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JOB

That sound wisdom is manifold!
Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
 
7Canst thou find out the deep things of God?
Canst thou attain unto the purpose of the Almighty?
8It is high as heaven; what canst thou do?
Deeper than the nether-world; what canst thou know?
9The measure thereof is longer than the earth,
And broader than the sea.
10If He pass by, and shut up,
Or gather in, then who can hinder Him?
11For He knoweth base men;
And when He seeth iniquity, will He not then consider it?
12But an empty man will get understanding,
When a wild ass's colt is born a man.
 
13If thou set thy heart aright,
And stretch out thy hands toward Him—
14If iniquity be in thy hand, put it far away,
And let not unrighteousness dwell in thy tents—
15Surely then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot;
Yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear;
16For thou shalt forget thy misery;
Thou shalt remember it as waters that are passed away;
17And thy life shall be clearer than the noonday;
Though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning.
18And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope;
Yea, thou shalt look about thee, and shalt take thy rest in safety.
19Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid;
Yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
20But the eyes of the wicked shall fail,
And they shall have no way to flee,
And their hope shall be the drooping of the soul.


12 Then Job answered and said:
2No doubt but ye are the people,
And wisdom shall die with you.
3But I have understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you;
Yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
4I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbour,
A man that called upon God,
And He answered him; The just, the innocent man is a laughing-stock,
5A contemptible brand in the thought of him that is at ease,
A thing ready for them whose foot slippeth.
6The tents of robbers prosper,
And they that provoke God are secure,
In whatsoever God bringeth into their hand.
 
7But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee;
And the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee;
8Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee;
And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee;
9Who knoweth not among all these,
That the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?

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