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Then Iob answered, and sayd,
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How long will yee vexe my soule, and breake me in pieces with words?
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These tenne times haue ye reproched me: you are not ashamed that you make your selues strange to me.
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And be it indeed that I haue erred, mine errour remaineth with my selfe.
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If indeed yee will magnifie your selues against me, and plead against me my reproch:
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Know now that God hath ouerthrowen me, and hath compassed me with his net.
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Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloude, but there is no iudgement.
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Hee hath fenced vp my way that I cannot passe;
and hee hath set darkenesse in my pathes.
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Hee hath stript me of my glory, and taken the crowne from my head.
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He hath destroyed me on euery side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he remooued like a tree.
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He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and hee counteth me vnto him as one of his enemies.
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His troupes come together, and raise vp their way against me, and encampe round about my tabernacle.
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Hee hath put my brethren farre from me, and mine acquaintance are verely estranged from me.
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My kinsefolke haue failed, and my familiar friends haue forgotten me.
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They that dwell in mine house, and my maides count me for a stranger: I am an aliant in their sight.
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I called my seruant, and he gaue me no answere: I intreated him with my mouth.
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My breath is strange to my wife, though I entreated for the childrens sake of mine owne body.
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Yea, yong children despised me;
I arose, and they spake against me.
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All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loued, are turned against me.
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My bone cleaueth to my skinne, and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skinne of my teeth.
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Haue pity vpon me, haue pitie vpon me, O ye my friends;
for the hand of God hath touched me.
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Why doe ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
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Oh that my wordes were now written, oh that they were printed in a booke!
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That they were grauen with an iron pen and lead, in the rocke for euer.
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For I know that my Redeemer liueth, and that he shall stand at the latter day, vpon the earth:
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And though after my skin, wormes destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
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Whom I shal see for my selfe, and mine eyes shall beholde, and not another, though my reines bee consumed within me.
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But ye should say, Why persecute we him?
seeing the root of the matter is found in me.
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Bee ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that yee may know there is a iudgement.