The Book of Job (WEB)
13: 1"Behold, my eye has seen all this,
My ear has heard and understood it.
13:2What you know, I know also.
I am not inferior to you.
13:3"Surely I would speak to the Almighty.
I desire to reason with God.
13:4But you are forgers of lies.
You are all physicians of no value.
13:5Oh that you would be completely silent!
Then you would be wise.
13:6Hear now my reasoning.
Listen to the pleadings of my lips.
13:7Will you speak unrighteously for God,
And talk deceitfully for him?
13:8Will you show partiality to him?
Will you contend for God?
13:9Is it good that he should search you out?
Or as one deceives a man, will you deceive him?
13:10He will surely reprove you
If you secretly show partiality.
13:11Shall not his majesty make you afraid,
And his dread fall on you?
13:12Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes,
Your defenses are defenses of clay.
13:13"Be silent, leave me alone, that I may speak.
Let come on me what will.
13:14Why should I take my flesh in my teeth,
And put my life in my hand?
13:15Behold, he will kill me; I have no hope.
Nevertheless, I will maintain my ways before him.
13:16This also shall be my salvation,
That a godless man shall not come before him.
13:17Hear diligently my speech.
Let my declaration be in your ears.
13:18See now, I have set my cause in order.
I know that I am righteous.
13:19Who is he who will contend with me?
For then would I hold my peace and give up the spirit.
13:20"Only don't do two things to me;
Then I will not hide myself from your face:
13:21Withdraw your hand far from me;
And don't let your terror make me afraid.
13:22Then call, and I will answer;
Or let me speak, and you answer me.
13:23How many are my iniquities and sins?
Make me know my disobedience and my sin.
13:24Why hide you your face,
And hold me for your enemy?
13:25Will you harass a driven leaf?
Will you pursue the dry stubble?
13:26For you write bitter things against me,
And make me inherit the iniquities of my youth:
13:27You also put my feet in the stocks,
And mark all my paths.
You set a bound to the soles of my feet:
13:28Though I am decaying like a rotten thing,
Like a garment that is moth-eaten.
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