Job, acknowledging God's justice, sheweth there is no contending with him.
Job 9:1 Then Iob answered, and said, Job 9:2 I know it [is] so of a trueth: but howe should man be iust with God. Job 9:3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answere him one of a thousand. Job 9:4 He is wise in heart, and mightie in strength: who hath hardened [himselfe] against him, and hath prospered? Job 9:5 Which remoueth the mountains, and they know not: which ouerturneth them in his anger: Job 9:6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, & the pillars thereof tremble: Job 9:7 Which commandeth the Sunne, and it riseth not: and sealeth vp the starres. Job 9:8 Which alone spreadeth out the heauens, and treadeth vpon the waues of the Sea. Job 9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion and Pleiades, and the chambers of the South. Job 9:10 Which doeth great things past finding out, yea and wonders without number. Job 9:11 Loe, hee goeth by me, and I see [him] not: he passeth on also, but I perceiue him not. Job 9:12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say vnto him, What doest thou? Job 9:13 [If] God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers doe stoupe vnder him. Job 9:14 How much lesse shall I answere him, [and] choose out my words [to reason] with him? Job 9:15 Whom, though I were righteous, [yet] would I not answere, [but] I would make supplication to my Iudge. Job 9:16 If I had called, and he had answered me, [yet] would I not beleeue that he had hearkened vnto my voice: Job 9:17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause. Job 9:18 Hee will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitternesse. Job 9:19 If [I speake] of strength, loe, hee [is] strong: and if of iudgement, who shall set me a time [to pleade]? Job 9:20 If I iustifie my selfe, mine [owne] mouth shall condemne me: [If I say], I am perfect, it shall also prooue me peruerse. Job 9:21 [Though] I [were] perfect, [yet] would I not know my soule: I would despise my life.
Man's innocency is not to be condemned by afflictions.
Job 9:22 This [is] one thing, therefore I said [it]; he destroyeth the perfect and the wicked. Job 9:23 If the scourge slay suddenly, hee will laugh at the triall of the innocent. Job 9:24 The earth is giuen into the hand of the wicked: he couereth the faces of the Iudges thereof; if not, where, [and] who [is] hee? Job 9:25 Now my dayes are swifter then a Poste: they flee away, they see no good. Job 9:26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the Eagle [that] hasteth to the pray. Job 9:27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leaue off my heauinesse, and comfort my selfe. Job 9:28 I am afraid of all my sorrowes, I know that thou wilt not holde me innocent. Job 9:29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vaine? Job 9:30 If I wash my selfe with snow water, and make my handes neuer so cleane: Job 9:31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine owne clothes shall abhorre me. Job 9:32 For he [is] not a man as I am, [that] I should answere him, [and] we should come together in iudgement. Job 9:33 Neither is there any dayes-man betwixt vs, [that] might lay his hand vpon vs both. Job 9:34 Let him take his rodde away from me, & let not his feare terrifie me: Job 9:35 [Then] would I speake, and not feare him; but [it is] not so with me.