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 Which removeth the mountains, and they know it not, when he overturneth them in his anger. Job 9:6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. Job 9:7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. Job 9:8 Which alone stretcheth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. Job 9:9 Which maketh the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. Job 9:10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, marvelous 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 mine adversary. 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 the strength of the mighty, lo, [he is there]! and if of judgment, who will appoint me a time? 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 labour 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 daysman 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.