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Job Says There Is No Arbitrator between God and Man

1 Then Job Ianswered,
  2 “In truth I know that this is so;
  But how can a aman be in the right Ibefore God?
  3 “If one wished to adispute with Him,
  He could not answer Him once in a thousand [times].
  4aWise in heart and bmighty in strength,
  Who has Icdefied Him IIwithout harm?
  5a[It is God] who removes the mountains, they know not [how],
  When He overturns them in His anger;
  6 Who ashakes the earth out of its place,
  And its bpillars tremble;
  7 Who commands the asun Inot to shine,
  And sets a seal upon the stars;
  8 Who alone astretches out the heavens
  And Ibtramples down the waves of the sea;
  9 Who makes the aBear, Orion and the Pleiades,
  And the bchambers of the south;
  10 Who adoes great things, Iunfathomable,
  And wondrous works without number.
  11 “Were He to pass by me, aI would not see Him;
  Were He to move past [me], I would not perceive Him.
  12 “Were He to snatch away, who could arestrain Him?
  Who could say to Him, ‘bWhat are You doing?’

[1] ILit answered and said
[2] ILit with aJb 4:17; 25:4
[3] aJb 10:2; 13:19; 23:6; 40:2
[4] ILit stiffened his neck against IILit and remained safe aJb 11:6; 12:13; 28:23; 38:36, 37 bJb 9:19; 23:6 c2Ch 13:12; Pv 29:1
[5] aJb 9:5-10; 26:6-14; 41:11
[6] aIs 2:19, 21; 13:13; Hg 2:6 bPs 75:3
[7] ILit and it does not shine aIs 13:10; Ezk 32:7, 8
[8] ILit treads upon the heights of aGn 1:1; Jb 37:18; Ps 104:2; Is 40:22 bJb 38:16; Ps 77:19
[9] aJb 38:31, 32; Am 5:8 bJb 37:9
[10] ILit until there is no searching out aJb 5:9
[11] aJb 23:8, 9; 35:14
[12] aJb 10:7; 11:10 bIs 45:9

  13 ¶ “God will not turn back His anger;
  Beneath Him crouch the helpers of aRahab.
  14 “How then can aI Ianswer Him,
  [And] choose my words IIbefore Him?
  15 “For athough I were right, I could not Ianswer;
  I would have to bimplore the mercy of my judge.
  16 “If I called and He answered me,
  I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.
  17 “For He abruises me with a tempest
  And multiplies my wounds without cause.
  18 “He will anot allow me to get my breath,
  But saturates me with bbitterness.
  19 “If [it is a matter] of power, abehold, [He is] the strong one!
  And if [it is a matter] of justice, who can summon IHim?
  20aThough I am righteous, my mouth will bcondemn me;
  Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.
  21 “I am aguiltless;
  I do not take notice of myself;
  I bdespise my life.
  22 “It is [all] one; therefore I say,
  ‘He adestroys the guiltless and the wicked.’
  23 “If the scourge kills suddenly,
  He amocks the despair of the innocent.
  24 “The earth ais given into the hand of the wicked;
  He bcovers the faces of its judges.
  If [it is] not [He], then who is it?

[13] aJb 26:12; Ps 89:10; Is 30:7; 51:9
[14] IOr plead my case IILit with aJb 9:3, 32
[15] IOr plead my case aJb 9:20, 21; 10:15 bJb 8:5
[17] aJb 16:12, 14; 30:22
[18] aJb 7:19; 10:20 bJb 13:26; 27:2
[19] ISo with Gr; Heb me aJb 9:4
[20] aJb 9:15 bJb 9:29; 15:6
[21] aJb 1:1; 12:4; 13:18 bJb 7:16
[22] aJb 10:7, 8
[23] aJb 24:12
[24] aJb 10:3; 12:6; 16:11 bJb 12:17

  25 ¶ “Now amy days are swifter than a runner;
  They flee away, bthey see no good.
  26 “They slip by like areed boats,
  Like an beagle that swoops on Iits prey.
  27 “Though I say, ‘I will forget amy complaint,
  I will leave off my [sad] countenance and be cheerful,’
  28 I am aafraid of all my pains,
  I know that bYou will not acquit me.
  29 “I am accounted awicked,
  Why then should I toil in vain?
  30 “If I should awash myself with snow
  And cleanse bmy hands with lye,
  31 Yet You would plunge me into the pit,
  And my own clothes would abhor me.
  32 “For a[He is] not a man as I am that bI may answer Him,
  That we may go to Icourt together.
  33 “There is no aumpire between us,
  Who may lay his hand upon us both.
  34 “Let Him aremove His rod from me,
  And let not dread of Him terrify me.
  35 “[Then] I awould speak and not fear Him;
  But I am not like that in myself.

[25] aJb 7:6 bJb 7:7
[26] ILit food aIs 18:2 bJb 39:29; Hab 1:8
[27] aJb 7:11
[28] aJb 3:25 bJb 7:21; 10:14
[29] aJb 10:2; Ps 37:33
[30] aJr 2:22 bJb 31:7
[32] ILit judgment aEc 6:10 bJb 9:3; Ro 9:20
[33] a1S 2:25; Jb 9:19; Is 1:18
[34] aJb 13:21
[35] aJb 13:22


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Job, acknowledging God's justice, sheweth there is no contending with him.

1 ¶ Then Job answered and said, 2 I know [it is] so of a truth: but how should man be just with God? 3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand. 4 [He is] wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened [himself] against him, and hath prospered? 5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger. 6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. 7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. 8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. 9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. 10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number. 11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see [him] not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not. 12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou? 13 [If] God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him. 14 How much less shall I answer him, [and] choose out my words [to reason] with him? 15 Whom, though I were righteous, [yet] would I not answer, [but] I would make supplication to my judge. 16 If I had called, and he had answered me; [yet] would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice. 17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause. 18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness. 19 If [I speak] of strength, lo, [he is] strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time [to plead]? 20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: [if I say], I [am] perfect, it shall also prove me perverse. 21 [Though] I [were] perfect, [yet] would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.

[2] 1K 8:46; Jb 4:17; 14:3; 25:4; 32:2; 33:9; 34:5; Ps 130:3; 143:2; Ro 3:20.
[3] Jb 9:20, 32; 10:2; 23:3; 31:35; 33:13; 34:14; 40:2; Ps 19:12; 40:12; Is 57:15; Ro 9:20; 1Jn 1:8; 3:20.
[4] Ex 9:14; 14:17; Jb 6:10; 9:19; 15:23; 36:5; 40:9; Ps 104:24; 136:5; Pv 28:14; 29:1; Dn 2:20; 4:34; 5:20; Ro 11:33; 1Co 10:22; Ep 1:8, 19; 3:10, 20; Jde 1:24.
[5] Nu 1:5; Jb 28:9; Ps 46:2; 68:8; 114:6; Is 40:12; Hab 3:6, 10; Zc 4:7; 14:4; Mt 21:21; 27:51; Lk 21:11; 1Co 13:2; Rv 6:14; 11:13; 16:18.
[6] 1S 2:8; Jb 26:11; 38:4; Ps 75:3; 114:7; Is 2:19, 21; 13:13; 24:1, 19; Jr 4:24; Jol 2:10; Hg 2:6, 21; He 12:26; Rv 20:11.
[7] Ex 10:21; Jsh 10:12; Jb 37:7; 38:12, 19; Is 13:10; Ezk 32:7; Dn 4:35; Am 4:13; 8:9; Mt 24:29; Lk 21:25.
[8] Gn 1:6; Jb 37:18; 38:11; Ps 33:6; 93:3; 104:2; Is 40:22; 42:5; 44:24; Jr 10:11; Zc 12:1; Mt 14:25; Jn 6:19.
[9] Gn 1:16; Jb 38:31, 32; Ps 104:3, 13; 147:4; Am 5:8; Ac 28:13.
[10] Ex 15:11; Jb 5:9; 26:12; 37:23; Ps 71:15; 72:18; 136:4; Ec 3:11; Is 40:26; Dn 4:2; Ro 11:33; Ep 3:20.
[11] Jb 23:8; 35:14; Ps 77:19; 1Ti 6:16.
[12] Jb 11:10; 23:13; 33:13; 34:29; Is 45:9; Jr 18:6; Dn 4:35; Mt 11:26; 20:15; Ro 9:18; 11:34; Ep 1:11.
[13] Jb 26:12; 40:9; Is 30:7; 31:2; Jm 4:6.
[14] 1K 8:27; Jb 4:19; 11:4; 23:4, 7; 25:6; 33:5.
[15] 1K 8:38; 2Ch 33:13; Jb 5:8; 8:5; 10:2, 15; 22:27; 23:7; 34:31; Jr 31:9; Dn 9:3, 18; 1Co 4:4; 1P 2:23.
[16] Ex 6:9; Jg 6:13; Jb 29:24; Ps 18:6; 66:18; 116:1; 126:1; Lk 24:41; Ac 12:14.
[17] Jb 1:14; 2:3, 7, 13; 16:14, 17; 34:6; Ps 25:3; 29:5; 42:7; 83:15; Is 28:17; Jr 23:19; Ezk 13:13; Mt 7:27; 12:20; Jn 9:3; 15:25.
[18] Jb 3:20; 7:19; Ps 39:13; 88:7, 15; Lm 3:3, 15, 18, 19; He 12:11.
[19] Jb 9:4, 32; 31:35; 33:5; 36:17; 40:9; Ps 62:11; Mt 6:13; 1Co 1:25; 10:22.
[20] Jb 1:1; 4:17; 9:2; 15:5; 32:1; 33:8; 34:35; 35:16; Ps 130:3; 143:2; Pv 10:19; 17:20; Is 6:5; Mt 12:36; Lk 10:29; 16:15; Php 3:12; 1Ti 6:5; Jm 3:2.
[21] Jb 7:15, 21; Ps 139:23; Pv 28:26; Jr 17:9; 1Co 4:4; 1Jn 3:20.

Man's innocency is not to be condemned by afflictions.

22 This [is] one [thing], therefore I said [it], He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked. 23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent. 24 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? 25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. 26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle [that] hasteth to the prey. 27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort [myself]: 28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent. 29 [If] I be wicked, why then labour I in vain? 30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; 31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me. 32 For [he is] not a man, as I [am, that] I should answer him, [and] we should come together in judgment. 33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, [that] might lay his hand upon us both. 34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me: 35 [Then] would I speak, and not fear him; but [it is] not so with me.

[22] Ec 9:1; Ezk 21:3; Lk 13:2.
[23] 2S 14:15, 17; Jb 1:13; 2:7; 4:7; 8:20; Ps 44:22; Ezk 14:19; 21:13; He 11:36.
[24] 2S 15:30; 19:4; Es 6:12; 7:8; Jb 12:6; 21:7; 24:25; 32:2; Ps 17:14; 73:3; Jr 12:1; 14:4; Dn 4:17; 5:18; 7:7; Hab 1:14.
[25] Es 8:14; Jb 7:6; Ps 39:5, 11; 89:47; 90:9; Jm 4:14.
[26] 2S 1:23; Jb 39:27; Pv 23:5; Jr 4:13; Lm 4:19; Hab 1:8.
[27] Jb 7:13; Ps 77:2; Jr 8:18.
[28] Ex 20:7; Jb 9:2, 20; 14:16; 21:6; Ps 88:15; 119:120; 130:3.
[29] Jb 9:22; 10:7, 14; 21:16, 27; 22:5; Ps 73:13; Jr 2:35.
[30] Ps 26:6; Pv 28:13; Is 1:16; Jr 2:22; 4:14; Ro 10:3; 1Jn 1:8.
[31] Jb 9:20; 15:6; Is 59:6; 64:6; Php 3:8.
[32] Nu 23:19; 1S 16:7; Jb 13:18; 23:3; 33:12; 35:5; Ps 143:2; Ec 6:10; Is 45:9; Jr 49:19; Ro 9:20; 1Jn 3:20.
[33] 1S 2:25; 1K 3:16; Jb 9:19; Ps 106:23; 1Jn 2:1.
[34] Jb 13:11, 20; 23:15; 29:2; 31:23; 33:7; 37:1; Ps 39:10; 90:11.


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