9 1THEN JOB answered and said, 2Yes, I know it is true. But how can mortal man be right before God? 3If one should want to contend with Him, he cannot answer one [of His questions] in a thousand. 4[God] is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has [ever] hardened himself against Him and prospered or even been safe? 5[God] Who removes the mountains, and they know it not when He overturns them in His anger; 6Who shakes the earth out of its place, and the pillars of it tremble; 7Who commands the sun, and it rises not; Who seals up the stars [from view]; 8Who alone stretches out the heavens and treads upon the waves and high places of the sea; 9Who made [the constellations] the Bear, Orion, and the [loose cluster] Pleiades, and the [vast starry] spaces of the south; 10Who does great things past finding out, yes, marvelous things without number. 11Behold, He goes by me, and I see Him not; He passes on also, but I perceive Him not. 12Behold, He snatches away; who can hinder or turn Him back? Who will say to Him, What are You doing? 13God will not withdraw His anger; the [proud] helpers of Rahab [arrogant monster of the sea] bow under Him. 14How much less shall I answer Him, choosing out my words to reason with Him 15Whom, though I were righteous (upright and innocent) yet I could not answer? I must appeal for mercy to my Opponent and Judge [for my right]. 16If I called and He answered me, yet would I not believe that He listened to my voice. 17For He overwhelms and breaks me with a tempest and multiplies my wounds without cause. 18He will not allow me to catch my breath, but fills me with bitterness. 19If I speak of strength, behold, He is mighty! And if of justice, Who, says He, will summon Me? 20Though I am innocent and in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, He would prove me perverse. 21Though I am blameless, I regard not myself; I despise my life. 22It is all one; therefore I say, God [does not discriminate, but] destroys the blameless and the wicked. 23When [His] scourge slays suddenly, He mocks at the calamity and trial of the innocent. 24The earth is given into the hands of the wicked; He covers the faces of its judges [so that they are blinded to justice]. If it is not [God], who then is it [responsible for all this inequality]? 25Now my days are swifter than a runner; they flee away, they see no good. 26They are passed away like the swift rowboats made of reeds, or like the eagle that swoops down on the prey. 27If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad countenance, and be of good cheer and brighten up, 28I become afraid of all my pains and sorrows [yet to come], for I know You will not pronounce me innocent [by removing them]. 29I shall be held guilty and be condemned; why then should I labor in vain [to appear innocent]? 30If I wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye, 31Yet You will plunge me into the ditch, and my own clothes will abhor me [and refuse to cover so foul a body]. 32For [God] is not a [mere] man, as I am, that I should answer Him, that we should come together in court. 33There is no umpire between us, who might lay his hand upon us both, [would that there were!] 34That He might take His rod away from [threatening] me, and that the fear of Him might not terrify me. 35[Then] would I speak and not fear Him, but I am not so in myself [to make me afraid, were only a fair trial given me].
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