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1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and sayde,

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

3 Should men holde their peace at thy lyes? & when thou mockest others, shall none make thee ashamed?

4 For thou hast said, My doctrine [is] pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.

5 But, oh that God would speake and open his lippes against thee!

6 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].

7 Canst thou by searching finde out God? canst thou finde out ye Almighty to his perfection?

8 [It is] as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

9 The measure thereof is longer then the earth, and it is broader then the sea.

10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?

11 For hee knoweth vaine men, and seeth iniquitie, and him that vnderstandeth nothing.

12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born [like] a wild ass's colt.

13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;

14 If iniquity [be] in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.

15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:

16 But thou shalt forget thy miserie, and remember it as waters that are past.

17 Thine age also shall appeare more cleare then the noone day: thou shalt shine and bee as the morning.

18 And thou shalt bee bolde, because there is hope: and thou shalt digge pittes, and shalt lye downe safely.

19 For when thou takest thy rest, none shal make thee afraide: yea, many shall make sute vnto thee.

20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope [shall be as] the giving up of the ghost.