1 Job answered, and said, 2 "I know it is so of a truth: for how may a man, compared unto God, be justified? 3 If he will argue with him, he shall not be able to answer him unto one among a thousand. 4 He is wise of heart, and mighty in strength. Who ever prospered that took part against him? 5 He translateth the mountains, before they be aware, and overthroweth them in his wrath. 6 He removeth the earth out of her place, that her pillars shake withal. 7 He commandeth the sun, and it riseth not: he closeth up the stars, as it were under a signet. 8 He, himself, alone, spreadeth out the heavens, and goeth upon the waves of the sea. 9 "He maketh the wains of heaven; the Orion, the seven stars, and the secret places of the south. 10 He doth great things, such as are unsearchable, yea and wonders without number. 11 If he came by me, I might not look upon him: if he went his way, I should not perceive it. 12 If he be hasty to take anything away, who will make him restore it again? Who will say unto him, 'What doest thou?' 13 He is God, whose wrath no man may withstand: but the proudest of all must stoop under him.
14 How should I then answer him? Or what words should I find out against him? 15 Yea though I be righteous, yet will I not give him one word again, but meekly submit myself to my judge. 16 If I had called upon him, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had heard my voice! 17 He troubleth me so with the tempest, and woundeth me out of measure without a cause. 18 He will not let my spirit be in rest, but filleth me with bitterness. 19 If men will speak of strength, he is the strongest of all; if men will speak of righteousness, who dare be my record? 20 If I will justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me; if I will put forth my self for a perfect man, he shall prove me a wicked doer.
21 For though I be an innocent, and my conscience clear, yea am I weary of my life. 22 "This one thing will I say: He destroyeth both the righteous and ungodly. 23 And though he slay suddenly with the scourge, yet will he laugh at the punishment of the innocent. 24 As for the world, he giveth it over into the power of the wicked; and he shall cover the faces of the judges thereof. Is it not so? Where is he - or who is he - that can show the contrary?
25 "My days are more swift than a runner: they are gone, and have seen no good thing. 26 They are passed away, as the ships that be good under sail, and as the Eagle that hasteth to the prey. 27 When I am purposed to forget my complainings, to change my countenance, and to comfort myself; 28 Then am I afraid of all my works, for I know thou wilt not judge me innocent. 29 If I be then a wicked doer, why have I laboured in vain? 30 Though I washed my self with snowy water, and made mine hands never so clean, 31 yet shouldest thou dip me in the mire, and mine own clothes should defile me.
32 For he that I must give answer unto, and with whom I go to law, is not a man as I am. 33 Neither is there any daysman to lay his hand between us. 34 Let him take his rod away from me; yea, let him make me no more afraid of him, 35 and then shall I answer him without any fear. For as long as I am in such fearfulness, I can make no answer: And why?