2 Truly I know it is so, but how can man be just with God?
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?
3 If he will argue with Him, he cannot answer Him one of a thousand.
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.
4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and been blessed;
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?
5 He who removes the mountains, and they know it not, when He overturns them in His anger;
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.
6 He who shakes the earth out of its place, and the pillars of it tremble;
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 placeso that its pillars tremble.
6 He shakes the earth from its orbit, so that its foundations shudder.
7 the One speaking to the sun, and it does not rise; and seals up the stars;
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.
8 who alone stretches out the heavens, and walks on the waves of the sea;
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.
9 who made the Bear, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south;
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.
10 who is doing great things past finding out; yea, marvelous things without number?
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.
11 Behold! He goes by me, and I do not see Him; He passes on also, but I do not perceive Him.
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.
12 Behold, He takes away; who can turn Him back? Who will say to Him, What are You doing?
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?'
13 God will not withdraw His anger; the helpers of pride stoop under Him.
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.
14 How much less shall I answer Him, and choose my arguments with 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 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?
15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet I would not answer; I seek mercy for my judgment.
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.
16 If I had called and He had answered me, yet would I not believe that He had listened to my voice;
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.
17 He who breaks me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause;
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.
18 who will not allow me to take my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
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 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.
19 If I speak of strength, lo, He is mighty! And if of judgment, who shall set me a time?
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?
20 If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me; though I am perfect, He shall declare me perverse.
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.
21 Though I were perfect, yet I would not know my soul. I would despise my life.
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.
22 It is One, therefore I said, He is consuming the perfect and the wicked.
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.
23 If the whip kills suddenly, He will mock at the calamity of the innocent.
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 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.
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 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?"
25 Now my days are swifter than a runner; they flee away, they see no good.
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.
26 They have passed away like the swift ships; like the eagle who swoops on the prey.
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.
27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will depart from my heaviness and be of good cheer,
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 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,
28 I am afraid of all my sorrows; I know that You will not hold me innocent.
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.
29 I have been condemned; why then should I labor in vain?
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?
30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands ever so clean,
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 snow,and cleanse my hands with lye,
30 "If I wash myself with water from snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,
31 yet You will plunge me into the ditch and my own clothes shall despise me.
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.
32 For He is not a man, as I am, that I should answer Him, that we should come together in judgment;
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.
33 there is no mediator between us, who might lay his hand on us both.
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 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,
34 Let Him take His rod away from me, and let not His fear make me afraid;
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.
35 then would I speak and not fear Him; for it is not so with 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 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."
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