Job 9 NIV


1 Then Job replied:

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      2 "Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can a mortal be righteous before God?1

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      3 Though one wished to dispute with him,2 he could not answer him one time out of a thousand.3

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          4 His wisdom4 is profound, his power is vast.5 Who has resisted6 him and come out unscathed?7

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          5 He moves mountains8 without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.9

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          6 He shakes the earth10 from its place and makes its pillars tremble.11
          7 He speaks to the sun and it does not shine;12 he seals off the light of the stars.13
          8 He alone stretches out the heavens14 and treads on the waves of the sea.15

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          9 He is the Maker16 of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.17

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          10 He performs wonders18 that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.19

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          11 When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.20

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          12 If he snatches away, who can stop him?21 Who can say to him, 'What are you doing?'22

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          13 God does not restrain his anger;23 even the cohorts of Rahab24 cowered at his feet.

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          14 "How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?25

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              15 Though I were innocent, I could not answer him;26 I could only plead27 with my Judge28 for mercy.29

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              16 Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would give me a hearing.30

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              17 He would crush me31 with a storm32 and multiply33 my wounds for no reason.34

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              18 He would not let me regain my breath but would overwhelm me with misery.35

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              19 If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty!36 And if it is a matter of justice, who will summon hima ?37

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                • a 9:19 - See Septuagint; Hebrew "me."
                  20 Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.38

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                    • 38 9:20 - S ver 15
                      21 "Although I am blameless,39 I have no concern for myself;40 I despise my own life.41

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                      22 It is all the same; that is why I say, 'He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.'42

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                      23 When a scourge43 brings sudden death, he mocks the despair of the innocent.44

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                      24 When a land falls into the hands of the wicked,45 he blindfolds its judges.46 If it is not he, then who is it?47

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                      25 "My days are swifter than a runner;48 they fly away without a glimpse of joy.49

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                      26 They skim past50 like boats of papyrus,51 like eagles swooping down on their prey.52

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                      27 If I say, 'I will forget my complaint,53 I will change my expression, and smile,'

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                      28 I still dread54 all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me innocent.55

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                      29 Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?56

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                          30 Even if I washed myself with soapb57 and my hands58 with washing soda,59

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                          31 you would plunge me into a slime pit60 so that even my clothes would detest me.61

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                          32 "He is not a man62 like me that I might answer him,63 that we might confront each other in court.64

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                          33 If only there were someone to arbitrate between us,65 to lay his hand upon us both,66

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                              34 someone to remove God's rod from me,67 so that his terror would frighten me no more.68

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                              35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,69 but as it now stands with me, I cannot.70

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