Job 9:16-35 NIV

16 Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would give me a hearing.1

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17 He would crush me2 with a storm3 and multiply4 my wounds for no reason.5

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18 He would not let me regain my breath but would overwhelm me with misery.6

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19 If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty!7 And if it is a matter of justice, who will summon hima ?8

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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.9

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        • 38 9:20 - S ver 15
          21 "Although I am blameless,10 I have no concern for myself;11 I despise my own life.12

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          22 It is all the same; that is why I say, 'He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.'13

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          23 When a scourge14 brings sudden death, he mocks the despair of the innocent.15

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          24 When a land falls into the hands of the wicked,16 he blindfolds its judges.17 If it is not he, then who is it?18

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          25 "My days are swifter than a runner;19 they fly away without a glimpse of joy.20

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          26 They skim past21 like boats of papyrus,22 like eagles swooping down on their prey.23

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          27 If I say, 'I will forget my complaint,24 I will change my expression, and smile,'

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          28 I still dread25 all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me innocent.26

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          29 Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?27

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              30 Even if I washed myself with soapb28 and my hands29 with washing soda,30

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              31 you would plunge me into a slime pit31 so that even my clothes would detest me.32

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              32 "He is not a man33 like me that I might answer him,34 that we might confront each other in court.35

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              33 If only there were someone to arbitrate between us,36 to lay his hand upon us both,37

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                  34 someone to remove God's rod from me,38 so that his terror would frighten me no more.39

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                  35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,40 but as it now stands with me, I cannot.41

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