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Job 9 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Job Replies There Is No Adjudicator

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Then Job answered and said,

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“In truth I know that this is so;

But how can a man be in the right [fn]before God?

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“If one desired to contend with Him,

He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.

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“Wise in heart and mighty in power,

Who has stiffened his neck against Him and been at peace?

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God is the One who removes the mountains, they know not how,

When He overturns them in His anger;

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The One who shakes the earth out of its place,

And its pillars tremble;

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The One who says for the sun [fn]not to shine,

And sets a seal upon the stars;

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Who alone stretches out the heavens,

And [fn]tramples down the waves of the sea;

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Who makes the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,

And the chambers of the south;

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Who does great things, unsearchable,

And wondrous works, innumerable.

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“Were He to sweep by me, I would not see Him;

Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.

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“Were He to snatch away, who could turn Him back?

Who could say to Him, ‘What are You doing?’

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“God will not turn back His anger;

Beneath Him crouch the helpers of Rahab.

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“How then can I [fn]answer Him,

And choose my words [fn]before Him?

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“For though I were right, I could not [fn]answer;

I would have to plead for the grace of my judge.

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“If I called and He answered me,

I could not believe that He was giving ear to my voice.

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“For He bruises me with a tempest

And multiplies my wounds without cause.

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“He will not allow me to get my breath,

But saturates me with bitterness.

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“If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the mighty one!

And if it is a matter of justice, who can make [fn]Him testify?

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“Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me;

Though I am blameless, He will declare me perverse.

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“I am blameless;

I do not know my soul;

I reject my life.

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“It is all one; therefore I say,

‘He consumes the blameless and the wicked.’

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“If the scourge puts to death suddenly,

He mocks the despair of the innocent.

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“The earth is given into the hand of the wicked;

He covers the faces of its judges.

If it is not He, then who is it?

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“Now my days are swifter than a runner;

They flee away; they do not see good.

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“They sweep by like reed boats,

Like an eagle that swoops on its food.

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“Though I say, ‘I will forget my musing,

I will forsake my sad countenance and be cheerful,’

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I am afraid of all my pains;

I know that You will not acquit me.

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“I am accounted wicked;

Why then should I toil in vain?

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“If I should wash myself with snow

And cleanse my hands with lye,

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Yet You would plunge me into the pit,

And my own clothes would abhor me.

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“For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him,

That we may go to court for judgment together.

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“There is no adjudicator between us,

Who may lay his hand upon us both.

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“Let Him remove His rod from me,

And let not dread of Him terrify me.

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Then I would speak and not fear Him;

But I am not like that in myself.

LSB Footnotes
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Lit treads upon the heights of
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Or plead my case before
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As in Gr; Heb me
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