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Job 9

Job Replies: There Is No Mediator

9Then Job answered:
2 ‘Indeed I know that this is so;
   but how can a mortal be just before God?
3 If one wished to contend with him,
   one could not answer him once in a thousand.
4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength
—who has resisted him, and succeeded?—
5 he who removes mountains, and they do not know it,
   when he overturns them in his anger;
6 who shakes the earth out of its place,
   and its pillars tremble;
7 who commands the sun, and it does not rise;
   who seals up the stars;
8 who alone stretched out the heavens
   and trampled the waves of the Sea;*
9 who made the Bear and Orion,
   the Pleiades and the chambers of the south;
10 who does great things beyond understanding,
   and marvellous things without number.
11 Look, he passes by me, and I do not see him;
   he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
12 He snatches away; who can stop him?
   Who will say to him, “What are you doing?”


13 ‘God will not turn back his anger;
   the helpers of Rahab bowed beneath him.
14 How then can I answer him,
   choosing my words with him?
15 Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him;
   I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.*
16 If I summoned him and he answered me,
   I do not believe that he would listen to my voice.
17 For he crushes me with a tempest,
   and multiplies my wounds without cause;
18 he will not let me get my breath,
   but fills me with bitterness.
19 If it is a contest of strength, he is the strong one!
   If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?*
20 Though I am innocent, my own mouth would condemn me;
   though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.
21 I am blameless; I do not know myself;
   I loathe my life.
22 It is all one; therefore I say,
   he destroys both the blameless and the wicked.
23 When disaster brings sudden death,
   he mocks at the calamity* of the innocent.
24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked;
   he covers the eyes of its judges—
   if it is not he, who then is it?


25 ‘My days are swifter than a runner;
   they flee away, they see no good.
26 They go by like skiffs of reed,
   like an eagle swooping on the prey.
27 If I say, “I will forget my complaint;
   I will put off my sad countenance and be of good cheer”,
28 I become afraid of all my suffering,
   for I know you will not hold me innocent.
29 I shall be condemned;
   why then do I labour in vain?
30 If I wash myself with soap
   and cleanse my hands with lye,
31 yet you will plunge me into filth,
   and my own clothes will abhor me.
32 For he is not a mortal, as I am, that I might answer him,
   that we should come to trial together.
33 There is no umpire* between us,
   who might lay his hand on us both.
34 If he would take his rod away from me,
   and not let dread of him terrify me,
35 then I would speak without fear of him,
   for I know I am not what I am thought to be.*

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