Job 9:7–10:7

7 He commands the sun, and it does not rise;

He seals off the stars;

8 fHe alone spreads out the heavens,

And 2treads on the 3waves of the sea;

9 gHe made 4the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,

And the chambers of the south;

10 hHe does great things past finding out,

Yes, wonders without number.

11 iIf He goes by me, I do not see Him;

If He moves past, I do not perceive Him;

12 jIf He takes away, 5who can hinder Him?

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

13 God will not withdraw His anger,

kThe allies of 6the proud lie prostrate beneath Him.

14 “How then can I answer Him,

And choose my words to reason with Him?

15 lFor though I were righteous, I could not answer Him;

I would beg mercy of my Judge.

16 If I called and He answered me,

I would not believe that He was listening to my voice.

17 For He crushes me with a tempest,

And multiplies my wounds mwithout cause.

18 He will not allow me to catch my breath,

But fills me with bitterness.

19 If it is a matter of strength, indeed He is strong;

And if of justice, who will appoint my day in court?

20 Though I were righteous, my own mouth would condemn me;

Though I were blameless, it would prove me perverse.

21 “I am blameless, yet I do not know myself;

I despise my life.

22 It is all one thing;

Therefore I say, n‘He destroys the blameless and the wicked.’

23 If the scourge slays suddenly,

He laughs at the plight 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, who else could it be?

25 “Now omy days are swifter than a runner;

They flee away, they see no good.

26 They pass by like 7swift ships,

pLike an eagle swooping on its prey.

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

I will put off my sad face and wear a smile,’

28 rI am afraid of all my sufferings;

I know that You swill not hold me innocent.

29 If I am condemned,

Why then do I labor in vain?

30 tIf I wash myself with snow water,

And cleanse my hands with 8soap,

31 Yet You will plunge me into the pit,

And my own clothes will 9abhor me.

32 “For uHe is not a man, as I am,

That I may answer Him,

And that we should go to court together.

33 vNor is there any mediator between us,

Who may lay his hand on us both.

34 wLet Him take His rod away from me,

And do not let dread of Him terrify me.

35 Then I would speak and not fear Him,

But it is not so with me.

Job: I Would Plead with God

10 “My asoul loathes my life; I will 1give free course to my complaint,

bI will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

2 I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me;

Show me why You contend with me.

3 Does it seem good to You that You should oppress,

That You should despise the work of Your hands,

And smile on the counsel of the wicked?

4 Do You have eyes of flesh?

Or cdo You see as man sees?

5 Are Your days like the days of a mortal man?

Are Your years like the days of a mighty man,

6 That You should seek for my iniquity

And search out my sin,

7 Although You know that I am not wicked,

And there is no one who can deliver from Your hand?

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