JOB 9:16 Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would
give me a hearing.
17 He would crush me with a storm and multiply my wounds for no reason.
18 He would not let me regain my breath but would overwhelm me with
19 If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty! And if it is a matter of
justice, who will summon him?
20 Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were
blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.
21 "Although I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my
22 It is all the same; that is why I say, ‘He destroys both the blameless
and the wicked.’
23 When a scourge brings sudden death, he mocks the despair of the
24 When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its
judges. If it is not he, then who is it?
25 "My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of
26 They skim past like boats of papyrus, like eagles swooping down on
27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and
28 I still dread all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me
29 Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?
30 Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with washing soda,
31 you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would
32 "He is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might
confront each other in court.
33 If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand
upon us both,
34 someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten
me no more.
35 Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with
me, I cannot.