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upon the waves of the sea. 1 judgment, who shall set me

9 Which maketh Arctu- a time to plead ? rus, Orion, and Pleiades, and 20 If I justify myself, my the chambers of the south. own mouth shall condemn

10 Which doeth great me; if I say, I am perfect, things past finding out; yea, it shall also prove me perand wonders without num- verse. ber.

21 Though I were perfect, u Lo, he goeth by me, yet would I not know my and I see him not: he passeth foul; I would despise my on also, but I perceive him life. not.

22 9 This is one thing, 12 Behold, he taketh away, therefore I said it, he dewho can hinder him? who ítroyeth the perfect, and the will say unto him, What wicked. doest thou?

23 If the scourge Nay sud13 If God will not with-denly, he will laugh at the draw his anger, the proud trial of the innocent. helpers do stoop under him. 24 The earth is given

14 How much less shall into the hand of the wicked: Į answer him, and choose he covereth the faces of the out my words to reason with judges thereof: if not, where, him?

and who is he? 15 Whom, though I were 25 Now my clays are swiftrighteous, yet would I noter than a poft : they flee answer, but I would make away, they see no good. supplication to my judge. 26 They are passed away

16 If I had called, and as the swift fhips ; as the he had answered me ; yet eagle that hafteth to the would I not believe that he

prey. had hearkened unto my voice. 27 If I say, I will forget

17 For he breaketh me my complaint, I will leave with a tempest, and multi-off my heaviness, and complieth my wounds without fort myself; cause.

28 I am afraid of all my 18 He will not suffer me sorrows, I know that thou to take my breath, but filleth wilt not hold me innocent. me with bitterness.

29 If I be wicked, why 19 If I speak of strength, then labour I in vain? lo, be is Itrong: and if of 30 If I wash myfelf with

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snow-water, and make my of man? are thy years as hands never so clean; man's days,

31 Yet shalt thou plunge 6 That thou enquirest afme in the ditch, and mine ter mine iniquity, and fearchown clothes shall abhor me. est after my fin? 32 For he is not a man,

7 Thou knowest that I as I am, that I should answer am not wicked; and there is him, and we should come none that can deliver out of together in judgment. thine hand.

33 Neither is there any 8 Thine hands have made days-man betwixt us, that me and fashioned me togemight lay his hand upon us ther round about; yet thou both.

dost destroy me. 34 Let him take his rod 9 Remember, I beseech from

me, and let not thee, that thou hast made his fear terrify me:

me as the clay, and wilt thou 35 Then would I speak, bring me into dust again? and not fear him: but it is 10 Haft thou not poured not so with me.

me out as milk, and curdled

me like cheese? CHAP. X.

II Thou hast clothed me

with skin and flesh, and haft Y soul is weary of my fenced me with bones and life: I will leave

my

sinews. complaint upon myself; I 12 Thou hast granted me will speak in the bitterness life and favour, and thy visiof my soul.

tation hath preserved my spi2 I will fay unto God, rit. Do not condemn me; shew 13 And these things haft me wherefore thou contend- thou hid in thine heart; I est with me.

know that this is with thee. 3 Is it good unto thee 14 If I sin, then thou that thou shouldest opprefs, markest me, and thou wilt that thou shouldest defpise not acquit me from mine the work of thine hands, iniquity: and shine upon the counsel 15 If I be wicked, wo of the wicked!

unto me! and if I be righ4 Haft thou

eyes

of flesh? teous, yet will I not lift up or feest thou as man seeth?

my

head : I am full of con5 Are thy days as the days fufion; therefore see thou

mine affliction :

tude of words be answered ? 16 For it increaseth: thou and should a man full of huntest me as a fierce lion ; talk be justified ? and again thou fhewest thy 3 Should thy lyes make self marvellous upon me. men hold their peace ? and

17 Thou renewest thy wit- when thou mockest, shall no nesses against me, and in- man make thee ashamed ? creasest thine indignation 4 For thou hast said, My upon me; changes and war doctrine is pure, and I am are against me.

clean in thine

eyes. 18 g Wherefore then hast 5 But, that God thou brought me forth out would speak, and open his of the womb? O that I had lips against thee; given up the ghost, and no 6 And that he would shew eye had seen me !

thee the feecrets of wisdom, 19 I should have been as that they are double to that though I had not been, I which is! know therefore Ahould have been carried that God exacteth of thee from the womb to the less than thine iniquity degrave.

ferveth. 20 Are not my days few? 7 Canst thou by searching cease then, and let me alone, find out God? canst thou that I may take comfort a find out the Almighty unto little,

perfection? 21 Before I go whence I 8 It is as high as heaven; shall not return, even to the what canst thou do? deeper land of darkness, and the than hell; what canst thou shadow of death;

know? 22 A land of darkness as 9 The measure thereof is darkness itself, and of the longer than the earth, and shadow of death, without broader than the sea. any order, and where the 10 If he cut off, and shut light is as darkness.

up, or gather together, then

who can hinder him? CHAP. XI.

II For he knoweth vain

men: he seeth wickedness HEN answered Zo- also; will he not then consi

Tiphar the Waamathíce, der it?

and said,

12 For vain man would 2 Should not the multi-be wise, though man be born

I am

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like a wild ass's colt. the people, and wisdom shall

13 If thou prepare thine die with you.
heart, and stretch out thine 3 But I have understand-
hands towards him; ing as well as you;

14 If iniquity be in thine not inferior to you : yea,
hand, put it far away, and who knoweth not such things
let not wickedness dwell in as these ?
thy tabernacles.

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I

am as one mocked of
15 For then shalt thou his neighbour, who calleth
lift up thy face without spot; upon God, and he answereth
yea, thou shalt be stedfast, him: the just upright man
and shalt not fear:

is laughed to scorn.
16 Because thou shalt for 5 He that is ready to slip
get thy misery, and remem- with his feet, is as a lamp
ber it as waters that pass despised in the thought of
away:

him that is at ease.
17 And thine age shall 6 The tabernacles of rob-
be clearer than the noon-bers prosper, and they that
day: thou shalt shine forth, provoke God are secure; in-
thou shalt be as the morn- to whose hand God bringeth
ing

abundantly.
18 And thou shalt be se. 7. But ask now the
cure, because there is hope ; beasts, and they shall teach
yea, thou shalt dig about thee, thee; and the fowls of the
and thou shalt take thy rest air, and they shall tell thee:
in safety,

8 Or speak to the earth,
19 Also thou shalt lie and it shall teach thee; and
down, and none' Thall make the fishes of the sea shall dea
thee afraid ; yea, many shall clare unto thee.
make suit unto thee.

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Who knoweth not in
20 But the eyes of the all these, that the hand of
wicked shall fail, and they the Lord hath wrought
shall not escape, and their this?
hope mall be as the giving 10 In whose hand is the
up of the ghost.

soul of every living thing,

and the breath of all man-
CHAP. XII.

kind.
answered and Doth not the ear try
said,

words ? and the mouth taste
2 No doubt but ye are his meat?

12 With

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12 With the ancient is tions, and destroyeth them : wifdom; and in length of he enlargeth the nations, and days, understanding. straitenech them again.

13 With him is wisdom 24 He taketh away the and Itrength, he hath coun- heart of the chief of the fel and understanding. people of the earth, and

14 Behold, he breaketh causeth them to wander in a down, and it cannot be built wilderness where there is no again; he shutteth up a man, way. and there can be no open 25 They grope in the ing.

dark without light, and he 15 Behold, he with-hold-maketh them to stagger like eth the waters, and they dry a drunken man. up : also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the

CHAP. XIII. earth.

O, mine eye

hath feen 16

all this, mine ear hath and wisdom : the deceived heard and understood it. and the deceiver are his. 2 What ye know, the fame

17 He leadeth counsellors do I know also. I am not away spoiled, and maketh inferior unto you. the judges fools.

3 Surely I would speak to 18 He looseth the bonds of the Almighty, and I desire kings, and girdeth their loins to reason with God, with a girdle.

4 But ye are forgers of 19 He leadeth princes a- lyes, ye are all physicians way spoiled, and overthrow-of no value. eth the mighty.

5 O that ye would alto. 20 He removeth away the gether hold your peace; and speech of the trusty, and it shall be your wisdom. taketh away the underland. 6 Hear now my reasoning of the aged.

ing, and hearken to the 21 He poureth contempt pleadings of my lips. upon princes, and weakeneth

7 Will ye speak wickedly the strength of the mighty. for God! and talk deceit

22 He discovereth deep fully for him? things out of darknes, and

8 Will ye accept his perbringeth out to light the fon? will' ye contend" for Ihadow of death.

God?
23 He increafeth the na 9 Is it good that he should

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