Job Claims Innocence1Being weary in my soul, in moaning I will let loose upon myself my sayings; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul, being constrained. 2And I will say to the lord, [3not 2me 4to be impious 1Teach]! and why [3me 1have you so 2judged]? 3Or is it good to you that I should transgress? that I should forbid the works of your hands? [3the counsel 1and 4of the impious 2did you heed]? 4Or as a mortal sees -- do you look? or as [2sees 1a man] -- shall you see? 5Or your existence -- is it mankind? or your years -- a man's? 6For you searched out my lawlessnesses, and [2my sins 1you traced]. 7For you know that I did not act impious; but who is the one [2from out of 3your hands 1rescuing]? 8 Your hands shaped me and made me; after these things in turning you smote me. 9Remember that [2of clay 1you shaped me], and unto the earth [3me 1again 2you return]. 10Or [2not 5as 6milk 4me 1did you 3extract], and curdled me equal to cheese? 11But skin and meat you put on me, and with bones and nerves you entwined me. 12And life and mercy you put upon me, and by your overseeing you guarded my spirit. 13Having these things in yourself, I know that [2all things 1you are able to do]; [3is impossible 1and 4with you 2not one thing]. 14For if I should sin, you guard me; but from lawlessness [2not 5innocent 4me 1you have 3appointed]. 15For if I should be impious, alas; but if I might be just, I am not able to lift up the head, [3full 1for 4of dishonor 2I am]. 16For I am caught as a lion for slaughter; and again in turning [3awfully 2me 1you destroy]; 17renewing upon me my chastisement; [4anger 1and 3in great 2you dealt with me], and you brought [2against 3me 1trials]. 18Why then in the belly did you lead me out, and I did not die, that an eye [3me 1did not 2see], 19and that [2as if 3one not 4being 1I became]? For why [3from 4the womb 5unto 6the tomb 1was I not 2dismissed]? 20Or [2not 6little 1is 3the 4time 5of my existence]? Allow me to rest a little! 21before my going from where I shall not return, unto a land dark and dim; 22unto a land [2darkness 1of eternal], where there is no brightness, nor seeing the life of mortals.
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