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Loe, mine eye hath seene all this: mine eare hath heard, and vnderstande it.
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I knowe also as much as you knowe: I am not inferiour vnto you.
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But I will speake to the Almightie, and I desire to dispute with God.
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For in deede ye forge lyes, and all you are physitions of no value.
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Oh, that you woulde holde your tongue, that it might be imputed to you for wisedome!
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Nowe heare my disputation, and giue eare to the arguments of my lips.
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Will ye speake wickedly for Gods defence, and talke deceitfully for his cause?
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Will ye accept his person?
or will ye contende for God?
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Is it well that he shoulde seeke of you?
will you make a lye for him, as one lyeth for a man?
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He will surely reprooue you, if ye doe secretly accept any person.
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Shall not his excellencie make you afraid?
and his feare fall vpon you?
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Your memories may be compared vnto ashes, and your bodyes to bodyes of clay.
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Holde your tongues in my presence, that I may speake, and let come vpon what will.
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Wherefore doe I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my soule in mine hande?
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Loe, though he slay me, yet will I trust in him, and I will reprooue my wayes in his sight.
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He shalbe my saluation also: for the hypocrite shall not come before him.
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Heare diligently my wordes, and marke my talke.
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Beholde nowe: if I prepare me to iudgement, I knowe that I shalbe iustified.
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Who is he, that will pleade with me?
for if I nowe holde my tongue, I dye.
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But doe not these two things vnto me: then will I not hide my selfe from thee.
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Withdrawe thine hande from me, and let not thy feare make me afraide.
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Then call thou, and I will answere: or let me speake, and answere thou me.
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Howe many are mine iniquities & sinnes?
shewe me my rebellion, and my sinne.
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Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and takest me for thine enemie?
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Wilt thou breake a leafe driuen to and fro?
and wilt thou pursue the drie stubble?
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For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possesse the iniquities of my youth.
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Thou puttest my feete also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly vnto all my pathes, and makest the print thereof in ye heeles of my feet.
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Such one consumeth like a rotten thing, and as a garment that is motheaten.