- And Job made answer and said,
- Truly, I see that it is so: and how is it possible for a man to get his right before God?
- If 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.
- He is wise in heart and great in strength: who ever made his face hard against him, and any good came of it?
- It is he who takes away the mountains without their knowledge, overturning them in his wrath:
- Who is moving the earth out of its place, so that its pillars are shaking:
- Who gives orders to the sun, and it does not give its light;
and who keeps the stars from shining.
- By whose hand the heavens were stretched out, and who is walking on the waves of the sea:
- Who made the Bear and Orion, and the Pleiades, and the store-houses of the south:
- Who does great things not to be searched out;
yes, wonders without number.
- See, he goes past me and I see him not: he goes on before, but I have no knowledge of him.
- If he puts out his hand to take, by whom may it be turned back?
who may say to him, What are you doing?
- God's wrath may not be turned back;
the helpers of Rahab were bent down under him.
- How much less may I give an answer to him, using the right words in argument with him?
- Even 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.
- If 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.
- For I would be crushed by his storm, my wounds would be increased without cause.
- He would not let me take my breath, but I would be full of bitter grief.
- If 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?
- Though 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.
- I have done no wrong;
I give no thought to what becomes of me;
I have no desire for life.
- It 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.
- If death comes suddenly through disease, he makes sport of the fate of those who have done no wrong.
- The 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?
- My days go quicker than a post-runner: they go in flight, they see no good.
- They go rushing on like reed-boats, like an eagle dropping suddenly on its food.
- If I say, I will put my grief out of mind, I will let my face be sad no longer and I will be bright;
- I go in fear of all my pains;
I am certain that I will not be free from sin in your eyes.
- You will not let me be clear of sin!
why then do I take trouble for nothing?
- If I am washed with snow water, and make my hands clean with soap;
- Then you will have me pushed into the dust, so that I will seem disgusting to my very clothing.
- For he is not a man as I am, that I might give him an answer, that we might come together before a judge.
- There is no one to give a decision between us, who might have control over us.
- Let him take away his rod from me and not send his fear on me:
- Then I would say what is in my mind without fear of him;
for there is no cause of fear in myself.