Job 13 (Common English Bible)

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Self-defense

1 Look, my eye has seen it all; my ear has heard and understood it. 2 Just as you know, I also know; I'm not inferior to you. 3 But I want to speak to the Almighty; I would gladly present my case to God.

Friends attacked

4 You, however, are plasterers of lies; ineffective healers, all of you. 5 Would that you were completely quiet; that would be your wisdom. 6 Hear my teaching and pay attention to the arguments of my lips. 7 Will you speak injustice for God, speak deceit on his behalf? 8 Will you be partial or contend for God? 9 Will it go well when he searches you, or can you fool him as you fool people? 10 He will certainly correct you if you've been secretly partial. 11 Wouldn't his majesty scare you and dread of him fall on you? 12 Your old sayings are proverbs made of ashes, your sayings defenses made of clay.

Job will speak out

13 Be quiet and I will speak, come what may. 14 For what reason will I take my flesh in my teeth, put my life in jeopardy? 15 He will slay me; I'm without hope;a I will surely prove my way to his face. 16 Also this will be my vindication, that a godless person won't come before him. 17 Listen closely to my words so that my remarks will be in your ears.

Against God

18 Look, I have laid out my case; I know that I'm innocent. 19 Who would dare contend with me, for then I would be quiet and die. 20 Only don't do two things to me, then I won't hide from your face. 21 Remove your hand far from me and don't terrify me with your anger. 22 Then call and I'll answer, or I'll speak and you can reply. 23 How many are my offenses and sins? Inform me about my rebellions and sins. 24 Why hide your face from me and consider me your enemy? 25 Will you cause a wind-tossed leaf to tremble, or will you pursue dry straw? 26 You even write bitter things about me, make me inherit my youthful indiscretions. 27 You tie up my feet and restrict all actions; you stamp marks on the bottom of my feet.

Human destiny

28 Surely a person wastes away like refuse, like clothing that a moth eats.
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