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Why, seeing Times are not hidden from the Almightie, doe they, that know him not, see his dayes?
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Some remooue the land-markes;
they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.
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They driue away the asse of the fatherlesse, they take the widowes oxe for a pledge.
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They turne the needy out of the way: the poore of the earth hide themselues together.
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Behold, as wilde asses in the desart, goe they foorth to their worke, rising betimes for a pray: the wildernes yeeldeth food for them, and for their children.
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They reape euery one his corne in the fielde: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.
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They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they haue no couering in the cold.
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They are wet with the showres of the mountaines, and imbrace the rocke for want of a shelter.
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They plucke the fatherlesse from the brest, and take a pledge of the poore.
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They cause him to go naked without clothing: and they take away the sheafe from the hungry,
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Which make oyle within their walles, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
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Men groane from out of the city, and the soule of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
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They are of those that rebell against the light, they know not the wayes thereof, nor abide in the pathes thereof.
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The murderer rising with the light, killeth the poore and needy, and in the night is as a thiefe.
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The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.
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In the darke they digge through houses which they had marked for themselues in the day time: they know not the light.
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For the morning is to them euen as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrours of the shadow of death.
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Hee is swift as the waters, their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the Uineyards.
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Drought and heate consume the snow waters: so doeth the graue those which haue sinned.
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The wombe shall forget him, the worme shall feed sweetly on him, hee shall be no more remembred, and wickednes shalbe broken as a tree.
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He euill intreateth the barren, that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.
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He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth vp, and no man is sure of life.
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Though it be giuen him to be in safety, whereon he resteth;
yet his eyes are vpon their wayes.
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They are exalted for a litle while, but are gone and brought low, they are taken out of the way as al other, and cut off as the tops of the eares of corne.
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And if it be not so now, who will make mee a liar, and make my speach nothing worth?