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Man that is borne of woman, is of short continuance, and full of trouble.
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He shooteth foorth as a flowre, and is cut downe: he vanisheth also as a shadowe, and continueth not.
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And yet thou openest thine eyes vpon such one, and causest me to enter into iudgement with thee.
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Who can bring a cleane thing out of filthinesse?
there is not one.
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Are not his dayes determined?
the nober of his moneths are with thee: thou hast appointed his boundes, which he can not passe.
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Turne from him that he may cease vntill his desired day, as an hyreling.
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For there is hope of a tree, if it bee cut downe, that it will yet sproute, and the branches thereof will not cease.
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Though the roote of it waxe olde in the earth, & the stocke thereof be dead in ye ground,
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Yet by the sent of water it will bud, and bring foorth boughes like a plant.
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But man is sicke, and dyeth, and man perisheth, and where is he?
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As the waters passe from the sea, and as the flood decayeth and dryeth vp,
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So man sleepeth and riseth not: for hee shall not wake againe, nor be raised from his sleepe till the heauen be no more.
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Oh that thou wouldest hide me in the graue, and keepe me secret, vntill thy wrath were past, and wouldest giue me terme, and remember me.
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If a man die, shall he liue againe?
All the dayes of mine appointed time will I waite, till my changing shall come.
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Thou shalt call me, and I shall answere thee: thou louest the worke of thine own hands.
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But nowe thou nombrest my steppes, and doest not delay my sinnes.
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Mine iniquitie is sealed vp, as in a bagge, and thou addest vnto my wickednesse.
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And surely as the mountaine that falleth, commeth to nought, and the rocke that is remooued from his place:
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As the water breaketh the stones, when thou ouerflowest the things which growe in the dust of ye earth: so thou destroyest ye hope of man.
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Thou preuailest alway against him, so that he passeth away: he changeth his face when thou castest him away.
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And he knoweth not if his sonnes shall be honourable, neither shall he vnderstand concerning them, whether they shalbe of lowe degree,
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But while his flesh is vpon him, he shall be sorowfull, and while his soule is in him, it shal mourne.