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Job 9

Job Says There Is No Arbitrator between God and Man

1Then Job answered and said,


“Yes, I know it is true.
But how can a mortal man be right before God?

“If one should want to contend or dispute with Him,
He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.

God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;
Who has [ever] defied or challenged Him and remained unharmed?

It is God who removes the mountains, and they do not know it,
When He overturns them in His anger;

Who shakes the earth out of its place,
And its pillars tremble;

Who commands the sun, and it does not shine;
Who seals up the stars [from view];

Who alone stretches out the heavens
And tramples down the [a]waves of the sea;

Who made [the constellations] the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,
And the [vast starry] spaces of the south;
10 
Who does great things, [beyond understanding,] unfathomable,
Yes, marvelous and wondrous things without number.
11 
“Behold, He passes by me, and I do not see Him;
He moves past me, but I do not perceive Him.
12 
“Behold, He snatches away; who can restrain or turn Him back?
Who will say to Him, ‘What are You doing?’

13 
“God will not turn back His anger;
The [proud] helpers of Rahab [the arrogant monster of the sea] bow under Him.
14 
“How can I answer Him [and plead my case],
Choosing my words [to reason] with Him?
15 
For though I were righteous, I could not answer.
I must appeal for mercy to my Opponent and Judge.
16 
“If I called and He answered me,
I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.
17 
“For He bruises me with a tempest
And multiplies my wounds without cause.
18 
“He will not allow me to catch my breath,
But fills and saturates me with bitterness.
19 
“If it is a matter of strength and power, behold, He is mighty!
And if of justice, who can summon and challenge Him?
20 
“Though I am innocent and in the right, my own mouth would pronounce me guilty;
Though I am blameless, He would denounce me as guilty.
21 
“[Though] I am blameless,
I do not care about myself;
I despise my life.
22 
“It is all one; therefore I say,
‘He destroys [both] the blameless and the wicked.’
23 
“When [His] scourge kills suddenly,
He mocks at the despair of the innocent.
24 
“The earth is given into the hands of the wicked;
He covers the faces of its judges [so that they are blind to justice].
If it is not He, then who is it [that is responsible for all this injustice]?

25 
“Now my days are swifter than a runner;
They vanish, they see no good.
26 
“They pass by like the [swift] boats made of reeds,
Like an eagle that swoops down on its prey.
27 
“If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,
I will leave off my sad appearance, and be cheerful and brighten up,’
28 
I am afraid of all my pains and worries [yet to come];
I know that You will not acquit me and leave me unpunished.
29 
“I am accounted wicked and held guilty;
Why then should I labor in vain [to appear innocent]?
30 
“If I were to wash myself with snow
And cleanse my hands with lye,
31 
You would still plunge me into the pit,
And my own clothes would hate me [and refuse to cover my foul body].
32 
“For God is not a [mere] man, as I am, that I may answer Him,
That we may go to court and judgment together.
33 
“There is no arbitrator between us,
Who could lay his hand upon us both [would that there were].
34 
“Let Him take His rod away from me,
And let not the dread and fear of Him terrify me.
35 
Then I would speak [my defense] and not fear Him;
But I am not like that in myself.

Notas al pie

  1. Job 9:8 Lit high places.

Nueva Versión Internacional (Castilian)

Job 9

Tercer discurso de Job

1Job entonces replicó:

«Aunque sé muy bien que esto es cierto,
    ¿cómo puede un mortal justificarse ante Dios?
Si uno quisiera disputar con él,
    de mil cosas no podría responderle una sola.
Profunda es su sabiduría, vasto su poder.
    ¿Quién puede desafiarlo y salir bien librado?
Él mueve montañas sin que estas lo sepan,
    y en su enojo las trastorna.
Él remueve los cimientos de la tierra
    y hace que se estremezcan sus columnas.
Reprende al sol, y su brillo se apaga;
    eclipsa la luz de las estrellas.
Él se basta para extender los cielos;
    somete a su dominio las olas del mar.
Él creó la Osa y el Orión,
    las Pléyades y las constelaciones del sur.
10 Él realiza maravillas insondables,
    portentos que no pueden contarse.
11 Si pasara junto a mí, no podría verlo;
    si se alejara, no alcanzaría a percibirlo.
12 Si de algo se adueñara, ¿quién lo haría desistir?
    ¿Quién puede cuestionar sus actos?
13 Dios no depone el enojo;
    aun Rahab y sus secuaces se postran a sus pies.

14 »¿Cómo entonces podré yo responderle?
    ¿Dónde hallar palabras para contradecirle?
15 Aunque yo fuera inocente, no puedo defenderme;
    de mi juez solo puedo pedir misericordia.
16 Y, aunque lo llamara y me respondiera,
    no creo que me concediera audiencia.
17 Me despedazaría con una tormenta,
    y por la menor cosa multiplicaría mis heridas.
18 No me dejaría recobrar el aliento;
    más bien, me saturaría de amargura.
19 Si de fuerza se trata, ¡él es más poderoso!
    Si es cuestión de juicio, ¿quién lo[a] hará comparecer?
20 Aun siendo inocente, me condenará mi boca;
    aun siendo íntegro, resultaré culpable.

21 »Soy intachable, pero ya no me importa;
    tengo en poco mi propia vida.
22 Todo es lo mismo; por eso digo:
    “A buenos y a malos destruye por igual”.
23 Si alguna plaga acarrea la muerte repentina,
    él se burla de la angustia del inocente.
24 Si algún malvado se apodera de un terreno,
    él les tapa los ojos a los jueces.
    Si no lo hace él, ¿entonces quién?

25 »Transcurren mis días con más rapidez que un corredor;
    vuelan sin que hayan conocido la dicha.
26 Se deslizan como barcas de papiro,
    como veloces águilas al caer sobre su presa.
27 Si acaso digo: “Olvidaré mi queja,
    cambiaré de expresión, esbozaré una sonrisa”,
28 me queda el miedo de tanto sufrimiento,
    pues bien sé que no me consideras inocente.
29 Y, ya que me tienes por culpable,
    ¿para qué voy a luchar en vano?
30 Aunque me restriegue con jabón[b]
    y me limpie las manos con lejía,
31 tú me lanzarás al muladar,
    ¡y hasta mis ropas me aborrecerán!

32 »Dios no es hombre como yo,
    para que juntos comparezcamos ante un tribunal.
33 ¡No hay un juez aquí
    que decida el caso entre nosotros dos!
34 ¡No hay quien aleje de mí el báculo divino
    para que ya no me asuste su terror!
35 Quisiera hablar sin temor,
    pero no puedo hacerlo.

Notas al pie

  1. 9:19 lo (LXX); me (TM).
  2. 9:30 jabón. Alt. nieve.