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Job 9 - NIV


1 Then Job replied:


“Indeed, I know that this is true.
But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?

3 Though they wished to dispute with him,
they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.

4 His wisdom is profound, his power is vast.
Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?

5 He moves mountains without their knowing it
and overturns them in his anger.

6 He shakes the earth from its place
and makes its pillars tremble.

7 He speaks to the sun and it does not shine;
he seals off the light of the stars.

8 He alone stretches out the heavens
and treads on the waves of the sea.

9 He is the Maker of the Bear[a] and Orion,
the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

10 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted.

11 When he passes me, I cannot see him;
when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.

12 If he snatches away, who can stop him?
Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’

13 God does not restrain his anger;
even the cohorts of Rahab cowered at his feet.


“How then can I dispute with him?
How can I find words to argue with him?

15 Though I were innocent, I could not answer him;
I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.

16 Even if I summoned him and he responded,
I do not believe he would give me a hearing.

17 He would crush me with a storm
and multiply my wounds for no reason.

18 He would not let me catch my breath
but would overwhelm me with misery.

19 If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty!
And if it is a matter of justice, who can challenge him[b] ?

20 Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me;
if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.


“Although I am blameless,
I have no concern for myself;
I despise my own life.

22 It is all the same; that is why I say,
‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’

23 When a scourge brings sudden death,
he mocks the despair of the innocent.

24 When a land falls into the hands of the wicked,
he blindfolds its judges.
If it is not he, then who is it?


“My days are swifter than a runner;
they fly away without a glimpse of joy.

26 They skim past like boats of papyrus,
like eagles swooping down on their prey.

27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,
I will change my expression, and smile,’

28 I still dread all my sufferings,
for I know you will not hold me innocent.

29 Since I am already found guilty,
why should I struggle in vain?

30 Even if I washed myself with soap
and my hands with cleansing powder,

31 you would plunge me into a slime pit
so that even my clothes would detest me.


“He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him,
that we might confront each other in court.

33 If only there were someone to mediate between us,
someone to bring us together,

34 someone to remove God’s rod from me,
so that his terror would frighten me no more.

35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,
but as it now stands with me, I cannot.


a. Job 9:9 Or of Leo
b. Job 9:19 See Septuagint; Hebrew me.

Sermons on Job 9 More sermons: Job 9

Thomas Swope avatar
What Are You Doing?
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Feb, 2016
Summary: A study of the book of Job 9: 1 – 35
Series: Job
Ian Humphrey avatar
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Scripture: Job 9:1-2
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 104
Bishop Lalachan Abraham avatar
Shared by: Bishop Lalachan Abraham on Mar, 2014
Summary: “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”Proverbs 4:23 (GNT)
Sherm Nichols avatar
Thank God for the Go-Between!
Shared by: Sherm Nichols on Jan, 2014
Summary: Our great need for a mediator is met in the work of Jesus Christ. This sermon focuses on Job's realization of this need and points us to every person's need for a mediator.
Scripture: Job 9:32-35
Views: 1,323
John Shearhart avatar
The Greatness of God (from the book of Job)
Shared by: John Shearhart on Oct, 2011
Summary: God is great!
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Job 9:2-37:24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,793
Fred Markes avatar
Shared by: Fred Markes on Aug, 2011
Summary: A sermon series on Job
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Job 9:32-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,065
Dan Cormie avatar
Christ is Fully Man - 2
Shared by: Dan Cormie on Nov, 2009
Summary: Conclusion to Nov. 1, 2009 Sermon on the humanity of Christ.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Job 9:1-35
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 551
Paul Carlson avatar
Even Great Faith Needs a Mediator
Shared by: Paul Carlson on Feb, 2009
Summary: How can I make it through my unbearable hardship?
Scripture: Job 9:1-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 382
Darren Felarise avatar
Just With God
Shared by: Darren Felarise on Nov, 2008
Summary: How can a man be just with God? This is the question Job asked. What could the answer be?
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Job 9:1-2
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 613
clinton smith avatar
How To Respond the Natural Disasters
Shared by: clinton smith on Mar, 2008
Summary: This sermon encourages believers to trust God in the natural disasters. God can be trusted no matter what happens in life.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Job 9:1-12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,670
Tom Shepard avatar
Can A Man Be Justified Before God? - Job Chapter Nine
Shared by: Tom Shepard on Apr, 2007
Summary: This is a study into Job chapter nine.
based on 18 ratings
Scripture: Job 9:1-35
Views: 2,767
James Dunn avatar
Job: The 4 Spiritual Flaws
Shared by: James Dunn on Mar, 2005
Summary: Well, most of us have heard about the evangelism tract, The 4 Spiritual Laws. In this message today, Pastor Dunn talks about the 4 Spiritual Flaws that Job temporarily buys into. Let’s listen in...
based on 20 ratings
Scripture: Job 9:1-10:22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,772
Raymond Maurer avatar
Job Appeals to the Judge
Shared by: Raymond Maurer on Jul, 2004
Summary: Since Job can’t find someone to mediate his case with God, he decides to appeal to the Judge. He says, tell me why or let me die. He’s tired of the false witnesses (his friends).
based on 30 ratings
Scripture: Job 9:32-14:14
Views: 4,579
Raymond Maurer avatar
How do I overcome the anger from suffering?
Shared by: Raymond Maurer on Jul, 2004
Summary: How do I overcome anger from suffering? 1.Accept anger as a normal emotion 2.Beware of anger from an incomplete perspective 3.Confess my anger to prevent sin 4.Put your arms around Jesus
based on 21 ratings
Scripture: Job 6:1-9:35
Views: 2,313
Dana Chau avatar
The Questions of a Sufferer
Shared by: Dana Chau on Sep, 2003
Summary: Discover the questions sufferers have asked and the answers they have sought throughout the history of mankind.
based on 11 ratings
Scripture: Job 9:1-10:22
Denomination: *other
Views: 562
Kenneth  Trent avatar
Shared by: Kenneth Trent on May, 2003
Summary: Man needs a Mediator between himself and God. The exclusivity of that office work rests with our Lord Jesus Christ.
based on 94 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 6,076
Brian Bill avatar
Our Just God
Shared by: Brian Bill on May, 2003
Summary: Justice is not an external system to which God tries to adhere. He didn’t have to go to law school or get a TV courtroom to learn how to apply the law. His justice comes out of his inner being and is based on His holiness, His truthfulness, and His righ
based on 17 ratings
Scripture: Job 9:16
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,658
Dennis Selfridge avatar
How do we justify ourselves before God who is holy and without sin?
Shared by: Dennis Selfridge on Jan, 2003
Summary: What it means to be justified before God
based on 16 ratings
Scripture: Job 9:1-8
Denomination: Wesleyan
Views: 1,499
Kenneth  Trent avatar
Shared by: Kenneth Trent on Dec, 2002
Summary: Job cried out for a "daysman" in his great distress but determined there was none. Christians have a great "Daysman" to advocate our cause before the Father.
based on 62 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,712
Joseph Smith avatar
I Know History; I Do Not Know Myself
Shared by: Joseph Smith on Mar, 2002
Summary: It is one thing to know history and theology; it is another entirely to understand our own hearts. Job’s pilgrimage into self-understanding led to self-hatred, but in Christ that can be redeemed.
Series: I Know
based on 31 ratings
Scripture: Job 9:1-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,914