Job Chapter 9
9:1. And Job answered, and said:
9:2. Indeed I know it is so, and that man cannot be justified, compared with God.
9:3. If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one for a thousand.
9:4. He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath resisted him, and hath had peace?
9:5. Who hath removed mountains, and they whom he overthrew in his wrath, knew it not.
9:6. Who shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
9:7. Who commandeth the sun, and it riseth not: and shutteth up the stars, as it were, under a seal:
9:8. Who alone spreadeth out the heavens, and walketh upon the waves of the sea
9:9. Who maketh Arcturus, and Orion, and Hyades, and the inner parts of the south.
Arcturus, etc. . .These are names of stars or constellations. In Hebrew, Ash, Cesil, and Cimah. See note chap. 38, ver. 31.
9:10. Who doth things great and incomprehensible, and wonderful, of which there is no number.
9:11. If he come to me, I shall not see him: if he depart, I shall not understand.
9:12. If he examine on a sudden, who shall answer him? or who can say: Why dost thou so?
9:13. God, whose wrath no man can resist, and under whom they stoop that bear up the world.
9:14. What am I then, that I should answer him, and have words with him?
9:15. I, who although I should have any just thing, would not answer, but would make supplication to my judge.
9:16. And if he should hear me when I call, I should not believe that he had heard my voice.
9:17. For he shall crush me in a whirlwind, and multiply my wounds even without cause.
Without cause. . .That is, without my knowing the cause: or without any crime of mine.
9:18. He alloweth not my spirit to rest, and he filleth me with bitterness.
9:19. If strength be demanded, he is most strong: if equity of judgment, no man dare bear witness for me.
9:20. If I would justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I would shew myself innocent, he shall prove me wicked.
9:21. Although I should be simple, even this my soul shall be ignorant of, and I shall be weary of my life.
9:22. One thing there is that I have spoken, both the innocent and the wicked he consumeth.
9:23. If he scourge, let him kill at once, and not laugh at the pains of the innocent.
9:24. The earth is given into the hand of the wicked, he covereth the face of the judges thereof: and if it be not he, who is it then?
9:25. My days have been swifter than a post: they have fled away and have not seen good.
9:26. They have passed by as ships carrying fruits, as an eagle flying to the prey.
9:27. If I say: I will not speak so: I change my face, and am tormented with sorrow.
9:28. I feared all my works, knowing that thou didst not spare the offender.
9:29. But if so also I am wicked, why have I laboured in vain?
9:30. If I be washed, as it were, with snow waters, and my hands shall shine ever so clean:
9:31. Yet thou shalt plunge me in filth, and my garments shall abhor me.
9:32. For I shall not answer a man that is like myself: nor one that may be heard with me equally in judgment.
9:33. There is none that may be able to reprove both, and to put his hand between both.
9:34. Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me.
9:35. I will speak, and will not fear him: for I cannot answer while I am in fear.