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 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 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 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 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
6 He shakes the earth from its placeso that its pillars 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?
14 How then can I answer Himor choose my arguments against 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 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 If I summoned Him and He answered me,I do not believe He would pay attention to what I said.
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 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 suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.
18 He doesn’t let me catch my breathbut soaks me with bitter experiences.
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 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 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 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 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 slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
23 When disaster brings sudden death,He mocks the despair 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 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 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 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 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:
27 If I said, “I will forget my complaint,change my expression, and smile,”
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 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 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 wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;
30 If I wash myself with snow,and cleanse my hands with lye,
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 then You dip me in a pit of mud,and my own clothes despise 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 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 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.
33 There is no one to judge between us,to lay his hand on both of us.
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 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 would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.
35 Then I would speak and not fear Him.But that is not the case; I am on my own.
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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