Job 9:16-35 NIV

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 hima ?

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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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