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Then Iob answered, and sayde,
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In deede because that ye are the people onely, wisedome must dye with you.
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But I haue vnderstanding aswel as you, and am not inferior vnto you: yea, who knoweth not such things?
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I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth vpon God, and he heareth him: the iust and the vpright is laughed to scorne.
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Hee that is readie to fall, is as a lampe despised in the opinion of the riche.
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The tabernacles of robbers doe prosper, and they are in safetie, that prouoke God, whome God hath enriched with his hand.
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Aske now the beasts, and they shall teach thee, and the foules of the heauen, and they shall tell thee:
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Or speake to the earth, and it shall shewe thee: or the fishes of the sea, and they shall declare vnto thee.
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Who is ignorant of all these, but that the hande of the Lord hath made these?
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In whose hande is the soule of euery liuing thing, and the breath of all mankinde.
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Doeth not the eares discerne the words?
and the mouth taste meate for it selfe?
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Among the ancient is wisedome, and in the length of dayes is vnderstanding.
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With him is wisedome and strength: he hath counsell and vnderstanding.
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Beholde, he will breake downe, and it can not be built: he shutteth a man vp, and he can not be loosed.
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Beholde, he withholdeth the waters, and they drie vp: but when he sendeth them out, they destroy the earth.
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With him is strength and wisedome: hee that is deceiued, and that deceiueth, are his.
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He causeth the counsellers to goe as spoyled, and maketh the iudges fooles.
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He looseth the collar of Kings, and girdeth their loynes with a girdle.
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He leadeth away the princes as a pray, and ouerthroweth the mightie.
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He taketh away the speach from the faithfull counsellers, and taketh away the iudgement of the ancient.
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He powreth contempt vpon princes, and maketh the strength of the mightie weake.
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He discouereth the deepe places from their darkenesse, and bringeth foorth the shadowe of death to light.
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He increaseth the people, and destroyeth them: he inlargeth the nations, and bringeth them in againe.
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He taketh away the heartes of the that are the chiefe ouer the people of the earth, & maketh them to wander in the wildernes out of the way.
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They grope in the darke without light: and he maketh the to stagger like a drunken ma.