Job, acknowledging God's justice, sheweth there is no contending with him.
Job 9:1 And Job answereth and saith: Job 9:2 Truly I have known that [it is] so, And whatis man righteous with God? Job 9:3 If he delight to strive with HimHe doth not answer him one of a thousand. Job 9:4 Wise in heart and strong in powerWho hath hardened toward Him and is at peace? Job 9:5 Who is removing mountains, And they have not known, Who hath overturned them in His anger. Job 9:6 Who is shaking earth from its place, And its pillars move themselves. Job 9:7 Who is speaking to the sun, and it riseth not, And the stars He sealeth up. Job 9:8 Stretching out the heavens by Himself, And treading on the heights of the sea, Job 9:9 Making Osh, Kesil, and Kimah, And the inner chambers of the south. Job 9:10 Doing great things till there is no searching, And wonderful, till there is no numbering. Job 9:11 Lo, He goeth over by me, and I see not, And He passeth on, and I attend not to it. Job 9:12 Lo, He snatches away, who bringeth it back? Who saith unto Him, 'What dost Thou?' Job 9:13 God doth not turn back His anger, Under Him bowed have proud helpers. Job 9:14 How much less do II answer Him? Choose out my words with Him? Job 9:15 Whom, though I were righteous, I answer not, For my judgment I make supplication. Job 9:16 Though I had called and He answereth me, I do not believe that He giveth ear [to] my voice. Job 9:17 Because with a tempest He bruiseth me, And hath multiplied my wounds for nought. Job 9:18 He permitteth me not to refresh my spirit, But filleth me with bitter things. Job 9:19 If of power, lo, the Strong One; And if of judgmentwho doth convene me? Job 9:20 If I be righteous, Mine mouth doth declare me wicked, Perfect I am!it declareth me perverse. Job 9:21 Perfect I am!I know not my soul, I despise my life.
Man's innocency is not to be condemned by afflictions.
Job 9:22 It is the same thing, therefore I said, 'The perfect and the wicked He is consuming.' Job 9:23 If a scourge doth put to death suddenly, At the trial of the innocent He laugheth. Job 9:24 Earth hath been given Into the hand of the wicked one. The face of its judges he covereth, If notwhere, who [is] he? Job 9:25 My days have been swifter than a runner, They have fled, they have not seen good, Job 9:26 They have passed on with ships of reed, As an eagle darteth on food. Job 9:27 Though I say, 'I forget my talking, I forsake my corner, and I brighten up!' Job 9:28 I have been afraid of all my griefs, I have known that Thou dost not acquit me. Job 9:29 II am become wicked; why [is] this? [In] vain I labour. Job 9:30 If I have washed myself with snow-water, And purified with soap my hands, Job 9:31 Then in corruption Thou dost dip me, And my garments have abominated me. Job 9:32 But if a man like myselfI answer him, We come together into judgment. Job 9:33 If there were between us an umpire, He doth place his hand on us both. Job 9:34 He doth turn aside from off me his rod, And His terror doth not make me afraid, Job 9:35 I speak, and do not fear Him, But I am not right with myself.