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��4 Let us choose for us that which is

right; Let us know among ourselves wha'

is good.

8 For Job hath said ' I am righteous And God hath taken away m;

right; Notwithstanding my right I am

accounted a liar; My wound is incurable, though '.

am without transgression.' HVhat man is like Job, Who drinketh up scorning like water? 8 Who goeth in company with the

workers of iniquity, And walketh with wicked men. 9 For he hath said. 'It profiteth a

man nothing That he should be in accord with God/

"Therefore hearken unto me, ye

men of understanding: Far be it from God, that He should

do wickedness; And from the Almighty, that He

should commit iniquity. u For the work of a man will He

requite unto him, And cause every man to find ac- cording to his wa;

��12 Yea, of a surety, God will not do

wickedly, - Neither will the Almighty pervert

justice. 13 Who gave Him a charge over the

earth? Or who hath disposed the whole


14 If He set His heart upon man, If He gather unto Himself his spirit

and his breath;

15 A11 flesh shall perish together, And man shall return unto dust.

��16 If now thou hast understanding, hear this;

��Hearken to the voice of my words. 17 Shall even one that hateth right

govern? And wilt thou condemn Him that

is just and mighty 18 Is it fit to say to a king 'Thou art


Or to nobles: 'Ye are wicked'? 19 That respecteth not the persons of

princes, Nor regardeth the rich more than

the poor? For they all are the work of His


20 In a moment they die, even at mid- night; The people* are shaken and pass

away,, And the mighty are taken away

without hand.

21 For His eyes are upon the ways of

a man,

And He seeth all his goings. ^There is no darkness, nor shadow

of death, Where the workers of iniquity may

hide themselves. 23 For He doth not appoint a time

unto any man, When he should go before God in

judgment. M He breaketh in pieces mighty men

without inquisition, And setteth others in their stead. "Therefore He taketh knowledge

of their works; And He overturneth them in the

night, so that they are crushed. 26 He striketh them as wicked men

In the open sight of others; "Because they turned aside from

following Him, And would not have regard to any

of His ways;

"So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto Him,

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