9:2 I know [it is] so of a truth: but how should man be a just with God?
(a) Job here answers Eliphaz and Bildad's
oration, touching the justice of God, and his innocency, confessing God to be
infinite in justice and man to be nothing in respect.
9:3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer
him one of a b thousand.
(b) Of a thousand things, which God could lay to
his charge, man cannot answer him one.
9:6 Which c
shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
(c) He declares the infirmity of man, by the
mighty and incomprehensible power that is in God, showing what he could do if
he would set forth his power.
maketh d Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades,
and the chambers of the south.
(d) These are the names of certain stars by which
he means that all stars both known and unknown are at his appointment.
9:11 Lo, he goeth e
by me, and I see [him] not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.
(e) I am not able to comprehend his works, which
are common and daily before my eyes, much less in those things, which are hid
9:12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? f
who will say unto him, What doest thou?
(f) He shows that when God executes his power, he
does it justly, as no one can control him.
9:13 [If] God g
will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers h
do stoop under him.
(g) God will not be appeased for anything that
man can say for himself for his justification.
(h) That is, all the reasons that men can lay to
approve their cause.
9:14 How much less shall I answer him, [and] choose
out i my words [to reason] with him?
(i) How should I be able to answer him by
eloquence? By which he notes his friends, who although they were eloquent in
talk, did not believe in their hearts, that which they spoke.
9:15 Whom, though I were righteous, [yet] would I k
not answer, [but] I would make supplication to my judge.
(k) Meaning, in his own opinion, signifying that
man will sometimes flatter himself to be righteous which before God is an
9:16 If I l
had called, and he had answered me; [yet] would I not believe that he had
hearkened unto my voice.
(l) While I am in pain I cannot break forth into
many inconveniences although I still know that God is just.
9:17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and
multiplieth my wounds m without cause.
(m) I am not able to feel my sins so great, as I
feel the weight of his plagues; and this he speaks to condemn his dullness and
to justify God.
9:19 If [I speak] of
strength, lo, [he is] n strong: and if
of judgment, who shall set me a time [to plead]?
(n) After he has accused his own weakness, he
continues to justify God and his power.
9:20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall
condemn me: o [if I say], I [am]
perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
(o) If I stood in my own defence yet God would
have just cause to condemn me if he examined my heart and conscience.
9:22 This [is] one [thing],
therefore I said [it], He destroyeth the p
perfect and the wicked.
(p) If God punishes according to his justice, he
will destroy them who are counted perfect as well as them that are wicked.
9:23 If the scourge q
slay suddenly, he will r laugh at the
trial of the innocent.
(q) That is, the wicked.
(r) This is spoken according to our apprehension,
as though he would say, If God destroyed only the wicked, (Job
5:3), why would he allow the innocent to be so long tormented by them?
9:24 The earth is given into the hand of the
wicked: s he covereth the faces of the
judges thereof; if not, where, [and] who t
(s) That they cannot see to do justice.
(t) That can show the contrary?
u I say, I will forget my complaint, I
will leave off my heaviness, and comfort [myself]:
(u) I think not to fall into these afflictions,
but my sorrows bring me to these manifold infirmities, and my conscience
9:29 [If] I be wicked, why
then x labour I in vain?
(x) Why does God not destroy me at once? thus he
speaks according to the infirmity of the flesh.
9:30 If I wash y
myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;
(y) Though I seem pure in my own eyes, yet all is
but corruption before God.
9:31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and
mine own z clothes shall abhor me.
(z) Whatever I would use to cover my filthiness
with, it would disclose me even more.
9:33 Neither is there any
daysman betwixt us, a [that] might lay
his hand upon us both.
(a) Who might make an accord between God and me,
speaking of impatience, and yet confessing God to be just in punishing him.
9:35 [Then] would I speak,
and not fear him; b but [it is] not so
(b) Signifying that God's judgments keep him in