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.