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Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
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How long wilt thou speake these things?
and how long shall the wordes of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
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Doth God peruert iudgement?
or doth the Almightie peruert iustice?
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If thy children haue sinned against him, and he haue cast them away for their transgression:
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If thou wouldest seeke vnto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almightie:
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If thou wert pure and vpright, surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousnes prosperous.
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Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
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For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thy selfe to the search of their fathers.
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(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our dayes vpon earth are a shadow.)
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Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, & vtter words out of their heart?
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Can the rush growe vp without myre?
can the flag growe without water?
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Whilest it is yet in his greennesse, and not cut downe, it withereth before any other herbe.
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So are the paths of all that forget God, and the hypocrites hope shall perish:
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Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spiders web.
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He shall leane vpon his house, but it shall not stand: he shal hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
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He is greene before the sunne, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.
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His roots are wrapped about the heape, and seeth the place of stones.
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If he destroy him from his place, then it shal denie him, saying, I haue not seene thee.
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Beholde, this is the ioy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.
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Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will hee helpe the euill doers:
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Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with reioycing.
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They that hate thee shall be cloathed with shame, and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.