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Thursday, December 27, 2018
The Books of Poetry
Is there not a warfare to man on earth? And as the days of an hireling his days?
As a servant desireth the shadow, And as a hireling expecteth his wage,
So I have been caused to inherit months of vanity, And nights of misery they numbered to me.
If I lay down then I said, `When do I rise!' And evening hath been measured, And I have been full of tossings till dawn.
Clothed hath been my flesh [with] worms, And a clod of dust, My skin hath been shrivelled and is loathsome,
My days swifter than a weaving machine, And they are consumed without hope.
Remember Thou that my life [is] a breath, Mine eye turneth not back to see good.
The eye of my beholder beholdeth me not. Thine eyes [are] upon me -- and I am not.
Consumed hath been a cloud, and it goeth, So he who is going down to Sheol cometh not up.
He turneth not again to his house, Nor doth his place discern him again.
Also I -- I withhold not my mouth -- I speak in the distress of my spirit, I talk in the bitterness of my soul.
A sea-[monster] am I, or a dragon, That thou settest over me a guard?
When I said, `My bed doth comfort me,' He taketh away in my talking my couch.
And thou hast affrighted me with dreams, And from visions thou terrifiest me,
And my soul chooseth strangling, Death rather than my bones.
I have wasted away -- not to the age do I live. Cease from me, for my days [are] vanity.
What [is] man that Thou dost magnify him? And that Thou settest unto him Thy heart?
And inspectest him in the mornings, In the evenings dost try him?
How long dost Thou not look from me? Thou dost not desist till I swallow my spittle.
I have sinned, what do I to Thee, O watcher of man? Why hast Thou set me for a mark to Thee, And I am for a burden to myself -- and what?
Thou dost not take away my transgression, And cause to pass away mine iniquity, Because now, for dust I lie down: And Thou hast sought me -- and I am not!
And Bildad the Shuhite answereth and saith: --
Till when dost thou speak these things? And a strong wind -- sayings of thy mouth?
Doth God pervert judgment? And doth the Mighty One pervert justice?
If thy sons have sinned before Him, And He doth send them away, By the hand of their transgression,
If thou dost seek early unto God, And unto the Mighty makest supplication,
If pure and upright thou [art], Surely now He waketh for thee, And hath completed The habitation of thy righteousness.
And thy beginning hath been small, And thy latter end is very great.
For, ask I pray thee of a former generation, And prepare to a search of their fathers,
(For of yesterday we [are], and we know not, For a shadow [are] our days on earth.)
Do they not shew thee -- speak to thee, And from their heart bring forth words?
`Doth a rush wise without mire? A reed increase without water?
While it [is] in its budding -- uncropt, Even before any herb it withereth.
So [are] the paths of all forgetting God, And the hope of the profane doth perish,
Whose confidence is loathsome, And the house of a spider his trust.
He leaneth on his house -- and it standeth not: He taketh hold on it -- and it abideth not.
Green he [is] before the sun, And over his garden his branch goeth out.
By a heap his roots are wrapped, A house of stones he looketh for.
If [one] doth destroy him from his place, Then it hath feigned concerning him, I have not seen thee!
Lo, this [is] the joy of his way, And from the dust others spring up.'
Lo, God doth not reject the perfect, Nor taketh hold on the hand of evil doers.
While he filleth with laughter thy mouth, And thy lips with shouting,
Those hating thee do put on shame, And the tent of the wicked is not!
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