(Job 8:5; Job 10:15)16 If I summoned him and he answered me, I would not believe that he was listening to my voice.17 For he crushes me with a tempest and multiplies my wounds without cause; (Job 2:3; Job 34:6)18 he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness.19 If it is a contest of strength, behold, he is mighty! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?
1. Or who can grant me a hearing?
 (Job 9:4; Jer 49:19; Jer 50:44)20 Though I am in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse. (Job 15:6)21 I am blameless; I regard not myself; I loathe my life. (Job 1:1; Job 7:16; Job 10:1)22 It is all one; therefore I say, ‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’ (Ec 9:2; Eze 21:3)23 When disaster brings sudden death, he mocks at the calamity
1. The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
 of the innocent. (Isa 10:26)24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; he covers the faces of its judges— if it is not he, who then is it? (Job 10:3; Job 12:17; Job 24:25)25 “My days are swifter than a runner; they flee away; they see no good. (2Ch 30:6; Job 7:6; Jer 51:31)26 They go by like skiffs of reed, like an eagle swooping on the prey. (Isa 18:2; Hab 1:8)27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face, and be of good cheer,’ (Job 7:13; Ps 39:13)28 I become afraid of all my suffering, for I know you will not hold me innocent. (Job 10:14; Ps 119:120)29 I shall be condemned; why then do I labor in vain? (Job 10:2)30 If I wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye, (Job 22:30; Isa 1:25; Jer 2:22)31 yet you will plunge me into a pit, and my own clothes will abhor me. (Job 19:19; Job 30:10)32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together. (Ec 6:10; Ro 9:20)33 There is no