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Job 9 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Job’s Reply to Bildad
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Then Job answered:

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Yes, I know what you’ve said is true,

but how can a person be justified before God?

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If one wanted to take him to court,

he could not answer God[fn] once in a thousand times.

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God is wise and all-powerful.

Who has opposed him and come out unharmed?

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He removes mountains without their knowledge,

overturning them in his anger.

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He shakes the earth from its place

so that its pillars tremble.

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He commands the sun not to shine

and seals off the stars.

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He alone stretches out the heavens

and treads on the waves of the sea.[fn]

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He makes the stars: the Bear,[fn] Orion,

the Pleiades, and the constellations[fn] of the southern sky.

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He does great and unsearchable things,

wonders without number.

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If he passed by me, I wouldn’t see him;

if he went by, I wouldn’t recognize him.

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If he snatches something, who can stop[fn] him?

Who can ask him, “What are you doing? ”

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God does not hold back his anger;

Rahab’s assistants cringe in fear beneath him!

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How then can I answer him

or choose my arguments against him?

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Even if I were in the right, I could not answer.

I could only beg my Judge for mercy.

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If I summoned him and he answered me,

I do not believe he would pay attention to what I said.

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He batters me with a whirlwind

and multiplies my wounds without cause.

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He doesn’t let me catch my breath

but fills me with bitter experiences.

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If it is a matter of strength, look, he is the powerful one!

If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?[fn]

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Even if I were in the right, my own mouth would condemn me;

if I were blameless, my mouth would declare me guilty.

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Though I am blameless,

I no longer care about myself;

I renounce my life.

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It is all the same. Therefore I say,

“He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.”

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When catastrophe[fn] brings sudden death,

he mocks the despair of the innocent.

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The earth[fn] is handed over to the wicked;

he blindfolds[fn] its judges.

If it isn’t he, then who is it?

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My days fly by faster than a runner;[fn]

they flee without seeing any good.

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They sweep by like boats made of papyrus,

like an eagle swooping down on its prey.

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If I said, “I will forget my complaint,

change my expression, and smile,”

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I would still live in terror of all my pains.

I know you will not acquit me.

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Since I will be found guilty,

why should I struggle in vain?

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If I wash myself with snow,

and cleanse my hands with lye,

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then you dip me in a pit of mud,

and my own clothes despise me!

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For he is not a man like me, that I can answer him,

that we can take each other to court.

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There is no mediator between us,

to lay his hand on both of us.

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Let him take his rod away from me

so his terror will no longer frighten me.

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Then I would speak and not fear him.

But that is not the case; I am on my own.

CSB Footnotes
Or court, God would not answer him
Or and walks on the back of the sea god
Or Aldebaran
Or chambers
Or dissuade
LXX; MT reads me
Or whip ; Hb obscure
Or land
Lit covers the faces of
= a royal messenger

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