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The number of his months are with His sons come to honour, and he thee, knoweth it not; Thou hast appointed his bounds that And they are brought low, but he

he cannot pass;

Turn from him, that he may rest,
Till he shall accomplish, as an hireling,

his day.

For there is hope of a tree, if it be

cut down,

That it will sprout again,

perceiveth it not of them.

But his flesh upon him shall have

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And that the tender branch thereof Wherefore do the wicked live,

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And bring forth boughs like a plant. They send forth their little ones like a But man dieth, and wasteth away: flock,

Yea, man giveth up the ghost, and And their children dance.

where is he?

As the waters fail from the sea,
And the flood decayeth and drieth up:
So man lieth down, and riseth not:
Till the heavens be no more, they
shall not awake,

Nor be raised out of their sleep.
O that thou wouldest hide me in the

They take the timbrel and harp,
And rejoice at the sound of the organ.
They spend their days in wealth,
And in a moment go down to the

Therefore they say unto God, Depart
from us;

For we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

grave, That thou wouldest keep me secret, What is the Almighty, that we should until thy wrath be past,

serve him?

That thou wouldest appoint me a set And what profit should we have, if time, and remember me! we pray unto him? If a man die, shall he live again? Lo, their good is not in their hand: All the days of my appointed time The counsel of the wicked is far from will I wait, till my change come. me.

And surely the mountain falling How oft is the candle of the wicked cometh to nought, put out?

And the rock is removed out of his And how oft cometh their destruction place.

upon them?

The waters wear the stones:
God distributeth sorrows in his anger.
Thou washest away the things which They are as stubble before the wind,
grow out of the dust of the earth; And as chaff that the storm carrieth
And thou destroyest the hope of man. away.

Thou prevailest for ever against him, God layeth up his iniquity for his and he passeth:


Thou changest his countenance, and He rewardeth him, and he shall know it.

And he shall drink of the wrath of But the thunder of his power who can

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And never eateth with pleasure.
They shall lie down alike in the dust,
And the worms shall cover them.
Have ye not asked them that go by

the way?

And do ye not know their tokens,



But where shall wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understand-

Man knoweth not the price thereof;
Neither is it found in the land of the


The depth saith, It is not in me;
And the sea saith, It is not with me.
It cannot be gotten for gold,

Neither shall silver be weighed for
the price thereof.

That the wicked is reserved to the It cannot be valued with the gold of

day of destruction?

They shall be brought forth to day of wrath.

God's Omniscience and Power.

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Hell is naked before him,
And destruction hath no covering.
He stretcheth out the north over the
empty place,

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And the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.

No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls:

For the price of wisdom is above rubies.

And hangeth the earth upon nothing.
He bindeth up the waters in his thick The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal



And the cloud is not rent under them. Neither shall it be valued with pure He holdeth back the face of his


And spreadeth his cloud upon it.
He hath compassed the waters with

Until the day and night come to an


Whence then cometh wisdom?
And where is the place of under-

Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all

And kept close from the fowls of the air.

Destruction and death say,

The pillars of heaven tremble
And are astonished at his reproof.
He divideth the sea with his power,
And by his understanding he smiteth with our ears.
through the proud.

By his Spirit he hath garnished the

His hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

Lo, these are parts of his ways:

We have heard the fame thereof

God understandeth the way thereof,
And he knoweth the place thereof.
For he looketh to the ends of the

And seeth under the whole heaven;
To make the weight for the winds;

But how little a portion is heard of And he weigheth the waters by

When he made a decree for the rain, And I caused the widow's heart to

And a way for the lightning of the


Then did he see it, and declare it ;
He prepared it, yea, and searched it


And unto man he said,
Behold, the fear of the Lord, that
is wisdom;

And to depart from evil is understand-

Oh that I were as in months past,


sing for joy.

put on righteousness and it clothed me; My judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

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As in the days when God preserved Behold, God is great, and we know


him not,

When his candle shined upon my Neither can the number of his years
be searched out.

And when by his light I walked For he maketh small the drops of

through darkness;

As I was in the days of my youth, When the secret of God was upon my tabernacle ;

When the Almighty was yet with me,


They pour down rain according to

the vapor thereof;

Which the clouds do drop
And distil upon man abundantly.
Also can any understand the spread-

When my children were about me; ings of the clouds,
When I washed my steps with butter, Or the noise of his tabernacle?
And the rock poured me out rivers of Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it,


When I went out to the gate through

the city,

When I prepared my seat in the


The young men saw me, and themselves:


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And covereth the bottom of the sea. With clouds he covereth the light; And commandeth not to shine by

the cloud that cometh betwixt. God's Wisdom unsearchable. At this also my heart trembleth, And is moved out of his place. Hear attentively the noise of his voice,

And the sound that goeth out of his mouth.

He directeth it under the whole heaven,

And his lightning unto the ends of the earth.

After it a voice roareth; he thundereth with the voice of his excellency;

And the fatherless, and him that had And none to help him.

The blessing of him that was ready God

he will not stay them when his voice is heard.

thundereth marvelously with


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Great things doeth he, which we By words without knowledge?
cannot comprehend.
Gird up now thy loins like a man;
For he saith to the snow, Be thou on For I will demand of thee, and an-

swer thou me.

the earth; Likewise to the small rain, and to Where wast thou when I laid the

the great rain of his strength. Then the beasts go into dens, And remain in their places.

Out of the south cometh the whirlwind:

And cold out of the north.

foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest ?

Or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundations there-
of fastened?

By the breath of God frost is given:
And the breadth of the waters is Or who laid the corner-stone thereof:
When the morning stars sang to-


Also by watering he wearieth the

thick cloud:

He scattereth his bright cloud:
Hearken unto this, Ŏ Job:
Stand still, and consider the wondrous
works of God.

Dost thou know when God disposed

And caused the light of his cloud



Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds,

The wondrous works of him which is

perfect in knowledge? Hast thou with him spread out the sky, Which is strong, and as a molten looking-glass?

Teach us what we shall say unto him;

For we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

And now men see not the bright light| which is in the clouds:

But the wind passeth, and cleanseth

Fair weather cometh out of the north:
With God is terrible majesty.
Touching the Almighty, we cannot
find him out:

He is excellent in power, and in judg-
ment, and in plenty of justice:
He will not afflict.

God challength Job to answer him.

And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Or who shut up the sea with doors,
When it brake forth, as if it had
issued out of the womb?
When I made the cloud the garment

And thick darkness a swaddling band
for it,

And brake up for it my decreed place,
And set bars and doors,
And said,

Hitherto shalt thou come, but no

And here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days;

And caused the day-spring to know his place;

Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea?

Or hast thou walked in search of the depth?

Have the gates of death been opened unto thee?

Or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?

Hast thou perceived the breadth of the

Declare if thou knowest it all.
Where is the way where light


And as for darkness, where is the

That thou shouldest take it to the That abundance of waters may cover bound thereof,


And that thou shouldest know the Canst thou send lightnings, that they paths to the house thereof? Knowest thou it, because thou wast

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Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?

Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

Which I have reserved against the

time of trouble,

Against the day of battle and war? By what way is the light parted, Which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?

Who hath divided a water-course for the overflowing of waters, Or a way for the lightning of thunder;

To cause it to rain on the earth,

where no man is ;

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may go,

And say unto thee, Here we are? Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts?

Or who hath given understanding to

the heart?

Who can number the clouds in wisdom?

Or who can stay the bottles of heaven,
When the dust groweth into hardness,
And the clods cleave fast together?
Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion?
Or fill the appetite of the young lions,
When they couch in their dens,
And abide in the covert to lie in wait?
Who provideth for the raven his food?
When his young ones cry unto God,

they wander for lack of meat.

God's Power visible in the Creation. Knowest thou the time when the

wild goats of the rock bring forth? Or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?

Canst thou number the months that they fulfil?

Or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?

Or who hath begotten the drops of They bow themselves, they bring


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forth their young ones, They cast out their sorrows. Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; They go forth, and return not unto them.

Who hath sent out the wild ass free?

Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in Or who hath loosed the bands of the

his season?

wild ass?

Or canst thou guide Arcturus with Whose house I have made the wilder

his suns?

Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven?

Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?


And the barren land his dwellings.
He scorneth the multitude of the city,
Neither regardeth he the crying of the

Canst thou lift up thy voice to the The range of the mountains is his

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