Job Bemoans His Condition
10 1 " I loathe my own life ; I will give full e vent to my complaint ; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul . 2 "I will say to God , ' Do not condemn me; Let me know why e You contend with me. 3 'Is it right for You indeed to oppress , To reject the labor of Your hands , And to look favorably on the schemes of the wicked ? 4 'Have You eyes of flesh ? Or do You see as a man sees ? 5 'Are Your days as the days of a mortal , Or Your years as man's years , 6 That You should seek for my guilt And search after my sin ? 7 'According to Your knowledge I am indeed not guilty , Yet there is no deliverance from Your hand .
8 ' Your hands fashioned and made me altogether e , And would You destroy me? 9 'Remember now , that You have made me as clay ; And would You turn me into dust again ? 10 'Did You not pour me out like milk And curdle me like cheese ; 11 Clothe me with skin and flesh , And knit me together with bones and sinews ? 12 'You have granted me life and lovingkindness ; And Your care has preserved my spirit . 13 'Yet these things You have concealed in Your heart ; I know that this is within You:
14 If I sin , then You would take note of me, And would not acquit me of my guilt . 15 'If I am wicked , woe to me! And if I am righteous , I dare not lift up my head . I am sated with disgrace and conscious of my misery . 16 'Should my head be lifted up, You would hunt me like a lion ; And again You would show Your power against me. 17 'You renew Your witnesses against me And increase Your anger toward me; Hardship after hardship is with me. 18 ' Why then have You brought me out of the womb ? Would that I had died and no eye had seen me! 19 'I should have been as though I had not been , Carried from womb to tomb .' 20 "Would He not let my few days alone ? Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer 21 Before I go - and I shall not return - To the land of darkness and deep shadow , 22 The land of utter gloom as darkness itself, Of deep shadow without order , And which shines as the darkness ."
Zophar Accuses Job of Iniquity
11 1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered , 2 "Shall a multitude of words go unanswered , And a talkative man be acquitted ? 3 "Shall your boasts silence men ? And shall you scoff and none rebuke ? 4 "For you have said , 'My teaching is pure , And I am innocent in your eyes .' 5 "But would e that God might speak , And open His lips against you, 6 And show you the secrets of wisdom ! For sound wisdom has two sides . Know then that God forgets a part of your iniquity .
7 " Can you discover the depths of God ? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty ? 8 "They are high as the heavens , what can you do ? Deeper than Sheol , what can you know ? 9 "Its measure is longer than the earth And broader than the sea . 10 "If He passes by or shuts up, Or calls an assembly , who can restrain Him? 11 "For He knows false men , And He sees iniquity without investigating . 12 " An idiot e will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man .
13 " If you would direct your heart right And spread out your hand to Him, 14 If iniquity is in your hand , put it far away , And do not let wickedness dwell in your tents ; 15 "Then , indeed , you could lift up your face without moral defect , And you would be steadfast and not fear . 16 "For you would forget your trouble , As waters that have passed by, you would remember it. 17 "Your life would be brighter than noonday ; Darkness would be like the morning . 18 "Then you would trust , because there is hope ; And you would look around and rest securely . 19 "You would lie down and none would disturb you, And many would entreat your favor . 20 "But the eyes of the wicked will fail , And there will be no escape for them; And their hope is to breathe their last ."
Job Affirms God's Power and Wisdom
12 1 Then Job responded e , 2 "Truly then you are the people , And with you wisdom will die ! 3 "But I have intelligence as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And who does not know such things as these ? 4 "I am a joke to my friends , The one who called on God and He answered him; The just and blameless man is a joke . 5 "He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt , As prepared for those whose feet slip .
6 "The tents of the destroyers prosper , And those who provoke God are secure , Whom God brings into their power . 7 "But now ask the beasts , and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens , and let them tell you. 8 "Or speak to the earth , and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you. 9 "Who among all these does not know That the hand of the Lord has done this , 10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing , And the breath of all mankind e ? 11 "Does not the ear test words , As the palate tastes its food ?
12 "Wisdom is with aged men , With long life is understanding . 13 "With Him are wisdom and might ; To Him belong counsel and understanding . 14 "Behold , He tears down , and it cannot be rebuilt ; He imprisons a man , and there can be no release . 15 "Behold , He restrains the waters , and they dry up; And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth . 16 "With Him are strength and sound wisdom , The misled and the misleader belong to Him. 17 "He makes counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of judges . 18 "He loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle . 19 "He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones . 20 "He deprives the trusted ones of speech And takes away the discernment of the elders . 21 "He pours contempt on nobles And loosens the belt of the strong . 22 "He reveals mysteries from the darkness And brings the deep darkness into light . 23 "He makes the nations great , then destroys them; He enlarges the nations , then leads them away. 24 "He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth's people And makes them wander in a pathless e waste . 25 "They grope in darkness with no light , And He makes them stagger like a drunken man .
Job Defends His Integrity
13 1 " Behold , my eye has seen all this, My ear has heard and understood it. 2 " What you know I also know ; I am not inferior to you. 3 "But I would speak to the Almighty , And I desire to argue with God . 4 "But you smear with lies ; You are all worthless physicians . 5 "O that you would be completely silent , And that it would become your wisdom ! 6 "Please hear my argument And listen to the contentions of my lips . 7 "Will you speak what is unjust for God , And speak what is deceitful for Him? 8 "Will you show partiality e for Him? Will you contend for God ? 9 "Will it be well when He examines you? Or will you deceive Him as one deceives a man ? 10 "He will surely reprove you If you secretly show partiality e . 11 "Will not His majesty terrify you, And the dread of Him fall on you? 12 "Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes , Your defenses are defenses of clay .
13 " Be silent before me so that I may speak ; Then let come on me what may. 14 "Why e should I take my flesh in my teeth And put my life in my hands ? 15 " Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before e Him. 16 "This also will be my salvation , For a godless man may not come before His presence . 17 "Listen carefully to my speech , And let my declaration fill your ears . 18 "Behold now , I have prepared my case ; I know that I will be vindicated . 19 " Who will contend with me? For then I would be silent and die . 20 "Only two things do not do to me, Then I will not hide from Your face : 21 Remove Your hand from me, And let not the dread of You terrify me. 22 "Then call , and I will answer ; Or let me speak , then reply to me.
23 " How many are my iniquities and sins ? Make known to me my rebellion and my sin . 24 "Why do You hide Your face And consider me Your enemy ? 25 "Will You cause a driven leaf to tremble ? Or will You pursue the dry chaff ? 26 "For You write bitter things against me And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth . 27 "You put my feet in the stocks And watch all my paths ; You set a limit for the soles of my feet , 28 While I am decaying like a rotten thing , Like a garment that is moth-eaten e .