Job 9 New American Standard Bible

Job's Inability to Answer God

9 1  Then Job answered , 2  "In truth I know that this is so ; But how can a man be in the right before God ? 3  "If one wished to dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand times. 4  " Wise in heart and mighty in strength , Who has defied e Him without harm ? 5  " It is God who removes the mountains , they know not how, When He overturns them in His anger ; 6  Who shakes the earth out of its place , And its pillars tremble ; 7  Who commands the sun not to shine , And sets a seal upon the stars ; 8  Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea ; 9  Who makes the Bear , Orion and the Pleiades , And the chambers of the south ; 10  Who does great things , unfathomable e e , And wondrous works without e number . 11  "Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him; Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him. 12  "Were He to snatch away , who could restrain Him? Who could say to Him, ' What are You doing ?' 13  "God will not turn back His anger ; Beneath Him crouch the helpers of Rahab .

14  "How then e can I answer Him, And choose my words before Him? 15  "For though I were right , I could not answer ; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge . 16  "If I called and He answered me, I could not believe that He was listening to my voice . 17  "For He bruises me with a tempest And multiplies my wounds without cause . 18  "He will not allow me to get my breath , But saturates me with bitterness . 19  "If it is a matter of power , behold , He is the strong one ! And if it is a matter of justice , who can summon Him? 20  " Though I am righteous , my mouth will condemn me; Though I am guiltless , He will declare me guilty . 21  "I am guiltless ; I do not take notice of myself ; I despise my life .

22  "It is all one ; therefore e I say , 'He destroys the guiltless and the wicked .' 23  "If the scourge kills suddenly , He mocks the despair of the innocent . 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?

25  "Now my days are swifter than a runner ; They flee away , they see no good . 26  "They slip by like reed boats , Like an eagle that swoops on its prey . 27  "Though I say , 'I will forget my complaint , I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful ,' 28  I am afraid of all my pains , I know that You will not acquit me. 29  "I am accounted wicked , Why then should I toil in vain ? 30  "If I should wash myself with snow And cleanse my hands with lye , 31  Yet You would plunge me into the pit , And my own clothes would abhor me. 32  "For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together . 33  "There is no umpire between us, Who may lay his hand upon us both . 34  "Let Him remove His rod from me, And let not dread of Him terrify me. 35  "Then I would speak and not fear Him; But I am not like that in myself.

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