Job 13

Job Pleads His Cause to God1

13:1 “Indeed, my eyes have seen all this,2

my ears have heard and understood it.

13:2 What you know,3 I4 know also;

I am not inferior5 to you!

13:3 But I wish to speak6 to the Almighty,7

and I desire to argue8 my case9 with God.

13:4 But you, however, are inventors of lies;10

all of you are worthless physicians!11

13:5 If only you would keep completely silent!12

For you, that would be wisdom.13

13:6 “Listen now to my argument,14

and be attentive to my lips’ contentions.15

13:7 Will you speak wickedly16 on God’s behalf?17

Will you speak deceitfully for him?

13:8 Will you show him partiality?18

Will you argue the case19 for God?

13:9 Would it turn out well if he would examine20 you?

Or as one deceives21 a man would you deceive him?

13:10 He would certainly rebuke22 you

if you secretly23 showed partiality!

13:11 Would not his splendor24 terrify25 you

and the fear he inspires26 fall on you?

13:12 Your maxims27 are proverbs of ashes;28

your defenses29 are defenses of clay.30

13:13 “Refrain from talking31 with me so that32 I may speak;

then let come to me33 what may.34

13:14 Why35 do I put myself in peril,36

and take my life in my hands?

13:15 Even if he slays me, I will hope in him;37

I will surely38 defend39 my ways to his face!

13:16 Moreover, this will become my deliverance,

for no godless person would come before him.40

13:17 Listen carefully41 to my words;

let your ears be attentive to my explanation.42

13:18 See now,43 I have prepared44 my45 case;46

I know that I am right.47

13:19 Who48 will contend with me?

If anyone can, I will be silent and die.49

13:20 Only in two things spare me,50 O God,51

and then I will not hide from your face:

13:21 Remove52 your hand53 far from me

and stop making me afraid with your terror.54

13:22 Then call,55 and I will answer,

or I will speak, and you respond to me.

13:23 How many are my56 iniquities and sins?

Show me my transgression and my sin.57

13:24 Why do you hide your face58

and regard me as your enemy?

13:25 Do you wish to torment59 a windblown60 leaf

and chase after dry chaff?61

13:26 For you write down62 bitter things against me

and cause me to inherit the sins of my youth.63

13:27 And you put my feet in the stocks64

and you watch all my movements;65

you put marks66 on the soles of my feet.

13:28 So I67 waste away like something rotten,68

like a garment eaten by moths.

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