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fearch you out? or as one | far from me: and let not
man mocketh another, do ye thy dread make me afraid.
A mock him?

22 Then call thou, and 10 He will surely reprove I will answer; or let me you, if ye do secretly accept speak, and answer thou me.


many are mine
II Shall not his excel- iniquities and fins ? make
lency make you afraid ? and me to know my tranfgreffion
his dread fall upon you? and my fin.
12 Your remembrances

24 Wherefore hidest thou are like unto alhes, your bo- thy face, and holdest me for dies to bodies of clay. thine enemy?

13 Hold your peace, let 25 Wilt thou break a leaf me alone, that I may speak, driven to and fro? and wilt and let come on me what thou pursue the dry stubwill.

ble? '14 Wherefore do I take

26 For thou writest bitter my flesh in my teeth, and things against me, and makest put my life in mine hand?

me to possess the iniquities 15 Though he say me, of my youth. vet will I trust in him : but

27 Thou puttest my feet Í will maintain mine own also in the stocks, and lookeft ways before him.

narrowly unto all my paths; 16 He also shall be my thou setteft a print upon the falvation: for an hypocrite heels of my feet. thall not come before him.

28 And he, as a rotten 17 Hear diligently my thing, consumeth, as a garspeech, and my declaration ment that is moth-eaten. with your ears.

18 Behold now, I have Chap. XIV.
ordered my cause; I know
that I shall be justified.

AN that is born of
Who is he that will

a woman is of few
plead with me? for now, if days, and full of trouble.
I hold my tongue, I shall He cometh forth like a
give up the ghost,

flower, and is cut down : he
20 Only do not two things Aeeth also as a shadow, and
unto me : then will I not continueth not.
hide myself from thee.

3 And doft thou open
Withdraw thine hand thine eyes upon such an one,


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and bringest me into judg-cret until thy wrath be past, ment with thee?

that thou wouldest appoint 4 Who can bring a clean me a set time, and rememthing out of an unclean? not ber me !

14 If a man die, shall he 5 Seeing his days are de- live again? all the days of termined, the number of his my appointed time will I months are with thee, thou wait, till my change come. haft appointed his bounds

15 Thou shalt call, and I that he cannot pass :

will answer thee : thou wilt 6 Turn from him that he have a desire to the work of may rest, till he shall accom- thine hands. plish, as an hireling, his day. 16 g For now thou num

7 For there is hope of berest my steps, dost thou a tree, if it be cut down, that not watch over my fin? it will sprout again, and that 17. My tranfgreffionis the tender branch thereof sealed up in a bag, and thou will not cease.

seweft up mine iniquity. 8 Though the root thereof 18 And surely the mounwax old in the earth, and tain falling cometh to nought, the stock thereof die in the and the rock is removed out ground;

of his place: 9 Yet through the scent of 19 The waters wear the water it will bud, and bring stones; thou walheft away forth boughs like a plant. the things which grow out of

10 But man dieth and the dust of the earth: and thou wasteth away: yea, man giv- destroyest the hope of man, eth up the ghost, and where

20 Thou prevailest, for is he?

ever against him, and he 11 As the waters fail from pafleth; thou changeft his the sea, and the Aood decay-countenance, and sendest eth and drieth up :

him away. 12 So man lieth down, 21 His fons come to hoand riseth not till the hea- nour, and he knoweth it not;, vens be no more, they shall and theyare brought low, but not awake, nor be raised out he perceiveth it not of them. of their fleep.

22 But his felh upon him 13 Othat thou wouldest shall have pain, and his soul hide me in the grave, that within him shall mourn. thou wouldest keep me le



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thee? CHAP. XV.

12 Why doth thine heart THEN answered Eli- carry thee away? and what

phaz the Temanite, do thine eyes wink at, and said,

13 That thou turneft thy 2 Should a wise man utter spirit against God, and letvain knowledge, and fill his test such words go out of thy belly with the east wind? mouth?

3 Should he reason with 14 What is man, that he unprofitable talk? or with should be clean and he speeches wherewith he can which is born of a woman, do no good?

that he should be righteous ? 4 Yea, thou castest off 15 Behold, he putteth no fear, and restrainest prayer trust in his faints, yea, the before God.

heavens are not clean in his 5 For thy mouth utter- fight. eth thine iniquity, and thou 16 How much more abochooseft the tongue of the minable and filthy is man, crafty.

which drinketh iniquity like 6 Thine own mouth con- water ? demneth thee, and not I: 17 9 I will shew thee, yea, thine own lips testify hear me, and that which Í against thee.

have feen, I will declare. 7 Art thou the first man 18 Which wise men have that was born? or walt thou told from their fathers, and made before the hills? have not hid it;

8 Haft thou heard the re 19 Unto whom alone the cret of God? and dost thou earth was given, and no reftrain wisdom to thyself? stranger passed among them. 9

What knoweft thou that 20 The wicked man trawe know not? what under-vaileth with pain all his days, standeft thou which is not and the number of years is in us?

hidden to the oppressor. 10 With us are both the 21 A dreadful sound is in grey-headed and very aged his ears : in prosperity the men, much elder than thy destroyer shall come upon father.

him. II Are the consolations of 22 He believeth 'not that God small with thee? is he shall return out of darkthere any secret thing with ness, and he is waited for of


the sword.

32 It shall be accom23 He wandereth abroad plished before his time, and for bread, saying, Where is his branch shall not be green. it? he knoweth that the day 33 He shall shake off his of darkness is ready at his unripe grape as the vine, and hand.

shall cut off his flower as 24 Trouble and anguish the olive. shall make him afraid ; they 34. For the congregation shall prevail against him, as of hypocrites shall be defoa king ready to the battle.' late, and fire shall consume

25 For he stretcheth out the tabernacles of bribery. his hand against God, and he 35 They conceive milstrengtheneth himself against chief, and bring forth vanity, the Almighty

and their belly prepareth'de26 He runneth upon him, ceit. even on his neck, upon the thick bofles of his bucklers:

CHAP. XVI. 27 Because he covereth HEN Job answered his face with his fatness, and and said, maketh collops of fat on his 2 I have heard


such flanks.

things : miserable comforters 28 And he dwelleth in are ye all. defolate cities, and in houses 3 Shall vain words have which no man inhabiteth, an end? or what emboldenwhich are ready to become eth thee that thou answerest? heaps.

4. I also could speak as ye 29 He shall not be rich, do : if


foul were in my neither shall his substance soul's stead, I could heap up continue, neither shall he words against you, and shake prolong the perfection there- mine head at you. of upon the earth.

5 But I would strengthen 30 He shall not depart you with my mouth, and the out of darkness, the fame moving of my lips should Thall dry up his branches, afswage your grief. and by the breath of his 6 Though I speak, my mouth shall he go away. grief is not afswaged : and

31 Let not man that is though I forbear, what am I deceived trust in vanity: for eased ? vanity shall be his recom 7 g But now he hath pence.

made me weary: thou haft


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made desolate all my com- weeping, and on my eye-lids pany.

is the shadow of death; 8 And thou haft filled me 17 & Not for any injustice with wrinkles, which is a in my hands : also my prayer witness against me: and my is pure. leanness rising upin me, bear 18 ( earth, cover. not eth witness to


face. thou my blood, and let my 9 He teareth me in his cry have no place. wrath, who hateth me; he 19 Also now, behold, my gnasheth upon me with his witness is in heaven, and my teeth ; mine enemy fharpen- record is on high. eth his eyes upon me.

20 My friends scorn me: 10 They have gaped upon but mine eye poureth out me with their mouth, they tears unto God. have smitten me upon the 21. O that one might plead cheek reproachfully, they for a man with God, as a have gathered themselves to-man pleadeth for his neighgether against me.

bour! II God hath delivered me 22 When a few years are to the ungodly, and turned come, then I shall go the me over into the hands of way whence I shall not rethe wicked.

12 I was at ease, but he hath broken me afunder: he.

CHAP. XVII. hath also taken me by my

Y breath is corrupt, neck, and shaken me

my days are extinct, pieces, and set me up for his the graves are ready for me. mark.

2 Are there not mockers 13 His archers compass with me? and doth not mine me round about, he cleaveth eye continue in their provomy reins afunder, and doth cation? not fpare; he poureth out 3 Lay down now; put me my gall upon the ground. in a surety with thee; who

14. He breaketh me with is he that will strike hands breach upon breach, he run- with me?, neth upon me like a giant. 4 For thou hast hid their

15 I have lewed fackcloth heart from understanding : upon my skin, and defiled therefore shalt thou not exalt my horn in the dust. them, 16 My face is fout with 5 He that speaketh Alat





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