Job's Third Speech: A Response To Bildad

11 Then Job answered,

11 Then Job answered and said,

11 Then Job answered:

11 This was Job's response:

11 Then Job answered and said,

22 "In truth I know that this is so; But how can a man be in the right before God?

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

22 Yes, I know what you've said is true, but how can a person be justified before God?

22 "Indeed, I'm fully aware that this is so, but how can a person become right with God?

22 Yes, I know it is true. But how can mortal man be right before God?

33 "If one wished to dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.

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

33 If one wanted to take Him to court, he could not answer God once in a thousand [times].

33 If one were to seek to argue with him, he won't be able to answer him even once in a thousand times.

33 If one should want to contend with Him, he cannot answer one [of His questions] in a thousand.

44 "Wise in heart and mighty in strength, Who has defied Him without harm?

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

44 God is wise and all-powerful. Who has opposed Him and come out unharmed?

44 He is wise in heart and strong in will who can be stubborn against him and succeed?

44 [God] is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has [ever] hardened himself against Him and prospered or even been safe?

55 "It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how, When He overturns them in His anger;

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

55 He removes mountains without their knowledge, overturning them in His anger.

55 "He removes mountains without their knowledge, overthrowing them in his anger.

55 [God] Who removes the mountains, and they know it not when He overturns them in His anger;

66 Who shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble;

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

66 He shakes the earth from its place so that its pillars tremble.

66 He shakes the earth from its orbit, so that its foundations shudder.

66 Who shakes the earth out of its place, and the pillars of it tremble;

77 Who commands the sun not to shine, And sets a seal upon the stars;

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

77 He commands the sun not to shine and seals off the stars.

77 He commands the sun so that it doesn't shine and seals up the stars.

77 Who commands the sun, and it rises not; Who seals up the stars [from view];

88 Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea;

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

88 He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.

88 He alone spreads out the heavens, he walks on the waves of the sea.

88 Who alone stretches out the heavens and treads upon the waves and high places of the sea;

99 Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;

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

99 He makes [the stars]: the Bear, Orion, the Pleiades, and the constellations of the southern sky.

99 He created Bear, Orion, the Pleiades, and the southern constellations.

99 Who made [the constellations] the Bear, Orion, and the [loose cluster] Pleiades, and the [vast starry] spaces of the south;

1010 Who does great things, unfathomable, And wondrous works without number.

1010 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.

1010 He performs great and unsearchable things, wonders without number.

1010 He does great things that cannot be explained, and awesome deeds that cannot be counted.

1010 Who does great things past finding out, yes, marvelous things without number.

1111 "Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him; Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.

1111 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

1111 If He passes by me, I wouldn't see Him; [if] He goes right by, I wouldn't recognize Him.

1111 "If he were to pass near me, I wouldn't notice; if he moves by, I wouldn't perceive him.

1111 Behold, He goes by me, and I see Him not; He passes on also, but I perceive Him not.

1212 "Were He to snatch away, who could restrain Him? Who could say to Him, 'What are You doing?'

1212 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?

1212 If He snatches [something], who can stop Him? Who can ask Him, "What are You doing?"

1212 Indeed, if he snatches someone away, who could restrain him? Who can say to him, "What are you doing?'

1212 Behold, He snatches away; who can hinder or turn Him back? Who will say to Him, What are You doing?

1313 "God will not turn back His anger; Beneath Him crouch the helpers of Rahab.

1313 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.

1313 God does not hold back His anger; Rahab's assistants cringe in fear beneath Him!

1313 "God doesn't restrain his anger. Rahab's assistants are humiliated under him.

1313 God will not withdraw His anger; the [proud] helpers of Rahab [arrogant monster of the sea] bow under Him.

1414 "How then can I answer Him, And choose my words before Him?

1414 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

1414 How then can I answer Him or choose my arguments against Him?

1414 So how am I to answer him, choosing what I am to say to him?

1414 How much less shall I answer Him, choosing out my words to reason with Him

Though I Am Innocent

1515 "For though I were right, I could not answer; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge.

1515 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

1515 Even if I were in the right, I could not answer. I could only beg my judge for mercy.

1515 Even if I'm in the right, I cannot answer him. I can only appeal for mercy.

1515 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].

1616 "If I called and He answered me, I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.

1616 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.

1616 If I summoned [Him] and He answered me, I do not believe He would pay attention to what I said.

1616 "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.

1616 If I called and He answered me, yet would I not believe that He listened to my voice.

1717 "For He bruises me with a tempest And multiplies my wounds without cause.

1717 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.

1717 He batters me with a whirlwind and multiplies my wounds without cause.

1717 For he crushes me with a storm, and keeps on wounding me for no reason.

1717 For He overwhelms and breaks me with a tempest and multiplies my wounds without cause.

1818 "He will not allow me to get my breath, But saturates me with bitterness.

1818 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.

1818 He doesn't let me catch my breath but soaks me with bitter experiences.

1818 He won't let me catch my breath; instead, he fills me with bitterness.

1818 He will not allow me to catch my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

1919 "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?

1919 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

1919 If it is a matter of strength, look, He is the Mighty One! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?

1919 "Is this a contest of strength? He is obviously stronger! Is this a matter of justice? Who can sue him?

1919 If I speak of strength, behold, He is mighty! And if of justice, Who, says He, will summon Me?

2020 "Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me; Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.

2020 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

2020 Even if I were in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, my mouth would declare me guilty.

2020 Though I'm in the right, my own mouth will condemn me; though I'm blameless, he'll pronounce me as guilty.

2020 Though I am innocent and in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, He would prove me perverse.

2121 "I am guiltless; I do not take notice of myself; I despise my life.

2121 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.

2121 Though I am blameless, I no longer care about myself; I renounce my life.

2121 "I'm blameless; I don't know myself; I despise my life.

2121 Though I am blameless, I regard not myself; I despise my life.

2222 "It is all one; therefore I say, 'He destroys the guiltless and the wicked.'

2222 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.

2222 It is all the same. Therefore I say, "He destroys both the blameless and the wicked."

2222 I say it's all the same he destroys both the blameless and the guilty.

2222 It is all one; therefore I say, God [does not discriminate, but] destroys the blameless and the wicked.

2323 "If the scourge kills suddenly, He mocks the despair of the innocent.

2323 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.

2323 When disaster brings sudden death, He mocks the despair of the innocent.

2323 If a calamity causes sudden death, he'll mock at the despair of the innocent.

2323 When [His] scourge slays suddenly, He mocks at the calamity and trial of the innocent.

2424 "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?

2424 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?

2424 The earth is handed over to the wicked; He blindfolds its judges. If it isn't He, then who is it?

2424 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?"

2424 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]?

My Life Is Speeding By

2525 "Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good.

2525 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

2525 My days fly by faster than a runner; they flee without seeing any good.

2525 "My days pass faster than a runner; but they pass quickly without seeing anything good.

2525 Now my days are swifter than a runner; they flee away, they see no good.

2626 "They slip by like reed boats, Like an eagle that swoops on its prey.

2626 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.

2626 They sweep by like boats made of papyrus, like an eagle swooping down on [its] prey.

2626 They pass by like a ship made of reeds, like an eagle swooping down on its prey.

2626 They are passed away like the swift rowboats made of reeds, or like the eagle that swoops down on the prey.

2727 "Though I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful,'

2727 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:

2727 If I said, "I will forget my complaint, change my expression, and smile,"

2727 If I were to say, "Let me forget my complaint,' change the expression on my face, and look cheerful,

2727 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad countenance, and be of good cheer and brighten up,

2828 I am afraid of all my pains, I know that You will not acquit me.

2828 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.

2828 I would still live in terror of all my pains. I know You will not acquit me.

2828 then I still dread all of my suffering; I know you still won't acquit me.

2828 I become afraid of all my pains and sorrows [yet to come], for I know You will not pronounce me innocent [by removing them].

2929 "I am accounted wicked, Why then should I toil in vain?

2929 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?

2929 Since I will be found guilty, why should I labor in vain?

2929 I will be condemned, so why should I wear myself out with this futility?

2929 I shall be held guilty and be condemned; why then should I labor in vain [to appear innocent]?

3030 "If I should wash myself with snow And cleanse my hands with lye,

3030 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

3030 If I wash myself with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,

3030 "If I wash myself with water from snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,

3030 If I wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye,

3131 Yet You would plunge me into the pit, And my own clothes would abhor me.

3131 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.

3131 then You dip me in a pit [of mud], and my own clothes despise me!

3131 you'll still drop me into the Pit, and my own clothes will despise me.

3131 Yet You will plunge me into the ditch, and my own clothes will abhor me [and refuse to cover so foul a body].

3232 "For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together.

3232 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.

3232 For He is not a man like me, that I can answer Him, that we can take each other to court.

3232 He's not a man like me, so that I can answer him, or that we can enter into litigation with one another.

3232 For [God] is not a [mere] man, as I am, that I should answer Him, that we should come together in court.

3333 "There is no umpire between us, Who may lay his hand upon us both.

3333 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.

3333 There is no one to judge between us, to lay his hand on both of us.

3333 There is not yet a mediator between us, who would set his hand on the two of us,

3333 There is no umpire between us, who might lay his hand upon us both, [would that there were!]

3434 "Let Him remove His rod from me, And let not dread of Him terrify me.

3434 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:

3434 Let Him take His rod away from me so His terror will no longer frighten me.

3434 removing his rod from me, and not letting terror of him overwhelm me.

3434 That He might take His rod away from [threatening] me, and that the fear of Him might not terrify me.

3535 "Then I would speak and not fear Him; But I am not like that in myself.

3535 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.

3535 Then I would speak and not fear Him. But that is not the case; I am on my own.

3535 Otherwise, I would speak without being terrified of him, because I'm not like that inside myself."

3535 [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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