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Moreouer Iob continued his parable, and said,
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O that I were as in moneths past, as in the dayes when God preserued me.
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When his candle shined vpon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkenesse:
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As I was in the dayes of my youth, when the secret of God was vpon my tabernacle:
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When the Almightie was yet with me, when my children were about me:
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When I washed my steps with butter, and the rocke powred me out riuers of oyle:
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When I went out to the gate, through the citie, when I prepared my seate in the street.
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The yong men saw me, and hid themselues: and the aged arose, and stood vp.
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The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
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The Nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaued to the roofe of their mouth.
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When the eare heard mee, then it blessed me, and when the eye saw me, it gaue witnesse to me:
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Because I deliuered the poore that cried, and the fatherlesse, and him that had none to helpe him.
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The blessing of him that was readie to perish, came vpon me: and I caused the widowes heart to sing for ioy.
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I put on righteousnesse, and it clothed me: my iudgement was as a robe and a diademe.
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I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
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I was a father to the poore: and the cause which I knewe not, I searched out.
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And I brake the iawes of the wicked, and pluckt the spoile out of his teeth.
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Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiplie my dayes as the sand.
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My roote was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night vpon my branch.
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My glory was fresh in mee, and my bow was renewed in my hand.
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Unto me men gaue eare, and waited, and kept silence at my counsell.
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After my words they spake not againe, & my speach dropped vpon them,
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And they waited for me as for the raine, and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter raine.
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If I laughed on them, they beleeued it not, and the light of my countenance they cast not downe.
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I chose out their way, and sate chiefe, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.