Job 29-31 Darby’s Translation

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Job Recalls His Former Glory

29 1  And Job continued his parable and said, 2  Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when +God preserved me; 3  When his lamp shone over my head, [and] by his light I walked through darkness; 4  As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret counsel of +God was over my tent, 5  When the Almighty was yet with me, my young men round about me; 6  When my steps were bathed in milk, and the rock poured out beside me rivers of oil! ...

7  When I went out to the gate by the city, when I prepared my seat on the broadway, 8  The young men saw me, and hid themselves; and the aged arose [and] stood up; 9  Princes refrained from talking, and laid the hand on their mouth; 10  The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue cleaved to their palate. 11  When the ear heard [me], then it blessed me, and when the eye saw [me], it gave witness to me; 12  For I delivered the afflicted that cried, and the fatherless who had no helper. 13  The blessing of him that was perishing came upon me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. 14  I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was as a mantle and a turban. 15  I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame; 16  I was a father to the needy, and the cause which I knew not I searched out; 17  And I broke the jaws of the unrighteous, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

18  And I said, I shall die in my nest, and multiply my days as the sand; 19  My root shall be spread out to the waters, and the dew will lie all night on my branch; 20  My glory shall be fresh in me, and my bow be renewed in my hand. 21  Unto me they listened, and waited, and kept silence for my counsel: 22  After my words they spoke not again, and my speech dropped upon them; 23  And they waited for me as for the rain, and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. 24  [If] I laughed on them, they believed [it] not; and they troubled not the serenity of my countenance. 25  I chose their way, and sat as chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth mourners.

Job Bewails His Present Affliction

30 1  But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my flock. 2  Yea, whereto [should] the strength of their hands [profit] me, [men] in whom vigour hath perished? 3  Withered up through want and hunger, they flee into waste places long since desolate and desert: 4  They gather the salt-wort among the bushes, and the roots of the broom for their food. 5  They are driven forth from among [men]—they cry after them as after a thief— 6  To dwell in gloomy gorges, in caves of the earth and the rocks: 7  They bray among the bushes; under the brambles they are gathered together: 8  Sons of fools, and sons of nameless sires, they are driven out of the land. 9  And now I am their song, yea, I am their byword. 10  They abhor me, they stand aloof from me, yea, they spare not to spit in my face. 11  For he hath loosed my cord and afflicted me; so they cast off the bridle before me. 12  At [my] right hand rise the young brood; they push away my feet, and raise up against me their pernicious ways; 13  They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, without any to help them; 14  They come in as through a wide breach: amid the confusion they roll themselves onward.

15  Terrors are turned against me; they pursue mine honour as the wind; and my welfare is passed away like a cloud. 16  And now my soul is poured out in me; days of affliction have taken hold upon me. 17  The night pierceth through my bones [and detacheth them] from me, and my gnawing pains take no rest: 18  By their great force they have become my raiment; they bind me about as the collar of my coat. 19  He hath cast me into the mire, and I have become like dust and ashes. 20  I cry unto thee, and thou answerest me not; I stand up, and thou lookest at me. 21  Thou art changed to a cruel one to me; with the strength of thy hand thou pursuest me. 22  Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to be borne away, and dissolvest my substance. 23  For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and into the house of assemblage for all living. 24  Indeed, no prayer [availeth] when he stretcheth out [his] hand: though they cry when he destroyeth. 25  Did not I weep for him whose days were hard? was not my soul grieved for the needy? 26  For I expected good, and there came evil; and I waited for light, but there came darkness. 27  My bowels well up, and rest not; days of affliction have confronted me. 28  I go about blackened, but not by the sun; I stand up, I cry in the congregation. 29  I am become a brother to jackals, and a companion of ostriches. 30  My skin is become black [and falleth] off me, and my bones are parched with heat. 31  My harp also is [turned] to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of weepers.

Job Asserts His Integrity

31 1  I made a covenant with mine eyes; and how should I fix my regard upon a maid? 2  For what would have been [my] portion of +God from above, and what the heritage of the Almighty from on high? 3  Is not calamity for the unrighteous? and misfortune for the workers of iniquity? 4  Doth not he see my ways, and number all my steps? 5  If I have walked with falsehood, and my foot hath hasted to deceit, 6  (Let me be weighed in an even balance, and +God will take knowledge of my blamelessness;) 7  If my step have turned out of the way, and my heart followed mine eyes, and if any blot cleaveth to my hands; 8  Let me sow, and another eat; and let mine offspring be rooted out.

9  If my heart have been enticed unto a woman, so that I laid wait at my neighbour's door, 10  Let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down upon her. 11  For this is an infamy; yea, it is an iniquity [to be judged by] the judges: 12  For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase. 13  If I have despised the cause of my bondman or of my bondmaid, when they contended with me, 14  What then should I do when God riseth up? and if he visited, what should I answer him? 15  Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not One fashion us in the womb?

16  If I have withheld the poor from [their] desire, or caused the eyes of the widow to fail; 17  Or have eaten my morsel alone, so that the fatherless ate not thereof, 18  (For from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, and I have guided the [widow] from my mother's womb;) 19  If I have seen any perishing for want of clothing, or any needy without covering; 20  If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my lambs; 21  If I have lifted up my hand against an orphan, because I saw my help in the gate: 22  [Then] let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone! 23  For calamity from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his excellency I was powerless.

24  If I have made gold my hope, or said to the fine gold, My confidence! 25  If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gotten much; 26  If I beheld the sun when it shone, or the moon walking in brightness, 27  And my heart have been secretly enticed, so that my mouth kissed my hand: 28  This also would be an iniquity for the judge, for I should have denied the God who is above. 29  If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, and exulted when evil befell him; 30  (Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by asking his life with a curse;) 31  If the men of my tent said not, Who shall find one that hath not been satisfied with his meat?— 32  The stranger did not lodge without; I opened my doors to the pathway.

33  If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom, 34  Because I feared the great multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and went not out of the door, ... 35  Oh that I had one to hear me! Behold my signature: let the Almighty answer me! And let mine opponent write an accusation! 36  Would I not take it upon my shoulder? I would bind it on to me [as] a crown; 37  I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I come near to him. 38  If my land cry out against me, and its furrows weep together; 39  If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, and have tormented to death the souls of its owners: 40  Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and tares instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

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