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I made a couenant with mine eyes;
why then should I thinke vpon a mayd?
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For what portion of God is there from aboue?
and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
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Is not destruction to the wicked?
and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquitie?
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Doeth not he see my wayes, and count all my steps?
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If I haue walked with vanitie, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;
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Let me bee weighed in an euen ballance, that God may know mine integritie.
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If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaued to my hands:
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Then let mee sow, and let another eate, yea let my off-spring be rooted out.
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If mine heart haue bene deceiued by a woman, or if I haue layde wait at my neighbours doore:
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Then let my wife grind vnto another, and let others bow downe vpon her.
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For this is an heinous crime, yea, it is an iniquitie to bee punished by the Iudges.
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For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would roote out all mine encrease.
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If I did despise the cause of my man-seruant, or of my mayd-seruant, when they contended with me:
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What then shall I do, when God riseth vp?
and when hee visiteth, what shall I answere him?
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Did not hee that made mee in the wombe, make him?
and did not one fashion vs in the wombe?
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If I haue withhelde the poore from their desire, or haue caused the eyes of the widow to faile:
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Or haue eaten my morsell my selfe alone, and the fatherlesse hath not eaten thereof:
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(For from my youth hee was brought vp with me as with a father, and I haue guided her from my mothers wombe.)
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If I haue seene any perish for want of cloathing, or any poore without couering:
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If his loynes haue not blessed me, and if hee were not warmed with the fleece of my sheepe:
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If I haue lift vp my hand against the fatherlesse, when I saw my helpe in the gate:
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Then let mine arme fall from my shoulder-blade, and mine arme be broken from the bone.
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For destruction from God was a terrour to mee: and by reason of his highnesse, I could not endure.
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If I haue made golde my hope, or haue said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence:
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If I reioyced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much:
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If I beheld the Sunne when it shined, or the Moone walking in brightnesse:
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And my heart hath bene secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:
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This also were an iniquitie to be punished by the Iudge: For I should haue denied the God that is aboue.
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If I reioyced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lift vp my selfe when euill found him:
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(Neither haue I suffered my mouth to sinne by wishing a curse to his soule.)
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If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh!
wee cannot be satisfied.
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The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doores to the trauailer.
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If I couered my transgressions, as Adam: by hiding mine iniquitie in my bosome:
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Did I feare a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrifie me: that I kept silence, and went not out of the doore?
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O that one would heare me!
beholde, my desire is, that the Almightie would answere me, and that mine aduersary had written a booke.
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Surely I would take it vpon my shoulder, and bind it as a crowne to me.
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I would declare vnto him the number of my steps, as a prince would I goe neere vnto him.
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If my land cry against me, or that the furrowes likewise thereof complaine:
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If I haue eaten the fruits thereof without money, or haue caused the owners thereof to loose their life:
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Let thistles grow in stead of wheat, and cockle in stead of barley.
The words of Iob are ended.