Job 9 CSB

Job's Reply to Bildad

1 Then Job answered:

References for Job 9:1

      2 Yes, I know what you've said is true, but how can a person be justified before God?a

      References for Job 9:2

        • a 9:2 - Jb 25:4
          3 If one wanted to take Him to court, he could not answer Godb once in a thousand [times].c

          References for Job 9:3

            • b 9:3 - Or court, God would not answer him
            • c 9:3 - Jb 9:14; 37:19; 38:3
              4 God is wise and all-powerful. Who has opposed Him and come out unharmed?
              5 He removes mountains without their knowledge, overturning them in His anger.d

              References for Job 9:5

                • d 9:5 - Ps 18:7; Mc 1:4; Mt 17:20
                  6 He shakes the earth from its place so that its pillars tremble.
                  7 He commands the sun not to shine and seals off the stars.e

                  References for Job 9:7

                    • e 9:7 - Isa 13:10; Jl 2:10,31; Zch 14:6
                      8 He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.fg

                      References for Job 9:8

                        • f 9:8 - Or and walks on the back of the sea god
                        • g 9:8 - Gn 1:1-2; Isa 44:24; 48:13
                          9 He makes [the stars]: the Bear,h Orion, the Pleiades,i and the constellationsj of the southern sky.

                          References for Job 9:9

                            • h 9:9 - Or Aldebaran
                            • i 9:9 - Jb 38:31-32; Isa 40:26; Am 5:8
                            • j 9:9 - Or chambers
                              10 He performs great and unsearchable things, wonders without number.k

                              References for Job 9:10

                                • k 9:10 - Jb 5:9; Ps 145:3; Isa 40:28
                                  11 If He passes by me, I wouldn't see Him; [if] He goes right by, I wouldn't recognize Him.l

                                  References for Job 9:11

                                    • l 9:11 - Jb 23:8-9; 35:14
                                      12 If He snatches [something], who can stopm Him? Who can ask Him, "What are You doing?"n

                                      References for Job 9:12

                                        • m 9:12 - Or dissuade
                                        • n 9:12 - Isa 14:27; 45:9; Dn 4:35
                                          13 God does not hold back His anger; Rahab's assistants cringe in fear beneath Him!o

                                          References for Job 9:13

                                            • o 9:13 - Jb 26:12; Ps 89:10; Isa 51:9
                                              14 How then can I answer Him or choose my arguments against Him?
                                              15 Even if I were in the right, I could not answer. I could only beg my judge for mercy.p

                                              References for Job 9:15

                                                • p 9:15 - Jb 8:5; 10:15; 40:2
                                                  16 If I summoned [Him] and He answered me, I do not believe He would pay attention to what I said.q

                                                  References for Job 9:16

                                                    • q 9:16 - Ps 17:6; 102:1-2; Jr 33:2-3
                                                      17 He batters me with a whirlwindr and multiplies my wounds without cause.

                                                      References for Job 9:17

                                                        • r 9:17 - Jb 30:22; Ps 83:15; Jnh 1:4
                                                          18 He doesn't let me catch my breath but soaks me with bitter experiences.
                                                          19 If it is a matter of strength, look, He is the Mighty One!s If it is a matter of justice, who can summont Him?u

                                                          References for Job 9:19

                                                            • s 9:19 - Jb 9:4; Isa 28:2; 40:26
                                                            • t 9:19 - Jr 49:19; 50:44
                                                            • u 9:19 - LXX; MT reads me
                                                              20 Even if I were in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, my mouth would declare me guilty.
                                                              21 Though I am blameless, I no longer care about myself; I renounce my life.v

                                                              References for Job 9:21

                                                                • v 9:21 - Jb 1:1; 10:1
                                                                  22 It is all the same. Therefore I say, "He destroys both the blameless and the wicked."w

                                                                  References for Job 9:22

                                                                    • w 9:22 - Jb 3:19; Gn 18:25; Ec 9:2-3
                                                                      23 When disaster brings sudden death, He mocks the despair of the innocent.x

                                                                      References for Job 9:23

                                                                        • x 9:23 - Jb 24:12; Ps 2:4; Hab 1:13
                                                                          24 The earthy is handed over to the wicked; He blindfoldsz its judges.{ If it isn't He, then who is it?

                                                                          References for Job 9:24

                                                                            • y 9:24 - Or land
                                                                            • z 9:24 - Lit covers the faces of
                                                                            • { 9:24 - Ps 10:11; Ec 8:11; Isa 3:1-4
                                                                              25 My days fly by faster than a runner;| they flee without seeing any good.

                                                                              References for Job 9:25

                                                                                • | 9:25 - a royal messenger; 2 Sm 18:19-33; 1 Kg 1:5; Est 3:13,15
                                                                                  26 They sweep by like boats made of papyrus, like an eagle swooping down on [its] prey.}

                                                                                  References for Job 9:26

                                                                                    • } 9:26 - Jb 39:27-29; Isa 18:1-2
                                                                                      27 If I said, "I will forget my complaint, change my expression, and smile,"
                                                                                      28 I would still live in terror of all my pains. I know You will not acquit me.~

                                                                                      References for Job 9:28

                                                                                        • ~ 9:28 - Jb 10:14-17; Nah 1:3
                                                                                          29 Since I will be found guilty, why should I labor in vain?

                                                                                          References for Job 9:29

                                                                                            •  9:29 - Jb 10:7,15; Ec 1:2; Isa 49:4
                                                                                              30 If I wash myself with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,
                                                                                              31 then You dip me in a pit [of mud], and my own clothes despise me!
                                                                                              32 For He is not a man like me, that I can answer Him,€ that we can take each other to court.

                                                                                              References for Job 9:32

                                                                                                • € 9:32 - Isa 55:9; Hs 11:9; Rm 9:20
                                                                                                  33 There is no one to judge between us, to lay his hand on both of us.

                                                                                                  References for Job 9:33

                                                                                                    •  9:33 - Jb 9:19; 1 Sm 2:25
                                                                                                      34 Let Him take His rod away from me so His terror will no longer frighten me.‚

                                                                                                      References for Job 9:34

                                                                                                        • ‚ 9:34 - Jb 6:4; 7:14; 13:21
                                                                                                          35 Then I would speak and not fear Him. But that is not the case; I am on my own.