1Why does the Almighty not reserve times for judgment? Why do those who know Him never see His days? 2The wicked displace boundary markers. They steal a flock and provide pasture for [it]. 3They drive away the donkeys [owned] by the fatherless and take the widow's ox as collateral. 4They push the needy off the road; the poor of the land are forced into hiding. 5Like wild donkeys in the desert, the poor go out to their task of foraging for food; the wilderness provides nourishment for their children. 6They gather their fodder in the field and glean the vineyards of the wicked. 7Without clothing, they spend the night naked, having no covering against the cold. 8Drenched by mountain rains, they huddle against the rocks, shelterless. 9The fatherless infant is snatched from the breast; the nursing child of the poor is seized as collateral. 10Without clothing, they wander about naked. They carry sheaves but go hungry. 11They crush olives in their presses; they tread the winepresses, but go thirsty. 12From the city, men groan; the mortally wounded cry for help, yet God pays no attention to this crime. 13The wicked are those who rebel against the light. They do not recognize its ways or stay on its paths. 14The murderer rises at dawn to kill the poor and needy, and by night he becomes a thief. 15The adulterer's eye watches for twilight, thinking: No eye will see me, he covers [his] face. 16In the dark they break into houses; by day they lock themselves in, never experiencing the light. 17For the morning is like death's shadow to them. Surely they are familiar with the terrors of death's shadow! 18They float on the surface of the water. Their section of the land is cursed, so that they never go to [their] vineyards. 19As dry ground and heat snatch away the melted snow, so Sheol [steals] those who have sinned. 20The womb forgets them; worms feed on them; they are remembered no more. So injustice is broken like a tree. 21They prey on the barren, childless woman and do not deal kindly with the widow. 22Yet God drags away the mighty by His power; when He rises up, they have no assurance of life. 23He gives them a sense of security, so they can rely [on it], but His eyes [watch] over their ways. 24They are exalted for a moment, then they are gone; they are brought low and shrivel up like everything else. They wither like heads of grain. 25If this is not true, then who can prove me a liar and show that my speech is worthless?
1Then Bildad the Shuhite replied: 2Dominion and dread belong to Him, the One who establishes harmony in the heavens. 3Can His troops be numbered? Does His light not shine on everyone? 4How can a person be justified before God? How can one born of woman be pure? 5If even the moon does not shine and the stars are not pure in His sight, 6how much less man, who is a maggot, and the son of man, who is a worm!
1Then Job answered: 2How you have helped the powerless and delivered the arm that is weak! 3How you have counseled the unwise and thoroughly explained [the path to] success! 4Who did you speak these words to? Whose breath came out of your [mouth]? 5The departed spirits tremble beneath the waters and [all] that inhabit them. 6Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering. 7He stretches the northern [skies] over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing. 8He enfolds the waters in His clouds, yet the clouds do not burst beneath their weight. 9He obscures the view of [His] throne, spreading His cloud over it. 10He laid out the horizon on the surface of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness. 11The pillars [that hold up] the sky tremble, astounded at His rebuke. 12By His power He stirred the sea, and by His understanding He crushed Rahab. 13By His breath the heavens gained their beauty; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. 14These are but the fringes of His ways; how faint is the word we hear of Him! Who can understand His mighty thunder?
1Job continued his discourse, saying: 2As God lives, who has deprived me of justice, and the Almighty who has made me bitter, 3as long as my breath is still in me and the breath from God remains in my nostrils, 4my lips will not speak unjustly, and my tongue will not utter deceit. 5I will never affirm that you are right. I will maintain my integrity until I die. 6I will cling to my righteousness and never let it go. My conscience will not accuse [me] as long as I live! 7May my enemy be like the wicked and my opponent like the unjust. 8For what hope does the godless man have when he is cut off, when God takes away his life? 9Will God hear his cry when distress comes on him? 10Will he delight in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times? 11I will teach you about God's power. I will not conceal what the Almighty has planned. 12All of you have seen [this] for yourselves, why do you keep up this empty talk? 13This is a wicked man's lot from God, the inheritance the ruthless receive from the Almighty. 14Even if his children increase, they are destined for the sword; his descendants will never have enough food. 15Those who survive him will be buried by the plague, yet their widows will not weep [for them]. 16Though he piles up silver like dust and heaps up a wardrobe like clay- 17he may heap [it] up, but the righteous will wear [it], and the innocent will divide up his silver. 18The house he built is like a moth's [cocoon] or a booth set up by a watchman. 19He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, it is gone. 20Terrors overtake him like a flood; a storm wind sweeps him away at night. 21An east wind picks him up, and he is gone; it carries him away from his place. 22It blasts at him without mercy, while he flees desperately from its grasp. 23It claps its hands at him and scorns him from its place.
1Surely there is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined. 2Iron is taken from the ground, and copper is smelted from ore. 3A miner puts an end to the darkness; he probes the deepest recesses for ore in the gloomy darkness. 4He cuts a shaft far from human habitation, [in places] unknown to those who walk above ground. Suspended far away from people, the miners swing back and forth. 5Food may come from the earth, but below the surface the earth is transformed as by fire. 6Its rocks are a source of sapphire, containing flecks of gold. 7No bird of prey knows that path; no falcon's eye has seen it. 8Proud beasts have never walked on it; no lion has ever prowled over it. 9The miner strikes the flint and transforms the mountains at [their] foundations. 10He cuts out channels in the rocks, and his eyes spot every treasure. 11He dams up the streams from flowing so that he may bring to light what is hidden. 12But where can wisdom be found, and where is understanding located? 13No man can know its value, since it cannot be found in the land of the living. 14The ocean depths say, "It's not in me," while the sea declares, "I don't have it." 15Gold cannot be exchanged for it, and silver cannot be weighed out for its price. 16Wisdom cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire. 17Gold and glass do not compare with it, and articles of fine gold cannot be exchanged for it. 18Coral and quartz are not worth mentioning. The price of wisdom is beyond pearls. 19Topaz from Cush cannot compare with it, and it cannot be valued in pure gold. 20Where then does wisdom come from, and where is understanding located? 21It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing and concealed from the birds of the sky. 22Abaddon and Death say, "We have heard news of it with our ears." 23But God understands the way to wisdom, and He knows its location. 24For He looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. 25When God fixed the weight of the wind and limited the water by measure, 26when He established a limit for the rain and a path for the lightning, 27He considered wisdom and evaluated it; He established it and examined it. 28He said to mankind, "Look! The fear of the Lord-that is wisdom, and to turn from evil is understanding."