Then Job spoke again:
But how can a person be declared innocent in God’s sight?
3 If someone wanted to take God to court,*
would it be possible to answer him even once in a thousand times?
Who has ever challenged him successfully?
overturning them in his anger.
and its foundations tremble.
and the stars won’t shine.
and marches on the waves of the sea.
the Pleiades and the constellations of the southern sky.
He performs countless miracles.
When he moves by, I do not see him go.
Who dares to ask, ‘What are you doing?’
Even the monsters of the sea* are crushed beneath his feet.
or even reason with him?
I could only plead for mercy.
I’m not sure he would listen to me.
and repeatedly wounds me without cause.
but fills me instead with bitter sorrows.
If it’s a matter of justice, who dares to summon him* to court?
Though I am blameless, it* would prove me wicked.
but it makes no difference to me—
I despise my life.
That’s why I say, ‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’
23 When a plague* sweeps through,
he laughs at the death of the innocent.
and God blinds the eyes of the judges.
If he’s not the one who does it, who is?
It flees away without a glimpse of happiness.
like an eagle swooping down on its prey.
to put away my sad face and be cheerful,
for I know you will not find me innocent, O God.
So what’s the use of trying?
and clean my hands with lye,
and my own filthy clothing would hate me.
so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial.
someone who could bring us together.
and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment.
but I cannot do that in my own strength.
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