The Book of Job (WEB)

9:1 Then Job answered,

 9:2"Truly I know that it is so,
      But how can man be just with God?

 9:3If he is pleased to contend with him,
      He can't answer him one time in a thousand.

 9:4God who is wise in heart, and mighty in strength:
      Who has hardened himself against him, and prospered?

 9:5Who removes the mountains, and they don't know it,
      When he overturns them in his anger

 9:6Who shakes the earth out of its place;
      The pillars of it tremble;

 9:7Who commands the sun, and it doesn't rise,
      And seals up the stars;

 9:8Who alone stretches out the heavens,
      Treads on the waves of the sea;

 9:9Who makes the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,
      And the chambers of the south;

 9:10Who does great things past finding out,
      Yes, marvelous things without number.

 9:11Behold, he goes by me, and I don't see him.
      He passes on also, but I don't perceive him.

 9:12Behold, he snatches away; who can hinder him?
      Who will ask him, 'What are you doing?'

  9:13"God will not withdraw his anger;
      The helpers of Rahab stoop under him.

 9:14How much less shall I answer him,
      Choose my words to argue with him?

 9:15Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer.
      I would make supplication to my judge.

 9:16If I had called, and he had answered me,
      Yet would I not believe that he listened to my voice.

 9:17For he breaks me with a tempest,
      Multiplies my wounds without cause.

 9:18He will not allow me to take my breath,
      But fills me with bitterness.

 9:19If it is a matter of strength, behold, he is mighty!
      If of justice, 'Who,' says he, 'will summon me?'

 9:20Though I am righteous, my own mouth shall condemn me.
      Though I am blameless, it shall prove me perverse.

 9:21I am blameless. I don't regard myself.
      I despise my life.

  9:22"It is all the same. Therefore I say,
      He destroys the blameless and the wicked.

 9:23If the scourge kills suddenly,
      He will mock at the trial of the innocent.

 9:24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked.
      He covers the faces of the judges of it.
      If not he, then who is it?

  9:25"Now my days are swifter than a runner.
      They flee away, they see no good,

 9:26They have passed away as the swift ships,
      As the eagle that swoops on the prey.

 9:27If I say, 'I will forget my complaint,
      I will put off my sad face, and cheer up;'

 9:28I am afraid of all my sorrows,
      I know that you will not hold me innocent.

 9:29I shall be condemned;
      Why then do I labor in vain?

 9:30If I wash myself with snow,
      And cleanse my hands with lye,

 9:31Yet you will plunge me in the ditch.
      My own clothes shall abhor me.

 9:32For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him,
      That we should come together in judgment.

 9:33There is no umpire between us,
      That might lay his hand on us both.

 9:34Let him take his rod away from me,
      Let his terror not make me afraid:

 9:35Then I would speak, and not fear him,
      For I am not so in myself.

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