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Job: Who is Righteous Before God?
1Job responded and said:
2“Truly I know it is so, but how can one be righteous before God?
3If anyone wished to contend with Him, he could not answer Him once in a thousand.
4He is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has resisted Him and come out whole?
5“He who moves mountains, yet they do not know it, who overthrows them in His anger;
6who shakes the earth from its place until its pillars tremble;
7who speaks to the sun so it does not rise, and seals up the stars;
8He alone spreads out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea;
9He makes the Bear, Orion and Pleiades, and the constellations of the south;
10He does great and unfathomable things, wonders beyond number.
11If He were to pass by me, I would not see Him! Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.
12If He were to snatch away, who could restrain Him? Who could say to Him, ‘What are You doing?’
13“God does not restrain His anger; under Him the helpers of Rahab cower.
14How then can I answer Him or choose my words with Him?
15Even if I were right, I would not answer; I would implore the mercy of my Judge.
16Even if I called and He answered me, I would not believe that He would listen to my voice.
17He who crushes me with a storm and multiplies my wounds for no reason.
18He does not allow me to catch my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
19If it is a question of strength— certainly, He is the mighty One! If it is a matter of justice— who will summon me?
20Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me. If I were guiltless, it will declare me perverse.
21“I am guiltless. I have no concern for myself. I despise my life.
22It is all the same, therefore I say, ‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’
23If a scourge smites suddenly, He mocks the despair of the innocent.
24If the land falls into the hand of the wicked He blindfolds the faces of its judges. If it is not He, then who is it?
25“My days are swifter than a runner; they flee away without seeing goodness.
26They slip by like reed boats, like an eagle swooping down on its prey.
27If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face and be cheerful,’
28I still dread all my pains, for I know You will not find me innocent.
29If I am condemned— why should I struggle in vain?
30If I wash myself with melted snow and cleanse my hands with lye,
31then You would plunge me into a pit and my own clothes would detest me.
32For He is not a human being, like I am, that I could answer Him, that we could go to court together.
33There is no arbitrator between us, who could lay his hand on us both;
34who could remove His rod from me, so that His terror would not frighten me.
35Then I would speak and not fear Him —except it is not so with me.”