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Then Iob answered, and said,
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I haue heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.
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Shall vaine words haue an ende?
or what emboldeneth thee, that thou answerest?
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I also could speake as yee doe: if your soule were in my soules stead, I could heape vp words against you, and shake mine head at you.
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But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the mouing of my lips should asswage your griefe.
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Though I speake, my griefe is not asswaged: and though I forbeare;
what am I eased?
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But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate al my companie.
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And thou hast filled mee with wrinckles, which is a witnesse against me: and my leannesse rising vp in me, beareth witnesse to my face.
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He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth vpon me with his teeth;
mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes vpon me.
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They haue gaped vpon me with their mouth, they haue smitten me vpon the cheeke reprochfully, they haue gathered themselues together against mee.
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God hath deliuered me to the vngodly, and turned me ouer into the hands of the wicked.
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I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my necke, and shaken me to pieces, and set me vp for his marke.
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His archers compasse me round about, he cleaueth my reines asunder, and doeth not spare;
he powreth out my gall vpon the ground.
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He breaketh me with breach vpon breach, he runneth vpon me like a giant.
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I haue sowed sackcloth vpon my skin, and defiled my horne in the dust.
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My face is fowle with weeping, and on mine eye-lids is the shadow of death;
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Not for any iniustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.
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O earth couer not thou my blood, and let my cry haue no place.
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Also now, behold my witnesse is in heauen, and my record is on high.
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My friends scorne me: but mine eye powreth out teares vnto God.
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O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour.
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When a few yeeres are come, then I shall goe the way whence I shall not returne.