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1 And Job made answer and said, 1 Then Job replied:
2 Truly, I see that it is so: and how is it possible for a man to get his right before God? 2 "Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can a mortal be righteous before God?
3 If a man was desiring to go to law with him, he would not be able to give him an answer to one out of a thousand questions. 3 Though one wished to dispute with him, he could not answer him one time out of a thousand.
4 He is wise in heart and great in strength: who ever made his face hard against him, and any good came of it? 4 His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?
5 It is he who takes away the mountains without their knowledge, overturning them in his wrath: 5 He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.
6 Who is moving the earth out of its place, so that its pillars are shaking: 6 He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble.
7 Who gives orders to the sun, and it does not give its light; and who keeps the stars from shining. 7 He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars.
8 By whose hand the heavens were stretched out, and who is walking on the waves of the sea: 8 He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.
9 Who made the Bear and Orion, and the Pleiades, and the store-houses of the south: 9 He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.
10 Who does great things not to be searched out; yes, wonders without number. 10 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
11 See, he goes past me and I see him not: he goes on before, but I have no knowledge of him. 11 When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.
12 If he puts out his hand to take, by whom may it be turned back? who may say to him, What are you doing? 12 If he snatches away, who can stop him? Who can say to him, 'What are you doing?'
13 God's wrath may not be turned back; the helpers of Rahab were bent down under him. 13 God does not restrain his anger; even the cohorts of Rahab cowered at his feet.
14 How much less may I give an answer to him, using the right words in argument with him? 14 "How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?
15 Even if my cause was good, I would not be able to give an answer; I would make request for grace from him who was against me. 15 Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.
16 If I had sent for him to be present, and he had come, I would have no faith that he would give ear to my voice. 16 Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would give me a hearing.
17 For I would be crushed by his storm, my wounds would be increased without cause. 17 He would crush me with a storm and multiply my wounds for no reason.
18 He would not let me take my breath, but I would be full of bitter grief. 18 He would not let me regain my breath but would overwhelm me with misery.
19 If it is a question of strength, he says, Here I am! and if it is a question of a cause at law, he says, Who will give me a fixed day? 19 If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty! And if it is a matter of justice, who will summon him ?
20 Though I was in the right, he would say that I was in the wrong; I have done no evil; but he says that I am a sinner. 20 Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.
21 I have done no wrong; I give no thought to what becomes of me; I have no desire for life. 21 "Although I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my own life.
22 It is all the same to me; so I say, He puts an end to the sinner and to him who has done no wrong together. 22 It is all the same; that is why I say, 'He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.'
23 If death comes suddenly through disease, he makes sport of the fate of those who have done no wrong. 23 When a scourge brings sudden death, he mocks the despair of the innocent.
24 The land is given into the power of the evil-doer; the faces of its judges are covered; if not by him, then who has done it? 24 When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?
25 My days go quicker than a post-runner: they go in flight, they see no good. 25 "My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy.
26 They go rushing on like reed-boats, like an eagle dropping suddenly on its food. 26 They skim past like boats of papyrus, like eagles swooping down on their prey.
27 If I say, I will put my grief out of mind, I will let my face be sad no longer and I will be bright; 27 If I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile,'
28 I go in fear of all my pains; I am certain that I will not be free from sin in your eyes. 28 I still dread all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me innocent.
29 You will not let me be clear of sin! why then do I take trouble for nothing? 29 Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?
30 If I am washed with snow water, and make my hands clean with soap; 30 Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with washing soda,
31 Then you will have me pushed into the dust, so that I will seem disgusting to my very clothing. 31 you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.
32 For he is not a man as I am, that I might give him an answer, that we might come together before a judge. 32 "He is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.
33 There is no one to give a decision between us, who might have control over us. 33 If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both,
34 Let him take away his rod from me and not send his fear on me: 34 someone to remove God's rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.
35 Then I would say what is in my mind without fear of him; for there is no cause of fear in myself. 35 Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.