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1 Then Iob answered, and sayde,

2 No doubt but ye [are] the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

3 But I haue vnderstanding aswel as you, and am not inferior vnto you: yea, who knoweth not such things?

4 I am [as] one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright [man is] laughed to scorn.

5 He that is ready to slip with [his] feet [is as] a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.

6 The tabernacles of robbers doe prosper, and they are in safetie, that prouoke God, whome God hath enriched with his hand.

7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:

8 Or speake to the earth, and it shall shewe thee: or the fishes of the sea, and they shall declare vnto thee.

9 Who is ignorant of all these, but that the hande of the Lord hath made these?

10 In whose hande is the soule of euery liuing thing, and the breath of all mankinde.

11 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

12 With the ancient [is] wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

13 With him is wisedome and strength: he hath counsell and vnderstanding.

14 Beholde, he will breake downe, and it can not be built: he shutteth a man vp, and he can not be loosed.

15 Beholde, he withholdeth the waters, and they drie vp: but when he sendeth them out, they destroy the earth.

16 With him [is] strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver [are] his.

17 He causeth the counsellers to goe as spoyled, and maketh the iudges fooles.

18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.

19 He leadeth away the princes as a pray, and ouerthroweth the mightie.

20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.

21 He powreth contempt vpon princes, and maketh the strength of the mightie weake.

22 He discouereth the deepe places from their darkenesse, and bringeth foorth the shadowe of death to light.

23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them [again].

24 He taketh away the heartes of the that are the chiefe ouer the people of the earth, & maketh them to wander in the wildernes out of the way.

25 They grope in the darke without light: and he maketh the to stagger like a drunken ma.