Job Replies: There Is No Arbiter1Then Job answered and said:
2 “Truly I know that it is so:
But how can a man be ain the right before God?
3If one wished to bcontend with him,
one could not answer him once in a thousand times.
4He is cwise in heart and mighty in strength
—who has dhardened himself against him, and succeeded?—
5he who removes mountains, and they know it not,
when he overturns them in his anger,
6who eshakes the earth out of its place,
and fits pillars tremble;
7who commands the sun, and it does not rise;
who seals up the stars;
8who alone gstretched out the heavens
and trampled the waves of the sea;
9who hmade ithe Bear and jOrion,
the Pleiades kand the chambers of the south;
10who does lgreat things beyond searching out,
and marvelous things beyond number.
11Behold, he passes by me, and I msee him not;
he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
12Behold, he snatches away; nwho can turn him back?
oWho will say to him, ‘What are you doing?’
13 “God will not turn back his anger;
beneath him bowed the helpers of pRahab.
14 qHow then can I ranswer him,
choosing my words with him?
15 sThough I am in the right, I cannot answer him;
I must tappeal for mercy to my accuser. ▼
▼Or to my judge
16If I summoned him and he answered me,
I would not believe that he was listening to my voice.
17For he crushes me with a tempest
and multiplies my wounds vwithout cause;
18he will not let me get my breath,
but fills me with bitterness.
19If it is a contest of wstrength, behold, he is mighty!
If it is a matter of justice, who can xsummon him? ▼
▼Compare Septuagint; Hebrew me
20Though I am in the right, zmy own mouth would condemn me;
though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.
21I am aablameless; I regard not myself;
I abloathe my life.
22It is all one; therefore I say,
‘He acdestroys both the blameless and the wicked.’
23When addisaster brings sudden death,
he mocks at the calamity ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertainof the innocent.
24 afThe earth is given into the hand of the wicked;
he agcovers the faces of its judges—
ahif it is not he, who then is it?
25 “My aidays are swifter than aja runner;
they flee away; they see no good.
26They go by like akskiffs of reed,
like alan eagle swooping on the prey.
27If I say, am‘I will forget my complaint,
I will put off my sad face, and anbe of good cheer,’
28I become aoafraid of all my suffering,
for I know you will not aphold me innocent.
29I shall be aqcondemned;
why then do I labor in vain?
30If I wash myself with snow
and arcleanse my hands with lye,
31yet you will plunge me into a pit,
and my own clothes will asabhor me.
32For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him,
that we should atcome to trial together.
33 auThere is no ▼
▼Or Would that there were anarbiter between us,
who might lay his hand on us both.
34 awLet him take his axrod away from me,
and let aynot dread of him terrify me.
35Then I would speak without fear of him,
for I am not so in myself.
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