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So Iob proceeded and continued his parable, saying,
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Oh that I were as in times past, when God preserued me!
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When his light shined vpon mine head: and when by his light I walked thorowe the darkenesse,
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As I was in the dayes of my youth: when Gods prouidence was vpon my tabernacle:
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When the almightie was yet with me, and my children round about me.
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When I washed my pathes with butter, & when the rocke powred me out riuers of oyle:
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When I went out to the gate, euen to the iudgement seat, and when I caused them to prepare my seate in the streete.
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The yong men saw me, & hid themselues, and the aged arose, and stood vp.
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The princes stayed talke, and layde their hand on their mouth.
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The voyce of princes was hidde, and their tongue cleaued to the roofe of their mouth.
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And when the eare heard me, it blessed me: and when the eye sawe me, it gaue witnesse to me.
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For I deliuered the poore that cryed, and the fatherlesse, and him that had none to helpe him.
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The blessing of him that was ready to perish, came vpon me, and I caused the widowes heart to reioyce.
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I put on iustice, and it couered me: my iudgement was as a robe, and a crowne.
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I was the eyes to the blinde, and I was the feete to the lame.
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I was a father vnto the poore, and when I knewe not the cause, I sought it out diligently.
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I brake also the chawes of the vnrighteous man, and pluckt the praye out of his teeth.
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Then I sayde, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiplie my dayes as the sand.
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For my roote is spread out by the water, and the dewe shall lye vpon my branche.
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My glory shall renue towarde me, and my bowe shall be restored in mine hand.
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Vnto me men gaue eare, and wayted, and helde their tongue at my counsell.
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After my wordes they replied not, and my talke dropped vpon them.
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And they wayted for me, as for the raine, and they opened their mouth as for the latter rayne.
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If I laughed on them, they beleeued it not: neither did they cause the light of my countenance to fall.
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I appoynted out their way, and did sit as chiefe, and dwelt as a King in the army, and like him that comforteth the mourners.