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Job 9

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 1 Then Job answered and said,

 2 "I know your words are of truth, but how can a man be right with God?

 3 If he wished to contend with Him, he could not answer Him in one out of a thousand times.

 4 [He] Who is wise in heart, and mighty in strength; who has ever hardened himself against Him and prospered?

 5 Who removes the mountains, and they do not know it; who overturns them in his anger.

 6 Who shakes the earth out of her place, and its pillars tremble.

 7 Who commands the sun, and it does not rise; and seals up the stars.

 8 Who alone spreads out the heavens, and treads upon the waves of the sea.

 9 Who made Arcturus, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

 10 Who does great things beyond comprehension; yes, and wonders without number.

 11  Lo, He goes by me, and I do not see him; He passes on also, but I perceive Him not.1

 12 Behold, he takes away, who can hinder him? Who will say to Him, 'What are you doing?'

 13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers [demons] of Rahab [the king of pride, Satan], bow under him.

 14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

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

 16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet I would not believe that he had listened to my voice.

 17 For he breaks me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause.

 18 He will not allow me to take my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

 19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong; and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

 20 If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me; if I say, I am perfect, it shall prove me perverse.

 21 Though I am perfect, yet I do not regard myself [so]; I despise my life.

 22 It is all one thing, therefore I say, 'He destroys the perfect and the wicked.'

 23 If the scourge slays suddenly, He will laugh at the trial of the innocent.

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

 25 Now my days are swifter than a runner; they flee away, they see no good.

 26 They have passed away like the swift ships, or like the eagle that hastens to the prey.

 27 If I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness and comfort myself.'

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

 29 If I am wicked, why then do I labor in vain?

 30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands ever so clean;

 31 Yet you will plunge me in the ditch, and my own clothes shall abhor me.

 32 For He is not a man, as I am, that I should answer Him, and we should come together in judgment.

 33 Neither is there any umpire between us, who might lay his hand upon us both.

 34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me.

 35 Then I would speak and not fear him; but it is not so with me."


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1 Lo, He goes by me, and I do not see him; He passes on also, but I perceive Him not. The New Testament tells about God: For in Him we live and move, and have our being, Acts 17:28, and One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Eph 4:6.

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