1 Then Job answered:
2 "Indeed I know that this is so; but how can a mortal be just before God?
3 If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand.
4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength —who has resisted him, and succeeded?—
5 he who removes mountains, and they do not know it, when he overturns them in his anger;
6 who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble;
7 who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars;
8 who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the Sea;

References for Job 9:8

    • a 9:8 - Or [trampled the back of the sea dragon]
      9 who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south;
      10 who does great things beyond understanding, and marvelous things without number.
      11 Look, he passes by me, and I do not see him; he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
      12 He snatches away; who can stop him? Who will say to him, "What are you doing?'
      13 "God will not turn back his anger; the helpers of Rahab bowed beneath him.
      14 How then can I answer him, choosing my words with him?
      15 Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.

      References for Job 9:15

        • b 9:15 - Or [for my right]
          16 If I summoned him and he answered me, I do not believe that he would listen to my voice.
          17 For he crushes me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause;
          18 he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
          19 If it is a contest of strength, he is the strong one! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?

          References for Job 9:19

            • c 9:19 - Compare Gk: Heb [me]
              20 Though I am innocent, my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.
              21 I am blameless; I do not know myself; I loathe my life.
              22 It is all one; therefore I say, he destroys both the blameless and the wicked.
              23 When disaster brings sudden death, he mocks at the calamity of the innocent.

              References for Job 9:23

                • d 9:23 - Meaning of Heb uncertain
                  24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; he covers the eyes of its judges— if it is not he, who then is it?
                  25 "My days are swifter than a runner; they flee away, they see no good.
                  26 They go by like skiffs of reed, like an eagle swooping on the prey.
                  27 If I say, "I will forget my complaint; I will put off my sad countenance and be of good cheer,'
                  28 I become afraid of all my suffering, for I know you will not hold me innocent.
                  29 I shall be condemned; why then do I labor in vain?
                  30 If I wash myself with soap and cleanse my hands with lye,
                  31 yet you will plunge me into filth, and my own clothes will abhor me.
                  32 For he is not a mortal, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together.
                  33 There is no umpire between us, who might lay his hand on us both.

                  References for Job 9:33

                    • e 9:33 - Another reading is [Would that there were an umpire]
                      34 If he would take his rod away from me, and not let dread of him terrify me,
                      35 then I would speak without fear of him, for I know I am not what I am thought to be.

                      References for Job 9:35

                        • f 9:35 - Cn: Heb [for I am not so in myself]