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1 Then Iob answered, and sayd,

2 I know [it is] so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

4 He is wise in heart, & mighty in stregth: who hath bene fierce against him & hath prospered?

5 He remoueth the mountaines, and they feele not when he ouerthroweth them in his wrath.

6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.

7 He commandeth the sunne, & it riseth not: hee closeth vp the starres, as vnder a signet.

8 Hee himselfe alone spreadeth out the heauens, and walketh vpon the height of the sea.

9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

10 He doeth great things, and vnsearcheable: yea, marueilous things without nomber.

11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see [him] not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?

13 [If] God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.

14 How much less shall I answer him, [and] choose out my words [to reason] with him?

15 Whom, though I were righteous, [yet] would I not answer, [but] I would make supplication to my judge.

16 If I had called, and he had answered me; [yet] would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.

17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.

18 He wil not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitternesse.

19 If [I speak] of strength, lo, [he is] strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time [to plead]?

20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: [if I say], I [am] perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

21 Though I were perfite, yet I knowe not my soule: therefore abhorre I my life.

22 This [is] one [thing], therefore I said [it], He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.

23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.

24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, [and] who [is] he?

25 My dayes haue bene more swift then a post: they haue fled, and haue seene no good thing.

26 They are passed as with the most swift ships, and as the eagle that flyeth to the pray.

27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort [myself]:

28 Then I am afrayd of all my sorowes, knowing that thou wilt not iudge me innocent.

29 [If] I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?

30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.

32 For he is not a man as I am, that I shoulde answere him, if we come together to iudgement.

33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, [that] might lay his hand upon us both.

34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his feare astonish me:

35 [Then] would I speak, and not fear him; but [it is] not so with me.