1: Then Job answered, 2: "Truly I know that it is so, but how can man be just with God? 3: If he is pleased to contend with him, he can't answer him one time in a thousand. 4: God who is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself against him, and prospered? 5: He removes the mountains, and they don't know it, when he overturns them in his anger. 6: He shakes the earth out of its place. Its pillars tremble. 7: He commands the sun, and it doesn't rise, and seals up the stars. 8: He alone stretches out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea. 9: He makes the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the rooms of the south. 10: He does great things past finding out; yes, marvelous things without number. 11: Behold, he goes by me, and I don't see him. He passes on also, but I don't perceive him. 12: Behold, he snatches away. Who can hinder him? Who will ask him, 'What are you doing?' 13: "God will not withdraw his anger. The helpers of Rahab stoop under him. 14: How much less shall I answer him, And choose my words to argue with him? 15: Though I were righteous, yet I wouldn't answer him. I would make supplication to my judge. 16: If I had called, and he had answered me, yet I wouldn't believe that he listened to my voice. 17: For he breaks me with a storm, and multiplies my wounds without cause. 18: He will not allow me to catch my breath, but fills me with bitterness. 19: If it is a matter of strength, behold, he is mighty! If of justice, 'Who,' says he, 'will summon me?' 20: Though I am righteous, my own mouth shall condemn me. Though I am blameless, it shall prove me perverse. 21: I am blameless. I don't respect myself. I despise my life. 22: "It is all the same. Therefore I say he destroys the blameless and the wicked. 23: If the scourge kills suddenly, he will mock at the trial of the innocent. 24: The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the faces of its judges. If not he, then who is it? 25: "Now my days are swifter than a runner. They flee away, they see no good, 26: They have passed away as the swift ships, as the eagle that swoops on the prey. 27: If I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face, and cheer up;' 28: I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that you will not hold me innocent. 29: I shall be condemned. Why then do I labor in vain? 30: If I wash myself with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye, 31: yet you will plunge me in the ditch. My own clothes shall abhor me. 32: For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, that we should come together in judgment. 33: There is no umpire between us, that might lay his hand on us both. 34: Let him take his rod away from me. Let his terror not make me afraid; 35: then I would speak, and not fear him, for I am not so in myself.