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Thursday, December 26, 2019
The Books of Poetry
Hath not man a life of labour upon earth? and are not his days like the days of a hireling?
As a bondman earnestly desireth the shadow, and a hireling expecteth his wages,
So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.
If I lie down, I say, When shall I rise up, and the darkness be gone? and I am full of tossings until the dawn.
My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and suppurates.
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.
Remember thou that my life is wind; mine eye shall no more see good.
The eye of him that hath seen me shall behold me no [more]: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.
The cloud consumeth and vanisheth away; so he that goeth down to Sheol shall not come up.
He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him again.
Therefore I will not restrain my mouth: I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
Am I a sea, or a sea-monster, that thou settest a watch over me?
When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;
Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions;
So that my soul chooseth strangling, death, rather than my bones.
I loathe it; I shall not live always: let me alone, for my days are a breath.
What is man, that thou makest much of him? and that thou settest thy heart upon him?
And that thou visitest him every morning, triest him every moment?
How long wilt thou not look away from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?
Have I sinned, what do I unto thee, thou Observer of men? Why hast thou set me as an object of assault for thee, so that I am become a burden to myself?
And why dost not thou forgive my transgression and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I lie down in the dust, and thou shalt seek me early, and I shall not be.
And Bildad the Shuhite answered and said,
How long wilt thou speak these things? and the words of thy mouth be a strong wind?
Doth łGod pervert judgment, and the Almighty pervert justice?
If thy children have sinned against him, he hath also given them over into the hand of their transgression.
If thou seek earnestly unto łGod, and make thy supplication to the Almighty,
If thou be pure and upright, surely now he will awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous;
And though thy beginning was small, yet thine end shall be very great.
For inquire, I pray thee, of the former generation, and attend to the researches of their fathers;
For we are [but] of yesterday, and know nothing, for our days upon earth are a shadow.
Shall not they teach thee, [and] tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?
Doth the papyrus shoot up without mire? doth the reed-grass grow without water?
Whilst it is yet in its greenness [and] not cut down, it withereth before any [other] grass.
So are the paths of all that forget łGod; and the profane man's hope shall perish,
Whose confidence shall be cut off, and his reliance is a spider's web.
He shall lean upon his house, and it shall not stand; he shall lay hold on it, but it shall not endure.
He is full of sap before the sun, and his sprout shooteth forth over his garden;
His roots are entwined about the stoneheap; he seeth the place of stones.
If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him: I have not seen thee!
Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the dust shall others grow.
Behold, łGod will not cast off a perfect man, neither will he take evil-doers by the hand.
Whilst he would fill thy mouth with laughing and thy lips with shouting,
They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame, and the tent of the wicked be no more.
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