Job 9
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1Then Job answered and said:1Then Job answered:
2“Truly I know that it is so: But how can a man be in the right before God?2“Yes, I know that it is so, but how can a mortal be righteous before God?
3If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand times.3If one wished to contend with God, he could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.
4He is wise in heart and mighty in strength—who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?—4God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has resisted Him and prospered?
5he who removes mountains, and they know it not, when he overturns them in his anger,5He moves mountains without their knowledge and overturns them in His anger.
6who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble;6He shakes the earth from its place, so that its foundations tremble.
7who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars;7He commands the sun not to shine; He seals off the stars.
8who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the sea;8He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.
9who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south;9He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, of the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.
10who does great things beyond searching out, and marvelous things beyond number.10He does great things beyond searching out, and wonders without number.
11Behold, he passes by me, and I see him not; he moves on, but I do not perceive him.11Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him; were He to move, I would not recognize Him.
12Behold, he snatches away; who can turn him back? Who will say to him, ‘What are you doing?’12If He takes away, who can stop Him? Who dares to ask Him, ‘What are You doing?’
13“God will not turn back his anger; beneath him bowed the helpers of Rahab.13God does not restrain His anger; the helpers of Rahab cower beneath Him.
14How then can I answer him, choosing my words with him?14How then can I answer Him or choose my arguments against Him?
15Though I am in the right, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.15For even if I were right, I could not answer. I could only beg my Judge for mercy.
16If I summoned him and he answered me, I would not believe that he was listening to my voice.16If I summoned Him and He answered me, I do not believe He would listen to my voice.
17For he crushes me with a tempest and multiplies my wounds without cause;17For He would crush me with a tempest and multiply my wounds without cause.
18he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness.18He does not let me catch my breath, but overwhelms me with bitterness.
19If it is a contest of strength, behold, he is mighty! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?19If it is a matter of strength, He is indeed mighty! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?
20Though I am in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.20Even if I were righteous, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would declare me guilty.
21I am blameless; I regard not myself; I loathe my life.21Though I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my own life.
22It is all one; therefore I say, ‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’22It is all the same, and so I say, ‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’
23When disaster brings sudden death, he mocks at the calamity of the innocent.23When the scourge brings sudden death, 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, who then is it?24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He blindfolds its judges. If it is not He, then who is it?
25“My days are swifter than a runner; they flee away; they see no good.25My days are swifter than a runner; they flee without seeing good.
26They go by like skiffs of reed, like an eagle swooping on the prey.26They sweep by like boats of papyrus, like an eagle swooping down on its prey.
27If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face, and be of good cheer,’27If I were to say, ‘I will forget my complaint and change my expression and smile,’
28I become afraid of all my suffering, for I know you will not hold me innocent.28I would still dread all my sufferings; I know that You will not acquit me.
29I shall be condemned; why then do I labor in vain?29Since I am already found guilty, why should I labor in vain?
30If I wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye,30If I should wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye,
31yet you will plunge me into a pit, and my own clothes will abhor me.31then You would plunge me into the pit, and even my own clothes would despise me.
32For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together.32For He is not a man like me, that I can answer Him, that we can take each other to court.
33There is no arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both.33Nor is there a mediator between us, to lay his hand upon us both.
34Let him take his rod away from me, and let not dread of him terrify me.34Let Him remove His rod from me, so that His terror will no longer frighten me.
35Then I would speak without fear of him, for I am not so in myself.35Then I would speak without fear of Him. But as it is, I am on my own.
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