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Geneva Bible (1599): Job 6

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1 Bvt Iob answered, and said,

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2 Oh that my griefe were well weighed, and my miseries were layed together in the balance.

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3 For it woulde be nowe heauier then the sande of the sea: therefore my wordes are swallowed vp.

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4 For the arrowes of the Almightie are in me, the venime whereof doeth drinke vp my spirit, and the terrours of God fight against me.

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5 Doeth the wilde asse bray when he hath grasse? or loweth the oxe when he hath fodder?

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6 That which is vnsauerie, shall it be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egge?

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7 Such things as my soule refused to touch, as were sorowes, are my meate.

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8 Oh that I might haue my desire, and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

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9 That is, that God would destroy me: that he would let his hand go, and cut me off.

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10 Then should I yet haue comfort, (though I burne with sorowe, let him not spare) because I haue not denyed the wordes of the Holy one.

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11 What power haue I that I should endure? or what is mine end, if I should prolong my life?

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12 Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brasse?

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13 Is it not so, that there is in me no helpe? and that strength is taken from me?

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14 He that is in miserie, ought to be comforted of his neighbour: but men haue forsaken the feare of the Almightie.

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15 My brethre haue deceiued me as a brook, and as the rising of the riuers they passe away.

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16 Which are blackish with yee, and wherein the snowe is hid.

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17 But in time they are dryed vp with heate and are consumed: and when it is hote they faile out of their places,

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18 Or they depart from their way and course, yea, they vanish and perish.

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19 They that go to Tema, considered them, and they that goe to Sheba, waited for them.

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20 But they were confounded: when they hoped, they came thither and were ashamed.

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21 Surely nowe are ye like vnto it: ye haue seene my fearefull plague, and are afraide.

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22 Was it because I said, Bring vnto me? or giue a rewarde to me of your substance?

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23 And deliuer me from the enemies hande, or ransome me out of the hand of tyrants?

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24 Teach me, and I wil hold my tongue: and cause me to vnderstande, wherein I haue erred.

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25 Howe stedfast are the wordes of righteousnes? and what can any of you iustly reproue?

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26 Doe ye imagine to reproue wordes, that the talke of the afflicted should be as the winde?

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27 Ye make your wrath to fall vpon the fatherlesse, and dig a pit for your friende.

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28 Nowe therefore be content to looke vpon me: for I will not lie before your face.

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29 Turne, I pray you, let there be none iniquitie: returne, I say, and ye shall see yet my righteousnesse in that behalfe. Is there iniquitie in my tongue? doeth not my mouth feele sorowes?

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