24 “Since times are not hidden from the Almighty,
Why do those who know Him see not His days?
They seize flocks violently and feed on them;
They take the widow’s ox as a pledge.
All the poor of the land are forced to hide.
They go out to their work, searching for food.
The wilderness yields food for them and for their children.
And glean in the vineyard of the wicked.
And have no covering in the cold.
And huddle around the rock for want of shelter.
And take a pledge from the poor.
And they take away the sheaves from the hungry.
And tread winepresses, yet suffer thirst.
And the souls of the wounded cry out;
Yet God does not charge them with wrong.
They do not know its ways
Nor abide in its paths.
He kills the poor and needy;
And in the night he is like a thief.
Saying, ‘No eye will see me’;
And he disguises his face.
Which they marked for themselves in the daytime;
They do not know the light.
If someone recognizes them,
They are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
Their portion should be cursed in the earth,
So that no one would turn into the way of their vineyards.
So the grave consumes those who have sinned.
The worm should feed sweetly on him;
He should be remembered no more,
And wickedness should be broken like a tree.
And does no good for the widow.
He rises up, but no man is sure of life.
Yet His eyes are on their ways.
Then they are gone.
They are brought low;
They are taken out of the way like all others;
They dry out like the heads of grain.
And make my speech worth nothing?”
25 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
He makes peace in His high places.
Upon whom does His light not rise?
Or how can he be pure who is born of a woman?
And the stars are not pure in His sight,
And a son of man, who is a worm?”
26 But Job answered and said:
How have you saved the arm that has no strength?
And how have you declared sound advice to many?
And whose spirit came from you?
Those under the waters and those inhabiting them.
And Destruction has no covering.
He hangs the earth on nothing.
Yet the clouds are not broken under it.
And spreads His cloud over it.
At the boundary of light and darkness.
And are astonished at His rebuke.
And by His understanding He breaks up the storm.
His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
And how small a whisper we hear of Him!
But the thunder of His power who can understand?”
27 Moreover Job continued his discourse, and said:
And the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
And the breath of God in my nostrils,
Nor my tongue utter deceit.
That I should say you are right;
Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
My heart shall not reproach me as long as I live.
And he who rises up against me like the unrighteous.
Though he may gain much,
If God takes away his life?
When trouble comes upon him?
Will he always call on God?
What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
Why then do you behave with complete nonsense?
And the heritage of oppressors, received from the Almighty:
And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
And their widows shall not weep,
And piles up clothing like clay—
And the innocent will divide the silver.
Like a booth which a watchman makes.
But not be gathered up;
He opens his eyes,
And he is no more.
A tempest steals him away in the night.
It sweeps him out of his place.
He flees desperately from its power.
And shall hiss him out of his place.
28 “Surely there is a mine for silver,
And a place where gold is refined.
And copper is smelted from ore.
And searches every recess
For ore in the darkness and the shadow of death.
In places forgotten by feet
They hang far away from men;
They swing to and fro.
But underneath it is turned up as by fire;
And it contains gold dust.
Nor has the falcon’s eye seen it.
Nor has the fierce lion passed over it.
He overturns the mountains at the roots.
And his eye sees every precious thing.
What is hidden he brings forth to light.
And where is the place of understanding?
Nor is it found in the land of the living.
And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
Nor can silver be weighed for its price.
In precious onyx or sapphire.
Nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold.
For the price of wisdom is above rubies.
Nor can it be valued in pure gold.
And where is the place of understanding?
And concealed from the birds of the air.
‘We have heard a report about it with our ears.’
And He knows its place.
And sees under the whole heavens,
And apportion the waters by measure.
And a path for the thunderbolt,
He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out.
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”