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1 Loe, mine eye hath seene all this: mine eare hath heard, and vnderstande it.

2 I knowe also as much as you knowe: I am not inferiour vnto you.

3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

4 But ye [are] forgers of lies, ye [are] all physicians of no value.

5 Oh, that you woulde holde your tongue, that it might be imputed to you for wisedome!

6 Nowe heare my disputation, and giue eare to the arguments of my lips.

7 Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?

8 Will ye accept his person? or will ye contende for God?

9 Is it well that he shoulde seeke of you? will you make a lye for him, as one lyeth for a man?

10 He will surely reprooue you, if ye doe secretly accept any person.

11 Shall not his excellencie make you afraid? and his feare fall vpon you?

12 Your remembrances [are] like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

13 Holde your tongues in my presence, that I may speake, and let come vpon what will.

14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?

15 Loe, though he slay me, yet will I trust in him, and I will reprooue my wayes in his sight.

16 He also [shall be] my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

17 Heare diligently my wordes, and marke my talke.

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

19 Who [is] he [that] will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.

20 But doe not these two things vnto me: then will I not hide my selfe from thee.

21 Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.

22 Then call thou, and I will answere: or let me speake, and answere thou me.

23 How many [are] mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.

24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and takest me for thine enemie?

25 Wilt thou breake a leafe driuen to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the drie stubble?

26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.

27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.

28 Such one consumeth like a rotten thing, and as a garment that is motheaten.