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 .