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To Our Forefathers Yisrael
1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Iyov; and that man was perfect and tzadik, one that feared Ahlohim and turned aside from evil.
2 And there were born to him seven sons and three daughters.
3 His possessions also were seven thousand sheep and three thousand camels and five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred female donkeys and a very great bayit with avadim; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one on his own yom; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
5 And it was so, when the yamim of their feasting were over, that Iyov sent for them and set them apart and rose up early in the boker and offered burnt offerings according to their number: for Iyov said, It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed Ahlohim in their levavot. This did Iyov continually.
6 Now there was a yom when the sons of Ahlohim came to present themselves before YHUH and s.a.tan came also among them.
7 And YHUH said to s.a.tan, From where are you coming? Then s.a.tan answered YHUH and said, From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
8 And YHUH said to s.a.tan, Have you considered My eved Iyov, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and a tzadik man, one that fears Ahlohim and turns away from evil?
9 Then s.a.tan answered YHUH and said, Does Iyov fear Ahlohim for nothing?
10 Have not You made a hedge about him and about his bayit and about all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands and his possessions are increased in the land.
11 But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has and he will curse You to Your face.
12 And YHUH said to s.a.tan, See, all that he has is in your hand; only against his chayim do not put forth your hand. So s.a.tan went forth from the Presence of YHUH.
13 And there was a yom when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s bayit:
14 And there came a messenger to Iyov and said, The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them:
15 And the robbers fell on them and took them away; yes, they have slain the avadim with the edge of the sword; and only I have escaped to tell you.
16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another and said, The fire from Ahlohim has fallen from the shamayim and has burned up the sheep and the avadim and consumed them; and I alone escaped to tell you.
17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another and said, The Chaldeans came out with three companies and fell on the camels and have carried them away, yes and slain the avadim with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you.
18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another and said, Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s bayit:
19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness and smote the four corners of the bayit and it fell on the young men and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you.
20 Then Iyov arose and tore his mantle and shaved his head and fell down on the ground and worshipped,
21 And said, Naked came I out of my eema’s womb and naked shall I return there: YHUH gave and YHUH has taken away: Barchu-et-Shem-YHUH.
22 In all this Iyov did not sin, nor charge Ahlohim foolishly.
2 Again there was a yom when the sons of Ahlohim came to present themselves before YHUH and s.a.tan came also among them to present himself before YHUH.
2 And YHUH said to s.a.tan, From where have you come? And s.a.tan answered YHUH and said, From going to and fro on the earth and from walking up and down in it.
3 And YHUH said to s.a.tan, Have you considered My eved Iyov, that there is none like him on the earth, a perfect and a tzadik man, one that fears Ahlohim and turns away from evil? And still he holds fast his integrity, even though you moved Me against him, to destroy him without a cause.
4 And s.a.tan answered YHUH and said, Skin for skin, all that a man has will he give for his chayim.
5 But put forth Your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh and he will curse You to Your face.
6 And YHUH said to s.a.tan, See, he is in your hand; but spare his chayim.
7 So s.a.tan went forth from the Presence of YHUH and smote Iyov with sore boils from the sole of his foot to his head.
8 And he took him pottery pieces to scrape himself with; and he sat down among the ashes.
9 Then said his isha to him; Do you still retain your integrity? Curse Ahlohim and die!
10 But he said to her, You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. What? Shall we receive tov from Ahlohim and not receive evil? In all this Iyov did not sin with his lips.
11 Now when Iyov’s three chaverim heard of all this evil that had come on him, they came everyone from his own place; Elifaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Tzofar the Na’amathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.
12 And when they lifted up their eyes far off and did not recognize him, they lifted up their voice and wept; and they tore every one his mantle and sprinkled dust on their heads toward the shamayim.
13 So they sat down with him on the ground seven yamim and seven laylot, and none spoke a word to him: for they saw that his grief was very great.
3 After this opened Iyov his mouth and cursed his birthday.
2 And Iyov spoke and said,
3 Let the yom perish in which I was born and the lyla in which it was said, There is a male child conceived.
4 Let that yom be darkness; let not Ahlohim regard it from above, neither let ohr shine on it.
5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell over it; let the blackness of the yom frighten it.
6 As for that lyla, let darkness seize it; let it not be joined to the yamim of the rest of the year, let it not be counted in the number of the chodashem.
7 Look, let that lyla be silent, let no voice of simcha come into it.
8 Let them curse it that curse the yom, who are ready to raise up Leviathan.
9 Let the cochavim of its twilight be dark; let it look for ohr, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the next yom:
10 Because it did not shut the doors of my eema’s womb, nor hid sorrow from my eyes.
11 Why did I not die in the womb? Why did I not give up the ruach when I came out of the belly?
12 Why did the knees receive me? Or, the breasts for me to suck?
13 For by now I would have been lying in shalom, I should have died: then would I be at rest,
14 With the melechim and counselors of the earth, who built ruin for themselves;
15 Or, with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
16 Or, as a hidden untimely birth; as infants who never saw ohr.
17 There the wicked cease from causing trouble; and there the weary are at rest.
18 There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
19 The small and great are there; and the eved is free from his master.
20 Why is ohr given to him that is in misery and chayim to the bitter of being;
21 Who longs for death, but it comes not; and digs for it more than for hidden treasures;
22 Who rejoice exceedingly and are in simcha, when they can find Sheol?
23 Why is ohr given to a man whose halacha is hidden and whom Ahloha has hedged in?
24 For my sighing comes before I eat and my groaning pours out like mayim.
25 For the thing that I greatly feared has come on me and that which I was afraid of has come to me.
26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
4 Then Elifaz the Temanite answered and said,
2 If we start to speak with you, will you be grieved? But who can withhold himself from speaking?
3 See, you have instructed many and you have strengthened the weak hands.
4 Your words have held him that was falling and you have strengthened the weak knees.
5 But now it is come on you and you fainted; it touches you and you are troubled.
6 Is not this your fear, your confidence, your tikvah and the uprightness of your halacha?
7 Remember, please, who being innocent ever perished? Or, when were the tzadikim ever cut off?
8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity and sow wickedness, reap the same.
9 By the blast of Ahloha they perish and by The Ruach of His nostrils are they consumed.
10 The roaring of the lion and the voice of the fierce lion and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
11 The old lion perishes for lack of prey and the cubs of the lioness are scattered abroad.
12 Now a word was secretly brought to me and my ear received a little of it.
13 In thoughts from the visions of the lyla, when deep sleep falls on men,
14 Fear came on me and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
15 Then a ruach passed before my face; the hair of my gooff stood up:
16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form of it: an image was before my eyes; there was silence and I heard a voice, saying,
17 Shall mortal man be more tzadik than Ahloha? Shall a man be cleaner than His Maker?
18 See, He puts no trust in His avadim; and His heavenly malachim He charged with straying:
19 How much more those that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth?
20 They are destroyed from boker to evening: they perish le-olam-va-ed without anyone regarding it.
21 See their pride departs and they die, even without chochmah.
5 Call now, if there is anyone that will answer you; and to which of the kidushim will you turn?
2 For anger kills the foolish man and envy slays the simple.
3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly his home was cursed.
4 His children are far from safety and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there anyone to deliver them.
5 Whose harvest the hungry eats up and takes it out of the thorns and the robber swallows up their possessions.
6 Although affliction does not come out of the dust, neither does trouble spring out of the ground;
7 Yet man is born for trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
8 I would seek El and to Ahlohim would I commit my cause:
9 Who does great and unsearchable things; marvelous things without number:
10 Who gives rain on the earth and sends mayim on the fields:
11 To set up on high those that are low; that those who mourn may be exalted to safety.
12 He disappoints the schemes of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their work.
13 He takes the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the schemers is carried away.
14 They meet with darkness in the daytime and grope in the noonday as in the lyla.
15 But He saves the poor from the sword, from their mouth and from the hand of the mighty.
16 So the poor have tikvah and iniquity stops her mouth.
17 See, happy is the man whom Ahloha corrects: therefore despise not the chastening of The Almighty:
18 For He bruises and binds up: He wounds and His Hands make whole.
19 He shall deliver you in six troubles: yes, in seven there shall no evil touch you.
20 In famine He shall redeem you from death: and in war from the power of the sword.
21 You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue: neither shall you be afraid of the destruction when it comes.
22 At destruction and famine you shall laugh: neither shall you be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
23 For you shall be in brit with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at shalom with you.
24 And you shall know that your tent shall be in shalom; and you shall visit your tent and shall not sin.
25 You shall know also that your zera shall be great and your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26 You shall come to Sheol in a ripe old age, like a stack of grain comes in its season.
27 Look this is what we have searched for, so listen to it and know it for your own tov.
6 But Iyov answered and said,
2 Oh that my grief was thoroughly weighed and my calamity laid on scales!
3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are rash.
4 For the arrows of The Almighty are within me, their poison saps up my ruach: the arrows of Ahloha do set themselves in array against me.
5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? Or, does the ox neigh over its fodder?
6 Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? Or, is there any taste in the white of an egg?
7 My being refuses to touch them. They are as food when I am sick.
8 Oh that I might have my request; and that Ahloha would grant me the thing that I long for!
9 Even that it would please Ahloha to destroy me; that He would let loose His hand and cut me off!
10 Then should I yet have comfort; I would rejoice in pain: let Him not spare; for I have not concealed the Words of the Kadosh-One.
11 What is my strength, that I should have tikvah? And what is my end, that I should prolong my chayim?
12 Is my strength the strength of stones? Or, is my flesh of bronze?
13 Is not my help in me? And is ability driven far from me?
14 To him that is afflicted pity should be showed from his chaver; but he forsakes the fear of The Almighty.
15 My brothers have dealt deceitfully as a brook and as the stream of brooks they pass away;
16 Which are dark because of the ice and in which the snow is hidden:
17 When it is warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
18 The paths of their halacha are turned aside; they go to nothing and perish.
19 The passengers of Tema looked, the travelers of Sheva waited for them.
20 They were ashamed because they had hoped; they came there and were ashamed.
21 For now you are nothing; you see my casting down and are afraid.
22 Did I say, Bring to me? Or, Give me a reward from your possessions?
23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy’s hand? Or, redeem me from the hand of the mighty?
24 Teach me and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand in which halacha I have gone astray.
25 How harsh are right words! But what does your arguing reprove?
26 Do you imagine to reprove the words and the speeches of one that is in despair, which are as wind?
27 Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless and you dig a grave for your chaver.
28 Now therefore be content, look on me; for it is evident to you if I lie.
29 Relent, please, let it not be iniquity; yes, Relent, my tzedakah is in it.
30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? Or, does my mouth speak emet?
7 Is there not an appointed time to man on earth? Are not his yamim also like the yamim of a hired eved?
2 As an eved earnestly desires the shade and as a hired man looks for the reward of his work:
3 So am I made to possess chodashem of vanity and wearisome laylot are appointed to me.
4 When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise and the lyla be gone? And I am full of tossing back and forth until the dawning of the yom.
5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken and festers.
6 My yamim are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle and are spent without tikvah.
7 O remember that my chayim is wind: my eyes shall no more see tov.
8 The eye of him that has seen me shall see me no more: your eyes are on me and I am not.
9 As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away: so is he that goes down to Sheol; he shall come up no more.
10 He shall return no more to his bayit; neither shall his place know him anymore.
11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my ruach; I will complain in the bitterness of my being.
12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that You have set a watch over me?
13 When I say, my bed shall comfort me; my couch shall ease my complaint;
14 Then You scare me with dreams and terrified me through visions:
15 So that my being chooses strangling and death rather than my chayim.
16 I loathe it; I would not live always: leave me alone; for my yamim are vanity.
17 What is man, that You should magnify him? And that You should set Your lev on him?
18 And that You should visit him every boker and try him every moment?
19 How long will You stay and not depart from me, nor leave me alone until I swallow down my saliva?
20 I have sinned; what have I done to You, O You watcher of men? Why have You set me as a target against You, so that
I am a burden to myself?
21 And why do You not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? For now shall I sleep in the dust; and You shall seek me in the boker, but I shall not be.
8 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite and said,
2 How long will you speak these things? And how long shall the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?
3 Does El pervert mishpat? Or, does The Almighty pervert mishpat?
4 If your children have sinned against Him and He has cast them
away for their transgression;
5 If you would continually seek El and make your supplication to The Almighty;
6 If you were pure and tzadik; surely now He would arise for you and make the dwelling of your tzedakah prosperous.
7 Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end should greatly increase.
8 For ask of the former generation and prepare yourself for the research of their ahvot:
9 For we are but of yesterday and know nothing because our yamim on earth are as a shadow:
10 Shall not they teach you and tell you and utter words out of their lev?
11 Can the papyrus grow up without mud? Can the reed grow without mayim?
12 While it is yet green and not cut down, it withers before any other herb.
13 So are the paths of all that forget El; and the hypocrite’s tikvah shall perish:
14 Whose tikvah shall be cut off and whose trust shall be a spider’s web.
15 He shall lean on his bayit, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
16 He is green before the shemesh and his branch shoots forth in his gan.
17 His roots are wrapped around a heap and sees the place of stones.
18 If he destroys him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen you.
19 See, this is the simcha of his derech and out of the earth shall others grow.
20 See, El will not cast away a perfect man; neither will He help the evil-doers:
21 Until He fills your mouth with laughing and your lips with gilah.
22 They that hate you shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nothing.
9 Then Iyov answered and said,
2 Truly I know it is so: but how should a man be tzadik with El?
3 If he will contend with Him, he cannot answer Him one time out of a thousand.
4 He is wise in lev and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself against Him and still prospered?
5 Who removes the mountains and they know it not: who overturns them in His anger.
6 Who shakes the earth out of its place and the pillars of it tremble.
7 Who commands the shemesh and it rises not; and seals up the cochavim.
8 Who alone spreads out the shamayim and treads on the waves of the sea.
9 Who makes Aldebaran, Hesperus-Orion and Pleiades and the rooms of the south.
10 Who does great things past finding out; yes and wonders without number.
11 See, He goes by me and I see Him not: He passes on also, but I perceive Him not.
12 See, He takes away, who can hinder Him? Who will say to Him, What are You doing?
13 Ahloha will not withdraw His anger; the proud helpers do stoop under Him.
14 How much less shall I answer Him and choose out my words to reason with Him?
15 Who, though I were a tzadik, yet would I not answer, but I would make tefillah to my Shophet.
16 If I had called and He had answered me; yet would I not believe that He had listened to my voice.
17 For He breaks me with a storm and multiplies my wounds without cause.
18 He will not allow me to take my ruach, but fills me with bitterness.
19 If I speak of strength, look, He is strong: and if of mishpat, who shall set me a time to plead?
20 If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect; it shall also prove me a liar.
21 Am I perfect? Yet would I not know my being: I would still despise my chayim.
22 It is all the same, therefore I said it, He destroys the perfect and the wicked.
23 If the scourge slays suddenly, He will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: He covers the faces of the shophtim of it; if it is not He, then who does it?
25 Now my yamim are swifter than a messenger: they flee away, they see no tov.
26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hurries to its prey.
27 If I say, I will forget my complaint; I will leave off my heaviness and comfort myself:
28 I am afraid of all my sorrows; I know that you will not hold me innocent.
29 If I am wicked, why then do I labor in vain?
30 If I wash myself with snow mayim and my hands with soap;
31 Yet shall You plunge me in the ditch and my own clothes shall abhor me.
32 For He is not a man, as I am, that I should answer Him that we should come
together in mishpat.
33 Neither is there any mediator between us; that might lay his hand on us both.
34 Let Him take His rod away from me and let not His fear frighten me:
35 Then would I speak and not fear Him; but it is not so within me.
10 My being is weary of my chayim; I will leave my complaint to myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my being.
2 I will say to Ahloha, Do not condemn me; show me why You strive against me.
3 Is it tov to You that You should oppress, that You should despise the work of Your hands and shine on the counsel of the wicked?
4 Have You eyes of flesh? Or, do You see as man sees?
5 Are Your yamim as the yamim of man? Are Your years as man’s yamim?
6 That You inquire after my iniquity and search out my sin?
7 You know that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of Your hand.
8 Your hands have made me and fashioned me together all around; yet You destroy me.
9 Remember, I beg You, that You have made me as the clay; and will You bring me into dust again?
10 Have You not poured me out as milk and curdled me like cheese?
11 You have clothed me with skin and flesh and have fortified me with bones and sinews.
12 You have granted me chayim and chen and Your visitation has preserved my ruach.
13 And these things have You hid in Your lev: I know that this is with You.
14 If I sin, then target me and do not acquit me from my iniquity.
15 If I were wicked, woe to me; and if I were a tzadik, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see my affliction;
16 For it increases. You hunted me as a fierce lion: and again You show Yourself marvelous against me.
17 You renew Your witnesses against me and increase Your indignation on me; changes and an army are against me.
18 Why then have You brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ruach and no eye had seen me!
19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb directly to Sheol.
20 Are not my yamim few? Cease then and leave me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
21 Before I go to where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
22 A land of darkness, as dark as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, where the ohr is as darkness.
11 Then answered Tzofar the Na’amathite and said,
2 Should not the multitude of your words be answered? And should a man full of talk be justified?
3 Should your lies make men hold their silence? And when you mock Him, shall no man make you ashamed?
4 For you have said, my teaching and chayim is pure and I am clean in Your eyes.
5 But oh that Ahloha would speak and open His lips against you;
6 And that He would show you the secrets of chochmah; that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that Ahloha requires from you less than your iniquity deserves.
7 Can you by searching find out Ahloha? Can you find out The Almighty to complete da’at?
8 It is as high as the shamayim; what can you do? Deeper than Sheol; what can you know?
9 The measure of it is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.
10 If He cuts off and shuts up, or gathers together, then who can stop Him?
11 For He knows false men: He sees wickedness also; will He not then consider it?
12 For a vain man would be wise, though man is born like a wild donkey’s colt.
13 If you prepare your lev and stretch out your hands toward Him;
14 If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away and let not wickedness dwell in your tents.
15 For then shall you lift up your face without blemish; yes, then you shall be steadfast and shall not fear:
16 Because then you shall forget your misery and remember it as mayim that pass away:
17 And your chayim shall be clearer than the noonday; you shall shine forth, you shall be as the boker.
18 And you shall be secure because there is tikvah; yes, you shall search yourself and then you shall take your rest in safety.
19 Also you shall lie down and none shall make you afraid; yes, many shall seek your chen.
20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail and they shall not escape and their tikvah shall be the giving up of their ruach.
12 And Iyov answered and said,
2 No doubt but you are the people and chochmah shall die with you.
3 But I have binah as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yes, who knows not such things as these?
4 I am as one mocked by his neighbor, who calls on Ahloha and He answers him: the tzadik man is laughed to scorn.
5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.
6 The tents of robbers prosper and they that provoke El are secure; into whose hand Ahloha brings abundantly.
7 But ask now the beasts and they shall teach you; and the fowls of the air and they shall tell you:
8 Or, speak to the earth and it shall teach you: and the fishes of the sea shall declare to you.
9 Who among all these does not know that the Hand of YHUH has done this?
10 In whose hand is the being of every living thing and the ruach of all mankind.
11 Does not the ear discern words? And the mouth taste its food?
12 With the aged is chochmah; and in length of yamim binah.
13 With Him is chochmah and strength, He has counsel and binah.
14 See, He breaks down and it cannot be built again: He imprisons a man and there can be no release.
15 See, He withholds the mayim and they dry up: also He sends them out and they overwhelm the earth.
16 With Him is strength and chochmah: the deceived and the deceiver are His.
17 He leads counselors away spoiled and makes shophtim into fools.
18 He looses the bond of melechim and girds their loins with a girdle.
19 He leads princes away spoiled and overthrows the mighty.
20 He removes the speech of the trusted and takes away the binah of the aged.
21 He pours contempt on princes and weakens the strength of the mighty.
22 He discovers deep things out of darkness and brings to light the shadow of death.
23 He increases the goyim and destroys them: He enlarges the goyim and straitens them again.
24 He takes away the lev of the leaders of the peoples of the earth and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no derech.
25 They grope in the dark without ohr and He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
13 Look, my eye has seen all this, my ear has heard and understood it.
2 What you know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior to you.
3 Surely I would speak to The Almighty and I desire to reason with El.
4 But you are forgers of lies; you are all physicians of no value.
5 O that you would altogether hold your silence! And then it would be your chochmah.
6 Hear now my reasoning and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
7 Will you speak wickedly for El? And talk deceitfully for Him?
8 Will you accept His person? Will you contend for El?
9 Would it be tov with you if He should search you out? Or, as one man mocks another, do you mock Him?
10 He will surely reprove you, if you do secretly display partiality.
11 Shall not His excellence make you afraid? And His fear fall on you?
12 Your memories are like ashes, your bodies as bodies of clay.
13 Hold your silence, leave me alone, that I may speak and let come on me whatever will be.
14 Why do I take my flesh in my teeth and put my chayim in my hand?
15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him: but I will maintain my own halacha before Him.
16 He also shall be my YAHUSHA: for a hypocrite shall not come before Him.
17 Shema diligently to my speech and my declaration
with your ears.
18 See now, I have prepared my case; I know that I shall be justified.
19 Who is he that will strive with me? For then I would keep silent and die.
20 Only do not two things to me: then will I not be hidden from Your face.
21 Withdraw Your hand far from me: and let not Your fear make me afraid.
22 Then call and I will answer: or let me speak and You can answer me.
23 How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me to know my transgression and my sin.
24 Why do You hide Your face and count me as Your enemy?
25 Will You break a leaf driven to and fro? And would You pursue dry stubble?
26 For You write bitter things against me and make me to possess the iniquities of my youth.
27 You put my feet also in the stocks and look closely at all my paths; You set a limit for the soles of my feet.
28 And I, as a rotten thing, waste away, as a garment that is moth eaten.
14 Man that is born of a woman is of few yamim and full of trouble.
2 He comes forth like a flower and is cut down: he flees also as a shadow and continues not.
3 And do You open Your eyes on such a one, to bring me into mishpat with You?
4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one.
5 Seeing his yamim are determined, the numbers of his chodashem are with You, You have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
6 Turn from him, that he may rest, until as a hired man, he enjoys his yom.
7 For there is tikvah for an eytz, if it were cut down, that it would sprout again and that its tender branch will not cease.
8 Though its root grows old in the earth and the stump dies in the ground;
9 Yet through the scent of mayim it will bud and bring forth foliage like a plant.
10 But man dies and wastes away: yes, man gives up the ruach and where is he?
11 As the mayim disappear from the sea and the river dries up:
12 So man lies down and rises not: until the shamayim are no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
13 O that You would hide me in Sheol, that You would keep me concealed, until Your anger is past, that You would appoint me a set time and remember me!
14 If a man dies, shall he live again? All the yamim of my appointed time will I wait, until my change comes.
15 You shall call and I will answer You: You will yearn for the work of Your hands.
16 For now You number my steps; do You not also watch over my sin?
17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag and You cover my iniquity.
18 And surely the har falling comes to nothing and the rock is removed out of its place.
19 The mayim wears away the stones: You wash away the things that grow out of the dust of the earth; and You destroy the tikvah of man.
20 You prevail le-olam-va-ed against him and he passes: You change his countenance and send him away.
21 His sons come to kavod and he will not know it; and they are brought low, but he will not perceive it.
22 But his flesh on him shall have pain and his being within him shall mourn.
15 Then answered Elifaz the Temanite and said,
2 Should a wise man answer with vain da’at and fill his belly with the east wind?
3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? Or, with speeches by which he can do no tov?
4 Yes, you have done away with reverence and withheld tefillah before El.
5 For your mouth utters your iniquity and you choose the tongue of the deceitful.
6 Your own mouth condemns you and not I: yes, your own lips testify against you.
7 Are you the first man that was born? Or, were you made before the hills?
8 Have you heard the secret of Ahloha? And do you limit chochmah to yourself only?
9 What do you know, that we do not know? What do you understand, that is not in us?
10 With us are both the gray-headed and very aged men, much older than your abba.
11 Are the comforts of El only with you? Is there any secret thing with you?
12 Why does your lev mislead you away? And why do your eyes flash?
13 That you turn your ruach against El and let such words come out of your mouth?
14 Who is man, that he should be clean? And he who is born of a woman, that he should be tzadik?
15 See, He puts no trust in His kidushim; yes, the shamayim are not clean in His sight.
16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, who drinks iniquity like mayim?
17 I will show you, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;
18 Which wise men have told from their ahvot and have not hidden it:
19 Unto whom alone the earth was given and no ger passed among them.
20 The wicked man travails with pain all his yamim and very few years is given to the ruthless.
21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in his shalom the destroyer shall come on him.
22 He believes not that he shall return out of darkness and he is destined for the sword.
23 He wanders abroad for lechem, saying, Where is it? Yet he knows that the yom of darkness is already at hand.
24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a melech ready for the battle.
25 For he stretches out his hand against El and strengthens himself against The Almighty.
26 He runs on him, even on his neck, with the multitude of his shields:
27 Because he covers his face with his fatness and puts layers of fat on his loins.
28 And he dwells in desolate cities and in houses which no man inhabits, which are ready to become heaps.
29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his possessions continue, neither shall he prolong the possessions of it on the earth.
30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches and by the ruach of his mouth shall he go away.
31 Let him that is deceived not trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his reward.
32 It shall be accomplished before its time and his branch shall not be green.
33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
34 For the kehilla of hypocrites shall be desolate and fire shall consume the tents of bribery.
35 They conceive mischief and bring forth vanity and their belly prepares deceit.
16 Then Iyov answered and said,
2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are you all.
3 Shall your empty words have an end? Or, what emboldens you that you even answer?
4 I also could speak as you do: if your being were in my place, I could heap up words against you and shake my head at you.
5 But I would rather strengthen you with my mouth and the moving of my lips would bring relief to your grief.
6 Though I speak, my grief is not relieved: and though I refrain, does it leave me?
7 But now He has made me weary: but you have stunned all my company.
8 And you have filled me with wrinkles; which is a witness against me: and my lean gooff coming on me bears witness with my face.
9 He tears me in his anger, he who hates me: he gnashes on me with his teeth; my enemy sharpens his eyes on me.
10 They have opened wide their mouth; they have smitten me on the cheek with reproach; they have gathered themselves together against me.
11 El has delivered me to the perverse and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, but He has broken me asunder: He has also taken me by my neck and shaken me to pieces and set me up for His target.
13 His archers encircle me all around, He cleaves my kidneys in two and does not spare; He pours out my bile on the ground.
14 He breaks me with breach upon breach, He runs on me like a giant.
15 I have sewed sackcloth on my skin and laid my horn in the dust.
16 My face is red from weeping and on my eyelids are the shadows of death;
17 Not for any injustice in my hands: also my tefillah is pure.
18 O earth, do not cover my dahm and let my cry have no place.
19 Also now, behold, my Witness is in the shamayim and my Defender is on high.
20 My chaverim scorn me: but my eye pours out tears to Ahloha.
21 O that one might plead for a man with Ahloha, as a man pleads with his neighbors!
22 When a few years are past, then I shall go the derech from which I shall not return.
17 My ruach is broken, my yamim are past, Sheol is ready for me.
2 Are there not mockers with me? And does not my eye continue to see their provocation?
3 Please lay down a pledge with me; who is he that will strike
hands with me?
4 For You have hidden their lev from binah: therefore You shall not exalt them.
5 He that speaks flattery to his chaverim, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
6 He has made me also a byword of the people; but beforehand I was as a drum.
7 My eye also is dim by reason of my sorrow and all my members are like shadows.
8 Upright men shall be astonished at this and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.
9 The tzadik also shall hold on to his halacha and he that has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
10 But as for all of you, do you return and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.
11 My yamim are past; my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my lev.
12 They change the lyla into yom: the ohr is short because of darkness.
13 If I wait, then Sheol is my bayit: I have made my bed in the darkness.
14 I have said to corruption, You are my abba: to the worm, You are my eema and my sister.
15 And where is now my tikvah? As for my tikvah, who shall see it?
16 They shall go down to the bars of Sheol, they shall descend together into the dust.
18 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite and said,
2 How long will it be until you make an end of your words? Tell us and afterwards we will speak.
3 Why are we counted as beasts and reputed as unworthy in your sight?
4 He tears himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for your sake? And shall the rock be removed out of its place?
5 Yes, the ohr of the wicked shall be put out and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
6 The ohr shall be dark in his tent and his candle shall be put out with him.
7 The steps of his strength shall be impeded and his own counsel shall overthrow him.
8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet and he walks into a pit.
9 The net shall take him by the heel and the robber shall prevail against him.
10 The snare is laid for him in the ground and a trap for him in the derech.
11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side and shall chase him to his feet.
12 His strength shall be removed and destruction shall be ready at his side.
13 It shall devour parts of his skin: even the bachor of death shall devour his strength.
14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tent and it shall bring him to the melech of terrors.
15 It shall dwell in his tent because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered on his bayit.
16 His roots shall be dried up beneath and above shall his branch be cut off.
17 His memory shall perish from the earth and he shall have no name in the street.
18 He shall be driven from ohr into darkness and chased out of the olam hazeh.
19 He shall neither have son, or nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.
20 They that come after him shall be astonished at his yom, as those who were before them were frightened.
21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked and this is the place of him that knows not El.
19 Then Iyov answered and said,
2 How long will you trouble my being and break me in pieces with words?
3 These ten times have you insulted me: you are not ashamed that you make yourselves strange to me.
4 And indeed I have gone astray, my error remains with myself.
5 If indeed you will magnify yourselves against me and plead against me with insults:
6 Know now that Ahloha has overthrown me and has encircled me with His net.
7 See, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no mishpat.
8 He has fortified my derech that I cannot move and He has set darkness in my paths.
9 He has stripped me of my tifereth and taken the keter from my head.
10 He has destroyed me on every side and I am gone: and my tikvah has He removed like an eytz.
11 He has also lit His anger against me and He counts me to Him as one of His enemies.
12 His troops come together and raise up their false halacha against me and encamp around my tent.
13 He has put my brothers far from me and my acquaintances are fully estranged from me.
14 My relatives have failed me and my closest chaverim have forgotten me.
15 They that dwell in my bayit and my maids, treat me as a ger: I am an alien in their sight.
16 I call my eved and he gives me no answer; I have to beg him with my mouth.
17 My breath is strange to my isha, though I implored for the children of my own gooff.
18 Yes, young children despise me; I arise and they speak against me.
19 All my intimate chaverim loathe me: and those whom I have loved have turned against me.
20 My bone cleaves to my skin and to my flesh and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
21 Have pity on me; have pity on me, O you my chaverim; for the hand of Ahloha has struck me.
22 Why do you persecute me as does El and are not satisfied with my flesh’s suffering?
23 Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were printed in a scroll!
24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock le-olam-va-ed!
25 For I know that my Redeemer lives and that He shall stand at the latter-yom on the earth:
26 And after my skin has been taken off and worms destroy this gooff, yet in my flesh shall I see Ahloha:
27 Whom I shall see for myself and my eyes shall behold and not another; though my kidneys will be consumed within me.
28 But what you should be saying is, Why do we persecute him, seeing that a tov report will follow me and vindicate me?
29 Be afraid of the sword: for anger brings the punishment of the sword; that you may know there is mishpat.
20 Then answered Tzofar the Na’amathite and said,
2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer and I will make haste.
3 I have heard the reproach that insults me and the ruach of my binah causes me to answer.
4 Don’t you know this of old, since man was placed on the earth,
5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short and the simcha of the hypocrite is but for a moment?
6 Though his pride mounts up to the shamayim and his head reaches to the clouds;
7 Yet he shall perish le-olam-va-ed like his own dung: they who have seen him shall say, Where is he?
8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yes, he shall be chased away as a vision of the lyla.
9 The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place anymore behold him.
10 His children shall seek to please the poor and his hands shall restore their goods.
11 His bones are full of the sins of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.
12 Though wickedness is sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;
13 Though he fondles it and forsakes it not; but keeps it still within his mouth:
14 Yet his food in his stomach is turned, it is the bitterness of cobras within him.
15 He has swallowed down riches and he shall vomit them up again: El shall cast them out of his belly.
16 He shall suck the poison of cobras: the viper’s tongue shall slay him.
17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, or the brooks of honey and butter.
18 That which he labors for shall he restore and shall not swallow it down: according to his possessions shall the restitution be and he shall not rejoice in them.
19 Because he has oppressed and has forsaken the poor; because he has violently taken away a bayit which he did not build;
20 Surely he shall not feel ease in his belly, he shall not keep that which he desired.
21 There shall none of his posterity be left; therefore his tov will not be remembered.
22 In the fullness of his sufficiency he shall be in distress: every hand of the wicked shall come on him.
23 When he is about to fill his belly, Ahloha shall cast the fury of His anger on him and shall rain it on him while he is yet eating.
24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, but the bow of steel shall strike him through.
25 It is drawn and comes out of the gooff; yes, the glittering sword comes out of his gall: terrors are on him.
26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall be ill with him that is left in his tent.
27 Then the shamayim shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
28 The increase of his bayit shall depart and his goods shall flow away in the yom of His anger.
29 This is the portion of a wicked man from Ahlohim and the heritage appointed to him by El.
21 But Iyov answered and said,
2 Shema diligently to my speech and let this be your comfort.
3 Allow me that I may speak; and after I have spoken, you can mock more.
4 As for me, is my complaint to man? And if it were so, why should not my ruach be troubled?
5 Look at me and be astonished and lay your hand on your mouth.
6 Even when I remember I am afraid and trembling takes hold on my flesh.
7 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power?
8 Their zera is established in their sight with them and their offspring before their eyes.
9 Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of Ahloha on them.
10 Their bull breeds and fails not; their cow gives birth, without miscarriage.
11 They send forth their little ones like a flock and their children dance.
12 They take the tambourine and harp and rejoice at the sound of the flute.
13 They spend their yamim in wealth and in a moment go down to Sheol.
14 Therefore they say to El, Depart from us; for we desire not the da’at of Your halacha.
15 Who is The Almighty that we should serve Him? And what profit should we have, if we make tefillah to Him?
16 See, their tov is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17 How often is the candle of the wicked put out! And how often comes their destruction on them! Ahloha distributes sorrows
in His anger.
18 They are as stubble before the wind and as chaff that the storm carries away.
19 You claim that Ahloha lays up His iniquity for His children: He rewards him and he shall know it.
20 His eyes shall see his destruction and he shall drink of the anger of The Almighty.
21 For what pleasure has he in his bayit after him, when the number of his chodashem is cut off in the midst?
22 Shall any teach El da’at? Seeing He even judges those that are exalted.
23 One dies in his full strength, being wholly at ease and shalom.
24 His breasts are full of milk and his bones are moistened with marrow.
25 And another dies in the bitterness of his being and never eats with pleasure.
26 They shall lie down alike in the dust and the worms shall cover them both.
27 See, I know your thoughts and the schemes that you wrongfully imagine against me.
28 For you say, Where is the bayit of the sar? And where are the dwelling places of the wicked?
29 Have you not asked them that go by their own halacha? And do you not know those signs,
30 That the wicked is reserved to the yom of destruction? They shall be brought forth to the yom of anger.
31 Who shall declare his halacha to his face? And who shall repay him for what he has done?
32 Yet shall he be brought to Sheol and shall remain in the tomb.
33 The clusters of the mud of the valley shall be sweet to him and every man shall follow after him, as there are innumerable ones who went before him.
34 Why then do you comfort me in vain, seeing in your answers there remains falsehood?
22 Then Elifaz the Temanite answered and said,
2 Can a man be profitable to El, as he that is wise may be profitable to himself?
3 Is it any pleasure to The Almighty, that you are tzadik? Or, is it to His advantage that you make your halacha perfect?
4 Would He reprove you if you feared Him? Will He enter with you into mishpat?
5 Is not your wickedness great? And your iniquities infinite?
6 For you have taken a pledge from your brother for nothing and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7 You have not given mayim to the weary to drink and you have withheld lechem from the hungry.
8 But as for the mighty man, he has the earth; and the honorable man dwells in it.
9 You have sent widows away empty and the arms of the fatherless you have broken.
10 Therefore snares are around you and sudden fear troubles you;
11 Or, darkness, that you cannot see; and an abundance of mayim covers you.
12 Is not Ahloha in the heights of the shamayim? And behold the heights of the cochavim, how high they are!
13 And you say, How does El know? How can He judge
through the dark cloud?
14 Thick clouds are a covering to Him, that He sees not; and He walks in the circuit of the shamayim.
15 Have you marked the old halacha in which wicked men have trodden?
16 Who were cut down before their time, whose foundation was swept away with a flood:
17 Who said to El, Depart from us: and what can The Almighty do for us?
18 Yet He filled their houses with tov things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 The tzadikim see it and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
20 If they are not prostrated because of their stubbornness, then their remnant the fire will consume.
21 Agree with Him and serve Him and be at shalom: thereby tov shall come to you.
22 Receive, I beg you, the Torah from His mouth, and lay up His Words in your lev.
23 If you make teshuvah to The Almighty, you shall be built up, you shall put away iniquity far from your tents.
24 Then shall you lay up gold as dust and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
25 Yes, The Almighty shall be your defense and you shall have plenty of silver.
26 For then shall you have your delight in The Almighty and shall lift up your face to Ahloha.
27 You shall make your tefillah to Him and He shall hear and you shall pay your vows to Him.
28 You shall also decree a thing and it shall be established to you: and the ohr shall shine on your halacha.
29 When men are cast down, then you shall say, There is lifting up; and He shall save the humble person.
30 Shall He deliver one who is not innocent? Deliverance is by the pureness of your hands.
23 Then Iyov answered and said,
2 Even today is my complaint bitter: His hand is now heavier and increases my groaning.
3 Oh that I knew where I might find Him! That I might come even to His seat!
4 I would present my cause before Him and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know the words with which He would answer me and understand what He would say to me.
6 Will He plead against me with His great Power? No; but He would put strength in me.
7 There the tzadikim might reason with Him; so I should be delivered le-olam-va-ed from my Shophet.
8 See, I go forward, but He is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive Him:
9 On the left hand, where He does work, but I cannot behold Him: He hides Himself on the Right Hand, that I cannot see Him:
10 But He knows the halacha that I take: when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 My foot has held to His steps, His halacha have I kept and not declined.
12 Neither have I backslidden from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed the Words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
13 But He is in echad and who can turn Him? And what His being desires, even that He does.
14 For He performs the thing that He has appointed for me: and many such things are with Him.
15 Therefore am I troubled at His Presence: when I consider it, I am afraid of Him.
16 For El makes my lev soft and The Almighty troubles me:
17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither has He covered the darkness from my face.
24 Times are not hidden from The Almighty and why do those who know Him not see more yamim?
2 Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks and feed on it.
3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; they take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
4 They turn the needy out of the derech: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
5 See, as wild donkeys in the desert, they go forth to their work; rising for a prey: the wilderness yields food for them and for their children.
6 They reap each one his grain in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.
7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.
8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast and take a pledge from the poor.
10 They cause him to go naked without clothing and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;
11 Who make oil within their walls and tread their own winepresses and allow thirst.
12 Men groan from out of the city and the beings of the wounded cry out: yet Ahloha lays not folly to them.
13 They are of those that rebel against the ohr; they know not the halacha of it, nor abide in the paths of it.
14 The murderer rising with the ohr kills the poor and needy and in the lyla is as a thief.
15 The eye also of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguises his face.
16 In the dark they dig through houses, which they have marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the ohr.
17 For the boker is to them even as the shadow of death: if one knows them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
18 He is swift as the mayim; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholds not the derech of the vineyards.
19 Drought and heat consume the snow mayim: so does Sheol consume those who have sinned.
20 The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as an eytz.
21 He treats the barren that bears not with evil: and does no tov to the widow.
22 He draws also the mighty with his power: he rises up, so that he is not sure of chayim.
23 Though he is given safety, in which he rests; yet his eyes are on his own evil derachot.
24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the derech as all the others and cut off as the tops of the ears of grain.
25 And if it is not so, who will make me a liar and make my speech worthless?
25 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite and said,
2 Dominion and fear are with Him, He makes shalom in His high places.
3 Is there any number to His armies? And on whom does not His Ohr arise?
4 How then can a man be justified with El? Or, how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
5 See even the yarayach, shines not; yes, the cochavim are not pure in His sight.
6 How much less man, that is a worm? And the ben-Ahdahm; who is a worm?
26 But Iyov answered and said,
2 How have you helped him that is without power? How did you save the arm that has no strength?
3 How have you counseled him that has no chochmah? And how have you plentifully declared the thing as it is?
4 To whom have you uttered words? And whose ruach came from you?
5 Dead things are formed from under the mayim and the inhabitants of it.
6 Sheol is naked before Him and destruction has no covering.
7 He stretches out the north over the empty place and hangs the earth on nothing.
8 He binds up the mayim in His thick clouds; and the cloud is not torn under them.
9 He holds back the face of His kesay and spreads His cloud on it.
10 He has circled the mayim with boundaries, until yom and lyla come to an end.
11 The pillars of the shamayim tremble and are astonished at His reproof.
12 He divides the sea with His Power and by His binah He smites through Rahab.
13 By His Ruach He has adorned the shamayim; His hand has formed the crooked serpent.
14 Look, these all are parts of His halacha: but how little of that portion is heard from Him? But even the thunder of His Power; who can understand?
27 Moreover Iyov continued his parable and said,
2 As El lives, who has turned aside my mishpat; and The Almighty, who has troubled my being;
3 All the while my ruach is in me and the ruach of Ahloha is in my nostrils;
4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
5 Ahloha forbid that I should tell you that you are right: until I die I will not remove my integrity from me.
6 My tzedakah I will hold on to and will not let it go: my lev shall not reproach me so long as I live.
7 Let my enemy be as the wicked and he that rises up against me as the unrighteous.
8 For what is the tikvah of the hypocrite, though he has gained all, when Ahloha takes away his being?
9 Will El listen to his cry when trouble comes on him?
10 Will he delight himself in The Almighty? Will he always
call on Ahloha?
11 I will teach you by the hand of El: that which is with The Almighty will I not conceal.
12 See, all you have seen it; why then are you altogether vain?
13 This is the portion of a wicked man with El and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of The Almighty.
14 If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with lechem.
15 Those that remain from him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.
16 Though he heap up silver as the dust and prepare clothing as the clay;
17 He may prepare it, but the tzadik shall put it on and the innocent shall divide the silver.
18 He builds his bayit as a moth and as a booth that a watchman makes.
19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he opens his eyes and he is not.
20 Terrors take hold on him as mayim of a flood; a storm steals him away in the lyla.
21 The east wind carries him away and he departs: and as a storm hurls him out of his place.
22 For Ahloha shall cast him out without pity and not spare: he cannot escape out of his hand.
23 Men shall clap their hands before him and shall hiss him out of his place.
28 Surely there is a mine for the silver and a place for gold where they refine it.
2 Iron is taken out of the earth and bronze is melted out of the stone.
3 He sets an end to darkness and searches out all perfection: the stones of darkness and the shadow of death.
4 The flood breaks out from the inhabitant; even the mayim forgotten by the foot: they are dried up; they are gone away from men.
5 As for the earth, out of it comes lechem: and under it is turned up as if it were fire.
6 The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it has dust of gold.
7 There is a derech which no fowl knows and which the vulture’s eye has not seen:
8 Wild beasts have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.
9 He puts forth His hand on the rock; He overturns the mountains by the roots.
10 He cuts out rivers among the rocks; and His eye sees every precious thing.
11 He binds the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hidden He brings to light.
12 But where shall chochmah be found? And where is the place of binah?
13 Man knows not the price of it; neither is it found in the land of the living.
14 The depth says, It is not in me: and the sea says, It is not with me.
15 It cannot be gotten for gold; neither shall silver be weighed for the price of it.
16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of chochmah is above rubies.
19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it; neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
20 From where then comes chochmah? And where is the place of binah?
21 Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of all living and kept closed from the fowls of the air.
22 Destruction and death say; We have heard the fame of it with our ears.
23 Ahlohim understands the halacha it brings and He knows the place of it.
24 For He looks to the ends of the earth and sees under the whole shamayim;
25 To make the weight for the winds; and He weighs the mayim by measure.
26 When He makes a decree for the rain and a derech for the lightning and the thunder:
27 Then He did see it and declare it; He prepared it, yes and searched it out.
28 And to man He said, See, the fear of YHUH, that is chochmah; and to depart from evil is binah.
29 Moreover Iyov continued his parable and said,
2 Oh that I were as in chodashem past, as in the yamim when Ahloha preserved me;
3 When His candle shone on my head and when by His Ohr I walked through the darkness;
4 As I was in the yamim of my youth, when the secret of Ahloha was in my tent;
5 When The Almighty was yet with me, when my children were around me;
6 When I washed my steps with butter and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;
7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!
8 The young men saw me and hid themselves: and the aged arose and stood up.
9 The princes refrained from talking and laid their hand on their mouth.
10 The nobles held their silence and their tongues cleaved to the roofs of their mouths.
11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:
12 Because I delivered the poor that cried and the fatherless and him that had no one to help him.
13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came on me: and I caused the widow’s lev to sing for simcha.
14 I put on tzedakah and it clothed me: my mishpat was as a robe and a keter.
15 I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
16 I was an abba to the poor: and the case, which I did not know, I searched out.
17 And I broke the jaws of the wicked and plucked the plunder out of his teeth.
18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest and I shall multiply my yamim as the sand.
19 My root was spread out by the mayim and the dew lay all lyla on my branch.
20 My tifereth was fresh in me and my bow was renewed in my hand.
21 Unto me men listened and waited and kept silence at my counsel.
22 After my words they spoke not again; and my speech dropped on them.
23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
24 I laughed on those, who believed not; and the ohr of my countenance they cast not down.
25 I chose out the halacha for them and sat as a ruler and dwelt as a melech in the army, as one that comforts the mourners.
30 But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose ahvot I would have disdained to have put with the dogs of my flock.
2 Yes, the strength of their hands; of what use would it have been to me?
3 For want and famine they were dried up; fleeing into the wilderness in former times a desolate and a waste.
4 Who cut up salty herbs by the bushes and juniper eytz roots for their food.
5 They were driven forth from among men, they shouted at them as at a thief;
6 To dwell in the clefts of the valleys, in the caves of the earth and in the rocks.
7 Among the bushes they cried; under the nettles they were gathered together.
8 They were children of fools, yes, children of wicked men: they were lower than the earth.
9 And now am I their shir, yes, I am their byword.
10 They abhor me; they flee far from me and refrain not to spit in my face.
11 Because He has loosed my cord and afflicted me, they have also thrown off restraint before me.
12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet and they raise up against me the derech of their destruction.
13 They have broken my derech, they set forward my calamity and they have no one to restrain them.
14 They came on me as a wide breaking in of mayim: in the desolation they rolled themselves on me.
15 Destruction has turned on me: they pursue my being as the wind: and my welfare passes away as a cloud.
16 And now my being is poured out on me; the yamim of affliction have taken hold on me.
17 My bones are pierced in me in the lyla season: and my sinews take no rest.
18 By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it binds me around as the collar of my coat.
19 He has cast me into the mud and I am become like dust and ashes.
20 I cry to You and You do not hear me: I stand up and You regard me not.
21 You have become cruel to me: with Your strong hand You oppose me.
22 You lift me up to the wind; You cause me to ride on it and dissolve my possessions.
23 For I know that You will bring me to death and to the bayit appointed for all living.
24 But He will not stretch out His hand against me to kill me, though I cry in destruction.
25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? Was not my being grieved for the poor?
26 When I looked for tov, then evil came to me: and when I waited for ohr, there came darkness.
27 My inward parts boiled and rested not: the yamim of affliction were before me.
28 I went mourning without the shemesh: I stood up and I cried in the kehilla.
29 I am a brother to dragons and a companion to owls.
30 My skin is black on me and my bones are burned with heat.
31 My harp also is turned to mourning and my flute into the voice of them that weep.
31 I made a brit with my eyes; why then should I think on a maid?
2 For what portion of Ahloha is there from above? And what inheritance of The Almighty from on high?
3 Is not destruction to the wicked? And strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?
4 Does He not see my halacha and count all my steps?
5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot has been led to deceit;
6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, that Ahloha may know my integrity.
7 If my step has turned away from His halacha and my lev walked after my eyes and if any blemish has cleaved to my hands;
8 Then let me sow and let another eat; yes, let my offspring be rooted out.
9 If my lev has been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbor’s door;
10 Then let my isha grind for another and let others bow down on her.
11 For this is a heinous crime; yes, it is an iniquity to be punished by the shophtim.
12 For it is a fire that consumes to destruction and would root out all my increase.
13 If I did despise the cause of my male eved, or of my female eved, when they complained against me;
14 Then what shall I do when El rises up? And when He visits, what shall I answer Him?
15 Did not He that made me in the womb make him also? And did not the Echad Himself fashion us in the womb?
16 If I have withheld from the poor their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to lose tikvah;
17 Or, have eaten my morsel myself alone and the fatherless have not eaten of it;
18 For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with an abba and I have guided her from my eema’s womb;
19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without a covering;
20 If his loins have not blessed me and if he did not warm himself with the fleece of my sheep;
21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw I had help in the gate:
22 Then let my arm fall from my shoulder blade and my arm be broken from the bone.
23 For destruction from El was a terror to me and by reason of His excellence I could not endure.
24 If I have made gold my tikvah, or have said to the fine gold, You are my confidence;
25 If I had gilah because my wealth was great and because my hand had gotten much;
26 If I beheld the shemesh when it shined, or the yarayach walking in brightness;
27 And my lev has been secretly enticed, or my mouth has kissed my hand:
28 This also would be an iniquity to be punished by the Shophet: for then I would have denied the El that is above.
29 If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:
30 Neither have I allowed my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his being.
31 If the men of my tent did not say, Who is there that has not been satisfied with some food?
32 The ger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveler.
33 If I covered my transgressions like Ahdahm, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom:
34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of mishpachot frighten me, that I kept silent and went not out of the door?
35 Oh that one would hear me! See, my desire is, that The Almighty would answer me and that my accuser had written an accusation bill.
36 Surely I would take it on my shoulder and bind it as a keter to me.
37 I would declare to Him the number of my steps; as a sar, would I go near to Him.
38 If my land cries against me, or that the furrows likewise of it complain;
39 If I have eaten the fruits of it without payment, or if I have caused the owners of it to die.
40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat and weeds instead of barley. The words of Iyov are now finished.
32 So these three men ceased to answer Iyov because he was tzadik in his own eyes.
2 Then was lit the anger of Elihu the son of Barach-El the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Iyov was his anger lit because he justified himself rather than Ahlohim.
3 Also against his three chaverim was his anger lit because they had found no real answer and yet had condemned Iyov.
4 Now Elihu had waited until Iyov and the others had spoken because they were older than him.
5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his anger was lit.
6 And Elihu the son of Barach-El the Buzite answered and said, I am young and you are aged; so I was afraid and did not show you my opinion.
7 I said, Yamim should speak and many years should teach chochmah.
8 But there is a ruach in man: and the inspiration of The Almighty gives them binah.
9 Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged always understand mishpat.
10 Therefore I said, Shema to me; I also will show my opinion.
11 See, I waited for your words; I listened to your reasoning, while you searched out what to say.
12 Yes, I attended to you and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Iyov, or that answered his words:
13 Lest you should say, We have found out chochmah: El thrusts him down, not man.
14 Now he has not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.
15 They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.
16 When I had waited – for they spoke not, but stood still and answered no more-
17 I said, I will answer also my part; I also will show my opinion.
18 For I am full of words, the ruach within me constrains me.
19 See, my belly is as wine that has no opening; it is ready to burst like new wineskins.
20 I will speak, that I may be relieved: I will open my lips and answer.
21 Let me not show partiality, neither let me give flattering words to any man.
22 For I know better than to give flattery; for in so doing my Maker would soon take me away.
33 Yet, Iyov, I ask you please, listen to my speeches and listen to all my words.
2 See, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue has spoken in my mouth.
3 My Words shall be of the tzedakah of my lev: and my lips shall utter da’at clearly.
4 The Ruach of El has made me and The Ruach of The Almighty has given me chayim.
5 If you can answer me, set your words in order before me, stand up.
6 See, you and I are the same before El: I also am formed out of the clay.
7 See, nothing about me shall make you afraid; neither shall my pressure be heavy on you.
8 Surely you have spoken in my hearing and I have heard the voice of your words, saying,
9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is
there iniquity in me.
10 See, He finds occasions against me; He counts me as His enemy,
11 He puts my feet in the stocks; He marks all my paths.
12 See, in this you are not tzadik: I will answer you, that Ahloha is greater than man.
13 Why do you complain against Him? For He doesn’t give answers about all His matters.
14 For El speaks once, or twice, yet a man perceives it not.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the lyla, when deep sleep falls on men, in slumbering on the bed;
16 Then He opens the ears of men and seals their instructions,
17 That He may withdraw man from His own purpose and hide pride from man.
18 He keeps back his being from Sheol and his chayim from perishing by the sword.
19 He is chastened also with pain on his bed and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
20 So that his chayim abhors lechem and his being desirable food.
21 His flesh wastes away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
22 Yes, his being draws near to Sheol and his chayim to the destroyers.
23 If there be a messenger with him, a mediator, one among a thousand, to show to man His tzedakah:
24 Then He shows unmerited chen to him and says, Deliver him from going down to Sheol: I have found a ransom.
25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: he shall return to the yamim of his youth:
26 He shall make tefillah to Ahloha and He will show unmerited chen to him: and He shall see his face with simcha: for He will restore to man his own tzedakah.
27 He looks on men and if any say, I have sinned and perverted that which was right and it did not profit;
28 He will deliver his being from going into Sheol and his chayim shall see The Ohr.
29 See, all these things works El often with man,
30 To bring back his being from Sheol, to be enlightened with the ohr of the living.
31 Take note, O Iyov, listen to me tov: hold your silence and I will speak.
32 If you have anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify you.
33 If not, listen to me: hold your silence and I shall teach you chochmah.
34 Furthermore Elihu answered and said,
2 Shema to my words, O you wise men; and give ear to me, you that have da’at.
3 For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes food.
4 Let us choose for us mishpat: let us know among ourselves what is tov.
5 For Iyov has said, I am tzadik: and El has taken away my mishpat.
6 Should I lie against my right? My wound is incurable without any transgression on my part.
7 What man is like Iyov, who drinks up the mocking of others like mayim?
8 Who goes in the company with the workers of iniquity and walks with wicked men.
9 For he has said, It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with Ahlohim.
10 Therefore listen to me, you men of binah: far be it from El, that He should do wickedness; and from The Almighty, that He should commit iniquity.
11 For the work of a man shall He render to him and cause every man to find his own reward according to his own halacha.
12 Yes, surely El will not do wickedly, neither will The Almighty pervert mishpat.
13 Who has given Him authority over the earth? Or, who has laid out the whole olam hazeh?
14 If He set His lev on man, if He gather to Himself man’s ruach and his breath;
15 All flesh shall perish together and man shall turn again to dust.
16 If now you have binah, listen to this: listen to the voice of my words.
17 Shall he that hates mishpat govern? And will you condemn Him that is the most tzadik?
18 Is it fit to say to a Melech, You are worthless? And to princes, You are evil?
19 How much less to Him that shows no partiality towards princes, or regards the rich over the poor? For they all are the work of His Hands.
20 In a moment shall they die and the people shall be troubled at midnight and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.
21 For His eyes are on the halacha of man and He sees his entire goings.
22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
23 For He will not lay on man more than is right; that he is able to enter into mishpat with El.
24 He shall break in pieces mighty men without number and set others in their place.
25 Therefore He knows their works and He overturns them in the lyla, so that they are destroyed.
26 He strikes them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
27 Because they turned back from Him and would not consider any of His halachot:
28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come to Him and He hears the cry of the afflicted.
29 When He gives shalom, who then can make trouble? And when He hides His face, who then can behold Him? Whether it be done against a nation, or against a man:
30 That the hypocrite should not rule, lest the people be trapped.
31 Surely it is right to say to El, I have borne my chastisement, I will not offend anymore:
32 That which I see not teach me: If I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
33 Must Ahloha have your consent to punish, that you can reject it? Will you choose while others don’t? Therefore tell me what you know.
34 Let men of binah tell me and let a wise man listen to me.
35 Iyov has spoken without da’at and his words were without chochmah.
36 My desire is that Iyov may be tried to the very end because his answers are the same as wicked men.
37 For he adds rebellion to his sin, he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against El.
35 Elihu spoke moreover and said,
2 Do you think you are right, when you said; My tzedakah is more
3 For you said; What advantage will it be to you? And, What profit shall I have, if I am cleansed from my sin?
4 I will answer you and your companions with you.
5 Look to the shamayim and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than you.
6 If you sin, what would you do against Him? Or, if your transgressions are multiplied, what would you do to Him?
7 If you are tzadik, what would you give Him? Or, what does He receive from your hand?
8 Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are; and your tzedakah may profit the son of man.
9 By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
10 But none says, Where is Ahloha my Maker, who gives shirim in the lyla;
11 Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the fowls of the shamayim?
12 There they cry, but none gives an answer because of the pride of evil men.
13 Surely El will not hear vanity, neither will The Almighty regard it.
14 Although you say you do not see Him, yet mishpat is before Him; therefore trust in Him.
15 But now because it is not so, He has not visited in His anger; He does not harm extreme arrogance of being.
16 Therefore does Iyov open his mouth in vain; he multiplies words without da’at.
36 Elihu also proceeded and said,
2 Allow me a little more time and I will show you that I have yet to speak on Ahlohim ’s behalf.
3 I will fetch my da’at from afar and will ascribe tzedakah to my Maker.
4 For truly my words shall not be false: He that is perfect in da’at is with you.
5 See, El is mighty and despises no one: He is mighty in strength and chochmah.
6 He preserves not the chayim of the wicked: but does mishpat to the poor.
7 He withdraws not His eyes from the tzadikim: but with melechim are they on the kesay; yes, He does establish them le-olam-va-ed and they are exalted.
8 And if they be bound in fetters and be held in cords of affliction;
9 Then He shows them their work and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10 He opens also their ear to discipline and commands that they make teshuvah from iniquity.
11 If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their yamim in prosperity and their years in pleasures.
12 But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword and they shall die without da’at.
13 But the hypocrites in lev heap up anger: let them cry not when He binds them.
14 They die in their youth and their chayim is among the unclean.
15 He delivers the poor in his affliction and opens their ears in oppression.
16 Even so would He have removed you out of trouble into a broad place, where there is no trouble; so that which should be set on your shulchan should be full of rich food.
17 But you are now filled with the mishpat upon the wicked; mishpat and tzedakah have taken hold of you.
18 Because there is anger, beware lest He take you away with His stroke: then even a great ransom cannot deliver you.
19 Will He value your riches? No, not gold, nor all the forces of your strength.
20 Desire not the lyla, when people are cut off in their place.
21 Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this have you chosen rather than affliction.
22 See, El is exalted by His Power: who is a Teacher like Him?
23 Who has assigned Him His halacha? Or, who can say, You have done iniquity?
24 Remember to magnify His work, which men behold.
25 Every man may see it; man may behold it even far off.
26 See, El is great and we know Him not, neither can the number of His years be searched out.
27 For He makes small the drops of mayim: they pour down rain according to the mist of it:
28 Which the clouds do drop and distil on man abundantly.
29 Also can any understand the spreading of the clouds, or the noise of His sukkah?
30 See, He spreads His Ohr on it and covers the bottom of the sea.
31 For by them He judges the people; He gives food in abundance.
32 With clouds He covers the ohr; and commands it not to shine by the cloud that comes between.
33 Its noise reveals it; the cattle also reveal what is coming.
37 At this also my lev trembles and is moved out of its place.
2 Shema attentively the noise of His voice and the sound that goes out of His mouth.
3 He directs it under the whole shamayim and His lightning to the ends of the earth.
4 After it a voice roars: He thunders with the voice of His excellency; and He will not hold them back when His voice is heard.
5 El thunders marvelously with His voice; great things He does, which we cannot comprehend.
6 For He says to the snow, Be on the earth; likewise to the small rain and to the great rain of His strength.
7 He seals up the hand of every man; that all men may know His work.
8 Then the beasts go into dens and remain in their places.
9 Out of the south comes the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.
10 By The Ruach of El frost is given: and the width of the mayim becomes ice.
11 Also by moisture He loads the thick clouds: He scatters His bright clouds:
12 And they swirl around by His counsels: that they may do whatever He commands on the face of the earth.
13 He causes it to come, whether for correction, or for His land, or for rachamim.
14 Shema to this, O Iyov: stand still and consider the wondrous works of El.
15 Do you know when Ahloha disposed them and caused the ohr of His cloud to shine?
16 Do you know the balancing of the clouds, the wondrous works of Him who is perfect in da’at?
17 How your garments are warm, when He quiets the earth by the south wind?
18 Have you joined Him to spread out the sky, which is strong and as a hard mirror?
19 Teach us what we shall say to Him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.
20 Shall it be told to Him that I speak? If a man speaks to Him, surely he shall be swallowed up.
21 And now men do not see the bright ohr that is in the clouds: but the wind passes and cleanses them.
22 Fair-weather comes out of the north: Ahloha is awesome in majesty.
23 Touching The Almighty, we cannot find Him out: He is excellent in Power and in mishpat and in plenty of tzedakah: He will not do violence.
24 Men do therefore fear Him: He respects no one wise in their own lev.
38 Then YHUH answered Iyov out of the whirlwind and said,
2 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without da’at?
3 Gird up your loins like a man; for now I will demand from you and answer Me if you can.
4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, it if you have binah.
5 Who has laid the measures of it, if you know? Or, who has stretched the line on it?
6 On what are the foundations of it fastened? Or, who laid the cornerstone of it;
7 When the boker cochavim sang as echad and all the sons of Ahlohim shouted for simcha?
8 Or, who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
9 When I made the cloud its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 And broke up for it My decreed place and set bars and doors to it,
11 And said, Up to here shall you come, but no further: and here shall your proud waves be stopped?
12 Have you ever commanded the boker; and caused the dawn to know its place;
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
14 So that their bodies will be changed to clay under a seal; and be thrown into a heap.
15 And from the wicked ohr is withheld and their lifted arm shall be broken.
16 Have you entered into the sources of the sea? Or, have you walked in search of the depth?
17 Have the gates of death been opened to you? Or, have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18 Have you perceived the width of the earth? Declare the width if you know it all.
19 Where is the derech to where ohr dwells? And as for darkness, where is its place,
20 That you should find its boundary and that you should know the paths to its source,
21 Do you know it because you were born back then? Or, because the number of your yamim goes back to that time?
22 Have you entered into the treasures of the snow? Or, have you seen the treasures of the hail,
23 Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, prepared for the yom of battle and war?
24 By what manner is the ohr divided, or the east wind scattered all over the earth?
25 Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of mayim, or a derech for the clap of thunder;
26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; in the wilderness, in which there is no man;
27 To satisfy the desolate and waste places; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
28 Does the rain have an abba? Or, who has brought forth the drops of dew?
29 Out of whose womb came the ice? And the frost of the shamayim, who has birthed it?
30 The mayim hardens like a stone and the face of the deep is frozen.
31 Can you stop the movement of Pleiades, or loose the derech of Hesperus-Orion?
32 Can you bring forth the constellations in its season? Or, can you lead the Bear with his sons?
33 Do you know the laws of the shamayim? Can you set the dominion of the shamayim in the earth?
34 Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that abundance of mayim may cover you?
35 Can you send lightning, so that they go and say to you, Here we are!
36 Who has put chochmah in the inward parts? Or, who has given binah to the lev?
37 Who can number the clouds in chochmah? Or, who can tip over the wineskins of the shamayim,
38 When the dust grows into hardness and the clods cleave fast together?
39 Will you hunt the prey for the lion? Or, fill the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they crouch in their dens and sit in secret to lie in wait?
41 Who provides for the raven his food? When his young ones cry to El and wander for lack of food.
39 Do you know the time when the wild har goat bears young ones? Or, can you observe when the deer give birth?
2 Can you number the chodashem that they are complete? Or, do you know the time when they bring forth?
3 They bow down, they bring forth their young ones, their labor pains are ended.
4 Their young ones are thriving, they grow up in the field; they go forth and do not return to them.
5 Who has set the wild donkey free? Or, who has loosed the yoke of the wild donkey,
6 Whose home I have made the wilderness and the barren land his dwellings?
7 He scorns the multitude of the city; neither regards the shouts of the driver.
8 The range of the mountains is his pasture and he searches after every green thing.
9 Will the rhinocerus be willing to serve you, or abide by your feeding trough?
10 Can you bind the yoke on the neck of the rhinocerus? Or, will he plough the valleys behind you?
11 Will you trust him because his strength is great? Or, will you leave your labor to him?
12 Will you believe him that he will bring home your grain and gather it into your barn?
13 Did you give the fine wings to the peacocks? Or, wings and feathers to the ostrich?
14 She leaves her eggs in the earth and warms them in the dust,
15 And forgets that a foot may crush them, or that a wild beast may break them.
16 She treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers: her toil is in vain without fear;
17 Because Ahloha has deprived her of chochmah, neither has He imparted binah to her.
18 When she lifts herself on high, she laughs at the horse and his rider.
19 Have you given the horse strength? Have you clothed his neck with thunder?
20 Can you make him leap like a grasshopper? The splendor of his nostrils is terrible.
21 He paws in the valley and has gilah in his strength: He goes on to meet the armed men.
22 He mocks at fear and is not afraid; neither turns back from the sword.
23 The quiver rattles against him, the glittering spear and the shield.
24 He swallows the ground with fierceness and rage: and does not stand still when the shofar is sounded.
25 He says at the blast of the shofar, Aha; and He smells the battle from far, the thunder of the commanders and the shouting.
26 Does the hawk fly by your chochmah and stretch her wings toward the south?
27 Does the eagle har up at your command and make its nest on high?
28 It dwells and abides on the rock, on the cliff of the rock and the stronghold.
29 From there it seeks the prey and its eyes behold far off.
30 Her young ones also suck up dahm: and where the slain are, there it is.
40 Moreover YHUH answered Iyov and said,
2 Shall he that contends with The Almighty instruct Him? He that reproves Ahloha, let him answer.
3 Then Iyov answered YHUH and said,
4 See, I am unworthy; what shall I answer You? I will lay my hand on my mouth.
5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yes, twice; but I will proceed no further.
6 Then answered YHUH to Iyov out of the whirlwind and said,
7 Gird up your loins now like a man: I will ask things of you and you declare the answers to Me.
8 Will you also disannul My mishpat? Will you condemn Me, that you may be a tzadik?
9 Have you an Arm like El? Or, can you thunder with a voice like Him?
10 Deck yourself now with majesty and excellency; and dress yourself with tifereth and splendor.
11 Cast abroad the rage of your anger: and behold everyone that is proud and bring him low.
12 Look on everyone that is proud and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in obscurity.
14 Then will I also confess to you that your own right hand can save you.
15 See now Behemoth, which I made with you; he eats grass as an ox.
16 See, his strength is in his loins and his force is in his stomach muscles.
17 He moves his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his thighs are wrapped together.
18 His bones are as tubes of bronze; his bones are like bars of iron.
19 He is the start of the derech of El: His Maker made him powerful to fight.
20 Surely the mountains bring him food, where all the beasts of the field play.
21 He lies under the shady eytzim, under the cover of the reed and fens.
22 The shady eytzim cover him with their shadow; the willows of the stream surround him.
23 See, if the river rages he has no fear: he trusts that he can draw up the Yarden River into his mouth.
24 Can one catch him with a hook, or a net, or pierce his nose through a trap?
41 Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook? Or, his tongue with a cord which you let down?
2 Can you put a hook into his nose? Or, pierce his jaw through with a hook?
3 Will he plead with you? Will he speak soft words to you?
4 Will he make a brit with you? Will you take him as an eved le-olam-va-ed?
5 Will you play with him as with a bird? Or, will you leash him for your young girls?
6 Shall trading partners bargain over him? Shall they part him among the merchants?
7 Can you fill his skin with harpoons? Or, his head with fishing spears?
8 Try to capture him, such a battle you will never forget.
9 See any expectation regarding him is worthless: shall not one be cast down just at the sight of him?
10 None is so fierce that dares to stir him up: who then is able to stand before Me?
11 Who has given anything to Me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole shamayim is Mine.
12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his fair frame.
13 Who can remove the surface of his skin? Or, who can come to him with a double bridle?
14 Who can open the doors of his face? His teeth are terrible all around.
15 His scales are his pride, closed together as with a binding seal.
16 One is so near to another, so that no air can come between them.
17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be separated.
18 By his sneezing an ohr does shine and his eyes are like the eyelids of the boker.
19 Out of his mouth goes smoke and sparks of fire leap out.
20 Out of his nostrils goes smoke, as out of a boiling pot, or kettle.
21 His ruach kindles coals and a flame goes out of his mouth.
22 In his neck remains strength and fear proceeds from him.
23 The folds of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
24 His lev is as firm as a stone; yes, as hard as a piece of lower millstone.
25 When he raises himself to stand, the mighty are afraid: by reason of his crashing they are amazed.
26 The sword that reaches him cannot hold him: the spear, the dart, nor the lance.
27 He reckons iron as straw and bronze as rotten wood.
28 The arrow cannot make him flee: sling stones are like stubble to him.
29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laughs at the shaking of a spear.
30 Sharp stones make up his underbelly: he sprawls on the mud like a sledge.
31 He makes the deep to boil and bubble like a pot: He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
32 He makes a derech to shine after him; one would think the deep to be gray.
33 Upon earth there is none like him, who is made without fear.
34 He beholds all high things: He is a melech over all the children of pride.
42 Then Iyov answered YHUH and said,
2 I know that You can do everything and that no thought can be withheld from You.
3 Who is he that hides counsel without da’at? Therefore have I uttered what I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
4 Shema, I beg You and I will speak: I did ask You and You did answer me.
5 I have heard of You before by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye sees You.
6 Now I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.
7 And it was so, that after YHUH had spoken these words to Iyov, YHUH said to Elifaz the Temanite, My anger is lit against you and against your two chaverim: for you have not spoken of Me the thing that is right, like My eved Iyov has.
8 Therefore take now seven bullocks and seven rams and go to My eved Iyov and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My eved Iyov shall make tefillah for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that you have not spoken of Me the thing which is right, like My eved Iyov.
9 So Elifaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Tzofar the Na’amathite went and did according to what YHUH commanded them:YHUH also accepted Iyov.
10 And YHUH turned the captivity of Iyov, when he made tefillah for his chaverim: also YHUH gave Iyov twice as much as he had before.
11 Then came to him all his brothers and all his sisters and all those that had been of his relatives before and did eat lechem with him in his bayit: and they sympathized with him and comforted him over all the evil that YHUH had allowed upon him: every man also gave him a piece of silver and every one a ring of gold.
12 So YHUH blessed the latter end of Iyov more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep and six thousand camels and a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand female donkeys.
13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
14 And he called the name of the first, Yemima; and the name of the second, Ketziyah; and the name of the third, Keren-Happuch.
15 And in all the land were no women found as beautiful as the daughters of Iyov: and their abba gave them a full inheritance among their brothers.
16 After this Iyov lived one hundred forty years and saw his sons and his grandchildren, even to the fourth generation.
17 So Iyov died, being old and satisfied with a fullness of yamim. X
JOB 1:3 A Hebrew.
JOB 1:4 On their birthday, rather than YAH’s feasts. Birthdays are highly frowned upon in Yisraelite culture and are always associated with paganism, curses and death. Hebrews remember the day of one’s passing, not the day of one’s birth.
JOB 1:5 During the drunken birthday celebration.
JOB 1:6 Fallen heavenly messengers.
JOB 1:7 s.a.tan’s home.
JOB 1:11 A lie, since no man can see YAH’s face other than through His Son.
JOB 2:1 Fallen heavenly messengers.
JOB 2:13 Sitting Shiva/mourning.
JOB 5:25 The promise of the Hebrews becoming great in their physical multiplicity.
JOB 9:33 Before Messiah was revealed, no mediator was there. This leads one to suspect that this took place before the Torah was given, since even under Torah a mediation system took place supervised by the sons of Aaron.
JOB 11:10 Mankind can never stop the end-time regathering of both houses of Israel, despite unbelief in the message, or fleshly attempts to bring it about by man’s human efforts alone.
JOB 14:7 As is the hope of Israel to see Israel’s olive tree restored.
JOB 14:13 After the wrath has passed in the resurrection of the dead, or the promised catching up of our mortal bodies.
JOB 14:14 Job hoped for a change from mortal to immortal, not in a rapture. Israel holds to that same hope according to First Corinthians 15.
JOB 14:15 In the day of resurrection.
JOB 16:12 The true sin of Job was being at ease and not laboring for The Master.
JOB 19:25 Job knew his only hope was in the living Redeemer and the coming of Messiah, who Himself would stand on the earth at the end of days.
JOB 19:26 Job’s hope was that the Redeemer would come to earth and give him a new changed immortal body, by which he would then be able to see YAH , which is exactly what Messiah did and has come to do.
JOB 19:27 He expected the living YAH to be His personal Savior by taking on flesh, so as to allow Job with his own eyes and not merely through the Spirit, to see the Redeemer on the earth in Job’s new immortal and resurrected body.
JOB 19:28 From the Aramaic Peshitta. Job rebukes them for not following the good report of the promised redemption and resurrection for the righteous ones.
JOB 20:8 Throughout Scripture, it is the wicked that are taken away, never the redeemed.
JOB 21:30 In the age to come.
JOB 22:22 Job knew the Torah of YAH.
JOB 23:9 A metaphoric reference to Messiah as YAH’s Right Arm.
JOB 26:12 Rahab was a planet that YAH destroyed due to s.a.tan’s evil on that and other planets. Literal Hebrew refers to the planet not pride.
JOB 27:19 At the ingathering of the nations at Messiah’s return.
JOB 28:5 Possible location of the Lake of Fire spoken of in Revelation 20.
JOB 28:6 In the earth, men can only see YAH’s sefirot, or manifestations.
JOB 32:22 As seen throughout Scripture, the term “taken away” is not a good thing (as in a fictitious “rapture”), but a terrible thing with mishpat impending.
JOB 33:25 In the resurrection.
JOB 33:26 YAH did that through His Son.
JOB 33:30 Resurrection from the grave.
JOB 34:14 Redeemed spirits go to YAH , waiting for a rejoining with a new resurrected body.
JOB 34:20 The lost are taken, or caught away, never the righteous.
JOB 38:1 When YAH breaks forth in personal, or redemptive revelation as with Iyov, He uses YAH and not Eloha, or Elohim.
JOB 38:5 Job did not know it was Messiah, since that was progressively revealed later on.
JOB 38:7 Heavenly sons, or messengers.
JOB 38:23 Great Tribulation.
JOB 40:9 Messiah.
JOB 41:1 In the literal, this is a ferocious perhaps extinct sea monster, or sea dinosaur. In the remez, or hint level of understanding, this is an allegory, or metaphor for s.a.tan himself.
JOB 42:5 The trials brought Job from head knowledge to personal heart knowledge.