Amplified Bible

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;
Who does great things, [beyond understanding,] unfathomable,
Yes, marvelous and wondrous things without number.
“Behold, He passes by me, and I do not see Him;
He moves past me, but I do not perceive Him.
“Behold, He snatches away; who can restrain or turn Him back?
Who will say to Him, ‘What are You doing?’

“God will not turn back His anger;
The [proud] helpers of Rahab [the arrogant monster of the sea] bow under Him.
“How can I answer Him [and plead my case],
Choosing my words [to reason] with Him?
For though I were righteous, I could not answer.
I must appeal for mercy to my Opponent and Judge.
“If I called and He answered me,
I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.
“For He bruises me with a tempest
And multiplies my wounds without cause.
“He will not allow me to catch my breath,
But fills and saturates me with bitterness.
“If it is a matter of strength and power, behold, He is mighty!
And if of justice, who can summon and challenge Him?
“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.
“[Though] I am blameless,
I do not care about myself;
I despise my life.
“It is all one; therefore I say,
‘He destroys [both] the blameless and the wicked.’
“When [His] scourge kills suddenly,
He mocks at the despair of the innocent.
“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]?

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

New International Reader's Version

Job 9

Job’s Reply

1Job replied,

“I’m sure that what you have said is true.
    But how can human beings prove to God they are not guilty?
They might wish to argue with him.
    But they couldn’t answer him
    even once in a thousand times.
His wisdom is deep. His power is great.
    No one opposes him and comes away unharmed.
He moves mountains, and they don’t even know it.
    When he is angry, he turns them upside down.
He shakes the earth loose from its place.
    He makes its pillars tremble.
When he tells the sun not to shine, it doesn’t.
    He turns off the light of the stars.
He’s the only one who can spread out the heavens.
    He alone can walk on the waves of the ocean.
He made the Big Dipper and Orion.
    He created the Pleiades and the southern stars.
10 He does wonderful things that can’t be understood.
    He does miracles that can’t even be counted.
11 When he passes by me, I can’t see him.
    When he goes past me, I can’t recognize him.
12 If he takes something, who can stop him?
    Who would dare to ask him, ‘What are you doing?’
13 God doesn’t hold back his anger.
    Even the helpers of the sea monster Rahab
    bowed in fear at his feet.

14 “So how can I disagree with God?
    How can I possibly argue with him?
15 Even if I hadn’t done anything wrong,
    I couldn’t answer him.
    I could only beg my Judge to have mercy on me.
16 Suppose I called out to him and he answered.
    I don’t believe he’d listen to me.
17 He would send a storm to crush me.
    He’d increase my wounds without any reason.
18 He wouldn’t let me catch my breath.
    He’d make my life very bitter.
19 If it’s a matter of strength, he is mighty!
    And if it’s a matter of being fair,
    who would dare to bring charges against him?
20 Even if I hadn’t sinned, what I said would prove me guilty.
    Even if I were honest, my words would show that I’m wrong.

21 “Even though I’m honest,
    I’m not concerned about myself.
    I hate my own life.
22 It all amounts to the same thing. That’s why I say,
    ‘God destroys honest people and sinful people alike.’
23 Suppose a plague brings sudden death.
    Then he laughs when those who haven’t sinned lose hope.
24 Suppose a nation falls into the power of sinful people.
    Then God makes its judges blind to the truth.
    If he isn’t the one doing it, who is?

25 “God, my days race by like a runner.
    They fly away without seeing any joy.
26 They speed along like papyrus boats.
    They are like eagles swooping down on their food.
27 Suppose I say, ‘I’ll forget about all my problems.
    I’ll change my frown into a smile.’
28 Then I’d still be afraid I’d go on suffering.
    That’s because I know you would say
    I had done something wrong.
29 In fact, you have already said I’m guilty.
    So why should I struggle without any reason?
30 Suppose I clean myself with soap.
    Suppose I wash my hands with cleanser.
31 Even then you would throw me into a muddy pit.
    And even my clothes would hate me.

32 “God isn’t a mere human being like me. I can’t answer him.
    We can’t take each other to court.
33 I wish someone would settle matters between us.
    I wish someone would bring us together.
34 I wish someone would keep God from punishing me.
    Then his terror wouldn’t frighten me anymore.
35 I would speak up without being afraid of him.
    But as things stand now, I can’t do that.