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Job 9 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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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 passes by me, I wouldn’t see Him; 

if He goes right 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 soaks me with bitter experiences.

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If it is a matter of strength, look, He is the Mighty 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 disaster 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 labor 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 one to judge 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.

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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 land
Lit covers the faces of
= a royal messenger

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Holy Bible, Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used with permission by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved.

Full copyright information is provided here. Visit the Holman Christian Standard Bible website.

 
 
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