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9 Then Job replied:
But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?v
3 Though they wished to dispute with him,w
they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.x
5 He moves mountainsc without their knowing it
and overturns them in his anger.d
6 He shakes the earthe from its place
and makes its pillars tremble.f
7 He speaks to the sun and it does not shine;g
he seals off the light of the stars.h
8 He alone stretches out the heavensi
and treads on the waves of the sea.j
the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.l
10 He performs wondersm that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted.n
when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.o
12 If he snatches away, who can stop him?p
Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’q
13 God does not restrain his anger;r
even the cohorts of Rahabs cowered at his feet.
How can I find words to argue with him?t
15 Though I were innocent, I could not answer him;u
I do not believe he would give me a hearing.y
but would overwhelm me with misery.d
19 If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty!e
if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.g
21 “Although I am blameless,h
I have no concern for myself;i
I despise my own life.j
‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’k
23 When a scourgel brings sudden death,
he mocks the despair of the innocent.m
24 When a land falls into the hands of the wicked,n
he blindfolds its judges.o
If it is not he, then who is it?p
25 “My days are swifter than a runner;q
they fly away without a glimpse of joy.r
like eagles swooping down on their prey.u
27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,v
I will change my expression, and smile,’
28 I still dreadw all my sufferings,
for I know you will not hold me innocent.x
why should I struggle in vain?y
30 Even if I washed myself with soapz
31 you would plunge me into a slime pitc
so that even my clothes would detest me.d
that we might confront each other in court.g
33 If only there were someone to mediate between us,h
someone to bring us together,i
34 someone to remove God’s rod from me,j
so that his terror would frighten me no more.k
35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,l
but as it now stands with me, I cannot.m
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