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But Iob answered, and sayd,
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Heare diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.
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Suffer me that I may speake, and after that I haue spoken, mocke on.
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As for mee, is my complaint to man?
and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?
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Marke mee, and be astonished, and lay your hand vpon your mouth.
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Euen when I remember, I am afraid, and trembling taketh holde on my flesh.
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Wherefore doe the wicked liue, become old, yea, are mightie in power?
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Their seede is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
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Their houses are safe from feare, neither is the rod of God vpon them.
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Their bull gendreth and faileth not, their cow calueth, and casteth not her calfe.
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They send foorth their little ones like a flocke, and their children dance.
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They take the timbrell and harpe, and reioyce at the sound of the organe.
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They spend their daies in wealth, and in a moment goe downe to the graue.
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Therefore they say vnto God, Depart from vs: for we desire not the knowledge of thy wayes.
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What is the Almightie, that wee should serue him?
and what profite should we haue, if we pray vnto him?
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Loe, their good is not in their hand, the counsell of the wicked is farre from me.
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How oft is the candle of the wicked put out?
and how oft commeth their destruction vpon them?
God distributeth sorrowes in his anger.
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They are as stubble before the winde, and as chaffe that the storme carieth away.
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God layeth vp his iniquitie for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know 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 number of his moneths is cut off in the middest?
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Shall any teach God knowledge?
seeing he iudgeth those that are high.
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One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
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His breasts are full of milke, and his bones are moistened with marrow.
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And another dieth in the bitternesse of his soule, and neuer eateth with pleasure.
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They shall lie downe alike in the dust, and the wormes shall couer them.
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Behold, I know your thoughts, and the deuices which yee wrongfully imagine against me.
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For ye say, where is the house of the prince?
and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?
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Haue ye not asked them that goe by the way?
and doe ye not know their tokens?
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That the wicked is reserued to the day of destruction;
they shall bee brought foorth to the day of wrath.
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Who shall declare his way to his face?
and who shall repay him what he hath done?
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Yet shall hee be brought to the graue, & shall remaine in the tombe.
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The cloudes of the valley shalbe sweete vnto him, and euery man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.
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How then comfort ye me in vaine, seeing in your answeres there remaineth falshood?