Job, Chapter 9

9:1 Then Job answered and said,
9:2 Of a truth I know that it is so: But how can common man be just with God?
9:3 If he is pleased to contend with him, He can't answer him one of a thousand.
9:4 [He is] wise in heart, and mighty in strength: Who has hardened himself against him, and prospered?--
9:5 [Him] who removes the mountains, and they do not know it, When he overturns them in his anger;
9:6 Who shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble;
9:7 Who commands the sun, and it does not rise, And seals up the stars;
9:8 Who alone stretches out the heavens, And treads on the waves of the sea;
9:9 Who makes the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;
9:10 Who does great things past finding out, Yes, marvelous things without number.
9:11 Look, he goes by me, and I don't see him: He passes on also, but I don't perceive him.
9:12 Look, he seizes [the prey], who can hinder him? Who will say to him, What are you doing?
9:13 God will not withdraw his anger; The helpers of Rahab stoop under him.
9:14 How much less shall I answer him, And choose out my words [to reason] with him?
9:15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet I would not answer; I would plead for mercy to my judge.
9:16 If I had called, and he had answered me, Yet I would not believe that he listened to my voice.
9:17 For he breaks me with a tempest, And multiplies my wounds without cause.
9:18 He will not allow me to take my breath, But fills me with bitterness.
9:19 If [we speak] of strength, look, [he is] mighty! And if of justice, Who, [he says,] will summon me?
9:20 Though I be righteous, my own mouth will condemn me: Though I be perfect, it will prove me perverse.
9:21 I am perfect; I do not regard my soul; I despise my life.
9:22 It is all one; therefore I say, He destroys the perfect and the wicked.
9:23 If the scourge slays suddenly, He will mock at the trial of the innocent.
9:24 The 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?
9:25 Now my days are swifter than a post: They flee away, they see no good.
9:26 They are passed away as the swift ships; As the eagle that swoops on the prey.
9:27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will put off my [sad] countenance, and be of good cheer;
9:28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that you will not hold me innocent.
9:29 I will be condemned; Why then do I labor in vain?
9:30 If I wash myself with snow, And clean my hands with lye;
9:31 Yet you will plunge me in the pit, And my own clothes will be disgusted with me.
9:32 For he is not a man as I am, that I should answer him, That we should come together in judgment.
9:33 If only there were an umpire between us That might lay his hand on us both,
9:34 [Then] he would take his rod away from me, And his terror would not make me afraid.
9:35 Then I would speak and not fear him; For I am not so in myself.

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