Job Chapter 14 to 16 : American Standard Version
1Man, that is born of a woman, Is of few days, and full of trouble. 2He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. 3And dost thou open thine eyes upon such a one, And bringest me into judgment with thee? 4Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. 5Seeing his days are determined, The number of his months is with thee, And thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; 6Look away from him, that he may rest, Till he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day. 7For there is hope of a tree, If it be cut down, that it will sprout again, And that the tender branch thereof will not cease. 8Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, And the stock thereof die in the ground; 9Yet through the scent of water it will bud, And put forth boughs like a plant. 10But man dieth, and is laid low: Yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? 11As the waters fail from the sea, And the river wasteth and drieth up; 12So man lieth down and riseth not: Till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, Nor be roused out of their sleep. 13Oh that thou wouldest hide me in Sheol, That thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, That thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! 14If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my warfare would I wait, Till my release should come. 15Thou wouldest call, and I would answer thee: Thou wouldest have a desire to the work of thy hands. 16But now thou numberest my steps: Dost thou not watch over my sin? 17My transgression is sealed up in a bag, And thou fastenest up mine iniquity. 18But the mountain falling cometh to nought; And the rock is removed out of its place; 19The waters wear the stones; The overflowings thereof wash away the dust of the earth: So thou destroyest the hope of man. 20Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth; Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away. 21His sons come to honor, and he knoweth it not; And they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them. 22But his flesh upon him hath pain, And his soul within him mourneth.
15 Job 15
1Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, 2Should a wise man make answer with vain knowledge, And fill himself with the east wind? 3Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good? 4Yea, thou doest away with fear, And hinderest devotion before God. 5For thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth, And thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. 6Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I; Yea, thine own lips testify against thee. 7Art thou the first man that was born? Or wast thou brought forth before the hills? 8Hast thou heard the secret counsel of God? And dost thou limit wisdom to thyself? 9What knowest thou, that we know not? What understandest thou, which is not in us? 10With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men, Much elder than thy father. 11Are the consolations of God too small for thee, Even the word that is gentle toward thee? 12Why doth thy heart carry thee away? And why do thine eyes flash, 13That against God thou turnest thy spirit, And lettest words go out of thy mouth? 14What is man, that he should be clean? And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? 15Behold, he putteth no trust in his holy ones; Yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight: 16How much less one that is abominable and corrupt, A man that drinketh iniquity like water! 17I will show thee, hear thou me; And that which I have seen I will declare: 18(Which wise men have told From their fathers, and have not hid it; 19Unto whom alone the land was given, And no stranger passed among them): 20The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, Even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor. 21A sound of terrors is in his ears; In prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. 22He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, And he is waited for of the sword. 23He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? He knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. 24Distress and anguish make him afraid; They prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. 25Because he hath stretched out his hand against God, And behaveth himself proudly against the Almighty; 26He runneth upon him with a stiff neck, With the thick bosses of his bucklers; 27Because he hath covered his face with his fatness, And gathered fat upon his loins; 28And he hath dwelt in desolate cities, In houses which no man inhabited, Which were ready to become heaps; 29He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, Neither shall their possessions be extended on the earth. 30He shall not depart out of darkness; The flame shall dry up his branches, And by the breath of God's mouth shall he go away. 31Let him not trust in vanity, deceiving himself; For vanity shall be his recompense. 32It shall be accomplished before his time, And his branch shall not be green. 33He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, And shall cast off his flower as the olive-tree. 34For the company of the godless shall be barren, And fire shall consume the tents of bribery. 35They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity, And their heart prepareth deceit.
16 Job 16
1Then Job answered and said, 2I have heard many such things: Miserable comforters are ye all. 3Shall vain words have an end? Or what provoketh thee that thou answerest? 4I also could speak as ye do; If your soul were in my soul's stead, I could join words together against you, And shake my head at you. 5But I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips would assuage your grief. 6Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged; And though I forbear, what am I eased? 7But now he hath made me weary: Thou hast made desolate all my company. 8And thou hast laid fast hold on me, which is a witness against me: And my leanness riseth up against me, It testifieth to my face. 9He hath torn me in his wrath, and persecuted me; He hath gnashed upon me with his teeth: Mine adversary sharpeneth his eyes upon me. 10They have gaped upon me with their mouth; They have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully: They gather themselves together against me. 11God delivereth me to the ungodly, And casteth me into the hands of the wicked. 12I was at ease, and he brake me asunder; Yea, he hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces: He hath also set me up for his mark. 13His archers compass me round about; He cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; He poureth out my gall upon the ground. 14He breaketh me with breach upon breach; He runneth upon me like a giant. 15I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, And have laid my horn in the dust. 16My face is red with weeping, And on my eyelids is the shadow of death; 17Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure. 18O earth, cover not thou my blood, And let my cry have no resting -place. 19Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And he that voucheth for me is on high. 20My friends scoff at me: But mine eye poureth out tears unto God, 21That he would maintain the right of a man with God, And of a son of man with his neighbor! 22For when a few years are come, I shall go the way whence I shall not return.