Job 9

Job's Reply to Bildad

1 Then Job answered:
2 Yes, I know what you've said is true, but how can a person be justified before God?a
3 If one wanted to take Him to court, he could not answer Godb once in a thousand [times].c
4 God is wise and all-powerful. Who has opposed Him and come out unharmed?
5 He removes mountains without their knowledge, overturning them in His anger.d
6 He shakes the earth from its place so that its pillars tremble.
7 He commands the sun not to shine and seals off the stars.e
8 He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.fg
9 He makes [the stars]: the Bear,h Orion, the Pleiades,i and the constellationsj of the southern sky.
10 He performs great and unsearchable things, wonders without number.k
11 If He passes by me, I wouldn't see Him; [if] He goes right by, I wouldn't recognize Him.l
12 If He snatches [something], who can stopm Him? Who can ask Him, "What are You doing?"n
13 God does not hold back His anger; Rahab's assistants cringe in fear beneath Him!o
14 How then can I answer Him or choose my arguments against Him?
15 Even if I were in the right, I could not answer. I could only beg my judge for mercy.p
16 If I summoned [Him] and He answered me, I do not believe He would pay attention to what I said.q
17 He batters me with a whirlwindr and multiplies my wounds without cause.
18 He doesn't let me catch my breath but soaks me with bitter experiences.
19 If it is a matter of strength, look, He is the Mighty One!s If it is a matter of justice, who can summont Him?u
20 Even if I were in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, my mouth would declare me guilty.
21 Though I am blameless, I no longer care about myself; I renounce my life.v
22 It is all the same. Therefore I say, "He destroys both the blameless and the wicked."w
23 When disaster brings sudden death, He mocks the despair of the innocent.x
24 The earthy is handed over to the wicked; He blindfoldsz its judges.{ If it isn't He, then who is it?
25 My days fly by faster than a runner;| they flee without seeing any good.
26 They sweep by like boats made of papyrus, like an eagle swooping down on [its] prey.}
27 If I said, "I will forget my complaint, change my expression, and smile,"
28 I would still live in terror of all my pains. I know You will not acquit me.~
29 Since I will be found guilty, why should I labor in vain?
30 If I wash myself with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,
31 then You dip me in a pit [of mud], and my own clothes despise me!
32 For He is not a man like me, that I can answer Him,€ that we can take each other to court.
33 There is no one to judge between us, to lay his hand on both of us.
34 Let Him take His rod away from me so His terror will no longer frighten me.‚
35 Then I would speak and not fear Him. But that is not the case; I am on my own.
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