"In truth I know that this is so ; But how can a 1man be in the rightbbeforeGod ?
3"If one wished to 2dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.
"3Wise in heart and 4mighty in strength, Who has c5defied Him dwithoutharm ?
"6It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how, When He overturns them in His anger ;
Who 7shakes the earth out of its place, And its 8pillarstremble ;
Who commands the 9sunenot to shine, And sets a seal upon the stars ;
Who alone10stretches out the heavens And f11tramplesdown the waves of the sea ;
Who makes the 12Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, And the 13chambers of the south ;
Who 14doesgreatthings, gunfathomable , And wondrousworkswithoutnumber.
"Were He to pass by me, 15I would not see Him; Were He to movepast me, I would not perceive Him.
"Were He to snatchaway, who could 16restrain Him? Who could say to Him, '17What are You doing ?'
13"God will not turnback His anger ; Beneath Him crouch the helpers of 18Rahab.
14"Howthen can 19I hanswer Him, And choose my wordsibefore Him?
"For 20though I were right, I could not janswer ; I would have to 21implore the mercy of my judge.
16"If I called and He answered me, I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.
"For He 22bruises me with a tempest And multiplies my woundswithoutcause.
"He will 23not allow me to get my breath, But saturates me with 24bitterness.
19"If it is a matter of power, 25behold, He is the strongone ! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summonkHim?
"26Though I am righteous, my mouth will 27condemn me; Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.
"I am 28guiltless ; I do not takenotice of myself ; I 29despise my life.
"It is all one ; therefore I say, 'He 30destroys the guiltless and the wicked.'
23"If the scourgekillssuddenly, He 31mocks the despair of the innocent.
"The earth32is given into the hand of the wicked ; He 33covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, thenwho is it?
"Now 34my days are swifterthan a runner ; They fleeaway, 35they seenogood.
"They slip by like36reedboats, Like an 37eagle that swoops on lits prey.
27"Though I say, 'I will forget38my complaint, I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful,'
I am 39afraid of all my pains, I know that 40You will not acquit me.
"I am accounted 41wicked, Whythen should I toil in vain ?
30"If I should 42wash myself with snow And cleanse43my hands with lye,
31Yet You would plunge me into the pit, And my own clothes would abhor me.
"For 44He is not a man as I am that 45I may answer Him, That we may go to mcourttogether.
33"There is no46umpirebetween us, Who may lay his hand upon us both.
"Let Him 47remove His rod from me, And let not dread of Him terrify me.
"Then I 48would speak and not fear Him; But I am not like that in myself.