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jny, and or sending portions one to another, from among the Jews, nor tlie memcrial of ant gifts to the poor.

them perislı from their sced. 23 And the Jews undertook to do as they 29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of had begun, and as Mordecai had written un- Abihail, and Mordecaiibe Jew, wrote with all to them;

authorill,o confirm thissecond letterof Puri 24 Because llaman tlie son of Hammedatha 3. And be sent the letters unto all the Jews, the Agagile, the enemy of all the Jews, had to the hundred twenty and seven provinces devised against the Jews 10 destroy them, of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of and had cast Pur (that is, the lot) to consume peace and truth, them, and to destroy thein:

31 To confirm these days of Purim in 5 But when Esther came before the king, their times appointed, according as Morde ai he cominanded by letters, that his wiched the Jew and Esther the queen lad enjoined device, which he devised against the Jews, them, and as they had decreed for inem. should return upon his own liead, and thai selves, and for their seed, the matters of ine he and his sons should be banged on the gal-rastings and their cry. lows.

*32 And the decree of Esther confirmed 26 Wherefore they called these days Pu- these matters of Purim; and it was written rim, after the name of Pur: therefore, for all in the book. Live words of this letter, and of that which they

CHAP. X. come ,

on the land, and upon the isles of the sea 7 The Jews ordained, and took upon 2 And all the acts of his power, and of his them, and upon their seed, and upon all such might, and the declaration of the greatness as joined themselves unto them, so as it should of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced not fail, that they would keep these two days him, are they not written in the book of the according to their writing, and according to Chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? their appointed time, every year;

3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto 28 And thut these days should be remem- king Alasuerus, and great among the Jews, bered, and kept throughout every generation, and accepted of the multitude of his breevery family, every province, and every city; thren, seeking the wealth of liis people, and ind ihal these days of Puriin should not fail, speaking peace to all his seed.

had seen concerning this matter, and which And learning Ahasuerusla is a tribute cu

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whose name was Job); and that man right man, one that feareth God, and eswas perfect and upriglit, and one that fear- chewelb evil? ed God, and eschewed evil.

9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and 2 And there were born unto hiin seven said, doti Job sear God for nought? sons and thiree davgliters.

10 Last not thou made an hedge about 3 Eis substance also was seven thousand him, and about his house, and about all that sleep, and three thousand camels, and five be hath on every side? thou hast blessed the hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred work of liis baids, and his substance is in. slie-asses, and a very great household; so creased in the land : at this man was the greatest of all the men 11 But put forth thine hand now, and of the east.

touch all that lie ball, and lie will curse 4 And his sons wert and feasted in their thee to thy face. houses, every one his day; and sent and 1? And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, called for their three sisters, to cat and 10 all that he hath is in thy power; only upon drink with them.

hinself put not forth thine hand. So Satan 5 And it was so, when the days of their went forth from the presence of the LORD seasting were gone about, that Joh sent and 13 1 And there was a day wlien bis sins sanctified them, and rose up early in the and his daughters were ealing and drinking morning, and offered burnt-offerings accord- wine in their eldest brother's louse : ing lo the number of them all: for Jol, said, 14 And there came a messenger unto Job, It may be that my sons have sinned, and and said, The oxon were plowing, and the cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job asses feeding beside them; continually.

15 And tlie Sabeans fell upon them, and 6 Now there was a day when the sons of took them away; yea, they have slain the (rod came to present themselves before the servants with the edge of the sword; and I Lok), and Salan came also among them. only am escaped alone to tell thee.

7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence 16 W bile lie rus yet speaking, there came comest thou? Then Satan answered the also another, and said. The fire of God is LORD, and said, From going to and fro in fallen from liraven, and liath burned up the the earth, and from walking up and down sheep, and the servants, and consuned them,

and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. & And the LORD said unto Satan, l'as! thou! 17 While he was yet speaking, there capre

in it,

also another, and said, The Chaldeans made an appointment together to como to moura out three hands, and fell upon the camels, with him, and to confort him. and have carried thein away, yea, and slain 12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar the servants with the edge of the sword; and off, and knew liim not, they lifted up their I only am escaped alone to tell thee. ivoice, and wept; and they rent every one

13 While he was yet speaking, there wis mantle, and sprinkizd dust upon their. came also another, and said, Thy sons and heads toward heaven. thy daughilers were eating and drinking wine 13 So they sat down with him upon the in their eldest brother's house:

ground seven days and seven nighis; and 19 And, hehold, there caine a great wind none spake a word unto hunt for they saw from the wilderness, and sinote the four cor- that his grief was very great. rers of the house, and it fell upon the young

CHAP. III. men, and they are dead; and I only am AFTER this apened Job his mouth, and escaped alone to tell thee.

20 Then Job arose, and rent bis mantle, 2 And Job spake, and said, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the 3 Let the day perishi wliereio I was born, ground, and worshipped,

and the night in uhich it was said, There is 21 and said, Naked came out of my a man-child conceived. mother's womb, and naked shall I return 4 Let that day be darkness ; let not God thither : the LORD gave, and the LORD hath regard it from above, neitlier let the ligha taken away; blessed be the name of the shine upon it. LOR).

5 Let darkness and the shadow of death 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the God foolishly.

blackness of the day terrify it. CHAP. II.

6 As for that night, lal darkness seize upof God came to present themselves lie- the year; let it not come into the number of fore the LORD, and Satan came also among the inonths. them, lo present himself before the LORI). 7 Lo, let that night be solitary; let no joy.

% And the LORD said unto Satan, From ful voice come therein. whence comest thou ? And Satan answered 8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who the Lord, and said, From going lo and fro are ready to raise up their mourning. in the earth, and from walking up and down 9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be in it.

dark ; let it look for liglit, but have none; 3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast neither let it see the dawning of the day: thou considered my servant Job, that there is 10 Because it shut not up the doors of my none like him in the earth, a perfect and an mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine upright man, one that feareth God, and es- eyes. cheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast bis in 11 Why died I not from the womb ? why tegrity, although thou movedst me agains! did I not give up the ghost when I came out him, io destroy him without cause. of the belly?

4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, 12 Why did the knees prévent me? or Skin for skin; yea, all that a man liath will why the breasts that I should suck ? he give for his life:

13 For now should I have lain still and 5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch been quiet, I should have slept : then had 1 his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee been at rest to thy face.

14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, 6 And the Lord said unto Satani, Behold, which built desolate places for themselves ; ne is in thine band; but save lis life. 15 Or with princes that had gold, who fill.

71 So went Satan forth from the presence ed their houses with silver : of the Lorn, and smote Job with sore boils, 16 Or as an liidden untimely birth I had from the sole of his foot unto liis crown. not been; as infants which never saw light.

8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape 17 There the wicked cease from troubling himself withal; and he sai down among the and there the weary be at rest. aslies.

18 There the prisoners rest together ; they 9 1 Then said his wife unto him, Dost hear not the voice of the oppressor. thou still retain thine integrity ? curse God, 19 The small and great are there ; and the and die.

servant is free from his master. 10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as 20 Wherefore is ligl:t given to him that is one of the foolish women speaketh. Wiat ! in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; shall we receive good at the band of God, 21 Which long lor death, but it cometh not and shall we not receive evil? In all this did and rlig for it more than for hid treasures ; not Job sin with his lips.

22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glaa 11 Now, when Job's three friends heard when they can find the grave? of all this evil that was come upon bim, they 23. Why is lig! given to a man whose way came every one from his own pace; Eliphaz is hid, and whom God hath hedged in ? tie Tenanite, and Bildad the Shubite, and 24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and Zophar the Naamathite : for they had made my roarings are poured out like the waters,

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25 For the thing which I greatly fearerl is taketh it even ont of the thorns, and the roocome upon me, and that which I was alad ber swalloweth up their substance. of is come tuto me.

6 Although affliction cometh not forth of 26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, the dist, neither dot trouble spring vut of aeither was I quiet ; vel trouble came. the ground; CHAP. IV.

7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the THEY Eliphaz the Temanite answered sparks fly upwarui. and

8 I would seek unto God, and unto God 2 If we assay to commune with thee, will would ! commit my cause; thou he grieved? but who can withhold bim 9 Which docth great things and unsearchself from speaking ?

able; marveilous things without number : 3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and 10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, and shou hast strengthened the weak hands. sendeth waters upon the fields:

* Thy words have upholden him that was U To set up on high hose that he low; !hat falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble those whichi mourn may be exalted in safety: knees.

12 le disappointeth the devices of the 5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou craliy, so that ibeir liands cannot perform faintest; it toucheth thee,and thou art troubled. their enterprise.

6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy 13 He taketh the wise in their own crasti hope, and the uprightness of thy ways? ness ; and the counsel of the froward is car.

7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever per- ried headlong. ished, being innocent ? or where were the 14 They meet with darkness in the day-time, righteous cut off?

and grope in the noon-day as in the niglit. 8 Even as I have seen, they that now in 15 But he saveth the poor from the sword, quity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. from their mouth, and from the hand of the

9 By the blast of God they perish, and hy mighty. he breath of his nostrils are they consumed. 16 So the poor bath hope, and iniquity

10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice stoppeth her mouth. of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young 17 Behold, happy is the man wliom (oj lions, are broken.

correctetli ; therefore despise not thou the Il The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, chastening of the Almiglity : and the stout lion's whelps are scattered 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up; Abrcat.

he wounde!li, and his hands make wliole. 12 Now a thing was secretly brought to 19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles; me, and mine ear received a little thereof.

yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. 13 In thoughts from the visions of the 20 In samine he shall redeem thice from right, when deep sleep falleth on men, death ; and in war from the power of the

14 Fear came upon me, and trembling sword. which made all my bones to slake.

21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge ci 15 Then a spirit passed before my face: the tongue; neither shalt thou be afraid of che hair of iny fesli stood up:

destruction when it cometb. 16 It stood still, but I could not discern the 22 Al destruction and samive thou shalt ormtereof: an image wus hefore mine eyes; laugh ; neither shalt thou be afraid of the kere vus zilence, and I beard a voice, saving beasts of tbe earth.

17 Shail mortal man be more just than God? 23 For thou shall be in league with the sliall a man be more pure than his laker? stries of thie field; and the beasts of the ficld

18 Belokl be put no trus' in his servants ; shall be at peace with thee. and his angels de charged with folly :

24. And iliou shall know that they laberna. i9 How much less in them that dwell in cle shull be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy houses of clay, wliose foundation is in the habitation, and shalt not sin. du!, which are crushed before the moth? 25 Thou shalt know also that thy seed

2) They are destroyed from morning to shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass evening : they perislı for ever, without any of the earth. regarding it.

26 'I hou shalt come to thy grave in a fu!! 21 Doch not their excellency which is in age, like as a shock of corn cometh in his Hiem go away? they die, even without wisdom. season. CHAP. V.

27 Lo, this, we have searched it, so it is , if there be any that will an- hear it, and know thou it for thy good. swer thee; and to which of the saints

CHAP. VI. will thou turn ?

UT Job answered and said, envy slayetli ibe silly one.

weighied, and my calamity laid in the bal3'l lave seen the foolish taking root : but ances together! suddenly I cursed his habitation.

3 For now it would be heavier than the 4 Bis cluild:en are far from safety, and sand of the sea : therefore my words are they are crushed in the gate, neither is there swallowed up. ails to deliver them.

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spirit: the terrois of God do set themselves. 2 As a servant earrestly desireth the sha in array against me.

dow, and as an hireling looketh for the re5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath ward of his work ; grass ? or loweth the ox over his fodder? 3 So am I made to possess months of vani

6 Can that which is unsavoury be eaten ty, and wearisome biglits are appointed to me. without salt? or is there any taste in the 4 When I lie down, I say, When shali ! white of an egg?

arise, and the nigot be gone? and I am full 7 The things that my soul resused to touch of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of are as my sorrowful meat.

the day. 8 Oh that I might have my request; and that 5 My flesh is clothed with worins and clods Gol would grant me the thing that I long for! of dust; my skin is broken, and become

9 Even that it would please God to destroy loathsome. me; that he would let loose his hand, and 6 My days are swifter than a weaver's cut me off!

shuttle, and are spent without hope. 10 Then should I yet have comfort; yea, l 70 remeinber that my life is wind; mine would harden myself iu sorrow: let him not eye shall no more see good. spare; for I have not concealed the words of 3 The eye of him that bath seen me shal the Holy One.

see me no more : thine eyes are upon me, 11 What is my strength, that I should aud I am not. hope ? and what is mine end, that I should 9 As the cloud is consumed and vanislieth prolong my life?

away; so be that goeth down to the grave 12 Is my strength the strength of stones ? shall come up no more. or is my flesh of brass ?

10 He shall return no more to his liouse, 13 Is not my help in me? and is wisdom neither shall his place know him any more. driven quite from me?

11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth 14 To him that is afflicted pity should be I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I shewed from liis friend; but he forsaketh the will complain in the bitterness of my soul. fear of the Almighty.

12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou set15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a test a watch over me ? brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass 13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, away;

my couch shall ease my complaint ; 16 Which are blackish by reason of the 14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, ice, and wherein the snow is hid:

and terrifiest me through visions ; 17 What time they wax warm, they va 15 So that my soul choosella strangling, Dish: when it is bot, they are consumed out and death rather than my life. of their place.

16 I loathe it ; I would not live alway: lel 18 The paths of their way are turned me alone; for my days are vanity. aside; they go to nothing, and perish. 17 What is man, that iliou shouldest mag

19 The iroops of Tema looked, the comfy him ? and that thou sliouldest set thine panies of Sheba waited for them.

heart upon liini ? 20 They were confounded because they had 18 And that thou shouldest visit him every hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed. morning, and try him every moment ?

21 For now ye are nothing; ye see my 19 How long wilt thou not depart from me? casting down, and are afraid.

nor let me alone till Iswallow down my spiule? 29 Did I say, Bring unto me? ur, Give a 201 have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, reward for me of your substance ? Oibou Preserver of men? why last thou set

23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand me as a mark against thee, so that I am a or, Redeem me froin the hand of the mighty: burden to mysell?

24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue; 21 And why dost thou not pardon my and cause me to understand wlierem 1 lave transgression, and take away mine iniquity? erred.

for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou 25 How forcible are right words! but what shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be doth your arguing reprove ?

CHAP. Vill. 26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and WHEN answered Bildad the Shulile, and are as wind?

2 How long wilt thou speak these things ! 27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and and how long shall the words of thy mouth ye dig a pit for your friend.

be like a strong wind? 28 Now therefore be coiftent; look upon 3 Doth Gol pervert judgment ? or doth me: for it is evident unto you if I lie. the Almighty pervert justice?

29 Return, I pray you, lei it not be iniquity; 4 If thy children have sinned against him, yea, return again, my righteousness is in it. and be liave cast them away for their transé

30 Is there iniquity in my wngue? cannot gression ; my taste discern perverse things?

5 Ifthou wouldest seek unto God betimes, CHAP. VII.

and make thy supplication to the Almighly; Tolere not an appointed time to man upon

6 If thou wert pare and upright; surely earth are noi his days also like the days now he would awake for thee, and make the of an hireling?

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7 Though thy beginning was small, yel would I no! answer, bru I would make sure my latter end should greatly increase. plication to my judge.

8 For, enquire, I pray thee, of the former 16 IN I had called, and he had answered age, and prepare ihyself to the search of me; yel, would I not believe that be liad their fathers;

hearkened unto iny voice. 9 (For we are brit of yesterday, and know 17 For he breaketh me with a leinpest, nothing, because our days upon earth are a and multiplieth my wounds without cause. sliadow ;)

18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, 10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, but fillethi me with bitterness. and utter words out of their lieart?

19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong 11 Can the rusli grow up without mire ? and if of judgment, who sha!! set me a time can the flag grow without water ? to plead !

12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not 20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth sul d wn, it withereth before any other berb: shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it

13 So are the paths of all thai lorgel God; shall also prove me perverse. and the nypocrite's hope shall perishi: 21 Though I were perfect, yel would I

14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose koow my soul; I would despise my life. trust slull be a spider's web.

22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, 15 He shall lean upon his house, but it He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked. shall not stand ; le shall hold it fast, but it 23 If tlie scourge slay cudlenly, he will shall not endure.

laugh at the trial of the innocent. 16 He is green before the sun, and his 24 The earth is given into the hand of the branch shooteth forth in his garden. wicked: lie covereth the face of the judges

17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, thereof; if not, where, and who is he? ind seeth the place of stones.

25 Now my days are swifter than a post; 18 If he desiroy him from his place, then it they fee away, tliey see no good. shall deny him, saying, I have_2ot seen thee. 26 Tliey are passed away as the swift 13 Behold this

is the joy of his way, and ships; as the eagle that hasteth to the prey. out of the earth shall others grow.

27 If I say, I will forget my complaini, 1. 20 Behold, God will not cast away a per. will leave off my heaviness, and comfort fect man, neither will he help the evil doers; myself ;

21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, 28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I knoix and thy lips with rejoicing.

that thou will not hold me innocent. 22 They that hate thee shall be clothed 29 If I be wicked, why then lahour I in with shame; and the dwelling-place of the vain? wicked shall come to nought.

30 If I wash myself with snow-water, and CHAP. IX.

make my hands never so clean; THEN Joh answered and said,

31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, 2 I know it is so of a truth; but how and mine own clothes shall abhor me. should man be just with God?

32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I 3 If he will contend with him, he cannot should answer liim, and we should come to answer him one of a thousand.

gether in judginent. 4 He is wise in heart, and mighty, in 63 Neither is there any day's-man betwixt him, and hath

Let him lake his rod away me, 5 Which removeth the mountains and land let not liis fear terrify me; they know not; which overturneth them in 35 Then would I speak, and not fear bim: his anger;

but it is not so with me. 6 Which shaketh the earth out of her

CHAP. X. place, and the pillars thereof tremble. 7. Which commandeth the sun, and it My soul is weary of my life: I will leave

my complaint upon myself;I will speak riseth not, and sealeth up the stars; in the bitterness of my soui.

8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, 2 I will say unto Cod, Do not condemn and treadeth upon the waves of the sea; me; shew me wherefore thou contendest

9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and with me. Pleiades and the chambers of the south; 3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest

10 Which doeth great things past finding oppress that thou shouldest despise the out; yea, and wonders without number. work of thine hands ? and shine upon the

ii Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not : counsel of the wicked? he passeth on also, but I perceive him not. 4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as

12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hin- man seell? der him? who will say unto him, What 5 Are thy days as the days of man? are doest thou ?

thy years as man's days, 13 If God will not withdraw his anger, 6 That thou enquirest aster mine iniquity the proud helpers do stoop under him.

and searchest after my sin ? 14 How much less shall I answer him, and 7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; ang choose out my words to reason with him?

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