9 And Job proceeded to answer and say:
2 “For a fact I do know that it is so.
But how can mortal man be in the right in a case with God?*+
3 If he should find delight in contending with him,+
He cannot answer him once out of a thousand.
4 He is wise in heart and strong in power.+
Who can show stubbornness to him and come off uninjured?+
5 He is moving mountains away,+ so that people do not even know [of them],
He who has overthrown them in his anger.+
6 He is making the earth go quaking from its place,
So that its very pillars+ shudder.
7 He is saying to the sun* that it should not shine forth,
And around stars he puts a seal,+
8 Stretching out the heavens by himself+
And treading upon the high waves* of the sea;+
9 Making the Ash constellation,* the Keʹsil constellation,*
And the Kiʹmah constellation*+ and the interior rooms of the South;*
10 Doing great things unsearchable,+
And wonderful things without number.+
11 Look! He passes by me and I do not see [him],
And he moves on and I do not discern him.+
12 Look! He snatches away. Who can resist him?
Who will say to him, ‘What are you doing?’+
13 God* himself will not turn back his anger;+
Beneath him the helpers of a stormer*+ must bow down.
14 How much more so in case I myself answer him!
I will choose my words with him,+
15 Whom I would not answer, even though I were really in the right.+
Of my opponent-at-law I would implore favor.+
16 If I called him, would he answer me?+
I do not believe that he would give ear to my voice;
17 Who with a storm bruises me
And certainly makes my wounds many for no reason.+
18 He will not grant me my taking* of a fresh breath,+
For he keeps glutting me with bitter things.
19 If in power anyone is strong, there [he is];*+
And if in justice [anyone is strong], O that I may be summoned!
20 If I were in the right, my own mouth* would pronounce me wicked;
Were I blameless, then he would declare me crooked.
21 Were I blameless, I would not know my soul;
I would refuse my life.
22 One thing there is. That is why I do say,
‘One blameless, also a wicked one, he is bringing to their end.’+
23 If a flash flood* itself should cause death suddenly,
At the very despair of the innocent ones he would mock.
24 Earth itself has been given into the hand of the wicked one;+
The face of its judges he covers.
If not, who, then, is it?
25 Also my own days have become swifter than a runner;+
They have run away, they will certainly not see good.
26 They have moved on like reed boats,
Like an eagle that darts to and fro for something to eat.+
27 If I have said, ‘Let me forget my concern,+
Let me alter my countenance+ and brighten up,’
28 I have been scared of all my pains;+
I do know that you will not hold me innocent.
29 I myself am to become wicked.
Why is it that I toil merely in vain?+
30 If I actually washed myself in snow water,
And I actually cleansed my hands* in potash,+
31 Then in a pit you would dip me,
And my garments would certainly detest me.
32 For he is not a man+ like me [that] I should answer him,
That we should come together in judgment.
33 There exists no* person to decide* between us,+
That he should put his hand upon both of us.
34 Let him remove his rod from upon me,+
And his frightfulness, let it not terrify me.
35 Let me speak and not be afraid of him,
For I am not so disposed in myself.