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Thursday, December 10, 2020
The Books of Poetry
After this hath Job opened his mouth, and revileth his day.
And Job answereth and saith: --
Let the day perish in which I am born, And the night that hath said: `A man-child hath been conceived.'
That day -- let it be darkness, Let not God require it from above, Nor let light shine upon it.
Let darkness and death-shade redeem it, Let a cloud tabernacle upon it, Let them terrify it as the most bitter of days.
That night -- let thick darkness take it, Let it not be united to days of the year, Into the number of months let it not come.
Lo! that night -- let it be gloomy, Let no singing come into it.
Let the cursers of day mark it, Who are ready to wake up Leviathan.
Let the stars of its twilight be dark, Let it wait for light, and there is none, And let it not look on the eyelids of the dawn.
Because it hath not shut the doors Of the womb that was mine! And hide misery from mine eyes.
Why from the womb do I not die? From the belly I have come forth and gasp!
Wherefore have knees been before me? And what [are] breasts, that I suck?
For now, I have lain down, and am quiet, I have slept -- then there is rest to me,
With kings and counsellors of earth, These building wastes for themselves.
Or with princes -- they have gold, They are filling their houses [with] silver.
(Or as a hidden abortion I am not, As infants -- they have not seen light.)
There the wicked have ceased troubling, And there rest do the wearied in power.
Together prisoners have been at ease, They have not heard the voice of an exactor,
Small and great [are] there the same. And a servant [is] free from his lord.
Why giveth He to the miserable light, and life to the bitter soul?
Who are waiting for death, and it is not, And they seek it above hid treasures.
Who are glad -- unto joy, They rejoice when they find a grave.
To a man whose way hath been hidden, And whom God doth shut up?
For before my food, my sighing cometh, And poured out as waters [are] my roarings.
For a fear I feared and it meeteth me, And what I was afraid of doth come to me.
I was not safe -- nor was I quiet -- Nor was I at rest -- and trouble cometh!
And Eliphaz the Temanite answereth and saith: --
Hath one tried a word with thee? -- Thou art weary! And to keep in words who is able?
Lo, thou hast instructed many, And feeble hands thou makest strong.
The stumbling one do thy words raise up, And bowing knees thou dost strengthen.
But now, it cometh in unto thee, And thou art weary; It striketh unto thee, and thou art troubled.
Is not thy reverence thy confidence? Thy hope -- the perfection of thy ways?
Remember, I pray thee, Who, being innocent, hath perished? And where have the upright been cut off?
As I have seen -- ploughers of iniquity, And sowers of misery, reap it!
From the breath of God they perish, And from the spirit of His anger consumed.
The roaring of a lion, And the voice of a fierce lion, And teeth of young lions have been broken.
An old lion is perishing without prey, And the whelps of the lioness do separate.
And unto me a thing is secretly brought, And receive doth mine ear a little of it.
In thoughts from visions of the night, In the falling of deep sleep on men,
Fear hath met me, and trembling, And the multitude of my bones caused to fear.
And a spirit before my face doth pass, Stand up doth the hair of my flesh;
It standeth, and I discern not its aspect, A similitude [is] over-against mine eyes, Silence! and a voice I hear:
`Is mortal man than God more righteous? Than his Maker is a man cleaner?
Lo, in His servants He putteth no credence, Nor in His messengers setteth praise.'
Also -- the inhabitants of houses of clay, (Whose foundation [is] in the dust, They bruise them before a moth.)
From morning to evening are beaten down, Without any regarding, for ever they perish.
Hath not their excellency been removed with them? They die, and not in wisdom!
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