Job’s Life Seems Futile

[a]Is a person not (A)forced to labor on earth,
And are his days not like the days of (B)a hired worker?
As a slave pants for the shade,
And as a hired worker who eagerly waits for his wages,
So I am allotted worthless months,
And (C)nights of trouble are apportioned to me.
When I (D)lie down, I say,
‘When shall I arise?’
But the night continues,
And I am continually tossing until dawn.
My (E)flesh is clothed with maggots and a crust of dirt,
My skin hardens and [b]oozes.
My days are (F)swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
And they come to an end (G)without hope.

“Remember that my life (H)is a mere breath;
My eye will (I)not see goodness again.
The (J)eye of him who sees me will no longer look at me;
Your eyes will be on me, but (K)I will not exist.
When a (L)cloud vanishes, it is gone;
In the same way (M)one who goes down to [c](N)Sheol does not come up.
10 He will not return to his house again,
Nor will (O)his place know about him anymore.

11 “Therefore (P)I will not restrain my mouth;
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit,
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12 Am I the sea, or (Q)the sea monster,
That You set a guard over me?
13 If I say, ‘(R)My couch will comfort me,
My bed will [d]ease my complaint,’
14 Then You frighten me with dreams,
And terrify me by visions,
15 So that my soul would choose suffocation,
Death rather than my [e]pains.
16 I [f](S)waste away; I will not live forever.
Leave me alone, (T)for my days are only a breath.
17 (U)What is man that You exalt him,
And that You [g]are concerned about him,
18 That (V)You examine him every morning
And put him to the test every moment?
19 [h](W)Will You never turn Your gaze away from me,
Nor leave me alone until I swallow my spittle?
20 (X)Have I sinned? What have I done to You,
(Y)Watcher of mankind?
Why have You made me Your target,
So that I am a burden to myself?
21 Why then (Z)do You not forgive my wrongdoing
And take away my [i]guilt?
For now I will (AA)lie down in the dust;
And You will search for me, (AB)but I will no longer exist.”

Bildad Says God Rewards the Good

Then Bildad the Shuhite responded,

“How long will you say these things,
And the (AC)words of your mouth be a mighty wind?
Does (AD)God pervert justice?
Or does [j]the Almighty pervert what is right?
(AE)If your sons sinned against Him,
Then He turned them over to the [k]power of their wrongdoing.
If you will (AF)search for God
And implore the compassion of [l]the Almighty,
If you are pure and upright,
Surely now (AG)He will stir Himself for you
And restore your righteous [m](AH)estate.
Though your beginning was insignificant,
Yet your (AI)end will increase greatly.

“Please (AJ)inquire of past generations,
And consider the things searched out by their fathers.
For we are only of yesterday and know nothing,
Because (AK)our days on earth are as a shadow.
10 Will they not teach you and tell you,
And bring forth words from their minds?

11 “Can papyrus grow tall without a marsh?
Can the rushes grow without water?
12 While it is still green and not cut down,
Yet it withers before any other [n]plant.
13 So are the paths of (AL)all who forget God;
And the (AM)hope of the godless will perish,
14 His confidence is fragile,
And his trust is a (AN)spider’s [o]web.
15 He depends on his (AO)house, but it does not stand;
He holds on to it, but it does not endure.
16 He (AP)flourishes before the sun,
And his (AQ)shoots spread out over his garden.
17 His roots wrap around a rock pile,
He [p]grasps a house of stones.
18 If he is [q]removed from (AR)his place,
Then it will deny him, saying, ‘(AS)I never saw you.’
19 Behold, (AT)this is the joy of His way;
And out of the dust others will spring.
20 Behold, (AU)God will not reject a person of integrity,
Nor (AV)will He [r]help evildoers.
21 He will yet fill (AW)your mouth with laughter,
And your lips with joyful shouting.
22 Those who hate you will be (AX)clothed with shame,
And the (AY)tent of the wicked will no longer exist.”

Job Says There Is No Arbitrator between God and Mankind

Then Job responded,

“In truth I know that this is so;
But how can a (AZ)person be in the right with God?
If one wished to (BA)dispute with Him,
He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.
(BB)Wise in heart and (BC)mighty in strength,
Who has [s](BD)defied Him [t]without harm?
(BE)It is God who removes the mountains, and they do not know how,
When He overturns them in His anger.
It is He who (BF)shakes the earth from its place,
And its (BG)pillars tremble;
Who commands the (BH)sun [u]not to shine,
And puts a seal on the stars;
Who alone (BI)stretches out the heavens,
And [v](BJ)tramples down the waves of the sea;
Who makes the (BK)Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,
And the [w](BL)constellations of the south.
10 It is He who (BM)does great things, [x]the unfathomable,
And wondrous works without number.
11 If He were to pass by me, (BN)I would not see Him;
Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.
12 If He were to snatch away, who could (BO)restrain Him?
Who could say to Him, ‘(BP)What are You doing?’

13 “God will not turn back His anger;
Beneath Him the helpers of [y](BQ)Rahab cower.
14 How then can (BR)I [z]answer Him,
And choose my words [aa]before Him?
15 For (BS)though I were right, I could not [ab]answer;
I would have to (BT)implore the mercy of my Judge.
16 If I called and He answered me,
I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.
17 For He (BU)bruises me with a storm
And multiplies my wounds without cause.
18 He will (BV)not allow me to get my breath,
But He saturates me with (BW)bitterness.
19 If it is a matter of power, (BX)behold, He is the strong one!
And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon [ac]Him?
20 (BY)Though I am righteous, my mouth will (BZ)condemn me;
Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.
21 I am (CA)guiltless;
I do not take notice of myself;
I (CB)reject my life.
22 It is all one; therefore I say,
‘He (CC)destroys the guiltless and the wicked.’
23 If the whip kills suddenly,
He (CD)mocks the despair of the innocent.
24 The earth (CE)is handed over to the wicked;
He (CF)covers the faces of its judges.
If it is not He, then who is it?

25 “Now (CG)my days are swifter than a runner;
They flee away, (CH)they see no good.
26 They slip by like (CI)reed boats,
Like an (CJ)eagle that swoops on [ad]its prey.
27 Though I say, ‘I will forget (CK)my complaint,
I will [ae]put my face in order and be cheerful,’
28 I am (CL)afraid of all my pains,
I know that (CM)You will not acquit me.
29 I am (CN)guilty,
Why then should I struggle in vain?
30 If I (CO)washed myself with snow,
And cleansed (CP)my hands with lye,
31 Then You would plunge me into the pit,
And my own clothes would loathe me.
32 For (CQ)He is not a man, as I am, that (CR)I may answer Him—
That we may go to [af]court together!
33 There is no (CS)arbitrator between us,
Who can place his hand upon us both.
34 Let Him (CT)remove His rod from me,
And let not the dread of Him terrify me.
35 Then I (CU)would speak and not fear Him;
But I am not like that in myself.

Job Despairs of God’s Dealings

10 [ag](CV)I am disgusted with my own life;
I will express (CW)my complaint freely;
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
I will say to God, ‘(CX)Do not condemn me;
Let me know why You contend with me.
Is it [ah]right for You indeed to (CY)oppress,
To reject (CZ)the work of Your hands,
And [ai]to look favorably on (DA)the plan of the wicked?
Do You have eyes of flesh?
Or do You (DB)see as mankind sees?
Are Your days like the days of a mortal,
Or (DC)Your years like a man’s year,
That (DD)You should search for my guilt
And carefully seek my sin?
According to Your knowledge (DE)I am indeed not guilty,
Yet there is (DF)no one to save me from Your hand.

(DG)Your hands fashioned and made me [aj]altogether,
(DH)Yet would You destroy me?
Remember that You have made me as (DI)clay;
Yet would You (DJ)turn me into dust again?
10 Did You not pour me out like milk,
And curdle me like cheese,
11 Clothe me with skin and flesh,
And intertwine me with bones and tendons?
12 You have (DK)granted me life and [ak]goodness;
And Your care has guarded my spirit.
13 Yet You have concealed (DL)these things in Your heart;
I know that this is within You:
14 If I have sinned, You will (DM)take note of me,
And (DN)will not acquit me of my guilt.
15 If (DO)I am wicked, woe to me!
But if (DP)I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head.
I am full of shame, and [al]conscious of my misery.
16 And should my head be high, (DQ)You would hunt me like a lion;
And You would show Your (DR)power against me again.
17 You renew (DS)Your witnesses against me
And increase Your anger toward me;
[am](DT)Hardship after hardship is with me.

18 (DU)Why then did You bring me out of the womb?
If only I had died and no eye had seen me!
19 I should have been as though I had not been,
Brought from womb to tomb.’
20 Would He not leave (DV)my few days alone?
[an](DW)Withdraw from me so that I may have a little cheerfulness
21 Before I go—(DX)and I shall not return—
(DY)To the land of darkness and (DZ)deep shadow,
22 The land of utter gloom like darkness itself,
Of deep shadow without order,
And it shines like darkness.”

Zophar Rebukes Job

11 Then Zophar the Naamathite responded,

“Shall a multitude of words go unanswered,
And a (EA)talkative man be acquitted?
Shall your boasts silence people?
And will you (EB)scoff, and no one rebuke?
For (EC)you have said, ‘My teaching is pure,
And (ED)I am innocent in your eyes.’
But if only God would speak,
And open His lips against you,
And show you the secrets of wisdom!
For sound wisdom [ao](EE)has two sides.
Know then that God [ap]forgets part of (EF)your guilt.

(EG)Can you discover the depths of God?
Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?
They are as (EH)high as [aq]the heavens; what can you do?
Deeper than [ar](EI)Sheol; what can you know?
Its measurement is longer than the earth
And broader than the sea.
10 If He passes by or apprehends people,
Or calls an assembly, (EJ)who can restrain Him?
11 For (EK)He knows false people,
And He (EL)sees injustice [as]without investigating.
12 [at](EM)An idiot will become intelligent
When a (EN)wild donkey is born a human.

13 (EO)If you would (EP)direct your heart rightly
And (EQ)spread out your hands to Him,
14 If wrongdoing is in your hand, (ER)put it far away,
And do not let malice dwell in your tents;
15 Then, indeed, you could (ES)lift up your face without moral blemish,
And you would be firmly established and (ET)not fear.
16 For you would (EU)forget your trouble;
Like (EV)waters that have passed by, you would remember it.
17 Your [au]life would [av]be (EW)brighter than noonday;
Darkness would be like the morning.
18 Then you would trust, because there is hope;
And you would look around and rest securely.
19 You would (EX)lie down and none would disturb you,
And many would [aw](EY)flatter you.
20 But the (EZ)eyes of the wicked will fail,
And [ax]there will (FA)be no escape for them;
And their (FB)hope is [ay](FC)to breathe their last.”

Job Chides His Accusers

12 Then Job responded,

“Truly then (FD)you are the people,
And with you wisdom will die!
But (FE)I have intelligence as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
And [az]who does not know such things as these?
I am a (FF)joke to [ba]my friends,
The one who called on God and He answered him;
The just and (FG)blameless man is a joke.
[bb]He who is at ease holds disaster in contempt,
As prepared for those whose feet slip.
The (FH)tents of the destroyers prosper,
And those who provoke God (FI)are secure,
[bc]Whom God brings (FJ)into their power.

“But just ask the animals, and have them teach you;
And the birds of the sky, and have them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and have it teach you;
And have the fish of the sea tell you.
Who among all these does not know
That (FK)the hand of the Lord has done this,
10 (FL)In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And (FM)the breath of all mankind?
11 Does (FN)the ear not put words to the test,
As the palate [bd]tastes its food?
12 Wisdom is with the (FO)aged,
And with [be]long life comes understanding.

Job Speaks of the Power of God

13 (FP)Wisdom and (FQ)might are with Him;
Advice and (FR)understanding belong to Him.
14 Behold, He (FS)tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt;
He [bf](FT)imprisons a person, and [bg]there is no release.
15 Behold, He (FU)restrains the waters, and they dry up;
And He (FV)sends them out, and they [bh]inundate the earth.
16 Strength and sound wisdom are with Him.
One who (FW)goes astray and one who leads astray belong to Him.
17 He makes (FX)advisers walk [bi]barefoot
And makes fools of (FY)judges.
18 He (FZ)undoes the binding of kings,
And ties a loincloth around their waist.
19 He makes priests walk [bj]barefoot,
And overthrows (GA)the secure ones.
20 He deprives the trusted ones of speech,
And (GB)takes away the discernment of the elders.
21 He (GC)pours contempt on nobles,
And (GD)loosens the belt of the strong.
22 He (GE)reveals mysteries from the darkness,
And brings the deep darkness into light.
23 He (GF)makes the nations great, then destroys them;
He [bk]enlarges the nations, then leads them away.
24 He (GG)deprives the leaders of the earth’s people of [bl]intelligence
And makes them wander in a pathless wasteland.
25 They (GH)grope in darkness with no light,
And He makes them (GI)stagger like a drunken person.

Job Says His Friends’ Proverbs Are Ashes

13 (GJ)Behold, my eye has seen all this,
My ear has heard and understood it.
(GK)What you know I also know;
I am not inferior to you.

“But (GL)I would speak to [bm]the Almighty,
And I desire to (GM)argue with God.
But you (GN)smear me with lies;
You are all (GO)worthless physicians.
Oh that you would (GP)be completely silent,
And that it would become your wisdom!
Please hear my argument,
And give your attention to the contentions of my lips.
Will you (GQ)speak what is unjust for God,
And speak what is deceitful for Him?
Will you (GR)show partiality for Him?
Will you contend for God?
Will it go well when He examines you?
Or (GS)will you deceive Him as one deceives a man?
10 He will certainly punish you
If you secretly (GT)show partiality.
11 Will (GU)His [bn]majesty not terrify you,
And the dread of Him fall upon you?
12 Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes,
Your defenses are defenses of clay.

Job Is Sure He Will Be Vindicated

13 (GV)Be silent before me so that I may speak;
Then let come upon me what may.
14 Why should I take my flesh in my teeth,
And (GW)put my life in my [bo]hands?
15 (GX)Though He slay me,
I will [bp]hope in Him.
Nevertheless I (GY)will argue my ways [bq]before Him.
16 This also will be my (GZ)salvation,
For (HA)a godless person cannot come before His presence.
17 Listen carefully to my speech,
And let my declaration fill your ears.
18 Behold now, I have (HB)prepared my case;
I know that (HC)I will be vindicated.
19 (HD)Who could contend with me?
For then I would be silent and (HE)die.

20 “Only two things I ask that You do not do to me,
Then I will not hide from Your face:
21 (HF)Remove Your [br]hand from me,
And may the dread of You not terrify me.
22 Then call and (HG)I will answer;
Or let me speak, then reply to me.
23 (HH)How many are my guilty deeds and sins?
Make known to me my wrongdoing and my sin.
24 Why do You (HI)hide Your face
And consider me (HJ)Your enemy?
25 Will You scare away a (HK)scattered leaf?
Or will You pursue the dry (HL)chaff?
26 For You write (HM)bitter things against me
And (HN)make me inherit the guilty deeds of my youth.
27 You (HO)put my feet in the stocks
And watch all my paths;
You [bs]set a limit for the soles of my feet,
28 While [bt]I am decaying like a (HP)rotten thing,
Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

Job Speaks of the Finality of Death

14 (HQ)Man, who is born of woman,
Is [bu]short-lived and (HR)full of turmoil.
(HS)Like a flower he comes out and withers.
He also flees like (HT)a shadow and does not remain.
You also (HU)open Your eyes on him
And (HV)bring [bv]him into judgment with Yourself.
(HW)Who can make the clean out of the unclean?
No one!
Since his days are determined,
The (HX)number of his months is with You;
And You have [bw]set his limits so that he cannot pass.
(HY)Look away from him so that he may [bx]rest,
Until he [by]fulfills his day like a hired worker.

“For there is hope for a tree,
When it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And its shoots will not [bz]fail.
Though its roots grow old in the ground,
And its stump dies in the dry soil,
At the scent of water it will flourish
And produce sprigs like a plant.
10 But (HZ)a man dies and lies prostrate.
A person (IA)passes away, and where is he?
11 As (IB)water [ca]evaporates from the sea,
And a river becomes parched and dried up,
12 So (IC)a man lies down and does not rise.
Until the heavens no longer exist,
[cb]He will not awake nor be woken from [cc]his sleep.

13 “Oh that You would hide me in [cd]Sheol,
That You would conceal me (ID)until Your wrath returns to You,
That You would set a limit for me and remember me!
14 If a man dies, will he live again?
All the days of my struggle I will wait
Until my relief comes.
15 You will call, and I will answer You;
You will long for (IE)the work of Your hands.
16 For now You (IF)number my steps,
You do not (IG)observe my sin.
17 My wrongdoing is (IH)sealed up in a bag,
And You cover over my [ce]guilt.

18 “But the falling mountain [cf]crumbles away,
And the rock moves from its place;
19 Water wears away stones,
Its torrents wash away the dust of the earth;
So You (II)destroy a man’s hope.
20 You forever overpower him and he (IJ)departs;
You change his appearance and send him away.
21 His sons achieve honor, but (IK)he does not know it;
Or they become insignificant, and he does not perceive it.
22 However, his [cg]body pains him,
And his soul mourns for himself.”

Eliphaz Says Job Presumes Much

15 Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,

“Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge,
(IL)And fill [ch]himself with the east wind?
Should he argue with useless talk,
Or with words which do not benefit?
Indeed, you do away with [ci]reverence,
And hinder meditation before God.
For (IM)your wrongdoing teaches your mouth,
And you choose the language of (IN)the cunning.
Your (IO)own mouth condemns you, and not I;
And your own lips testify against you.

“Were you the first person to be born,
Or (IP)were you brought forth before the hills?
Do you hear the (IQ)secret discussion of God,
And limit wisdom to yourself?
(IR)What do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that [cj]we do not?
10 Both the (IS)gray-haired and the aged are among us,
Older than your father.
11 Are (IT)the consolations of God too little for you,
Or the (IU)word spoken gently to you?
12 Why does your (IV)heart take you away?
And why do your eyes wink,
13 That you can turn your spirit against God
And produce such words from your mouth?
14 What is man, that (IW)he would be pure,
Or (IX)he who is born of a woman, that he would be righteous?
15 Behold, He has no trust in His (IY)holy ones,
And the (IZ)heavens are not pure in His sight;
16 How much less one who is (JA)detestable and corrupt:
A person who (JB)drinks [ck]malice like water!

What Eliphaz Has Seen of Life

17 “I will tell you, listen to me;
And what I have seen I will also declare;
18 What wise people have told,
And have not concealed from (JC)their fathers,
19 To whom alone the land was given,
And no stranger passed among them.
20 The wicked person writhes (JD)in pain all his days,
And the [cl]years (JE)reserved for the ruthless are numbered.
21 [cm]Sounds of (JF)terror are in his ears;
(JG)While he is at peace the destroyer comes upon him.
22 He does not believe that he will (JH)return from darkness,
And he is destined for (JI)the sword.
23 He wanders about for food, saying, ‘Where is it?’
He knows that a day of (JJ)darkness is [cn]at hand.
24 Distress and anguish terrify him,
They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,
25 Because he has reached out with his hand against God,
And is (JK)arrogant toward [co]the Almighty.
26 He rushes [cp]headlong at Him
With his [cq]massive shield.
27 For he has (JL)covered his face with his fat,
And [cr]put fat on his waist.
28 He has (JM)lived in desolate cities,
In houses no one would inhabit,
Which are destined to become [cs]ruins.
29 He (JN)will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure;
And his property will not stretch out on the earth.
30 He will (JO)not [ct]escape from darkness;
The (JP)flame will dry up his shoot,
And he will go away by (JQ)the breath of His mouth.
31 Let him not (JR)trust in emptiness, deceiving himself;
For his [cu]reward will be emptiness.
32 It will be accomplished (JS)before his time,
And his palm (JT)branch will not be green.
33 He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine,
And will (JU)cast off his flower like the olive tree.
34 For the company of (JV)the godless is barren,
And fire consumes (JW)the tents of [cv]the corrupt.
35 They (JX)conceive [cw]harm and give birth to wrongdoing,
And their [cx]mind prepares deception.”

Job Says Friends Are Miserable Comforters

16 Then Job responded,

“I have heard many things like these;
[cy](JY)Miserable comforters are you all!
Is there no end to (JZ)windy words?
Or what provokes you that you answer?
I too could speak like you,
If only [cz]I were in your place.
I could compose words against you
And (KA)shake my head at you.
Or I could strengthen you with my mouth,
And the condolence of my lips could lessen your pain.

Job Says God Shattered Him

“If I speak, (KB)my pain is not lessened,
And if I refrain, what pain leaves me?
But now He has (KC)exhausted me;
You have laid (KD)waste all my group of loved ones.
And you have shriveled me up,
[da](KE)It has become a witness;
And my (KF)infirmity rises up against me,
It testifies to my face.
His anger has (KG)torn me and [db]hunted me down,
He has (KH)gnashed at me with His teeth;
My (KI)enemy [dc]glares at me.
10 They have (KJ)gaped at me with their mouths,
They have [dd](KK)slapped me on the cheek with contempt;
They have (KL)massed themselves against me.
11 God hands me over to criminals,
And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, but (KM)He shattered me,
And He has grasped me by my neck and shaken me to pieces;
He has also set me up as His (KN)target.
13 His (KO)arrows surround me.
He splits my kidneys open without mercy;
He pours out (KP)my bile on the ground.
14 He (KQ)breaks through me with breach after breach;
He (KR)runs at me like a warrior.
15 I have sewed (KS)sackcloth over my skin,
And (KT)thrust my horn in the dust.
16 My face is flushed from (KU)weeping,
(KV)And deep darkness is on my eyelids,
17 Although there is no (KW)violence in my hands,
And (KX)my prayer is pure.

18 “Earth, do not cover my blood,
And may there be no resting place for my cry.
19 Even now, behold, (KY)my witness is in heaven,
And my [de]advocate is (KZ)on high.
20 My friends are my scoffers;
(LA)My eye weeps to God,
21 That one might plead for a man with God
As a son of man with his neighbor!
22 For when a few years are past,
I shall go the way (LB)of no return.

Job Says He Has Become a Proverb

17 “My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished,
The [df](LC)grave is ready for me.
(LD)Mockers are certainly with me,
And my eye [dg]gazes on their provocation.

“Make a pledge (LE)for me with Yourself;
Who is there that will [dh]be my guarantor?
For You have [di](LF)kept their hearts away from understanding;
Therefore You will not exalt them.
He who (LG)informs against friends for a share of the spoils,
The (LH)eyes of his children also will perish.

“But He has made me a (LI)proverb among the people,
And I am [dj]one at whom people (LJ)spit.
My eye has also become (LK)inexpressive because of grief,
And all my (LL)body parts are like a shadow.
The upright will be appalled at this,
And the (LM)innocent will stir himself up against the godless.
Nevertheless (LN)the righteous will hold to his way,
And (LO)the one who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.
10 But come again all of [dk]you now,
For I (LP)do not find a wise man among you.
11 My (LQ)days are past, my plans are torn apart,
The wishes of my heart.
12 They make night into day, saying,
‘The light is near,’ in the presence of darkness.
13 If I hope for [dl](LR)Sheol as my home,
I [dm]make my bed in the darkness;
14 If I call to the (LS)grave, ‘You are my father’;
To the (LT)maggot, ‘my mother and my sister’;
15 Where then is (LU)my hope?
And who looks at my hope?
16 [dn]Will it go down with me to Sheol?
Shall we together (LV)go down into the dust?”

Bildad Speaks of the Wicked

18 Then Bildad the Shuhite responded,

“How long will you hunt for words?
Show understanding, and then we can talk.
Why are we (LW)regarded as animals,
As stupid in your eyes?
[do]You who tear yourself in your anger—
Should the earth be abandoned for your sake,
Or the rock moved from its place?

“Indeed, the (LX)light of the wicked goes out,
And the spark from his fire does not shine.
The light in his tent is (LY)darkened,
And his lamp goes out above him.
His [dp]vigorous stride is shortened,
And his (LZ)own plan brings him down.
For he is (MA)thrown into the net by his own feet,
And he steps on the webbing.
A snare seizes him by the heel,
And a trap snaps shut on him.
10 A noose for him is hidden in the ground,
And a trap for him on the pathway.
11 All around (MB)sudden terrors frighten him,
And (MC)harass him at every step.
12 His strength is (MD)famished,
And disaster is ready at his side.
13 [dq]It devours parts of his skin,
The firstborn of death (ME)devours his [dr]limbs.
14 He is (MF)torn from [ds]the security of his tent,
And [dt]they march him before the king of (MG)terrors.
15 [du]Nothing of his dwells in his tent;
(MH)Brimstone is scattered on his home.
16 His (MI)roots are dried below,
And his (MJ)branch withers above.
17 (MK)The memory of him perishes from the earth,
And he has no name abroad.
18 [dv]He is driven from light (ML)into darkness,
And (MM)chased from the inhabited world.
19 He has no (MN)offspring or descendants among his people,
Nor any survivor where he resided.
20 Those in the west are appalled at (MO)his [dw]fate,
And those in the east are seized with horror.
21 Certainly these are the (MP)dwellings of the wicked,
And this is the place of him who does not know God.”


  1. Job 7:1 Lit Has not man compulsory labor
  2. Job 7:5 Lit melts
  3. Job 7:9 I.e., the netherworld
  4. Job 7:13 Lit bear
  5. Job 7:15 Lit bones
  6. Job 7:16 Or loathe
  7. Job 7:17 Lit set Your heart on
  8. Job 7:19 Lit How long will You not
  9. Job 7:21 Or unjust deed
  10. Job 8:3 Heb Shaddai
  11. Job 8:4 Lit hand
  12. Job 8:5 Heb Shaddai
  13. Job 8:6 Lit place
  14. Job 8:12 Lit reed
  15. Job 8:14 Lit house
  16. Job 8:17 Heb sees
  17. Job 8:18 Lit swallowed up
  18. Job 8:20 Lit strengthen the hand of
  19. Job 9:4 Lit stiffened his neck against
  20. Job 9:4 Lit and remained safe
  21. Job 9:7 Lit and it does not shine
  22. Job 9:8 Lit treads upon the heights of
  23. Job 9:9 Lit chambers
  24. Job 9:10 Lit until there is no searching out
  25. Job 9:13 I.e., a sea monster, not to be confused with Rahab in Joshua 2
  26. Job 9:14 Or plead my case
  27. Job 9:14 Lit with
  28. Job 9:15 Or plead my case
  29. Job 9:19 As in LXX; Heb me
  30. Job 9:26 Lit food
  31. Job 9:27 I.e., improve the look
  32. Job 9:32 Lit judgment
  33. Job 10:1 Lit My soul loathes
  34. Job 10:3 Lit good
  35. Job 10:3 Lit You shine forth
  36. Job 10:8 Lit together round about
  37. Job 10:12 See Job 1:1-2
  38. Job 10:15 Lit see
  39. Job 10:17 Lit Changes and warfare are with me
  40. Job 10:20 Lit Put
  41. Job 11:6 Lit is double
  42. Job 11:6 Lit causes to be forgotten for you
  43. Job 11:8 Lit the heights of heaven
  44. Job 11:8 I.e., the netherworld
  45. Job 11:11 Or and does not investigate
  46. Job 11:12 Lit A hollow man
  47. Job 11:17 Lit lifespan
  48. Job 11:17 Lit rise above noonday
  49. Job 11:19 Lit soften your face
  50. Job 11:20 Lit escape has perished from them
  51. Job 11:20 Lit the expiring of the soul
  52. Job 12:3 Lit with whom is there not like these?
  53. Job 12:4 Lit his
  54. Job 12:5 Lit Contempt for calamity is the thought of him who is at ease
  55. Job 12:6 Or He who brings God into his hand.
  56. Job 12:11 Lit tastes food for itself
  57. Job 12:12 Lit length of days
  58. Job 12:14 Lit shuts against
  59. Job 12:14 Lit it is not opened
  60. Job 12:15 Lit overturn
  61. Job 12:17 Or stripped
  62. Job 12:19 Or stripped
  63. Job 12:23 Or spreads out
  64. Job 12:24 Lit heart
  65. Job 13:3 Heb Shaddai
  66. Job 13:11 Lit exaltation
  67. Job 13:14 Lit palm
  68. Job 13:15 Lit wait for
  69. Job 13:15 Lit to His face
  70. Job 13:21 Lit palm
  71. Job 13:27 Lit carve for
  72. Job 13:28 Lit he is
  73. Job 14:1 Lit short of days
  74. Job 14:3 As in some ancient versions; MT me
  75. Job 14:5 Lit made
  76. Job 14:6 Lit cease
  77. Job 14:6 Lit makes acceptable
  78. Job 14:7 Or cease
  79. Job 14:11 Lit disappears
  80. Job 14:12 Lit They
  81. Job 14:12 Lit their
  82. Job 14:13 I.e., the netherworld
  83. Job 14:17 Or unjust deed
  84. Job 14:18 Lit withers
  85. Job 14:22 Lit flesh
  86. Job 15:2 Lit his belly
  87. Job 15:4 Lit fear
  88. Job 15:9 Lit is not within us?
  89. Job 15:16 Or injustice
  90. Job 15:20 Lit number of years are reserved for
  91. Job 15:21 Lit A sound of terrors is
  92. Job 15:23 Lit ready at his hand
  93. Job 15:25 Heb Shaddai
  94. Job 15:26 Lit with a stiff neck
  95. Job 15:26 Lit thick-bossed shields
  96. Job 15:27 Lit made
  97. Job 15:28 Or heaps
  98. Job 15:30 Lit turn aside
  99. Job 15:31 Lit exchange
  100. Job 15:34 Lit a bribe
  101. Job 15:35 Or pain
  102. Job 15:35 Lit belly
  103. Job 16:2 Lit Comforters of trouble
  104. Job 16:4 Lit your soul were in place of my soul
  105. Job 16:8 I.e., Job’s condition
  106. Job 16:9 Lit borne a grudge against me
  107. Job 16:9 Lit sharpens his eyes
  108. Job 16:10 Lit struck
  109. Job 16:19 Or witness
  110. Job 17:1 Lit graves are
  111. Job 17:2 Lit dwells
  112. Job 17:3 Lit strike hands with me
  113. Job 17:4 Lit hidden
  114. Job 17:6 Lit a spitting to the faces
  115. Job 17:10 As in some mss and ancient versions; MT them
  116. Job 17:13 I.e., the netherworld
  117. Job 17:13 Lit spread out
  118. Job 17:16 As in LXX; Heb possibly Let my limbs sink down to Sheol, since there is rest in the dust for all.
  119. Job 18:4 Lit The one who tears himself in his
  120. Job 18:7 Lit steps of his strength
  121. Job 18:13 Another reading is His skin is devoured by illness
  122. Job 18:13 Or parts
  123. Job 18:14 Lit his tent his trust
  124. Job 18:14 Lit you march or she marches
  125. Job 18:15 Another reading is Fire dwells in his tent
  126. Job 18:18 Lit They drive him...And chase him
  127. Job 18:20 Lit day

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