American Standard Version

Job 9

Job, acknowledging God's justice, sheweth there is no contending with him.

Job 9:1 Then Job answered and said, Job 9:2 Of a truth I know that it is so: But how can man be just with God? Job 9:3 If he be pleased to contend with him, He cannot answer him one of a thousand. Job 9:4 [He is] wise in heart, and mighty in strength: Who hath hardened himself against him, and prospered? -- Job 9:5 [Him] that removeth the mountains, and they know it not, When he overturneth them in his anger; Job 9:6 That shaketh the earth out of its place, And the pillars thereof tremble; Job 9:7 That commandeth the sun, and it riseth not, And sealeth up the stars; Job 9:8 That alone stretcheth out the heavens, And treadeth upon the waves of the sea; Job 9:9 That maketh the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south; Job 9:10 That doeth great things past finding out, Yea, marvellous things without number. Job 9:11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: He passeth on also, but I perceive him not. Job 9:12 Behold, he seizeth [the prey], who can hinder him? Who will say unto him, What doest thou? Job 9:13 God will not withdraw his anger; The helpers of Rahab do stoop under him. Job 9:14 How much less shall I answer him, And choose out my words [to reason] with him? Job 9:15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer; I would make supplication to my judge. Job 9:16 If I had called, and he had answered me, Yet would I not believe that he hearkened unto my voice. Job 9:17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, And multiplieth my wounds without cause. Job 9:18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, But filleth me with bitterness. Job 9:19 If [we speak] of strength, lo, [he is] mighty! And if of justice, Who, [saith he], will summon me? Job 9:20 Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me: Though I be perfect, it shall prove me perverse. Job 9:21 I am perfect; I regard not myself; I despise my life.

Man's innocency is not to be condemned by afflictions.

Job 9:22 It is all one; therefore I say, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked. Job 9:23 If the scourge slay suddenly, He will mock at the trial of the innocent. Job 9:24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covereth the faces of the judges thereof: If [it be] not [he], who then is it? Job 9:25 Now my days are swifter than a post: They flee away, they see no good, Job 9:26 They are passed away as the swift ships; As the eagle that swoopeth on the prey. Job 9:27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will put off my [sad] countenance, and be of good cheer; Job 9:28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent. Job 9:29 I shall be condemned; Why then do I labor in vain? Job 9:30 If I wash myself with snow water, And make my hands never so clean; Job 9:31 Yet wilt thou plunge me in the ditch, And mine own clothes shall abhor me. Job 9:32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, That we should come together in judgment. Job 9:33 There is no umpire betwixt us, That might lay his hand upon us both. Job 9:34 Let him take his rod away from me, And let not his terror make me afraid: Job 9:35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; For I am not so in myself.

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