down the strong by go on a long time in their sins ; but punish- his might: and when he standeth up, he eth them in another life.
he shall not trust to his life. T. VIMES are not hid from the Almighty: 23 God hath given him place for penance,
but they that know him, know not his and he abuseth it unto pride: but his eyes days.
are upon his ways. 2 Some have removed land-marks, have 24 They are lifted up for little while, and taken away flocks by force, and fed them. shall not stand, and shall be brought down
3 They have driven away the ass of the as all things, and shall be taken away: and fatherless, and have taken away the widow's as the tops of the ears of corn they shall be ox for a pledge.
25 And if it be not so, who can convince ways : and seeing we have heard scarce a me that I have lied, and set my words be- little drop of his word, who shall be able to fore God?
behold the thunder of his greatness ? CHAP. XXV.
CHAP. XXVII. Baldad represents the justice of God, before Job persists in asserting his own innocence, and whom no man can be justified. that hypocrites will be punished in the end.
OB said :
and said : 2 Power and terror are with him, who 2 As God liveth, who hath taken away maketh peace in his high places. my judgment, and the Almighty, who hath
3 Is there any numbering of his soldiers ? brought my soul to bitterness : and upon whom shall not his light arise ? 3 As long as breath remaineth in me, and
4 Can man be justified compared with the Spirit of God in my nostrils, God, or he that is born of a woman appear 4 My lips shall not speak iniquity, neither clean?
shall my tongue contrive lying. 5 Bebold, even the moon doth not shine, 5 God forbid that I should judge you to and the stars are not pure in his sight. be just : till I die I will not depart from my
6 How much less man that is rottenness, innocence. and the son of man who is a worm?
6 My justification, which I have begun to CHAP. XXVI.
hold, I will not forsake : for my heart doth
not reprehend me in all my life. Job declares his sentiments of the wisdom and
7 Let my enemy be as the ungodly, and poreer of God.
my adversary as the wicked one. THEN Job answered, and said :
8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite
that is weak? and dost thou hold up the arm and God deliver not his soul. of him that has no strength ?
9 Will God hear his cry, when distress 3 To whom hast thou given counsel? |shall come upon him? perhaps to him that hath no wisdom; and 10 Or can be delight himself in the Althou hast shewn thy very great prudence. mighty, and call upon God at all times ?
4 Whom hast thou desired to teach ? was il i will teach you by the hand of God, it not him that made life?
what the Almighty hath; and I will not con5 Behold, the giants groan under the wa-liceal it. ters, and they that dwell with them.
12 Behold you all know it: and why do 6 Hell is naked before him, and there is you speak vain things without cause? no covering for destruction.
13 This is the portion of a wicked man 7 He stretched out the north over the with God, and the inheritance of the vioempty space, and hangeth the earth upon no-lent, which they shall receive of the Althing.
mighty. 8 He bindeth up the waters in his clouds, 14 if his sons be multiplied, they shall be so that they break not out and fall down to for the sword, and his grandsons shall not gether.
be filled with bread. 9 He withholdeth the face of his throne, 15 They that shall remain of him, shall and spreadeth his cloud over it.
be buried in death, and his widows shall not 10 He hath set bounds about the waters, weep. till light and darkness come to an end. 16 If he shall beap together silver as
11 The pillars of heaven tremble, and earth, and prepare raiment as clay: dread at his beck.
17 He shall prepare indeed; but the just 12 By his power the seas are suddenly man shall be clothed with it, and the innogathered together, and his wisdom has cent shall divide the silver. struck the proud one.
18 He hath built his house as a moth; 13 His spirit hath adorned the heavens, and as a keeper he hath made a booth. and his obstetric hand brought forth the 19 The rich man when he shall sleep winding serpent:*
shall take away nothing with him: he shall 14 Lo, these things are said in part of his open his eyes, and find nothing.
20 Poverty like water shall take hold on • His obstetric hund brought forth the wind-him, a tempest shall oppress him in the night: ing serpent. That is, the omnipotent power of 21 A burning wind shall take him up, and God, which brought forth all things created carry him away, and as a whirlwind shall in time, but conceived in the Divine mindsnatch him from his place. from all eternity. The winding serpent, a 22 And he shall cast upon him, and shall constellation of fixed stars winding round not spare : out of his hand he would will. the north pole, called Draco. This appears singly flee. from the foregoing part of the same verse : 23 He shall clasp his hands upon him, His spirit hath adorned the heavens, and shall hiss at him, beholding his place.
25 Who made a weight for the winds, Man's industry seurcheth out many things ; land weighed the waters by measure.
true wisdom is taught by God alone. 26 When he gave a law for the rain, and VILVER hath beginnings of its veins; and|a way for the sounding storms
a 2 Iron is taken out of the earth ; and stone prepared, and searched it. melted with heat is turned into brass. 28 And he said to man : Behold the fear
3 He hath set a time for darkness, and the of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart end of all things he considereth, the stone from evil is understanding. also that is in the dark, and the shadow of death.
CHAP. XXIX. 4. The food divideth from the people Job relates his former happiness, and the res. that are on their journey, those whom the pect that all men shewed him. foot of the needy man hath forgotten, and JoAnd said:
TOB also added, taking up his parable, who cannot be come at.
5 The land out of which bread grew in 2 Who will grant me, that I might be acits place, hath been overturned with fire. cording to the months past, according to
6 The stones of it are the place of sap. the days in which God kept me? phires, and the clods of it are gold.
3 When his lamp shined over my head, 7 The bird hath not known the path, nei- and I walked by his light in darkness ? ther hath the eye of the vulture beheld it. 4 As I was in the days of my youth, when
8 The children of the merchants have God was secretly in my tabernacle ? not trodden it; neither hath the lioness 5 When the Almighty was with me, and passed by it.
my servants round about me? 9 He hath stretched forth his hand to the 6 When I washed my feet with butter, Aint: he hath overturned mountains from and the rock poured me out rivers of oil? the roots.
7 When I went out to the gate of the 10 In the rocks he hath cut out rivers,city, and in the street they prepared me a and his eye hath seen every precious thing chair?
11 The depths also of rivers he hath| 8 The young men saw me, and hid themsearched: and hidden things he hath selves : and the old men rose up and stood. brought forth to light.
9 The princes ceased to speak, and laid 12 But where is wisdom to be found, and the finger on their mouth. where is the place of understanding? 10 The rulers held their peace, and their
13 Man knoweth not the price thereof, tongue cleaved to their throat. neither is it found in the land of them that 11 The ear that heard me blessed me ; live in delights.
and the eye that saw me gave witness to 14 The depth saith : It is not in me : andme: the sea saith : It is not with me.
12 Because I had delivered the poor man 15 The finest gold shall not purchase it :that cried out, and the fatherless that had neither shall silver be weighed in exchange no helper. for it.
13 The blessing of him that was ready 16 It shall not be compared with the dyed to perish came upon me: and I comforted colours of India, or with the most precious the heart of the widow. stone sardonyx, or the sapphire.
14 I was clad with justice: and I clothed 17 Gold or crystal cannot equal it; nei- myself with my judgment, as with a robe ther shall any vessels of gold be changed and a diadem. for it.
15 I was an eye to the bind, and a foot 18 High and eminent things shall not be to the lame. mentioned in comparison of it : but wisdom 16 I was the father of the poor : and the is drawn out of secret places.
cause which I knew not, I searched out 19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not be most diligently. equal to it; neither shall it be compared to 17 I broke the jaws of the wicked man: the cleanest dying.
and out of his teeth I took away the prey. 20 Whence then cometh wisdom ? and|| 18 And I said : I shall die in my nest, and where is the place of understanding? jas a palm-tree shall multiply my days.
21 It is hid from the eyes of all living, and 19 My root is opened beside the waters; the fowls of the air know it not.
and dew shall continue in my harvest. 22 Destruction and death have said : 20 My glory shall always be renewed: With our ears we have heard the fame and my bow in my hand shall be repaired. thereof.
21 They that heard me, waited for my 23 God understandeth the way of it; and sentence, and being attentive held their he knoweth the place thereof.
peace at my counsel. 24 For he beholdeth the ends of the 22 To my words they durst add nothing : world : and looketh on all things that are and my speech dropped upon them. under heaven,
23 They waited for me as for rain ; and