Job, acknowledging God's justice, sheweth there is no contending with him.
Job 9:1 Iob aunswered, and sayde, Job 9:2 I knowe it is so of a trueth: For how may a man [compared] vnto God be iustified? Job 9:3 If he wil argue with hym, he can not aunswere hym one thing of a thousande. Job 9:4 He is wyse in heart and mightie in strength: who hath ben fearce against hym, and hath prospered? Job 9:5 He translateth the mountaynes, or euer they be aware it is he that ouerthroweth them in his wrath. Job 9:6 He remoueth the earth out of her place, that the pillers therof shake withall. Job 9:7 He commaundeth the sunne, and it ryseth not: he closeth vp the starres as vnder a signet. Job 9:8 He hym selfe alone spreadeth out the heauens, and goeth vpon the waues of the sea. Job 9:9 He maketh the Waynes of heauen, the Orion, the seuen starres, and the secret places of the south. Job 9:10 He doth great thinges & vnsearcheable, yea and wonders without number. Job 9:11 Lo, when he goeth by me, I shal not see hym, and when he passeth, I shall not perceaue hym. Job 9:12 If he be hastie to take away, who wil make him restore it? or who will say vnto hym, what doest thou? Job 9:13 God will not withdraw his anger, and the most mightie helpes do stowpe vnder hym: Job 9:14 Howe much lesse shall I aunswere him? or howe shoulde I finde out my wordes with him? Job 9:15 For though I were righteous, yet might I not geue him one word againe, but mekely submit my selfe to hym as my iudge. Job 9:16 If I had called vpon hym, and he had aunswered me, yet woulde I not beleue that he hearde my voyce: Job 9:17 He troubleth me so with the tempest, and woundeth me out of measure without a cause, Job 9:18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitternesse. Job 9:19 If [men will speake] of strength, lo he is strong: if [men will speake] of iudgement, who shall bring me in to pleade? Job 9:20 If I will iustifie my selfe, myne owne mouth shall condempne me: if I will [put foorth my selfe for] a perfect man, he shall proue me a wicked doer. Job 9:21 For though I be an innocent and my conscience cleare, yet am I weery of my lyfe.
Man's innocency is not to be condemned by afflictions.
Job 9:22 This is one poynt, and therefore I sayd, He destroyeth both the perfect and vngodly. Job 9:23 And though he slay sodaynly with the scourge, yet will he laugh at the punishment of the innocent. Job 9:24 As for the worlde it is geuen ouer into the hande of the wicked, and he shall couer the faces of the iudges therof: if not, where is he, or who is he [that can shewe the contrarie?] Job 9:25 My dayes are more swyft then a runner, they are gone & haue seene no good thing. Job 9:26 They are passed away as the shippes that be good vnder sayle, & as the eagle that fleeth to the pray. Job 9:27 If I say, I will forget my complayning, I will ceasse from my wrath, and comfort my selfe: Job 9:28 Then am I afrayde of all my sorowes, for I knowe that thou wilt not iudge me innocent. Job 9:29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vayne? Job 9:30 If I washe my selfe with snowe water, and make myne handes neuer so cleane at the well: Job 9:31 Yet shalt thou dippe me in the myre, and mine owne clothes shal defile me. Job 9:32 For he that I must geue aunswere vnto, and with whom I go to the lawe, is not a man as I am: Job 9:33 Neither is there any dayesman to lay his hande betweene vs. Job 9:34 Let hym take his rodde away from me, yea let hym make me no more afrayde of him, Job 9:35 And then shall I aunswere hym without any feare: but because I am not so, I holde me still.