||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 9 [Commentary] [Map] |
||Then Job answered,
||"In truth I know that this is so;
But how can a man be in the right before God?
||"If one wished to dispute with Him,
He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.
||"Wise in heart and mighty in strength,
Who has defied Him without harm?
||"It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how,
When He overturns them in His anger;
||Who shakes the earth out of its place,
And its pillars tremble;
||Who commands the sun not to shine,
And sets a seal upon the stars;
||Who alone stretches out the heavens
And tramples down the waves of the sea;
||Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades,
And the chambers of the south;
||Who does great things, unfathomable,
And wondrous works without number.
||"Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him;
Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.
||"Were He to snatch away, who could restrain Him?
Who could say to Him, `What are You doing?'
||"God will not turn back His anger;
Beneath Him crouch the helpers of Rahab.
||"How then can I answer Him,
And choose my words before Him?
||"For though I were right, I could not answer;
I would have to implore the mercy of my judge.
||"If I called and He answered me,
I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.
||"For He bruises me with a tempest
And multiplies my wounds without cause.
||"He will not allow me to get my breath,
But saturates me with bitterness.
||"If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one!
And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?
||"Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me;
Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.
||"I am guiltless;
I do not take notice of myself;
I despise my life.
||"It is all one; therefore I say,
`He destroys the guiltless and the wicked.'
||"If the scourge kills suddenly,
He mocks the despair of the innocent.
||"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?
||"Now my days are swifter than a runner;
They flee away, they see no good.
||"They slip by like reed boats,
Like an eagle that swoops on its prey.
||"Though I say, `I will forget my complaint,
I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful,'
||I am afraid of all my pains,
I know that You will not acquit me.
||"I am accounted wicked,
Why then should I toil in vain?
||"If I should wash myself with snow
And cleanse my hands with lye,
||Yet You would plunge me into the pit,
And my own clothes would abhor me.
||"For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him,
That we may go to court together.
||"There is no umpire between us,
Who may lay his hand upon us both.
||"Let Him remove His rod from me,
And let not dread of Him terrify me.
||"Then I would speak and not fear Him;
But I am not like that in myself.
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