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Wherefore, Iob, I pray thee, heare my speeches, and hearken to all my wordes.
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Behold, now I haue opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
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My words shalbe of the vprightnesse of my heart: and my lippes shall vtter knowledge clearely.
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The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almightie hath giuen me life.
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If thou canst, answere me, set thy wordes in order before me, stand vp.
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Behold, I am according to thy wish in Gods stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
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Behold, my terrour shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heauie vpon thee.
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Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I haue heard the voice of thy words, saying,
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I am cleane without transgression, I am innocent;
neither is there iniquitie in me.
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Behold, hee findeth occasions against mee, hee counteth mee for his enemie.
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He putteth my feete in the stockes, he marketh all my pathes.
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Behold, in this thou art not iust: I will answere thee, That God is greater then man.
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Why doest thou striue against him?
for he giueth not account of any of his matters.
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For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiueth it not.
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In a dreame, in a vision of the night, when deepe sleepe falleth vpon men, in slumbrings vpon the bed:
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Then hee openeth the eares of men, and sealeth their instruction,
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That hee may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
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Hee keepeth backe his soule from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
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Hee is chastened also with paine vpon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong paine.
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So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soule daintie meate.
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His flesh is consumed away that it cannot be seene;
and his bones that were not seene, sticke out.
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His soule draweth neere vnto the graue, and his life to the destroyers.
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If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew vnto man his vprightnesse:
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Then hee is gracious vnto him, and sayth, Deliuer him from going downe to the pit;
I haue found a ransome.
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His flesh shall be fresher then a childes: he shall returne to the dayes of his youth.
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He shall pray vnto God, and hee will be fauourable vnto him, and hee shall see his face with ioy: for hee will render vnto man his righteousnesse.
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He looketh vpon men, and if any say, I haue sinned, and peruerted that which was right, and it profited mee not:
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Hee will deliuer his soule from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
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Loe, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,
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To bring backe his soule from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the liuing.
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Marke well, O Iob, hearken vnto me, hold thy peace, and I wil speake.
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If thou hast any thing to say, answere me: speake, for I desire to iustifie thee.
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If not, hearken vnto me: holde thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisedome.