Job 9:28-35 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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28 All these troubles would still be like grit in my gut since it's clear you're not going to let up. 28 I still dread all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me innocent.
29 The verdict has already been handed down - 'Guilty!' - so what's the use of protests or appeals? 29 Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?
30 Even if I scrub myself all over and wash myself with the strongest soap I can find, 30 Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with washing soda,
31 It wouldn't last - you'd push me into a pigpen, or worse, so nobody could stand me for the stink. 31 you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.
32 "God and I are not equals; I can't bring a case against him. We'll never enter a courtroom as peers. 32 "He is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.
33 How I wish we had an arbitrator to step in and let me get on with life - 33 If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both,
34 To break God's death grip on me, to free me from this terror so I could breathe again. 34 someone to remove God's rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.
35 Then I'd speak up and state my case boldly. As things stand, there is no way I can do it. 35 Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.