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“Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?

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Though they wished to dispute with him, they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.

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His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?

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He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.

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He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble.

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He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars.

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He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.

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He is the Maker of the Bear[fn] and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

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He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.

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When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.

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If he snatches away, who can stop him? Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’

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God does not restrain his anger; even the cohorts of Rahab cowered at his feet.

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“How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?

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Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.

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Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would give me a hearing.

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He would crush me with a storm and multiply my wounds for no reason.

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He would not let me catch my breath but would overwhelm me with misery.

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If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty! And if it is a matter of justice, who can challenge him[fn]?

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Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.

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“Although I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my own life.

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It is all the same; that is why I say, ‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’

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When a scourge brings sudden death, he mocks the despair of the innocent.

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When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?

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“My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy.

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I still dread all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me innocent.

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Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?

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Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with cleansing powder,

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you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.

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If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together,

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someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.

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Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.
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