29 Job further continued his discourse, and said:
2 “Oh, that I were as in months apast,
As in the days when God bwatched over me;
3 cWhen His lamp shone upon my head,
And when by His light I walked through darkness;
When dthe friendly counsel of God was over my tent;
When my children were around me;
And fthe rock poured out rivers of oil for me!
When I took my seat in the open square,
And the aged arose and stood;
And gput their hand on their mouth;
And their htongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
And when the eye saw, then it approved me;
12 Because iI delivered the poor who cried out,
The fatherless and the one who had no helper.
And I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
14 jI put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
My justice was like a robe and a turban.
15 I was keyes to the blind,
And I was feet to the lame.
And lI searched out the case that I did not know.
17 I broke mthe fangs of the wicked,
And plucked the victim from his teeth.
18 “Then I said, n‘I shall die in my nest,
And multiply my days as the sand.
And the dew lies all night on my branch.
And my qbow is renewed in my hand.’
And kept silence for my counsel.
And my speech settled on them as dew.
And they opened their mouth wide as for rthe spring rain.
And the light of my countenance they did not cast down.
So I dwelt as a king in the army,
As one who comforts mourners.
30 “But now they mock at me, men 1younger than I,
Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.
Their vigor has perished.
Fleeing late to the wilderness, desolate and waste,
4 Who pluck 2mallow by the bushes,
And broom tree roots for their food.
They shouted at them as at a thief.
6 They had to live in the clefts of the 3valleys,
In 4caves of the earth and the rocks.
Under the nettles they nestled.
Yes, sons of vile men;
They were scourged from the land.
9 “And anow I am their taunting song;
Yes, I am their byword.
They do not hesitate bto spit in my face.
They have cast off restraint before me.
They push away my feet,
And dthey raise against me their ways of destruction.
They promote my calamity;
They have no helper.
Under the ruinous storm they roll along.
They pursue my honor as the wind,
And my prosperity has passed like a cloud.
The days of affliction take hold of me.
And my gnawing pains take no rest.
It binds me about as the collar of my coat.
And I have become like dust and ashes.
20 “I gcry out to You, but You do not answer me;
I stand up, and You regard me.
With the strength of Your hand You hoppose me.
You spoil my success.
And to the house iappointed for all living.
If they cry out when He destroys it.
25 jHave I not wept for him who was in trouble?
Has not my soul grieved for the poor?
26 kBut when I looked for good, evil came to me;
And when I waited for light, then came darkness.
27 6My heart is in turmoil and cannot rest;
Days of affliction confront me.
28 lI go about mourning, but not in the sun;
I stand up in the assembly and cry out for help.
29 mI am a brother of jackals,
And a companion of ostriches.
30 nMy skin grows black and falls from me;
oMy bones burn with fever.
And my flute to the voice of those who weep.
2 For what is the ballotment of God from above,
And the inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
And disaster for the workers of iniquity?
4 cDoes He not see my ways,
And count all my steps?
Or if my foot has hastened to deceit,
6 2Let me be weighed on honest scales,
That God may know my dintegrity.
Or emy heart walked after my eyes,
Or if any spot adheres to my hands,
8 Then flet me sow, and another eat;
Yes, let my harvest be 3rooted out.
Or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door,
10 Then let my wife grind for ganother,
And let others bow down over her.
Yes, hit would be iniquity deserving of judgment.
And would root out all my increase.
13 “If I have idespised the cause of my male or female servant
When they complained against me,
14 What then shall I do when jGod rises up?
When He punishes, how shall I answer Him?
15 kDid not He who made me in the womb make them?
Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?
Or caused the eyes of the widow to lfail,
So that the fatherless could not eat of it
And from my mother’s womb I guided 4the widow);
Or any poor man without covering;
And if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
21 If I have raised my hand nagainst the fatherless,
When I saw I had help in the gate;
Let my arm be torn from the socket.
23 For odestruction from God is a terror to me,
And because of His magnificence I cannot endure.
24 “If pI have made gold my hope,
Or said to fine gold, ‘You are my confidence’;
25 qIf I have rejoiced because my wealth was great,
And because my hand had gained much;
Or the moon moving in brightness,
And my mouth has kissed my hand;
For I would have denied God who is above.
29 “If sI have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me,
Or lifted myself up when evil found him
30 t(Indeed I have not allowed my mouth to sin
By asking for a curse on his 7soul);
‘Who is there that has not been satisfied with his meat?’
32 u(But no sojourner had to lodge in the street,
For I have opened my doors to the 8traveler);
By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
34 Because I feared the great wmultitude,
And dreaded the contempt of families,
So that I kept silence
And did not go out of the door—
35 xOh, that I had one to hear me!
Here is my mark.
Oh, ythat the Almighty would answer me,
That my 1Prosecutor had written a book!
And bind it on me like a crown;
Like a prince I would approach Him.
And its furrows weep together;
Or acaused its owners to lose their lives;
40 Then let bthistles grow instead of wheat,
And weeds instead of barley.”
The words of Job are ended.
So with ancient vss. and a few Heb. mss. (cf. Job 20:17); MT wrath
Lit. of fewer days
A plant of the salty marshes
So with MT, Syr., Tg.; LXX, Vg. His
I seethe inside
look intently or gaze
Lit. Let Him weigh me
So with LXX, Syr., Tg., Vg.; MT road
Or as men do