- Then Job answered and said,
- Of a truth I know that it is so: But how can man be just with God?
- If he be pleased to contend with him, He cannot answer him one of a thousand.
- [He is] wise in heart, and mighty in strength: Who hath hardened himself against him, and prospered?-
- [Him] that removeth the mountains, and they know it not, When he overturneth them in his anger;
- That shaketh the earth out of its place, And the pillars thereof tremble;
- That commandeth the sun, and it riseth not, And sealeth up the stars;
- That alone stretcheth out the heavens, And treadeth upon the waves of the sea;
- That maketh the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;
- That doeth great things past finding out, Yea, marvellous things without number.
- Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: He passeth on also, but I perceive him not.
- Behold, he seizeth [the prey], who can hinder him?
Who will say unto him, What doest thou?
- God will not withdraw his anger;
The helpers of Rahab do stoop under him.
- How much less shall I answer him, And choose out my words [to reason] with him?
- Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer;
I would make supplication to my judge.
- If I had called, and he had answered me, Yet would I not believe that he hearkened unto my voice.
- For he breaketh me with a tempest, And multiplieth my wounds without cause.
- He will not suffer me to take my breath, But filleth me with bitterness.
- If [we speak] of strength, lo, [he is] mighty!
And if of justice, Who, [saith he], will summon me?
- Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me: Though I be perfect, it shall prove me perverse.
- I am perfect;
I regard not myself;
I despise my life.
- It is all one;
therefore I say, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
- If the scourge slay suddenly, He will mock at the trial of the innocent.
- The earth is given into the hand of the wicked;
He covereth the faces of the judges thereof: If [it be] not [he], who then is it?
- Now my days are swifter than a post: They flee away, they see no good,
- They are passed away as the swift ships;
As the eagle that swoopeth on the prey.
- If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will put off my [sad] countenance, and be of good cheer;
- I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.
- I shall be condemned;
Why then do I labor in vain?
- If I wash myself with snow water, And make my hands never so clean;
- Yet wilt thou plunge me in the ditch, And mine own clothes shall abhor me.
- For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, That we should come together in judgment.
- There is no umpire betwixt us, That might lay his hand upon us both.
- Let him take his rod away from me, And let not his terror make me afraid:
- Then would I speak, and not fear him;
For I am not so in myself.