2 I know ait is so bof a truth:
But chow should man be just ||with God?
3 If he will contend with him,
He cannot answer him one of a thousand.
4 He is dwise in heart, and mighty in strength:
Who hath hardened ehimself against him, and hath prospered?
5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not:
Which overturneth them in his anger.
6 Which fshaketh the earth out of her place,
And gthe pillars thereof tremble.
7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not;
And sealeth up the stars.
8 Which alone hspreadeth out the heavens,
And treadeth upon the †waves of the sea.
9 iWhich maketh †jArcturus, kOrion,
And kPleiades, and the chambers of the south.
10 lWhich doeth great things past finding out;
Yea, and wonders without number.
11 Lo, he goeth by me, and mI see him not:
He passeth on also, mbut I perceive him not.
12 Behold, he taketh away, †who can hinder him?
nWho will say unto him, What doest thou?
13 If God will not withdraw his anger,
The †proud helpers do stoop under him.
14 oHow much less shall I answer him,
And pchoose out my words to reason with him?
15 qWhom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer,
But I would make supplication to my judge.
16 If I had called, and he had answered me;
Yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.
17 For he rbreaketh me with a tempest,
And multiplieth my wounds swithout cause.
18 He will not suffer me tto take my breath,
But filleth me with bitterness.
19 If I speak uof strength, lo, he is strong:
And if of judgment, wwho shall set me a time to plead?
20 If I justify myself, xmine own mouth shall condemn me:
If I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul:
I would ydespise my life.
22 This is one thing, therefore I said it,
zHe destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
23 If the ascourge slay suddenly,
He will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked:
bHe covereth the faces of the judges thereof;
cIf not, where, and who is he?
25 Now dmy days are swifter than ea post:
They flee away, dthey see no good.
26 They are passed away as the †||swift ships:
As fthe eagle that hasteth to the prey.
27 gIf I say, I will forget my complaint,
I will leave off my heaviness, and hcomfort myself:
28 I am afraid of all my sorrows,
I know that thou iwilt not hold me innocent.
Why then labour I in vain?
30 If I wash myself with jsnow water,
And kmake my hands never so clean;
31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch,
And mine own clothes shall ||abhor me.
32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him,
And lwe should come together in judgment.
33 mNeither is there †any ||daysman betwixt us,
That might nlay ohis hand upon us both.
34 oLet him take his prod away from me,
And qlet not his fear terrify me:
35 Then would I speak, and not fear him;
†But it is not so with me.
About King James Version
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