9 Job said in reply:
2 “For a fact I know that this is so.
But how can mortal man be in the right in a case with God?+
That one could not answer one of His questions in a thousand.
Who can resist him and come off uninjured?+
7 He commands the sun not to shine
And seals off the light of the stars;+
And he treads upon the high waves of the sea.+
And the constellations of the southern sky;*
Wonderful things that cannot be counted.+
11 He passes by me, and I cannot see him;
He moves past me, but I do not discern him.
12 When he snatches something, who can resist him?
Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’+
14 How much more when I answer him
Must I choose my words carefully to argue with him!
I could only plead for mercy from my judge.*
16 If I call out to him, will he answer me?
I do not believe that he will listen to my voice,
17 For he crushes me with a storm
And multiplies my wounds for no reason.+
18 He does not let me catch my breath;
He keeps filling me with bitter things.
If it is a matter of justice, he says: ‘Who can call me to account?’*
20 If I were in the right, my own mouth would condemn me;
23 If a flash flood should cause sudden death,
He would mock at the despair of the innocent.
If it is not he, then, who is it?
26 They glide by like reed boats,
Like eagles that swoop down on their prey.
27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,
I will change my expression and be cheerful,’
So why should I struggle in vain?+
30 If I wash myself in water from melting snow,
31 Then you would dip me in a pit,
So that even my own garments would detest me.