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Then Job answered:

Yes, I know what you’ve said is true,

but how can a person be justified before God?ac

If one wanted to takead him to court,

he could not answer GodA once in a thousand times.a

God is wiseb and all-powerful.

Who has opposed him and come out unharmed?

He removes mountains without their knowledge,

overturning them in his anger.c

He shakes the earth from its place

so that its pillars tremble.

He commands the sun not to shine

and seals off the stars.d

He alone stretches out the heavense

and treads on the waves of the sea.B

He makes the stars: the Bear,C Orion,

the Pleiades,f and the constellationsD of the southern sky.

10 He does great and unsearchable things,

wonders without number.g

11 If he passed by me, I wouldn’t see him;h

if he went by, I wouldn’t recognize him.

12 If he snatches something, who can stopE him?

Who can ask him, “What are you doing?”i

13 God does not hold back his anger;

Rahab’sj assistants cringe in fear beneath him!

14 How then can I answer him

or choose my arguments against him?

15 Even if I were in the right, I could not answer.

I could only beg my Judge for mercy.k

16 If I summoned him and he answered me,

I do not believe he would pay attention to what I said.

17 He batters me with a whirlwindl

and multiplies my wounds without cause.

18 He doesn’t let me catch my breath

but fills me with bitter experiences.

19 If it is a matter of strength, look, he is the powerful one!m

If it is a matter of justice, who can summonn him?F

20 Even if I were in the right, my own mouth would condemn me;o

if I were blameless, my mouth would declare me guilty.

21 Though I am blameless,

I no longer care about myself;

I renounce my life.p

22 It is all the same. Therefore I say,

“He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.”q

23 When catastropheG brings sudden death,

he mocks the despair of the innocent.

24 The earthH is handed over to the wicked;

he blindfoldsI its judges.r

If it isn’t he, then who is it?

25 My days fly by faster than a runner;J,s

they flee without seeing any good.t

26 They sweep by like boats made of papyrus,

like an eagle swooping down on its prey.u

27 If I said, “I will forget my complaint,

change my expression, and smile,”

28 I would still live in terror of all my pains.v

I know you will not acquit me.w

2Since I will be found guilty,x

why should I struggle in vain?

30 If I wash myself with snow,

and cleanse my hands with lye,

31 then you dip me in a pit of mud,

and my own clothes despise me!

3For he is not a man like me, that I can answer him,y

that we can take each other to court.

33 There is no mediator between us,

to lay his hand on both of us.

34 Let him take his rod away from me

so his terror will no longer frighten me.z

35 Then I would speak and not fear him.

But that is not the case; I am on my own.


About Christian Standard Bible

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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