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Job 9

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Job acknowledges God's justice.

9:1 Then Job answered,

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

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

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

9:5 He removes the mountains, and they don’t know it,
when he overturns them in his anger.

9:6 He shakes the earth out of its place.
Its pillars tremble.

9:7 He commands the sun, and it doesn’t rise,
and seals up the stars.

9:8 He alone stretches out the heavens,
and treads on the waves of the sea.

9:9 He makes the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,
and the chambers of the south.

9:10 He does great things past finding out;
yes, marvelous things without number.

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

9:12 Behold, 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.

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

9:15 Though I were righteous, yet I wouldn’t answer him.
I would make supplication to my judge.

9:16 If I had called, and he had answered me,
yet I wouldn’t believe that he listened to my voice.

9:17 For he breaks me with a storm,
and multiplies my wounds without cause.

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

9:19 If it is a matter of strength, behold, he is mighty!
If of justice,

‘Who,’ says he, ‘will summon me?’

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

9:21 I am blameless.
I don’t respect myself.
I despise my life.

Man's innocency is not to be condemned by afflictions.

9:22 “It is all the same.
Therefore I say he destroys the blameless and the wicked.

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

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

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

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

9:27 If I say,

‘I will forget my complaint,
I will put off my sad face, and cheer up;’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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