Job Says God Seems to Ignore Wrongs

24 (A)Why are [a]times not stored up by the Almighty,
And why do those who know Him not see (B)His [b]days?
People (C)remove landmarks;
They seize and [c]devour flocks.
They drive away the donkeys of (D)orphans;
They seize the (E)widow’s ox as a pledge.
They push (F)the needy aside from the road;
The (G)poor of the land have to hide themselves together.
Behold, like (H)wild donkeys in the wilderness
They (I)go out scavenging for food in their activity,
As [d]bread for their children in the desert.
They harvest their feed in the field
And glean the vineyard of the wicked.
(J)They spend the night naked, without clothing,
And have no covering against the cold.
They are wet from the mountain rains,
And they hug the rock for lack of a shelter.
Others snatch an (K)orphan from the breast,
And they seize it as a pledge against the poor.
10 The poor move about naked without clothing,
And they carry sheaves, while going hungry.
11 Within the walls they produce oil;
They tread wine presses but go thirsty.
12 From the city people groan,
And the souls of the wounded cry for help;
Yet God (L)does not pay attention to the offensiveness.

13 [e]Others have been with those who rebel against the light;
They do not want to know its ways
Nor stay in its paths.
14 The murderer (M)arises at dawn;
He (N)kills the poor and the needy,
And at night he is like a thief.
15 The eye of the (O)adulterer watches for [f]twilight,
Saying, ‘No eye will see me.’
And he [g]disguises his face.
16 In the darkness they (P)dig into houses,
They (Q)shut themselves up by day;
They do not know the light.
17 For the morning is the same to him as thick darkness,
For he is familiar with the (R)terrors of thick darkness.

18 “They are [h](S)insignificant on the surface of the water;
Their plot of land on the earth is (T)cursed.
They do not turn [i]toward the (U)vineyards.
19 Dryness and heat (V)snatch away the snow waters,
As [j](W)Sheol snatches those who have sinned.
20 A [k](X)mother will forget him;
The (Y)maggot feeds sweetly until he is (Z)no longer remembered.
And injustice will be broken (AA)like a tree.
21 He wrongs the [l]infertile woman,
And does no good for (AB)the widow.
22 But He drags off the mighty by (AC)His power;
He rises, but (AD)no one has assurance of life.
23 He provides them (AE)with security, and they are supported;
And His (AF)eyes are on their ways.
24 They are exalted a (AG)little while, then they are gone;
Moreover, they are (AH)brought low, and like everything they are gathered up;
Like the heads of grain they wither.
25 Now if it is not so, (AI)who can prove me a liar,
And make my speech worthless?”

Bildad Says Mankind Is Inferior

25 Then Bildad the Shuhite responded,

(AJ)Dominion and awe [m]belong to Him
Who makes peace in (AK)His heights.
Is there any number to (AL)His troops?
And upon whom does His light not rise?
How then can mankind be (AM)righteous with God?
Or how can anyone who is born of woman be (AN)pure?
If even (AO)the moon has no brightness
And the (AP)stars are not pure in His sight,
How much less (AQ)man, that (AR)maggot,
And a son of man, that worm!”

Job Rebukes Bildad

26 Then Job responded,

“What a help you are to [n](AS)the weak!
You have saved the arm (AT)without strength!
What advice you have given to one without wisdom!
What helpful insight you have abundantly [o]provided!
To whom have you uttered words?
And whose [p]spirit was expressed through you?

The Greatness of God

“The [q](AU)departed spirits are made to tremble
Under the waters and their inhabitants.
[r](AV)Sheol is naked before Him,
And [s](AW)Abaddon has no covering.
He (AX)stretches out the north over empty space
And hangs the earth on nothing.
He (AY)wraps up the waters in His clouds,
And the cloud does not burst under them.
He [t](AZ)obscures the face of the [u]full moon
And spreads His cloud over it.
10 He has inscribed a (BA)circle on the surface of the waters
At the (BB)boundary of light and darkness.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble
And are amazed at His rebuke.
12 With His power He (BC)quieted the sea,
And by His (BD)understanding He shattered [v](BE)Rahab.
13 By His breath the (BF)heavens are [w]cleared;
His hand has pierced (BG)the fleeing serpent.
14 Behold, these are the fringes of His ways;
And how faint (BH)a word we hear of Him!
But His mighty (BI)thunder, who can understand?”

Job Affirms His Righteousness

27 Job again took up his (BJ)discourse and said,

“As God lives, (BK)who has taken away my right,
And the Almighty, (BL)who has embittered my soul,
For as long as [x]life is in me,
And the [y](BM)breath of God is in my nostrils,
My lips certainly will not speak unjustly,
Nor will (BN)my tongue mutter deceit.
Far be it from me that I should declare you right;
Until I die, (BO)I will not [z]give up my integrity.
I have (BP)kept hold of my righteousness and will not let it go.
My heart does not rebuke any of my days.

The State of the Godless

“May my enemy be as the wicked,
And [aa]my opponent as the criminal.
For what is (BQ)the hope of the godless when he makes an end of life,
When God requires (BR)his [ab]life?
Will God (BS)hear his cry
When (BT)distress comes upon him?
10 Or will he take (BU)pleasure in the Almighty?
Will he call on God at all times?
11 I will instruct you in the [ac]power of God;
What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 Behold, all of you have seen it;
Why then do you talk of nothing?

13 “This is (BV)the portion of a wicked person from God,
And the inheritance which (BW)tyrants receive from the Almighty:
14 Though his sons are many, [ad]they are destined (BX)for the sword;
And his (BY)descendants will not be satisfied with bread.
15 His survivors will be buried because of the plague,
And [ae]their (BZ)widows will not be able to weep.
16 Though he piles up silver like dust,
And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay,
17 He may prepare it, (CA)but the righteous will wear it
And the innocent will divide the silver.
18 He has built his (CB)house like the [af]spider’s web,
Or a hut which the watchman has made.
19 He lies down rich, but never [ag]again;
He opens his eyes, and (CC)it no longer exists.
20 (CD)Terrors overtake him like a flood;
A storm steals him away (CE)in the night.
21 The east (CF)wind carries him away, and he is gone;
For it sweeps him (CG)away from his place.
22 For it will hurl at him (CH)without mercy;
He will certainly try to (CI)flee from its [ah]power.
23 People will [ai]clap their hands at him,
And will (CJ)whistle at him from their places.

Job Tells of Earth’s Treasures

28 “Certainly there is a [aj]mine for silver
And a place [ak]for refining gold.
Iron is taken from the dust,
And copper is smelted from rock.
Man puts an end to darkness,
And (CK)to the farthest limit he searches out
The rock in gloom and deep shadow.
He [al]sinks a shaft away from [am]inhabited areas,
Forgotten by the foot;
They hang and swing, away from people.
[an]From the earth comes food,
And underneath, it is turned over like fire.
Its rocks are the [ao]source of sapphires,
And its dust contains gold.
No bird of prey knows the path,
Nor has the falcon’s eye caught sight of it.
The [ap]proud animals have not trodden it,
Nor has the lion passed over it.
He puts his hand on the flint;
He overturns the mountains at the [aq]base.
10 He carves out channels through the rocks,
And his eye sees anything precious.
11 He dams up the streams from [ar]flowing,
And brings to light what is hidden.

The Search for Wisdom Is Harder

12 “But (CL)where can wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
13 (CM)Mankind does not know its value,
Nor is it found in the land of the living.
14 The ocean depth says, ‘It is not in me’;
And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
15 (CN)Pure gold cannot be given in exchange for it,
Nor can silver be weighed as its price.
16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
In precious onyx, or sapphire.
17 (CO)Gold or glass cannot equal it,
Nor can it be exchanged for articles of pure gold.
18 Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned;
And the acquisition of (CP)wisdom is more valuable than pearls.
19 The topaz of [as]Cush cannot equal it,
Nor can it be valued in (CQ)pure gold.
20 (CR)Where then does wisdom come from?
And where is this place of understanding?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living creature,
And concealed from the birds of the sky.
22 [at](CS)Abaddon and Death say,
‘With our ears we have heard a report of it.’

23 (CT)God understands its way,
And He knows its place.
24 For He (CU)looks to the ends of the earth;
He sees everything under the heavens.
25 When He imparted (CV)weight to the wind,
And (CW)assessed the waters by measure,
26 When He made a (CX)limit for the rain,
And a course for the (CY)thunderbolt,
27 Then He saw it and declared it;
He established it and also searched it out.
28 And to mankind He said, ‘Behold, the (CZ)fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
And to turn away from evil is understanding.’”

Footnotes

  1. Job 24:1 I.e., of judgment for the wicked
  2. Job 24:1 I.e., of judgment for the wicked
  3. Job 24:2 Or pasture
  4. Job 24:5 Lit his bread
  5. Job 24:13 Lit They
  6. Job 24:15 Lit the twilight
  7. Job 24:15 Or puts a covering on his face
  8. Job 24:18 Or light; or swift
  9. Job 24:18 Lit to the path of
  10. Job 24:19 I.e., the netherworld
  11. Job 24:20 Lit womb
  12. Job 24:21 Lit infertile who does not bear
  13. Job 25:2 Lit are with Him
  14. Job 26:2 Lit no strength
  15. Job 26:3 Lit made known
  16. Job 26:4 Lit breath has gone forth
  17. Job 26:5 Or shades; Heb Rephaim
  18. Job 26:6 I.e., the netherworld
  19. Job 26:6 I.e., the place of destruction
  20. Job 26:9 Lit covers
  21. Job 26:9 Or throne
  22. Job 26:12 I.e., a sea monster, not to be confused with Rahab in Joshua 2
  23. Job 26:13 Lit beauty
  24. Job 27:3 Lit breath
  25. Job 27:3 Or spirit
  26. Job 27:5 Lit remove from me
  27. Job 27:7 Lit one who rises up against me
  28. Job 27:8 Or soul
  29. Job 27:11 Lit hand
  30. Job 27:14 Lit the sword is for them
  31. Job 27:15 As in ancient versions; Heb his
  32. Job 27:18 As in ancient versions; Heb moth
  33. Job 27:19 As in ancient versions; Heb will be gathered
  34. Job 27:22 Lit hand
  35. Job 27:23 I.e., mock and ridicule him
  36. Job 28:1 Lit source
  37. Job 28:1 Lit for gold they refine
  38. Job 28:4 Lit breaks open
  39. Job 28:4 Lit sojourning
  40. Job 28:5 Lit Earth, from it
  41. Job 28:6 Or place
  42. Job 28:8 Lit sons of pride
  43. Job 28:9 Lit root
  44. Job 28:11 Lit weeping
  45. Job 28:19 Or Ethiopia
  46. Job 28:22 I.e., Destruction