9Then Job spoke again.H347H6030H559 2"Yes, I know all this is true in principle. But how can a person be declared innocent in God's sight?H3045H551H582H6663H410 3If someone wanted to take God to court, would it be possible to answer him even once in a thousand times?H2654H7378H6030H259H505 4For God is so wise and so mighty. Who has ever challenged him successfully?H2450H3824H533H3581H7185H7999 5"Without warning, he moves the mountains, overturning them in his anger.H6275H2022H3045H2015H639 6He shakes the earth from its place, and its foundations tremble.H7264H776H4725H5982H6426 7If he commands it, the sun won't rise and the stars won't shine.H559H2775H2224H2856H3556 8He alone has spread out the heavens and marches on the waves of the sea.H5186H8064H1869H1116H3220 9He made all the stars—the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the southern sky.H6213H5906H3685H3598H2315H8486 10He does great things too marvelous to understand. He performs countless miracles.H6213H1419H369H2714H6381H4557 11"Yet when he comes near, I cannot see him. When he moves by, I do not see him go.H5674H7200H2498H995 12If he snatches someone in death, who can stop him? Who dares to ask, 'What are you doing?'H2862H7725H559H6213 13And God does not restrain his anger. Even the monsters of the sea are crushed beneath his feet.H433H7725H639H7293H5826H7817 14"So who am I, that I should try to answer God or even reason with him?H6030H977H1697 15Even if I were right, I would have no defense. I could only plead for mercy.H6663H6030H2603H8199 16And even if I summoned him and he responded, I'm not sure he would listen to me.H7121H6030H539H238H6963 17For he attacks me with a storm and repeatedly wounds me without cause.H7779H8183H7235H6482H2600 18He will not let me catch my breath, but fills me instead with bitter sorrows.H5414H7725H7307H7646H4472 19If it's a question of strength, he's the strong one. If it's a matter of justice, who dares to summon him to court?H3581H533H4941H3259 20Though I am innocent, my own mouth would pronounce me guilty. Though I am blameless, it would prove me wicked.H6663H6310H7561H8535H6140 21"I am innocent, but it makes no difference to me—I despise my life.H8535H3045H5315H3988H2416 22Innocent or wicked, it is all the same to God. That's why I say, 'He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.'H259H559H3615H8535H7563 23When a plague sweeps through, he laughs at the death of the innocent.H7752H4191H6597H3932H4531H5355 24The whole earth is in the hands of the wicked, and God blinds the eyes of the judges. If he's not the one who does it, who is?H776H5414H3027H7563H3680H6440H8199H645 25"My life passes more swiftly than a runner. It flees away without a glimpse of happiness.H3117H7043H7323H1272H7200H2896 26It disappears like a swift papyrus boat, like an eagle swooping down on its prey.H2498H5973H16H591H5404H2907H400 27If I decided to forget my complaints, to put away my sad face and be cheerful,H559H7911H7879H5800H6440H1082 28I would still dread all the pain, for I know you will not find me innocent, O God.H3025H6094H3045H5352 29Whatever happens, I will be found guilty. So what's the use of trying?H7561H3021H1892 30Even if I were to wash myself with soap and clean my hands with lye,H7364H7950H4325H1119H3709H1252H1253H2141 31you would plunge me into a muddy ditch, and my own filthy clothing would hate me.H227H2881H7845H8008H8581 32"God is not a mortal like me, so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial.H376H6030H935H3162H4941 33If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together.H3426H3198H7896H3027H8147 34The mediator could make God stop beating me, and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment.H5493H7626H5493H367H1204 35Then I could speak to him without fear, but I cannot do that in my own strength.H1696H3372
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