Job 9
New Living TranslationHolman Christian Standard Bible
1Then Job spoke again:1Then Job answered:
2“Yes, I know all this is true in principle. But how can a person be declared innocent in God’s sight?2Yes, I know what you've said is true, but how can a person be justified before God?
3If someone wanted to take God to court, would it be possible to answer him even once in a thousand times?3If one wanted to take Him to court, he could not answer God once in a thousand times.
4For God is so wise and so mighty. Who has ever challenged him successfully?4God is wise and all-powerful. Who has opposed Him and come out unharmed?
5“Without warning, he moves the mountains, overturning them in his anger.5He removes mountains without their knowledge, overturning them in His anger.
6He shakes the earth from its place, and its foundations tremble.6He shakes the earth from its place so that its pillars tremble.
7If he commands it, the sun won’t rise and the stars won’t shine.7He commands the sun not to shine and seals off the stars.
8He alone has spread out the heavens and marches on the waves of the sea.8He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.
9He made all the stars—the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the southern sky.9He makes the stars: the Bear, Orion, the Pleiades, and the constellations of the southern sky.
10He does great things too marvelous to understand. He performs countless miracles.10He does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number.
11“Yet when he comes near, I cannot see him. When he moves by, I do not see him go.11If He passes by me, I wouldn't see Him; if He goes right by, I wouldn't recognize Him.
12If he snatches someone in death, who can stop him? Who dares to ask, ‘What are you doing?’12If He snatches something, who can stop Him? Who can ask Him, "What are You doing?"
13And God does not restrain his anger. Even the monsters of the sea are crushed beneath his feet.13God does not hold back His anger; Rahab's assistants cringe in fear beneath Him!
14“So who am I, that I should try to answer God or even reason with him?14How then can I answer Him or choose my arguments against Him?
15Even if I were right, I would have no defense. I could only plead for mercy.15Even if I were in the right, I could not answer. I could only beg my Judge for mercy.
16And even if I summoned him and he responded, I’m not sure he would listen to me.16If I summoned Him and He answered me, I do not believe He would pay attention to what I said.
17For he attacks me with a storm and repeatedly wounds me without cause.17He batters me with a whirlwind and multiplies my wounds without cause.
18He will not let me catch my breath, but fills me instead with bitter sorrows.18He doesn't let me catch my breath but soaks me with bitter experiences.
19If it’s a question of strength, he’s the strong one. If it’s a matter of justice, who dares to summon him to court?19If it is a matter of strength, look, He is the Mighty One! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?
20Though I am innocent, my own mouth would pronounce me guilty. Though I am blameless, it would prove me wicked.20Even if I were in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, my mouth would declare me guilty.
21“I am innocent, but it makes no difference to me— I despise my life.21Though I am blameless, I no longer care about myself; I renounce my life.
22Innocent or wicked, it is all the same to God. That’s why I say, ‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’22It is all the same. Therefore I say, "He destroys both the blameless and the wicked."
23When a plague sweeps through, he laughs at the death of the innocent.23When disaster brings sudden death, He mocks the despair of the innocent.
24The whole earth is in the hands of the wicked, and God blinds the eyes of the judges. If he’s not the one who does it, who is?24The earth is handed over to the wicked; He blindfolds its judges. If it isn't He, then who is it?
25“My life passes more swiftly than a runner. It flees away without a glimpse of happiness.25My days fly by faster than a runner; they flee without seeing any good.
26It disappears like a swift papyrus boat, like an eagle swooping down on its prey.26They sweep by like boats made of papyrus, like an eagle swooping down on its prey.
27If I decided to forget my complaints, to put away my sad face and be cheerful,27If I said, "I will forget my complaint, change my expression, and smile,"
28I would still dread all the pain, for I know you will not find me innocent, O God.28I would still live in terror of all my pains. I know You will not acquit me.
29Whatever happens, I will be found guilty. So what’s the use of trying?29Since I will be found guilty, why should I labor in vain?
30Even if I were to wash myself with soap and clean my hands with lye,30If I wash myself with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,
31you would plunge me into a muddy ditch, and my own filthy clothing would hate me.31then You dip me in a pit of mud, and my own clothes despise me!
32“God is not a mortal like me, so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial.32For He is not a man like me, that I can answer Him, that we can take each other to court.
33If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together.33There is no one to judge between us, to lay his hand on both of us.
34The mediator could make God stop beating me, and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment.34Let Him take His rod away from me so His terror will no longer frighten me.
35Then I could speak to him without fear, but I cannot do that in my own strength.35Then I would speak and not fear Him. But that is not the case; I am on my own.
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