24 “Since atimes are not hidden from the Almighty,
Why do those who know Him see not His bdays?
2 “Some remove clandmarks;
They seize flocks violently and feed on them;
They dtake the widow’s ox as a pledge.
All the epoor 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.
7 They fspend the night naked, without clothing,
And have no covering in the cold.
And ghuddle around the rock for want of shelter.
And take a pledge from the poor.
10 They cause the poor to go naked, without hclothing;
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.
14 iThe murderer rises with the light;
He kills the poor and needy;
And in the night he is like a thief.
15 jThe eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight,
kSaying, ‘No eye will see me’;
And he 1disguises his face.
Which they marked for themselves in the daytime;
lThey 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.
19 As drought and heat 2consume the snow waters,
So 3the grave consumes those who have sinned.
The worm should feed sweetly on him;
mHe should be remembered no more,
And wickedness should be broken like a tree.
21 For he 4preys on the barren who do not bear,
And does no good for the widow.
He rises up, but no man is sure of life.
Yet nHis eyes are on their ways.
Then they are gone.
They are brought low;
They are 5taken out of the way like all others;
They dry out like the heads of grain.
And make my speech worth nothing?”
25 Then aBildad the Shuhite answered and said:
He makes peace in His high places.
3 1Is there any number to His armies?
Upon whom does bHis light not rise?
4 cHow then can man be righteous before God?
Or how can he be dpure who is born of a woman?
And the stars are not pure in His esight,
6 How much less man, who is fa maggot,
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.
6 aSheol is naked before Him,
And Destruction has no covering.
7 bHe stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.
8 cHe binds up the water in His thick clouds,
Yet the clouds 1are not broken under it.
And spreads His cloud over it.
10 dHe drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters,
At the boundary of light and darkness.
And are 2astonished at His rebuke.
12 eHe stirs up the sea with His power,
And by His understanding He breaks up 3the storm.
13 fBy His Spirit He adorned the heavens;
His hand pierced gthe 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:
2 “As God lives, awho has taken away my justice,
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 bI will not put away my integrity from me.
6 My righteousness I chold fast, and will not let it go;
And he who rises up against me like the unrighteous.
8 eFor what is the hope of the hypocrite,
Though he may gain much,
If God takes away his life?
9 fWill God hear his cry
When trouble comes upon him?
10 gWill he delight himself in the Almighty?
Will he always call on God?
11 “I will teach you 2about the hand of God;
What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
Why then do you behave with complete nonsense?
13 “This his the portion of a wicked man with God,
And the heritage of oppressors, received from the Almighty:
14 iIf his children are multiplied, it is for the sword;
And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
And piles up clothing like clay—
17 He may pile it up, but kthe just will wear it,
And the innocent will divide the silver.
18 He builds his house like a 4moth,
6But not be gathered up;
He opens his eyes,
And he is mno more.
20 nTerrors overtake him like a flood;
A tempest steals him away in the night.
It sweeps him out of his place.
22 It hurls against him and does not ospare;
He flees desperately from its 7power.
And shall hiss him out of his place.
28 “Surely there is a mine for silver,
And a place where gold is refined.
2 Iron is taken from the 1earth,
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.
8 The 2proud lions have not trodden it,
Nor has the fierce lion passed over it.
He overturns the mountains 3at the roots.
And his eye sees every precious thing.
What is hidden he brings forth to light.
12 “But awhere can wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
13 Man does not know its bvalue,
Nor is it found in the land of the living.
14 cThe deep says, ‘It is not in me’;
And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
15 It dcannot be purchased for gold,
Nor can silver be weighed for its price.
In precious onyx or sapphire.
17 Neither egold nor crystal can equal it,
Nor can it be exchanged for 4jewelry of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of 5coral or quartz,
For the price of wisdom is above frubies.
Nor can it be valued in pure ggold.
20 “From hwhere then does wisdom come?
And where is the place of understanding?
And concealed from the birds of the 6air.
‘We have heard a report about it with our ears.’
And He knows its place.
And jsees under the whole heavens,
25 kTo establish a weight for the wind,
And apportion the waters by measure.
26 When He lmade a law for the rain,
And a path for the thunderbolt,
27 Then He saw 8wisdom and declared it;
He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out.
‘Behold, mthe fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”
Lit. puts a covering on his face
Lit. feeds on
Lit. gathered up
Can His armies be counted?
do not break
So with MT, Vg.; LXX, Syr. spider (cf. 8:14); Tg. decay
So with MT, Tg.; LXX, Syr. But shall not add (i.e., do it again); Vg. But take away nothing
Lit. sons of pride, figurative of the great lions
At the base