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¶ Lo, my eye has seen all this, my ear has heard and understood it.
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What you know, I know also;
I am not inferior to you.
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But I would speak to the Almighty, and with my reproof would I reason with God.
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But you are forgers of lies;
you are all healers of no value.
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O that you would altogether keep silent!
And it would serve you for wisdom.
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Hear now my admonition, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
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Will you speak wickedly against God?
And talk deceitfully against him?
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Will you respect his person?
Will you contend with him?
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Is it good for you that he should search you out?
Or as you are judged by men, would you be judged by him?
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He will surely reprove you, if you will show partiality.
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His excellency shall seek vengeance of you, and his terror will fall upon you.
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Remember that your power is from the earth, and your dwelling place is of clay.
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Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak also, and tell everything that has come upon me.
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Why am I so afflicted, and why is my life exposed to danger?
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Though he slay me, yet will I look for him;
because my ways are before him.
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He also shall be my Saviour;
for a hypocrite shall not come before him.
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Listen diligently to my speech, and I will relate my declaration in your presence.
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Behold now, I am also pleading my cause;
and I know that I am innocent.
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Who is he that will contend with me?
For now I will keep silent and be at rest.
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Only two things do not let depart from me;
then I will not turn aside from thee:
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Do not withdraw thy help from me;
and let not thy dread terrify me.
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Then call thou me, and I will answer;
or let me speak, and answer thou me.
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¶ How many are my iniquities and sins?
Make me to know my transgressions and my sins.
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Wherefore dost thou hide thy face from me, and considerest me as thine enemy?
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Wilt thou tread upon a fallen leaf?
And wilt thou pursue the dry grass in the air?
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For thou decreest chastisement against me, and makest me remember the iniquities of my youth;
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Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and watchest all my ways;
thou seest the imprints of my feet.
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Yet a man is like a worn-out waterskin, and a garment that is moth-eaten.