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1 Bvt Iob answered, and sayd,

2 Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.

3 Suffer mee, that I may speake, and when I haue spoken, mocke on.

4 As for me, [is] my complaint to man? and if [it were so], why should not my spirit be troubled?

5 Mark me, and be astonished, and lay [your] hand upon [your] mouth.

6 Euen when I remember, I am afrayde, and feare taketh hold on my flesh.

7 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?

8 Their seede is established in their sight with them, and their generation before their eyes.

9 Their houses are peaceable without feare, and the rod of God is not vpon them.

10 Their bullocke gendreth, and fayleth not: their cow calueth, and casteth not her calfe.

11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.

12 They take the tabret & harpe, and reioyce in the sound of the organs.

13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.

14 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

15 Who is the Almightie, that we should serue him? and what profit should we haue, if we should pray vnto him?

16 Lo, their good [is] not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

17 How oft shal the candle of the wicked be put out? and their destruction come vpon them? he wil deuide their liues in his wrath.

18 They shall be as stubble before the winde, and as chaffe that the storme carieth away.

19 God wil lay vp the sorowe of the father for his children: when he rewardeth him, hee shall knowe it.

20 His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

21 For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the nomber of his moneths is cut off?

22 Shall [any] teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

23 One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.

24 His breasts are full of milke, and his bones runne full of marowe.

25 And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.

26 They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.

27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the enterprises, wherewith ye do me wrong.

28 For ye say, Where [is] the house of the prince? and where [are] the dwelling places of the wicked?

29 Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,

30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.

31 Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him [what] he hath done?

32 Yet shal he be brought to the graue, & remaine in the heape.

33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as [there are] innumerable before him.

34 How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?