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Job 9

Job Says There Is No Arbitrator between God and Man

1 Then Job answered,
2 "In truth I know that this is so; But how can a 1man be in the right before God?
3 "If one wished to 2dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.
4 "3Wise in heart and 4mighty in strength, Who has 5defied * Him without harm?
5 "6It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how, When He overturns them in His anger;
6 Who 7shakes the earth out of its place, And its 8pillars tremble;
7 Who commands the 9sun not to shine, And sets a seal upon the stars;
8 Who alone 10stretches out the heavens And 11tramples down the waves of the sea;
9 Who makes the 12Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, And the 13chambers of the south;
11 "Were He to pass by me, 15I would not see Him; Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.
12 "Were He to snatch away, who could 16restrain Him? Who could say to Him, '17What are You doing?'
13 "God will not turn back His anger; Beneath Him crouch the helpers of 18Rahab.
14 "How then * can 19I answer Him, And choose my words before Him?
15 "For 20though I were right, I could not answer; I would have to 21implore the mercy of my judge.
16 "If I called and He answered me, I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.
17 "For He 22bruises me with a tempest And multiplies my wounds without cause.
18 "He will 23not allow me to get my breath, But saturates me with 24bitterness.
19 "If it is a matter of power, 25behold, He is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?
20 "26Though I am righteous, my mouth will 27condemn me; Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.
21 "I am 28guiltless; I do not take notice of myself; I 29despise my life.
22 "It is all one; therefore * I say, 'He 30destroys the guiltless and the wicked.'
23 "If the scourge kills suddenly, He 31mocks the despair of the innocent.
24 "The earth 32is given into the hand of the wicked; He 33covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, then who is it?
25 "Now 34my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, 35they see no good.
26 "They slip by like 36reed boats, Like an 37eagle that swoops on its prey.
27 "Though I say, 'I will forget 38my complaint, I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful,'
28 I am 39afraid of all my pains, I know that 40You will not acquit me.
29 "I am accounted 41wicked, Why then should I toil in vain?
30 "If I should 42wash myself with snow And cleanse 43my hands with lye,
31 Yet You would plunge me into the pit, And my own clothes would abhor me.
32 "For 44He is not a man as I am that 45I may answer Him, That we may go to court together.
33 "There is no 46umpire between us, Who may lay his hand upon us both.
34 "Let Him 47remove His rod from me, And let not dread of Him terrify me.
35 "Then I 48would speak and not fear Him; But I am not like that in myself.
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