Job, acknowledging God's justice, sheweth there is no contending with him.
Job 9:1 Then responded Job, and said Job 9:2 Of a truth, I know that so it is, But how can a mortal be just with GOD? Job 9:3 If he choose to contend with him, he cannot answer him, one of a thousand: Job 9:4 Wise in heart, and alert in vigour, What man hath hardened himself against him, and prospered! Job 9:5 Who removeth mountains, unawares, Who overturneth them in his anger; Job 9:6 Who shaketh the earth, out of its place, and, the pillars thereof, shudder; Job 9:7 Who commandeth the sun, and it breaketh not forth, and, about the stars, he putteth a seal; Job 9:8 Who spreadeth out fire heavens, by himself alone! and marcheth along, on the heights of the sea; Job 9:9 Who made the Bear, the Giant and the Cluster, and the chambers of the south; Job 9:10 Who doeth great things, past finding out, and marvels, beyond number. Job 9:11 Lo! he cometh upon me, yet can I not see him, Yea he passeth on, yet can I not discern him. Job 9:12 Lo! he snatcheth away, who can bring it back? Who shall say unto him, What wouldst thou do? Job 9:13 As for GOD, if he withdraw not his anger, under him, will have submitted themselvesthe proud helpers. Job 9:14 How much less that, I, should answer him, should choose my words with him? Job 9:15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, to be absolved, I would make supplication. Job 9:16 Though I had called, and he had answered me, I could not believe, that he would lend an ear to my voice. Job 9:17 For, with a tempest, would he fall upon me, and would multiply my wounds without need; Job 9:18 He would not suffer me to recover my breath, for he would surfeit me with bitter things. Job 9:19 If it regardeth vigour, bold is he! If justice, who could summon him? Job 9:20 If I should justify myself, mine own mouth, would condemn me,I blameless? then had it shewn me perverse. Job 9:21 I blameless? I should not know my own soul, I should despise my own life!
Man's innocency is not to be condemned by afflictions.
Job 9:22 One thing, there is, for which cause, I have said it, The blameless and the lawless, he bringeth to an end. Job 9:23 If, a scourge, slay suddenly, at the despair of innocent ones, he mocketh. Job 9:24 The earth, hath been given into the hand of a lawless one, The faces of her judges, he covereth, If not, then who is it? Job 9:25 My days, therefore, are swifter than a runner, They have fled, they have seen no good. Job 9:26 They have passed away with boats of paper-reed, like a vulture [which] rusheth upon food. Job 9:27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will lay aside my sad countenance, and brighten up, Job 9:28 I am afraid of all my pains, I know, that thou wilt not pronounce me innocent. Job 9:29 I, shall be held guilty,Wherefore then, in vain, should I toil? Job 9:30 Though I bathe myself in snow water, and cleanse, in cleanness itself, my hands, Job 9:31 Then, in a ditch, wouldst thou plunge me, and mine own clothes should abhor me: Job 9:32 For he is not a man like myself, whom I might answer, nor could we come together into judgment: Job 9:33 There is not, between us, a mediator, who might lay his hand upon us both. Job 9:34 Let him take from off me his rod, and, his terror, let it not startle me: Job 9:35 I could speak, and not be afraid of him, although, not so, am, I, in myself!