Job’s Third Speech: A Response to Bildad

1 Then Job answered and said,

References for Job 9:1

    • a 9:1 - Hebrew "And"
      2 "Truly I know that [it is] so, but how can a human being be just before God?

      References for Job 9:2

        • b 9:2 - Hebrew "and"
          3 If he wants to contend with him, he cannot answer him one [time] in a thousand.
          4 [He is] wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has resisted him and succeeded?

          References for Job 9:4

            • c 9:4 - Hebrew "of"
            • d 9:4 - Hebrew "of"
            • e 9:4 - Literally "he succeeded"
              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}.

              References for Job 9:7

                • f 9:7 - Literally "and behind [the] stars he seals up"
                  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} and marvelous things {beyond number}.

                  References for Job 9:10

                    • g 9:10 - Literally "until there is not understanding"
                    • h 9:10 - Literally "until there is not number"
                      11 "{If} he passes by me, {I would not see him}; and [if] he should move on, {I would not recognize him}.

                      References for Job 9:11

                        • i 9:11 - Literally "Look"
                        • j 9:11 - Literally "and I would not see"
                        • k 9:11 - Literally "and I would not recognize him"
                          12 {If} he would snatch away, who could turn him? Who could say to him, 'What are you doing?'

                          References for Job 9:12

                            • l 9:12 - Literally "Look"
                              13 God will not turn back his anger; beneath him the helpers of Rahab bow.
                              14 {How much less} can I myself answer him? [How] can I choose my words with him,

                              References for Job 9:14

                                • m 9:14 - Literally "Also for"
                                • n 9:14 - Emphatic personal pronoun
                                  15 whom I cannot answer, even though I am righteous? From my judge I must implore grace.

                                  References for Job 9:15

                                    • o 9:15 - Hebrew "To"
                                      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 multiplies my wounds without cause.

                                      References for Job 9:17

                                        • p 9:17 - Hebrew "he multiplies"
                                          18 He will not allow me to {catch} my breath; rather, he will fill me with bitterness.

                                          References for Job 9:18

                                            • q 9:18 - Literally "return," or "regain"
                                              19 If {it is a matter of} strength, look, [he is] mighty. But if {it is a matter of} justice, who can summon me?

                                              References for Job 9:19

                                                • r 9:19 - Literally "for"; see NASB, NIV, NET
                                                • s 9:19 - Hebrew "And"
                                                • t 9:19 - Literally "for"; NASB, NIV, NET, NRSV
                                                • u 9:19 - Or "arraign me"
                                                  20 Even though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me; [even though] I [am] blameless, yet it would pronounce me guilty.

                                                  References for Job 9:20

                                                    • v 9:20 - Hebrew "and"
                                                      21 "I [am] blameless; I do not care about myself; I loathe my life.

                                                      References for Job 9:21

                                                        • w 9:21 - Perhaps the meaning is "but it makes no difference to me" (NLT)
                                                          22 It [is all] one; therefore I say, 'He destroys [both the] blameless and [the] wicked.'
                                                          23 When the whip kills suddenly, he mocks at [the] despair of [the] innocent.

                                                          References for Job 9:23

                                                            • x 9:23 - Or "scourge"
                                                              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 Though {I say}, 'I will forget my complaint; I will change my expression, and I will rejoice,'

                                                              References for Job 9:27

                                                                • y 9:27 - Or "If"
                                                                • z 9:27 - Literally "my saying"
                                                                  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, and I cleanse my hands with lye,

                                                                  References for Job 9:30

                                                                    • { 9:30 - Or "with snow," or "in snow"
                                                                      31 then you plunge me into the [slime] pit, and my clothes abhor me.
                                                                      32 "For [he is] not a mortal like me [that] I can answer him, [that] {we can come to trial together}.

                                                                      References for Job 9:32

                                                                        • | 9:32 - Or the emphatic "Indeed"
                                                                        • } 9:32 - Literally "we come together in the justice," or "we come together in the judgment"
                                                                          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, for {in myself I am not fearful}.

                                                                          References for Job 9:35

                                                                            • ~ 9:35 - Hebrew "and I will not fear him"
                                                                            •  9:35 - Literally "not so I with me"