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Job Chapter 9 (Index)

001  Then Job answered and said,

002  I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

003  If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

004  He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

005  Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.

006  Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.

007  Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.

008  Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.

009  Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

010  Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.

011  Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

012  Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?

013  If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.

014  How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

015  Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

016  If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.

017  For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.

018  He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.

019  If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

020  If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

021  Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.

022  This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.

023  If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.

024  The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?

025  Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

026  They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.

027  If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:

028  I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.

029  If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?

030  If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

031  Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.

032  For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.

033  Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.

034  Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:

035  Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.