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Geneva Bible (1599): Job 29

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1 So Iob proceeded and continued his parable, saying,

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2 Oh that I were as in times past, when God preserued me!

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3 When his light shined vpon mine head: and when by his light I walked thorowe the darkenesse,

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4 As I was in the dayes of my youth: when Gods prouidence was vpon my tabernacle:

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5 When the almightie was yet with me, and my children round about me.

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6 When I washed my pathes with butter, and when the rocke powred me out riuers of oyle:

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7 When I went out to the gate, euen to the iudgement seat, and when I caused them to prepare my seate in the streete.

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8 The yong men saw me, and hid themselues, and the aged arose, and stood vp.

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9 The princes stayed talke, and layde their hand on their mouth.

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10 The voyce of princes was hidde, and their tongue cleaued to the roofe of their mouth.

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11 And when the eare heard me, it blessed me: and when the eye sawe me, it gaue witnesse to me.

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12 For I deliuered the poore that cryed, and the fatherlesse, and him that had none to helpe him.

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13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish, came vpon me, and I caused the widowes heart to reioyce.

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14 I put on iustice, and it couered me: my iudgement was as a robe, and a crowne.

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15 I was the eyes to the blinde, and I was the feete to the lame.

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16 I was a father vnto the poore, and when I knewe not the cause, I sought it out diligently.

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17 I brake also the chawes of the vnrighteous man, and pluckt the praye out of his teeth.

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18 Then I sayde, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiplie my dayes as the sand.

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19 For my roote is spread out by the water, and the dewe shall lye vpon my branche.

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20 My glory shall renue towarde me, and my bowe shall be restored in mine hand.

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21 Vnto me men gaue eare, and wayted, and helde their tongue at my counsell.

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22 After my wordes they replied not, and my talke dropped vpon them.

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23 And they wayted for me, as for the raine, and they opened their mouth as for the latter rayne.

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24 If I laughed on them, they beleeued it not: neither did they cause the light of my countenance to fall.

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25 I appoynted out their way, and did sit as chiefe, and dwelt as a King in the army, and like him that comforteth the mourners.

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