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"Listen carefully to my words; let this be the consolation you offer me.

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Bear with me and I will speak, and after I have spoken you may mock.

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Is my complaint against a man? If so, why should I not be impatient?

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Look at me and be appalled; put your hands over your mouths.

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For, when I think about this, I am terrified and my body feels a shudder.

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"Why do the wicked go on living, grow old, even increase in power?

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Their children are firmly established in their presence, their offspring before their eyes.

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Their houses are safe and without fear; and no rod of punishment from God is upon them.

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Their bulls breed without fail; their cows calve and do not miscarry.

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They allow their children to run like a flock; their little ones dance about.

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But their prosperity is not their own doing. The counsel of the wicked is far from me!

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How often are they like straw before the wind, and like chaff swept away by a whirlwind?

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You may say, 'God stores up a man's punishment for his children!' Instead let him repay the man himself so that he may know it!

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Let his own eyes see his destruction; let him drink of the anger of the Almighty.

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For what is his interest in his home after his death, when the number of his months has been broken off?

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Can anyone teach God knowledge, since he judges those that are on high?

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that the evil man is spared from the day of his misfortune, that he is delivered from the day of God's wrath?

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So how can you console me with your futile words? Nothing is left of your answers but deception!"
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