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Thursday, January 19, 2017
The Books of Poetry
Lo, mine eye hath seen all [this], mine ear hath heard and understood it.
What ye know, I know also: I am not inferior to you.
But I will speak to the Almighty, and will find pleasure in reasoning with łGod;
For ye indeed are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.
Oh that ye would be altogether silent! and it would be your wisdom.
Hear now my defence, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
Will ye speak unrighteously for łGod? and for him speak deceit?
Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for łGod?
Will it be well if he should search you out? or as one mocketh at a man, will ye mock at him?
He will certainly reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.
Shall not his excellency terrify you? and his dread fall upon you?
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, your bulwarks are bulwarks of mire.
Hold your peace from me, and I will speak, and let come on me what [will]!
Wherefore should I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?
Behold, if he slay me, yet would I trust in him; but I will defend mine own ways before him.
This also shall be my salvation, that a profane man shall not come before his face.
Hear attentively my speech and my declaration with your ears.
Behold now, I have ordered the cause; I know that I shall be justified.
Who is he that contendeth with me? For if I were silent now, I should expire.
Only do not two things unto me; then will I not hide myself from thee.
Withdraw thy hand far from me; and let not thy terror make me afraid:
Then call, and I will answer; or I will speak, and answer thou me.
How many are mine iniquities and sins? Make me to know my transgression and my sin.
Wherefore dost thou hide thy face, and countest me for thine enemy?
Wilt thou terrify a driven leaf? and wilt thou pursue dry stubble?
For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth;
And thou puttest my feet in the stocks, and markest all my paths; thou settest a bound about the soles of my feet; --
One who, as a rotten thing consumeth, as a garment that the moth eateth.
Man, born of woman, is of few days, and full of trouble.
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down; and he fleeth as a shadow, and continueth not.
Yet dost thou open thine eyes upon such a one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?
Who can bring a clean [man] out of the unclean? Not one!
If his days are determined, if the number of his months is with thee, [and] thou hast appointed his bounds which he must not pass,
Look away from him; and let him rest, till he accomplish, as a hireling, his day.
For there is hope for a tree: if it be cut down, it will sprout again, and its tender branch will not cease;
Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stock die in the ground,
Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and put forth boughs like a young plant.
But a man dieth, and is prostrate; yea, man expireth, and where is he?
The waters recede from the lake, and the river wasteth and drieth up:
So man lieth down, and riseth not again; till the heavens be no more, they do not awake, nor are raised out of their sleep.
Oh that thou wouldest hide me in Sheol, that thou wouldest keep me secret until thine anger be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me, --
(If a man die, shall he live [again]?) all the days of my time of toil would I wait, till my change should come:
Thou wouldest call, and I would answer thee; thou wouldest have a desire after the work of thy hands.
For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?
My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou heapest up mine iniquity.
And indeed a mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of its place;
The waters wear the stones, the floods thereof wash away the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.
Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth away; thou changest his countenance, and dismissest him.
His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, and he perceiveth it not.
But his flesh hath pain for himself alone, and his soul mourneth for himself.
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