There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil. -- 1:1

He said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there. TheLORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD." -- 1:21

Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!"  But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks.  Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?"  In all this Job did not sin with his lips. -- 2:9-10

For man is born for trouble, as sparks fly upward. -- 5:7

Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. -- 13:15

Man, who is born of woman, is short-lived and full of turmoil.  Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain. -- 14:1-2

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

Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! That with an iron stylus and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! -- 19:23-24

I know that my Redeemer lives. -- 19:25

By His breath the heavens are cleared; His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.  Behold, these are the fringes of His ways; and how faint a word we hear of Him! But His mighty thunder, who can understand? -- 26:13-14

The acquisition of wisdom is above that of pearls. -- 28:18

Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord?  Can you put a rope in his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? -- 41:1-2

I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees You; therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes. -- 42:5-6


Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. The LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?"  Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it."  The LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil."  Then Satan answered the LORD, "Does Job fear God for nothing?  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.  But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face."  Then the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him."  So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD. -- 1:6-12

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped.  He said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD."  Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God. -- 1:20-22

The LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause."  Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.  However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face."  So the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life."  Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. -- 2:3-7

Let the day perish on which I was to be born, and the night which said, "A boy is conceived."  May that day be darkness; let not God above care for it, nor light shine on it.  Let darkness and black gloom claim it; let a cloud settle on it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.  As for that night, let darkness seize it; let it not rejoice among the days of the year; let it not come into the number of the months.  Behold, let that night be barren; let no joyful shout enter it.  Let those curse it who curse the day, who are prepared to rouse Leviathan.  Let the stars of its twilight be darkened; let it wait for light but have none, and let it not see the breaking dawn; because it did not shut the opening of my mother's womb, or hide trouble from my eyes.  Why did I not die at birth, come forth from the womb and expire? Why did the knees receive me, and why the breasts, that I should suck? -- 3:3-12

As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God; whom I myself shall behold, and whom my eyes will see and not another. -- 19:25-27

But He knows the way I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside.  I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. -- 23:10-12

Dominion and awe belong to Him who establishes peace in His heights.  Is there any number to His troops? And upon whom does His light not rise?  How then can a man be just with God? Or how can he be clean who is born of woman?  If even the moon has no brightness and the stars are not pure in His sight, how much less man, that maggot, and the son of man, that worm! -- 25:2-6

When He imparted weight to the wind and meted out the waters by measure,when He set a limit for the rain and a course for the thunderbolt, then He saw it and declared it; He established it and also searched it out.  And to man He said, "Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." -- 28:25-28

Then these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. But the anger of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram burned; against Job his anger burned because he justified himself before God.  And his anger burned against his three friends because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. -- 32:1-3

Surely you have spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the sound of your words:  "I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent and there is no guilt in me.  Behold, He invents pretexts against me; He counts me as His enemy.  He puts my feet in the stocks; He watches all my paths."   Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, for God is greater than man.  Why do you complain against Him that He does not give an account of all His doings?  Indeed God speaks once, or twice, yet no one notices it.  In a dream, a vision of the night, when sound sleep falls on men, while they slumber in their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction, that He may turn man aside from his conduct, and keep man from pride; He  keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from passing over into Sheol. -- 33:8-18

Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wickedness, and from the Almighty to do wrong. For He pays a man according to his work, and makes him find it according to his way.  Surely, God will not act wickedly, and the Almighty will not pervert justice.  Who gave Him authority over the earth? And who has laid on Him the whole world?  If He should determine to do so, if He should gather to Himself His spirit and His breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust. -- 34:10-15 

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now gird up your loins like a man, and I will ask you, and you instruct Me!  Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, who set its measurements?  Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it?  On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone,  when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?  Or who enclosed the sea with doors when, bursting forth, it went out from the womb; when I made a cloud its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and I placed boundaries on it and set a bolt and doors, and I said, 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther; and here shall your proud waves stop?'  Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?  ... Have you entered into the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?  Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of  deep darkness? Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.  Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place, that you may take it to its territory and that you may discern the paths to its home?  You know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!  Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of distress, for the day of war and battle? ... Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion?  Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, and guide the Bear with her satellites?  Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, or fix their rule over the earth?  Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, so that an abundance of water will cover you?  Can you send forth lightnings that they may go and say to you, 'Here we are'?  Who has put wisdom in the innermost being or given understanding to the mind?  Who can count the clouds by wisdom, or tip the water jars of the heavens, when the dust hardens into a mass and the clods stick together?  ... Who prepares for the raven its nourishment when its young cry to God and wander about without food? -- 38:1-41

Behold now, Behemoth, which I made as well as you; he eats grass like an ox.  Behold now, his strength in his loins and his power in the muscles of his belly.  He bends his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together.  His bones are tubes of bronze; his limbs are like bars of iron.  He is the first of the ways of God; let his maker bring near his sword.  Surely the mountains bring him food, and all the beasts of the field play there.  Under the lotus plants he lies down, in the covert of the reeds and the marsh. The lotus plants cover him with shade; the willows of the brook surround him.  If a river rages, he is not alarmed; he is confident, though the Jordan rushes to his mouth.  Can anyone capture him when he is on watch, with barbs can anyone pierce his nose? -- 40:15-24

Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord?  Can you put a rope in his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?  Will he make many supplications to you, or will he speak to you soft words?  Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him for a servant forever?  Will you play with him as with a bird, or will you bind him for your maidens?  Will the traders bargain over him? Will they divide him among the merchants?  Can you fill his skin with harpoons, or his head with fishing spears?  Lay your hand on him; remember the battle; you will not do it again!  Behold, your expectation is false; will  you be laid low even at the sight of him?  No one is so fierce that he dares to arouse him; who then is he that can stand before Me?  Who has given to Me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.  I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, or his mighty strength, or his orderly frame.  Who can strip off his outer armor? Who can come within his double mail? Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth there is terror. His strong scales are his pride, shut up as with a tight seal.  One is so near to another that no air can come between them.  They are joined one to another; they clasp each other and cannot be separated.  His sneezes flash forth light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. Out of his mouth go burning torches; sparks of fire leap forth.  Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth as from a boiling pot and burning rushes.  His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes forth from his mouth.  In his neck lodges strength, and dismay leaps before him.  The folds of his flesh are joined together, firm on him and immovable.  His heart is as hard as a stone, even as hard as a lower millstone.  When he raises himself up, the mighty fear; because of the crashing they are bewildered.  The sword that reaches him cannot avail, nor the spear, the dart or the javelin.  He regards iron as straw, bronze as rotten wood.  The arrow cannot make him flee; slingstones are turned into stubble for him.  Clubs are regarded as stubble; he laughs at the rattling of the javelin.  His underparts are like sharp potsherds; He spreads out like a threshing sledge on the mire.  He makes the depths boil like a pot; he makes the sea like a jar of ointment. Behind him he makes a wake to shine; one would think the deep to be gray-haired. Nothing on earth is like him, One made without fear.  He looks on everything that is high; he is king over all the sons of pride. -- 41:1-34

The LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the LORD increased all that Job had twofold.  Then all his brothers and all his sisters and all who had known him before came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversities that the LORD had brought on him. And each one gave him one piece of money, and each a ring of gold.  The LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. -- 42:10-12


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"Leviathan," by Rodney Matthews
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