1 Then Iob answered, and said,
2 I know it is so of a trueth: but howe should man be iust with God.
3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answere him one of a thousand.
4 He is wise in heart, and mightie in strength: who hath hardened himselfe against him, and hath prospered?
5 Which remoueth the mountains, and they know not: which ouerturneth them in his anger:
6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, & the pillars thereof tremble:
7 Which commandeth the Sunne, and it riseth not: and sealeth vp the starres.
8 Which alone spreadeth out the heauens, and treadeth vpon the waues of the Sea.
9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion and Pleiades, and the chambers of the South.
10 Which doeth great things past finding out, yea and wonders without number.
11 Loe, hee goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceiue him not.
12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say vnto him, What doest thou?
13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers doe stoupe vnder him.
14 How much lesse shall I answere him, and choose out my words to reason with him?
15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answere, but I would make supplication to my Iudge.
16 If I had called, and had answered me, yet would I not beleeue that he had hearkened vnto my voice:
17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.
18 Hee will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitternesse.
19 If I speake of strength, loe, hee is strong: and if of iudgement, who shall set me a time to pleade?
20 If I iustifie my selfe, mine owne mouth shall condemne me: If I say, I am perfect, it shall also prooue me peruerse.
21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soule: I would despise my life.
22 This is one thing, therefore I said it; he destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
23 If the scourge slay suddenly, hee will laugh at the triall of the innocent.
24 The earth is giuen into the hand of the wicked: he couereth the faces of the Iudges thereof; if not, where, and who is hee?
25 Now my dayes are swifter then a Poste: they flee away, they see no good.
26 They are passed away as the ships: as the Eagle that hasteth to the pray.
27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leaue off my heauinesse, and comfort my selfe.
28 I am afraid of all my sorrowes, I know that thou wilt not holde me innocent.
29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vaine?
30 If I wash my selfe with snow water, and make my handes neuer so cleane:
31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine owne clothes shall abhorre me.
32 For he is not a man as I am, that I should answere him, and we should come together in iudgement.
33 Neither is there any dayes-man betwixt vs, that might lay his hand vpon vs both.
34 Let him take his rodde away from me, & let not his feare terrifie me:
35 Then would I speake, and not feare him; but it is not so with me.