Then Job answered and said:
"Truly I know that it is so: But how can a man be 1in the right before God?
If one wished to 2contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand times.
He is 3wise in heart and mighty in strength --who has 4hardened himself against him, and succeeded?--
he who removes mountains, and they know it not, when he overturns them in his anger,
who 5shakes the earth out of its place, and 6its pillars tremble;
who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars;
who alone 7stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the sea;
who 8made 9the Bear and 10Orion, the Pleiades 11and the chambers of the south;
who does 12great things beyond searching out, and marvelous things beyond number.
Behold, he passes by me, and I 13see him not; he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
Behold, he snatches away; 14who can turn him back? 15Who will say to him, 'What are you doing?'
"God will not turn back his anger; beneath him bowed the helpers of 16Rahab.
1417How then can I 18answer him, choosing my words with him?
1519Though I am in the right, I cannot answer him; I must 20appeal for mercy to my accuser.a16
If I summoned him and he answered me, I would not believe that he was listening to my voice.
For he crushes me with a tempest and multiplies my wounds 21without cause;
he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
If it is a contest of 22strength, behold, he is mighty! If it is a matter of justice, who can 23summon him?b20
Though I am in the right, 24my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.
I am 25blameless; I regard not myself; I 26loathe my life.
It is all one; therefore I say, He 27destroys both the blameless and the wicked.
When 28disaster brings sudden death, he mocks at the calamityc of the innocent.
2429The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; he 30covers the faces of its judges-- 31if it is not he, who then is it?
"My 32days are swifter than 33a runner; they flee away; they see no good.
They go by like 34skiffs of reed, like 35an eagle swooping on the prey.
If I say, 36'I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face, and 37be of good cheer,'
I become 38afraid of all my suffering, for I know you will not 39hold me innocent.
I shall be 40condemned; why then do I labor in vain?
If I wash myself with snow and 41cleanse my hands with lye,
yet you will plunge me into a pit, and my own clothes will 42abhor me.
For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should 43come to trial together.
3344There is nod arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both.
3445Let him take his 46rod away from me, and let 47not dread of him terrify me.
Then I would speak without fear of him, for I am not so in myself.