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Job’s Third Speech: A Response to Bildad

9 Thena Job answered and said,

“Truly I know that it is so,

butb how can a human being be just before God?

If he wants to contend with him,

he cannot answer him one time in a thousand.

He is wise inc heart and mighty ind strength;

who has resisted him and succeeded?e

He is the one who moves mountains, and they do not know how,

who overturns them in his anger.

He is the one who shakes the earth from its place,

and its pillars tremble.

He is the one who commands the sun, and it does not rise,

and he seals up the stars.f

He is the one who alone stretches out the heavens

and who tramples on the waves of the sea.

He is the one who made the Bear and Orion,

the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

10 He is the one who does great things beyond understandingg

and marvelous things beyond number.h

11 Ifi he passes by me, I would not see him;j

and if he should move on, I would not recognize him.k

12 Ifl he would snatch away, who could turn him?

Who could say to him, ‘What are you doing?’

13 God will not turn back his anger;

beneath him the helpers of Rahab bow.

14 How much lessm can I myselfn answer him?

How can I choose my words with him,

15 whom I cannot answer, even though I am righteous?

Fromo my judge I must implore grace.

16 If I summon him, and he should answer me,

I do not believe that he will listen to my voice—

17 who crushes me with a tempest

and multipliesp my wounds without cause.

18 He will not allow me to catchq my breath;

rather, he will fill me with bitterness.

19 If it is a matter ofr strength, look, he is mighty.

Buts if it is a matter oft justice, who can summon me?u

20 Even though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me;

even though I am blameless, yetv it would pronounce me guilty.

21 “I am blameless; I do not care about myself;w

I loathe my life.

22 It is all one; therefore I say,

‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’

23 When the whipx kills suddenly,

he mocks at the despair of the innocent.

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

he covers the face of its judge—

if it is not he, then who is it?

25 “And my days are swifter than a runner;

they flee away; they do not see good.

26 They go by like papyrus skiffs,

like an eagle swoops down on its prey.

27 Thoughy I say,z ‘I will forget my complaint;

I will change my expression, and I will rejoice,’

28 I become afraid of all my sufferings;

I know that you do not consider me innocent.

29 If I shall be declared guilty,

why then should I labor in vain?

30 If I wash myself with soap,a

and I cleanse my hands with lye,

31then you plunge me into the slime pit,

and my clothes abhor me.

32 “Forb he is not a mortal like me that I can answer him,

that we can come to trial together.c

33 There is no arbiter between us

that he might lay his hand on both of us.

34 May he remove his rod from me,

and let his dread not terrify me;

35 then I would speak and not fear him,d

for in myself I am not fearful.e


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