Job Chapter 13 |
1My eye has seen all this;
My ear has heard and understood it.
2What you know, I know also;
I am not less than you.
3Indeed, I would speak to the Almighty;
I insist on arguing with God.
4But you invent lies;
All of you are quacks.
5If you would only keep quiet
It would be considered wisdom on your part.
6Hear now my arguments,
Listen to my pleading.
7Will you speak unjustly on God’s behalf?
Will you speak deceitfully for Him?
8Will you be partial toward Him?
Will you plead God’s cause?
9Will it go well when He examines you?
Will you fool Him as one fools men?
10He will surely reprove you
If in your heart you are partial toward Him.
11His threat will terrify you,
And His fear will seize you.
12Your briefs are empty platitudes;
Your responses are unsubstantial.
13Keep quiet; I will have my say,
Come what may upon me.
14How long! I will take my flesh in my teeth;
I will take my life in my hands.
15He may well slay me; I may have no hope;
Yet I will argue my case before Him.
16In this too is my salvation:
That no impious man can come into His presence.
17Listen closely to my words;
Give ear to my discourse.
18See now, I have prepared a case;
I know that I will win it.
19For who is it that would challenge me?
I should then keep silent and expire.
20But two things do not do to me,
So that I need not hide from You:
21Remove Your hand from me,
And let not Your terror frighten me.
22Then summon me and I will respond,
Or I will speak and You reply to me.
23How many are my iniquities and sins?
Advise me of my transgression and sin.
24Why do You hide Your face,
And treat me like an enemy?
25Will You harass a driven leaf,
Will You pursue dried-up straw,
26That You decree for me bitter things
And make me answer for the iniquities of my youth,
27That You put my feet in the stocks
And watch all my ways,
Hemming in my footsteps?
28Man wastes away like a rotten thing,
Like a garment eaten by moths.