Job 13 New American Standard Bible

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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 .

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