Job, acknowledging God's justice, sheweth there is no contending with him.
Job 9:1 And Job answered and said, Job 9:2 Of a truth I know it is so; but how can man be just with *God? Job 9:3 If he shall choose to strive with him, he cannot answer him one thing of a thousand. Job 9:4 He is wise in heart and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and had peace? Job 9:5 Who removeth mountains, and they know it not, when he overturneth them in his anger; Job 9:6 Who shaketh the earth out of its place, and the pillars thereof tremble; Job 9:7 Who commandeth the sun, and it riseth not, and he sealeth up the stars; Job 9:8 Who alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the high waves of the sea; Job 9:9 Who maketh the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south; Job 9:10 Who doeth great things past finding out, and wonders without number. Job 9:11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see [him] not; and he passeth along, and I perceive him not. Job 9:12 Behold, he taketh away: who will hinder him? Who will say unto him, What doest thou? Job 9:13 +God withdraweth not his anger; the proud helpers stoop under him: Job 9:14 How much less shall I answer him, choose out my words [to strive] 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, I would not believe that he hearkened to my voice, Job 9:17 He, who crusheth me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause. Job 9:18 He suffereth me not to take my breath, for he filleth me with bitternesses. Job 9:19 Be it a question of strength, lo, [he is] strong; and be it of judgment, who will set me a time? Job 9:20 If I justified myself, mine own mouth would condemn me; were I perfect, he would prove me perverse. Job 9:21 Were I perfect, [yet] would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.
Man's innocency is not to be condemned by afflictions.
Job 9:22 It is all one; therefore I said, he destroyeth the perfect and the wicked. Job 9:23 If the scourge kill suddenly, he mocketh at the trial of the innocent. Job 9:24 The earth is given over into the hand of the wicked [man]; he covereth the faces of its judges. If not, who then is it? Job 9:25 And my days are swifter than a runner: they flee away, they see no good. Job 9:26 They pass by like skiffs of reed; as an eagle that swoops upon the prey. Job 9:27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my [sad] countenance, and brighten up, Job 9:28 I am afraid of all my sorrows; I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent. Job 9:29 Be it that I am wicked, why then do I labour in vain? Job 9:30 If I washed myself with snow-water, and cleansed my hands in purity, Job 9:31 Then wouldest thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes would 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 not an umpire between us, who should 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] I will speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.