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1 9 weie of vyneris. Passe he to ful greet heete fro the watris

20 of snowis, and the synne of hym til to hellis. Merci for3ete
hym ; his swetnesse be a worm ; be he not in mynde, but

2 1 be he al to-brokun as a tre vnfruytful. For he fedde the
bareyn, and hir that childith not, and he dide not wel to

22 the wide we. He drow doun stronge men in his strengthe ;
and whanne he stondith m greet slate, he schal not bileue

23 to his lijf. God ^af to hym place of penaunce, and he
mysusith that in to pride ; for the i5en of God ben in the

24weies of that man. Thei ben reisid at a litil, and thei
schulen not stonde ; and thei schulen be maad low as alle
thingis, and thei schulen be takun awei ; and as the hy3-

25 nessis of eeris of corn thei schulen be al to-brokun. That
if it is not so, who may repreue me, that Y liede, and putte
my wordis bifor God .''

Cap. XXV.

1, 2 FoRSOTHE Baldach Suytes answeride, and seide, Power and
drede is anentis hym, that is, God, that makith acordyng in

3 hise hi3e thingis. Whether noumbre is of hise kny3lis ? and

4 on whom schyneth not his li^t .? Whether a man compari-
sound to God mai be iustified, ether borun of a womman

5 mai appere cleene .'' Lo ! also the moone schyneth not, and



6 Sterns ben not cleene in his si^t ; hou miche more a man
rot, and the sone of a man a worm, is vncleeite atid vile, if
he is co??iparisoufid to God.


1,2 FoRSOTHE Joob answeride, and seide, Whos helpere art
thou ? whether of the feble, and susteyneste the arm of hym,

3 which is not strong ? To whom hast thou 3oue counsel ?
In hap to hym that hath not wisdom ; and thou hast schewid

4ful myche prudence. Ether whom woldist thou teche?

5 whether not hym, that made brething ? Lo ! giauntis weilen

6vnder w^atris, and thei that dwellen with hem. Helle is

7 nakid bifor hym, and noon hilyng is to perdicioun. Which
God stretchith forth the north on voide thing, and hangith

8 the erthe on nou3t. Which God byndith watris in her

9 cloudis, that tho breke not out togidere dounward. Whych
God holdith the cheer of his seete, and spredith abrood

lotheron his cloude. He hath cumpassid a terme to watris,
1 1 til that li3t and derknessis be endid. The pilers of heuene
i2tremblen, and dreden at his wille. In the strengthe of hym

the sees weren gaderid togidere sudeynly, and his prudence
i3smoot the proude. His spiryt ournede heuenes, and the

crokid serpent was led out bi his hond, ledynge out
14 as a mydwijf ledith out a child. Lo ! these thingis ben

seid in partie of hise weyes ; and whanne we han herd

vnnethis a litil drope of his word, who may se the thundur

of his greetnesse ?


I, 2 Also Joob addide, takynge his parable, and seide, God
lyueth, that hath take awey my doom, and Almy3ti God,


3 that hath broii^t my soule to bitternesse. For as long as

4 breeth is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nose-thirlis,
my hppis schulen not speke wickidnesse, nether my tunge

5 schal thenke a leesyng. Fer be it fro me, that Y deme 50U
iust; til Y faile, Y schal not go awei fro myn innocence.

6 Y schal not forsake my iustifiyng, which Y bigan to holde ;

7 for myn herte repreueth me not in al my lijf. As my wickid
S enemy doth ; myn aduersarie is as wickid. For what is the

hope of an ypocrite, if he rauyschith gredili, and God de-

i) lyuerith not his soule ? Whether God schal here the cry of

lohym, whanne angwisch schal come on hym? ether whether

he may delite in Almy5ti God, and inwardli clepe God in

1 1 al tyme ? Y schal teche 50U bi the hond of God, what

1 2 thingis Almy5ti God hath ; and Y schal not hide. Lo ! alle
36 knowen, and what speken 56 veyn thingis- with out cause?

1 3 This is the part of a wickid man anentis God, and the
eritage of violent men, e//ier rauenours, whiche thei schulen

1 4 take of Almy^ti God. If hise children ben multiplied, thei
schulen be slayn in swerd; and hise sones sones schulen

i.f not be fillid with breed. Thei, that ben residue of hym,
schulen be biried in perischyng; and the widewis of hym

16 schulen not wepe. If he gaderith togidere siluer as erthe,

1 7 and makith redi clothis as cley; sotheli he made redi, but
a iust man schal be clothid in tho, and an innocent man

18 schal departe the siluer. As a niou3te he hath bildid his
i9hous, and as a kepere he made a schadewyng place. A

riche man, whanne he schal die, schal bere no thing with
hym ; he schal opene hise i5en, and he schal fynde no thing.

20 Pouert as water schal take hym ; and tempeste schal op-

21 presse hym in the ny3t. Brennynge wynd schal take hym,
and schal do awei ; and as a whirlewynd it schal rauysche

22 hym fro his place. He schal sende out tiinneniis on hym,
23 and schal not spare ; he flcynge schal fie fro his hond. He

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schal streyne hise hondis on him, and he schal hisse on
h}Tn, and schal biholde his place.


1 SiLUER hath bigynnyngis of his veynes ; and a place is to

2 gold, in which it is wellid togidere. Irun is takun fro erthe,
and a stoon resolued, ethir meltid, bi heete, is turned in to

.-; money. God hath set tyme to derknessis, and he biholdith

4 the ende of alle thingis. Also a stronde departith a stoon of
derknesse, and the schadewe of deth, fro the puple goynge
in pilgrymage ; it departith tho hillis, whiche the foot of a

5 nedi man format, and hillis with out weie. The erthe, wher-

6 of breed cam forth in his place, is destried bi fier. The
place of saphir ben stoonys therof, and the clottis therof ben

7 gold. A brid knewe not the weie, and the i^e of a vultur,

8 ethir rauenouse brid, bihelde it not. The sones of marchauntis

9 tretiden not on it, and a lyonesse passide not therbi. God
stretchide forth his bond to a flynt; he distriede hillis fro

10 the rootis. He hewide doun ryuers in stoonys; and his i3e

1 1 si;5 al precious thing. And he sou^te out the depthis of

lafloodis; and he brou5te forth hid thingis in to li5t. But

where is wisdom foundun, and which is the place of vndur-

13 stondyng ? A man noot the prijs therof, nether it is foundun

1 4 in the lond of men lyuynge swetli, ether delicatli. The depthe
of watris seith, It is not in me ; and the see spekith, It is not

15 with me. Gold ful cleene schal not be 50uun for wisdom,

16 nether siluer schal be weied in the chaungyng therof. It
schal not be comparysound to the died colours of lynde, not
to the moost preciouse stoon of sardius, nether to saphir.

17 Nether gold, nether glas schal be maad euene worth therto ;

18 and hi3e and fer-apperynge vessels of gold schulen not be
chaungid for wisdom, nether schulen be had in mynde in


comparisoun therof. Forsothe wisdom is drawun of ]:)ryuy
i9thingis; topasie of Elhiope schal not be maad euene worth

to wisdom, and moost preciouse diyngis schulen not be set
20 togidere in prijs, c///er comparisound, therto. Therfor wherof

cometh wisdom, and which is the place of vndurstondyng?
2 1 It is hid fro the i5en of alle lyuynge men ; also it is hid fro
2 2 briddis of heuene. Perdicioun and deeth seiden, With oure

23 eeris we herden the fame therof. God vndurstondith the

24 weye therof, and he knowith the place therof. For he bihold-
ith the endis of the world, and biholdith alle thingis that ben

25 vndur heuene. Which God made vvei5te to wyndis, and

26 weiede watris in mesure. Whanne he settide lawe to reyn,

27 and weie to tempestis sownynge; thanne he si3 wisdom, and

28 telde out, and made redi, and sou5te out. And he seide to
man, Lo ! the drede of the Lord, thilke is wisdom ; and to
go awei fro yuel, is vndurstondyng.

Cap. XXIX.

1, 2 Also Joob addide, takynge his parable, and seide, Who
3yueth to me, that I be bisidis the elde monethis, bi the daies

3 in whiche God kepte me t Whanne his lanterne schynede

4 on myn heed, and Y ^ede in derknessis at his li3t. As Y
was in the daies of my ^ongthe, whanne in priuete God was

5 in my tabernacle. Wlianne Almy3ti God was with me, and

6 my children weren in my cumpas ; whanne Y waischide my
feet in botere, and the stoon schedde out to me the stremes

7 of oile ; whanne Y 5ede forth to the 3ate of the citee, and in

8 the street thei maden redi a chaier to me. 30"^^ men, that
is, cvan/oim, sien me, and weren hid, and elde men risynge

9 vp stoden ; princes ceessiden to speke, and puttiden the
lo fyngur on her mouth ; duykis refreyneden her vois, and her
) 1 tunge cleuydc to her throte. An eere herynge blesside me,

38 JOB, XXX.

12 and an i^e seynge 5eldidc witnessyng to me ; for Y hadde
delyueride a pore man criynge, and a fadirles child, that

13 hadde noon helpere. The blessyng of a man to perische

14 cam on me, and Y coumfortide the herte of a widewe. Y
was clothid with ri3tfulnesse ; and Y clothide me as with a

15 cloth, and with my doom a diademe. Y was i5e to a blynde

16 man, and foot to a crokyd man. Y was a fadir of pore
men; and Y enqueride most diligentli the cause, which Y

17 knew not. Y al tobrak the grete teeth of the wickid man,
1 3 and Y took awei prey fro hise teeth. iVnd Y seide, Y schal

die in my nest ; and as a palm tre Y schal multiplie daies.

19 My roote is openyde bisidis watris, and deew schal dwelle in

20 my repyng. My glorie schal euere be renuUd, and my

21 bouwe schal be astorid in myn hond. Thei, that herden
me, abiden my sentence ; and thei weren ententif, and weren

■22 stille to my counsel. Thei dursten no thing adde to my

23 wordis ; and my speche droppide on hem. Thei abididen
me as reyn ; and thei openyden her mouth as to the softe

24 reyn comynge late. If ony tyme Y lei^ide to hem, thei
bileueden not ; and the li^t of my cheer felde not doun in to

25 erthe. If Y wolde go to hem, Y sat the firste ; and whanne
Y sat as kyng, while the oost stood aboute, netheles Y was
comfortour pf hem that morenyden.

Cap. XXX.

1 But now ^ongere men in tyme scornen me, whos fadris

2 Y deynede not to sette with the doggis of my flok. Of
whiche men the vertu of hondis was for nou^t to me, and

3 thei weren gessid vnworthi to that lijf. Thei werefi bareyn
for nedynesse and hungur ; that gnawiden in wildirnesse,

4 and weren pale for pouert and wretchidnesse ; and eeten
eerbis, and the ryndis of trees ; and the roote of iunyperis

JOB, XXX, 39

5 was her mete. Whiche men rauyschiden these thingis fro
grete valeis ; and whannc thei hadden foundun ony of alle,

6 thei runnen with cry to tho. Thei dwelHden in dcseertis of
strondis, and in caues of erthc, ethir on grauel, c/hir on chy.

7 Whiche weren glad among siche thingis, and arettiden de-
s hccs to be vndur buschis. The sones of foolis and of vn-
9 noble men, and outirli apperynge not in erthe. But now

Y am turned in to the song of hem, and Y am maad a

10 prouerbe to hem. Thei holden me abhomynable, and fleen

1 1 fer fro me, and dreden not to spete on my face. For God
hath openyd his arowe-caas, and hath turmentid me, and

12 hath set a bridil in to my mouth. At the ri^tside of the eest
my wretchidnessis risiden anoon ; thei turneden vpsedoun
my feet, and oppressiden with her patliis as with floodis.

13 Thei destrieden my w^eies ; thei settiden tresoun to me, and
] 4 hadden the maistri ; and noon was that helpide. Thei felden

in on me as bi a brokun wal, and hi 5ate openyd, and weren
15 stretchid forth to my wretchidnessis. Y am dryuun in to

nou^t ; he took awei my desir as wynd, and myn helpe
i6passide awei as a cloude. But now my soule fadith in my
17 silf, and daies of turment holden me stidfastly. In ny^t my

boon is persid with sorewis ; and thei, that eten me, slepen
I Snot. In the multitude of tho my cloth is wastid, and thei

19 han gird me as with coler of a coote. Y am comparisound
to cley, and Y am maad lijk to a deed sparcle and aisch.

20 Y schal cry to thee, and thou schalt not here me ; Y stonde,

21 and thou biholdist not me. Thou art chaungid in to cruel
to me, and in the hardnesse of thin bond thou art aduersarie

22 to me. Thou hast reisid me, and hast set as on wynd; and

23 hast hurtlid me doun strongli. Y woot, that thow schalt
bitake me to deeth, where an hows is ordeyned to ech

24 lyuynge man. Nelheles thou sendist not out thin bond to
the wastyng of hem; and if thei fallen doun, thou schalt


25 saue. Y wepte sum tyme on him, that was turmentid, and

26 my soule hadde compassioun on a pore man. Y abood
goodis, and yuelis ben comun to me ; Y abood li5t, and

27 derknessis braken out. INIyn ynnere thingis buyliden out
with outen my reste ; daies of turment camen bifor me.

28 Y 5ede morenynge, and Y roos with out vvoodnesse in the

29 cumpenye, and criede. Y was the brother of dragouns, and
33 the felow of ostrigis. My skyn was maad blak on me, and
31 my boonys drieden for heete. Myn harpe is turned in to

morenyng, and myn orgun in to the vois of weperis.

Cap. XXXI.

1 I MADE couenaunt with myn i5en, that Y schulde not

2 thenke of a virgyn. For what part schulde God aboue haue

3 in me, and eritage Almy^ti God of hi;e thingis .? Whether
perdicioun is not to a wickid man, and aHenacioun 0/ God

4 is to men worchynge wickidnesse .? Whether he biholdith

5 not my weies, and noumbrith alle my goyngis .? If Y ^ede

6 in vanyte, and my foot hastide in gile, God weie me in

7 a iust balaunce, and knowe my symplenesse. If my step
bowide fro the weie; if myn i^e suede myn herte, and a

8 spotte cleuede to myn hondis ; sowe Y, and another ete,

9 and my generacioun be drawun out bi the root. If myn
herte was disseyued on a womman, and if Y settide aspies

J oat the dore of my frend; my wijf be the hoore of anothir

1 1 man, and othir men be bowid doun on hir. For this is

1 2 vnleueful, and the moost wickidnesse. Fier is deourynge
til to wastyng, and drawynge vp bi the roote alle genera-

i3ciouns. If Y dispiside to take doom with my seruaunt and

14 myn hand mayde, whanne thei stryueden a^ens me. What

sotheli schal Y do, whanne God schal rise to deme.? and

whanne he schal axe, what schal Y answere to hym.?


15 Whether he, that wrou^te also hym, made not me in the
iCwombe, and o God formede me in the wombc ? If Y dcnyede

to pore men that, that thei wolden, and if Y made the i^en
1 7 of a wydewe to abide : if Y aloone eet my mussel, and a
iSfaderles child eet not therof; for merciful doyng encreesside

with me fro my ^ong childhed, and 5ede out of my modris
I'jwombe with me; if Y dispiside a man passynge forth, for

20 he hadde not a cloth, and a pore man with out hilyng ;
if hise sidis blessiden not me, and was not maad hoot

21 of the fleeces of my scheep; if Y reiside myn hond on
a fadirles child, 3he, w^hanne Y si^ me the hi3ere in the

2 2 5ate; my schuldre falle fro his ioynt, and myn arm with hise

2 3boonys be al to-brokun. For euere Y dredde God, as

wawis wexynge gret on me ; and Y my3te not bere his

24birthun. If Y gesside gold my strengthe, and if Y seide

25 to purid gold. Thou art my trist ; if Y was glad on my
many ritchessis, and for myn hond foond ful many thingis ;

26 if Y si^ the sunne, whanne it schynede, and the moone
2 7goynge clereli ; and if myn herte was glad in priuyte, and
28 if Y kisside myn hond with my mouth ; which is the moost
29 wickidnesse, and deniyng a^ens hi3este God; if Y hadde

ioye at the fallyng of hym, that hadde me, and if Y ioide

.:;c fulli, that yuel hadde founde hym ; for Y 5af not my throte

to do synne, that Y schulde asaile and curse his soule ;

31 if the men of my tabernacle seiden not, Who 5yueth, that

32 we be fillid of hise fleischis? a pilgryme dwellide not with

33 outforth ; my dore was opyn to a weiegoere ; if Y as man
hidde my synne, and helide my wickidnesse in my bosum ;

34 if Y dredde at ful greet multitude, and if dispisyng of ney3-
boris made me aferd ; and not more Y was stille, and ^ede

35 not out of the dore ; who jyueth an helpere to me, that
Almy3ti God here my desire? that he that demeth, write

36 a book, that Y bere it in my schuldre, and cumpasse it as


37 a coroun to me ? Bi alle my degrees Y schal pronounce it,

38 and Y schal as offre it to the prynce. If my lond crieth

39 a5ens me, and hise forewis wepen with it ; if Y eet fruytis
therof with out money, and Y turmentide the soule of erthe-

40 tileris of it ; a brere growe to me for wheete, and a thorn
for barli.


1 FoRSOTHE these thre men leften of to answere Joob, for

2 he semyde a iust man to hem. And Helyu, the sone of
Barachel Buzites, of the kynrede of Ram, was wrooth, and
hadde indignacioun ; forsothe he was wrooth a^ens Joob,

3 for he seide hym silf to be iust bifor God. Sotheli Helyu
hadde indignacioun a5ens the thre frendis of hym, for ihei
hadden not founde resonable answere, but oneli hadde con-

4dempned Joob. Therfor Helyu abood Joob spekynge, for

5 thei, that spaken, weren eldere men. But whanne he hadde

seyn, that thre ?7ien my^ten not answere, he was wrooth

6greetly. And Helyu, the sone of Barachel Buzites, an-

sweride, and seyde, Y am 5ongere in tyme, sotheU 5e ben

eldere ; therfor with heed holdun doun Y dredde to schewe

7 to 50U my sentence. For Y hopide that lengere age schulde
speke, and that the multitude of 5eeris schulden teche

8 wisdom. But as Y se, spirit is in men, and the enspiryng,
efher reuelacioim, of Almy5ti God 3yueth vndurstondyng.

9 Men of long lijf ben not wise, and elde men vndurstonden
TO not doom. Therfor Y schal seie, Here 5e me, and Y also

1 1 schal schewe my kunnyng to 50U. For Y abood 50urc
wordis, Y herde 50ure prudence, as long as 56 dispuytiden

12 in joure wordis. And as long as Y gesside 50U to seie ony
thing, Y bihelde ; but as Y se, noon is of 50U, that may

13 repreue Joob, and answere to hise wordis; lest perauenture
3e seien, We han founde wisdom ; God, and not man, hath


14 cast hym awei. Joob spak no thing to me, and Y not bi
1; 50ure wordis schal answere hym. Thei dredden, and an-

sweriden no more, and token awei speche from hem silf.
i6Therfor for Y abood, and thei spaken not, thei stoden, and
17 answeriden no more; also Y schal answere my part, and
iS Y schal schewe my kunnyng. For Y am ful of wordis,

and the spirit of my wombe, that is, mynde, constreyneth
19 me. Lo ! my wombe is as must with out spigot, ether a
2oveniyng, that brekith newe vessels. Y schal speke, and

brethe a^en a litil; Y schal opene my lippis, and Y schal

21 answere. Y schal not take the persoone of man, and Y

22 schal not make God euene to man. For Y woot not hou
long Y schal abide, and if my Makere take me awei after
a litil tyme.


1 Therfor, Joob, here thou my spechis, and herkene allc

2 my wordis. Lo ! Y haue openyd my mouth, my tunge

3 schal speke in my chekis. Of symple herte ben my wordis,

4 and my lippis schulen speke clene sentence. The spirit of
God made me, and the brething of Almy5ti God quykenyde

5 me. If ihou maist, answere thou to me, and stoonde thou

6 a^ens my face. Lo ! God made me as and thee ; and also

7 Y am formyd of the same cley. Netheles my myracle make
thee not afeerd, and myn eloquence be not greuouse to thee.

8 Therfor thou seidist in myn eeris, and Y herde the vois of
9thi wordis; Y am cleene, and with out gilt, and vnwemmed,

10 and wickidnesse is not in me. For God foond querels in

1 1 me, therfor he demyde me enemy to hym silf. He hath

12 set my feet in a stok; he kepte alle my pathis. Therfor
this thing it is, in which thou art not maad iust ; Y schal

13 answere to thee, that God is more than man. Thou stryuest

44 yoB^ XXXIII.

a5enus God, that not at alle wordis he answeride to thee.

14 God spekith onys, and the secounde tyme he rehersith not

15 the same thing. God spekith bi a dreem in the visioun of
ny3t, whanne sleep fallith on men, and thei slepen in the

16 bed. Thanne he openith the eeris of men, and he techith
I -hem, and techith prudence; that he turne awei a man fro

these thingis whiche he made, and delyuere hym fro pride ;

18 delyuerynge his soule fro corrupcioun, and his Hjf, that it

19 go not in to swerd. Also God blameth a symiere bi sorewe
in the bed, and makith alle the boonys of hym to fade.

20 Breed is maad abhomynable to hym in his lijf, and mete
1 1 desirable bifor to his soule. His fleisch schal faile for rot,

and hise boonys, that weren hilid, schulen be maad nakid.
22 His soule schal nei^e to corrupcioun, and his lijf to thingis
23bryngynge deeth. If an aungel, oon of a thousynde, is

24 spekynge for hym, that he telle the equyte of man, God
schal haue mercy on hym, and schal seie, Delyuere thou
hym, that he go not doun in corrupcioun ; Y haue founde

25 in what thing Y schal do merci to hym. His fleisch is
wastid of turmentis ; turne he a5en to the dales of his ^onge

2 6wexynge age. He schal biseche God, and he schal be
quemeful to hym ; and he schal se his face in hertly ioye,

27 and he schal 5elde to man his rijtfulnesse. He schal biholde
men, and he schal seie, Y haue synned, and verili Y haue
trespassid; and Y haue not resseyued, as Y was worthi.

28 For he delyueride his soule, that it schulde not go in to
2 9perischyng, but that he lyuynge schulde se lijt. Lo 1 God
3oworchith alle these thingis in thre tymes bi alle men; that

he a5en clepe her soulis fro corrupcioun, and li5lne in the
31 li^t of lyuynge men. Thou, Joob, perseyue, and here me,
o,i and be thou stille, the while Y speke. SotheH if thou hast

what thou schalt speke, answere thou to me, speke thou ;
33 for Y wole, that thou appere iust. That if thou hast not,


here thou me ; be thou stille, and Y schal teche thee


1 , 2 And Helyu pronounside, and spak also these thingis, Wise

men, here je my wordis, and lerned men, herkne ^e me ;

3 for the eere preueth wordis, and the throte demeth metis

4bi taast. Chese we doom to vs; and se we among vs,

5 what is the betere. For Job seide, Y am iust, and God

6 hath distried my doom. For whi lesynge is in demynge

7 me, and myn arowe is violent with out ony synne. Who
sis a man, as Joob is, that drynkith scornyng as watir? that

goith with men worchynge wickidnesse, and goith with vn-

9 feithful men ? For he seide, A man schal not plese God,

io3he, thou3 he renneth with God. Therfor ^e men hertid, //la/

is, vndurstondey here ^e me; vnpite, eihir criielte, be fer fro
II God, and wickidnesse fro Almy^ti God. For he schal ^elde

the werk of man to hym ; and bi the weies of ech man he
1 1 schal restore to hym. For verili God schal not condempne

with out cause; nether Almy5ti God schal distrie doom.
1 3 What othere man hath he ordeyned on the lond .f* ether
14 whom hath he set on the world, which he made.? If God

dressith his herte to hym, he schal drawe to hym silf his

15 spirit and blast. Ech fieisch schal faile togidere ; and a man

16 schal turne a^en in to aisch. Therfor if thou hast vndur-
stondyng, here thou that that is seid, and herkne the vois

17 of my speche. Whether he that loueth not doom may be
maad hool ? and hou condempnest thou so mychc him, that

iS is iust.-* Which seith to the kyng. Thou art apostata; which

i9clepith the duykis vnpitouse, ethir vnfeithful. Which takith

not the persoones of princes, nether knew a tyfaunt, whanne

he stryuede a^ens a pore man ; for alle men ben the werk

20 of hise hondis. Thei schulen die sudcynli, and at mydny5t


puplis schulen be troblid, ethir schulen he howid, as othere

bookis han ; and schulen passe, and schulen take awei a

21 violent man with out hond. For the i3en of God hen on

2 2 the weies of men, and biholdith alle goyngis of hem. No

derknessis ben, and no schadewe of deeth is, th^t thei, that

23 worchen wickidnesse, be hid there ; for it is no more in

24 the power of man, that he come to God in to doom. God
schal al to-breke many men and vnnoumbrable ; and schal

25 make othere men to stonde for hem. For he knowith the
werkis of hem; therfor he schal brynge yn ni5t, and thei

26 schulen be al to-brokun. He smoot hem, as vnpitouse

27 men, in the place of seinge men. Whiche ^eden awei fro
hym bi castyng afore, and nolden vndurstonde alle hise

28 weies. That thei schulden make the cry of a nedi man
to come to hym, and that he schulde here the vois of pore

29 men. For whanne he grauntith pees, who is that con-
dempneth? Sithen he hidith his cheer, who is that seeth
hym 1 And on folkis and on alle men he hath power to do

opsiche thingis. Which makith a man ypocrite to regne, for

31 the synnes of the puple. Therfor for Y haue spoke to

32 God, also Y schal not forbede thee. If Y crride, teche

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