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Job 9 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Job Replies: There Is No Arbiter

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:1 - Then Job answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:2 - “Truly I know that it is so:
But how can a man be in the right before God?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:3 - If one wished to contend with him,
one could not answer him once in a thousand times.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:4 - He is wise in heart and mighty in strength
—who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?—
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:5 - he who removes mountains, and they know it not,
when he overturns them in his anger,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:6 - who shakes the earth out of its place,
and its pillars tremble;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:7 - who commands the sun, and it does not rise;
who seals up the stars;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:8 - who alone stretched out the heavens
and trampled the waves of the sea;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:9 - who made the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the chambers of the south;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:10 - who does great things beyond searching out,
and marvelous things beyond number.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:11 - Behold, he passes by me, and I see him not;
he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:12 - Behold, he snatches away; who can turn him back?
Who will say to him, ‘What are you doing?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:13 - “God will not turn back his anger;
beneath him bowed the helpers of Rahab.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:14 - How then can I answer him,
choosing my words with him?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:15 - Though I am in the right, I cannot answer him;
I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:16 - If I summoned him and he answered me,
I would not believe that he was listening to my voice.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:17 - For he crushes me with a tempest
and multiplies my wounds without cause;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:18 - he will not let me get my breath,
but fills me with bitterness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:19 - If it is a contest of strength, behold, he is mighty!
If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:20 - Though I am in the right, my own mouth would condemn me;
though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:21 - I am blameless; I regard not myself;
I loathe my life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:22 - It is all one; therefore I say,
‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:23 - When disaster brings sudden death,
he mocks at the calamity[fn] of the innocent.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:24 - The earth is given into the hand of the wicked;
he covers the faces of its judges—
if it is not he, who then is it?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:25 - “My days are swifter than a runner;
they flee away; they see no good.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:26 - They go by like skiffs of reed,
like an eagle swooping on the prey.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:27 - If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,
I will put off my sad face, and be of good cheer,’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:28 - I become afraid of all my suffering,
for I know you will not hold me innocent.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:29 - I shall be condemned;
why then do I labor in vain?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:30 - If I wash myself with snow
and cleanse my hands with lye,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:31 - yet you will plunge me into a pit,
and my own clothes will abhor me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:32 - For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him,
that we should come to trial together.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:33 - There is no[fn] arbiter between us,
who might lay his hand on us both.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:34 - Let him take his rod away from me,
and let not dread of him terrify me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:35 - Then I would speak without fear of him,
for I am not so in myself.
ESV Footnotes
Or to my judge
Or who can grant me a hearing?
The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
Or Would that there were an

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