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Thursday, December 19, 2019
The Books of Poetry
Call, I pray thee! Is there any that answereth thee? and to which of the holy ones wilt thou turn?
For vexation killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the simple.
I myself saw the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, and there is no deliverer:
Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh even out of the thorns; and the snare gapeth for his substance.
For evil cometh not forth from the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
For man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upwards.
But as for me I will seek unto łGod, and unto God commit my cause;
Who doeth great things and unsearchable, marvellous things without number;
Who giveth rain on the face of the earth, and sendeth waters on the face of the fields;
Setting up on high those that are low; and mourners are exalted to prosperity.
He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, and their hands carry not out the enterprise.
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness; and the counsel of the wily is carried headlong:
They meet with darkness in a the daytime, and grope at midday as in the night.
And he saveth the needy from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.
So the poor hath what he hopeth for, and unrighteousness stoppeth her mouth.
Behold, happy is the man whom +God correcteth; therefore despise not the chastening of the Almighty.
For he maketh sore, and bindeth up; he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
He will deliver thee in six troubles, and in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
In famine he will redeem thee from death, and in war from the power of the sword.
Thou shalt be hidden from the scourge of the tongue; and thou shalt not be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh, and of the beasts of the earth thou shalt not be afraid.
For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field, and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.
And thou shalt know that thy tent is in peace; and thou wilt survey thy fold, and miss nothing.
And thou shalt know that thy seed is numerous, and thine offspring as the herb of the earth.
Thou shalt come to the grave in a ripe age, as a shock of corn is brought in in its season.
Behold this, we have searched it out, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thyself.
And Job answered and said,
Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances!
For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas; therefore my words are vehement.
For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, their poison drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of +God are arrayed against me.
Doth the wild ass bray by the grass? loweth an ox over his fodder?
Shall that which is insipid be eaten without salt? Is there any taste in the white of an egg?
What my soul refuseth to touch, that is as my loathsome food.
Oh that I might have my request, and that +God would grant my desire!
And that it would please +God to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
Then should I yet have comfort; and in the pain which spareth not I would rejoice that I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should have patience?
Is my strength the strength of stones? is my flesh of brass?
Is it not that there is no help in me, and soundness is driven away from me?
For him that is fainting kindness [is meet] from his friend; or he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a stream, as the channel of streams which pass away,
Which are turbid by reason of the ice, in which the snow hideth itself:
At the time they diminish, they are dried up; when heat affecteth them, they vanish from their place:
They wind about in the paths of their course, they go off into the waste and perish.
The caravans of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba counted on them:
They are ashamed at their hope; they come thither, and are confounded.
So now ye are nothing; ye see a terrible object and are afraid.
Did I say, Bring unto me, and make me a present from your substance?
Or, rescue me from the hand of the oppressor, and redeem me from the hand of the violent?
Teach me, and I will hold my tongue; and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
How forcible are right words! but what doth your upbraiding reprove?
Do ye imagine to reprove words? The speeches of one that is desperate are indeed for the wind.
Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and dig [a pit] for your friend.
Now therefore if ye will, look upon me; and it shall be to your face if I lie.
Return, I pray you, let there be no wrong; yea, return again, my righteousness shall be in it.
Is there wrong in my tongue? cannot my taste discern mischievous things?
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