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Do not condemn me; show me wherefore thou contendest with me. Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked. Hast thou eyes of flesh ? or seest thou as man seeth ? Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days, that thou inquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin ? Thou knowest that I am not wicked, and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand. Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me. Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the day; and wilt thou bring me into dust again? Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese. Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews. Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity. I am full of confusion ; therefore see thou mine affliction ; foritincreaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion ; and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.

Thou renewest thy witnesses against me; and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war

me.

are against me, wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb. Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me. Are not my days few ? Cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death.-Job x. 2-21.

Withdraw thine hand far from me, and let not thy dread make me afraid. Then call thou, and I will answer ; or let me speak, and answer thou

How many are mine iniquities and sins ? make me to know my transgression and my sin, Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy? Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro ? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble? for thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth ; thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.-Job xiii. 21.

Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble; he cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?

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clean thing out of an unclean ? Not one. Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass ; turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day. O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past: that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me. man die shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee : thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands. For now thou numberest my steps ; dost thou not watch over my sin ? My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.Job xiv. 1, &c. I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me. I

and thou regardest me not. Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.

Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance. For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.Job xxx. 20.

Why standest thou afar off, O Lord ? Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? Arise,

stand up,

O Lord; O God, lift up thine band; forget not the humble. The poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless. Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble ; thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear ; that the man of the earth may no more oppress.—Ps. x. 1, 12, 14, 17, 18.

Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth ; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. -Ps. xii. 1.

Hear the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry; give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips. Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal. Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night, thou hast tried me, and shall find nothing. I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God; incline thine ear unto me and hear my speech. Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee, from those that rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of

the eye,

hide me under the shadow of thy wings, from the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies who compass me about.—Ps. xvii. 1.

Save, Lord ; let the King hear us when we call.-Ps. xx. 9.

Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men; in whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes. But as for

me, I will walk in mine integrity : redeem me, and be merciful unto me.-Ps. xxvi. 8, &c.

Unto thee will I cry, O Lord, my rock ; be not silent to me, lest if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit ; hear the voice of my supplications when I cry unto thee: when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle. Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.—Ps. xxviii. 1, &c.

In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust, let me never be ashamed; deliver me in thy righteous

Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily; be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress ; therefore for thy name's sake lead me,

ness.

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