Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
2 Dominion and fear are with him;
He makes peace in his high places.
3 Is there any number of his armies?
And upon whom does not his light arise?
4 How then can man be just with El?
Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
5 Behold, even the moon has no brightness,
And the stars are not pure in his sight:
6 How much less man, that is a worm!
And the son of man, that is a maggot!
Then Job answered and said,
2 How have you helped him that is without power!
How have you saved the arm that has no strength!
3 How have you counseled him that has no wisdom,
And plentifully declared sound knowledge!
4 To whom have you uttered words?
And whose spirit came forth from you?
5 They that are deceased tremble
Beneath the waters and the inhabitants of it.
6 Sheol is naked before Elohim,
And Abaddon has no covering.
7 He stretches out the north over empty space,
And hangs the earth upon nothing.
8 He binds up the waters in his thick clouds;
And the cloud is not rent under them.
9 He encloses the face of his throne,
And spreads his cloud upon it.
10 He has described a boundary upon the face of the waters,
To the confines of light and darkness.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble
And are astonished at his rebuke.
12 He stirs up the sea with his power,
And by his understanding he strikes through Rahab.
13 By his Spirit the heavens are garnished;
His hand has pierced the swift serpent.
14 Lo, these are but the outskirts of his ways:
And how small a whisper do we hear of him!
But the thunder of his power who can understand?
And Job again took up his parable, and said,
2 As El lives, who has taken away my right,
And the Almighty, who has vexed my soul;
3 (For my life is yet whole in me,
And the spirit of Eloah is in my nostrils;)
4 Surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness,
Neither shall my tongue utter deceit.
5 Far be it from me that I should justify you:
Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go:
My heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
7 Let my enemy be as the wicked,
And let him that rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
8 For what is the hope of the lawless, though he get him gain,
When Eloah takes away his soul?
9 Will El hear his cry,
When trouble comes upon him?
10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty,
And call upon Eloah at all times?
11 I will teach you concerning the hand of El;
That which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
12 Behold, all you yourselves have seen it;
Why then have you become altogether vain?
13 This is the portion of a wicked man with El,
And the heritage of oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty:
14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword;
And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death,
And his widows shall make no lamentation.
16 Though he heaps up silver as the dust,
And prepare raiment as the clay;
17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on,
And the innocent shall divide the silver.
18 He builds his house as the moth,
And as a booth which the keeper makes.
19 He lies down rich, but he shall not be gathered to his fathers;
He opens his eyes, and he is not.
20 Terrors overtake him like waters;
A tempest steals him away in the night.
21 The east wind carries him away, and he departs;
And it sweeps him out of his place.
22 For El shall hurl at him, and not spare:
He would gladly flee out of his hand.
23 Men shall clap their hands at him,
And shall hiss him out of his place.