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Then Iob answered, and sayd,
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I knowe verily that it is so: for howe should man compared vnto God, be iustified?
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If I would dispute with him, hee could not answere him one thing of a thousand.
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He is wise in heart, & mighty in stregth: who hath bene fierce against him & hath prospered?
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He remoueth the mountaines, and they feele not when he ouerthroweth them in his wrath.
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Hee remooueth the earth out of her place, that the pillars thereof doe shake.
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He commandeth the sunne, & it riseth not: hee closeth vp the starres, as vnder a signet.
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Hee himselfe alone spreadeth out the heauens, and walketh vpon the height of the sea.
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He maketh the starres Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the climates of the South.
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He doeth great things, and vnsearcheable: yea, marueilous things without nomber.
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Lo, when he goeth by me, I see him not: and when he passeth by, I perceiue him not.
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Behold, when he taketh a pray, who can make him to restore it?
who shall say vnto him, What doest thou?
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God will not withdrawe his anger, and the most mightie helpes doe stoupe vnder him.
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Howe much lesse shall I answere him?
or howe should I finde out my words with him?
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For though I were iust, yet could I not answere, but I would make supplicatio to my Iudge.
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If I cry, and he answere me, yet woulde I not beleeue, that he heard my voyce.
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For he destroyeth mee with a tempest, and woundeth me without cause.
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He wil not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitternesse.
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If we speake of strength, behold, he is strog: if we speake of iudgement, who shall bring me in to pleade?
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If I woulde iustifie my selfe, mine owne mouth shall condemne mee: if I would be perfite, he shall iudge me wicked.
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Though I were perfite, yet I knowe not my soule: therefore abhorre I my life.
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This is one point: therefore I said, Hee destroyeth the perfite and the wicked.
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If the scourge should suddely slay, should God laugh at the punishment of the innocent?
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The earth is giuen into the hand of ye wicked: he couereth the faces of the iudges therof: if not, where is he?
or who is he?
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My dayes haue bene more swift then a post: they haue fled, and haue seene no good thing.
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They are passed as with the most swift ships, and as the eagle that flyeth to the pray.
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If I say, I wil forget my complaynt, I will cease from my wrath, and comfort mee,
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Then I am afrayd of all my sorowes, knowing that thou wilt not iudge me innocent.
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If I be wicked, why labour I thus in vaine?
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If I wash my selfe with snowe water, and purge mine hands most cleane,
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Yet shalt thou plunge mee in the pit, and mine owne clothes shal make me filthie.
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For he is not a man as I am, that I shoulde answere him, if we come together to iudgement.
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Neyther is there any vmpire that might lay his hand vpon vs both.
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Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his feare astonish me:
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Then will I speake, & feare him not: but because I am not so, I holde me still.