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Job 9 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

2 Job declareth the mighty power of God, and that man’s righteousness is nothing.

Then Job answered, and said,

I know verily that it is so: for how should man compared unto God, be [a]justified?

If he would dispute with him, he could not answer him one thing of [b]thousand.

He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath been fierce against him, and hath prospered?

He removeth the mountains, and they feel not when he overthroweth them in his wrath.

He [c]removeth the earth out of her place, that the pillars thereof do shake.

He commandeth the Sun, and it riseth not: he closeth up the stars, as under a signet.

He himself alone spreadeth out the heavens, and walketh upon the height of the Sea.

He maketh the stars [d]Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the climates of the South.

10 He doeth great things, and unsearchable: yea, marvelous things without number.

11 Lo, when he goeth [e]by me, I see him not: and when he passeth by, I perceive him not:

12 Behold, when he taketh a prey, [f]who can make him to restore it? who shall say unto him, What doest thou?

13 God [g]will not withdraw his anger, and the most mighty helpers [h]do stoop under him.

14 How much less shall I answer him? or how should I find out [i]my words with him?

15 For though I were just, yet could I [j]not answer, but I would make supplication to my Judge.

16 If I [k]cry, and he answer me, yet would I not believe, that he heard my voice.

17 For he destroyeth me with a tempest, and woundeth me [l]without cause.

18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.

19 If we speak of strength, behold, he is [m]strong: if we speak of judgment, who shall bring me in to plead?

20 If I should justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: [n]if I would be perfect, he shall judge me wicked.

21 Though I were perfect, yet I know not my soul: therefore abhor I my life.

22 This is one point: therefore I said, He destroyeth the [o]perfect and the wicked.

23 If the scourge should suddenly [p]slay, should God [q]laugh at the punishment of the innocent?

24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: [r]he covereth the faces of the judges thereof: if not, where [s]is he? or who is he?

25 My days have been more swift than a post: they have fled, and have seen no good thing.

26 They are passed as with the most swift ships, and as the Eagle that flieth to the prey.

27 If [t]I say, I will forget my complaint, I will cease from my wrath, and comfort me,

28 Then I am afraid of all my sorrows, knowing that thou wilt not judge me innocent.

29 If I be wicked, why [u]labor I thus in vain?

30 If I wash [v]myself with snow water, and purge mine hands most clean,

31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the pit, and mine own [w]clothes shall make me filthy.

32 For he is not a man as I am, that I should answer him, if we come together to judgment.

33 Neither is there any umpire [x]that might lay his hand upon us both.

34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear astonish me:

35 Then will I speak, and fear him not: [y]but because I am not so, I hold me still.


  1. Job 9:2 Job here answereth to that point of Eliphaz and Bildad’s oration, touching the justice of God, and his innocency, confessing God to be infinite in justice, and man to be nothing in respect.
  2. Job 9:3 Of a thousand things, which God could lay to his charge, man cannot answer him one.
  3. Job 9:6 He declareth what is the infirmity of man, by the mighty and incomprehensible power that is in God, showing what he could do if he would set forth his power.
  4. Job 9:9 These are the names of certain stars whereby he meaneth that all stars both known and unknown are at his appointment.
  5. Job 9:11 I am not able to comprehend his works, which are common and daily before my eyes, much less in those things, which are hid and secret.
  6. Job 9:12 He showeth that when God doth execute his power, he doeth it justly, forasmuch as none can control him.
  7. Job 9:13 God will not be appeased for ought that man can say for himself for his justification.
  8. Job 9:13 That is, all the reasons that men can lay to approve their cause.
  9. Job 9:14 How should I be able to answer him by eloquence? whereby he noteth his friends, that albeit they were eloquent in talk, yet they felt not in heart, that which they spake.
  10. Job 9:15 Meaning, in his own opinion, signifying, that man will sometimes flatter himself to be righteous, which before God is abomination.
  11. Job 9:16 While I am in my pangs, I cannot but burst forth into many inconveniences, although I know still that God is just.
  12. Job 9:17 I am not able to feel my sins so great, as I feel the weight of his plagues; and this he speaketh to condemn his dullness, and to justify God.
  13. Job 9:19 After he hath accused his own weakness, he continueth to justify God and his power.
  14. Job 9:20 If I would stand in mine own defense, yet God hath just cause to condemn me, if he examine mine heart and conscience.
  15. Job 9:22 If God punish according to his justice, he will destroy as well them, that are counted perfect as them that are wicked.
  16. Job 9:23 To wit, the wicked.
  17. Job 9:23 This is spoken according to our apprehension, as though he would say, If God destroy but the wicked, as Job 5:3, why should he suffer the innocent to be so long tormented by them?
  18. Job 9:24 That they cannot see to do justice.
  19. Job 9:24 That can show the contrary?
  20. Job 9:27 I think not to fall into these afflictions, but my sorrows bring me to these manifold infirmities, and my conscience condemneth me.
  21. Job 9:29 Why doth not God destroy me at once? thus he speaketh according to the infirmity of the flesh.
  22. Job 9:30 Though I seem never so pure in mine own eyes, yet all is but corruption before God.
  23. Job 9:31 Whatsoever I would use to cover my filthiness with, shall disclose me so much more.
  24. Job 9:33 Which might make an accord between God and me, speaking of impatience, and yet confessing God to be just in punishing him.
  25. Job 9:35 Signifying that God’s judgments keep him in awe.
1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

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איוב 9 The Westminster Leningrad Codex (WLC)

וַיַּ֥עַן אִיּ֗וֹב וַיֹּאמַֽר׃

אָ֭מְנָם יָדַ֣עְתִּי כִי־כֵ֑ן וּמַה־יִּצְדַּ֖ק אֱנ֣וֹשׁ עִם־אֵֽל׃

אִם־יַ֭חְפֹּץ לָרִ֣יב עִמּ֑וֹ לֹֽא־יַ֝עֲנֶ֗נּוּ אַחַ֥ת מִנִּי־אָֽלֶף׃

חֲכַ֣ם לֵ֭בָב וְאַמִּ֣יץ כֹּ֑חַ מִֽי־הִקְשָׁ֥ה אֵ֝לָ֗יו וַיִּשְׁלָֽם׃

הַמַּעְתִּ֣יק הָ֭רִים וְלֹ֣א יָדָ֑עוּ אֲשֶׁ֖ר הֲפָכָ֣ם בְּאַפּֽוֹ׃

הַמַּרְגִּ֣יז אֶ֭רֶץ מִמְּקוֹמָ֑הּ וְ֝עַמּוּדֶ֗יהָ יִתְפַלָּצֽוּן׃

הָאֹמֵ֣ר לַ֭חֶרֶס וְלֹ֣א יִזְרָ֑ח וּבְעַ֖ד כּוֹכָבִ֣ים יַחְתֹּֽם׃

נֹטֶ֣ה שָׁמַ֣יִם לְבַדּ֑וֹ וְ֝דוֹרֵ֗ךְ עַל־בָּ֥מֳתֵי יָֽם׃

עֹֽשֶׂה־עָ֭שׁ כְּסִ֥יל וְכִימָ֗ה וְחַדְרֵ֥י תֵמָֽן׃

10 עֹשֶׂ֣ה גְ֭דֹלוֹת עַד־אֵ֣ין חֵ֑קֶר וְנִפְלָא֗וֹת עַד־אֵ֥ין מִסְפָּֽר׃

11 הֵ֤ן יַעֲבֹ֣ר עָ֭לַי וְלֹ֣א אֶרְאֶ֑ה וְ֝יַחֲלֹ֗ף וְֽלֹא־אָבִ֥ין לֽוֹ׃

12 הֵ֣ן יַ֭חְתֹּף מִ֣י יְשִׁיבֶ֑נּוּ מִֽי־יֹאמַ֥ר אֵ֝לָ֗יו מַֽה־תַּעֲשֶֽׂה׃

13 אֱ֭לוֹהַּ לֹא־יָשִׁ֣יב אַפּ֑וֹ ׳תַּחְתּוֹ׳ ״תַּחְתָּ֥יו״ שָׁ֝חֲח֗וּ עֹ֣זְרֵי רָֽהַב׃

14 אַ֭ף כִּֽי־אָנֹכִ֣י אֶֽעֱנֶ֑נּוּ אֶבְחֲרָ֖ה דְבָרַ֣י עִמּֽוֹ׃

15 אֲשֶׁ֣ר אִם־צָ֭דַקְתִּי לֹ֣א אֶעֱנֶ֑ה לִ֝מְשֹׁפְטִ֗י אֶתְחַנָּֽן׃

16 אִם־קָרָ֥אתִי וַֽיַּעֲנֵ֑נִי לֹֽא־אַ֝אֲמִ֗ין כִּֽי־יַאֲזִ֥ין קוֹלִֽי׃

17 אֲשֶׁר־בִּשְׂעָרָ֥ה יְשׁוּפֵ֑נִי וְהִרְבָּ֖ה פְצָעַ֣י חִנָּֽם׃

18 לֹֽא־יִ֭תְּנֵנִי הָשֵׁ֣ב רוּחִ֑י כִּ֥י יַ֝שְׂבִּעַ֗נִי מַמְּרֹרִֽים׃

19 אִם־לְכֹ֣חַ אַמִּ֣יץ הִנֵּ֑ה וְאִם־לְ֝מִשְׁפָּ֗ט מִ֣י יוֹעִידֵֽנִי׃

20 אִם־אֶ֭צְדָּק פִּ֣י יַרְשִׁיעֵ֑נִי תָּֽם־אָ֝֗נִי וַֽיַּעְקְשֵֽׁנִי׃

21 תָּֽם־אָ֭נִי לֹֽא־אֵדַ֥ע נַפְשִׁ֗י אֶמְאַ֥ס חַיָּֽי׃

22 אַחַ֗ת הִ֥יא עַל־כֵּ֥ן אָמַ֑רְתִּי תָּ֥ם וְ֝רָשָׁ֗ע ה֣וּא מְכַלֶּֽה׃

23 אִם־שׁ֭וֹט יָמִ֣ית פִּתְאֹ֑ם לְמַסַּ֖ת נְקִיִּ֣ם יִלְעָֽג׃

24 אֶ֤רֶץ׀ נִתְּנָ֬ה בְֽיַד־רָשָׁ֗ע פְּנֵֽי־שֹׁפְטֶ֥יהָ יְכַסֶּ֑ה אִם־לֹ֖א אֵפ֣וֹא מִי־הֽוּא׃

25 וְיָמַ֣י קַ֭לּוּ מִנִּי־רָ֑ץ בָּֽ֝רְח֗וּ לֹא־רָא֥וּ טוֹבָֽה׃

26 חָ֭לְפוּ עִם־אֳנִיּ֣וֹת אֵבֶ֑ה כְּ֝נֶ֗שֶׁר יָט֥וּשׂ עֲלֵי־אֹֽכֶל׃

27 אִם־אָ֭מְרִי אֶשְׁכְּחָ֣ה שִׂיחִ֑י אֶעֶזְבָ֖ה פָנַ֣י וְאַבְלִֽיגָה׃

28 יָגֹ֥רְתִּי כָל־עַצְּבֹתָ֑י יָ֝דַ֗עְתִּי כִּי־לֹ֥א תְנַקֵּֽנִי׃

29 אָנֹכִ֥י אֶרְשָׁ֑ע לָמָּה־זֶּ֝֗ה הֶ֣בֶל אִיגָֽע׃

30 אִם־הִתְרָחַ֥צְתִּי ׳בְמוֹ־בְמֵי־שָׁ֑לֶג׳ וַ֝הֲזִכּ֗וֹתִי בְּבֹ֣ר כַּפָּֽי׃

31 אָ֭ז בַּשַּׁ֣חַת תִּטְבְּלֵ֑נִי וְ֝תִֽעֲב֗וּנִי שַׂלְמוֹתָֽי׃

32 כִּי־לֹא־אִ֣ישׁ כָּמֹ֣נִי אֶֽעֱנֶ֑נּוּ נָב֥וֹא יַ֝חְדָּ֗ו בַּמִּשְׁפָּֽט׃

33 לֹ֣א יֵשׁ־בֵּינֵ֣ינוּ מוֹכִ֑יחַ יָשֵׁ֖ת יָד֣וֹ עַל־שְׁנֵֽינוּ׃

34 יָסֵ֣ר מֵעָלַ֣י שִׁבְט֑וֹ וְ֝אֵמָת֗וֹ אַֽל־תְּבַעֲתַֽנִּי׃

35 אַֽ֭דַבְּרָה וְלֹ֣א אִירָאֶ֑נּוּ כִּ֥י לֹא־כֵ֥ן אָ֝נֹכִ֗י עִמָּדִֽי׃

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