1 Then Job answered,
1 Then Job answered and said,
1 This was Job's response:
1 Then Job answered and said,
2 "In truth I know that this is so; But how can a man be in the right before God?
2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
2 "Indeed, I'm fully aware that this is so, but how can a person become right with God?
2 Yes, I know it is true. But how can mortal man be right before God?
3 "If one wished to dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.
3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.
3 If one were to seek to argue with him, he won't be able to answer him even once in a thousand times.
3 If one should want to contend with Him, he cannot answer one [of His questions] in a thousand.
4 "Wise in heart and mighty in strength, Who has defied Him without harm?
4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?
4 He is wise in heart and strong in will who can be stubborn against him and succeed?
4 [God] is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has [ever] hardened himself against Him and prospered or even been safe?
5 "It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how, When He overturns them in His anger;
5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.
5 "He removes mountains without their knowledge, overthrowing them in his anger.
5 [God] Who removes the mountains, and they know it not when He overturns them in His anger;
6 Who shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble;
6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
6 He shakes the earth from its orbit, so that its foundations shudder.
6 Who shakes the earth out of its place, and the pillars of it tremble;
7 Who commands the sun not to shine, And sets a seal upon the stars;
7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.
7 He commands the sun so that it doesn't shine and seals up the stars.
7 Who commands the sun, and it rises not; Who seals up the stars [from view];
8 Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea;
8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
8 He alone spreads out the heavens, he walks on the waves of the sea.
8 Who alone stretches out the heavens and treads upon the waves and high places of the sea;
9 Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;
9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
9 He created Bear, Orion, the Pleiades, and the southern constellations.
9 Who made [the constellations] the Bear, Orion, and the [loose cluster] Pleiades, and the [vast starry] spaces of the south;
10 Who does great things, unfathomable, And wondrous works without number.
10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.
10 He does great things that cannot be explained, and awesome deeds that cannot be counted.
10 Who does great things past finding out, yes, marvelous things without number.
11 "Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him; Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.
11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.
11 "If he were to pass near me, I wouldn't notice; if he moves by, I wouldn't perceive him.
11 Behold, He goes by me, and I see Him not; He passes on also, but I perceive Him not.
12 "Were He to snatch away, who could restrain Him? Who could say to Him, 'What are You doing?'
12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?
12 Indeed, if he snatches someone away, who could restrain him? Who can say to him, "What are you doing?'
12 Behold, He snatches away; who can hinder or turn Him back? Who will say to Him, What are You doing?
13 "God will not turn back His anger; Beneath Him crouch the helpers of Rahab.
13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.
13 "God doesn't restrain his anger. Rahab's assistants are humiliated under him.
13 God will not withdraw His anger; the [proud] helpers of Rahab [arrogant monster of the sea] bow under Him.
14 "How then can I answer Him, And choose my words before Him?
14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?
14 So how am I to answer him, choosing what I am to say to him?
14 How much less shall I answer Him, choosing out my words to reason with Him
15 "For though I were right, I could not answer; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge.
15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.
15 Even if I'm in the right, I cannot answer him. I can only appeal for mercy.
15 Whom, though I were righteous (upright and innocent) yet I could not answer? I must appeal for mercy to my Opponent and Judge [for my right].
16 "If I called and He answered me, I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.
16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.
16 "Were I to be summoned, and he were to answer me, I wouldn't even believe that he was listening to what I have to say.
16 If I called and He answered me, yet would I not believe that He listened to my voice.
17 "For He bruises me with a tempest And multiplies my wounds without cause.
17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.
17 For he crushes me with a storm, and keeps on wounding me for no reason.
17 For He overwhelms and breaks me with a tempest and multiplies my wounds without cause.
18 "He will not allow me to get my breath, But saturates me with bitterness.
18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.
18 He won't let me catch my breath; instead, he fills me with bitterness.
18 He will not allow me to catch my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
19 "If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?
19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?
19 "Is this a contest of strength? He is obviously stronger! Is this a matter of justice? Who can sue him?
19 If I speak of strength, behold, He is mighty! And if of justice, Who, says He, will summon Me?
20 "Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me; Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.
20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
20 Though I'm in the right, my own mouth will condemn me; though I'm blameless, he'll pronounce me as guilty.
20 Though I am innocent and in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, He would prove me perverse.
21 "I am guiltless; I do not take notice of myself; I despise my life.
21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.
21 "I'm blameless; I don't know myself; I despise my life.
21 Though I am blameless, I regard not myself; I despise my life.
22 "It is all one; therefore I say, 'He destroys the guiltless and the wicked.'
22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
22 I say it's all the same he destroys both the blameless and the guilty.
22 It is all one; therefore I say, God [does not discriminate, but] destroys the blameless and the wicked.
23 "If the scourge kills suddenly, He mocks the despair of the innocent.
23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
23 If a calamity causes sudden death, he'll mock at the despair of the innocent.
23 When [His] scourge slays suddenly, He mocks at the calamity and trial of the innocent.
24 "The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, then who is it?
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?
24 A land is given into the hands of a wicked person; he covers the faces of its judges. If it is not God, then who is it?"
24 The earth is given into the hands of the wicked; He covers the faces of its judges [so that they are blinded to justice]. If it is not [God], who then is it [responsible for all this inequality]?
25 "Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good.
25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.
25 "My days pass faster than a runner; but they pass quickly without seeing anything good.
25 Now my days are swifter than a runner; they flee away, they see no good.
26 "They slip by like reed boats, Like an eagle that swoops on its prey.
26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.
26 They pass by like a ship made of reeds, like an eagle swooping down on its prey.
26 They are passed away like the swift rowboats made of reeds, or like the eagle that swoops down on the prey.
27 "Though I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful,'
27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:
27 If I were to say, "Let me forget my complaint,' change the expression on my face, and look cheerful,
27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad countenance, and be of good cheer and brighten up,
28 I am afraid of all my pains, I know that You will not acquit me.
28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.
28 then I still dread all of my suffering; I know you still won't acquit me.
28 I become afraid of all my pains and sorrows [yet to come], for I know You will not pronounce me innocent [by removing them].
29 "I am accounted wicked, Why then should I toil in vain?
29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?
29 I will be condemned, so why should I wear myself out with this futility?
29 I shall be held guilty and be condemned; why then should I labor in vain [to appear innocent]?
30 "If I should wash myself with snow And cleanse my hands with lye,
30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;
30 "If I wash myself with water from snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,
30 If I wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye,
31 Yet You would plunge me into the pit, And my own clothes would abhor me.
31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.
31 you'll still drop me into the Pit, and my own clothes will despise me.
31 Yet You will plunge me into the ditch, and my own clothes will abhor me [and refuse to cover so foul a body].
32 "For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together.
32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.
32 He's not a man like me, so that I can answer him, or that we can enter into litigation with one another.
32 For [God] is not a [mere] man, as I am, that I should answer Him, that we should come together in court.
33 "There is no umpire between us, Who may lay his hand upon us both.
33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.
33 There is not yet a mediator between us, who would set his hand on the two of us,
33 There is no umpire between us, who might lay his hand upon us both, [would that there were!]
34 "Let Him remove His rod from me, And let not dread of Him terrify me.
34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:
34 removing his rod from me, and not letting terror of him overwhelm me.
34 That He might take His rod away from [threatening] me, and that the fear of Him might not terrify me.
35 "Then I would speak and not fear Him; But I am not like that in myself.
35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.
35 Otherwise, I would speak without being terrified of him, because I'm not like that inside myself."
35 [Then] would I speak and not fear Him, but I am not so in myself [to make me afraid, were only a fair trial given me].
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