Job 9 TNIV


1 Then Job replied:

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      2 "Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?1

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      3 Though they wished to dispute with him,2 they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.3

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      4 His wisdom4 is profound, his power is vast.5 Who has resisted6 him and come out unscathed?7

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      5 He moves mountains8 without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.9

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      6 He shakes the earth10 from its place and makes its pillars tremble.11
      7 He speaks to the sun and it does not shine;12 he seals off the light of the stars.13
      8 He alone stretches out the heavens14 and treads on the waves of the sea.15
      9 He is the Maker16 of the Beara and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.17

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      10 He performs wonders18 that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.19

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      11 When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.20

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      12 If he snatches away, who can stop him?21 Who can say to him, 'What are you doing?'22

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      13 God does not restrain his anger;23 even the cohorts of Rahab24 cowered at his feet.

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      14 "How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?25

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          15 Though I were innocent, I could not answer him;26 I could only plead27 with my Judge28 for mercy.29

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          16 Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would give me a hearing.30

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          17 He would crush me31 with a storm32 and multiply33 my wounds for no reason.34

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          18 He would not let me catch my breath but would overwhelm me with misery.35

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          19 If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty!36 And if it is a matter of justice, who can challenge himb ?37

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            • b 9:19 - See Septuagint; Hebrew "me."
              20 Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.38

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                • 38 9:20 - S ver 15
                  21 "Although I am blameless,39 I have no concern for myself;40 I despise my own life.41

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                  22 It is all the same; that is why I say, 'He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.'42

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                  23 When a scourge43 brings sudden death, he mocks the despair of the innocent.44

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                  24 When a land falls into the hands of the wicked,45 he blindfolds its judges.46 If it is not he, then who is it?47
                  25 "My days are swifter than a runner;48 they fly away without a glimpse of joy.49

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                  26 They skim past50 like boats of papyrus,51 like eagles swooping down on their prey.52

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                  27 If I say, 'I will forget my complaint,53 I will change my expression, and smile,'

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                  28 I still dread54 all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me innocent.55

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                  29 Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?56

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                      30 Even if I washed myself with soap57 and my hands58 with cleansing powder,59

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                      31 you would plunge me into a slime pit60 so that even my clothes would detest me.61

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                      32 "He is not a mere mortal62 like me that I might answer him,63 that we might confront each other in court.64

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                      33 If only there were someone to arbitrate between us,65 to lay a hand on us both,66

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                          34 someone to remove God's rod from me,67 so that his terror would frighten me no more.68

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                          35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,69 but as it now stands with me, I cannot.70

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