I would dread all the pain he would send. For I know you will not hold me innocent, O God.
Whatever happens, I will be found guilty. So what's the use of trying?
Even if I were to wash myself with soap and cleanse my hands with lye to make them absolutely clean,
you would plunge me into a muddy ditch, and I would be so filthy my own clothing would hate me.
"God is not a mortal like me, so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial.
If only there were a mediator who could bring us together, but there is none.
The mediator could make God stop beating me, and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment.
Then I could speak to him without fear, but I cannot do that in my own strength.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)