Job’s Character and Wealth

There was a man in the (A)land of Uz whose name was (B)Job; and that man was (C)blameless, upright, (D)fearing God and (E)turning away from evil. (F)Seven sons and three daughters were born to him. (G)His possessions also were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and very many servants; and that man was (H)the greatest of all the [a]men of the east. His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering (I)burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, “(J)Perhaps my sons have sinned and (K)cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.

(L)Now there was a day when the (M)sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and [b]Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “(N)From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” The Lord said to Satan, “Have you [c]considered (O)My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, (P)a blameless and upright man, [d]fearing God and turning away from evil.” Then (Q)Satan answered the [e]Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 (R)Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? (S)You have blessed the work of his hands, and his (T)possessions have increased in the land. 11 (U)But put forth Your hand now and (V)touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” 12 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your [f]power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord.

Satan Allowed to Test Job

13 Now on the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the [g]donkeys feeding beside them, 15 and [h]the (W)Sabeans [i]attacked and took them. They also [j]slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and [k]I alone have escaped to tell you.” 16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “(X)The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 17 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The (Y)Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and [l]slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”

20 Then Job arose and (Z)tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 He said,

(AA)Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked I shall return there.
The (AB)Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 (AC)Through all this Job did not sin nor did he [m]blame God.

Job Loses His Health

(AD)Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” The Lord said to Satan, “Have you [n]considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man [o]fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still (AE)holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to [p]ruin him without cause.” Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. (AF)However, put forth Your hand now, and (AG)touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face.” So the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your [q]power, only spare his life.”

Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and smote Job with (AH)sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took a potsherd to scrape himself while (AI)he was sitting among the ashes.

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. (AJ)Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” (AK)In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, they came each one from his own place, Eliphaz the (AL)Temanite, Bildad the (AM)Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite; and they made an appointment together to come to (AN)sympathize with him and comfort him. 12 When they lifted up their eyes at a distance and did not recognize him, they raised their voices and wept. And each of them (AO)tore his robe and they (AP)threw dust over their heads toward the sky. 13 (AQ)Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.

Job’s Lament

Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed [r]the day of his birth. And Job [s]said,

(AR)Let the day perish on which I was to be born,
And the night which said, ‘A [t]boy is conceived.’
“May that day be darkness;
Let not God above care for it,
Nor light shine on it.
“Let (AS)darkness and black gloom claim it;
Let a cloud settle on it;
Let the blackness of the day terrify it.
As for that night, let darkness seize it;
Let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
Let it not come into the number of the months.
“Behold, let that night be barren;
Let no joyful shout enter it.
“Let those curse it who curse the day,
Who are [u]prepared to (AT)rouse Leviathan.
“Let the stars of its twilight be darkened;
Let it wait for light but have none,
And let it not see the [v]breaking dawn;
10 Because it did not shut the opening of my mother’s womb,
Or hide trouble from my eyes.

11 (AU)Why did I not die [w]at birth,
Come forth from the womb and expire?
12 “Why did the knees receive me,
And why the breasts, that I should suck?
13 “For now I (AV)would have lain down and been quiet;
I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,
14 With (AW)kings and with (AX)counselors of the earth,
Who rebuilt (AY)ruins for themselves;
15 Or with (AZ)princes (BA)who had gold,
Who were filling their houses with silver.
16 “Or like a miscarriage which is [x]discarded, I would not be,
As infants that never saw light.
17 “There the wicked cease from raging,
And there the [y]weary are at (BB)rest.
18 “The prisoners are at ease together;
They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.
19 “The small and the great are there,
And the slave is free from his master.

20 “Why is (BC)light given to him who suffers,
And life to the bitter of soul,
21 Who [z](BD)long for death, but there is none,
And dig for it more than for (BE)hidden treasures,
22 Who rejoice greatly,
And exult when they find the grave?
23 Why is light given to a man (BF)whose way is hidden,
And whom (BG)God has hedged in?
24 “For (BH)my groaning comes at the sight of my food,
And (BI)my cries pour out like water.
25 “For [aa](BJ)what I fear comes upon me,
And what I dread befalls me.
26 “I (BK)am not at ease, nor am I quiet,
And I am not at rest, but turmoil comes.”

Eliphaz: Innocent Do Not Suffer

Then Eliphaz the Temanite [ab]answered,

“If one ventures a word with you, will you become impatient?
But (BL)who can refrain [ac]from speaking?
“Behold (BM)you have admonished many,
And you have strengthened weak hands.
“Your words have [ad]helped the tottering to stand,
And you have strengthened [ae]feeble knees.
“But now it has come to you, and you (BN)are impatient;
It (BO)touches you, and you are dismayed.
“Is not your [af](BP)fear of God (BQ)your confidence,
And the integrity of your ways your hope?

“Remember now, (BR)who ever perished being innocent?
Or where were the upright destroyed?
“According to what I have seen, (BS)those who plow iniquity
And those who sow trouble harvest it.
“By (BT)the breath of God they perish,
And (BU)by the [ag]blast of His anger they come to an end.
10 “The (BV)roaring of the lion and the voice of the fierce lion,
And the teeth of the young lions are broken.
11 “The (BW)lion perishes for lack of prey,
And the (BX)whelps of the lioness are scattered.

12 “Now a word (BY)was brought to me stealthily,
And my ear received a (BZ)whisper of it.
13 “Amid disquieting (CA)thoughts from the visions of the night,
When deep sleep falls on men,
14 Dread came upon me, and trembling,
And made [ah]all my bones shake.
15 “Then a [ai]spirit passed by my face;
The hair of my flesh bristled up.
16 “It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance;
A form was before my eyes;
There was silence, then I heard a voice:
17 ‘Can (CB)mankind be just [aj]before God?
Can a man be pure [ak]before his (CC)Maker?
18 (CD)He puts no trust even in His servants;
And against His angels He charges error.
19 ‘How much more those who dwell in (CE)houses of clay,
Whose (CF)foundation is in the dust,
Who are crushed before the moth!
20 (CG)Between morning and evening they are broken in pieces;
Unobserved, they (CH)perish forever.
21 ‘Is not their (CI)tent-cord plucked up within them?
They die, yet (CJ)without wisdom.’

God Is Just

“Call now, is there anyone who will answer you?
And to which of the (CK)holy ones will you turn?
“For (CL)anger slays the foolish man,
And jealousy kills the simple.
“I have seen the (CM)foolish taking root,
And I (CN)cursed his abode immediately.
“His (CO)sons are far from safety,
They are even [al]oppressed in the gate,
And there is no deliverer.
[am]His harvest the hungry devour
And take it to a place of thorns,
And the [an](CP)schemer is eager for their wealth.
“For (CQ)affliction does not come from the dust,
Nor does trouble sprout from the ground,
For (CR)man is born for trouble,
As sparks fly upward.

“But as for me, I would (CS)seek God,
And I would place my cause before God;
Who (CT)does great and unsearchable things,
[ao]Wonders without number.
10 “He (CU)gives rain on the earth
And sends water on the fields,
11 So that (CV)He sets on high those who are lowly,
And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12 “He (CW)frustrates the plotting of the shrewd,
So that their hands cannot attain success.
13 “He (CX)captures the wise by their own shrewdness,
And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.
14 “By day they (CY)meet with darkness,
And grope at noon as in the night.
15 “But He saves from (CZ)the sword of their mouth,
And (DA)the poor from the hand of the mighty.
16 “So the helpless has hope,
And (DB)unrighteousness must shut its mouth.

17 “Behold, how (DC)happy is the man whom God reproves,
So do not despise the (DD)discipline of [ap]the Almighty.
18 “For (DE)He inflicts pain, and [aq]gives relief;
He wounds, and His hands also heal.
19 [ar]From six troubles (DF)He will deliver you,
Even in seven (DG)evil will not touch you.
20 “In (DH)famine He will redeem you from death,
And (DI)in war from the power of the sword.
21 “You will be (DJ)hidden from the scourge of the tongue,
(DK)And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.
22 “You will (DL)laugh at violence and famine,
(DM)And you will not be afraid of [as]wild beasts.
23 “For you will be in league with the stones of the field,
And (DN)the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
24 “You will know that your (DO)tent is secure,
For you will visit your abode and fear no loss.
25 “You will know also that your [at](DP)descendants will be many,
And (DQ)your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26 “You will (DR)come to the grave in full vigor,
Like the stacking of grain in its season.
27 “Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is.
Hear it, and know for yourself.”

Job’s Friends Are No Help

Then Job [au]answered,

(DS)Oh that my grief were actually weighed
And laid in the balances together with my calamity!
“For then it would be (DT)heavier than the sand of the seas;
Therefore my words have been rash.
“For the (DU)arrows of the Almighty are within me,
[av]Their (DV)poison my spirit drinks;
The (DW)terrors of God are arrayed against me.
“Does the (DX)wild donkey bray over his grass,
Or does the ox low over his fodder?
“Can something tasteless be eaten without salt,
Or is there any taste in the [aw]white of an egg?
“My soul (DY)refuses to touch them;
They are like loathsome food to me.

“Oh that my request might come to pass,
And that God would grant my longing!
“Would that God were (DZ)willing to crush me,
That He would loose His hand and cut me off!
10 “But it is still my consolation,
And I rejoice in unsparing pain,
That I (EA)have not [ax]denied the words of the Holy One.
11 “What is my strength, that I should wait?
And what is my end, that I should [ay](EB)endure?
12 “Is my strength the strength of stones,
Or is my flesh bronze?
13 “Is it that my (EC)help is not within me,
And that [az](ED)deliverance is driven from me?

14 “For the (EE)despairing man there should be kindness from his friend;
So that he does not (EF)forsake the [ba]fear of the Almighty.
15 “My brothers have acted (EG)deceitfully like a [bb]wadi,
Like the torrents of [bc]wadis which vanish,
16 Which are turbid because of ice
And into which the snow [bd]melts.
17 “When (EH)they become waterless, they [be]are silent,
When it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18 “The [bf]paths of their course wind along,
They go up into nothing and perish.
19 “The caravans of (EI)Tema looked,
The travelers of (EJ)Sheba hoped for them.
20 “They (EK)were [bg]disappointed for they had trusted,
They came there and were confounded.
21 “Indeed, you have now become such,
(EL)You see a terror and are afraid.
22 “Have I said, ‘Give me something,’
Or, ‘Offer a bribe for me from your wealth,’
23 Or, ‘Deliver me from the hand of the adversary,’
Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the tyrants’?

24 “Teach me, and (EM)I will be silent;
And show me how I have erred.
25 “How painful are honest words!
But what does your argument prove?
26 “Do you intend to reprove my words,
When the (EN)words of one in despair belong to the wind?
27 “You would even (EO)cast lots for (EP)the orphans
And (EQ)barter over your friend.
28 “Now please look at me,
And see if I (ER)lie to your face.
29 “Desist now, let there be no injustice;
Even desist, (ES)my righteousness is yet in it.
30 “Is there injustice on my tongue?
Cannot (ET)my palate discern [bh]calamities?

Job’s Life Seems Futile

[bi]Is not man (EU)forced to labor on earth,
And are not his days like the days of (EV)a hired man?
“As a slave who pants for the shade,
And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,
So am I allotted months of vanity,
And (EW)nights of trouble are appointed me.
“When I (EX)lie down I say,
‘When shall I arise?’
But the night continues,
And I am [bj]continually tossing until dawn.
“My (EY)flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt,
My skin hardens and runs.
“My days are (EZ)swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
And come to an end (FA)without hope.

“Remember that my life (FB)is but breath;
My eye will (FC)not again see good.
“The (FD)eye of him who sees me will behold me no longer;
Your eyes will be on me, but (FE)I will not be.
“When a (FF)cloud vanishes, it is gone,
So (FG)he who goes down to (FH)Sheol does not come up.
10 “He will not return again to his house,
Nor will (FI)his place know him anymore.

11 “Therefore (FJ)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 (FK)the sea monster,
That You set a guard over me?
13 “If I say, ‘(FL)My bed will comfort me,
My couch will [bk]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 [bl]pains.
16 “I [bm](FM)waste away; I will not live forever.
Leave me alone, (FN)for my days are but a breath.
17 (FO)What is man that You magnify him,
And that You [bn]are concerned about him,
18 That (FP)You examine him every morning
And try him every moment?
19 [bo](FQ)Will You never turn Your gaze away from me,
Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle?
20 (FR)Have I sinned? What have I done to You,
O (FS)watcher of men?
Why have You set me as Your target,
So that I am a burden to myself?
21 “Why then (FT)do You not pardon my transgression
And take away my iniquity?
For now I will (FU)lie down in the dust;
And You will seek me, (FV)but I will not be.”

Bildad Says God Rewards the Good

Then Bildad the Shuhite [bp]answered,

“How long will you say these things,
And the (FW)words of your mouth be a mighty wind?
“Does (FX)God pervert justice?
Or does [bq]the Almighty pervert what is right?
(FY)If your sons sinned against Him,
Then He delivered them into the [br]power of their transgression.
“If you would (FZ)seek God
And implore the compassion of [bs]the Almighty,
If you are pure and upright,
Surely now (GA)He would rouse Himself for you
And restore your righteous [bt](GB)estate.
“Though your beginning was insignificant,
Yet your (GC)end will increase greatly.

“Please (GD)inquire of past generations,
And consider the things searched out by their fathers.
“For we are only of yesterday and know nothing,
Because (GE)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 the papyrus grow up 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 [bu]plant.
13 “So are the paths of (GF)all who forget God;
And the (GG)hope of the godless will perish,
14 Whose confidence is fragile,
And whose trust a (GH)spider’s [bv]web.
15 “He [bw]trusts in his (GI)house, but it does not stand;
He holds fast to it, but it does not endure.
16 “He [bx](GJ)thrives before the sun,
And his (GK)shoots spread out over his garden.
17 “His roots wrap around a rock pile,
He [by]grasps a house of stones.
18 “If he is [bz]removed from (GL)his place,
Then it will deny him, saying, ‘(GM)I never saw you.’
19 “Behold, (GN)this is the joy of His way;
And out of the dust others will spring.
20 “Lo, (GO)God will not reject a man of integrity,
Nor (GP)will He [ca]support the evildoers.
21 “He will yet fill (GQ)your mouth with laughter
And your lips with shouting.
22 “Those who hate you will be (GR)clothed with shame,
And the (GS)tent of the wicked will be no longer.”

Job Says There Is No Arbitrator between God and Man

Then Job [cb]answered,

“In truth I know that this is so;
But how can a (GT)man be in the right [cc]before God?
“If one wished to (GU)dispute with Him,
He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.
(GV)Wise in heart and (GW)mighty in strength,
Who has [cd](GX)defied Him [ce]without harm?
(GY)It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how,
When He overturns them in His anger;
Who (GZ)shakes the earth out of its place,
And its (HA)pillars tremble;
Who commands the (HB)sun [cf]not to shine,
And sets a seal upon the stars;
Who alone (HC)stretches out the heavens
And [cg](HD)tramples down the waves of the sea;
Who makes the (HE)Bear, Orion and the Pleiades,
And the (HF)chambers of the south;
10 Who (HG)does great things, [ch]unfathomable,
And wondrous works without number.
11 “Were He to pass by me, (HH)I would not see Him;
Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.
12 “Were He to snatch away, who could (HI)restrain Him?
Who could say to Him, ‘(HJ)What are You doing?’

13 “God will not turn back His anger;
Beneath Him crouch the helpers of (HK)Rahab.
14 “How then can (HL)I [ci]answer Him,
And choose my words [cj]before Him?
15 “For (HM)though I were right, I could not [ck]answer;
I would have to (HN)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 (HO)bruises me with a tempest
And multiplies my wounds without cause.
18 “He will (HP)not allow me to get my breath,
But saturates me with (HQ)bitterness.
19 “If it is a matter of power, (HR)behold, He is the strong one!
And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon [cl]Him?
20 (HS)Though I am righteous, my mouth will (HT)condemn me;
Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.
21 “I am (HU)guiltless;
I do not take notice of myself;
I (HV)despise my life.
22 “It is all one; therefore I say,
‘He (HW)destroys the guiltless and the wicked.’
23 “If the scourge kills suddenly,
He (HX)mocks the despair of the innocent.
24 “The earth (HY)is given into the hand of the wicked;
He (HZ)covers the faces of its judges.
If it is not He, then who is it?

25 “Now (IA)my days are swifter than a runner;
They flee away, (IB)they see no good.
26 “They slip by like (IC)reed boats,
Like an (ID)eagle that swoops on [cm]its prey.
27 “Though I say, ‘I will forget (IE)my complaint,
I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful,’
28 I am (IF)afraid of all my pains,
I know that (IG)You will not acquit me.
29 “I am accounted (IH)wicked,
Why then should I toil in vain?
30 “If I should (II)wash myself with snow
And cleanse (IJ)my hands with lye,
31 Yet You would plunge me into the pit,
And my own clothes would abhor me.
32 “For (IK)He is not a man as I am that (IL)I may answer Him,
That we may go to [cn]court together.
33 “There is no (IM)umpire between us,
Who may lay his hand upon us both.
34 “Let Him (IN)remove His rod from me,
And let not dread of Him terrify me.
35 Then I (IO)would speak and not fear Him;
But I am not like that in myself.

Job Despairs of God’s Dealings

10 [co](IP)I loathe my own life;
I will give full vent to (IQ)my complaint;
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
“I will say to God, ‘(IR)Do not condemn me;
Let me know why You contend with me.
‘Is it [cp]right for You indeed to (IS)oppress,
To reject (IT)the labor of Your hands,
And [cq]to look favorably on (IU)the schemes of the wicked?
‘Have You eyes of flesh?
Or do You (IV)see as a man sees?
‘Are Your days as the days of a mortal,
Or (IW)Your years as man’s years,
That (IX)You should seek for my guilt
And search after my sin?
‘According to Your knowledge (IY)I am indeed not guilty,
Yet there is (IZ)no deliverance from Your hand.

(JA)Your hands fashioned and made me [cr]altogether,
(JB)And would You destroy me?
‘Remember now, that You have made me as (JC)clay;
And would You (JD)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 knit me together with bones and sinews?
12 ‘You have (JE)granted me life and lovingkindness;
And Your care has preserved my spirit.
13 ‘Yet (JF)these things You have concealed in Your heart;
I know that this is within You:
14 If I sin, then You would (JG)take note of me,
And (JH)would not acquit me of my guilt.
15 ‘If (JI)I am wicked, woe to me!
And (JJ)if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head.
I am sated with disgrace and [cs]conscious of my misery.
16 ‘Should my head be lifted up, (JK)You would hunt me like a lion;
And again You would show Your (JL)power against me.
17 ‘You renew (JM)Your witnesses against me
And increase Your anger toward me;
[ct](JN)Hardship after hardship is with me.

18 (JO)Why then have You brought me out of the womb?
Would that I had died and no eye had seen me!
19 ‘I should have been as though I had not been,
Carried from womb to tomb.’
20 “Would He not let (JP)my few days alone?
[cu](JQ)Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer
21 Before I go—(JR)and I shall not return—
(JS)To the land of darkness and (JT)deep shadow,
22 The land of utter gloom as darkness itself,
Of deep shadow without order,
And which shines as the darkness.”

Zophar Rebukes Job

11 Then Zophar the Naamathite [cv]answered,

“Shall a multitude of words go unanswered,
And a (JU)talkative man be acquitted?
“Shall your boasts silence men?
And shall you (JV)scoff and none rebuke?
“For (JW)you have said, ‘My teaching is pure,
And (JX)I am innocent in your eyes.’
“But would that God might speak,
And open His lips against you,
And show you the secrets of wisdom!
For sound wisdom [cw](JY)has two sides.
Know then that God [cx]forgets a part of (JZ)your iniquity.

(KA)Can you discover the depths of God?
Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?
They are (KB)high as [cy]the heavens, what can you do?
Deeper than [cz](KC)Sheol, what can you know?
“Its measure is longer than the earth
And broader than the sea.
10 “If He passes by or shuts up,
Or calls an assembly, (KD)who can restrain Him?
11 “For (KE)He knows false men,
And He (KF)sees iniquity [da]without investigating.
12 [db](KG)An idiot will become intelligent
When the [dc]foal of a (KH)wild donkey is born a man.

13 (KI)If you would (KJ)direct your heart right
And (KK)spread out your hand to Him,
14 If iniquity is in your hand, (KL)put it far away,
And do not let wickedness dwell in your tents;
15 “Then, indeed, you could (KM)lift up your face without moral defect,
And you would be steadfast and (KN)not fear.
16 “For you would (KO)forget your trouble,
As (KP)waters that have passed by, you would remember it.
17 “Your [dd]life would be [de](KQ)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 (KR)lie down and none would disturb you,
And many would (KS)entreat your [df]favor.
20 “But the (KT)eyes of the wicked will fail,
And [dg]there will (KU)be no escape for them;
And their (KV)hope is [dh](KW)to breathe their last.”

Job Chides His Accusers

12 Then Job [di]responded,

“Truly then (KX)you are the people,
And with you wisdom will die!
“But (KY)I have intelligence as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
And [dj]who does not know such things as these?
“I am a (KZ)joke to [dk]my friends,
The one who called on God and He answered him;
The just and (LA)blameless man is a joke.
[dl]He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt,
As prepared for those whose feet slip.
“The (LB)tents of the destroyers prosper,
And those who provoke God (LC)are secure,
[dm]Whom God brings (LD)into their power.

“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
“Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
“Who among all these does not know
That (LE)the hand of the Lord has done this,
10 (LF)In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And (LG)the breath of all mankind?
11 “Does not (LH)the ear test words,
As the palate [dn]tastes its food?
12 “Wisdom is with (LI)aged men,
With [do]long life is understanding.

Job Speaks of the Power of God

13 “With Him are (LJ)wisdom and (LK)might;
To Him belong counsel and (LL)understanding.
14 “Behold, He (LM)tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt;
He [dp](LN)imprisons a man, and [dq]there can be no release.
15 “Behold, He (LO)restrains the waters, and they dry up;
And He (LP)sends them out, and they [dr]inundate the earth.
16 “With Him are strength and sound wisdom,
The (LQ)misled and the misleader belong to Him.
17 “He makes (LR)counselors walk [ds]barefoot
And makes fools of (LS)judges.
18 “He (LT)loosens the [dt]bond of kings
And binds their loins with a girdle.
19 “He makes priests walk [du]barefoot
And overthrows (LU)the secure ones.
20 “He deprives the trusted ones of speech
And (LV)takes away the discernment of the elders.
21 “He (LW)pours contempt on nobles
And (LX)loosens the belt of the strong.
22 “He (LY)reveals mysteries from the darkness
And brings the deep darkness into light.
23 “He (LZ)makes the nations great, then destroys them;
He [dv]enlarges the nations, then leads them away.
24 “He (MA)deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people
And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
25 “They (MB)grope in darkness with no light,
And He makes them (MC)stagger like a drunken man.

Job Says His Friends’ Proverbs Are Ashes

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

“But (MF)I would speak to [dw]the Almighty,
And I desire to (MG)argue with God.
“But you (MH)smear with lies;
You are all (MI)worthless physicians.
“O that you would (MJ)be completely silent,
And that it would become your wisdom!
“Please hear my argument
And listen to the contentions of my lips.
“Will you (MK)speak what is unjust for God,
And speak what is deceitful for Him?
“Will you (ML)show partiality for Him?
Will you contend for God?
“Will it be well when He examines you?
Or (MM)will you deceive Him as one deceives a man?
10 “He will surely reprove you
If you secretly (MN)show partiality.
11 “Will not (MO)His [dx]majesty terrify you,
And the dread of Him fall on you?
12 “Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes,
Your defenses are defenses of clay.

Job Is Sure He Will Be Vindicated

13 (MP)Be silent before me so that I may speak;
Then let come on me what may.
14 “Why should I take my flesh in my teeth
And (MQ)put my life in my [dy]hands?
15 (MR)Though He slay me,
I will hope in Him.
Nevertheless I (MS)will argue my ways [dz]before Him.
16 “This also will be my (MT)salvation,
For (MU)a godless man may not come before His presence.
17 “Listen carefully to my speech,
And let my declaration fill your ears.
18 “Behold now, I have (MV)prepared my case;
I know that (MW)I will be vindicated.
19 (MX)Who will contend with me?
For then I would be silent and (MY)die.

20 “Only two things do not do to me,
Then I will not hide from Your face:
21 (MZ)Remove Your [ea]hand from me,
And let not the dread of You terrify me.
22 “Then call, and (NA)I will answer;
Or let me speak, then reply to me.
23 (NB)How many are my iniquities and sins?
Make known to me my [eb]rebellion and my sin.
24 “Why do You (NC)hide Your face
And consider me (ND)Your enemy?
25 “Will You cause a (NE)driven leaf to tremble?
Or will You pursue the dry (NF)chaff?
26 “For You write (NG)bitter things against me
And (NH)make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.
27 “You (NI)put my feet in the stocks
And watch all my paths;
You [ec]set a limit for the soles of my feet,
28 While [ed]I am decaying like a (NJ)rotten thing,
Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

Job Speaks of the Finality of Death

14 (NK)Man, who is born of woman,
Is [ee]short-lived and (NL)full of turmoil.
(NM)Like a flower he comes forth and withers.
He also flees like (NN)a shadow and does not remain.
“You also (NO)open Your eyes on him
And (NP)bring [ef]him into judgment with Yourself.
(NQ)Who can make the clean out of the unclean?
No one!
“Since his days are determined,
The (NR)number of his months is with You;
And his limits You have [eg]set so that he cannot pass.
(NS)Turn Your gaze from him that he may [eh]rest,
Until he [ei]fulfills his day like a hired man.

“For there is hope for a tree,
When it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And its shoots will not [ej]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 put forth sprigs like a plant.
10 “But (NT)man dies and lies prostrate.
Man (NU)expires, and where is he?
11 As (NV)water [ek]evaporates from the sea,
And a river becomes parched and dried up,
12 So (NW)man lies down and does not rise.
Until the heavens are no longer,
[el]He will not awake nor be aroused out of [em]his sleep.

13 “Oh that You would hide me in [en]Sheol,
That You would conceal me (NX)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 change comes.
15 “You will call, and I will answer You;
You will long for (NY)the work of Your hands.
16 “For now You (NZ)number my steps,
You do not (OA)observe my sin.
17 “My transgression is (OB)sealed up in a bag,
And You [eo]wrap up my iniquity.

18 “But the falling mountain [ep]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 (OC)destroy man’s hope.
20 “You forever overpower him and he (OD)departs;
You change his appearance and send him away.
21 “His sons achieve honor, but (OE)he does not know it;
Or they become insignificant, but he does not perceive it.
22 “But his [eq]body pains him,
And he mourns only for himself.”

Eliphaz Says Job Presumes Much

15 Then Eliphaz the Temanite [er]responded,

“Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge
(OF)And fill [es]himself with the east wind?
“Should he argue with useless talk,
Or with words which are not profitable?
“Indeed, you do away with [et]reverence
And hinder meditation before God.
“For (OG)your guilt teaches your mouth,
And you choose the language of (OH)the crafty.
“Your (OI)own mouth condemns you, and not I;
And your own lips testify against you.

“Were you the first man to be born,
Or (OJ)were you brought forth before the hills?
“Do you hear the (OK)secret counsel of God,
And limit wisdom to yourself?
(OL)What do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that [eu]we do not?
10 “Both the (OM)gray-haired and the aged are among us,
Older than your father.
11 “Are (ON)the consolations of God too small for you,
Even the (OO)word spoken gently with you?
12 “Why does your (OP)heart carry you away?
And why do your eyes flash,
13 That you should turn your spirit against God
And allow such words to go out of your mouth?
14 “What is man, that (OQ)he should be pure,
Or (OR)he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15 “Behold, He puts no trust in His (OS)holy ones,
And the (OT)heavens are not pure in His sight;
16 How much less one who is (OU)detestable and corrupt,
Man, who (OV)drinks iniquity 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 men have told,
And have not concealed from (OW)their fathers,
19 To whom alone the land was given,
And no alien passed among them.
20 “The wicked man writhes (OX)in pain all his days,
And [ev]numbered are the years (OY)stored up for the ruthless.
21 [ew]Sounds of (OZ)terror are in his ears;
(PA)While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.
22 “He does not believe that he will (PB)return from darkness,
And he is destined for (PC)the sword.
23 “He wanders about for food, saying, ‘Where is it?’
He knows that a day of (PD)darkness is [ex]at hand.
24 “Distress and anguish terrify him,
They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,
25 Because he has stretched out his hand against God
And conducts himself (PE)arrogantly against [ey]the Almighty.
26 “He rushes [ez]headlong at Him
With [fa]his massive shield.
27 “For he has (PF)covered his face with his fat
And made his thighs heavy with flesh.
28 “He has (PG)lived in desolate cities,
In houses no one would inhabit,
Which are destined to become [fb]ruins.
29 “He (PH)will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure;
And his grain will not bend down to the ground.
30 “He will (PI)not [fc]escape from darkness;
The (PJ)flame will wither his shoots,
And by (PK)the breath of His mouth he will go away.
31 “Let him not (PL)trust in emptiness, deceiving himself;
For emptiness will be his [fd]reward.
32 “It will be accomplished (PM)before his time,
And his palm (PN)branch will not be green.
33 “He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine,
And will (PO)cast off his flower like the olive tree.
34 “For the company of (PP)the godless is barren,
And fire consumes (PQ)the tents of [fe]the corrupt.
35 “They (PR)conceive [ff]mischief and bring forth iniquity,
And their [fg]mind prepares deception.”

Job Says Friends Are Sorry Comforters

16 Then Job [fh]answered,

“I have heard many such things;
[fi](PS)Sorry comforters are you all.
“Is there no limit to (PT)windy words?
Or what plagues you that you answer?
“I too could speak like you,
If [fj]I were in your place.
I could compose words against you
And (PU)shake my head at you.
“I could strengthen you with my mouth,
And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.

Job Says God Shattered Him

“If I speak, (PV)my pain is not lessened,
And if I hold back, what has left me?
“But now He has (PW)exhausted me;
You have laid (PX)waste all my company.
“You have shriveled me up,
(PY)It has become a witness;
And my (PZ)leanness rises up against me,
It testifies to my face.
“His anger has (QA)torn me and [fk]hunted me down,
He has (QB)gnashed at me with His teeth;
My (QC)adversary [fl]glares at me.
10 “They have (QD)gaped at me with their mouth,
They have [fm](QE)slapped me on the cheek with contempt;
They have (QF)massed themselves against me.
11 “God hands me over to ruffians
And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.
12 “I was at ease, but (QG)He shattered me,
And He has grasped me by the neck and shaken me to pieces;
He has also set me up as His (QH)target.
13 “His (QI)arrows surround me.
Without mercy He splits my kidneys open;
He pours out (QJ)my gall on the ground.
14 “He (QK)breaks through me with breach after breach;
He (QL)runs at me like a warrior.
15 “I have sewed (QM)sackcloth over my skin
And (QN)thrust my horn in the dust.
16 “My face is flushed from (QO)weeping,
(QP)And deep darkness is on my eyelids,
17 Although there is no (QQ)violence in my hands,
And (QR)my prayer is pure.

18 “O earth, do not cover my blood,
And let there be no resting place for my cry.
19 “Even now, behold, (QS)my witness is in heaven,
And my [fn]advocate is (QT)on high.
20 “My friends are my scoffers;
(QU)My eye [fo]weeps to God.
21 “O that a man might plead with God
As a man with his neighbor!
22 “For when a few years are past,
I shall go the way (QV)of no return.

Job Says He Has Become a Byword

17 “My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished,
The [fp](QW)grave is ready for me.
(QX)Surely mockers are with me,
And my eye [fq]gazes on their provocation.

“Lay down, now, a pledge (QY)for me with Yourself;
Who is there that will [fr]be my guarantor?
“For You have [fs](QZ)kept their heart from understanding,
Therefore You will not exalt them.
“He who (RA)informs against friends for a share of the spoil,
The (RB)eyes of his children also will languish.

“But He has made me a (RC)byword of the people,
And I am [ft]one at whom men (RD)spit.
“My eye has also grown (RE)dim because of grief,
And all my (RF)members are as a shadow.
“The upright will be appalled at this,
And the (RG)innocent will stir up himself against the godless.
“Nevertheless (RH)the righteous will hold to his way,
And (RI)he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.
10 “But come again all of [fu]you now,
For I (RJ)do not find a wise man among you.
11 “My (RK)days are past, my plans are torn apart,
Even the wishes of my heart.
12 “They make night into day, saying,
‘The light is near,’ in the presence of darkness.
13 “If I look for (RL)Sheol as my home,
I [fv]make my bed in the darkness;
14 If I call to the (RM)pit, ‘You are my father’;
To the (RN)worm, ‘my mother and my sister’;
15 Where now is (RO)my hope?
And who regards my hope?
16 [fw]Will it go down with me to Sheol?
Shall we together (RP)go down into the dust?”

Bildad Speaks of the Wicked

18 Then Bildad the Shuhite [fx]responded,

“How long will you hunt for words?
Show understanding and then we can talk.
“Why are we (RQ)regarded as beasts,
As stupid in your eyes?
“O [fy]you who tear yourself in your anger—
For your sake is the earth to be abandoned,
Or the rock to be moved from its place?

“Indeed, the (RR)light of the wicked goes out,
And the [fz]flame of his fire gives no light.
“The light in his tent is (RS)darkened,
And his lamp goes out above him.
“His [ga]vigorous stride is shortened,
And his (RT)own scheme brings him down.
“For he is (RU)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 path.
11 “All around (RV)terrors frighten him,
And (RW)harry him at every step.
12 “His strength is (RX)famished,
And calamity is ready at his side.
13 [gb]His skin is devoured by disease,
The firstborn of death (RY)devours his [gc]limbs.
14 “He is (RZ)torn from [gd]the security of his tent,
And [ge]they march him before the king of (SA)terrors.
15 [gf]There dwells in his tent nothing of his;
(SB)Brimstone is scattered on his habitation.
16 “His (SC)roots are dried below,
And his (SD)branch is cut off above.
17 (SE)Memory of him perishes from the earth,
And he has no name abroad.
18 [gg]He is driven from light (SF)into darkness,
And (SG)chased from the inhabited world.
19 “He has no (SH)offspring or posterity among his people,
Nor any survivor where he sojourned.
20 “Those [gh]in the west are appalled at (SI)his [gi]fate,
And those [gj]in the east are seized with horror.
21 “Surely such are the (SJ)dwellings of the wicked,
And this is the place of him who does not know God.”

Job Feels Insulted

19 Then Job [gk]responded,

“How long will you torment [gl]me
And crush me with words?
“These ten times you have insulted me;
You are not ashamed to wrong me.
“Even if I have truly erred,
My error lodges with me.
“If indeed you (SK)vaunt yourselves against me
And prove my disgrace to me,
Know then that (SL)God has wronged me
And has closed (SM)His net around me.

Everything Is against Him

“Behold, (SN)I cry, ‘Violence!’ but I get no answer;
I shout for help, but there is no justice.
“He has (SO)walled up my way so that I cannot pass,
And He has put (SP)darkness on my paths.
“He has (SQ)stripped my honor from me
And removed the (SR)crown from my head.
10 “He (SS)breaks me down on every side, and I am gone;
And He has uprooted my (ST)hope (SU)like a tree.
11 “He has also (SV)kindled His anger against me
And (SW)considered me as His enemy.
12 “His (SX)troops come together,
And (SY)build up their [gm]way against me
And camp around my tent.

13 “He has (SZ)removed my brothers far from me,
And my (TA)acquaintances are completely estranged from me.
14 “My relatives have failed,
And my (TB)intimate friends have forgotten me.
15 “Those who live in my house and my maids consider me a stranger.
I am a foreigner in their sight.
16 “I call to my servant, but he does not answer;
I have to implore him with my mouth.
17 “My breath is [gn]offensive to my wife,
And I am loathsome to my own brothers.
18 “Even young children despise me;
I rise up and they speak against me.
19 “All [go]my (TC)associates abhor me,
And those I love have turned against me.
20 “My (TD)bone clings to my skin and my flesh,
And I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.
21 “Pity me, pity me, O you my friends,
For the (TE)hand of God has struck me.
22 “Why do you (TF)persecute me as God does,
And are not satisfied with my flesh?

Job Says, “My Redeemer Lives”

23 “Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were (TG)inscribed in a book!
24 “That with an iron stylus and lead
They were engraved in the rock forever!
25 “As for me, I know that (TH)my [gp]Redeemer lives,
And [gq]at the last He will take His stand on the [gr]earth.
26 “Even after my skin [gs]is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall (TI)see God;
27 Whom I [gt]myself shall behold,
And whom my eyes will see and not another.
My [gu]heart (TJ)faints [gv]within me!
28 “If you say, ‘How shall we (TK)persecute him?’
And ‘[gw]What pretext for a case against him can we find?’
29 Then be afraid of (TL)the sword for yourselves,
For wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
So that you may know (TM)there is judgment.”

Zophar Says, “The Triumph of the Wicked Is Short”

20 Then Zophar the Naamathite [gx]answered,

“Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me [gy]respond,
Even because of my [gz]inward agitation.
“I listened to (TN)the reproof which insults me,
And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.
“Do you know this from (TO)of old,
From the establishment of man on earth,
That the (TP)triumphing of the wicked is short,
And (TQ)the joy of the godless momentary?
“Though his loftiness [ha](TR)reaches the heavens,
And his head touches the clouds,
He (TS)perishes forever like his refuse;
Those who have seen him (TT)will say, ‘Where is he?’
“He flies away like a (TU)dream, and they cannot find him;
Even like a vision of the night he is (TV)chased away.
“The (TW)eye which saw him sees him no longer,
And (TX)his place no longer beholds him.
10 “His (TY)sons [hb]favor the poor,
And his hands (TZ)give back his wealth.
11 “His (UA)bones are full of his youthful vigor,
But it lies down with him [hc]in the dust.

12 “Though (UB)evil is sweet in his mouth
And he hides it under his tongue,
13 Though he [hd]desires it and will not let it go,
But holds it (UC)in his [he]mouth,
14 Yet his food in his stomach is changed
To the [hf]venom of cobras within him.
15 “He swallows riches,
But will (UD)vomit them up;
God will expel them from his belly.
16 “He sucks (UE)the poison of cobras;
The viper’s tongue slays him.
17 “He does not look at (UF)the streams,
The rivers flowing with honey and curds.
18 “He (UG)returns what he has attained
And cannot swallow it;
As to the riches of his trading,
He cannot even enjoy them.
19 “For he has (UH)oppressed and forsaken the poor;
He has seized a house which he has not built.

20 “Because he knew no quiet [hg]within him,
He does (UI)not retain anything he desires.
21 “Nothing remains [hh]for him to devour,
Therefore (UJ)his prosperity does not endure.
22 “In the fullness of his plenty he will be cramped;
The (UK)hand of everyone who suffers will come against him.
23 “When he (UL)fills his belly,
God will send His fierce anger on him
And will (UM)rain it on him [hi]while he is eating.
24 “He may (UN)flee from the iron weapon,
But the bronze bow will pierce him.
25 “It is drawn forth and comes out of his back,
Even the glittering point from (UO)his gall.
(UP)Terrors come upon him,
26 Complete (UQ)darkness is held in reserve for his treasures,
And unfanned (UR)fire will devour him;
It will consume the survivor in his tent.
27 “The (US)heavens will reveal his iniquity,
And the earth will rise up against him.
28 “The (UT)increase of his house will depart;
His possessions will flow away (UU)in the day of His anger.
29 “This is the wicked man’s (UV)portion from God,
Even the heritage decreed to him by God.”

Job Says God Will Deal with the Wicked

21 Then Job [hj]answered,

“Listen carefully to my speech,
And let this be your way of consolation.
“Bear with me that I may speak;
Then after I have spoken, you may (UW)mock.
“As for me, is (UX)my complaint [hk]to man?
And (UY)why should [hl]I not be impatient?
“Look at me, and be astonished,
And (UZ)put your hand over your mouth.
“Even when I remember, I am disturbed,
And (VA)horror takes hold of my flesh.
“Why (VB)do the wicked still live,
Continue on, also become very (VC)powerful?
“Their [hm](VD)descendants are established with them in their sight,
And their offspring before their eyes,
Their houses (VE)are safe from fear,
And the rod of God is not on them.
10 “His ox mates [hn]without fail;
His cow calves and does not abort.
11 “They send forth their little ones like the flock,
And their children skip about.
12 “They [ho]sing to the timbrel and harp
And rejoice at the sound of the flute.
13 “They (VF)spend their days in prosperity,
And [hp]suddenly they go down to [hq]Sheol.
14 “They say to God, ‘(VG)Depart from us!
We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways.

Footnotes

  1. Job 1:3 Lit sons
  2. Job 1:6 I.e. the adversary, and so throughout chs 1 and 2
  3. Job 1:8 Lit set your heart to
  4. Job 1:8 Or revering
  5. Job 1:9 Lit Lord and said
  6. Job 1:12 Lit hand
  7. Job 1:14 Lit female donkeys
  8. Job 1:15 Lit Sheba
  9. Job 1:15 Lit fell upon
  10. Job 1:15 Lit smote
  11. Job 1:15 Lit only I alone, and so also vv 16, 17, 19
  12. Job 1:17 Lit smote
  13. Job 1:22 Lit ascribe unseemliness to
  14. Job 2:3 Lit set your heart to
  15. Job 2:3 Or revering
  16. Job 2:3 Lit swallow him up
  17. Job 2:6 Lit hand
  18. Job 3:1 Lit his day
  19. Job 3:2 Lit answered and said
  20. Job 3:3 Lit man-child
  21. Job 3:8 Or skillful
  22. Job 3:9 Lit eyelids
  23. Job 3:11 Lit from the womb
  24. Job 3:16 Lit hidden
  25. Job 3:17 Lit weary of strength
  26. Job 3:21 Lit wait
  27. Job 3:25 Lit the fear I fear and
  28. Job 4:1 Lit answered and said
  29. Job 4:2 Lit in words
  30. Job 4:4 Lit caused
  31. Job 4:4 Lit bowing
  32. Job 4:6 Or reverence
  33. Job 4:9 Lit wind
  34. Job 4:14 Lit the multitude of
  35. Job 4:15 Or breath passed over
  36. Job 4:17 Lit from
  37. Job 4:17 Lit from
  38. Job 5:4 Lit crushed
  39. Job 5:5 Lit Whose
  40. Job 5:5 Ancient versions read thirsty
  41. Job 5:9 Or Miracles
  42. Job 5:17 Heb Shaddai, and so throughout ch 6
  43. Job 5:18 Lit binds
  44. Job 5:19 Lit In
  45. Job 5:22 Lit beasts of the earth
  46. Job 5:25 Lit seed
  47. Job 6:1 Lit answered and said
  48. Job 6:4 Lit Whose
  49. Job 6:6 Heb hallamuth, meaning uncertain. Perhaps the juice of a plant
  50. Job 6:10 Lit hidden
  51. Job 6:11 Lit prolong my soul
  52. Job 6:13 So ancient versions
  53. Job 6:14 Or reverence
  54. Job 6:15 Or brooks
  55. Job 6:15 Or brooks
  56. Job 6:16 Lit hides itself
  57. Job 6:17 Or cease
  58. Job 6:18 Or caravans turn from their course, they go up into the waste and perish
  59. Job 6:20 Lit ashamed
  60. Job 6:30 Or words
  61. Job 7:1 Lit Has not man compulsory labor
  62. Job 7:4 Lit sated with
  63. Job 7:13 Lit bear
  64. Job 7:15 Lit bones
  65. Job 7:16 Or loathe
  66. Job 7:17 Lit set Your heart on
  67. Job 7:19 Lit How long will You not
  68. Job 8:1 Lit answered and said
  69. Job 8:3 Heb Shaddai
  70. Job 8:4 Lit hand
  71. Job 8:5 Heb Shaddai
  72. Job 8:6 Lit place
  73. Job 8:12 Lit reed
  74. Job 8:14 Lit house
  75. Job 8:15 Lit leans on
  76. Job 8:16 Lit is lush
  77. Job 8:17 Heb sees
  78. Job 8:18 Lit swallowed up
  79. Job 8:20 Lit strengthen the hand of
  80. Job 9:1 Lit answered and said
  81. Job 9:2 Lit with
  82. Job 9:4 Lit stiffened his neck against
  83. Job 9:4 Lit and remained safe
  84. Job 9:7 Lit and it does not shine
  85. Job 9:8 Lit treads upon the heights of
  86. Job 9:10 Lit until there is no searching out
  87. Job 9:14 Or plead my case
  88. Job 9:14 Lit with
  89. Job 9:15 Or plead my case
  90. Job 9:19 So with Gr; Heb me
  91. Job 9:26 Lit food
  92. Job 9:32 Lit judgment
  93. Job 10:1 Lit My soul loathes
  94. Job 10:3 Lit good
  95. Job 10:3 Lit You shine forth
  96. Job 10:8 Lit together round about
  97. Job 10:15 Lit see
  98. Job 10:17 Lit Changes and warfare are with me
  99. Job 10:20 Lit Put
  100. Job 11:1 Lit answered and said
  101. Job 11:6 Lit is double
  102. Job 11:6 Lit causes to be forgotten for you
  103. Job 11:8 Lit the heights of heaven
  104. Job 11:8 I.e. the nether world
  105. Job 11:11 Or even He does not consider
  106. Job 11:12 Lit A hollow man
  107. Job 11:12 Lit donkey
  108. Job 11:17 Lit duration of life
  109. Job 11:17 Lit above noonday
  110. Job 11:19 Lit face
  111. Job 11:20 Lit escape has perished from them
  112. Job 11:20 Lit the expiring of the soul
  113. Job 12:1 Lit answered and said
  114. Job 12:3 Lit with whom is there not like these?
  115. Job 12:4 Lit his
  116. Job 12:5 Lit Contempt for calamity is the thought of him who is at ease
  117. Job 12:6 Or He who brings God into his hand
  118. Job 12:11 Lit tastes food for itself
  119. Job 12:12 Lit length of days
  120. Job 12:14 Lit shuts against
  121. Job 12:14 Lit it is not opened
  122. Job 12:15 Lit overturn
  123. Job 12:17 Or stripped
  124. Job 12:18 Or discipline
  125. Job 12:19 Or stripped
  126. Job 12:23 Or spreads out
  127. Job 13:3 Heb Shaddai
  128. Job 13:11 Lit exaltation
  129. Job 13:14 Lit palm
  130. Job 13:15 Lit to His face
  131. Job 13:21 Lit palm
  132. Job 13:23 Or transgression
  133. Job 13:27 Lit carve for
  134. Job 13:28 Lit he is
  135. Job 14:1 Lit short of days
  136. Job 14:3 So with some ancient versions; M.T. me
  137. Job 14:5 Lit made
  138. Job 14:6 Lit cease
  139. Job 14:6 Lit makes acceptable
  140. Job 14:7 Or cease
  141. Job 14:11 Lit disappears
  142. Job 14:12 Lit They
  143. Job 14:12 Lit their
  144. Job 14:13 I.e. the nether world
  145. Job 14:17 Lit plaster; or glue together
  146. Job 14:18 Lit withers
  147. Job 14:22 Lit flesh
  148. Job 15:1 Lit answered and said
  149. Job 15:2 Lit his belly
  150. Job 15:4 Lit fear
  151. Job 15:9 Lit is not within us?
  152. Job 15:20 Lit the number of years are
  153. Job 15:21 Lit A sound of terrors is
  154. Job 15:23 Lit ready at his hand
  155. Job 15:25 Heb Shaddai
  156. Job 15:26 Lit with a stiff neck
  157. Job 15:26 Lit the thick-bossed shields
  158. Job 15:28 Or heaps
  159. Job 15:30 Lit turn aside
  160. Job 15:31 Lit exchange
  161. Job 15:34 Lit a bribe
  162. Job 15:35 Or pain
  163. Job 15:35 Lit belly
  164. Job 16:1 Lit answered and said
  165. Job 16:2 Lit Comforters of trouble
  166. Job 16:4 Lit your soul were in place of my soul
  167. Job 16:9 Lit borne a grudge against me
  168. Job 16:9 Lit sharpens his eyes
  169. Job 16:10 Lit struck
  170. Job 16:19 Or witness
  171. Job 16:20 Or drips
  172. Job 17:1 Lit graves
  173. Job 17:2 Lit lodges
  174. Job 17:3 Lit strike hands with me
  175. Job 17:4 Lit hidden
  176. Job 17:6 Lit a spitting to the faces
  177. Job 17:10 With some ancient mss and versions; M.T. them
  178. Job 17:13 Lit spread out
  179. Job 17:16 So the Gr; Heb possibly Let my limbs sink down to Sheol, since there is rest in the dust for all
  180. Job 18:1 Lit answered and said
  181. Job 18:4 Lit he...tears himself...his
  182. Job 18:5 Lit spark
  183. Job 18:7 Lit steps of his strength
  184. Job 18:13 Heb It eats parts of his skin
  185. Job 18:13 Or parts
  186. Job 18:14 Lit his tent his trust
  187. Job 18:14 Or you or she shall march
  188. Job 18:15 A suggested reading is Fire dwells in his tent
  189. Job 18:18 Lit They drive him...And chase him
  190. Job 18:20 Lit who come after
  191. Job 18:20 Lit day
  192. Job 18:20 Lit who have gone before
  193. Job 19:1 Lit answered and said
  194. Job 19:2 Lit my soul
  195. Job 19:12 I.e. siegework
  196. Job 19:17 Lit strange
  197. Job 19:19 Lit the men of my council
  198. Job 19:25 Or Vindicator, defender; lit kinsman
  199. Job 19:25 Or as the Last
  200. Job 19:25 Lit dust
  201. Job 19:26 Lit which they have cut off
  202. Job 19:27 Or on my side
  203. Job 19:27 Lit kidneys
  204. Job 19:27 Lit in my loins
  205. Job 19:28 Or the root of the matter is found in him
  206. Job 20:1 Lit answered and said
  207. Job 20:2 Lit return
  208. Job 20:2 Lit haste within me
  209. Job 20:6 Lit goes up to
  210. Job 20:10 Or seek the favor of
  211. Job 20:11 Lit on
  212. Job 20:13 Lit has compassion on
  213. Job 20:13 Lit palate
  214. Job 20:14 Lit gall
  215. Job 20:20 Lit in his belly
  216. Job 20:21 Or of what he devours
  217. Job 20:23 Or as his food
  218. Job 21:1 Lit answered and said
  219. Job 21:4 Or against
  220. Job 21:4 Lit my spirit
  221. Job 21:8 Lit seed
  222. Job 21:10 Lit and does not fail
  223. Job 21:12 Lit lifted up the voice
  224. Job 21:13 So with most versions; M.T. are shattered by Sheol
  225. Job 21:13 I.e. the nether world