King James Bible

Youngs Literal Translation

9:1 Then Job answered and said, And Job answereth and saith: --
9:2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God? Truly I have known that `it is' so, And what -- is man righteous with God?
9:3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand. If he delight to strive with Him -- He doth not answer him one of a thousand.
9:4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered? Wise in heart and strong in power -- Who hath hardened toward Him and is at peace?
9:5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger. Who is removing mountains, And they have not known, Who hath overturned them in His anger.
9:6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. Who is shaking earth from its place, And its pillars move themselves.
9:7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. Who is speaking to the sun, and it riseth not, And the stars He sealeth up.
9:8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. Stretching out the heavens by Himself, And treading on the heights of the sea,
9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. Making Osh, Kesil, and Kimah, And the inner chambers of the south.
9:10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number. Doing great things till there is no searching, And wonderful, till there is no numbering.
9:11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not. Lo, He goeth over by me, and I see not, And He passeth on, and I attend not to it.
9:12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou? Lo, He snatches away, who bringeth it back? Who saith unto Him, `What dost Thou?'
9:13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him. God doth not turn back His anger, Under Him bowed have proud helpers.
9:14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him? How much less do I -- I answer Him? Choose out my words with Him?
9:15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge. Whom, though I were righteous, I answer not, For my judgment I make supplication.
9:16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice. Though I had called and He answereth me, I do not believe that He giveth ear `to' my voice.
9:17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause. Because with a tempest He bruiseth me, And hath multiplied my wounds for nought.
9:18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness. He permitteth me not to refresh my spirit, But filleth me with bitter things.
9:19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead? If of power, lo, the Strong One; And if of judgment -- who doth convene me?
9:20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse. If I be righteous, Mine mouth doth declare me wicked, Perfect I am! -- it declareth me perverse.
9:21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life. Perfect I am! -- I know not my soul, I despise my life.
9:22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked. It is the same thing, therefore I said, `The perfect and the wicked He is consuming.'
9:23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent. If a scourge doth put to death suddenly, At the trial of the innocent He laugheth.
9:24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he? Earth hath been given Into the hand of the wicked one. The face of its judges he covereth, If not -- where, who `is' he?
9:25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. My days have been swifter than a runner, They have fled, they have not seen good,
9:26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey. They have passed on with ships of reed, As an eagle darteth on food.
9:27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself: Though I say, `I forget my talking, I forsake my corner, and I brighten up!'
9:28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent. I have been afraid of all my griefs, I have known that Thou dost not acquit me.
9:29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain? I -- I am become wicked; why `is' this? `In' vain I labour.
9:30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; If I have washed myself with snow-water, And purified with soap my hands,
9:31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me. Then in corruption Thou dost dip me, And my garments have abominated me.
9:32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment. But if a man like myself -- I answer him, We come together into judgment.
9:33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both. If there were between us an umpire, He doth place his hand on us both.
9:34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me: He doth turn aside from off me his rod, And His terror doth not make me afraid,
9:35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me. I speak, and do not fear Him, But I am not right with myself.