Job, acknowledging God's justice, sheweth there is no contending with him.
Job 9:1 And Job answered, and said: Job 9:2 Indeed I know it is so, and that man cannot be justified, compared with God. Job 9:3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one for a thousand. Job 9:4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath resisted him, and hath had peace? Job 9:5 Who hath removed mountains, and they whom he overthrew in his wrath, knew it not. Job 9:6 Who shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. Job 9:7 Who commandeth the sun, and it riseth not: and shutteth up the stars, as it were, under a seal: Job 9:8 Who alone spreadeth out the heavens, and walketh upon the waves of the sea. Job 9:9 Who maketh Arcturus, and Orion, and Hyades, and the inner parts of the south. Job 9:10 Who doth things great and incomprehensible, and wonderful, of which there is no number. Job 9:11 If he come to me, I shall not see him: if he depart, I shall not understand. Job 9:12 If he examine on a sudden, who shall answer him? or who can say: Why dost thou so? Job 9:13 God, whose wrath no man can resist, and under whom they stoop that bear up the world. Job 9:14 What am I then, that I should answer him, and have words with him? Job 9:15 I, who although I should have any just thing, would not answer, but would make supplication to my judge. Job 9:16 And if he should hear me when I call, I should not believe that he had heard my voice. Job 9:17 For he shall crush me in a whirlwind, and multiply my wounds even without cause. Job 9:18 He alloweth not my spirit to rest, and he filleth me with bitterness. Job 9:19 If strength be demanded, he is most strong: if equity of judgment, no man dare bear witness for me. Job 9:20 If I would justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I would shew myself innocent, he shall prove me wicked. Job 9:21 Although I should be simple, even this my soul shall be ignorant of, and I shall be weary of my life.
Man's innocency is not to be condemned by afflictions.
Job 9:22 One thing there is that I have spoken, both the innocent and the wicked he consumeth. Job 9:23 If he scourge, let him kill at once, and not laugh at the pains of the innocent. Job 9:24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked, he covereth the face of the judges thereof: and if it be not he, who is it then? Job 9:25 My days have been swifter than a post: they have fled away and have not seen good. Job 9:26 They have passed by as ships carrying fruits, as an eagle flying to the prey. Job 9:27 If I say: I will not speak so: I change my face, and am tormented with sorrow. Job 9:28 I feared all my works, knowing that thou didst not spare the offender. Job 9:29 But if so also I am wicked, why have I laboured in vain? Job 9:30 If I be washed, as it were, with snow waters, and my hands shall shine ever so clean: Job 9:31 Yet thou shalt plunge me in filth, and my garments shall abhor me. Job 9:32 For I shall not answer a man that is like myself: nor one that may be heard with me equally in judgment. Job 9:33 There is none that may be able to reprove both, and to put his hand between both. Job 9:34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me. Job 9:35 I will speak, and will not fear him: for I cannot answer while I am in fear.