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jny, and or sending portions one to another, from among the Jews, nor the memcrial of want gifts to the poor.
them perislı from their seed. 23 And the Jews undertook to do as they 29 Thien Esther the queen, the daughter of bad begun, and as Mordecai had written un- Abihail, and Mordecaiibe Jew, wrote with all to them;
authority,lo confirm this second letterorPuriin 24 Because llaman die son of Hammedatha 3. And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had to the hundred twenty and seven provinces devised against the Jews 10 destroy them, of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of and had cast Pur (that is, the lol) to consume peace and truth, ther, and to destroy thein:
31 To confirm these days of Purim in -5 But when Esther came before the king, their times appointed, according as Mordecai he cominanded by letters, that his wicked the Jew and Esther the queen lod enjoined device, which he devised against the Jews, them, and as they had decreed for inem. should return upon lois own liead, and that selves, and for their seed, the matters of ine lie and his sons should be hanged on the gal- fastings and their cry. lows.
*32 And the decree of Esther confirmed 26 Wherefore they called these days Pu- these matters of Purim; and it was written rim, asier the name of Pur: therefore, for all in the book. live words of this letter, and of that which they
CHAP. X. hvad seen concerning this matter, and which Ambieland, and upon the isles of the sca
ND the king had come unto them,
27 The Jews ordained, and took upon 2 And all the acts of his power, and of his them, and upon their seed, and upon all such might, and the declaration of the greatness as joined themselves unto them, so as it should of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced not fail, that they would keep these two days him, are they not written in the book of the according to their writing, and according to Chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? their appointed time, every year;
3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto 28 And that these days should be remem- king Aliasuerus, and great among the Jews, bered, and kept throughout every generation, and accepted of the multiude of his breevery family, every province, and every city; thren, seeking the wealth of liis people, and ind that these days of Puriin should not sail, speaking peace to all his seed.
1 The Book of JOB. CHAP. ).
Iconsidered my servant Job, that there is none a on , up whose name was Jobs; and that man right man, one that seareth God, and eswas perfect and upriglit, and one that fear-chiewell evil? ed God, and eschewed evil.
9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and 2 And there were born unto hiin seven said, doti Job sear God for nought ? sons and three davgliters.
10 Hast not thiou made an hedge about 3 His substance also was seven thousand him, and about bis house, and about all that sleer, and three thousand camels, and five be nath on every side! thou hast blessed the hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred work of liis baids, and his substance is inslie-asses, and a very great household; socreased in the land : hat this man was the greatest of ail the men 11 Bui pui forth tnine hand now, and of the east.
touch all that lie bath, and he will curse 4 And his sons wer:t and feasted in their thee to thy face. houses, every one his day; and sent and 12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, called for thieir three sisters, to cat and to all that he hali is in thy power; only upon drink with them.
hinself put not forth thine hand. Só Satan 5 And it was so, when the days of their went forth from the presence of the LORD feasting were gone about, that Joh sent and 13 [ And there was a day when bis sins sanctified them, and rose up early in the and his daughters were eating and drinking morning, and offered burnt-olierings accord-wine in their eldest brother's house : ing lo the number of them all: for Jol, said, 14 And there came a messenger unto Job, It may be that my sons have sinned, and and said, The oxon were plowing, and the cursed God in their hicarts. Thus did Job asses feeding beside them; continually.
15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and 6 I Now there was a day when the sons of took them away; yea, they have slain the God came to present themselves before the servants with the edge of the sword; and i Lokd, and Satan came also among them. only am escaped alone to tell thee.
7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence 16 Wbile lie rus yet speaking, there came comest thou? Then Satan answered the also another, and said. The hue of God is Lors, and said, From going to and fro in fallen from leaven, and liath burned up the the earth, and from walking up and down sheep, and the servants, and constuned them, in it.
and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. & And the LORD said unto Satan, l'as! thou! 17 While he was yet speaking, there capie also another, and said, The Chaldeans made an appointment together to como to mourn out three bands, and fell upon the camels, with him, and to comfort him. and have carried thein away, yea, and slain 12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar the servants with the edge of the sword; and off, and knew him not, they listed up their I only am escaped alone to tell thee. voice, and wept; and they rent every one
13 While he was yet speaking, there wis mantle, and sprinkled dust upon theircame also another, and said, Thy sons and beads toward heaven. thy daughters were earing and drinking wine 13 So they sat down with him upon thie in their eldest brother's house:
ground seven days and seven nights ; and 19 And, behold, there caine a great wind none spake a word unto his for they saw from the wilderness, and since the four cor- that his grief was very great. Fiers of the house, and it fell upon the young
CHAP. III. men, and they are dead; and I ouly am
AFTER this apened Job bis mouth, and escaped aloue to tell thee.
cursed 20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, 2 And Job spake, and said, and shaved luis head, and fell down upon the 3 Let ihe day perislı wherein I was born, ground, and worshipped,
and the night in which it was said, 'There is 21. And said, Naked came l out of my a man-child conceived. mother's womb, and naked shall I return 4 Lel that day be darkness ; let not God thither : the Lord gave, and the Lord hath regard it from above, neiilier let the liglia taken away; blessed be the name of the shine upon it. LORD.
5 Let darkness and the shadow of death 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged stain it ; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the God foolishly.
biackness of the day terrify it. CHAP. II.
6 As for that niglie, le darkness seize up. of God came to present themselves be- the year; let it not come into the number of fore the LORD, and Satan came also among the inonths. them, to present himself before the LORI). 7 Lo, let that night be solitary; let no joy
2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From ful voice come therein. whence comest thou ! Ani Satan answered 8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who the Lord, and said, From going to and fro are ready to raise up their mourning. in the earth, and from walking up and down 9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be in it.
dark ; let it look for light, but have none; 3 And the LORD said unto Salan, Hast neither let it see the dawning of the day: thou considered my servant Job, that there is 10 Because it sbut not up the doors of my none like him in the earth, a perfect and an mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine upright man, one that feareth God, and es- eyes. cheweih evil? and still he lioldeth fast his in- 11 Why died I not from the womb ? why tegrity, although thou movedst me agains! did I not give up the ghost when I came out him, io destroy him without cause. of the belly?
4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, 12 Why did the knees prévent me? or
13 For now sliould I have lain still and
14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, 6 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, which built desolate places for themselves; ne is in thine hand; but save liis life. 15 Or with princes that bad gold, who fill
71 So went Salan forth from the presence ed il:eir houses with silver :
8 And be took bim a potsherd to scrape 17 There the wicked cease from troubling
18 There the prisoners rest together; they SI Then said his wife unto him, Dost hear not the voice of the oppressor. thou still relain thine integritv? curse God, 19 The small and great are there ; and the and die.
servant is free from his master. 10 Bint he said unto her, Thou speakest as 20. Wherefore is ligl:t given to him that is one of the foolish women speaketh. Wisat! in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; shall we receive good at the hand of God, 21 Whichi long lor death, but il cometh not and shall we not receive evil? In all this did and dig for it more than for bid treasures ; not Job, sin with liis lips.
2"? Which rejoice exceedingly, und are glao 11 Now, when Job's three friends heard when they can find the grave? of all this evil that was come upon him, they 23 Why is light given to a man whose way came every one from his own place; Eliphaz is hid, and whom God hath hedged in? thie Temanite, and Bildad the Shubite, and 24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and Zephat the Naamathite : for they had made my roarings are poured out like the waters,
T and said,
*5 For the thing which I greatly feared is taketh it even ont of the thorns, and the roocome upon me, and that which I was al:91d ber swalloweth up their substance. of is come upto me.
6 Although affliction cometh not forth of thi I was not in safety, neither had I rest, the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of geither was I quiet; vet trouble came. the ground; CHAP. IV.
7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the THEX Elipliaz the Temanile answered sparks flv mpwaru.
8 I would seek into God, and unto God 2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt would I commit my cauze; thou he grieveil: but who can withhold beim- 9 Which doeth great ihings ard unsearch. self from speaking?
able; marvelous things without nunnner : 3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and 10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, and shou hast strengthened the weak lands. sendeth waters tipon the fields :
4 Thy words have upholden him that was Il To set upon hiigli:hose biai be low'; !hat falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble those which mourn may be exalted in safety: knees.
12 He disappointeth the devices of the 5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou craliy, so that ibeir liands cannot perform laintest;ittoucheth thee,and thou art troubled their enterprise.
6 ls not this tiy fear, thy confidence, thy 13 He taketh the wise in their own crafii hope, and the uprightness of thy ways? ness ; and the counsel of the froward is car.
Remember, I pray thee, who erer per- ried headlong. ished, being innocent ? or where were the 14 They meet with darkness in the day-time, righteous cut off?
and grope in the noon-day as in the night. & Even as I have seen, they that now in- 13 But he saveth the poor from the sword, quity, and sow wickedness, reap the same from their mouth, and from the land of the
'9 By the blast of Gor they perish, and by mighty. be breath of his nostrils are they consumed. 1o So the poor bath hope, and iniquity
10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice stoppeth ber mouth. of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young i7 Behold, happy is the man whom Gol lions, are broken.
correctetli ; therefore despise nol thou the 11 The old lion perishetli for lack of prey, chastening of the Almighty : and the stout lion's whelps are scattered 18 For lle maketh sore, and bindeth up; Abrcal.
he woundell, and his liands make wliole. 1Now a thing was secretly brought to 19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles ; me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
yea, in seven there shall no evil louch thee. 13 In thoughts from the visions of the 20 In famine he shall redeem thice from right, when deep sleep falleth on men, death; and in war from the power of the
14 Fear came upon me, and trembling sword. which made all my bones to sliake.
21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge ci 15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the tongne ; neither shalt thou be afraid of che hair of iny flesh stood up:
destruction when it cometh. 16 It stood still, but I could not discern the 22 At destruction and famine thou shall orm thereof: an image 20.s before mine eyes; laugh; neither shalt thou be afraid of the Chere iras :ilence, and I beard a voice, saying beasts of the earth.
17 Shailinortal man be more just than God? 23 For thou slrall be in league with the Bl:all a man be more pure than his Maker? stries of the lield ; and the beasts of the field
18 Beliokl. lp put no trus' in his servants; shall be at peace withi thee. and his angels he charged with folly :
24. And iliou shall know that thiv taberna. 13 How much less in them that dwell in cle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy houses of clay, whose foundation is in the habitation, and shall not sin. du !, which are crushed before the mo!h ? 25 Thou shall know also that thy seed
2) They are destroyed from morning to shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass evening: they perislı for ever, without any of the earth. regarding it.
26 Thou shall come to thy grave in a full 21. Doch not their excellency which is in age, like as a shock of corn cometh m his tiem go away? they die,even without wisdom. season. CHAP. V.
27 Lo, this, we have searched it, so it is, CALL NOW Ifahare de lange that will and hear it, and know how it for uby good. swer thee; and to which of saints
. VI. wilt thou turn ?
UT Job answered and said, 2 For wrath killed the foolish
2 Oh that my gries were thoroughly envy slayeth the silly one.
weighied, and my calamity laid in the bal. 3! have seen the foolish laking rool : but ances together! analdenly I cursed his habitation.
3 For now it would he heavier than the 4 liis children are far from safety, and sand of the sea : therefore my words are they are cruclied in the gate, neither is there swallowed up. aurin deliver them.
4 For the arrows of the Almighty are withj Wiose barvesilinn Inngry eatoeb up, andlin me, the poison whereof drinketh up my 377
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spirit : the terrois of God do set themselves. 2 As a servant earriestly desireth the sha in array against me.
dow, and as an hireling looketh for the re5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath ward of his work ; grass ? or loweth the ox over his fodder ? 3 So am I made to possess months of vani
6 Can that which is unsavoury be eaten ty, and wearisome niglits are appointed to me. without salt? or is there any taste in the 4 When I lie down, I say, When shall } white of an egg?
arise, and the night be gone? and I am full 7 The things that my soul resused to touch of lossings to and fro uirto the daw ning of are as my sorrowful meal.
the day. 8 Oh that I might have my request; and that 5 My flesh is clothed with worins and clode Gol would grant me the thing that I long for of dust; my skin is broken, and become
9 Even that it would please God to destroy loathsome. me; that he would let loose his hand, and 6 My days are swifter than a weaver's cut me off!
shuttle, and are spent without lope. 10 Then should I yet have comfort; yea, l 70 remeinber ihat my life is wind; mine would liarden myselí ju sorrow: let bim nou eye shall no more see good. spare; for I have not concealed the words of 3 Tlie eye of him that bath seen me shall the Holy One.
see me no more : thine eyes are upon me, 11 What is my strength, that I should aud I am not. hope ? and what is mine end, that I should 9 As the cloud is consumed and vanishieth prolong my life?
away; so be that goeth down to the grave 12 Is my strength the strength of stones ? shall come up no more. or is my flesh of brass ?
10 He shall return no more 10 his louse, 13 Is not my help in me? and is wisdom neither shall his place know him any more. driven quite from me ?
11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth 14 To him that is afflicted pity shord be I will speak in the anguish of
1 shewed from liis friend; but he forsaketh the will complain in the biiterness of my soul. fear of the Almighty.
12 Am I a sea, or a wbale, that thou set15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a test a watch over me? brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass 13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, away ;
my couch shall ease my complaint ; 16 Which are blackish by reason of the 14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, ice, and wherein the snow is bid :
and terrifiest me through visions ; 17 What time they wax warm, they va- 15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, pish: when it is hot, they are consumed out and death rather than my life. of their place.
16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: les 18 The paths of their way are turned me alone; for my days are vanity. aside; they'go 10 nothing, and perish. 17 What is man, that thou shouldest mag
19 The iroops of Tema looked, the coming him ? and that thou sliouldest set thine panies of Sheba waited for them.
heart upon him ? 20 They were confounded because they had 18 And that thou shouldest visit him every hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed. morning, and iry him every moment ?
21 For now ye are nothing; ye see myj 19 How long wilt thou noi depart from me casting down, and are afraid.
nor let me alone till I swallow down my spiules 22 Did I say, Bring unto me? vr, Give a 201 have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, reward for me of your substance ?
O ihou Preserver of men : why last thou set 23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's land? me as a mark against thee, so that I am a or, Redeem me froin the hand of the miglity ? burden to myselí?
24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue; 21 And wliy dost thou no! pardon my and cause me to understand wlierem liave transgression, and take away wine iniquity?
for now shall I sleep in tlie dus!; and thou 25 How forcible are right words! but what shall seek me in the morning,bul I shall not be doth your arguing reprove ?
CHAP. Vill. 26 'Do ye imagine to reprove words, and WHEN answered Bildad the Shulile, and the speeches of one that is desperale, which said, are as wind ?
2 How long wilt thou speak these things ! 27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and and how long shall the words of thy mouth ye dig a pit for your friend. 28 Now therefore be coiftent; look upon
be like a strong wind?
3 Doth Gol pervert judgment ? or doth me: for it is evident unto you if I lie. the Almighty pervert justice?
29 Return, I pray you, lei it not be iniquity; 4 If thy children liave sinned against him, yea, return again, my rigliteousness is in it. and he liave cast them away for their transe
30 Is there iniquity in my longue? cannot gression; my laste discern perverse illings?
5 Ifthou wouldest seek unto God belimes. CHAP. VII.
and make thy supplication to the Almigly; Tabere not an appointed time to man upon
6 II thou wert pure and upright; surely earth are noi his days also like the days now he would awake for thee, and make the of an hireling?
Thabitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
7 Though thy beginning was small, yell would I no answer, brul I would make sure my latter end should greatly increase. plication to my judge.
8 For, enquire, I pray thee, of the former 16 IM I had called, and he had answered age, and prepare thyself to the search of me; yet, would I not believe that he had their fathers;
hearkened unto iny voice. 9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know 17 For lie breaketh me with a lempest, nothing, because our days upon earth are a and multiplieth my wounds without cause. slarlow :)
18 He will not suffer ine to lake my breath, 10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, but filletli me with bitterness. and utter words out of their lieart ?
19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong II Can ibe rusli grow up without mire ? and if or judgment, who shia! set me a time can the flag grow without water ? to plead?
12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not 20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth cul d wn, it withereth before any other berb: shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it
13 So are the paths of all thai lorgel God; sliall also prove me perverse. and the nypocrite's hope shall perishi: 21 Though I were perfect, yel would I not
14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose k...ow my soul; I would despise my life. trust slull be a spider's web.
22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, 13 He shall lean upon his house, but it He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked. shall not stand; lie shall hold it fast, but it 23 If tlie scourge slay sudulenly, he will shall not endure.
laugh at the trial of the innocent. 16 He is green before the sun, and his 24 The earth is given into tbe land of the branch shooteth forth in his garden. wicked: he covereth the face of the judges
17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, thereof'; if not, where, and who is be? ind seeth the place of stones.
25 Now my days are swifter than a post; 18 If he desiroy him from his place, then it they fee away, they see no good. shall deny him, saying, I have_got seen thee. 26 They are passed away as the swist
19 Behold this is the joy of his way, and ships; as the eagle that lasteth to the prey. out of the earth shall others grow.
27 iri say, I will forget my complaini, 1. 20 Behold, God will not cast away a per. will leave off my heaviness, and comfort fect man, neither will he help the evil doers; myself ;
21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, 28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I kno:v and thy lips with rejoicing.
that thou wilt not hold me innocent. 22 They that hate thee shall be clothed 29 If I be wicked, wliy then lahour I in with shame; and the dwelling-place of the vain? wicked shall come to nought.
30 If I wasir myself with snow-water, and CHAP. IX.
make my hands never so clean; THEN Job answered and said,
31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, 2 I know it is so of a truth; but how and mine own clothes shall abhor me. should man be just with God?
32 For lue is not a man, as I am, that 3 If he will contend with him, he cannot should answer lim, and we should come to answer him one of a thousand.
gether in judgınent. 4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in 763 Neither is there any day's-man betwixt strength; who hath hardened himself against is, that mig!t lay his land upon us both. him, and hath prospered ?
31 Let him take his rod away from me, 5 Which removeth the mountains and and let not liis fear terrily me ; they know not; which overturneth them in 35 Then would I speak, and not fear him: his anger;
but it is not so will me. 6 Which shaketh the earth out of her
CHAP. X. place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
my complaint upon ; I riseth not, sealeth up
in the bitterness of my soui. 8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, 2 I will say unto Cod, Do not condemn and treadeth upon the waves of the sea; me; shew me wherefore thou contendest
9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and with me. Pleiades and the chambers of the south; 3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest
10 Which doeth great things past finding oppress that thou shouldest despise the out; yea, and wonders without number. work of thine hauds ? and shine upon the
ii Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not : counsel of the wicked ? he passeth on also, but I perceive him not. 4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as
12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hin- man seeth: ? der him? who will say unto him, What 5 Are thy days as the days of man? are doest thou?
thy years as man's days, 13 If God will not withdraw his anger, 6 That thou enquirest aster mine iniquity the proud helpers do stoop under him. and searchest after my sin ?
14 How much less shall I answer him, and 7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; ang choose out my words to reason with him? there is none that can del ver out of thine
15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet band.
Which commandeih the
sun, and it Masculis carof my life: I will leave