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Job 9

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1And Job made answer and said,
2Truly, I see that it is so: and how is it possible for a man to get his right before God?
3If a man was desiring to go to law with him, he would not be able to give him an answer to one out of a thousand questions.
4He is wise in heart and great in strength: who ever made his face hard against him, and any good came of it?
5It is he who takes away the mountains without their knowledge, overturning them in his wrath:
6Who is moving the earth out of its place, so that its pillars are shaking:
7Who gives orders to the sun, and it does not give its light; and who keeps the stars from shining.
8By whose hand the heavens were stretched out, and who is walking on the waves of the sea:
9Who made the Bear and Orion, and the Pleiades, and the store-houses of the south:
10Who does great things not to be searched out; yes, wonders without number.
11See, he goes past me and I see him not: he goes on before, but I have no knowledge of him.
12If he puts out his hand to take, by whom may it be turned back? who may say to him, What are you doing?
13God's wrath may not be turned back; the helpers of Rahab were bent down under him.
14How much less may I give an answer to him, using the right words in argument with him?
15Even if my cause was good, I would not be able to give an answer; I would make request for grace from him who was against me.
16If I had sent for him to be present, and he had come, I would have no faith that he would give ear to my voice.
17For I would be crushed by his storm, my wounds would be increased without cause.
18He would not let me take my breath, but I would be full of bitter grief.

19If it is a question of strength, he says, Here I am! and if it is a question of a cause at law, he says, Who will give me a fixed day?
20Though I was in the right, he would say that I was in the wrong; I have done no evil; but he says that I am a sinner.
21I have done no wrong; I give no thought to what becomes of me; I have no desire for life.
22It is all the same to me; so I say, He puts an end to the sinner and to him who has done no wrong together.
23If death comes suddenly through disease, he makes sport of the fate of those who have done no wrong.
24The land is given into the power of the evil-doer; the faces of its judges are covered; if not by him, then who has done it?
25My days go quicker than a post-runner: they go in flight, they see no good.
26They go rushing on like reed-boats, like an eagle dropping suddenly on its food.
27If I say, I will put my grief out of mind, I will let my face be sad no longer and I will be bright;
28I go in fear of all my pains; I am certain that I will not be free from sin in your eyes.
29You will not let me be clear of sin! why then do I take trouble for nothing?
30If I am washed with snow water, and make my hands clean with soap;
31Then you will have me pushed into the dust, so that I will seem disgusting to my very clothing.
32For he is not a man as I am, that I might give him an answer, that we might come together before a judge.
33There is no one to give a decision between us, who might have control over us.
34Let him take away his rod from me and not send his fear on me:
35Then I would say what is in my mind without fear of him; for there is no cause of fear in myself.