In truth I know that this is so;
But how can a man be in the right before God?
3If one wished to dispute with Him,
He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.
4Wise in heart and mighty in strength,
Who has defied Him without harm?
5It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how,
When He overturns them in His anger;
6Who shakes the earth out of its place,
And its pillars tremble;
7Who commands the sun not to shine,
And sets a seal upon the stars;
8Who alone stretches out the heavens
And tramples down the waves of the sea;
9Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades,
And the chambers of the south;
10Who does great things, unfathomable,
And wondrous works without number.
11Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him;
Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.
12Were He to snatch away, who could restrain Him?
Who could say to Him, What are You doing?
13God will not turn back His anger;
Beneath Him crouch the helpers of Rahab.
14How then can I answer Him,
And choose my words before Him?
15For though I were right, I could not answer;
I would have to implore the mercy of my judge.
16If I called and He answered me,
I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.
17For He bruises me with a tempest
And multiplies my wounds without cause.
18He will not allow me to get my breath,
But saturates me with bitterness.
19If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one!
And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?
20Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me;
Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.
21I am guiltless;
I do not take notice of myself;
I despise my life.
22It is all one; therefore I say,
He destroys the guiltless and the wicked.
23If the scourge kills suddenly,
He mocks the despair of the innocent.
24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked;
He covers the faces of its judges.
If it is not He, then who is it?
25Now my days are swifter than a runner;
They flee away, they see no good.
26They slip by like reed boats,
Like an eagle that swoops on its prey.
27Though I say, I will forget my complaint,
I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful,
28I am afraid of all my pains,
I know that You will not acquit me.
29I am accounted wicked,
Why then should I toil in vain?
30If I should wash myself with snow
And cleanse my hands with lye,
31Yet You would plunge me into the pit,
And my own clothes would abhor me.
32For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him,
That we may go to court together.
33There is no umpire between us,
Who may lay his hand upon us both.
34Let Him remove His rod from me,
And let not dread of Him terrify me.
35Then I would speak and not fear Him;
But I am not like that in myself.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Of a truth I know that it is so: But how can man be just with God?
Indeed I know it is so, and that man cannot be justified compared with
Darby Bible Translation
Of a truth I know it is so; but how can man be just with �God?
English Revised Version
Of a truth I know that it is so: but how can man be just with God?
Webster's Bible Translation
I know it to be so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
World English Bible
"Truly I know that it is so, but how can man be just with God?
Young's Literal Translation
Truly I have known that it is so, And what -- is man righteous with God?
LibraryMarch 16 Morning
What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.--JAS. 4:14. My days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.--Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep . . . in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up: in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.--Man that is born of a woman …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
The Cause and Cure of Earthquakes
"O come hither, and behold the works of the Lord; what destruction he hath brought upon the earth!" Ps. 46:8. Of all the judgments which the righteous God inflicts on sinners here, the most dreadful and destructive is an earthquake. This he has lately brought on our part of the earth, and thereby alarmed our fears, and bid us "prepare to meet our God!" The shocks which have been felt in divers places, since that which made this city tremble, may convince us that the danger is not over, and ought …
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions
Washed to Greater Foulness
Turning to my text, let me say, that as one is startled by a shriek, or saddened by a groan, so these sharp utterances of Job astonish us at first, and then awake our pity. How much are we troubled with brotherly compassion as we read the words,--"If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me!" The sense of misery couched in this passage baffles description. Yet this is but one of a series, in which sentence …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 32: 1886
A Blow at Self-Righteousness
The sermon of this morning is intended to be another blow against our self-righteousness. If it will not die, at least let us spare no arrows against it; let us draw the bow, and if the shaft cannot penetrate its heart, it may at least stick in its flesh and help to worry it to its grave. I. Endeavouring to keep close to my text, I shall start with this first point--that THE PLEA OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS CONTRADICTS ITSELF. "If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me." Come, friend, thou who …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861
"Wash You, Make You Clean, Put Away the Evil of Your Doings from Before Mine Eyes; Cease to do Evil,"
Isaiah i. 16.--"Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil," &c. If we would have a sum of pure and undefiled religion, here it is set down in opposition to this people's shadow of religion, that consisted in external ordinances and rites. We think that God should be as well-pleased with our service as we ourselves, therefore we choose his commands which our humour hath no particular antipathy against and refuse others. But the Lord will not …
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning
The Power of God
The next attribute is God's power. Job 9:19. If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong.' In this chapter is a magnificent description of God's power. Lo, he is strong.' The Hebrew word for strong signifies a conquering, prevailing strength. He is strong.' The superlative degree is intended here; viz., He is most strong. He is called El-shaddai, God almighty. Gen 17:7. His almightiness lies in this, that he can do whatever is feasible. Divines distinguish between authority and power. God has both. …
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity
The Wisdom of God
The next attribute is God's wisdom, which is one of the brightest beams of the Godhead. He is wise in heart.' Job 9:9. The heart is the seat of wisdom. Cor in Hebraeo sumitur pro judicio. Pineda. Among the Hebrews, the heart is put for wisdom.' Let men of understanding tell me:' Job 34:44: in the Hebrew, Let men of heart tell me.' God is wise in heart, that is, he is most wise. God only is wise; he solely and wholly possesses all wisdom; therefore he is called, the only wise God.' I Tim 1:17. All …
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity
That the Self-Existent Being must be All-Powerful.
The self-existent being, the supreme cause of all things, must of necessity have infinite power.--This proposition is evident, and undeniable. For since nothing (as has been already proved,) can possibly be self-existent, besides himself; and consequently all things in the universe were made by him, and are entirely dependent upon him; and all the powers of all things are derived from him, and must therefore be perfectly subject and subordinate to him; it is manifest that nothing can make any difficulty …
Samuel Clarke—A Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God
"We have no Might. " 2 Chron. xx. 12
YET WE NEED IT VERY MUCH. We are in great weakness, and we need power, for there is a great multitude come against us. It is not the wisest policy to ignore the strength of our enemy. Jehoshaphat did not. It is well for us to know the strength of our foes, but let it not lead us to despair. Who shall number the host of the foes against whom we must fight? They come to rob us of our inheritance, and if we submit, we shall be enslaved. WE have no might, but WE KNOW WHO HAS. The pious king said …
Thomas Champness—Broken Bread
Whether it is Lawful for a Man to Confess a Sin which He Has not Committed?
Objection 1: It would seem that it is lawful for a man to confess a sin which he has not committed. For, as Gregory says (Regist. xii), "it is the mark of a good conscience to acknowledge a fault where there is none." Therefore it is the mark of a good conscience to accuse oneself of those sins which one has not committed. Objection 2: Further, by humility a man deems himself worse than another, who is known to be a sinner, and in this he is to be praised. But it is lawful for a man to confess himself …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Whether Negligence Can be a Mortal Sin?
Objection 1: It would seem that negligence cannot be a mortal sin. For a gloss of Gregory [*Moral. ix. 34] on Job 9:28, "I feared all my works," etc. says that "too little love of God aggravates the former," viz. negligence. But wherever there is mortal sin, the love of God is done away with altogether. Therefore negligence is not a mortal sin. Objection 2: Further, a gloss on Ecclus. 7:34, "For thy negligences purify thyself with a few," says: "Though the offering be small it cleanses the negligences …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
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