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?
      5 He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.
      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.
      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.
      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?’
      13 God does not restrain his anger; even the cohorts of Rahab cowered at his feet.
      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.
          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.
          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.
                  24 When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?
                  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,
                      31 you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.
                      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.
                          35 Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.
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