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Job: Chapter 9

Job acknowledges God's justice, 1-21. Man's innocence is not to be condemned by afflictions, 22-35.

1 Then Job answered and said,

2 "Truly I know that it is so, but how should man be just with God?

3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against him, and has prospered?

5 He removes the mountains, and they do not know, and he overturns them in his anger.

6 He shakes the earth out of her place, and its pillars tremble.

7 He commands the sun, and it does not rise, and also seals up the stars.

8 He alone spreads out the heavens, and treads upon the waves of the sea.

9 He made Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

10 He does great things past finding out, and even wonders without number.

11 Behold, he goes by me, and I do not see him. He passes on also, but I do not perceive him.

12 Behold, he takes away. Who can hinder him? Who will say to him, 'What are you doing?'

13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers stoop under him.

14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

15 Though I were righteous, yet I would not answer. But I would make supplication to my judge.

16 If I had called, and he had answered me, yet I would not believe that he had listened to my voice.

17 For he breaks me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause.

18 He will not allow me to take my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

19 If I speak of strength, behold, he is strong. And if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

20 If I justify myself, my own mouth will condemn me. If I say, 'I am perfect,' that also will prove me perverse.

21 Though I were perfect, yet I would not know my soul. I would despise my life.

22 This is one thing; therefore, I said, 'He destroys the perfect and the wicked.'

23 If the scourge slays suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.

24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the faces of its judges. If not, where, and who is he?

25 Now my days are swifter than a runner. They flee away. They see no good.

26 They have passed away as the swift ships, as the eagle that hastes to the prey.

27 If I say, 'I will forget my complaint. I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself,'

28 I am afraid of all my sorrows. I know that you will not hold me innocent.

29 If I am wicked, why then do I labor in vain?

30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands clean with lye,

31 Yet you will plunge me in the ditch, and my own clothes shall abhor me.

32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.

33 There is no judge between us, who might lay his hand upon us both.

34 Let him take away his rod from me, and do not let his fear terrify me.

35 Then I would speak, and not fear him, but it is not so with me."