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Oh! How Shall Man With God Contend (Job 9), a hymn on “Obedience to the Will of God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=40018 Oh! How Shall Man With God Contend (Job 9), a hymn on "Obedience to the Will of God" by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842) 2021-10-25 09:27:39 "Oh! how shall man with God contend (Job Chap. IX)," by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject "Obedience to the Will of God" as Hymn 28 in <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=39305">Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina</a></em> (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 31-32. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) Penina Moïse https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Taḥanun hymns תוכחות tokheḥot ABAB rhyming scheme exhortation 19th century C.E. זמן תשובה Zman teshuvah 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer South Carolina
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Job 9.
Oh! how shall man with God contend,
(Mighty in strength and wise of heart?)
Or hope to prosper in his end,
Who blindly plays so bold a part?
Frail, finite, mortal! wouldst thou stand
In judgment with the king of kings,
Who can the rising sun command,
To gather up his golden wings;
Conceal his light, his course arrest,
Seal up the stars, the heavens spread;
Move mountains from their place of rest,
And on the waves of ocean tread?
Should I my righteousness rehearse,
Or boast my constant rectitude?
What perfect seemed, might prove perverse,
When by the eye of heaven viewed.
I will not reason or reply,
But supplicate the judge supreme,
My soul with hope to fortify,
That I may bless his holy name.

“Oh! how shall man with God contend (Job Chap. IX),” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Obedience to the Will of God” as Hymn 28 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 31-32. –Aharon Varady

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