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Job Chapter 1

Job 1:1 (NIV)

1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

Job 1:2 (NIV)

2 He had seven sons and three daughters,

Job 1:3 (CJB)

3 He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 pairs of oxen and 500 female donkeys, as well as a great number of servants; so that he was the wealthiest man in the east.

Job 1:4 (CJB)

4 It was the custom of his sons to give banquets, each on his set day in his own house; and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.

Job 1:5 (NIV2011)

5 When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.

Job 1:6 (NIV)

6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.

Job 1:7 (HCSB)

7 The LORD asked Satan, “Where have you come from?” “From roaming through the earth,” Satan answered Him, “and walking around on it.”

Job 1:8 (NIV)

8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

Job 1:9 (NIV)

9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied.

Job 1:10 (NASB)

10 “Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

Job 1:11 (NIV)

11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

Job 1:12 (NLT2)

12 “All right, you may test him,” the LORD said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the LORD’s presence.

Job 1:13 (NKJV)

13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house;

Job 1:14 (NLT2)

14 a messenger arrived at Job’s home with this news: “Your oxen were plowing, with the donkeys feeding beside them,

Job 1:15 (NKJV)

15 when the Sabeans raided them and took them away–indeed they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

Job 1:16 (NKJV)

16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

Job 1:17 (NASB)

17 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”

Job 1:18 (NIV)

18 While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house,

Job 1:19 (NIV)

19 when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

Job 1:20 (NASB)

20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped.

Job 1:21 (NIV)

21 and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”

Job 1:22 (NIV)

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Job Chapter 2

Job 2:1 (NIV)

1 On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him.

Job 2:2 (NIV2011)

2 And the LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”

Job 2:3 (NIV)

3 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”

Job 2:4 (CJB)-M

4 The Adversary answered the Lord, “Skin for skin! A person will give up everything he has to save his life.

Job 2:5 (NLT2)

5 But reach out and take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

Job 2:6 (NKJV)

6 And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.”

Job 2:7 (NKJV)

7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.

Job 2:8 (NIV)

8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.

Job 2:9 (NIV)

9 His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

Job 2:10 (7KB)

10 He replied, “You are talking like a wicked and foolish woman and are no longer a helpmeet to me anymore! Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

Job 2:11 (NIV)

11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.

Job 2:12 (NIV)

12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.

Job 2:13 (CJB)

13 Then they sat down with him on the ground. For seven days and seven nights, no one spoke a word to him; because they saw how much he was suffering.

Job Chapter 3

Job 3:1 (NIV)

1 After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

Job 3:2 (NASB)

2 And Job said,

Job 3:3 (NASB)

3 “Let the day perish on which I was to be born, And the night which said, ‘A boy is conceived.’

Job 3:4 (NIV)

4 That day–may it turn to darkness; may God above not care about it; may no light shine upon it.

Job 3:5 (NIV)

5 May darkness and deep shadow claim it once more; may a cloud settle over it; may blackness overwhelm its light.

Job 3:6 (NIV)

6 That night–may thick darkness seize it; may it not be included among the days of the year nor be entered in any of the months.

Job 3:7 (NIV)

7 May that night be barren; may no shout of joy be heard in it.

Job 3:8 (NIV)

8 May those who curse days curse that day, those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.

Job 3:9 (NIV)

9 May its morning stars become dark; may it wait for daylight in vain and not see the first rays of dawn,

Job 3:10 (NIV)

10 for it did not shut the doors of the womb on me to hide trouble from my eyes.

Job 3:11 (NIV)

11 “Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?

Job 3:12 (NIV)

12 Why were there knees to receive me and breasts that I might be nursed?

Job 3:13 (NIV)

13 For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest

Job 3:14 (NLT)

14 I would rest with the world’s kings and prime ministers, whose great buildings now lie in ruins.

Job 3:15 (NIV)

15 with rulers who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.

Job 3:16 (NIV)

16 Or why was I not hidden in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day?

Job 3:17 (HCSB)

17 There the wicked cease to make trouble, and there the weary find rest.

Job 3:18 (HCSB)

18 The captives are completely at ease; they do not hear the voice of ⌊their⌋ oppressor.

Job 3:19 (CJB)

19 Great and small alike are there, and the slave is free of his master.

Job 3:20 (NIV)

20 “Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul,

Job 3:21 (CJB)

21 They long for death, but it never comes; they search for it more than for buried treasure;

Job 3:22 (NIV)

22 who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave?

Job 3:23 (CJB)

23 [Why give light] to a man who wanders blindly, whom God shuts in on every side?

Job 3:24 (NIV2011)

24 For sighing has become my daily food; my groans pour out like water.

Job 3:25 (NIV)

25 What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.

Job 3:26 (CJB)

26 I have no peace, no quiet, no rest; and anguish keeps coming.”

Job Chapter 4

Job 4:1 (NIV)

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

Job 4:2 (NLT2)

2 “Will you be patient and let me say a word? For who could keep from speaking out?

Job 4:3 (CJB)

3 You have given moral instruction to many, you have firmed up feeble hands,

Job 4:4 (CJB)

4 your words have supported those who were stumbling, and you have strengthened the weak-kneed.

Job 4:5 (NIV)

5 But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.

Job 4:6 (NASB)

6 “Is not your fear of God your confidence, And the integrity of your ways your hope?

Job 4:7 (CJB)

7 “Think back: what innocent person has perished? Since when are the upright destroyed?

Job 4:8 (NLT2)

8 My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.

Job 4:9 (NASB)

9 “By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger they come to an end.

Job 4:10 (CJB)

10 The lion may growl, the king lion may roar, but that old lion’s teeth are broken;

Job 4:11 (NIV)

11 The lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.

Job 4:12 (CJB)

12 “For a word was stealthily brought to me, my ear caught only a whisper of it.

Job 4:13 (NASB)

13 “Amid disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men,

Job 4:14 (CJB)

14 a shiver of horror came over me; it made all my bones tremble.

Job 4:15 (NIV)

15 A spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body stood on end.

Job 4:16 (CJB)

16 It stood still, but I couldn’t make out its appearance; yet the form stayed there before my eyes. Then I heard a subdued voice:

Job 4:17 (CJB)

17 ‘Can a human be seen by God as righteous? Can a mortal be pure before his maker?

Job 4:18 (CJB)

18 [God] doesn’t trust his own servants, he finds fault even with his angels;

Job 4:19 (NIV)

19 how much more those who live in houses of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who are crushed more readily than a moth!

Job 4:20 (NASB)

20 ‘Between morning and evening they are broken in pieces; Unobserved, they perish forever.

Job 4:21 (CJB)

21 Their cord within them is pulled up; then they die, without ever gaining wisdom.’

Job Chapter 5

Job 5:1 (CJB)

1 “Call if you like, but will anyone answer? To which of the holy ones will you turn?

Job 5:2 (NASB)

2 “For anger slays the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple.

Job 5:3 (AMP)

3 I have seen the foolish taking root [and outwardly prospering], but suddenly I saw that his dwelling was cursed [for his doom was certain].

Job 5:4 (CJB)

4 his children are far from help, publicly humiliated, with no one to rescue;

Job 5:5 (NASB)

5 “His harvest the hungry devour And take it to a place of thorns, And the schemer is eager for their wealth.

Job 5:6 (NASB)

6 “For affliction does not come from the dust, Nor does trouble sprout from the ground,

Job 5:7 (NIV)

7 Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.

Job 5:8 (CJB)

8 “If I were you, I would seek God; I would make my plea to him.

Job 5:9 (CJB)

9 For God does great deeds beyond investigation, wonders beyond all reckoning.

Job 5:10 (NIV)

10 He bestows rain on the earth; he sends water upon the countryside.

Job 5:11 (NKJV)

11 He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety.

Job 5:12 (NASB)

12 “He frustrates the plotting of the shrewd, So that their hands cannot attain success.

Job 5:13 (AMP)

13 He catches the [so-called] wise in their own trickiness, and the counsel of the schemers is brought to a quick end.

Job 5:14 (NIV)

14 Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night.

Job 5:15 (NIV)

15 He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.

Job 5:16 (NASB)

16 “So the helpless has hope, And unrighteousness must shut its mouth.

Job 5:17 (NASB)

17 “Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.

Job 5:18 (NASB)

18 “For He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal.

Job 5:19 (CJB)

19 He will rescue you from six disasters; yes, in seven no harm will touch you.

Job 5:20 (NIV)

20 In famine he will ransom you from death, and in battle from the stroke of the sword.

Job 5:21 (CJB)

21 You will be shielded from the lash of the tongue, and you won’t have to fear destruction when it comes—

Job 5:22 (NIV)

22 You will laugh at destruction and famine, and need not fear the beasts of the earth.

Job 5:23 (NLT2)

23 You will be at peace with the stones of the field, and its wild animals will be at peace with you.

Job 5:24 (CJB)

24 You will know that your tent is safe; you will look round your home and miss nothing.

Job 5:25 (CJB)

25 You will know that your descendants are many, your offspring like grass [growing thick] in the fields.

Job 5:26 (CJB)

26 You will come to your grave at a ripe old age, like a pile of grain that arrives in season.

Job 5:27 (NIV)

27 “We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it and apply it to yourself.”

Job Chapter 6

Job 6:1 (NIV)

1 Then Job replied:

Job 6:2 (NIV)

2 “If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!

Job 6:3 (NASB)

3 “For then it would be heavier than the sand of the seas; Therefore my words have been rash.

Job 6:4 (CJB)-M

4 For the arrows of Almighty find their mark in me, and my spirit is drinking in their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.

Job 6:5 (NLT)

5 Don’t I have a right to complain? Don’t wild donkeys bray when they find no grass, and oxen bellow when they have no food?

Job 6:6 (NLT)

6 Don’t people complain about unsalted food? Does anyone want the tasteless white of an egg?

Job 6:7 (NLT)

7 My appetite disappears when I look at it; I gag at the thought of eating it!

Job 6:8 (NASB)

8 “Oh that my request might come to pass, and that God would grant my longing!

Job 6:9 (NLT)

9 I wish he would crush me. I wish he would reach out his hand and kill me.

Job 6:10 (NLT)

10 At least I can take comfort in this: Despite the pain, I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

Job 6:11 (NLT)

11 But I don’t have the strength to endure. I have nothing to live for.

Job 6:12 (NLT)

12 Do I have the strength of a stone? Is my body made of bronze?

Job 6:13 (NIV)

13 Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?

Job 6:14 (NLT)

14 “One should be kind to a fainting friend, but you accuse me without any fear of the Almighty.

Job 6:15 (CJB)-M

15 But my brothers are as deceptive as wadis, as wadi streams that soon run dry;

Job 6:16 (NLT)-M

16 when they are swollen for only a short season when there is melting ice and snow.

Job 6:17 (NLT)

17 But when the hot weather arrives, the water disappears. The brook vanishes in the heat.

Job 6:18 (NLT)

18 The caravans turn aside to be refreshed, but there is nothing to drink, so they die.

Job 6:19 (NLT)

19 The caravans from Tema search for this water; the travelers from Sheba hope to find it.

Job 6:20 (AMP)-M

20 They were confounded because they had hoped [to find water]; but when they came there, they were bitterly disappointed.

Job 6:21 (AMP)

21 Now to me you are [like a dried-up brook]; you see my dismay and terror, and [believing me to be a victim of God’s anger] you are afraid [to sympathize with me].

Job 6:22 (NLT)

22 But why? Have I ever asked you for a gift? Have I begged for anything of yours for myself?

Job 6:23 (NLT)

23 Have I asked you to rescue me from my enemies, or to save me from ruthless people?

Job 6:24 (CJB)

24 “Teach me, and I will be silent. Make me understand how I am at fault.

Job 6:25 (NLT)

25 Honest words can be painful, but what do your criticisms amount to?

Job 6:26 (CJB)

26 Do you think [your own] words constitute argument, while the speech of a desperate man is merely wind?

Job 6:27 (CJB)-M

27 I suppose that you [heartless brood] you would even throw dice [to sell an orphan into slavery] or barter away your own friend!

Job 6:28 (CJB)

28 “So now, I beg you, look at me! Would I lie to your face?

Job 6:29 (NLT)

29 Stop assuming my guilt, for I have done no wrong.

Job 6:30 (NLT)

30 Do you think I am lying? Don’t I know the difference between right and wrong?

Job Chapter 7

Job 7:1 (HCSB)

1 Isn’t mankind consigned to forced labor on earth? Are not his days like those of a hired hand?

Job 7:2 (NASB)-M

2 “and as a slave who pants for the shade, and as a worker who eagerly waits for his wages,

Job 7:3 (AMP)

3 So am I allotted months of futile [suffering], and [long] nights of misery are appointed to me.

Job 7:4 (NIV)

4 When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?’ The night drags on, and I toss till dawn.

Job 7:5 (NLT)

5 My body is covered with maggots and scabs. My skin breaks open, oozing with pus.

Job 7:6 (NIV)

6 “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and they come to an end without hope.

Job 7:7 (CJB)

7 “Remember that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never again see good times.

Job 7:8 (NIV)

8 The eye that now sees me will see me no longer; you will look for me, but I will be no more.

Job 7:9 (NIV)

9 As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so he who goes down to the grave does not return.

Job 7:10 (NIV)

10 He will never come to his house again; his place will know him no more.

Job 7:11 (CJB)

11 “Therefore I will not restrain my mouth but will speak in my anguish of spirit and complain in my bitterness of soul.

Job 7:12 (NIV)

12 Am I the sea, or the monster of the deep, that you put me under guard?

Job 7:13 (NIV)

13 When I think my bed will comfort me and my couch will ease my complaint,

Job 7:14 (NIV)

14 even then you frighten me with dreams and terrify me with visions,

Job 7:15 (NLT)

15 I would rather be strangled— rather die than suffer like this.

Job 7:16 (NLT)

16 I hate my life and don’t want to go on living. Oh, leave me alone for my few remaining days.

Job 7:17 (CJB)

17 “What are mere mortals, that you make so much of them? Why do you keep them on your mind?

Job 7:18 (CJB)

18 Why examine them every morning and test them every moment?

Job 7:19 (NIV)

19 Will you never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant?

Job 7:20 (NASB)

20 “Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, so that I am a burden to myself?

Job 7:21 (NLT)

21 Why not just forgive my sin and take away my guilt? For soon I will lie down in the dust and die. When you look for me, I will be gone.”

Job Chapter 8

Job 8:1 (NIV)

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

Job 8:2 (NIV)

2 “How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind.

Job 8:3 (NIV)

3 Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?

Job 8:4 (NIV)

4 When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.

Job 8:5 (NASB)

5 “If you would seek God And implore the compassion of the Almighty,

Job 8:6 (NASB)

6 If you are pure and upright, surely now he would rouse himself for you and restore your righteous estate.

Job 8:7 (NIV)

7 Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.

Job 8:8 (NASB)

8 “Please inquire of past generations, And consider the things searched out by their fathers.

Job 8:9 (NIV)

9 for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow.

Job 8:10 (CJB)

10 They will teach you, they will tell you, they will say what is in their hearts:

Job 8:11 (NIV)

11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water?

Job 8:12 (CJB)

12 While still green, before being cut down, it dries up faster than any other plant.

Job 8:13 (NIV)

13 Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.

Job 8:14 (NIV)

14 What he trusts in is fragile; what he relies on is a spider’s web.

Job 8:15 (NIV)

15 He leans on his web, but it gives way; he clings to it, but it does not hold.

Job 8:16 (NIV)

16 He is like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden;

Job 8:17 (NIV)

17 it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks and looks for a place among the stones.

Job 8:18 (NIV)

18 But when it is torn from its spot, that place disowns it and says, ‘I never saw you.’

Job 8:19 (NIV)

19 Surely its life withers away, and from the soil other plants grow.

Job 8:20 (NIV)

20 “Surely God does not reject a blameless man or strengthen the hands of evildoers.

Job 8:21 (NIV)

21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.

Job 8:22 (NIV)

22 Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more.”

Job Chapter 9

Job 9:1 (NIV)

1 Then Job replied:

Job 9:2 (NIV)

2 “Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can a mortal be righteous before God?

Job 9:3 (NIV)

3 Though one wished to dispute with him, he could not answer him one time out of a thousand.

Job 9:4 (NIV)

4 His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?

Job 9:5 (NASB)

5 It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how, When He overturns them in His anger;

Job 9:6 (NASB)

6 Who shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble;

Job 9:7 (NASB)

7 Who commands the sun not to shine, And sets a seal upon the stars;

Job 9:8 (NASB)

8 Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea;

Job 9:9 (NIV)

9 He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

Job 9:10 (NIV)

10 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.

Job 9:11 (NASB)

11 “Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him; Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.

Job 9:12 (NIV)

12 If he snatches away, who can stop him? Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’

Job 9:13 (NKJV)

13 God will not withdraw His anger, The allies of the proud lie prostrate beneath Him.

Job 9:14 (NASB)

14 “How then can I answer Him, And choose my words before Him?

Job 9:15 (CJB)

15 Even if I were right, I wouldn’t answer; I could only ask for mercy from my judge.

Job 9:16 (CJB)

16 If I summoned him, and he answered me, I still can’t believe he would listen to my plea.

Job 9:17 (CJB)

17 He could break me with a storm; he could multiply my wounds for no reason,

Job 9:18 (NIV)

18 He would not let me regain my breath but would overwhelm me with misery.

Job 9:19 (NKJV)

19 If it is a matter of strength, indeed He is strong; And if of justice, who will appoint my day in court?

Job 9:20 (NIV)

20 Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.

Job 9:21 (NIV)

21 “Although I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my own life.

Job 9:22 (CJB)

22 So I say it’s all the same — he destroys innocent and wicked alike.

Job 9:23 (CJB)

23 When disaster brings sudden death, he laughs at the plight of the innocent.

Job 9:24 (NIV)

24 When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?

Job 9:25 (CJB)

25 My days pass on more swiftly than a runner; they flee without seeing anything good.

Job 9:26 (NKJV)

26 They pass by like swift ships, Like an eagle swooping on its prey.

Job 9:27 (NKJV)

27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face and wear a smile,’

Job 9:28 (AMP)

28 I become afraid of all my pains and sorrows [yet to come], for I know You will not pronounce me innocent [by removing them].

Job 9:29 (NIV)

29 Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?

Job 9:30 (NIV)

30 Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with washing soda,

Job 9:31 (NIV)

31 you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.

Job 9:32 (NIV)

32 “He is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.

Job 9:33 (NIV)

33 If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both,

Job 9:34 (NIV)

34 someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.

Job 9:35 (NIV)

35 Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.

Job Chapter 10

Job 10:1 (NASB)

1 “I loathe my own life; I will give full vent to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 10:2 (NIV)

2 I will say to God: Do not condemn me, but tell me what charges you have against me.

Job 10:3 (CJB)

3 Do you gain some advantage from oppressing, from spurning what your own hands made, from shining on the schemes of the wicked?

Job 10:4 (CJB)

4 Do you have eyes of flesh? Do you see as humans see?

Job 10:5 (NIV)

5 Are your days like those of a mortal or your years like those of a man,

Job 10:6 (NIV)

6 that you must search out my faults and probe after my sin–

Job 10:7 (CJB)

7 You know that I won’t be condemned, yet no one can rescue me from your power.

Job 10:8 (CJB)

8 Your own hands shaped me, they made me; so why do you turn and destroy me?

Job 10:9 (CJB)

9 Please remember that you made me, like clay; will you return me to dust?

Job 10:10 (CJB)

10 Didn’t you pour me out like milk, then let me thicken like cheese?

Job 10:11 (CJB)

11 You clothed me with skin and flesh you knit me together with bones and sinews.

Job 10:12 (NIV)

12 You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.

Job 10:13 (NASB)

13 ‘Yet these things You have concealed in Your heart; I know that this is within You:

Job 10:14 (NIV)

14 If I sinned, you would be watching me and would not let my offense go unpunished.

Job 10:15 (NIV)

15 If I am guilty–woe to me! Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head, for I am full of shame and drowned in my affliction.

Job 10:16 (NIV)

16 If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion and again display your awesome power against me.

Job 10:17 (NIV)

17 You bring new witnesses against me and increase your anger toward me; your forces come against me wave upon wave.

Job 10:18 (NIV)

18 “Why then did you bring me out of the womb? I wish I had died before any eye saw me.

Job 10:19 (NIV)

19 If only I had never come into being, or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave!

Job 10:20 (NIV)

20 Are not my few days almost over? Turn away from me so I can have a moment’s joy

Job 10:21 (NIV)

21 before I go to the place of no return, to the land of gloom and deep shadow,

Job 10:22 (AMP)

22 The land of sunless gloom as intense darkness, [the land] of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as thick darkness.

Job Chapter 11

Job 11:1 (NIV)

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

Job 11:2 (NIV)

2 “Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated?

Job 11:3 (NIV)

3 Will your idle talk reduce men to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?

Job 11:4 (NIV)

4 You say to God, ‘My beliefs are flawless and I am pure in your sight.’

Job 11:5 (CJB)

5 I wish that God would speak, would open his mouth to answer you,

Job 11:6 (CJB)

6 would tell you the secrets of wisdom, which is worth twice as much as common sense. Understand that God is demanding of you less than your guilt deserves.

Job 11:7 (NIV)

7 “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

Job 11:8 (NIV)

8 They are higher than the heavens–what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave–what can you know?

Job 11:9 (NIV)

9 Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.

Job 11:10 (NIV)

10 “If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose him?

Job 11:11 (NASB)

11 “For He knows false men, And He sees iniquity without investigating.

Job 11:12 (NIV)

12 But a witless man can no more become wise than a wild donkey’s colt can be born a man.

Job 11:13 (NIV)

13 “Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him,

Job 11:14 (NIV)

14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,

Job 11:15 (NIV)

15 then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear.

Job 11:16 (CJB)

16 “For you will forget your misery; you’ll remember it like a flood that passed through long ago;

Job 11:17 (NIV)

17 Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.

Job 11:18 (NIV)

18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

Job 11:19 (NIV)

19 You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.

Job 11:20 (CJB)

20 but the eyes of the wicked will fail [to find comfort]. They will find no way to escape, and their hope will turn to complete disappointment.”

Job Chapter 12

Job 12:1 (NIV)

1 Then Job replied:

Job 12:2 (AMP)

2 No doubt you are the [only wise] people [in the world], and wisdom will die with you!

Job 12:3 (NIV)

3 But I have a mind as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know all these things?

Job 12:4 (AMP)

4 I am become one who is a laughingstock to his friend; I, one whom God answered when he called upon Him—a just, upright (blameless) man—laughed to scorn!

Job 12:5 (NASB)

5 “He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt, As prepared for those whose feet slip.

Job 12:6 (AMP)

6 The dwellings of robbers prosper; those who provoke God are [apparently] secure; God supplies them abundantly [who have no god but their own hands and power].

Job 12:7 (AMP)

7 For ask now the animals, and they will teach you [that God does not deal with His creatures according to their character]; ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you;

Job 12:8 (AMP)

8 Or speak to the earth [with its other forms of life], and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare [this truth] to you.

Job 12:9 (NASB)

9 “Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,

Job 12:10 (NASB)

10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?

Job 12:11 (NIV)

11 Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?

Job 12:12 (AMP)

12 With the aged [you say] is wisdom, and with length of days comes understanding.

Job 12:13 (AMP)

13 But [only] with [God] are [perfect] wisdom and might; He [alone] has [true] counsel and understanding.

Job 12:14 (NIV)

14 What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; the man he imprisons cannot be released.

Job 12:15 (NIV)

15 If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.

Job 12:16 (NIV)

16 To him belong strength and victory; both deceived and deceiver are his.

Job 12:17 (NKJV)

17 He leads counselors away plundered, And makes fools of the judges.

Job 12:18 (CJB)

18 He removes authority from kings, then binds them up [as prisoners].

Job 12:19 (NKJV)

19 He leads princes away plundered, And overthrows the mighty.

Job 12:20 (NIV)

20 He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders.

Job 12:21 (NKJV)

21 He pours contempt on princes, And disarms the mighty.

Job 12:22 (NASB)

22 “He reveals mysteries from the darkness And brings the deep darkness into light.

Job 12:23 (NIV)

23 He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them.

Job 12:24 (AMP)

24 He takes away understanding from the leaders of the people of the land and of the earth, and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no path.

Job 12:25 (AMP)

25 They grope in the dark without light, and He makes them to stagger and wander like a drunken man.

Job Chapter 13

Job 13:1 (AMP)

1 [Job continued:] Behold, my eye has seen all this, my ear has heard and understood it.

Job 13:2 (CJB)

2 Whatever you know, I know too; I am not inferior to you.

Job 13:3 (AMP)

3 Surely I wish to speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue and reason my case with God [that He may explain the conflict between what I believe of Him and what I see of Him].

Job 13:4 (CJB)

4 But you, what you do is whitewash with lies; you are all witch doctors!

Job 13:5 (CJB)

5 I wish you would just stay silent; for you, that would be wisdom!

Job 13:6 (CJB)

6 “Now listen to my reasoning, pay attention to how I present my dispute.

Job 13:7 (CJB)

7 Is it for God’s sake that you speak so wickedly? for him that you talk deceitfully?

Job 13:8 (CJB)

8 Do you need to take his side and plead God’s case for him?

Job 13:9 (HCSB)

9 Would it go well if He examined you? Could you deceive Him as you would deceive a man?

Job 13:10 (CJB)

10 If you are secretly flattering [him], he will surely rebuke you.

Job 13:11 (AMP)

11 Shall not His majesty make you afraid, and should not your awe for Him restrain you?

Job 13:12 (AMP)

12 Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes [valueless]; your defenses are defenses of clay [and will crumble].

Job 13:13 (NASB)

13 “Be silent before me so that I may speak; Then let come on me what may.

Job 13:14 (NIV)

14 Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands?

Job 13:15 (NKJV)

15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.

Job 13:16 (NIV)

16 Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance, for no godless man would dare come before him!

Job 13:17 (CJB)

17 “Listen closely, then, to my words; pay attention to what I am saying.

Job 13:18 (AMP)

18 Behold now, I have prepared my case; I know that I shall be justified and vindicated.

Job 13:19 (NKJV)

19 Who is he who will contend with me? If now I hold my tongue, I perish.

Job 13:20 (AMP)

20 Only [O Lord] grant two conditions to me, and then will I not hide myself from You:

Job 13:21 (AMP)

21 Withdraw Your hand and take this bodily suffering far from me; and let not my [reverent] dread of You terrify me.

Job 13:22 (NASB)

22 “Then call, and I will answer; Or let me speak, then reply to me.

Job 13:23 (CJB)

23 How many crimes and sins have I committed? Make me know my transgression and sin.

Job 13:24 (NIV)

24 Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy?

Job 13:25 (NIV)

25 Will you torment a windblown leaf? Will you chase after dry chaff?

Job 13:26 (CJB)

26 Is this why you draw up bitter charges against me and punish me for the faults of my youth?

Job 13:27 (NASB)

27 “You put my feet in the stocks And watch all my paths; You set a limit for the soles of my feet,

Job 13:28 (NASB)

28 While I am decaying like a rotten thing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

Job Chapter 14

Job 14:1 (CJB)

1 “A human being, born from a woman, lives a short, trouble-filled life.

Job 14:2 (NIV)

2 He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.

Job 14:3 (NIV)

3 Do you fix your eye on such a one? Will you bring him before you for judgment?

Job 14:4 (NASB)

4 “Who can make the clean out of the unclean? No one!

Job 14:5 (AMP)

5 Since a man’s days are already determined, and the number of his months is wholly in Your control, and he cannot pass the bounds of his allotted time—

Job 14:6 (CJB)

6 look away from him, and let him be; so that, like a hired worker, he can finish his day in peace.

Job 14:7 (AMP)

7 For there is hope for a tree if it is cut down, that it will sprout again and that the tender shoots of it will not cease. [But there is no such hope for man.]

Job 14:8 (NASB)

8 “Though its roots grow old in the ground And its stump dies in the dry soil,

Job 14:9 (NASB)

9 At the scent of water it will flourish And put forth sprigs like a plant.

Job 14:10 (CJB)

10 But when a human being grows weak and dies, he expires; and then where is he?

Job 14:11 (AMP)

11 As waters evaporate from the lake, and the river drains and dries up,

Job 14:12 (AMP)

12 So man lies down and does not rise [to his former state]. Till the heavens are no more, men will not awake nor be raised [physically] out of their sleep.

Job 14:13 (NIV)

13 “If only you would hide me in the grave and conceal me till your anger has passed! If only you would set me a time and then remember me!

Job 14:14 (NASB)

14 “If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my struggle I will wait Until my change comes.

Job 14:15 (AMP)

15 [Then] You would call and I would answer You; You would yearn for [me] the work of Your hands.

Job 14:16 (AMP)

16 But now You number each of my steps and take note of my every sin.

Job 14:17 (AMP)

17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and You glue up my iniquity [to preserve it in full for the day of reckoning].

Job 14:18 (NKJV)

18 “But as a mountain falls and crumbles away, And as a rock is moved from its place;

Job 14:19 (NKJV)

19 As water wears away stones, And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth; So You destroy the hope of man.

Job 14:20 (AMP)

20 You prevail forever against him, and he passes on; You change his appearance [in death] and send him away [from the presence of the living].

Job 14:21 (NASB)

21 “His sons achieve honor, but he does not know it; Or they become insignificant, but he does not perceive it.

Job 14:22 (AMP)

22 But his body [lamenting its decay in the grave] shall grieve over him, and his soul shall mourn [over the body of clay which it once enlivened].

Job Chapter 15

Job 15:1 (AMP)

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered [Job],

Job 15:2 (CJB)

2 “Should a wise man answer with hot-air arguments? Should he fill up his belly with the hot east wind?

Job 15:3 (CJB)

3 Should he reason with useless talk or make speeches that do him no good?

Job 15:4 (CJB)

4 “Why, you are abolishing fear of God and hindering prayer to him!

Job 15:5 (CJB)

5 Your iniquity is teaching you how to speak, and deceit is your language of choice.

Job 15:6 (NIV)

6 Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.

Job 15:7 (NIV)

7 “Are you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills?

Job 15:8 (AMP)

8 Were you present to hear the secret counsel of God? And do you limit [the possession of] wisdom to yourself?

Job 15:9 (CJB)

9 What do you know that we don’t know? What discernment do you have that we don’t?

Job 15:10 (NIV)

10 The gray-haired and the aged are on our side, men even older than your father.

Job 15:11 (AMP)

11 Are God’s consolations [as we have interpreted them to you] too trivial for you? Is there any secret thing (any bosom sin) which you have not given up? [Or] were we too gentle [in our first speech] toward you to be effective?

Job 15:12 (AMP)

12 Why does your heart carry you away [why allow yourself to be controlled by feeling]? And why do your eyes flash [in anger or contempt],

Job 15:13 (NIV)

13 so that you vent your rage against God and pour out such words from your mouth?

Job 15:14 (NIV)

14 “What is man, that he could be pure, or one born of woman, that he could be righteous?

Job 15:15 (NIV)

15 If God places no trust in his holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,

Job 15:16 (NIV)

16 how much less man, who is vile and corrupt, who drinks up evil like water!

Job 15:17 (NIV)

17 “Listen to me and I will explain to you; let me tell you what I have seen,

Job 15:18 (CJB)

18 wise men have told it, and it wasn’t hidden from their fathers either,

Job 15:19 (AMP)

19 Unto whom alone the land was given, and no stranger intruded or passed among them [corrupting the truth].

Job 15:20 (NIV)

20 All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless through all the years stored up for him.

Job 15:21 (NASB)

21 “Sounds of terror are in his ears; While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.

Job 15:22 (NIV)

22 He despairs of escaping the darkness; he is marked for the sword.

Job 15:23 (CJB)

23 He wanders and looks for food, which isn’t there. He knows the day of darkness is ready, at hand.

Job 15:24 (CJB)

24 Distress and anguish overwhelm him, assaulting him like a king about to enter battle.

Job 15:25 (NASB)

25 Because he has stretched out his hand against God And conducts himself arrogantly against the Almighty.

Job 15:26 (NASB)

26 “He rushes headlong at Him With his massive shield.

Job 15:27 (CJB)

27 “He lets his face grow gross and fat, and the rest of him bulges with blubber;

Job 15:28 (NIV)

28 he will inhabit ruined towns and houses where no one lives, houses crumbling to rubble.

Job 15:29 (NIV)

29 He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the land.

Job 15:30 (NIV)

30 He will not escape the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God’s mouth will carry him away.

Job 15:31 (NIV)

31 Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.

Job 15:32 (AMP)

32 It shall be accomplished and paid in full while he still lives, and his branch shall not be green [but shall wither away].

Job 15:33 (NIV)

33 He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes, like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.

Job 15:34 (NIV)

34 For the company of the godless will be barren, and fire will consume the tents of those who love bribes.

Job 15:35 (NASB)

35 “They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity, And their mind prepares deception.”

Job Chapter 16

Job 16:1 (NIV)

1 Then Job replied:

Job 16:2 (NIV)

2 “I have heard many things like these; miserable comforters are you all!

Job 16:3 (NIV)

3 Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing?

Job 16:4 (NIV)

4 I also could speak like you, if you were in my place; I could make fine speeches against you and shake my head at you.

Job 16:5 (NIV)

5 But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.

Job 16:6 (NIV)

6 “Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved; and if I refrain, it does not go away.

Job 16:7 (NIV)

7 Surely, O God, you have worn me out; you have devastated my entire household.

Job 16:8 (CJB)

8 Besides, you have shriveled me up; and this serves to witness against me. My being so thin rises up against me and testifies to my face.

Job 16:9 (AMP)

9 [My adversary Satan] has torn [me] in his wrath and hated and persecuted me; he has gnashed upon me with his teeth; my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.

Job 16:10 (AMP)

10 [The forces of evil] have gaped at me with their mouths; they have struck me upon the cheek insolently; they massed themselves together and conspired unanimously against me.

Job 16:11 (AMP)

11 God has delivered me to the ungodly (to the evil one) and cast me [headlong] into the hands of the wicked (Satan’s host).

Job 16:12 (AMP)

12 I was living at ease, but [Satan] crushed me and broke me apart; yes, he seized me by the neck and dashed me in pieces; then he set me up for his target.

Job 16:13 (AMP)

13 [Satan’s] arrows whiz around me. He slashes open my vitals and does not spare; he pours out my gall on the ground.

Job 16:14 (AMP)

14 [Satan] stabs me, making breach after breach and attacking again and again; he runs at me like a giant and irresistible warrior.

Job 16:15 (NIV)

15 “I have sewed sackcloth over my skin and buried my brow in the dust.

Job 16:16 (NIV)

16 My face is red with weeping, deep shadows ring my eyes;

Job 16:17 (NIV)

17 yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure.

Job 16:18 (NIV)

18 “O earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest!

Job 16:19 (CJB)

19 Even now, my witness is in heaven; my advocate is there on high.

Job 16:20 (CJB)

20 With friends like these as intercessors, my eyes pour out tears to God,

Job 16:21 (NASB)

21 “O that a man might plead with God As a man with his neighbor!

Job 16:22 (NASB)

22 “For when a few years are past, I shall go the way of no return.

Job Chapter 17

Job 17:1 (NASB)

1 “My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished, The grave is ready for me.

Job 17:2 (CJB)

2 Mockers are all around me; my eye meets only their hostility.

Job 17:3 (NASB)

3 “Lay down, now, a pledge for me with Yourself; Who is there that will be my guarantor?

Job 17:4 (AMP)

4 But their hearts [Lord] You have closed to understanding; therefore You will not let them triumph [by giving them a verdict against me].

Job 17:5 (NIV)

5 If a man denounces his friends for reward, the eyes of his children will fail.

Job 17:6 (NIV)

6 “God has made me a byword to everyone, a man in whose face people spit.

Job 17:7 (AMP)

7 My eye has grown dim because of grief, and all my members are [wasted away] like a shadow.

Job 17:8 (NIV)

8 Upright men are appalled at this; the innocent are aroused against the ungodly.

Job 17:9 (NIV)

9 Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.

Job 17:10 (NASB)

10 “But come again all of you now, For I do not find a wise man among you.

Job 17:11 (NIV)

11 My days have passed, my plans are shattered, and so are the desires of my heart.

Job 17:12 (AMP)

12 These [thoughts] extend from the night into the day, [so that] the light is short because of darkness.

Job 17:13 (NKJV)

13 If I wait for the grave as my house, If I make my bed in the darkness,

Job 17:14 (NKJV)

14 If I say to corruption, ‘You are my father,’ And to the worm, ‘You are my mother and my sister,’

Job 17:15 (NIV)

15 where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me?

Job 17:16 (AMP)

16 [My hope] shall go down to the bars of Sheol (the unseen state) when once there is rest in the dust.

Job Chapter 18

Job 18:1 (NASB)

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite responded,

Job 18:2 (NIV)

2 “When will you end these speeches? Be sensible, and then we can talk.

Job 18:3 (NASB)

3 “Why are we regarded as beasts, As stupid in your eyes?

Job 18:4 (AMP)

4 You who tear yourself in your anger, shall the earth be forsaken for you, or the rock be removed out of its place?

Job 18:5 (NIV)

5 “The lamp of the wicked is snuffed out; the flame of his fire stops burning.

Job 18:6 (NIV)

6 The light in his tent becomes dark; the lamp beside him goes out.

Job 18:7 (NIV)

7 The vigor of his step is weakened; his own schemes throw him down.

Job 18:8 (AMP)

8 For the wicked is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks upon a lattice-covered pit.

Job 18:9 (NIV)

9 A trap seizes him by the heel; a snare holds him fast.

Job 18:10 (NIV)

10 A noose is hidden for him on the ground; a trap lies in his path.

Job 18:11 (NIV)

11 Terrors startle him on every side and dog his every step.

Job 18:12 (NIV)

12 Calamity is hungry for him; disaster is ready for him when he falls.

Job 18:13 (AMP)

13 By disease his strength and his skin shall be devoured; the firstborn of death [the worst of diseases] shall consume his limbs.

Job 18:14 (NASB)

14 “He is torn from the security of his tent, And they march him before the king of terrors.

Job 18:15 (NKJV)

15 They dwell in his tent who are none of his; Brimstone is scattered on his dwelling.

Job 18:16 (AMP)

16 The roots [of the wicked] shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off and wither.

Job 18:17 (CJB)

17 Memory of him will fade from the land, while abroad his name will be unknown.

Job 18:18 (NASB)

18 “He is driven from light into darkness, And chased from the inhabited world.

Job 18:19 (NIV)

19 He has no offspring or descendants among his people, no survivor where once he lived.

Job 18:20 (CJB)

20 Those who come after will be appalled at his fate, just as those there before were struck with horror.

Job 18:21 (CJB)

21 “This is how things are in the homes of the wicked, and this is the place of those who don’t know God.”

Job Chapter 19

Job 19:1 (NASB)

1 Then Job responded,

Job 19:2 (NIV)

2 “How long will you torment me and crush me with words?

Job 19:3 (NIV)

3 Ten times now you have reproached me; shamelessly you attack me.

Job 19:5 (NLT)

5 You think you’re better than I am, using my humiliation as evidence of my sin.

Job 19:6 (CJB)

6 but know that it’s God who has put me in the wrong and closed his net around me.

Job 19:7 (NIV)

7 “Though I cry, ‘I’ve been wronged!’ I get no response; though I call for help, there is no justice.

Job 19:8 (CJB)

8 “He has fenced off my way, so that I can’t pass; he has covered my paths with darkness.

Job 19:9 (CJB)

9 He has stripped me of my glory and removed the crown from my head.

Job 19:10 (NASB)

10 “He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone; And He has uprooted my hope like a tree.

Job 19:11 (NASB)

11 “He has also kindled His anger against me And considered me as His enemy.

Job 19:12 (NIV)

12 His troops advance in force; they build a siege ramp against me and encamp around my tent.

Job 19:13 (AMP)

13 He has put my brethren far from me, and my acquaintances are wholly estranged from me.

Job 19:14 (NIV)

14 My kinsmen have gone away; my friends have forgotten me.

Job 19:15 (NASB)

15 “Those who live in my house and my maids consider me a stranger. I am a foreigner in their sight.

Job 19:16 (CJB)

16 I call my servant, and he doesn’t answer, even if I beg him for a favor!

Job 19:17 (AMP)

17 I am repulsive to my wife and loathsome to the children of my own mother.

Job 19:18 (CJB)

18 Even young children despise me — if I stand up, they start jeering at me.

Job 19:19 (CJB)

19 All my intimate friends abhor me, and those I loved have turned against me.

Job 19:20 (NIV)

20 I am nothing but skin and bones; I have escaped with only the skin of my teeth.

Job 19:21 (NIV)

21 “Have pity on me, my friends, have pity, for the hand of God has struck me.

Job 19:22 (AMP)

22 Why do you, as if you were God, pursue and persecute me? [Acting like wild beasts] why are you not satisfied with my flesh?

Job 19:23 (AMP)

23 Oh, that the words I now speak were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book [carved on a tablet of stone]!

Job 19:24 (AMP)

24 That with an iron pen and [molten] lead they were graven in the rock forever!

Job 19:25 (NIV)

25 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.

Job 19:26 (CJB)

26 so that after my skin has been thus destroyed, then even without my flesh, I will see God.

Job 19:27 (NIV)

27 I myself will see him with my own eyes–I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

Job 19:28 (NLT)

28 “How dare you go on persecuting me, saying, ‘It’s his own fault’?

Job 19:29 (NLT)

29 You should fear punishment yourselves, for your attitude deserves punishment. Then you will know that there is indeed a judgment.”

Job Chapter 20

Job 20:1 (NIV)

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

Job 20:2 (NIV)

2 “My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.

Job 20:3 (NLT)

3 I’ve had to endure your insults, but now my spirit prompts me to reply.

Job 20:4 (CJB)

4 “Don’t you know that ever since time began, ever since humans were placed on earth,

Job 20:5 (CJB)

5 that the triumph of the wicked is always short-lived, and the joy of the ungodly is gone in a moment?

Job 20:6 (NIV)

6 Though his pride reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,

Job 20:7 (NIV)

7 he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’

Job 20:8 (CJB)

8 Like a dream he flies off and is not found again; like a vision in the night he is chased away.

Job 20:9 (CJB)

9 The eye which once saw him will see him no more, his place will not behold him again.

Job 20:10 (NIV)

10 His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.

Job 20:11 (NIV)

11 The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.

Job 20:12 (CJB)

12 “Wickedness may taste sweet in his mouth, he may savor and roll it around on his tongue,

Job 20:13 (CJB)

13 he may linger over it and not let it go but keep it there in his mouth —

Job 20:14 (CJB)

14 yet in his stomach his food goes bad, it works inside him like snake venom;

Job 20:15 (CJB)

15 the wealth he swallows he vomits back up; God makes him disgorge it.

Job 20:16 (CJB)

16 He sucks the poison of asps, the viper’s fangs will kill him.

Job 20:17 (CJB)

17 He will not enjoy the rivers, the streams flowing with honey and cream.

Job 20:18 (CJB)

18 He will have to give back what he toiled for; he won’t get to swallow it down— to the degree that he acquired wealth, he won’t get to enjoy it.

Job 20:19 (CJB)

19 “For he crushed and abandoned the poor, seizing houses he did not build,

Job 20:20 (CJB)

20 because his appetite would not let him rest, in his greed he let nothing escape;

Job 20:21 (CJB)

21 nothing is left that he did not devour; therefore his well-being will not last.

Job 20:22 (CJB)

22 With all needs satisfied, he will be in distress; the full force of misery will come over him.

Job 20:23 (NIV)

23 When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows upon him.

Job 20:24 (CJB)

24 If he flees from the weapon of iron, the bow of bronze will pierce him through—

Job 20:25 (CJB)

25 he pulls the arrow out of his back, the shining tip comes out from his innards; terrors come upon him.

Job 20:26 (CJB)

26 “Total darkness is laid up for his treasures, a fire fanned by no one will consume him, and calamity awaits what is left in his tent.

Job 20:27 (CJB)

27 The heavens will reveal his guilt, and the earth will rise up against him.

Job 20:28 (CJB)

28 The income of his household will be carried off; his goods will flow away on the day of his wrath.

Job 20:29 (CJB)

29 This is God’s reward for the wicked, the heritage God decrees for him.”

Job Chapter 21

Job 21:1 (NIV)

1 Then Job replied:

Job 21:2 (AMP)

2 Hear diligently my speech, and let this [your attention] be your consolation [given me].

Job 21:3 (NLT)

3 Bear with me and let me speak. After I have spoken, you may resume mocking me.

Job 21:4 (CJB)

4 “As for me, is my complaint merely to other people? Don’t I have grounds for being short-tempered?

Job 21:5 (CJB)

5 Look at me, and be appalled; cover your mouth with your hand!

Job 21:6 (AMP)

6 Even when I remember, I am troubled and afraid; horror and trembling take hold of my flesh.

Job 21:7 (CJB)

7 “Why do the wicked go on living, grow old and keep increasing their power?

Job 21:8 (NIV)

8 They see their children established around them, their offspring before their eyes.

Job 21:9 (NIV)

9 Their homes are safe and free from fear; the rod of God is not upon them.

Job 21:10 (CJB)

10 Their bulls are fertile without fail, their cows get pregnant and don’t miscarry.

Job 21:11 (CJB)

11 They produce flocks of babies, and their children dance around.

Job 21:12 (CJB)

12 They sing with tambourines and lyres and rejoice to the sound of the pipe.

Job 21:13 (CJB)

13 They spend their days in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace.

Job 21:14 (CJB)

14 “Yet to God they said, ‘Leave us alone! We don’t want to know about your ways.

Job 21:15 (NIV)

15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?’

Job 21:16 (NLT)

16 (They think their prosperity is of their own doing, but I will have nothing to do with that kind of thinking.)

Job 21:17 (AMP)

17 How often [then] is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? That their calamity comes upon them? That God distributes pains and sorrows to them in His anger?

Job 21:18 (NIV)

18 How often are they like straw before the wind, like chaff swept away by a gale?

Job 21:19 (NLT)

19 “‘Well,’ you say, ‘at least God will punish their children!’ But I say he should punish the ones who sin, so that they understand his judgment.

Job 21:20 (NLT)

20 Let them see their destruction with their own eyes. Let them drink deeply of the anger of the Almighty.

Job 21:21 (NIV)

21 For what does he care about the family he leaves behind when his allotted months come to an end?

Job 21:22 (CJB)

22 “Can anyone teach God knowledge? After all, he judges those who are on high.

Job 21:23 (NIV)

23 One man dies in full vigor, completely secure and at ease,

Job 21:24 (NIV)

24 his body well nourished, his bones rich with marrow.

Job 21:25 (NLT)-M

25 Another person dies in bitter poverty, never having tasted anything good in life.

Job 21:26 (NLT)

26 But both are buried in the same dust, both eaten by the same maggots.

Job 21:27 (NLT)

27 “Look, I know what you’re thinking. I know the schemes you plot against me.

Job 21:28 (AMP)

28 For you say, “Where is the house of the rich and liberal prince [meaning me]?” And where is the tent in which the wicked [Job] dwelt?

Job 21:29 (NLT)

29 But ask those who have been around, and they will tell you the truth.

Job 21:30 (NLT)

30 Evil people are spared in times of calamity and are allowed to escape disaster.

Job 21:31 (NLT)

31 No one criticizes them openly or pays them back for what they have done.

Job 21:32 (NLT)

32 When they are carried to the grave, an honor guard keeps watch at their tomb.

Job 21:33 (NLT)

33 A great funeral procession goes to the cemetery. Many pay their respects as the body is laid to rest, and the earth gives sweet repose.

Job 21:34 (NLT)

34 “How can your empty clichés comfort me? All your explanations are lies!”

Job Chapter 22

Job 22:1 (AMP)

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered [Job],

Job 22:2 (NKJV)

2 “Can a man be profitable to God, Though he who is wise may be profitable to himself?

Job 22:3 (NASB)

3 “Is there any pleasure to the Almighty if you are righteous, Or profit if you make your ways perfect?

Job 22:4 (NASB)

4 “Is it because of your reverence that He reproves you, That He enters into judgment against you?

Job 22:5 (NASB)

5 “Is not your wickedness great, And your iniquities without end?

Job 22:6 (CJB)

6 “For you kept your kinsmen’s goods as collateral for no reason, you stripped the poorly clothed of what clothing they have,

Job 22:7 (CJB)

7 you didn’t give water to the weary to drink, you withheld food from the hungry.

Job 22:8 (NKJV)

8 But the mighty man possessed the land, And the honorable man dwelt in it.

Job 22:9 (NIV)

9 And you sent widows away empty-handed and broke the strength of the fatherless.

Job 22:10 (CJB)

10 “No wonder there are snares all around you, and sudden terror overwhelms you,

Job 22:11 (AMP)

11 Your light is darkened, so that you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.

Job 22:12 (CJB)

12 “Isn’t God in the heights of heaven, looking [down even] on the highest stars?

Job 22:13 (CJB)

13 Yet you say, ‘What does God know? Can he see through thick darkness to judge?

Job 22:14 (NIV)

14 Thick clouds veil him, so he does not see us as he goes about in the vaulted heavens.’

Job 22:15 (NIV)

15 Will you keep to the old path that evil men have trod?

Job 22:16 (CJB)

16 the ones snatched away before their time, whose foundations a flood swept away?

Job 22:17 (NIV)

17 They said to God, ‘Leave us alone! What can the Almighty do to us?’

Job 22:18 (NIV)

18 Yet it was he who filled their houses with good things, so I stand aloof from the counsel of the wicked.

Job 22:19 (CJB)

19 The righteous saw this and rejoiced; the innocent laughed them to scorn —

Job 22:20 (NIV)

20 ‘Surely our foes are destroyed, and fire devours their wealth.’

Job 22:21 (NIV)

21 “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.

Job 22:22 (NIV)

22 Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.

Job 22:23 (NIV)

23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored: If you remove wickedness far from your tent

Job 22:24 (NIV)

24 and assign your nuggets to the dust, your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines,

Job 22:25 (AMP)

25 And make the Almighty your gold and [the Lord] your precious silver treasure,

Job 22:26 (NIV)

26 Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God.

Job 22:27 (NIV)

27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.

Job 22:28 (CJB)

28 what you decide to do will succeed, and light will shine on your path;

Job 22:29 (AMP)

29 When they make [you] low, you will say, [There is] a lifting up; and the humble person He lifts up and saves.

Job 22:30 (CJB)

30 “He delivers even the unclean; so if your hands are clean, you will be delivered.”

Job Chapter 23

Job 23:1 (NIV)

1 Then Job replied:

Job 23:2 (CJB)

2 “Today too my complaint is bitter; my hand is weighed down because of my groaning.

Job 23:3 (CJB)

3 I wish I knew where I could find him; then I would go to where he is.

Job 23:4 (CJB)

4 I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.

Job 23:5 (NIV)

5 I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say.

Job 23:6 (NASB)

6 “Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power? No, surely He would pay attention to me.

Job 23:7 (CJB)

7 There an upright person could reason with him; thus I might be forever acquitted by my judge.

Job 23:8 (NIV)

8 “But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him.

Job 23:9 (CJB)

9 if I turn north, I don’t spot him; in the south he is veiled, and I still don’t see him.

Job 23:10 (NIV)

10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

Job 23:11 (CJB)

11 My feet have stayed in his footsteps; I keep to his way without turning aside.

Job 23:12 (NIV)

12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.

Job 23:13 (CJB)

13 “But he has no equal, so who can change him? What he desires, he does.

Job 23:14 (NLT)

14 So he will do to me whatever he has planned. He controls my destiny.

Job 23:15 (CJB)

15 This is why I am terrified of him; the more I think about it, the more afraid I am —

Job 23:16 (NIV)

16 God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me.

Job 23:17 (CJB)

17 Yet I am not cut off by the darkness; he has protected me from the deepest gloom.

Job Chapter 24

Job 24:1 (NLT2)

1 “Why doesn’t the Almighty bring the wicked to judgment? Why must the godly wait for him in vain?

Job 24:2 (NIV2011)

2 There are those who move boundary stones; they pasture flocks they have stolen.

Job 24:3 (CJB)

3 they drive away the orphan’s donkey; as collateral, they seize the widow’s ox.

Job 24:4 (NIV)

4 They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.

Job 24:5 (CJB)

5 like wild donkeys in the wilderness, they have to go out and scavenge food, [hoping that] the desert will provide food for their children.

Job 24:6 (CJB)

6 They must reap in fields that are not their own and gather late grapes in the vineyards of the wicked.

Job 24:7 (NIV)

7 Lacking clothes, they spend the night naked; they have nothing to cover themselves in the cold.

Job 24:8 (NIV)

8 They are drenched by mountain rains and hug the rocks for lack of shelter.

Job 24:9 (AMP)

9 [The violent men whose wickedness seems unnoticed] pluck the fatherless infants from the breast [to sell or make them slaves], and take [the clothing on] the poor for a pledge,

Job 24:10 (NIV)

10 Lacking clothes, they go about naked; they carry the sheaves, but still go hungry.

Job 24:11 (NLT2)

11 They press out olive oil without being allowed to taste it, and they tread in the winepress as they suffer from thirst.

Job 24:12 (NIV)

12 The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the souls of the wounded cry out for help. But God charges no one with wrongdoing.

Job 24:13 (NLT2)

13 “Wicked people rebel against the light. They refuse to acknowledge its ways or stay in its paths.

Job 24:14 (NIV2011)

14 When daylight is gone, the murderer rises up, kills the poor and needy, and in the night steals forth like a thief.

Job 24:15 (NIV)

15 The eye of the adulterer watches for dusk; he thinks, ‘No eye will see me,’ and he keeps his face concealed.

Job 24:16 (NIV)

16 In the dark, men break into houses, but by day they shut themselves in; they want nothing to do with the light.

Job 24:17 (NIV)

17 For all of them, deep darkness is their morning; they make friends with the terrors of darkness.

Job 24:18 (CJB)

18 “May they be scum on the surface of the water, may their share of land be cursed, may no one turn on the way of their vineyards,

Job 24:19 (NIV)

19 As heat and drought snatch away the melted snow, so the grave snatches away those who have sinned.

Job 24:20 (CJB)

20 May the womb forget them, may worms find them sweet, may they no longer be remembered — thus may iniquity be snapped like a stick.

Job 24:21 (NLT2)

21 They cheat the woman who has no son to help her. They refuse to help the needy widow.

Job 24:22 (NIV)

22 But God drags away the mighty by his power; though they become established, they have no assurance of life.

Job 24:23 (NIV)

23 He may let them rest in a feeling of security, but his eyes are on their ways.

Job 24:24 (NIV)

24 For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are cut off like heads of grain.

Job 24:25 (HCSB)

25 If this is not true, then who can prove me a liar and show that my speech is worthless?

Job Chapter 25

Job 25:1 (NIV)

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

Job 25:2 (NIV)

2 “Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven.

Job 25:3 (NLT2)

3 Who is able to count his heavenly army? Doesn’t his light shine on all the earth?

Job 25:4 (NIV)

4 How then can a man be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?

Job 25:5 (NASB)

5 “If even the moon has no brightness And the stars are not pure in His sight,

Job 25:6 (CJB)

6 How much less a human, who is merely a maggot, a mortal, who is only a worm?!”

Job Chapter 26

Job 26:1 (NIV)

1 Then Job replied:

Job 26:2 (NASB)

2 “What a help you are to the weak! How you have saved the arm without strength!

Job 26:3 (NLT)

3 How you have enlightened my stupidity! What wise advice you have offered!

Job 26:4 (NLT)

4 Where have you gotten all these wise sayings? Whose spirit speaks through you?

Job 26:5 (NIV)

5 “The dead are in deep anguish, those beneath the waters and all that live in them.

Job 26:6 (NIV)

6 Death is naked before God; Destruction lies uncovered.

Job 26:7 (NIV)

7 He spreads out the northern [skies] over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.

Job 26:8 (NIV)

8 He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.

Job 26:9 (NIV)

9 He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it.

Job 26:10 (NASB)

10 “He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters At the boundary of light and darkness.

Job 26:11 (NLT2)

11 The foundations of heaven tremble; they shudder at his rebuke.

Job 26:12 (NASB)

12 “He quieted the sea with His power, And by His understanding He shattered Rahab.

Job 26:13 (NASB)

13 “By His breath the heavens are cleared; His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.

Job 26:14 (NLT2)

14 These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?”

Job Chapter 27

Job 27:1 (NIV)

1 And Job continued his discourse:

Job 27:2 (NIV)

2 “As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made me taste bitterness of soul,

Job 27:3 (NLT2)

3 As long as I live, while I have breath from God,

Job 27:4 (HCSB)

4 my lips will not speak unjustly, and my tongue will not utter deceit.

Job 27:5 (HCSB)

5 I will never affirm that you are right. I will maintain my integrity until I die.

Job 27:6 (NLT)

6 I will maintain my innocence without wavering. My conscience is clear for as long as I live.

Job 27:7 (CJB)

7 “May my enemy meet the doom of the wicked; my foe the fate of the unrighteous.

Job 27:8 (CJB)

8 For what hope does the godless have from his gain when God takes away his life?

Job 27:9 (HCSB)

9 Will God hear his cry when distress comes on him?

Job 27:10 (NIV)

10 Will he find delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times?

Job 27:11 (NIV)

11 “I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal.

Job 27:12 (NLT)

12 But you have seen all this, yet you say all these useless things to me.

Job 27:13 (NIV)

13 “Here is the fate God allots to the wicked, the heritage a ruthless man receives from the Almighty:

Job 27:14 (CJB)

14 if his sons become many, they go to the sword; and his children never have enough to eat.

Job 27:15 (CJB)

15 Those of his who remain are buried by plague, and their widows do not weep.

Job 27:16 (NLT)

16 “Evil people may have piles of money and may store away mounds of clothing.

Job 27:17 (NLT)

17 But the righteous will wear that clothing, and the innocent will divide that money.

Job 27:18 (NLT)

18 The wicked build houses as fragile as a spider’s web, as flimsy as a shelter made of branches.

Job 27:19 (NLT)

19 The wicked go to bed rich but wake to find that all their wealth is gone.

Job 27:20 (NLT2)

20 Terror overwhelms them like a flood, and they are blown away in the storms of the night.

Job 27:21 (NLT)

21 The east wind carries them away, and they are gone. It sweeps them away.

Job 27:22 (NLT)

22 It whirls down on them without mercy. They struggle to flee from its power.

Job 27:23 (CJB)

23 [People] clap their hands at him in derision and hiss him out of his home.

Job Chapter 28

Job 28:1 (CJB)

1 “There are mines for silver and places where gold is refined;

Job 28:2 (NIV)

2 Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore.

Job 28:3 (CJB)

3 Miners conquer the darkness and dig as far in as they can, to the ore in gloom and deep darkness.

Job 28:4 (CJB)

4 There where no one lives, they break open a shaft; the feet passing over are oblivious to them; far from people, suspended in space, they swing to and fro.

Job 28:5 (NLT2)

5 Food is grown on the earth above, but down below, the earth is melted as by fire.

Job 28:6 (NASB)

6 “Its rocks are the source of sapphires, And its dust contains gold.

Job 28:7 (NLT2)

7 These are treasures no bird of prey can see, no falcon’s eye observe.

Job 28:8 (NIV)

8 Proud beasts do not set foot on it, and no lion prowls there.

Job 28:9 (NIV)

9 Man’s hand assaults the flinty rock and lays bare the roots of the mountains.

Job 28:10 (NIV)

10 He tunnels through the rock; his eyes see all its treasures.

Job 28:11 (NASB)

11 “He dams up the streams from flowing, And what is hidden he brings out to the light.

Job 28:12 (NASB)

12 “But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

Job 28:13 (NASB)

13 “Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living.

Job 28:14 (HCSB)

14 The ocean depths say, “It’s not in me,” while the sea declares, “I don’t have it.”

Job 28:15 (CJB)

15 It can’t be obtained with gold, nor can silver be weighed out to buy it.

Job 28:16 (HCSB)

16 Wisdom cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire.

Job 28:17 (NIV)

17 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it, nor can it be had for jewels of gold.

Job 28:18 (NIV)

18 Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.

Job 28:19 (CJB)

19 It can’t be compared with Ethiopian topaz, and it can’t be valued with pure gold.

Job 28:20 (NIV)

20 “Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell?

Job 28:21 (NIV)

21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds of the air.

Job 28:22 (NIV)

22 Destruction and Death say, ‘Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.’

Job 28:23 (NIV)

23 God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells,

Job 28:24 (CJB)

24 For he can see to the ends of the earth and view everything under heaven.

Job 28:25 (NLT2)

25 He decided how hard the winds should blow and how much rain should fall.

Job 28:26 (NIV)

26 when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm,

Job 28:27 (NLT2)

27 Then he saw wisdom and evaluated it. He set it in place and examined it thoroughly.

Job 28:28 (NLT2)

28 And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’”

Job Chapter 29

Job 29:1 (NIV)

1 Job continued his discourse:

Job 29:2 (NIV)

2 “How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me,

Job 29:3 (NIV)

3 when his lamp shone upon my head and by his light I walked through darkness!

Job 29:4 (NIV)

4 Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house,

Job 29:5 (NIV)

5 when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me,

Job 29:6 (CJB)

6 my steps were awash in butter, and the rocks poured out for me streams of olive oil.

Job 29:7 (NIV)

7 “When I went to the gate of the city and took my seat in the public square,

Job 29:8 (NIV)

8 the young men saw me and stepped aside and the old men rose to their feet;

Job 29:9 (NIV)

9 the chief men refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands;

Job 29:10 (NIV)

10 the voices of the nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.

Job 29:11 (NIV)

11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,

Job 29:12 (NIV)

12 because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him.

Job 29:13 (NIV)

13 The man who was dying blessed me; I made the widow’s heart sing.

Job 29:14 (NIV)

14 I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.

Job 29:15 (CJB)

15 I was eyes for the blind, and I was feet for the lame.

Job 29:16 (CJB)

16 I was a father to the needy, and I investigated the problems of those I didn’t know.

Job 29:17 (NIV)

17 I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth.

Job 29:18 (NIV)

18 “I thought, ‘I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.

Job 29:19 (NIV)

19 My roots will reach to the water, and the dew will lie all night on my branches.

Job 29:20 (CJB)

20 my glory will always be fresh, my bow always new in my hand.’

Job 29:21 (NIV)

21 “Men listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.

Job 29:22 (NIV)

22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more; my words fell gently on their ears.

Job 29:23 (NLT2)

23 They longed for me to speak as people long for rain. They drank my words like a refreshing spring rain.

Job 29:24 (NIV)

24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them.

Job 29:25 (NIV)

25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief; I dwelt as a king among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.

Job Chapter 30

Job 30:1 (NIV)

1 “But now they mock me, men younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.

Job 30:2 (NIV)

2 Of what use was the strength of their hands to me, since their vigor had gone from them?

Job 30:3 (NIV)

3 Haggard from want and hunger, they roamed the parched land in desolate wastelands at night.

Job 30:4 (NIV)

4 In the brush they gathered salt herbs, and their food was the root of the broom tree.

Job 30:5 (NIV)

5 They were banished from their fellow men, shouted at as if they were thieves.

Job 30:6 (NIV)

6 They were forced to live in the dry stream beds, among the rocks and in holes in the ground.

Job 30:7 (NIV)

7 They brayed among the bushes and huddled in the undergrowth.

Job 30:8 (NIV)

8 A base and nameless brood, they were driven out of the land.

Job 30:9 (NIV)

9 “And now their sons mock me in song; I have become a byword among them.

Job 30:10 (NIV)

10 They detest me and keep their distance; they do not hesitate to spit in my face.

Job 30:11 (NIV)

11 Now that God has unstrung my bow and afflicted me, they throw off restraint in my presence.

Job 30:12 (CJB)

12 At my right the street urchins attack, pushing me from place to place, besieging me with their ways of destruction,

Job 30:13 (CJB)

13 breaking up my path, furthering my calamity — even those who have no one to help them.

Job 30:14 (NIV)

14 They advance as through a gaping breach; amid the ruins they come rolling in.

Job 30:15 (NIV)

15 Terrors overwhelm me; my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud.

Job 30:16 (NIV)

16 “And now my life ebbs away; days of suffering grip me.

Job 30:17 (NIV)

17 Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.

Job 30:18 (CJB)

18 My clothes are disfigured by the force [of my disease]; they choke me like the collar of my coat.

Job 30:19 (CJB)

19 [God] has thrown me into the mud; I have become like dust and ashes.

Job 30:20 (CJB)

20 “I call out to you [God], but you don’t answer me; I stand up to plead, but you just look at me.

Job 30:21 (CJB)

21 You have turned cruelly against me; with your powerful hand you keep persecuting me.

Job 30:22 (CJB)

22 You snatch me up on the wind and make me ride it; you toss me about in the tempest.

Job 30:23 (NIV)

23 I know you will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living.

Job 30:24 (NIV)

24 “Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man when he cries for help in his distress.

Job 30:25 (NIV)

25 Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?

Job 30:26 (NIV)

26 Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.

Job 30:27 (CJB)

27 My insides are in turmoil; they can’t find rest; days of misery confront me.

Job 30:28 (NASB)

28 “I go about mourning without comfort; I stand up in the assembly and cry out for help.

Job 30:29 (NIV)

29 I have become a brother of jackals, a companion of owls.

Job 30:30 (NASB)

30 “My skin turns black on me, And my bones burn with fever.

Job 30:31 (NIV)

31 My harp is tuned to mourning, and my flute to the sound of wailing.

Job Chapter 31

Job 31:1 (NIV2011)

1 “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.

Job 31:2 (NIV)

2 For what is man’s lot from God above, his heritage from the Almighty on high?

Job 31:3 (NIV)

3 Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those who do wrong?

Job 31:4 (NIV)

4 Does he not see my ways and count my every step?

Job 31:5 (NIV)

5 “If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit–

Job 31:6 (NIV)

6 let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless–

Job 31:7 (NLT)

7 If I have strayed from his pathway, or if my heart has lusted for what my eyes have seen, or if I am guilty of any other sin,

Job 31:8 (NLT)

8 then let someone else eat the crops I have planted. Let all that I have planted be uprooted.

Job 31:9 (NLT)

9 “If my heart has been seduced by a woman, or if I have lusted for my neighbor’s wife,

Job 31:10 (NLT)

10 then let my wife belong to another man; let other men sleep with her.

Job 31:11 (NLT)

11 For lust is a shameful sin, a crime that should be punished.

Job 31:12 (NLT)

12 It is a fire that burns all the way to hell. It would wipe out everything I own.

Job 31:13 (NIV)

13 “If I have denied justice to my menservants and maidservants when they had a grievance against me,

Job 31:14 (NIV)

14 what will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account?

Job 31:15 (NIV)

15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

Job 31:16 (NLT2)

16 “Have I refused to help the poor, or crushed the hopes of widows?

Job 31:17 (NLT)

17 Have I been stingy with my food and refused to share it with orphans?

Job 31:18 (NLT2)

18 No, from childhood I have cared for orphans like a father, and all my life I have cared for widows.

Job 31:19 (NIV)

19 if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing, or a needy man without a garment,

Job 31:20 (NIV)

20 and his heart did not bless me for warming him with the fleece from my sheep,

Job 31:21 (NIV)

21 if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, knowing that I had influence in court,

Job 31:22 (NIV)

22 then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint.

Job 31:23 (NIV)

23 For I dreaded destruction from God, and for fear of his splendor I could not do such things.

Job 31:24 (NIV)

24 “If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’

Job 31:25 (NIV)

25 if I have gloated over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained,

Job 31:26 (NIV)

26 if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor,

Job 31:27 (NLT2)

27 and been secretly enticed in my heart to throw kisses at them in worship?

Job 31:28 (NIV)

28 then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.

Job 31:29 (NIV)

29 “If I have rejoiced at my enemy’s misfortune or gloated over the trouble that came to him–

Job 31:30 (CJB)

30 No, I did not allow my mouth to sin by asking for his life with a curse.

Job 31:31 (HCSB)

31 Haven’t the members of my household said, “Who is there who has not had enough to eat at Job’s table?”

Job 31:32 (NIV)

32 but no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler–

Job 31:33 (NIV)

33 if I have concealed my sin as men do, by hiding my guilt in my heart

Job 31:34 (NIV)

34 because I so feared the crowd and so dreaded the contempt of the clans that I kept silent and would not go outside

Job 31:35 (NIV)

35 (“Oh, that I had someone to hear me! I sign now my defense–let the Almighty answer me; let my accuser put his indictment in writing.

Job 31:36 (NIV)

36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder, I would put it on like a crown.

Job 31:37 (NIV)

37 I would give him an account of my every step; like a prince I would approach him.)–

Job 31:38 (NIV)

38 “if my land cries out against me and all its furrows are wet with tears,

Job 31:39 (NIV)

39 if I have devoured its yield without payment or broken the spirit of its tenants,

Job 31:40 (NIV)

40 then let briers come up instead of wheat and weeds instead of barley.” The words of Job are ended.

Job Chapter 32

Job 32:1 (NLT)

1 Job’s three friends refused to reply further to him because he kept insisting on his innocence.

Job 32:2 (NLT)

2 Then Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the clan of Ram, became angry. He was angry because Job refused to admit that he had sinned and that God was right in punishing him.

Job 32:3 (NIV)

3 He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him.

Job 32:4 (NIV)

4 Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he.

Job 32:5 (NIV)

5 But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.

Job 32:6 (NLT)

6 Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said, “I am young and you are old, so I held back from telling you what I think.

Job 32:7 (NLT)

7 I thought, ‘Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.’

Job 32:8 (NLT)

8 But there is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent.

Job 32:9 (NLT)

9 Sometimes the elders are not wise. Sometimes the aged do not understand justice.

Job 32:10 (AMP)

10 So I say, Listen to me; I also will give you my opinion [about Job’s situation] and my knowledge.

Job 32:11 (NIV)

11 I waited while you spoke, I listened to your reasoning; while you were searching for words,

Job 32:12 (NIV)

12 I gave you my full attention. But not one of you has proved Job wrong; none of you has answered his arguments.

Job 32:13 (NIV)

13 Do not say, ‘We have found wisdom; let God refute him, not man.’

Job 32:14 (CJB)

14 For he did not direct his words against me, and I won’t answer him with your arguments.

Job 32:15 (NIV)

15 “They are dismayed and have no more to say; words have failed them.

Job 32:16 (NIV)

16 Must I wait, now that they are silent, now that they stand there with no reply?

Job 32:17 (NASB)

17 “I too will answer my share, I also will tell my opinion.

Job 32:18 (NIV)

18 For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me;

Job 32:19 (NIV)

19 inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst.

Job 32:20 (NIV)

20 I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.

Job 32:21 (NIV)

21 I will show partiality to no one, nor will I flatter any man;

Job 32:22 (NIV)

22 for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.

Job Chapter 33

Job 33:1 (NIV)

1 “But now, Job, listen to my words; pay attention to everything I say.

Job 33:2 (NIV)

2 I am about to open my mouth; my words are on the tip of my tongue.

Job 33:3 (NIV)

3 My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know.

Job 33:4 (NIV)

4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Job 33:5 (NASB)

5 “Refute me if you can; Array yourselves before me, take your stand.

Job 33:6 (NASB)

6 “Behold, I belong to God like you; I too have been formed out of the clay.

Job 33:7 (NASB)

7 “Behold, no fear of me should terrify you, Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you.

Job 33:8 (NASB)

8 “Surely you have spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the sound of your words:

Job 33:9 (NASB)

9 ‘I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent and there is no guilt in me.

Job 33:10 (NASB)

10 ‘Behold, He invents pretexts against me; He counts me as His enemy.

Job 33:11 (NIV)

11 He fastens my feet in shackles; he keeps close watch on all my paths.’

Job 33:12 (NIV)

12 “But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than man.

Job 33:13 (NASB)

13 “Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings?

Job 33:14 (AMP)

14 For God [does reveal His will; He] speaks not only once, but more than once, even though men do not regard it [including you, Job].

Job 33:15 (HCSB)

15 In a dream, a vision in the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber on ⌊their⌋ beds,

Job 33:16 (NLT2)

16 He whispers in their ears and terrifies them with warnings.

Job 33:17 (NIV)

17 to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride,

Job 33:18 (HCSB)

18 God spares his soul from the Pit, his life from crossing the river ⌊of death⌋.

Job 33:19 (NLT2)

19 “Or God disciplines people with pain on their sickbeds, with ceaseless aching in their bones.

Job 33:20 (HCSB)

20 so that he detests bread, and his soul ⌊despises his⌋ favorite food.

Job 33:21 (NLT2)

21 Their flesh wastes away, and their bones stick out.

Job 33:22 (NIV)

22 His soul draws near to the pit, and his life to the messengers of death.

Job 33:23 (NLT2)

23 “But if an angel from heaven appears— a special messenger to intercede for a person and declare that he is upright—

Job 33:24 (NIV)

24 to be gracious to him and say, ‘Spare him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for him’–

Job 33:25 (NLT2)

25 Then his body will become as healthy as a child’s, firm and youthful again.

Job 33:26 (NIV)

26 He prays to God and finds favor with him, he sees God’s face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state.

Job 33:27 (NIV)

27 Then he comes to men and says, ‘I sinned, and perverted what was right, but I did not get what I deserved.

Job 33:28 (NIV)

28 He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.’

Job 33:29 (NASB)

29 “Behold, God does all these oftentimes with men,

Job 33:30 (NASB)

30 To bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.

Job 33:31 (NIV)

31 “Pay attention, Job, and listen to me; be silent, and I will speak.

Job 33:32 (HCSB)

32 But if you have something to say, answer me; speak, for I would like to justify you.

Job 33:33 (HCSB)

33 If not, then listen to me; be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom.

Job Chapter 34

Job 34:1 (NASB)

1 Then Elihu continued and said,

Job 34:2 (NIV)

2 “Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.

Job 34:3 (NIV)

3 For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.

Job 34:4 (NIV)

4 Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.

Job 34:5 (NIV)

5 “Job says, ‘I am innocent, but God denies me justice.

Job 34:6 (NIV)

6 Although I am right, I am considered a liar; although I am guiltless, his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.’

Job 34:7 (NIV)

7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water?

Job 34:8 (NIV)

8 He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with wicked men.

Job 34:9 (NIV)

9 For he says, ‘It profits a man nothing when he tries to please God.’

Job 34:10 (NIV)

10 “So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong.

Job 34:11 (NIV)

11 He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.

Job 34:12 (NIV)

12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.

Job 34:13 (NIV)

13 Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world?

Job 34:14 (NIV)

14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath,

Job 34:15 (NIV)

15 all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.

Job 34:16 (NIV)

16 “If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.

Job 34:17 (NIV)

17 Can he who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One?

Job 34:18 (NIV)

18 Is he not the One who says to kings, ‘You are worthless,’ and to nobles, ‘You are wicked,’

Job 34:19 (NIV)

19 who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?

Job 34:20 (NIV)

20 They die in an instant, in the middle of the night; the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand.

Job 34:21 (NIV)

21 “His eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step.

Job 34:22 (NIV)

22 There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide.

Job 34:23 (NIV)

23 God has no need to examine men further, that they should come before him for judgment.

Job 34:24 (NIV)

24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place.

Job 34:25 (NIV)

25 Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.

Job 34:26 (NIV)

26 He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,

Job 34:27 (NIV)

27 because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.

Job 34:28 (NIV)

28 They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.

Job 34:29 (NIV)

29 But if he remains silent, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, who can see him? Yet he is over man and nation alike,

Job 34:30 (NLT2)

30 He prevents the godless from ruling so they cannot be a snare to the people.

Job 34:31 (NIV)

31 “Suppose a man says to God, ‘I am guilty but will offend no more.

Job 34:32 (NIV)

32 Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.’

Job 34:33 (NIV)

33 Should God then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent? You must decide, not I; so tell me what you know.

Job 34:34 (NIV)

34 “Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me,

Job 34:35 (NIV)

35 ‘Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.’

Job 34:36 (NIV)

36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!

Job 34:37 (NIV)

37 To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God.”

Job Chapter 35

Job 35:1 (NASB)

1 Then Elihu continued and said,

Job 35:2 (NASB)

2 “Do you think this is according to justice? Do you say, ‘My righteousness is more than God’s’?

Job 35:3 (CJB)

3 For you ask what advantage it is to you, ‘How do I gain from not sinning?’

Job 35:4 (NIV)

4 “I would like to reply to you and to your friends with you.

Job 35:5 (NIV)

5 Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.

Job 35:6 (NLT2)

6 If you sin, how does that affect God? Even if you sin again and again, what effect will it have on him?

Job 35:7 (CJB)

7 If you are righteous, what do you give him? What benefit does he get from you?

Job 35:8 (CJB)

8 Your wickedness can affect only others like you, and your righteousness only other human beings.

Job 35:9 (CJB)

9 People cry out from under many oppressions; they cry for help from under the fist of the mighty.

Job 35:10 (CJB)

10 But no one asks, ‘Where is God my maker, who causes glad songs to ring out at night,

Job 35:11 (CJB)

11 who teaches us more than he teaches wild animals and makes us wiser than the birds in the air?’

Job 35:12 (HCSB)

12 There they cry out, but He does not answer, because of the pride of evil men.

Job 35:13 (NIV)

13 Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it.

Job 35:14 (NIV)

14 How much less, then, will he listen when you say that you do not see him, that your case is before him and you must wait for him,

Job 35:15 (NIV)

15 and further, that his anger never punishes and he does not take the least notice of wickedness.

Job 35:16 (NIV)

16 So Job opens his mouth with empty talk; without knowledge he multiplies words.”

Job Chapter 36

Job 36:1 (NASB)

1 Then Elihu continued and said,

Job 36:2 (NASB)

2 “Wait for me a little, and I will show you That there is yet more to be said in God’s behalf.

Job 36:3 (NASB)

3 “I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Job 36:4 (NLT2)

4 I am telling you nothing but the truth, for I am a man of great knowledge.

Job 36:5 (HCSB)

5 Yes, God is mighty, but He despises ⌊no one⌋; He understands all things.

Job 36:6 (NLT2)

6 He does not let the wicked live but gives justice to the afflicted.

Job 36:7 (NIV)

7 He does not take his eyes off the righteous; he enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever.

Job 36:8 (NIV)

8 But if men are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction,

Job 36:9 (NIV)

9 he tells them what they have done– that they have sinned arrogantly.

Job 36:10 (NIV)

10 He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil.

Job 36:11 (NLT2)

11 “If they listen and obey God, they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant.

Job 36:12 (HCSB)

12 But if they do not obey, they will cross the river ⌊of death⌋ and die without knowledge.

Job 36:13 (NLT2)

13 For the godless are full of resentment. Even when he punishes them, they refuse to cry out to him for help.

Job 36:13 (NLT2)

13 For the godless are full of resentment. Even when he punishes them, they refuse to cry out to him for help.

Job 36:15 (NIV)

15 But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.

Job 36:16 (NIV)

16 “He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.

Job 36:17 (NIV)

17 But now you are laden with the judgment due the wicked; judgment and justice have taken hold of you.

Job 36:18 (NIV)

18 Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe turn you aside.

Job 36:19 (HCSB)

19 Can your wealth or all ⌊your⌋ physical exertion keep ⌊you⌋ from distress?

Job 36:20 (NIV)

20 Do not long for the night, to drag people away from their homes.

Job 36:21 (NIV)

21 Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.

Job 36:22 (NIV)

22 “God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?

Job 36:23 (CJB)

23 Who ever prescribed his course for him? Who ever said, ‘What you are doing is wrong’?

Job 36:24 (CJB)

24 Remember, rather, to magnify his work, of which many have sung.

Job 36:25 (CJB)

25 Everyone has seen it, [but] humans see it [only] from a distance.

Job 36:26 (NIV)

26 How great is God–beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.

Job 36:27 (NLT2)

27 He draws up the water vapor and then distills it into rain.

Job 36:28 (NIV)

28 the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.

Job 36:29 (NIV)

29 Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion?

Job 36:30 (HCSB)

30 See how He spreads His lightning around Him and covers the depths of the sea.

Job 36:31 (NIV)

31 This is the way he governs the nations and provides food in abundance.

Job 36:32 (NLT2)

32 He fills his hands with lightning bolts and hurls each at its target.

Job 36:33 (HCSB)

33 The thunder declares His presence; the cattle also, the approaching ⌊storm⌋.

Job Chapter 37

Job 37:1 (NIV)

1 “At this my heart pounds and leaps from its place.

Job 37:2 (NIV)

2 Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice, to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.

Job 37:3 (NIV)

3 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth.

Job 37:4 (NIV)

4 After that comes the sound of his roar; he thunders with his majestic voice. When his voice resounds, he holds nothing back.

Job 37:5 (NIV)

5 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.

Job 37:6 (NLT2)

6 “He directs the snow to fall on the earth and tells the rain to pour down.

Job 37:7 (HCSB)

7 serve as His sign to all mankind, so that all men may know His work.

Job 37:8 (NLT2)

8 The wild animals take cover and stay inside their dens.

Job 37:9 (NLT2)

9 The stormy wind comes from its chamber, and the driving winds bring the cold.

Job 37:10 (NIV)

10 The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen.

Job 37:11 (NIV)

11 He loads the clouds with moisture; he scatters his lightning through them.

Job 37:12 (NIV)

12 At his direction they swirl around over the face of the whole earth to do whatever he commands them.

Job 37:13 (NIV)

13 He brings the clouds to punish men, or to water his earth and show his love.

Job 37:14 (NIV)

14 “Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders.

Job 37:15 (NIV)

15 Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?

Job 37:16 (NIV)

16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge?

Job 37:17 (NIV)

17 You who swelter in your clothes when the land lies hushed under the south wind,

Job 37:18 (NIV)

18 can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze?

Job 37:19 (NLT2)

19 “So teach the rest of us what to say to God. We are too ignorant to make our own arguments.

Job 37:20 (HCSB)

20 Should He be told that I want to speak? Can a man speak when he is confused?

Job 37:21 (NLT2)

21 We cannot look at the sun, for it shines brightly in the sky when the wind clears away the clouds.

Job 37:22 (NIV)

22 Out of the north he comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty.

Job 37:23 (NIV)

23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.

Job 37:24 (NLT2)

24 No wonder people everywhere fear him. All who are wise show him reverence.”

Job Chapter 38

Job 38:1 (NASB)

1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

Job 38:2 (NIV)

2 “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?

Job 38:3 (NIV)

3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.

Job 38:4 (NIV)

4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.

Job 38:5 (NIV)

5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?

Job 38:6 (NIV)

6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone–

Job 38:7 (NIV)

7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

Job 38:8 (NASB)

8 “Or who enclosed the sea with doors When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;

Job 38:9 (NIV)

9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,

Job 38:10 (NIV)

10 when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,

Job 38:11 (NIV)

11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?

Job 38:12 (NIV)

12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place,

Job 38:13 (HCSB)

13 so it may seize the edges of the earth and shake the wicked out of it?

Job 38:14 (NIV)

14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.

Job 38:15 (NIV)

15 The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.

Job 38:16 (NIV)

16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?

Job 38:17 (NIV)

17 Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?

Job 38:18 (NIV)

18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this.

Job 38:19 (NIV)

19 “What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?

Job 38:20 (NIV)

20 Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings?

Job 38:21 (NLT2)

21 But of course you know all this! For you were born before it was all created, and you are so very experienced!

Job 38:22 (NIV)

22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail,

Job 38:23 (NIV)

23 which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?

Job 38:24 (NIV)

24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?

Job 38:25 (NIV)

25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,

Job 38:26 (NIV)

26 to water a land where no man lives, a desert with no one in it,

Job 38:27 (NIV)

27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?

Job 38:28 (NIV)

28 Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?

Job 38:29 (NIV)

29 From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens

Job 38:30 (NIV)

30 when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?

Job 38:31 (AMP)

31 Can you bind the chains of [the cluster of stars called] Pleiades, or loose the cords of [the constellation] Orion?

Job 38:32 (NIV)

32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?

Job 38:33 (NIV)

33 Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up [God’s] dominion over the earth?

Job 38:34 (NIV)

34 “Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?

Job 38:35 (NIV)

35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?

Job 38:36 (NIV)

36 Who endowed the heart with wisdom or gave understanding to the mind?

Job 38:37 (NIV)

37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens

Job 38:38 (NIV)

38 when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?

Job 38:39 (NIV)

39 “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions

Job 38:40 (NIV)

40 when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket?

Job 38:41 (NIV)

41 Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?

Job Chapter 39

Job 39:1 (NASB)

1 “Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the deer?

Job 39:2 (NASB)

2 “Can you count the months they fulfill, Or do you know the time they give birth?

Job 39:3 (CJB)

3 when they crouch down and bring forth their young, when they deliver their fawns?

Job 39:4 (NIV)

4 Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds; they leave and do not return.

Job 39:5 (NIV)

5 “Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied his ropes?

Job 39:6 (NIV)

6 I gave him the wasteland as his home, the salt flats as his habitat.

Job 39:7 (NIV)

7 He laughs at the commotion in the town; he does not hear a driver’s shout.

Job 39:8 (NIV)

8 He ranges the hills for his pasture and searches for any green thing.

Job 39:9 (NIV)

9 “Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Will he stay by your manger at night?

Job 39:10 (NIV)

10 Can you hold him to the furrow with a harness? Will he till the valleys behind you?

Job 39:11 (NIV)

11 Will you rely on him for his great strength? Will you leave your heavy work to him?

Job 39:12 (NIV)

12 Can you trust him to bring in your grain and gather it to your threshing floor?

Job 39:13 (CJB)

13 “An ostrich’s wings beat wildly, although its pinions lack plumage.

Job 39:14 (CJB)

14 It leaves its eggs on the ground and lets them be warmed by the sand,

Job 39:15 (NIV)

15 unmindful that a foot may crush them, that some wild animal may trample them.

Job 39:16 (NIV)

16 She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers; she cares not that her labor was in vain,

Job 39:17 (NIV)

17 for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of good sense.

Job 39:18 (HCSB)

18 When she proudly spreads her wings, she laughs at the horse and its rider.

Job 39:19 (NIV)

19 “Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?

Job 39:20 (NIV)

20 Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting?

Job 39:21 (NIV)

21 He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray.

Job 39:22 (NIV)

22 He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; he does not shy away from the sword.

Job 39:23 (NIV)

23 The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance.

Job 39:24 (NIV)

24 In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.

Job 39:25 (NIV)

25 At the blast of the trumpet he snorts, ‘Aha!’ He catches the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry.

Job 39:26 (NIV)

26 “Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread his wings toward the south?

Job 39:27 (NIV)

27 Does the eagle soar at your command and build his nest on high?

Job 39:28 (NIV)

28 He dwells on a cliff and stays there at night; a rocky crag is his stronghold.

Job 39:29 (NIV)

29 From there he seeks out his food; his eyes detect it from afar.

Job 39:30 (NIV)

30 His young ones feast on blood, and where the slain are, there is he.”

Job Chapter 40

Job 40:1 (NIV)

1 The LORD said to Job:

Job 40:2 (NLT)

2 “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?”

Job 40:3 (NIV)

3 Then Job answered the LORD:

Job 40:4 (NIV)

4 “I am unworthy–how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.

Job 40:5 (NIV)

5 I spoke once, but I have no answer– twice, but I will say no more.”

Job 40:6 (HCSB)

6 Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind:

Job 40:7 (NIV)

7 “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.

Job 40:8 (NIV)

8 “Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?

Job 40:9 (NIV)

9 Do you have an arm like God’s, and can your voice thunder like his?

Job 40:10 (NIV)

10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor, and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.

Job 40:11 (NIV)

11 Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at every proud man and bring him low,

Job 40:12 (NIV)

12 look at every proud man and humble him, crush the wicked where they stand.

Job 40:13 (NLT2)

13 Bury them in the dust. Imprison them in the world of the dead.

Job 40:14 (NIV)

14 Then I myself will admit to you that your own right hand can save you.

Job 40:15 (NIV)

15 “Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox.

Job 40:16 (NIV)

16 What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly!

Job 40:17 (NIV)

17 His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit.

Job 40:18 (NIV)

18 His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron.

Job 40:19 (NIV)

19 He ranks first among the works of God, yet his Maker can approach him with his sword.

Job 40:20 (NIV)

20 The hills bring him their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby.

Job 40:21 (NIV)

21 Under the lotus plants he lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh.

Job 40:22 (NIV)

22 The lotuses conceal him in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround him.

Job 40:23 (NIV)

23 When the river rages, he is not alarmed; he is secure, though the Jordan should surge against his mouth.

Job 40:24 (NIV)

24 Can anyone capture him by the eyes, or trap him and pierce his nose?

Job Chapter 41

Job 41:1 (NIV)

1 “Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope?

Job 41:2 (NIV)

2 Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?

Job 41:3 (NIV)

3 Will he keep begging you for mercy? Will he speak to you with gentle words?

Job 41:4 (NIV)

4 Will he make an agreement with you for you to take him as your slave for life?

Job 41:5 (CJB)

5 Will you play with him as you would with a bird or keep him on a string to amuse your little girls?

Job 41:6 (NIV)

6 Will traders barter for him? Will they divide him up among the merchants?

Job 41:7 (NIV)

7 Can you fill his hide with harpoons or his head with fishing spears?

Job 41:8 (NIV)

8 If you lay a hand on him, you will remember the struggle and never do it again!

Job 41:9 (NIV)

9 Any hope of subduing him is false; the mere sight of him is overpowering.

Job 41:10 (NIV)

10 No one is fierce enough to rouse him. Who then is able to stand against me?

Job 41:11 (NLT2)

11 Who has given me anything that I need to pay back? Everything under heaven is mine.

Job 41:12 (NIV)

12 “I will not fail to speak of his limbs, his strength and his graceful form.

Job 41:13 (NIV)

13 Who can strip off his outer coat? Who would approach him with a bridle?

Job 41:14 (NIV)

14 Who dares open the doors of his mouth, ringed about with his fearsome teeth?

Job 41:15 (NIV)

15 His back has rows of shields tightly sealed together;

Job 41:16 (NIV)

16 each is so close to the next that no air can pass between.

Job 41:17 (NIV)

17 They are joined fast to one another; they cling together and cannot be parted.

Job 41:18 (NIV)

18 His snorting throws out flashes of light; his eyes are like the rays of dawn.

Job 41:19 (NIV)

19 Firebrands stream from his mouth; sparks of fire shoot out.

Job 41:20 (NIV)

20 Smoke pours from his nostrils as from a boiling pot over a fire of reeds.

Job 41:21 (NIV)

21 His breath sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from his mouth.

Job 41:22 (NIV)

22 Strength resides in his neck; dismay goes before him.

Job 41:23 (NIV)

23 The folds of his flesh are tightly joined; they are firm and immovable.

Job 41:24 (NIV)

24 His chest is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone.

Job 41:25 (NIV)

25 When he rises up, the mighty are terrified; they retreat before his thrashing.

Job 41:26 (NIV)

26 The sword that reaches him has no effect, nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin.

Job 41:27 (NIV)

27 Iron he treats like straw and bronze like rotten wood.

Job 41:28 (NIV)

28 Arrows do not make him flee; slingstones are like chaff to him.

Job 41:29 (NIV)

29 A club seems to him but a piece of straw; he laughs at the rattling of the lance.

Job 41:30 (NIV)

30 His undersides are jagged potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.

Job 41:31 (NIV)

31 He makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment.

Job 41:32 (NIV)

32 Behind him he leaves a glistening wake; one would think the deep had white hair.

Job 41:33 (NIV)

33 Nothing on earth is his equal– a creature without fear.

Job 41:34 (NIV)

34 He looks down on all that are haughty; he is king over all that are proud.”

Job Chapter 42

Job 42:1 (NASB)

1 Then Job answered the LORD and said,

Job 42:2 (NASB)

2 “I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

Job 42:3 (HCSB)

3 ⌊You asked,⌋ “Who is this who conceals ⌊My⌋ counsel with ignorance?” Surely I spoke about things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.

Job 42:4 (NIV)

4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’

Job 42:5 (NIV)

5 My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.

Job 42:6 (NLT)

6 I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

Job 42:7 (NIV)

7 After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.

Job 42:8 (NIV)

8 So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.”

Job 42:9 (NIV)

9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job’s prayer.

Job 42:10 (NLT)

10 When Job prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes. In fact, the LORD gave him twice as much as before!

Job 42:11 (NIV)

11 All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.

Job 42:12 (NIV)

12 The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.

Job 42:13 (NLT)

13 He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters.

Job 42:14 (NIV)

14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch.

Job 42:15 (NIV)

15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.

Job 42:16 (NIV)

16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.

Job 42:17 (NIV)

17 And so he died, old and full of years.

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