Job 9
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Job: How Can I Argue with God?

1Then Job answered:

2“Yes, I know that it is so,

but how can a mortal be righteous before God?

3If one wished to contend with God,

he could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.

4God is wise in heart and mighty in strength.

Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?

5He moves mountains without their knowledge,

when He overturns them in His anger.

6He shakes the earth from its place,

so that its foundations tremble.

7He commands the sun not to shine,

and seals off the stars.

8He alone stretches out the heavens,

and treads on the waves of the sea.

9He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion,

of the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

10He does great and unfathomable things,

wonders without number.

11Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him;

were He to move, I would not recognize Him.

12If He snatches away, who can hinder Him?

Who can say to Him, ‘What are You doing?’

13God does not restrain His anger;

the helpers of Rahab cower beneath Him.

14How then can I answer Him

or choose my arguments against Him?

15For even if I were right, I could not answer.

I could only beg my Judge for mercy.

16If I summoned Him and He answered me,

I do not believe He would listen to my voice.

17For He would crush me with a tempest

and multiply my wounds without cause.

18He does not let me catch my breath,

but overwhelms me with bitterness.

19If it is a matter of strength,

He is indeed mighty!

If it is a matter of justice,

who can summon Hima ?

20Even if I were righteous, my mouth would condemn me;

if I were blameless, it would declare me guilty.

21Though I am blameless,

I have no concern for myself;

I despise my life.

22It is all the same; that is why I say,

‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’

23When the scourge brings sudden death,

He mocks the despair of the innocent.

24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked;

He blindfolds its judges.

If it is not He, then who is it?

25My days are swifter than a runner;

they flee without seeing any good.

26They sweep by like boats of papyrus,

like an eagle swooping down on its prey.

27If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,

I will change my expression, and smile,’

28I would still dread all my sufferings;

I know that You will not acquit me.

29Since I am already found guilty,

why should I labor in vain?

30If I should wash myself with snow

and cleanse my hands with lye,

31then You would plunge me into the pit,

and even my own clothes would despise me!

32For He is not a man like me, that I can answer Him,

that we can take each other to court.

33Nor is there a mediator between us,

to lay his hand upon us both.

34Let Him remove His rod from me,

so that His terror will no longer frighten me.

35Then I would speak without fear of Him.

But as it is, I am on my own.

Footnotes:

19 a See LXX; Hebrew me

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