Job 9 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Job 9


Job 9:1

Then Job answered and said,

Job 9:2

Of a truth I know that it is so: But how can man be just with God?

Job 9:3

If he be pleased to contend with him, He cannot answer him one of a thousand.

Job 9:4

[He is] wise in heart, and mighty in strength: Who hath hardened himself against him, and prospered?–

Job 9:5

[Him] that removeth the mountains, and they know it not, When he overturneth them in his anger;

Job 9:6

That shaketh the earth out of its place, And the pillars thereof tremble;

Job 9:7

That commandeth the sun, and it riseth not, And sealeth up the stars;

Job 9:8

That alone stretcheth out the heavens, And treadeth upon the waves of the sea;

Job 9:9

That maketh the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;

Job 9:10

That doeth great things past finding out, Yea, marvellous things without number.

Job 9:11

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

Job 9:12

Behold, he seizeth [the prey], who can hinder him? Who will say unto him, What doest thou?

Job 9:13

God will not withdraw his anger; The helpers of Rahab do stoop under him.

Job 9:14

How much less shall I answer him, And choose out my words [to reason] with him?

Job 9:15

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

Job 9:16

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

Job 9:17

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

Job 9:18

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

Job 9:19

If [we speak] of strength, lo, [he is] mighty! And if of justice, Who, [saith he], will summon me?

Job 9:20

Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me: Though I be perfect, it shall prove me perverse.

Job 9:21

I am perfect; I regard not myself; I despise my life.

Job 9:22

It is all one; therefore I say, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.

Job 9:23

If the scourge slay suddenly, He will mock at the trial of the innocent.

Job 9:24

The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covereth the faces of the judges thereof: If [it be] not [he], who then is it?

Job 9:25

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

Job 9:26

They are passed away as the swift ships; As the eagle that swoopeth on the prey.

Job 9:27

If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will put off my [sad] countenance, and be of good cheer;

Job 9:28

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

Job 9:29

I shall be condemned; Why then do I labor in vain?

Job 9:30

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

Job 9:31

Yet wilt thou plunge me in the ditch, And mine own clothes shall abhor me.

Job 9:32

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

Job 9:33

There is no umpire betwixt us, That might lay his hand upon us both.

Job 9:34

Let him take his rod away from me, And let not his terror make me afraid:

Job 9:35

Then would I speak, and not fear him; For I am not so in myself.

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