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Geneva Bible (1599): Job 30

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1 Bvt now they that are yonger then I, mocke me: yea, they whose fathers I haue refused to set with the dogges of my flockes.

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2 For whereto shoulde the strength of their handes haue serued mee, seeing age perished in them?

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3 For pouertie and famine they were solitary, fleeing into the wildernes, which is darke, desolate and waste.

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4 They cut vp nettels by the bushes, and the iuniper rootes was their meate.

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5 They were chased forth from among men: they shouted at them, as at a theefe.

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6 Therfore they dwelt in the clefts of riuers, in the holes of the earth and rockes.

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7 They roared among the bushes, and vnder the thistles they gathered themselues.

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8 They were the children of fooles and the children of villaines, which were more vile then the earth.

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9 And now am I their song, and I am their talke.

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10 They abhorre me, and flee farre from mee, and spare not to spit in my face.

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11 Because that God hath loosed my corde and humbled mee, they haue loosed the bridle before me.

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12 The youth rise vp at my right hand: they haue pusht my feete, and haue trode on me as on the paths of their destruction.

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13 They haue destroyed my paths: they tooke pleasure at my calamitie, they had none helpe.

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14 They came as a great breach of waters, and vnder this calamitie they come on heapes.

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15 Feare is turned vpon mee: and they pursue my soule as the winde, and mine health passeth away as a cloude.

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16 Therefore my soule is nowe powred out vpon me, and the dayes of affliction haue taken holde on me.

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17 It pearceth my bones in the night, and my sinewes take no rest.

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18 For the great vehemencie is my garment changed, which compasseth me about as the colar of my coate.

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19 He hath cast me into the myre, and I am become like ashes and dust.

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20 Whe I cry vnto thee, thou doest not heare me, neither regardest me, when I stand vp.

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21 Thou turnest thy selfe cruelly against me, and art enemie vnto mee with the strength of thine hand.

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22 Thou takest me vp and causest mee to ride vpon the winde, and makest my strength to faile.

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23 Surely I knowe that thou wilt bring mee to death, and to the house appoynted for all the liuing.

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24 Doubtles none can stretch his hand vnto the graue, though they cry in his destruction.

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25 Did not I weepe with him that was in trouble? was not my soule in heauinesse for the poore?

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26 Yet when I looked for good, euill came vnto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkenesse.

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27 My bowels did boyle without rest: for the dayes of affliction are come vpon me.

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28 I went mourning without sunne: I stood vp in the congregation and cryed.

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29 I am a brother to the dragons, and a companion to the ostriches.

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30 My skinne is blacke vpon me, and my bones are burnt with heate.

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31 Therefore mine harpe is turned to mourning, and mine organs into the voyce of them that weepe.

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