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4. Job's unyieldingness 9:1—10:22
Job 9 :1 9:1 Then Job answered and said,
Job 9 :2 9:2 I do indeed know that it is so.
But how can a man be arighteous before God?
Job 9 :3 9:3 If he is pleased to contend with Him,
He cannot answer Him one thing in a thousand.
Job 9 :4 9:4 He is wise in heart and mighty in strength —
Who has ever resisted Him and come through whole? —
Job 9 :5 9:5 He who 1aremoves mountains, and they do not know it,
When He overturns them in His anger;
Job 9 :6 9:6 Who ashakes the earth from its place,
And its pillars shake;
Job 9 :7 9:7 Who commands the asun, and it does not rise,
And seals up the stars;
Job 9 :8 9:8 Who alone astretched forth the heavens
And btrod upon the heights of the sea;
Job 9 :9 9:9 Who made the aBear, bOrion, and the Pleiades,
And the chambers of the south;
Job 9 :10 9:10 Who does great things that cannot be searched,
Indeed, wonderful deeds that cannot be numbered.
Job 9 :11 9:11 Indeed, He passes by me, but I do not see Him;
And He goes by, but I do not perceive Him.
Job 9 :12 9:12 Indeed, He snatches away; who can stop Him?
Who can say to Him, aWhat are You doing?
Job 9 :13 9:13 God does not turn back His anger;
Under Him 1Rahab’s helpers stoop.
Job 9 :14 9:14 How then can I answer Him
And choose my words properly with Him?
Job 9 :15 9:15 I, though righteous, could not answer Him;
I could only plead for mercy before my 1Judge.
Job 9 :16 9:16 If I called out and He answered me,
I do not believe that He would hearken to my voice.
Job 9 :17 9:17 For He crushes me with a whirlwind
And multiplies my wounds without cause.
Job 9 :18 9:18 He does not permit me to catch my breath,
But fills me with bitterness.
Job 9 :19 9:19 If we speak of strength, indeed, He is mighty!
Or if of ajudgment, Who, says He, can appoint Me a time?
Job 9 :20 9:20 Though I am righteous, my mouth would condemn me;
Though I am perfect, 1it would prove me perverse.
Job 9 :21 9:21 I am aperfect; I do not regard my soul;
I despise my life.
Job 9 :22 9:22 It is all one; therefore I say,
He destroys the perfect and the wicked.
Job 9 :23 9:23 If some scourge suddenly kills,
He derides the 1despair of the innocent.
Job 9 :24 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?
Job 9 :25 9:25 And my adays are swifter than a running messenger;
They flee away, they do not see good;
Job 9 :26 9:26 They go by like reed boats,
Like an eagle swooping on the prey.
Job 9 :27 9:27 If I say, I will forget my complaint,
I will put off my sad countenance and look cheerful;
Job 9 :28 9:28 I fear all my pains:
I know that You will not hold me innocent.
Job 9 :29 9:29 I will be accounted wicked;
Why then do I labor in vain?
Job 9 :30 9:30 If I awash myself with 1soap
And cleanse my hands with lye,
Job 9 :31 9:31 Yet You will plunge me into the pit,
And my own garments will abhor me.
Job 9 :32 9:32 For He is not a man, as I am, that I should answer Him,
That we should enter into litigation together.
Job 9 :33 9:33 There is no referee between us,
Who may lay his hand upon us both.
Job 9 :34 9:34 Let Him take His rod away from me,
And let not the dread of Him terrify me;
Job 9 :35 9:35 Then I would speak and not be afraid;
For I am not such.
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