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1 Bvt Iob answered, and said,

2 I haue oft times heard such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?

4 I also could speak as ye [do]: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.

5 [But] I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage [your grief].

6 Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and [though] I forbear, what am I eased?

7 But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company.

8 And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, [which] is a witness [against me]: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face.

9 He teareth [me] in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.

11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.

12 I was in welth, but he hath brought me to nought: he hath taken me by the necke, and beaten me, and set me as a marke for himselfe.

13 His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.

14 He hath broken me with one breaking vpon another, and runneth vpon me like a gyant.

15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.

16 My face is withered with weeping, and the shadow of death is vpon mine eyes,

17 Not for [any] injustice in mine hands: also my prayer [is] pure.

18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place.

19 Also now, behold, my witness [is] in heaven, and my record [is] on high.

20 My friends scorn me: [but] mine eye poureth out [tears] unto God.

21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man [pleadeth] for his neighbour!

22 For the yeeres accounted come, and I shal go the way, whence I shall not returne.