Job Chapter 9 to 11 : American Standard Version
1Then Job answered and said, 2Of a truth I know that it is so: But how can man be just with God? 3If he be pleased to contend with him, He cannot answer him one of a thousand. 4He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: Who hath hardened himself against him, and prospered?- 5Him that removeth the mountains, and they know it not, When he overturneth them in his anger; 6That shaketh the earth out of its place, And the pillars thereof tremble; 7That commandeth the sun, and it riseth not, And sealeth up the stars; 8That alone stretcheth out the heavens, And treadeth upon the waves of the sea; 9That maketh the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south; 10That doeth great things past finding out, Yea, marvellous things without number. 11Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: He passeth on also, but I perceive him not. 12Behold, he seizeth the prey, who can hinder him? Who will say unto him, What doest thou? 13God will not withdraw his anger; The helpers of Rahab do stoop under him. 14How much less shall I answer him, And choose out my words to reason with him? 15Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer; I would make supplication to my judge. 16If I had called, and he had answered me, Yet would I not believe that he hearkened unto my voice. 17For he breaketh me with a tempest, And multiplieth my wounds without cause. 18He will not suffer me to take my breath, But filleth me with bitterness. 19If we speak of strength, lo, he is mighty! And if of justice, Who, saith he, will summon me? 20Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me: Though I be perfect, it shall prove me perverse. 21I am perfect; I regard not myself; I despise my life. 22It is all one; therefore I say, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked. 23If the scourge slay suddenly, He will mock at the trial of the innocent. 24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covereth the faces of the judges thereof: If it be not he, who then is it? 25Now my days are swifter than a post: They flee away, they see no good, 26They are passed away as the swift ships; As the eagle that swoopeth on the prey. 27If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad countenance, and be of good cheer; 28I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent. 29I shall be condemned; Why then do I labor in vain? 30If I wash myself with snow water, And make my hands never so clean; 31Yet wilt thou plunge me in the ditch, And mine own clothes shall abhor me. 32For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, That we should come together in judgment. 33There is no umpire betwixt us, That might lay his hand upon us both. 34Let him take his rod away from me, And let not his terror make me afraid: 35Then would I speak, and not fear him; For I am not so in myself.
10 Job 10
1My soul is weary of my life; I will give free course to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; Show me wherefore thou contendest with me. 3Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, That thou shouldest despise the work of thy hands, And shine upon the counsel of the wicked? 4Hast thou eyes of flesh? Or seest thou as man seeth? 5Are thy days as the days of man, Or thy years as man's days, 6That thou inquirest after mine iniquity, And searchest after my sin, 7Although thou knowest that I am not wicked, And there is none that can deliver out of thy hand? 8Thy hands have framed me and fashioned me Together round about; yet thou dost destroy me. 9Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast fashioned me as clay; And wilt thou bring me into dust again? 10Hast thou not poured me out as milk, And curdled me like cheese? 11Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews. 12Thou hast granted me life and lovingkindness; And thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. 13Yet these things thou didst hide in thy heart; I know that this is with thee: 14If I sin, then thou markest me, And thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity. 15If I be wicked, woe unto me; And if I be righteous, yet shall I not lift up my head; Being filled with ignominy, And looking upon mine affliction. 16And if my head exalt itself, thou huntest me as a lion; And again thou showest thyself marvellous upon me. 17Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, And increasest thine indignation upon me: Changes and warfare are with me. 18Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me. 19I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave. 20Are not my days few? cease then, And let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, 21Before I go whence I shall not return, Even to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death; 22The land dark as midnight, The land of the shadow of death, without any order, And where the light is as midnight.
11 Job 11
1Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 2Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be justified? 3Should thy boastings make men hold their peace? And when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed? 4For thou sayest, My doctrine is pure, And I am clean in thine eyes. 5But oh that God would speak, And open his lips against thee, 6And that he would show thee the secrets of wisdom! For he is manifold in understanding. Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth. 7Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? 8It is high as heaven; what canst thou do? Deeper than Sheol; what canst thou know? 9The measure thereof is longer than the earth, And broader than the sea. 10If he pass through, and shut up, And all unto judgment, then who can hinder him? 11For he knoweth false men: He seeth iniquity also, even though he consider it not. 12But vain man is void of understanding, Yea, man is born as a wild ass's colt. 13If thou set thy heart aright, And stretch out thy hands toward him; 14If iniquity be in thy hand, put it far away, And let not unrighteousness dwell in thy tents. 15Surely then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; Yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear: 16For thou shalt forget thy misery; Thou shalt remember it as waters that are passed away, 17And thy life shall be clearer than the noonday; Though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning. 18And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; Yea, thou shalt search about thee, and shalt take thy rest in safety. 19Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; Yea, many shall make suit unto thee. 20But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, And they shall have no way to flee; And their hope shall be the giving up of the ghost.