9 Then Job answered and said:
But how can a man be zin the right before God?
3 If one wished to acontend with him,
one could not answer him once in a thousand times.
4 He is bwise in heart and mighty in strength
—who has chardened himself against him, and succeeded?—
when he overturns them in his anger,
6 who dshakes the earth out of its place,
and eits pillars tremble;
who seals up the stars;
8 who alone fstretched out the heavens
and trampled the waves of the sea;
the Pleiades jand the chambers of the south;
10 who does kgreat things beyond searching out,
and marvelous things beyond number.
11 Behold, he passes by me, and I lsee him not;
he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
12 Behold, he snatches away; mwho can turn him back?
nWho will say to him, ‘What are you doing?’
beneath him bowed the helpers of oRahab.
choosing my words with him?
15 rThough I am in the right, I cannot answer him;
I would not believe that he was listening to my voice.
and multiplies my wounds twithout cause;
but fills me with bitterness.
19 If it is a contest of ustrength, behold, he is mighty!
20 Though I am in the right, wmy own mouth would condemn me;
though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.
21 I am xblameless; I regard not myself;
I yloathe my life.
‘He zdestroys both the blameless and the wicked.’
23 When adisaster brings sudden death,
he mocks at the calamity3 of the innocent.
24 bThe earth is given into the hand of the wicked;
he ccovers the faces of its judges—
dif it is not he, who then is it?
they flee away; they see no good.
26 They go by like gskiffs of reed,
like han eagle swooping on the prey.
27 If I say, i‘I will forget my complaint,
I will put off my sad face, and jbe of good cheer,’
28 I become kafraid of all my suffering,
for I know you will not lhold me innocent.
29 I shall be mcondemned;
why then do I labor in vain?
and ncleanse my hands with lye,
and my own clothes will oabhor me.
that we should pcome to trial together.
who might lay his hand on us both.
and let tnot dread of him terrify me.
for I am not so in myself.
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