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And if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head, I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine

affliction; For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: And again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon


Thou renewest thy witnesses against me,
And increasest thine indignation upon me;
Changes and war are against me.
Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out

of the womb?
Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had

seen me! I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the

Are not my days few? cease then,
And let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
Before I


whence I shall not return,
Even to the land of darkness and the shadow of

A land of darkness, as darkness itself;
And of the shadow of death, without any

And where the light is as darkness.
Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

Should not the multitude of words be answered?
And should a man full of talk be justified?


Should thy lies make men hold their peace?
And when thou mockest, shall no man make thee

For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure,
And I am clean in thine eyes. .
But oh that God would speak,
And open his lips against thee;
And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom,
That they are double to that which is!
Know therefore that God exacteth of thee
Less than thine iniquity deserveth.
Canst thou by searching find out God?
Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do?
Deeper than hell; what canst thou know?
The measure thereof is longer than the earth,
And broader than the sea.
If he cut off, and shut up,
Or gather together, then who can hinder him?
For he knoweth vain men:
He seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider

For vain man would be wise,
Though man be born like a wild ass's colt.
If thou prepare thine heart,
And stretch out thine hands toward him;
If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away,

And let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.
For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot;
Yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
Because thou shalt forget thy misery,
And remember it as waters that pass away:
And thine


shall be clearer than the noonday: Thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morn

ing And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; Yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take

thy rest in safety. Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee

afraid; Yea, many shall make suit unto thee. But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall

not escape, And their hope shall be as the giving up

of the

gh st.

And Job answered and said,

No doubt but ye are the people,
And wisdom shall die with you.
But I have understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you:
Yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
I am as one mocked of his neighbour,
Who calleth upon God, and he answereth him:
The just upright man is laughed to scorn.

He that is ready to slip with his feet
Is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is

at ease.

The tabernacles of robbers prosper,
And they that provoke God are secure;
Into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee;
And the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee:
And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

Who knoweth not in all these

That the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?
In whose hand is the soul of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind.
Doth not the ear try words?
And the mouth taste his meat?
With the ancient is wisdom;
And in length of days understanding.
With him is wisdom and strength,
He hath counsel and understanding.
Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built

He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up:
Also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the

earth. With him is strength and wisdom:

The deceived and the deceiver are his.
He leadeth counsellors away spoiled,
And maketh the judges fools.
He looseth the bond of kings,
And girdeth their loins with a girdle.
He leadeth princes away spoiled,
And overthroweth the mighty.
He removeth away the speech of the trusty,
And taketh away the understanding of the aged.
He poureth contempt upon princes,
And weakeneth the strength of the mighty.
He discovereth deep things out of darkness,
And bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them:
He enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.
He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people

of the earth, And causeth them to wander in a wilderness where

there is no way.

They grope in the dark without light,
And he maketh them to stagger like a drunken


Lo, Mine eye hath seen all this,
Mine ear hath heard and understood it.
What ye know, the same do I know also:
I am not inferior unto you.
Surely I would speak to the Almighty,

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