Job, acknowledging God's justice, sheweth there is no contending with him.
Job 9:1 Then Iob answered, and sayd, Job 9:2 I knowe verily that it is so: for howe should man compared vnto God, be iustified? Job 9:3 If I would dispute with him, hee could not answere him one thing of a thousand. Job 9:4 He is wise in heart, & mighty in stregth: who hath bene fierce against him & hath prospered? Job 9:5 He remoueth the mountaines, and they feele not when he ouerthroweth them in his wrath. Job 9:6 Hee remooueth the earth out of her place, that the pillars thereof doe shake. Job 9:7 He commandeth the sunne, & it riseth not: hee closeth vp the starres, as vnder a signet. Job 9:8 Hee himselfe alone spreadeth out the heauens, and walketh vpon the height of the sea. Job 9:9 He maketh the starres Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the climates of the South. Job 9:10 He doeth great things, and vnsearcheable: yea, marueilous things without nomber. Job 9:11 Lo, when he goeth by me, I see him not: and when he passeth by, I perceiue him not. Job 9:12 Behold, when he taketh a pray, who can make him to restore it? who shall say vnto him, What doest thou? Job 9:13 God will not withdrawe his anger, and the most mightie helpes doe stoupe vnder him. Job 9:14 Howe much lesse shall I answere him? or howe should I finde out my words with him? Job 9:15 For though I were iust, yet could I not answere, but I would make supplicatio to my Iudge. Job 9:16 If I cry, and he answere me, yet woulde I not beleeue, that he heard my voyce. Job 9:17 For he destroyeth mee with a tempest, and woundeth me without cause. Job 9:18 He wil not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitternesse. Job 9:19 If we speake of strength, behold, he is strog: if we speake of iudgement, who shall bring me in to pleade? Job 9:20 If I woulde iustifie my selfe, mine owne mouth shall condemne mee: if I would be perfite, he shall iudge me wicked. Job 9:21 Though I were perfite, yet I knowe not my soule: therefore abhorre I my life.
Man's innocency is not to be condemned by afflictions.
Job 9:22 This is one point: therefore I said, Hee destroyeth the perfite and the wicked. Job 9:23 If the scourge should suddely slay, should God laugh at the punishment of the innocent? Job 9:24 The earth is giuen into the hand of ye wicked: he couereth the faces of the iudges therof: if not, where is he? or who is he? Job 9:25 My dayes haue bene more swift then a post: they haue fled, and haue seene no good thing. Job 9:26 They are passed as with the most swift ships, and as the eagle that flyeth to the pray. Job 9:27 If I say, I wil forget my complaynt, I will cease from my wrath, and comfort mee, Job 9:28 Then I am afrayd of all my sorowes, knowing that thou wilt not iudge me innocent. Job 9:29 If I be wicked, why labour I thus in vaine? Job 9:30 If I wash my selfe with snowe water, and purge mine hands most cleane, Job 9:31 Yet shalt thou plunge mee in the pit, and mine owne clothes shal make me filthie. Job 9:32 For he is not a man as I am, that I shoulde answere him, if we come together to iudgement. Job 9:33 Neyther is there any vmpire that might lay his hand vpon vs both. Job 9:34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his feare astonish me: Job 9:35 Then will I speake, & feare him not: but because I am not so, I holde me still.