1. Chapter 9
  2. Chapter 10
  3. Chapter 11
  4. Chapter 12

Job  9

Job: There Is No Mediator

9Then Job answered and said: 2“Truly I know it is so,
But how can a man be righteous before God?
3If one wished to contend with Him,
He could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.
4God is wise in heart and mighty in strength.
Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?
5He removes the mountains, and they do not know
When He overturns them in His anger;
6He shakes the earth out of its place,
And its pillars tremble;
7He commands the sun, and it does not rise;
He seals off the stars;
8He alone spreads out the heavens,
And treads on the waves of the sea;
9He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,
And the chambers of the south;
10He does great things past finding out,
Yes, wonders without number.
11If He goes by me, I do not see Him;
If He moves past, I do not perceive Him;
12If He takes away, who can hinder Him?
Who can say to Him, ‘What are You doing?’
13God will not withdraw His anger,
The allies of the proud lie prostrate beneath Him.

14“How then can I answer Him,
And choose my words to reason with Him?
15For though I were righteous, I could not answer Him;
I would beg mercy of my Judge.
16If I called 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 allow me to catch my breath,
But fills me with bitterness.
19If it is a matter of strength, indeed He is strong;
And if of justice, who will appoint my day in court?
20Though I were righteous, my own mouth would condemn me;
Though I were blameless, it would prove me perverse.

21“I am blameless, yet I do not know myself;
I despise my life.
22It is all one thing;
Therefore I say, ‘He destroys the blameless and the wicked.’
23If the scourge slays suddenly,
He laughs at the plight of the innocent.
24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked.
He covers the faces of its judges.
If it is not He, who else could it be?

25“Now my days are swifter than a runner;
They flee away, they see no good.
26They pass by like swift ships,
Like an eagle swooping on its prey.
27If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,
I will put off my sad face and wear a smile,’
28I am afraid of all my sufferings;
I know that You will not hold me innocent.
29If I am condemned,
Why then do I labor in vain?
30If I wash myself with snow water,
And cleanse my hands with soap,
31Yet You will plunge me into the pit,
And my own clothes will abhor me.

32“For He is not a man, as I am,
That I may answer Him,
And that we should go to court together.
33Nor is there any mediator between us,
Who may lay his hand on us both.
34Let Him take His rod away from me,
And do not let dread of Him terrify me.
35Then I would speak and not fear Him,
But it is not so with me.

Job  10

Job: I Would Plead with God

10“My soul loathes my life;
I will give free course to my complaint,
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me;
Show me why You contend with me.
3Does it seem good to You that You should oppress,
That You should despise the work of Your hands,
And smile on the counsel of the wicked?
4Do You have eyes of flesh?
Or do You see as man sees?
5Are Your days like the days of a mortal man?
Are Your years like the days of a mighty man,
6That You should seek for my iniquity
And search out my sin,
7Although You know that I am not wicked,
And there is no one who can deliver from Your hand?

8‘Your hands have made me and fashioned me,
An intricate unity;
Yet You would destroy me.
9Remember, I pray, that You have made me like clay.
And will You turn me into dust again?
10Did You not pour me out like milk,
And curdle me like cheese,
11Clothe me with skin and flesh,
And knit me together with bones and sinews?
12You have granted me life and favor,
And Your care has preserved my spirit.

13‘And these things You have hidden in Your heart;
I know that this was with You:
14If I sin, then You mark me,
And will not acquit me of my iniquity.
15If I am wicked, woe to me;
Even if I am righteous, I cannot lift up my head.
I am full of disgrace;
See my misery!
16If my head is exalted,
You hunt me like a fierce lion,
And again You show Yourself awesome against me.
17You renew Your witnesses against me,
And increase Your indignation toward me;
Changes and war are ever with me.

18‘Why then have You brought me out of the womb?
Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me!
19I would have been as though I had not been.
I would have been carried from the womb to the grave.
20Are not my days few?
Cease! Leave me alone, that I may take a little comfort,
21Before I go to the place from which I shall not return,
To the land of darkness and the shadow of death,
22A land as dark as darkness itself,
As the shadow of death, without any order,
Where even the light is like darkness.’ ”

Job  11

Zophar Urges Job to Repent

11Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said: 2“Should not the multitude of words be answered?
And should a man full of talk be vindicated?
3Should your empty talk make men hold their peace?
And when you mock, should no one rebuke you?
4For you have said,
‘My doctrine is pure,
And I am clean in your eyes.’
5But oh, that God would speak,
And open His lips against you,
6That He would show you the secrets of wisdom!
For they would double your prudence.
Know therefore that God exacts from you
Less than your iniquity deserves.

7“Can you search out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?
8They are higher than heaven—what can you do?
Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?
9Their measure is longer than the earth
And broader than the sea.

10“If He passes by, imprisons, and gathers to judgment,
Then who can hinder Him?
11For He knows deceitful men;
He sees wickedness also.
Will He not then consider it?
12For an empty-headed man will be wise,
When a wild donkey’s colt is born a man.

13“If you would prepare your heart,
And stretch out your hands toward Him;
14If iniquity were in your hand, and you put it far away,
And would not let wickedness dwell in your tents;
15Then surely you could lift up your face without spot;
Yes, you could be steadfast, and not fear;
16Because you would forget your misery,
And remember it as waters that have passed away,
17And your life would be brighter than noonday.
Though you were dark, you would be like the morning.
18And you would be secure, because there is hope;
Yes, you would dig around you, and take your rest in safety.
19You would also lie down, and no one would make you afraid;
Yes, many would court your favor.
20But the eyes of the wicked will fail,
And they shall not escape,
And their hope—loss of life!”

Job  12

Job Answers His Critics

12Then Job answered and said:2“No doubt you are the people,
And wisdom will die with you!
3But I have understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
Indeed, who does not know such things as these?

4“I am one mocked by his friends,
Who called on God, and He answered him,
The just and blameless who is ridiculed.
5A lamp is despised in the thought of one who is at ease;
It is made ready for those whose feet slip.
6The tents of robbers prosper,
And those who provoke God are secure—
In what God provides by His hand.

7“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
8Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
9Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
10In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
11Does not the ear test words
And the mouth taste its food?
12Wisdom is with aged men,
And with length of days, understanding.

13“With Him are wisdom and strength,
He has counsel and understanding.
14If He breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt;
If He imprisons a man, there can be no release.
15If He withholds the waters, they dry up;
If He sends them out, they overwhelm the earth.
16With Him are strength and prudence.
The deceived and the deceiver are His.
17He leads counselors away plundered,
And makes fools of the judges.
18He loosens the bonds of kings,
And binds their waist with a belt.
19He leads princes away plundered,
And overthrows the mighty.
20He deprives the trusted ones of speech,
And takes away the discernment of the elders.
21He pours contempt on princes,
And disarms the mighty.
22He uncovers deep things out of darkness,
And brings the shadow of death to light.
23He makes nations great, and destroys them;
He enlarges nations, and guides them.
24He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth,
And makes them wander in a pathless wilderness.
25They grope in the dark without light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.