Then Job answered and said,
2I know it is so of a
truth: but how should man be just with God?
3If he will contend with him,
he cannot answer him one of a thousand.
4He is wise in heart, and
mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath
5Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which
overturneth them in his anger.
6Which shaketh the earth out of her place,
and the pillars thereof tremble.
7Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth
not; and sealeth up the stars.
8Which alone spreadeth out the heavens,
and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
9Which maketh Arcturus, Orion,
and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
10Which doeth great things
past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.
11Lo, he goeth by me,
and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.
12Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What
13If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud
helpers do stoop under him.
14How much less shall I answer him,
and choose out my words to reason with him?
though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would
make supplication to my judge.
16If I had called, and he had answered me;
yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.
17For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without
18He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with
19If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong:
and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?
justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am
perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
21Though I were
perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.
22This is one thing, therefore I said it, He
destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
23If the scourge slay suddenly, he
will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
24The earth is given into the
hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not,
where, and who is he?
25Now my days are swifter than a
post: they flee away, they see no good.
26They are passed away as the
swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.
27If I say, I
will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort
28I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt
not hold me innocent.
29If I be wicked, why then labour I in
30If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so
31Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes
shall abhor me.
32For he is not a man, as I am, that I
should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.
33Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his
hand upon us both.
34Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his
fear terrify me:
35Then would I speak, and not fear him; but
it is not so with me.