Foreword

         The book of Job in the canons contain the speeches of the three friends of Job and those of Job in responds, with a short narration leading up to these, written by one of these three friends namely Eliphaz.  And it contains the abusive speech of the beast, or the Satan which he spoke through the mouth of a fourth person there namely Elihu.

        As then the Lord censures the three friends, He does not forgive Elihu for his words which won him his condemnation. This book then is called "The testament of Job," a narration by Job to his children at the end of his life. This testament, or narration of Job was written by his brother Nereus, and he mentions having also  written the hymns of the three daughters of Job leaving them for record.  But as far as I know that has not survived the years, or if so, we have no knowledge of it.

Testament of JOB   TO INDEX

The book of the words of Job, the one called Jobab

      Chapter 1

1. On the day when having fallen ill, he began to settle his affairs,  and he called his seven sons and three daughters whose names are Tersi, Choros, Hyon, Nike, Phoros, Phiphe, Phrouon, and Hemera, Kasia, and  Amaltheia's horn.

2. And having called them he said; "Gather around me my children that  I may tell you the things which the Lord did to me.

3. I am your father Job fully engaged in endurance, and you are a chosen and honored race from the seed of Jacob by your mother, for I am of the sons of Esau, the brother of Jacob.

4. So hear me my children, and I will show you the things that have befallen me.

5. I used to be called Jobab before the Lord renamed me Job, and I lived near an idols temple where I constantly saw burnt offerings being made.

6. And I began to reason in myself saying; Is this truly the God who made the heaven, earth and sea, and our very selves? How shall I know.

7.  And one night as I was in bed, a loud voice came to me in a very bright light saying; "Jobab, Jobab." And I said; "Here am I." And He said;

8.  “Arise and I will show you who this is whom you wish to know, the one to whom they are bringing offerings is not God, but rather the power of the devil by whom the nature of men is deceived."

9. And hearing these things I fell on my bed and said; "My Lord who came for the salvation of my soul I pray Thee, if this is indeed the place of Satan then grant me authority to go and purge this place that I may put an end to these offerings for him, for who is there to forbid me since I rule this region."

10. Then the light answered me; "You shall indeed be able to purge this place, but I am going to show you all that the Lord charged me to tell you. "

11. And I said; "Whatsoever He has charged me His servant, I will hear and do; And again He said; Thus says the Lord;

12. If you attempt to purge this place of Satan he will rise against you in wrath for battle, but he will be unable to bring death on you. But he will bring many plagues, and take away your goods, and carry off your children.

13. But if you are patient I will make your name renowned in all generations of the earth till the consummation of time, and I will return you to your goods in double measure, so you may know that God is impartial, and does good to all who obey Him.

14. And you shall be raised up in the resurrection, for you will be like an athlete enduring pain as well as winning a crown, then you will know that the Lord is just and true and strong, giving strength to His elect ones."

15. And I my children replied to Him; "Till death I will endure, I will not step back at all."

16. Then after having been sealed by the angel, He having left, I arose the next night taking fifty youths with me, and struck down the temple of the idol, leveling it to the ground.

17. And I withdrew into my house having ordered the doors to be secured.

 

     Chapter 2 

      Satan's reply.

1. And now listen and marvel my children, for as soon as I entered my house having the doors secured, I charged my door maid thus;

2. If anyone seeks me today give no report, but say; he has no time for he is inside concerned with an urgent matter.

3. So while I was inside, Satan knocked at the door having disguised himself as a beggar, and said to the door maid; "Tell Job I wish to meet with him."

4. When therefore the door maid told me this, she heard from me to report that I had no time just now, and Satan hearing this, he departed, and putting on a yoke on his shoulders, he came and said to the door maid; "Say to Job; give me a loaf of bread from your hand so I may eat."

5. I then gave to the girl a burned loaf of bread to give to him with the words; expect not to eat my loaves any longer for you are estranged from me.

6. But the girl being ashamed to give him the burned loaf, took her own good loaf and gave it to him instead.

7. But receiving it, he knew what had occurred and said to the girl; "Off with you evil servant, bring me the loaf of bread that was given you to give to me."

8. The girl then wept with deep grief saying; "Indeed you have spoken rightly that I am an evil servant, for if I were not, I would have done as I was assigned to by my master."

9. And returning to him she brought him the burned loaf of bread saying; "Thus says my lord, you shall no longer eat from my loaves, for I have been estranged from you, yet I am giving you this loaf that I may not be accused of providing nothing for a begging enemy."

10. And he hearing these things sent the girl back to me saying' "As this loaf of bread is fully burned so shall I do to your body also, for within the hour I will depart and devastate you."

11. And I replied to him; "Do what you will, for if you intent to bring anything on me, I am prepared to undergo whatever you inflict."

12. After having withdrawn from me then he went out under the firmament to implore the Lord that he might receive authority over my goods.

13. Then when he had received authority, he came and took away all my wealth. 

 

    Chapter 3

     Job's wealth and generosity.

1. I now will show you all the things which have befallen me, for I used to have 130.000 sheep, 7000 of which I designated to be sheared for the clothing of orphans and widows and the poor and helpless.

2. And I had a pack of 80 dogs guarding my flocks, and also 200 other dogs guarding the house.

3. And I used to have 9000 camels from which I choose 3000 to go to every city loaded with good things charging them to distribute to the helpless and destitute, and to all the widows.

4. And I used to have 140.000 she-asses from which I marked off 500 as a standing order for their offspring to be sold and given to the poor and needy.

5. From all regions people began coming to me for a meeting, the four doors of my house always being open.

6. And I gave a standing order to my house servants that these doors should always stand open, with this in mind that as some came to ask for alms, and seeing me at the door, that they might possibly turn back ashamed leaving with nothing.

7. Therefore if they saw me at one door they could instead enter or leave by another door and take as much as they needed.

8. I established in my house 30 tables spread at all hours for strangers only, and I used to maintain 12 other tables set for the widows.

9. And when any stranger approached to ask alms, he was required to be fed at my table before he would receive his need, nor did I allow anyone to leave empty handed.

10. I used to have 3500 yoke of oxen from which I designated 500 for plowing which they could do in any field of those that could use them.

11. And I marked off their produce for the poor for their table, and I had 50 bakeries from which I arranged for the service of the tables.

12. Also, there were certain strangers, who in seeing my eagerness they too desired to assist, and still others, at the time being without resources to invest, came and entreated me saying;

13. May we also assist in this service, we owe nothing, nevertheless show us mercy, and lend us money so we may leave for distant cities on business, and contribute to the service of the poor, and afterwards we repay you.

14. And I hearing these things would rejoice that they would take anything at all from me for the care of the poor, and receiving their note eagerly, I would give them as much as they wished taking no security except a written note, so they might go at my expense.

15. At times they would succeed and give to the poor, at other times they would be robbed, and say; we beg you be patient with us, allow us to find a way to repay you.

16. But I without delay would bring forth the note and reading it grant cancellation, and as a crowning feature say; Since I trusted you for the benefit of the poor I take nothing back from you, nor could I have it in my heart to take anything back from a debtor.

17. On occasion one cheerful at heart would come and say; I am not wealthy enough to help the destitute, yet I wish to serve the poor this day at your table.

18. And agreed to, he would serve and eat, but at evening when he was ready to leave for home, he would be compelled to take wages from me, I would say; you are a laborer needing your wages, you must accept, nor did I allow wages for wage-earners to remain with me.

19. Those who milked the cows grew weary since milk flowed in abundance, butter spreading over my roads, and from the abundance my herds bedded down among the rocks and mountains because of the many births.

20. So the mountains washed over with milk and became as butter, and my servants who prepared the meals for the widows and the poor grew tired and would curse me in contempt saying; Who will give us some of his meats to be satisfied.

21. Nonetheless I was quite kind, and I used to have six psalms and a ten stringed lyre, I would rouse myself daily after the feeding of the widows to take the lyre and play for them.

22. And they would chant hymns, and with the psaltery I would remind them of God, so that they might glorify the Lord.

23. And if my maidservants ever began murmuring, I would take up the psaltery and strum as payment in return, thus I would make them stop murmuring in contempt.

24. After the ministry of the service my children taking their supper daily, went to their older brother to dine taking their three sisters, leaving the urgent matters with the maidservants, since my sons also sat at the table with the men who served.

25. I therefore would offer sacrifices early on their behalf according to their number, 300 doves 50 goat kids, and 12 sheep.

26. I issued a standing order for all that remained after the rites to be furnished to the poor, and I would say to them; take these remains so that you may pray on behalf of my children.

27. Perhaps my sons may have sinned before the Lord by boasting and disdain saying; We are sons of this rich man, and these goods are ours, why then do we serve? For pride is an abomination before God.

28. And again I offered up a select calf on the altar of God, lest my sons may have thought evil in their hearts towards God.

 

     Chapter 4 

      Job's losses.

1. As I then was doing these things during the seven years after the angel had made the disclosure to me, Satan, when he had received authority, came down mercilessly.

2. He torched 7000 sheep, the 3000 camels, the 500 she asses, and the 500 yoke of oxen, these all he destroyed by himself in the authority given him against me.

3. The rest of my herds were confiscated by my fellow countrymen who had been well treated by me but now rose up against me, and the reported to me the destruction of my goods, but I glorified God and did not blaspheme.

4. Then the devil having come to know my heart laid a plot against me disguising himself as a king of the Persians, and stood in the city gathering all the worthless in it.

5. And with a boast he spoke to them saying; This man Jobab is the one who destroys all the good things in the earth leaving nothing, he distributes to beggars, the blind, and the lame, and yet it is also he who destroyed the temple of the great god (devils temple), leveling the place of its offerings.

6. Therefore now I will repay him for what he did against the house of god, come and gather spoils for yourselves of all his animals and from whatever he has left on earth.

7. And they answered saying; "He has seven sons and three daughters, they might possibly flee to other lands and plead against us as though we were tyrants, and they rise up against us."

8. So he said; "Have no fear at all, most of his possessions I have already destroyed by fire the others I confiscated, and as for his children, I shall slay them."

9. And having said these things to them he departed and smashed the house down on my children killing them.

10. And my fellow countrymen seeing that what he said truly did happen they pursued and attacked me taking away everything in my house, my eyes watched cheap worthless men at my tables and couches.

11. And I was unable to say a thing since I was exhausted like a woman in her pelvic for the multitude of birth pains, and mostly because I remembered the battle that was foretold by the Lord through His angel, and the song of victory that had been told me.

12. So I became as one wishing to enter a certain city to discover its wealth to gain a portion of its splendor, or as one embarked with cargo on a ship, who at mid sea against the wind seeing the third wave, casts his cargo in the sea saying

13. I am willing to loose everything in order to enter this city so I might gain both the ship and things better than the payload.

14. Thus I considered my goods as nothing compared to my city concerning which the angel spoke to me.

15. And when the final messenger came showing me the loss of my children, I was deeply disturbed, and tearing my garment I said to the one who brought the report "How were you spared?"

16. And having understood what had happened I cried aloud saying; "The Lord gave, the Lord took away, as it seemed good to the Lord so it has happened, blessed be the name of the Lord."

17. Then when all my goods were gone, Satan concluded that he was unable to provoke me to contempt and left to ask of the Lord power over my body to inflict plagues upon it.

18. And the Lord gave me over into his hands to be used as he wished with respect to my body, for He did not give him authority over my soul.

19. Then he came to me while I was sitting on my throne mourning the loss of my children, and he became like a whirlwind overturning my throne, and I was under my throne for three hours unable to escape, and he struck me with a severe plague from head to toe.

20. I my great trouble and distress then I left the city and sat on a trash heap worm-ridden and discharging from my body wetting the ground with my moisture

21. Many worms were in my body, and if ever one sprang off I would take it up and return it to its place saying; Stay in the place where you were put until directed otherwise by your Commander.

 

     Chapter 5.

      Sitis, Job's wife.

1. I spend twenty years on the dung heap outside the city under the plague, with my own eyes I saw my wife carrying water into the house of a certain nobleman as a maidservant so she might get bread and bring it to me.

2. I was stunned and said; "The gall of these city fathers! How can they treat my wife like a female slave?" But after this I regained my senses. 

3. After eleven years they even kept bread from me, barely allowing my to have her own food, and as she did she would divide it between herself and me saying with pain; Woe is me, soon he will not get enough bread.

4. She would not hesitate to go out into the market to beg for bread, to bring it to me so I could eat.

5. And when Satan knew this he disguised himself as a bread seller, and it happened by chance that my wife went to him begging bread thinking he was a man.

6. And he said to her; "Pay the price and take as you like." And she answered; "Where would I get money? Are you unaware of the evils that have befallen us? If you have pity on me show mercy, but if not. You shall see."

7. And he said; "Unless you deserved the evils you would not have received them in return, if therefore you have no money offer me the hair of your head and take three loaves of bread perhaps you might live for three more days."

8. Then she contemplated what good is my hair compared to my hungry husband, and so showing disdain for her hair, she said to him; "Go ahead take it."

9. He then took scissors and sheared off the hair of her head and gave her three loaves while everyone looked on.

10. And having the loaves she brought them to me while Satan followed her along the road stealthily leading her heart astray, and drawing near crying in tears she said to me'

11. "Job Job, how long will you sit on this heap thinking only a little longer, awaiting the hope of your salvation? As for me, I am a vagabond and maidservant going round from place to place.

12. Your memorial has been wiped away from the earth, I toiled in vain with hardship for my sons and my daughters, and here you sit in worm infested rottenness passing the night in the open air.

13. And I for my part am a wretch immersed in labor night and day just so I might provide a loaf of bread and bring it to you, any more, and I barely receive my own food.

14. And that I divide between you and me wondering in my heart that it is not bad enough for you to be ill, but neither do you get your fill of bread.

15. So I ventured unashamed into the market, though I was pierced in my heart to do so, and the bread seller said; Give money and you shall receive, but I showed him our problem.

16.  Then I heard from him; If you have no money woman - pay with the hair of your head and take three loaves perhaps you will live for three more days.

17.  And being remiss, I said to him; go ahead cut my hair. So he arose and cut my hair disgracefully in the market while the crowd stood by and marveled.

        Lament for Sitis.

18. Who will not be amazed that this is Sitis, the wife of Job who used to have 14 draperies sheltering her chambers, and a door within doors so that one was considered quite worthy merely to gain admission to her presence, but now she exchanges her hair for loaves of bread.

19. Whose camels loaded with good things used to go off into the regions of the poor, now she gives her hair in return for bread.

20. Look at her who used to keep seven tables reserved at her house at which the poor and aliens used to eat, now she sells her hair outright for loaves.

21. Behold, one who used to have a foot basin of gold and silver, and now she goes along by foot, and even her hair she gives in exchange for bread.

22. Observe, this is she who used to have clothing woven from fine linen with gold, but now she bears rags and gives her hair in exchange for loaves.

23. Look at her who used to own couches of gold and silver, but now she sells her hair for loaves.

24. Job, Job, although many things have been said in general I speak to you in brief, in the weakness of my heart, my bones are crushed.

25.  Rise take the loaves, be satisfied, and then speak some word against the Lord and die, then I too shall be freed from weariness that issues from the pain of your body."

26.  So I answered her; "Behold, I have lived seventeen years in these plagues submitting to worms in my body, but my soul has never been so depressed by pain as much as by your statement, speak some words against the Lord and die.

27. I indeed suffer these things, and you suffer them too, the loss both of our children and our goods, do you then suggest we should do something against the Lord to alienate us from the truly great wealth?

28.  Why not remember the many good things we used to have, for if we received good things from the Lord, should we not also endure evil things? Let us rather be patient then till the Lord in pity shows us mercy.

29.  Do you not see the devil standing behind you unsettling your reasoning so he might deceive me too? For he seeks to make an exhibit of you as one of the senseless women who misguide their husbands sincerity."

 

     Chapter 6

       Job's triumph.

1. And turning to Satan who was behind my wife I said; "Come, stop hiding yourself, does a lion show his strength in a cage, or a fledgling take flight in a basket? Come out and fight.

2. Then he came from behind my wife, and as he stood, he wept and said; "Look Job, I am weary and withdraw from you, even though you are flesh  and I am spirit.

3. You suffer a plague, but I am in deep distress, I became like an athlete wrestling another, and one pinned down the other, the upper one silenced the lower one by filling his mouth sand and bruising his limbs.

4. But because he showed endurance, and not grew weary, at the end the upper one cried out in defeat, so you also Job were the one, and in a plague, but you conquered my wrestling tactics which I brought on you.

5. Then the Satan ashamed, left me for three years, you my children must also be patient in everything that happens to you, for patience is better than anything.

     Job’s friends arrive.

6. Then after having spend twenty years under the plague, the kings having heard what had happen to me, they arose and came to me from their countries that they might encourage me with a visit.

7. But as they approached from a distance - they did not recognize me, and cried out and wept tearing their garments and throwing dust.

8. Then they sat beside me for seven days and nights with not one of them speaking to me, and this was not for their patience that they were silent, but because they knew me before these evils when I lived in lavish wealth.

9. For when I used to bring out to them the precious stones, they would marvel clapping their hands and say;

10. If the goods of our kingdoms were gathered into one place, they would not equal the glorious stones of your kingdom, for I was more noble than those of the east.

11. But they came to Ausitis asking in the city Where is Jobab the king of all Egypt? And they said concerning me; He sits on a dung heap outside the city and has not returned for twenty years.

12. Then they asked about my goods, and they showed them what had befallen me, and they hearing this left the city together with the citizens, they showing me to them.

13. But they contended that I was not Jobab, they still being quite in doubt, then Eliphaz, king of the Temanites turned to me and said

14. "Are you Jobab our fellow king?" And I wept nodding my head, and throwing dust on it, and said to them, "Indeed I am."

15. And when they saw me nodding my head, they dropped to the ground in faint, and their troops were disturbed at seeing their three kings collapse as if dead for three hours.

16. Then they arose saying to one another; we do not believe that this is he, so they sat for seven days reviewing my affairs, recalling my herds and goods saying

17. We knew about all the good things sent out by him into the cities and surrounding villages to be distributed to the poor, beside all that was established in his house, how then has he now fallen into such a deadly state?

18. Then after seven days of such considerations, Eliphaz spoke up and said to his fellow kings "Let us approach him and question him carefully to see if he is really himself or not."

19. But since they were about a half stadia distant from me because of the stench of my body they arose and approached me with perfumes in their hands, while their soldiers come along scattering incense around me in order to approach me.

20.  So they spend three days spreading incense, and having come near Eliphaz spoke to me saying

21. "Are you Jobab our fellow king, the one who once had vast splendor, the one who was like the sun by day in all the land, and like the moon and stars that shine at midnight?"

22. And I said to him; "I am indeed." Then Eliphaz after having wept with loud wailing, he sang a royal lament while both the other kings and their troops sang in response.

 

     Chapter 7

     Eliphaz’s song of lament for Job

1. Are you the one who appointed 7000 sheep for the clothing of the poor,, where now is the splendor of your throne?

2. Are you the one who appointed 300 camels for the transport of goods to the needy, when now the is the splendor of your throne?

3. Are you the one who appointed a thousand cattle for the needy to use when plowing, where then is the splendor of your throne?

4. Are you the one who had golden couches, who now sits on a dung heap, where now is the splendor of your throne?

5. Are you the one who had a throne of precious stones, but now sits in ashes, where now is the splendor of your throne?

6. Who opposed you when you were in the midst of your children? For you were blooming as a sprout of a fragrant fruit tree, now where is the splendor of your throne?

7. Are you the one who established sixty tables set for the poor, where now is the splendor of your throne?

8. Are you the one who had the censers of the fragrant assembly, but now you live amidst foul stench?

9. Are you the one who had golden lamps on silver stands, but now you await the light of the moon, where now is the splendor of your throne?

10. Are you the one who had the ointment of frankincense, but now you are in trouble?

11. Are you the one who jeered at the unjust and sinners, but now you have become a joke, where now is the splendor of your throne?

12. Are you Jobab the one who had vast splendor, and where now is the splendor of your throne?

       Job's affirmation.

13. And after Eliphaz finished his wailing while his fellow kings responded to him in great commotion, after the uproar died down I said to him;

14. "Quiet now and I will show you my throne with the splendor of its majesty - which is among the holy ones.

15. My throne is in the upper world, and its splendor and majesty come from the right hand of the Father.

16. The whole world will pass away, and its splendor shall fade, and who heed it shall share in its overthrow.

17. But my throne is in the holy land, and its splendor in the world of the changeless One.

18.  Rivers will run dry, and the arrogance of their waves go down into  the depths of the abyss, but the rivers of my land, where my throne is, do not dry-up, nor will they disappear, but exist forever.

19. These kings will pass away, rulers will come and go, their splendor and boast shall be as in a mirror, but my kingdom is forever and ever, and its splendor and majesty are in the chariots of the Father."

       Eliphaz takes it as an insult.

20. And as I was saying these things to silence them, Eliphaz became angry and said to his other friends;

21. "What good has it done that we have come here with our armies to comfort him? Look how he accuses us, let us then go back to our own countries.

22. Here he sits in misery of worms and foul odors, and yet is piqued at us, kingdoms pass away and so do their kings, but as for my kingdom, he says, it shall last forever."

23. So Eliphaz arising with great consternation turned away in deep sadness and said; "I am leaving, we came to cheer him, and yet he demeans us in the presence of our troops."

 

     Chapter 8

      Baldad to test Job's sanity.

1. Then Baldad held him and said; "One should not speak that way to a man who is not only in mourning but also beset by many plagues.

2. For note, we although healthy, were not strong enough to approach him for the foul stench except by much perfume.

3. You Eliphaz, have you forgotten how you were when you fell ill for two days? Let us then be patient so we may discover his true condition, perhaps he is emotionally disturbed.

4. Perhaps he recalls his former prosperity, having become mentally unstable, for who would not be driven senseless and imbalance when he is sick? Allow me to approach him and determine his condition."

5. Then Baldad arose and approached me saying; "Are you Jobab?" And I said; "Yes." And he said; "Is your heart untroubled?" And I said;

6. "My heart is not fixed on earthly concerns since the earth and those who dwell in it are unstable, but my heart is fixed on heavenly concerns, for there is no upheaval in heaven."

7. And Baldad replied; "We know the earth is unstable, since of course it changes from time to time, sometimes it steers an even course being at peace, and there are times of war.

8. But as for heaven, we hear that it stays calm, but if you are truly sound of mind, I will ask you about something, and if you answer me sensibly on the first question, I will ask you on another matter.

9. And if you answer me calmly it will be clear that you are not emotionally disturbed. So he said;

10. In whom do you hope?" And I said; "In the God who lives." And again he said; "Who destroyed your goods, and inflicted you with these plagues?" And I said; "God."

11. And he replied; "You hope on God, yet how then do you reckon Him to be unfair by inflicting you with all these plagues, and destroying your goods?

12. If He were to give and then take away it would have been better for Him not to have given anything, for at no time does a king dishonor the soldier who bears arms for him well.

13. Or who will ever understand the deep things of God and His wisdom? Who dares to ascribe to the Lord an injustice? Answer me this Job.

14. And again I say to you, if you are sound of mind having your wits about you, tell me why do you see the sun rising in the east, and setting in the west, and again when we get up early we again find it to rise in the east? Explain these things to me if you are the servant of God?"

15. And to all this I said; "I do have my wits about me, and my mind is sound, why then should I not speak on the magnificent things of the Lord?

16. Or should my mouth utterly fail regarding the Master? No never! Who are we to busy ourselves with heavenly matters, seeing we are but flesh having our lot in dust and ashes?

17. But so you may know that my heart is sound, here is my question for you; Food enters the mouth, then water is drunk through the same mouth and passes through the same throat, but whenever the two reach the latrine they are separated from each other, who divides them?"

18. And Baldad said; "I do not know." And I replied; "If you do not understand the functions of the body, how then will you understand heavenly matters?" 

 

      Chapter 9 

     Sophar offers help.

1. Then Sophar replied and said; "we are not inquiring after things beyond us, but we have sought to know if you are sound of mind.

2. And now that we know that your intelligence has been unaffected, what then do you wish us to do for you?

3. Since we are traveling, we have brought with us the physicians of our three kingdoms, do you wish to be treated by them, perhaps you will find relief?"

4. But I answered saying; "My healing and my treatment are from the Lord who also created the physicians."

     Sitis comes to them.

5. And while I was saying these things to them, my wife Sitis arrived in tattered garments fleeing from the servitude of the officials which she served, since he had forbidden her to leave lest the fellow kings see her and seize her.

6. And when she came, she threw herself at their feet and said weeping; "Do you remember me Eliphaz, you and your two friends what sort of person I used to be among you, and how I used to dress, but now look at my debut and my attire."

7. Then, when they had made great lamentation and were doubly exhausted, they fell silent, and Eliphaz took his purple robe and put it around my wife.

8. But she began to beg them saying; "I plead with you, order your soldiers to dig through the ruins of the house that fell on my children so that at least their bones might be preserved as a memorial, since we cannot because of the expense.

9. Let us see them if only their bones, have I the womb of cattle or of a wild animal that my ten children have died and I have not arranged the burial of a single one of them?"

10. And they left to dig, but I forbade them saying; "Do not trouble yourselves in vain, for you will not find my children since they were taken up into heaven by the Creator their King."

11. Then again they answered and said "But now who will not say that you are demented and mad, when you say; My children have been taken up into heaven. Tell us the truth."

12. And I replied; "Lift me up so I can stand erect." And they lifted me up supporting my arms on both sides.

13. And standing up, I sang praises to the Father, and after the prayer I said to them; "Look up with your eyes to the east, and see my children crowned with the splendor of the heavenly One."

14. And when Sitis my wife saw that, she fell to the ground worshipping and said; "Now I know that I have a memorial with the Lord, so I shall arise and return to the city, and nap a while refreshing myself before my duties of my servitude."

15. And when she had left for the city, she went up to one of the cow sheds of her oxen, and laid down near a certain manger, and died in good spirits.

16. And when her domineering ruler sought her but could not find her, at evening he went into the folds of herds and found her laying dead.

17. And all who saw her cried out in an uproar of lament over her, the sound of which reached through the whole city.

18. And rushing in to discover what had happened they found her dead, with the living animals standing near weeping over her.

19. And so, bearing her in procession they attended to her burial, locating her near the house that collapsed on her children.

20. And the poor of the city made great lamentation saying; Look this is Sitis the woman of pride and splendor, she was not even considered worthy of a decent burial.

21. So then you will find in the "Miscellanies" the lament made for her.

 

     Chapter 10 

      Elihu's insult.

1. After these things, Eliphaz and the rest sat beside me arguing and talking big against me, and after twenty seven days when they were about to arise and return to their countries, they were implored by Elihu saying;

2. "Stay a while till I clarify this issue for him, you held on quite some time while Job boasted himself to be a just man.

3. But I will not hold back, for from the start I Too made lamentations for him remembering his former prosperity.

4. But now here he speaks out in boastful grandeur saying he has his throne in heaven. So listen to me now and I will tell you about his imaginary estate."

5. Then Elihu inspired by Satan spoke insulting words against me, which are written in; "The miscellanies of Eliphaz." (Book of Job).

6. And after Elihu ended his arrogant speech, the Lord appeared plainly to me in a hurricane and clouds, and spoke censuring Elihu, showing me that the one who spoke in him was not human, but a beast.

7. And when the Lord spoke to me through the cloud, the four kings also heard the voice of Him who spoke.

     The Lord censures the kings.

8. And after the Lord had spoken to me, He said to Eliphaz; "You there Eliphaz, you and your two friends, why did you sin?

9. You have not spoken truly regarding My servant Job, arise and have him offer up sacrifices on your behalf so your sins may be taken away, for if not for him I would have destroyed you."

10. So they brought me things for sacrifice, and I took them and made an offering on their behalf, and the Lord received it favorably, forgiving their sins.

11. Then Eliphaz, Baldad, and Zophar knowing that the Lord had shown them favor regarding their sins, but had not considered Elihu worthy, Eliphaz replied and spoke up with a hymn, while the other friends and their troops sang to him in response near the altar.

       Eliphaz hymn.

12. Eliphaz then spoke in this manner; Our sins were stripped off, our lawlessness buried, Elihu, Elihu, the only evil one, he will have no memorial among the living.

13.  His burned-out lamp has lost its luster, the splendor of his lantern will flee from him into condemnation, and the doorkeepers of darkness shall inherit his splendor and majesty.

14. His kingdom is gone, his throne is rotten, the horror of his tent lies in hell, he loved the beauty of the snake, and the scales of the dragon, its venom and poison shall be his food.

15. He did not take to himself the Lord, nor did he fear Him, but even His honored ones he provoked to anger.

16. The Lord has forgotten him, and the holy ones abandoned him, instead wrath and anger shall be his tent, he has no hope in his heart, nor peace in his body, he has the poison of asps in his tongue.

17. Righteous is the Lord, true are His judgments, with Him there is no favoritism, He will judge us all together.

18. Behold, the Lord has come, His holy ones are prepared, while crowns lead the way with praises.

19. Let the holy ones rejoice, let them leap for joy in their hearts, for they have received the splendor they awaited.

20. Gone is our sin, cleansed is our lawlessness, but the evil one Elihu has no memorial among the living.

       Job's restoration.

21. After Eliphaz ended the hymn, and all were singing in response to him and encircling the altar, we arose, entered the city where we now our home, and we made great festivities in the delight of the Lord, Once again I sought to do good works to the poor, and all my friends, and those who had known me as a benefactor came to me.

22. And they asked me; "What do you ask of us now?" And remembering the poor again to do them good, I asked saying;

23. "Let each one give me a lamb for the clothing of the poor that are naked. So then everyone brought a lamb and a gold coin. And the Lord blessed all the goods I owed and doubled my estate.

24. And now my children, behold, I am dying, above all do not forget the Lord, do good to the poor, do not overlook the helpless, do not take to yourself wives from strangers.

25. Behold my children, I am dividing among you everything that is mine, so each one may have unrestricted control over his own share."

 

     Chapter 11 

     Job's inheritance.

1. And they brought forth the estate for distribution among the seven sons, for he did not present any goods to the daughters.

2. And they were grieved saying to their father; Sir, are we not also your children, why then did you not give us also some of your goods?

3. But Job said to them; "Do not be troubled my daughters, I have not forgotten you, but designated for you an inheritance better than your brothers."

4. And having called Hamera he said to her; "Take the signet ring, go to the vault and bring me the three golden boxes so that I may give you your inheritance."

5. And she left and brought them back, and he opened them bringing out three multi-colored cords whose appearance was such that no man could describe them, since they were not from the earth, but from heaven, shimmering with fiery sparks like the rays of the sun.

6.  And he gave each one a cord saying; "Place these about your breast so it may go well with you all the days of your life."

7.  Then the other daughter named Kasia said to him "Father, is this the inheritance which you said was better than that of our brothers? Who has use for these unusual cords, we cannot gain a living from them, can we?"

8. And their father said to them; "Not only shall you gain a living from these, but these will lead you into the better world to live in heaven.

9. Are you then so ignorant my children of the value of these strings? For the Lord considering me worthy of these in the day in which He wished to show me mercy, and rid my body of the plague and worms.

10. He calling me furnished me with these three cords and said; Arise gird your loins like a man, I shall question you, and you shall answer Me.

11. So I took them and put them on, and immediately from that time the worms disappeared from my body, and the plague also.

12. Then my body got strength through the Lord as if I actually had not suffered a thing, I also forget the pains in my heart, and the Lord spoke to me in power, showing me things present and things to come.  

13. Now then my children since you have these objects, you will not have to face the enemy, nor will you have worries of him in your mind.

14. Since it is a protective amulet of the Father, Rise then, gird yourselves with them before I die in order that you may be able to see those who are coming for my soul, in order that you may marvel at the creatures of God."

15. Then Hemera arose and wrapped herself in her own string as her father had said, and she took on another heart, one no longer minded towards earthly things.

16. But she spoke spiritually in the dialect of the angels, sending up a hymn to God in the hymnist style of the angels, and speaking thus, she allowed the Spirit to be inscribed on her garment.

17. Then Kasia bound hers on, and her heart changed so that she no longer regarded worldly things, and her mouth took on the dialect of the Archons.

18. And she praised God for the creation of the heights, so if anyone wishes to know "the creation of heaven," he will be able to find it in the hymn of Kasia.

19.  Then Amaltheia's horn bound on her cord, and she spoke ecstatically in the dialect of those on high, her heart also being changed keeping aloof from worldly things.

20. And she spoke in the dialect of the Cherubim, glorifying the Master of virtues by showing their splendor.

21. And finally whoever wishes to grasp a trace of the parental splendor, will find it written in the "Prayers of Amaltheia’s Horn."

       Job's brother concludes his narrative.

22. After these three had stopped singing hymns, while the Lord was present, I Nereus, brother of Job, and while also the holy angel was present as I sat near Job on the couch, and hearing these magnificent things as each one made explanation to each other.

23. And I wrote out a complete book of most of the contents of these hymns that came from the three daughters of my brother, so that these things might be preserved, for these are the magnificent things of God.

24. And after three days as Job was on his bed without pain or suffering, for on account of the omen of the sash he wore, suffering could no longer touch him.

25. Then he saw those who came for his soul, and rising he took a lyre and gave it to his daughter Hemera, and to Kasia he gave a censer, and to Amaltheia’s Horn he gave a kettle drum, so they might bless those who had come for his soul.

26. And when they took them they saw the gleaming chariots which had come for his soul, and they blessed and glorified God each one in her own distinct dialect.

27. After these things the one who sat in the great chariot got off, and greeted Job, while the three daughters and their father himself looked on, though certain others did not see.

28. And taking the soul he flew up embracing it, and mounted the chariot, and set off for the east.

29. But his body prepared for burial was borne to the tomb as his three daughters went ahead girded about and singing hymns to God.

30. And I Nereus his brother, with the seven sons accompanied by the widows and orphans and all the helpless as we were weeping and saying;

31. "Woe to us today, a double woe, gone is the strength of the helpless, gone is the light of the blind, gone is the father of orphans, gone is the host of strangers, gone is the clothing of the widows, who then will not weep over the man of God?"

32. And as soon as they brought the body to the tomb, all the widows and orphans circled around forbidding it to be brought into the tomb.

33. But after three days they laid him in the tomb, in a beautiful sleep, since he received a name renowned in all generations forever. Amen.