1 Then Job replied:

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      2 “Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?

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

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          4 His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?

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

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

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          9 He is the Maker of the Beara and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

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          10 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.

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

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          12 If he snatches away, who can stop him? Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’

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          13 God does not restrain his anger; even the cohorts of Rahab 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?

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              15 Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.

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

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              17 He would crush me with a storm and multiply my wounds for no reason.

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

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              19 If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty! And if it is a matter of justice, who can challenge himb ?

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                • n 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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                      26 They skim past like boats of papyrus, like eagles swooping down on their prey.

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                      27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile,’

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

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

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                          30 Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with cleansing powder,

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

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                          32 “He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.

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                          33 If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together,

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

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

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