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Job 9 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Job: There Is No Mediator
Job Finds No Comfort
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:1 - Then Job answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:2 - “Truly I know it is so,
But how can a man be righteous before God?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:3 - If one wished to contend with Him,
He could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:4 - God is wise in heart and mighty in strength.
Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:5 - He removes the mountains, and they do not know
When He overturns them in His anger;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:6 - He shakes the earth out of its place,
And its pillars tremble;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:7 - He commands the sun, and it does not rise;
He seals off the stars;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:8 - He alone spreads out the heavens,
And treads on the waves of the sea;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:9 - He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,
And the chambers of the south;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:10 - He does great things past finding out,
Yes, wonders without number.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:11 - If He goes by me, I do not see Him;
If He moves past, I do not perceive Him;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:12 - If He takes away, who can hinder Him?
Who can say to Him, ‘What are You doing?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:13 - God will not withdraw His anger,
The allies of the proud[fn] lie prostrate beneath Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:14 - “How then can I answer Him,
And choose my words to reason with Him?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:15 - For though I were righteous, I could not answer Him;
I would beg mercy of my Judge.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:16 - If I called 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 allow me to catch my breath,
But fills me with bitterness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:19 - If it is a matter of strength, indeed He is strong;
And if of justice, who will appoint my day in court?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:20 - Though I were righteous, my own mouth would condemn me;
Though I were blameless, it would prove me perverse.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:21 - “I am blameless, yet I do not know myself;
I despise my life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:22 - It is all one thing;
Therefore I say, ‘He destroys the blameless and the wicked.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:23 - If the scourge slays suddenly,
He laughs at the plight 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 else could it be?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:25 - “Now my days are swifter than a runner;
They flee away, they see no good.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:26 - They pass by like swift ships,
Like an eagle swooping on its prey.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:27 - If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,
I will put off my sad face and wear a smile,’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:28 - I am afraid of all my sufferings;
I know that You will not hold me innocent.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:29 - If I am condemned,
Why then do I labor in vain?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:30 - If I wash myself with snow water,
And cleanse my hands with soap,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:31 - Yet You will plunge me into the pit,
And my own clothes will abhor me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:32 - “For He is not a man, as I am,
That I may answer Him,
And that we should go to court together.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:33 - Nor is there any mediator between us,
Who may lay his hand on us both.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:34 - Let Him take His rod away from me,
And do not let dread of Him terrify me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:35 - Then I would speak and not fear Him,
But it is not so with me.
NKJV Footnotes
Hebrew rahab

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The text of the New King James Version (NKJV) appearing on or deriving from this or any other web page is for personal use only. Any other use of the NKJV must be in conformity with the Quotation Policy for the New King James Version. For more information about the New King James Version, the Quotation Policy, and for inquiries about permission to use the New King James Version, go to Thomas Nelson, Inc..

For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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