Job 9 (Lexham English Bible)

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Job’s Third Speech: A Response to Bildad

1 Thena Job answered and said, 2 "Truly I know that [it is] so, butb how can a human being be just before God? 3 If he wants to contend with him, he cannot answer him one [time] in a thousand. 4 [He is] wise inc heart and mighty ind strength; who has resisted him and succeeded?e 5 "[He is the one] who moves mountains, and they do not know [how], who overturns them in his anger. 6 [He is the one] who shakes [the] earth from its place, and its pillars tremble. 7 [He is the one] who commands the sun, and it does not rise, {and he seals up the stars}.f 8 [He is the one] who alone stretches out [the] heavens and [who] tramples on [the] waves of [the] sea. 9 [He is the one] who made [the] Bear [and] Orion, [the] Pleiades and [the] constellations of [the] south. 10 [He is the one] who does great things {beyond understanding}g and marvelous things {beyond number}.h 11 "{If}i he passes by me, {I would not see him};j and [if] he should move on, {I would not recognize him}.k 12 {If}l he would snatch away, who could turn him? Who could say to him, 'What are you doing?' 13 God will not turn back his anger; beneath him the helpers of Rahab bow. 14 {How much less}m can I myselfn answer him? [How] can I choose my words with him, 15 whom I cannot answer, even though I am righteous? Fromo my judge I must implore grace. 16 If I summon [him], and he should answer me, I do not believe that he will listen to my voice-- 17 who crushes me with a tempest and multipliesp my wounds without cause. 18 He will not allow me to {catch}q my breath; rather, he will fill me with bitterness. 19 If {it is a matter of}r strength, look, [he is] mighty. Buts if {it is a matter of}t justice, who can summon me?u 20 Even though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me; [even though] I [am] blameless, yetv it would pronounce me guilty. 21 "I [am] blameless; I do not care about myself;w I loathe my life. 22 It [is all] one; therefore I say, 'He destroys [both the] blameless and [the] wicked.' 23 When the whipx kills suddenly, he mocks at [the] despair of [the] innocent. 24 The earth is given into [the] hand of [the] wicked; he covers the face of its judge-- if [it is] not [he], then who [is] it? 25 "And my days are swifter than a runner; they flee away; they do not see good. 26 They go by like papyrus skiffs, like an eagle swoops down on [its] prey. 27 Thoughy {I say},z 'I will forget my complaint; I will change my expression, and I will rejoice,' 28 I become afraid of all my sufferings; I know that you do not consider me innocent. 29 [If] I shall be [declared] guilty, why then should I labor in vain? 30 If I wash myself with soap,aa and I cleanse my hands with lye, 31 then you plunge me into the [slime] pit, and my clothes abhor me. 32 "Forbb [he is] not a mortal like me [that] I can answer him, [that] {we can come to trial together}.cc 33 There is no arbiter between us [that] he might lay his hand on both of us. 34 May he remove his rod from me, and let his dread not terrify me; 35 [then] I would speak and not fear him,dd for {in myself I am not fearful}.ee
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