2 What you say is true. No human is innocent in the sight of God. 3 Not once in a thousand times could we win our case if we took him to court. 4 God is wise and powerful— who could possibly oppose him and win? 5 When God becomes angry, he can move mountains before they even know it. 6 God can shake the earth loose from its foundations 7 or command the sun and stars to hold back their light. 8 God alone stretched out the sky, stepped on the sea,[a] 9 and set the stars in place— the Big Dipper and Orion, the Pleiades and the stars in the southern sky. 10 Of all the miracles God works, we cannot understand a one. 11 God walks right past me, without making a sound. 12 And if he grabs something, who can stop him or raise a question?
13 When God showed his anger, the servants of the sea monster[b] fell at his feet. 14 How, then, could I possibly argue my case with God?
Though I Am Innocent
15 Even though I am innocent, I can only beg for mercy. 16 And if God came into court when I called him, he would not hear my case. 17 He would strike me with a storm[c] and increase my injuries for no reason at all. 18 Before I could get my breath, my miseries would multiply. 19 God is much stronger than I am, and who would call me into court to give me justice?
20 Even if I were innocent, God would prove me wrong.[d] 21 I am not guilty, but I no longer care what happens to me. 22 What difference does it make? God destroys the innocent along with the guilty. 23 When a good person dies a sudden death, God sits back and laughs. 24 And who else but God blindfolds the judges, then lets the wicked take over the earth?
My Life Is Speeding By
25 My life is speeding by, without a hope of happiness. 26 Each day passes swifter than a sailing ship or an eagle swooping down. 27 Sometimes I try to be cheerful and to stop complaining, 28 but my sufferings frighten me, because I know that God still considers me guilty. 29 So what’s the use of trying to prove my innocence? 30 Even if I washed myself with the strongest soap, 31 God would throw me into a pit of stinking slime, leaving me disgusting to my clothes.
32 God isn’t a mere human like me. I can’t put him on trial. 33 Who could possibly judge between the two of us? 34 Can someone snatch away the stick God carries to frighten me? 35 Then I could speak up without fear of him, but for now, I cannot speak.[e]
9.8sea: Or “sea monster” (see verse 13 and the note there).
9.13the sea monster: The Hebrew text has “Rahab,” which was some kind of sea monster with supernatural powers (see the notes at 3.8 and 26.12).
9.17strike. . . storm: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
9.20God. . . wrong: Or “my own words would prove me wrong.”
9.35but. . . speak: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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