Passage: Job 9:3-20 (RSV)

Job 9

3If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand times.
4He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength -- who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded? --
5he who removes mountains, and they know it not, when he overturns them in his anger;
6who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble;
7who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars;
8who alone stretched out the heavens, and trampled the waves of the sea;
9who made the Bear and Orion, the Plei'ades and the chambers of the south;
10who does great things beyond understanding, and marvelous things without number.
11Lo, he passes by me, and I see him not; he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
12Behold, he snatches away; who can hinder him? Who will say to him, `What doest thou'?
13"God will not turn back his anger; beneath him bowed the helpers of Rahab.
14How then can I answer him, choosing my words with him?
15Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.
16If I summoned him and he answered me, I would not believe that he was listening to my voice.
17For he crushes me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause;
18he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
19If it is a contest of strength, behold him! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?
20Though I am innocent, my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.

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