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Bvt Iob answered, and sayd,
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Heare diligently my wordes, and this shalbe in stead of your consolations.
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Suffer mee, that I may speake, and when I haue spoken, mocke on.
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Doe I direct my talke to man?
If it were so, how should not my spirit be troubled?
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Marke mee, and be abashed, and lay your hand vpon your mouth.
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Euen when I remember, I am afrayde, and feare taketh hold on my flesh.
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Wherefore do the wicked liue, and waxe olde, and grow in wealth?
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Their seede is established in their sight with them, and their generation before their eyes.
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Their houses are peaceable without feare, and the rod of God is not vpon them.
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Their bullocke gendreth, and fayleth not: their cow calueth, and casteth not her calfe.
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They send forth their children like sheepe, and their sonnes dance.
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They take the tabret & harpe, and reioyce in the sound of the organs.
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They spend their dayes in wealth, and suddenly they go downe to the graue.
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They say also vnto God, Depart fro vs: for we desire not the knowledge of thy wayes.
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Who is the Almightie, that we should serue him?
and what profit should we haue, if we should pray vnto him?
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Lo, their wealth is not in their hand: therfore let the counsell of the wicked bee farre from me.
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How oft shal the candle of the wicked be put out?
and their destruction come vpon them?
he wil deuide their liues in his wrath.
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They shall be as stubble before the winde, and as chaffe that the storme carieth away.
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God wil lay vp the sorowe of the father for his children: when he rewardeth him, hee shall knowe it.
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His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drinke of the wrath of the Almightie.
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For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the nomber of his moneths is cut off?
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Shall any teache God knowledge, who iudgeth the hiest things?
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One dyeth in his full strength, being in all ease and prosperitie.
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His breasts are full of milke, and his bones runne full of marowe.
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And another dieth in the bitternes of his soule, and neuer eateth with pleasure.
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They shal sleepe both in the dust, & the wormes shal couer them.
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Behold, I know your thoughts, and the enterprises, wherewith ye do me wrong.
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For ye say, Where is the princes house?
& where is the tabernacle of the wickeds dwelling?
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May ye not aske the that go by the way?
and ye can not deny their signes.
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But the wicked is kept vnto the day of destruction, and they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
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Who shal declare his way to his face?
& who shal reward him for that he hath done?
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Yet shal he be brought to the graue, & remaine in the heape.
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The slimie valley shalbe sweete vnto him, and euery man shal draw after him, as before him there were innumerable.
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How then comfort ye me in vaine, seeing in your answeres there remaine but lyes?