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King James Bible: Job 9

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1 Then Job answered and said,

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2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

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3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

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4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

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5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.

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6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.

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7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.

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8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.

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9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

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10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.

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11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

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12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?

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13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.

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14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

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15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

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16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.

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17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.

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

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19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

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20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

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21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.

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22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.

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23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.

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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?

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25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

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26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.

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27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:

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28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.

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29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?

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30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

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31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.

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

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33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.

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

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35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.

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