Job 9:25-35 NIV

25 "My days are swifter than a runner;1 they fly away without a glimpse of joy.2

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26 They skim past3 like boats of papyrus,4 like eagles swooping down on their prey.5

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27 If I say, 'I will forget my complaint,6 I will change my expression, and smile,'

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28 I still dread7 all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me innocent.8

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29 Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?9

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      30 Even if I washed myself with soapa10 and my hands11 with washing soda,12

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      31 you would plunge me into a slime pit13 so that even my clothes would detest me.14

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      32 "He is not a man15 like me that I might answer him,16 that we might confront each other in court.17

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      33 If only there were someone to arbitrate between us,18 to lay his hand upon us both,19

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          34 someone to remove God's rod from me,20 so that his terror would frighten me no more.21

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          35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,22 but as it now stands with me, I cannot.23

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