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JOB

And He walketh in the circuit of heaven.'
15Wilt thou keep the old way
Which wicked men have trodden?
16Who were snatched away before their time,
Whose foundation was poured out as a stream;
17Who said unto God: 'Depart from us';
And what could the Almighty do unto them?
18Yet He filled their houses with good things—
But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19The righteous saw it, and were glad,
And the innocent laugh them to scorn:
20'Surely their substance is cut off,
And their abundance the fire hath consumed.'
 
21Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace;
Thereby shall thine increase be good.
22Receive, I pray thee, instruction from His mouth,
And lay up His words in thy heart.
23If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up—
If thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents,
24And lay thy treasure in the dust,
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks;
25And the Almighty be thy treasure,
And precious silver unto thee;
26Then surely shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty,
And shalt lift up thy face unto God.
27Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He will hear thee,
And thou shalt pay thy vows;
28Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee,
And light shall shine upon thy ways.
 
29When they cast thee down, thou shalt say: 'There is lifting up';
For the humble person He saveth.
30He delivereth him that is innocent,
Yea, thou shalt be delivered through the cleanness of thy hands.


23 Then Job answered and said:

2Even to-day is my complaint bitter;
My hand is become heavy because of my groaning.
3Oh that I knew where I might find Him,
That I might come even to His seat!
4I would order my cause before Him,
And fill my mouth with arguments.
5I would know the words which He would answer me,
And understand what He would say unto me.
6Would He contend with me in His great power?
Nay; but He would give heed unto me.
7There the upright might reason with Him;
So should I be delivered for ever from my Judge.
 
8Behold, I go forward, but He is not there,
And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
9On the left hand, when He doth work, but I cannot behold Him,
He turneth Himself to the right hand, but I cannot see Him.
 
10For He knoweth the way that I take;
When He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

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