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7And though thy beginning was small,
Yet thy end should greatly increase.
8For inquire, I pray thee, of the former generation,
And apply thyself to that which their fathers have searched out—
9For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing,
Because our days upon earth are a shadow—
10Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee,
And utter words out of their heart?
11Can the rush shoot up without mire?
Can the reed-grass grow without water?
12Whilst it is yet in its greenness, and not cut down,
It withereth before any other herb.
13So are the paths of all that forget God;
And the hope of the godless man shall perish;
14Whose confidence is gossamer,
And whose trust is a spider's web.
15He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand;
He shall hold fast thereby, but it shall not endure.
16He is green before the sun,
And his shoots go forth over his garden.
17His roots are wrapped about the heap,
He beholdeth the place of stones.
18If he be destroyed from his place,
Then it shall deny him: 'I have not seen thee.'
19Behold, this is the joy of his way,
And out of the earth shall others spring.
20Behold, God will not cast away an innocent man,
Neither will He uphold the evil-doers;
21Till He fill thy mouth with laughter,
And thy lips with shouting.
22They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame;
And the tent of the wicked shall be no more.

9 Then Job answered and said:

2Of a truth I know that it is so;
And how can man be just with God?
3If one should desire to contend with Him,
He could not answer Him one of a thousand.
4He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength;
Who hath hardened himself against Him, and prospered?
5Who removeth the mountains, and they know it not,
When He overturneth them in His anger.
6Who shaketh the earth out of her place,
And the pillars thereof tremble.
7Who commandeth the sun, and it riseth not;
And sealeth up the stars.
8Who alone stretcheth out the heavens,
And treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
9Who maketh the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,
And the chambers of the south.
10Who doeth great things past finding out;
Yea, marvellous things without number.
11Lo, He goeth by me, and I see Him not.
He passeth on also, but I perceive Him not.