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