Bible: Job 13

Job Pleads His Cause to God 1 

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

my ears have heard and understood it.

13:2 What you know, 3  I 4  know also;

I am not inferior 5  to you!

13:3 But I wish to speak 6  to the Almighty, 7 

and I desire to argue 8  my case 9  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 

13:6Listen now to my argument, 14 

and be attentive to my lipscontentions. 15 

13:7 Will you speak wickedly 16  on God’s behalf? 17 

Will you speak deceitfully for him?

13:8 Will you show him partiality? 18 

Will you argue the case 19  for God?

13:9 Would it turn out well if he would examine 20  you?

Or as one deceives 21  a man would you deceive him?

13:10 He would certainly rebuke 22  you

if you secretly 23  showed partiality!

13:11 Would not his splendor 24  terrify 25  you

and the fear he inspires 26  fall on you?

13:12 Your maxims 27  are proverbs of ashes; 28 

your defenses 29  are defenses of clay. 30 

13:13Refrain from talking 31  with me so that 32  I may speak;

then let come to me 33  what may. 34 

13:14 Why 35  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 surely 38  defend 39  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 carefully 41  to my words;

let your ears be attentive to my explanation. 42 

13:18 See now, 43  I have prepared 44  my 45  case; 46 

I know that I am right. 47 

13:19 Who 48  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 Remove 52  your hand 53  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 my 56  iniquities and sins?

Show me my transgression and my sin. 57 

13:24 Why do you hide your face 58 

and regard me as your enemy?

13:25 Do you wish to torment 59  a windblown 60  leaf

and chase after dry chaff? 61 

13:26 For you write down 62  bitter things against me

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

13:27 And you put my feet in the stocks 64 

and you watch all my movements; 65 

you put marks 66  on the soles of my feet.

13:28 So I 67  waste away like something rotten, 68 

like a garment eaten by moths.

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