Yes, I've heard all that before.
But how can a human being win a case against God?
3How can anyone argue with him?
He can ask a thousand questions
that no one could ever answer.9.3 He can ask… answer; or Someone could ask him a thousand questions, and he would not answer.
4God is so wise and powerful;
no one can stand up against him.
5Without warning he moves mountains
and in anger he destroys them.
6God sends earthquakes and shakes the ground;
he rocks the pillars that support the earth.
7He can keep the sun from rising,
and the stars from shining at night.
8No one helped God spread out the heavens
or trample the sea monster's back.9.8 trample the sea monster's back: A reference to ancient stories in which a sea monster was killed and then trampled on (see also 26.13).
God hung the stars in the sky — the Great Bear,
Orion, the Pleiades, and the stars of the south.
10We cannot understand the great things he does,
and to his miracles there is no end.
11God passes by, but I cannot see him.
12He takes what he wants, and no one can stop him;
no one dares ask him, “What are you doing?”
13God's anger is constant. He crushed his enemies
who helped Rahab,9.13 Rahab: A legendary sea monster which represented the forces of chaos and evil. the sea monster, oppose him.
14So how can I find words to answer God?
15Though I am innocent, all I can do
is beg for mercy from God my judge.
16Yet even then, if he lets me speak,
I can't believe he would listen to me.
17He sends storms to batter and bruise me
without any reason at all.
18He won't let me get my breath;
he has filled my life with bitterness.
19Should I try force? Try force on God?
Should I take him to court? Could anyone make him go?9.19 Probable text make him go; Hebrew make me go.
20I am innocent and faithful, but my words sound guilty,
and everything I say seems to condemn me.
21-22I am innocent, but I no longer care.
I am sick of living. Nothing matters;
innocent or guilty, God will destroy us.
23When an innocent person suddenly dies,
24God gave the world to the wicked.
He made all the judges blind.
And if God didn't do it, who did?
25My days race by, not one of them good.
26My life passes like the swiftest boat,
as fast as an eagle swooping down on a rabbit.
27-28If I smile and try to forget my pain,
all my suffering comes back to haunt me;
I know that God does hold me guilty.
29Since I am held guilty, why should I bother?
30No soap can wash away my sins.
31God throws me into a pit of filth,
and even my clothes are ashamed of me.
32If God were human, I could answer him;
we could go to court to decide our quarrel.
33But there is no one to step between us —
no one to judge both God and me.
34Stop punishing me, God!
Keep your terrors away!
35I am not afraid. I am going to talk
because I know my own heart.
101I am tired of living.
Listen to my bitter complaint.
2Don't condemn me, God.
Tell me! What is the charge against me?
3Is it right for you to be so cruel?
To despise what you yourself have made?
And then to smile on the schemes of wicked people?
4Do you see things as we do?
5Is your life as short as ours?
6Then why do you track down all my sins
and hunt down every fault I have?
7You know that I am not guilty,
that no one can save me from you.
8Your hands formed and shaped me,
and now10.8 Some ancient translations and now; Hebrew together. those same hands destroy me.
9Remember that you made me from clay;10.9 One ancient translation from clay; Hebrew like clay.
are you going to crush me back to dust?
10You gave my father strength to beget me;
you made me grow in my mother's womb.
11You formed my body with bones and sinews
and covered the bones with muscles and skin.
12You have given me life and constant love,
and your care has kept me alive.
13But now I know that all that time
you were secretly planning to harm me.
14You were watching to see if I would sin,
so that you could refuse to forgive me.
15As soon as I sin, I'm in trouble with you,
but when I do right, I get no credit.
I am miserable and covered with shame.10.15 Probable text covered with shame; Hebrew see my shame.
16If I have any success at all,
you hunt me down like a lion;
to hurt me you even work miracles.
17You always have some witness against me;
your anger towards me grows and grows;
you always plan some new attack.
18Why, God, did you let me be born?
I should have died before anyone saw me.
19To go from the womb straight to the grave
would have been as good as never existing.
20Isn't my life almost over? Leave me alone!
Let me enjoy the time I have left.
21I am going soon and will never come back —
going to a land that is dark and gloomy,
22a land of darkness, shadows, and confusion,
where the light itself is darkness.
111-2Will no one answer all this nonsense?
Does talking so much put you in the right?
3Job, do you think we can't answer you?
That your mocking words will leave us speechless?
4You claim that what you say is true;
you claim you are pure in the sight of God.
5How I wish God would answer you!
6He would tell you there are many sides to wisdom;
there are things too deep for human knowledge.
God is punishing you less than you deserve.
7Can you discover the limits and bounds
of the greatness and power of God?
8The sky is no limit for God,
but it lies beyond your reach.
God knows the world of the dead,
but you do not know it.
9God's greatness is broader than the earth,
wider than the sea.
10If God arrests you and brings you to trial,
who is there to stop him?
11God knows which people are worthless;
he sees all their evil deeds.
12Stupid people will start being wise
when wild donkeys are born tame.
13Put your heart right, Job. Reach out to God.
14Put away evil and wrong from your home.
15Then face the world again, firm and courageous.
16Then all your troubles will fade from your memory,
like floods that are past and remembered no more.
17Your life will be brighter than sunshine at noon,
and life's darkest hours will shine like the dawn.
18You will live secure and full of hope;
God will protect you and give you rest.
19You won't be afraid of your enemies;
many people will ask you for help.
20But the wicked will look round in despair
and find that there is no way to escape.
Their one hope is that death will come.