1Job spoke next. He said: 2Indeed, I know it is as you say: how could anyone claim to be upright before God? 3Anyone trying to argue matters with him, could not give him one answer in a thousand. 4Among the wisest and the hardiest, who then can successful y defy him? 5He moves the mountains, though they do not know it; he throws them down when he is angry. 6He shakes the earth, and moves it from its place, making al its pil ars tremble. 7The sun, at his command, forbears to rise, and on the stars he sets a seal. 8He and no other has stretched out the heavens and trampled on the back of the Sea. 9He has made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the Mansions of the South. 10The works he does are great and unfathomable, and his marvels cannot be counted. 11If he passes me, I do not see him; he slips by, imperceptible to me. 12If he snatches his prey, who is going to stop him or dare to ask, 'What are you doing?' 13God does not renounce his anger: beneath him, Rahab's minions stil lie prostrate. 14And here am I, proposing to defend myself and select my arguments against him! 15Even if I am upright, what point is there in answering him? I can only plead for mercy with my judge! 16And if he deigned to answer my citation, I cannot believe he would listen to what I said, 17he who crushes me for one hair, who, for no reason, wounds and wounds again, 18not even letting me regain my breath, with so much bitterness he fills me! 19Shal I try force? Look how strong he is! Or go to court? But who wil summon him? 20If I prove myself upright, his mouth may condemn me, even if I am innocent, he may pronounce meperverse. 21But am I innocent? I am no longer sure, and life itself I despise! 22It is al one, and hence I boldly say: he destroys innocent and guilty alike. 23When a sudden deadly scourge descends, he laughs at the plight of the innocent. 24When a country falls into the power of the wicked, he veils the faces of its judges. Or if not he, whoelse? 25My days pass: more swiftly than a runner they flee away with never a glimpse of happiness, 26they skim past like a reed canoe, like an eagle swooping on its prey. 27If I decide to stifle my complaining, change countenance, and wear a smiling face, 28fear seizes me at the thought of al my woes, for I know you do not regard me as innocent. 29And if I have done wrong, why should I put myself to useless trouble? 30If I wash myself in melted snow, clean my hands with soda, 31you wil only plunge me into the dung, til my clothes themselves recoil from me! 32For he is not human like me: impossible for me to answer him or appear alongside him in court. 33There is no arbiter between us, to lay his hand on both, 34to stay his rod from me, or keep away his daunting terrors. 35Nonetheless, unafraid of him, I shal speak: since I do not see myself like that at al !
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