Job 9
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1Then Job replied:1Then Job answered and said,
2"Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?2I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
3Though they wished to dispute with him, they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.3If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.
4His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?4He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?
5He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.5Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.
6He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble.6Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
7He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars.7Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.
8He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.8Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
9He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.9Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
10He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.10Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.
11When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.11Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.
12If he snatches away, who can stop him? Who can say to him, 'What are you doing?'12Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?
13God does not restrain his anger; even the cohorts of Rahab cowered at his feet.13If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.
14"How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?14How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?
15Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.15Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.
16Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would give me a hearing.16If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.
17He would crush me with a storm and multiply my wounds for no reason.17For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.
18He would not let me catch my breath but would overwhelm me with misery.18He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.
19If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty! And if it is a matter of justice, who can challenge him?19If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?
20Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.20If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
21"Although I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my own life.21Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.
22It is all the same; that is why I say, 'He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.'22This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
23When a scourge brings sudden death, he mocks the despair of the innocent.23If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
24When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?
25"My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy.25Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.
26They skim past like boats of papyrus, like eagles swooping down on their prey.26They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.
27If I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile,'27If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:
28I still dread all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me innocent.28I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.
29Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?29If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?
30Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with cleansing powder,30If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;
31you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.31Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.
32"He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.32For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.
33If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together,33Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.
34someone to remove God's rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.34Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:
35Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.35Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.
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