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Then Job answered,
“TrulyIknowthatitisso,
buthowcanmanbejustwith God?
If heispleasedtocontendwithhim,
hecan’t answerhimone time ina thousand.
Godiswiseinheart, andmightyinstrength.
Whohashardenedhimselfagainsthimandprospered?
Heremovesthemountains, andthey don’t knowit,
whenheoverturnstheminhis anger.
He shakesthe earth outof its place.
Its pillarstremble.
He commands thesunandit doesn’t rise,
andsealsupthestars.
He alone stretchesouttheheavens,
andtreadsonthewavesofthesea.
HemakestheBear, Orion, andthePleiades,
andtheroomsofthesouth.
10 Hedoesgreatthings past finding out;
yes, marvellousthingswithoutnumber.
11 Behold, hegoesbyme, andI don’t seehim.
Hepasseson also, butI don’t perceivehim.
12 Behold, he snatches away.
Whocanhinderhim?
Whowill ask him, ‘Whatareyoudoing?’
 
13 “Godwillnotwithdrawhis anger.
ThehelpersofRahabstoopunderhim.
14 HowmuchlesswillIanswerhim,
and choose mywordsto argue withhim?
15 Though Iwererighteous, yetI wouldn’t answerhim.
I would makesupplicationtomyjudge.
16 IfIhadcalled, andhehadansweredme,
yetI wouldn’t believe thathe listened tomyvoice.
17 Forhe breaks mewithastorm,
andmultipliesmywoundswithoutcause.
18 Hewillnotallowmeto catch mybreath,
but fills mewithbitterness.
19 Ifitisa matter ofstrength, behold, heismighty!
Ifofjustice, ‘Who,’ says he, ‘willsummonme?’
20 Though I am righteous, my own mouthwillcondemnme.
Though I am blameless, it will prove meperverse.
21 I am blameless.
I don’t respectmyself.
Idespisemylife.
 
22 “Itisallthesame.
ThereforeI say hedestroystheblamelessandthewicked.
23 If thescourgekillssuddenly,
hewillmockatthetrialoftheinnocent.
24 The earth isgivenintothehandofthewicked.
Hecoversthefacesofitsjudges.
Ifnothe, thenwhoisit?
 
25 “Nowmydaysareswifterthanarunner.
Theyfleeaway. Theyseenogood.
26 Theyhavepassedawayasthe swift ships,
astheeaglethatswoopsonthe prey.
27 If I say, ‘Iwillforgetmycomplaint,
Iwill put offmy sad face, andcheer up,’
28 I am afraidofallmysorrows.
Iknowthatyouwillnot hold meinnocent.
29 Iwill be condemned.
WhythendoIlabourinvain?
30 If I washmyselfwithsnow,
andcleansemyhandswithlye,
31 yet youwillplungemeintheditch.
My own clotheswillabhorme.
32 Forheisnotaman, asI am, thatIshouldanswerhim,
thatweshouldcometogetherin judgement.
33 Thereisnoumpirebetweenus,
thatmightlayhishandonusboth.
34 Let himtakehisrodawayfromme.
Let his terror not make meafraid;
35 thenIwouldspeak, andnotfearhim,
forI am notsoin myself.