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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Job 9:1-35

9  But Job answered 2  “Certainly, I know it is so, and how is a human being to be in the right with Deity? 3  If he chooses to argue a case with him he will not answer him one point out of a thousand. 4  Wise in heart and mighty in strength, who has defied him and remained safe and sound? 5  Him who displaces mountains before they know it, as he has overthrown them in his anger; 6  Him who shakes earth loose from its place and its pillars quiver; 7  Him who says a thing to the sun and it does not break out, and seals off stars; 8  Sole spreader of sky, treader on heights of sea, 9  Maker of Aldebaran, Orion, and the Pleiades and the chambers of the south, 10  Doer of great things inscrutable and wonders innumerable. 11  Here he comes by me and I do not see him, goes past and I do not perceive him— 12*  Here he comes down on me, who will turn him back? who will say to him ‘What are you doing?’ 13  God will not turn back his anger; Rahab’s helpers sank under him, 14  Not to speak of such a thing as that I should answer him, choose my words with him, 15  I who if I were in the right would not answer, would beg as a favor for what was my right. 16  If I called and he answered me I would not believe that he would give ear to my voice, 17  He who deals me hurts in a tempest and multiplies my sores for nothing, 18  Does not let me get back my breath but gives me all the bitter mouthfuls I can hold. 19*  As for stark strength, there it is! but as for judgment, who will set me a date? 20*  If I am in the right my own mouth will put me in the wrong; I am virtuous and he has made a crook of me. 21*  I am virtuous—I do not think of my person— I want nothing of my life— 22  It is all one; therefore I say, he makes a clean sweep of virtuous man and rogue. 23  If a scourge brings sudden death he makes fun of innocent men’s despair. 24**  A country is given into a rogue’s hands; he covers its judges’ faces. If not then, who is it that does? 25  And my days are swifter than a runner, have gone off without seeing anything good, 26*  Have passed like reed boats, like a vulture shooting toward food 27*  If I say I will forget my grievance, will quit my dismalness and brighten up, 28  I quail at all my woes, I know I shall not be acquitted. 29  I am the one to be found guilty— what should I take useless trouble for? 30  If I take a snow bath and clean my hands with alkali, 31  Then he will dip me in a mudhole and my garments will abominate me. 32  For he is not a man like me whom I should answer, we should go into court together; 33  There is no adjudicator between us who will lay his hands on us both. 34  Let him take his cudgel away from over me and his terror not overwhelm me; 35  I will speak and not be afraid of him, because I am not like that to my knowledge.


9:12 Lit. without the word me
9:19 Lit. a mighty one’s strength
9:20 Or it has made
9:21 Lit. do not know my
9:24 Or Earth is given
9:24 Lit. without the words that does
9:26 Lit. with reed boats
9:27 Lit. quit my face and