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For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for
nought, And stripped the naked of their clothing. Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, And thou hast withholden bread from the hungry. But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; And the honourable man dwelt in it. Thou hast sent widows away empty, And the arms of the fatherless have been broken. Therefore snares are round about thee, And sudden fear troubleth thee; Or darkness, that thou canst not see; And abundance of waters cover thee. Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the height of the stars, how high they
are! And thou sayest, How doth God know? Can he judge through the dark cloud? Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; And he walketh in the circuit of heaven. Hast thou marked the old way Which wicked men have trodden? Which were cut down out of time, Whose foundation was overflown with a flood: Which said unto God, Depart from us: And what can the Almighty do for them? Yet he filled their houses with good things:
But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
pay Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be esta
blished unto thee: And the light shall shine upon thy ways. When men are cast down, then thou shalt say,
There is lifting up; And he shall save the humble person. He shall deliver the island of the innocent: And it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.
Then Job answered and said,
Even to day is my complaint bitter:
not behold him: He hideth himself on the right hand, that I can
not see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, His
way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment
of his lips;
I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: And
many such things are with him. Therefore am I troubled at his presence: When I consider, I am afraid of him. For God maketh my heart soft, And the Almighty troubleth me: Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.
Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty,
their work; Rising betimes for a prey: The wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their
children. They reap every one his corn in the field: And they gather the vintage of the wicked. They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, That they have no covering in the cold.
They are wet with the showers of the mountains,
eth not folly to them. They are of those that rebel against the light; They know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the
paths thereof. The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor
and needy, And in the night is as a thief. The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, Saying, No
eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face. In the dark they dig through houses, Which they had marked for themselves in the day
time: They know not the light. For the morning is to them even as the shadow of
death: If one know them, they are in the terrors of the sha
dow of death. He is swift as the waters;