9 Job said in reply: 2 “For a fact I know that this is so. But how can mortal man be in the right in a case with God?+ 3 If someone wishes to argue with Him,*+That one could not answer one of His questions in a thousand. 4 He is wise in heart and mighty in power.+ Who can resist him and come off uninjured?+ 5 He moves* mountains without anyone knowing it;He overturns them in his anger. 6 He shakes the earth out of its place,So that its pillars tremble.+ 7 He commands the sun not to shineAnd seals off the light of the stars;+ 8 He spreads out the heavens by himself,+And he treads upon the high waves of the sea.+ 9 He made the Ash,* the Keʹsil,* and the Kiʹmah constellations,*+And the constellations of the southern sky;* 10 He does great and unsearchable things,+Wonderful things that cannot be counted.+ 11 He passes by me, and I cannot see him;He moves past me, but I do not discern him. 12 When he snatches something, who can resist him? Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’+ 13 God will not restrain his anger;+Even the helpers of Raʹhab*+ will bow down to him. 14 How much more when I answer himMust I choose my words carefully to argue with him! 15 Even if I were in the right, I would not answer him.+ I could only plead for mercy from my judge.* 16 If I call out to him, will he answer me? I do not believe that he will listen to my voice, 17 For he crushes me with a stormAnd multiplies my wounds for no reason.+ 18 He does not let me catch my breath;He keeps filling me with bitter things. 19 If it is a matter of power, he is the strong one.+ If it is a matter of justice, he says: ‘Who can call me to account?’* 20 If I were in the right, my own mouth would condemn me;Even if I keep my integrity,* he will declare me guilty.* 21 Even if I keep my integrity,* I am not confident about myself;*I reject* this life of mine. 22 It is all the same. That is why I say,‘He destroys the innocent* and the wicked alike.’ 23 If a flash flood should cause sudden death,He would mock at the despair of the innocent. 24 The earth has been handed over to the wicked;+He covers the eyes* of its judges. If it is not he, then, who is it? 25 Now my days are swifter than a runner;+They run away without seeing good. 26 They glide by like reed boats,Like eagles that swoop down on their prey. 27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,I will change my expression and be cheerful,’ 28 I would still be afraid because of all my pains,+And I know you would not find me innocent. 29 I would be found guilty.* So why should I struggle in vain?+ 30 If I wash myself in water from melting snow,And I cleanse my hands in lye,*+ 31 Then you would dip me in a pit,So that even my own garments would detest me. 32 For he is not a man like me that I may answer him,That we should go to court together.+ 33 There is no person to decide* between us,Who could serve as our judge.* 34 If he would stop beating me*And not let his terror frighten me,+ 35 Then I would speak to him unafraid,For it is not in me to speak out of fear.
^ Or “to take Him to court.”
^ Or “removes.”
^ Possibly the Great Bear constellation (Ursa Major).
^ Lit., “the interior rooms of the south.”
^ Possibly the Pleiades stars in the Taurus constellation.
^ Possibly the Orion constellation.
^ Possibly a great sea monster.
^ Or possibly, “my opponent at law.”
^ Lit., “summon me?”
^ Or “Even if I am innocent.”
^ Lit., “crooked.”
^ Or “Even if I am innocent.”
^ Or “I do not know my soul.”
^ Or “despise; refuse.”
^ Or “those keeping integrity.”
^ Lit., “faces.”
^ Lit., “wicked.”
^ Or “potash.”
^ Or “no mediator.”
^ Lit., “put his hand upon us both.”
^ Lit., “remove his rod from upon me.”