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Job 9:1-15 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Job Replies: There Is No Mediator

Then Job answered:

“Truly I know that it is so:
    But how can a man be just before God?
If one wished to contend with him,
    one could not answer him once in a thousand times.
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength
—who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?—
he who removes mountains, and they know it not,
    when he overturns them in his anger;
who shakes the earth out of its place,
    and its pillars tremble;
who commands the sun, and it does not rise;
    who seals up the stars;
who alone stretched out the heavens,
    and trampled the waves of the sea;[a]
who made the Bear and Orion,
    the Plei′ades and the chambers of the south;
10 who does great things beyond understanding,
    and marvelous things without number.
11 Lo, he passes by me, and I see him not;
    he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
12 Behold, he snatches away; who can hinder him?
    Who will say to him, ‘What doest thou?’

13 “God will not turn back his anger;
    beneath him bowed the helpers of Rahab.
14 How then can I answer him,
    choosing my words with him?
15 Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him;
    I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Job 9:8 Or trampled the back of the sea dragon
  2. Job 9:15 Or for my right
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Job 9:32-35 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him,
    that we should come to trial together.
33 There is no[a] umpire between us,
    who might lay his hand upon us both.
34 Let him take his rod away from me,
    and let not dread of him terrify me.
35 Then I would speak without fear of him,
    for I am not so in myself.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 9:33 Another reading is Would that there were
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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