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Job 29

 
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1 ἔτι δὲ προσθεὶς Ιωβ εἶπεν τῷ προοιμίῳ 2 τίς ἄν με θείη κατὰ μῆνα ἔμπροσθεν ἡμερῶν ὧν με ὁ θεὸς ἐφύλαξεν 3 ὡς ὅτε ηὔγει ὁ λύχνος αὐτοῦ ὑπὲρ κεφαλῆς μου ὅτε τῷ φωτὶ αὐτοῦ ἐπορευόμην ἐν σκότει 4 ὅτε ἤμην ἐπιβρίθων ὁδοῖς ὅτε ὁ θεὸς ἐπισκοπὴν ἐποιεῖτο τοῦ οἴκου μου 5 ὅτε ἤμην ὑλώδης λίαν κύκλῳ δέ μου οἱ παῖδες 6 ὅτε ἐχέοντό μου αἱ ὁδοὶ βουτύρῳ τὰ δὲ ὄρη μου ἐχέοντο γάλακτι 7 ὅτε ἐξεπορευόμην ὄρθριος ἐν πόλει ἐν δὲ πλατείαις ἐτίθετό μου ὁ δίφρος 8 ἰδόντες με νεανίσκοι ἐκρύβησαν πρεσβῦται δὲ πάντες ἔστησαν 9 ἁδροὶ δὲ ἐπαύσαντο λαλοῦντες δάκτυλον ἐπιθέντες ἐπὶ στόματι 10 οἱ δὲ ἀκούσαντες ἐμακάρισάν με καὶ γλῶσσα αὐτῶν τῷ λάρυγγι αὐτῶν ἐκολλήθη 1 And thus Job continued to lay bare his thought: 2 Alas for the changes the months have brought with them! Alas for the old days, when God was my protector, 3 when his light shone above me, its rays guiding me through the darkness! 4 Days of ripe manhood, when God was my home’s familiar guest, 5 he, the Almighty, at my side! I had my children still about me; 6 the milk frothed in pools at my feet, no rock so hard but my olives bathed it in oil. 7 Went I to the city gate, there was my seat ready for me in the open square; 8 rose the young men to make place for me, rose the aged to do me honour; 9 nobles fell silent, and waited, finger on lip, 10 words failed the chieftains, and counsel they gave no more. 1 Addidit quoque Job, assumens parabolam suam, et dixit: 2

Quis mihi tribuat ut sim juxta menses pristinos,
secundum dies quibus Deus custodiebat me?
3
Quando splendebat lucerna ejus super caput meum,
et ad lumen ejus ambulabam in tenebris:
4
sicut fui in diebus adolescentiæ meæ,
quando secreto Deus erat in tabernaculo meo:
5
quando erat Omnipotens mecum,
et in circuitu meo pueri mei:
6
quando lavabam pedes meos butyro,
et petra fundebat mihi rivos olei:
7
quando procedebam ad portam civitatis,
et in platea parabant cathedram mihi.
8
Videbant me juvenes, et abscondebantur:
et senes assurgentes stabant.
9
Principes cessabant loqui,
et digitum superponebant ori suo.
10
Vocem suam cohibebant duces,
et lingua eorum gutturi suo adhærebat.
11 ὅτι οὖς ἤκουσεν καὶ ἐμακάρισέν με ὀφθαλμὸς δὲ ἰδών με ἐξέκλινεν 12 διέσωσα γὰρ πτωχὸν ἐκ χειρὸς δυνάστου καὶ ὀρφανῷ ᾧ οὐκ ἦν βοηθός ἐβοήθησα 13 εὐλογία ἀπολλυμένου ἐ{P'} ἐμὲ ἔλθοι στόμα δὲ χήρας με εὐλόγησεν 14 δικαιοσύνην δὲ ἐνεδεδύκειν ἠμφιασάμην δὲ κρίμα ἴσα διπλοΐδι 15 ὀφθαλμὸς ἤμην τυφλῶν ποὺς δὲ χωλῶν 16 ἐγὼ ἤμην πατὴρ ἀδυνάτων δίκην δέ ἣν οὐκ ᾔδειν ἐξιχνίασα 17 συνέτριψα δὲ μύλας ἀδίκων ἐκ δὲ μέσου τῶν ὀδόντων αὐτῶν ἅρπαγμα ἐξέσπασα 11 None heard the fame of me then, but called me a happy man; none watched my doings then, but spoke in my praise. 12 Poor man nor helpless orphan cried to me in vain; 13 how they blessed me, souls reprieved from instant peril; with what comfort the widow’s heart rejoiced! 14 Dutiful observance was still the vesture I wore, my robe and crown integrity; 15 in me, the blind found sight, the lame strength, 16 the poor a father. None so ready to give the stranger’s cause a hearing, 17 break open the fangs of the wrong-doer and snatch the prey from his teeth. 11
Auris audiens beatificabat me,
et oculus videns testimonium reddebat mihi:
12
eo quod liberassem pauperem vociferantem,
et pupillum cui non esset adjutor.
13
Benedictio perituri super me veniebat,
et cor viduæ consolatus sum.
14
Justitia indutus sum,
et vestivi me, sicut vestimento et diademate, judicio meo.
15
Oculus fui cæco, et pes claudo.
16
Pater eram pauperum,
et causam quam nesciebam diligentissime investigabam.
17
Conterebam molas iniqui,
et de dentibus illius auferebam prædam.
18 εἶπα δέ ἡ ἡλικία μου γηράσει ὥσπερ στέλεχος φοίνικος πολὺν χρόνον βιώσω 19 ἡ ῥίζα μου διήνοικται ἐπὶ ὕδατος καὶ δρόσος αὐλισθήσεται ἐν τῷ θερισμῷ μου 20 ἡ δόξα μου καινὴ με{T'} ἐμοῦ καὶ τὸ τόξον μου ἐν χειρὶ αὐτοῦ πορεύσεται 21 ἐμοῦ ἀκούσαντες προσέσχον ἐσιώπησαν δὲ ἐπὶ τῇ ἐμῇ βουλῇ 22 ἐπὶ δὲ τῷ ἐμῷ ῥήματι οὐ προσέθεντο περιχαρεῖς δὲ ἐγίνοντο ὁπόταν αὐτοῖς ἐλάλουν 23 ὥσπερ γῆ διψῶσα προσδεχομένη τὸν ὑετόν οὕτως οὗτοι τὴν ἐμὴν λαλιάν 24 ἐὰν γελάσω πρὸς αὐτούς οὐ μὴ πιστεύσωσιν καὶ φῶς τοῦ προσώπου μου οὐκ ἀπέπιπτεν 25 ἐξελεξάμην ὁδὸν αὐτῶν καὶ ἐκάθισα ἄρχων καὶ κατεσκήνουν ὡσεὶ βασιλεὺς ἐν μονοζώνοις ὃν τρόπον παθεινοὺς παρακαλῶν 18 Here, thought I, I have built myself a nest to die in; here, like some palm-tree, I shall defy the years, 19 palm-tree that spreads out its roots to the river-bank, on whose leaves lodges the dew; 20 my fame never diminishing, never worn out the bow I bear. 21 How eagerly men hung upon my words, intent to learn what counsel I would give, 22 nor ventured to speak when I had done! A gracious influence my words fell, 23 like autumn rain or the spring showers on lips athirst. 24 Were they faint-hearted, they found me smiling still, and the encouragement of my glance never failed them. 25 Deigned I to be their leader, the first place was mine; yet ever when I sat like a king with his retinue about him, I would comfort the mourner’s tears. 18
Dicebamque: In nidulo meo moriar,
et sicut palma multiplicabo dies.
19
Radix mea aperta est secus aquas,
et ros morabitur in messione mea.
20
Gloria mea semper innovabitur,
et arcus meus in manu mea instaurabitur.
21
Qui me audiebant, expectabant sententiam,
et intenti tacebant ad consilium meum.
22
Verbis meis addere nihil audebant,
et super illos stillabat eloquium meum.
23
Expectabant me sicut pluviam,
et os suum aperiebant quasi ad imbrem serotinum.
24
Siquando ridebam ad eos, non credebant:
et lux vultus mei non cadebat in terram.
25
Si voluissem ire ad eos, sedebam primus:
cumque sederem quasi rex, circumstante exercitu,
eram tamen mœrentium consolator.
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