Job 13 NIV

1 "My eyes have seen all this,1 my ears have heard and understood it.

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2 What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.2

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3 But I desire to speak to the Almighty3 and to argue my case with God.4

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4 You, however, smear me with lies;5 you are worthless physicians,6 all of you!7

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5 If only you would be altogether silent!8 For you, that would be wisdom.9

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6 Hear now my argument; listen to the plea of my lips.10

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7 Will you speak wickedly on God's behalf ? Will you speak deceitfully for him?11

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8 Will you show him partiality?12 Will you argue the case for God?

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9 Would it turn out well if he examined you?13 Could you deceive him as you might deceive men?14

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10 He would surely rebuke you if you secretly showed partiality.15

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11 Would not his splendor16 terrify you? Would not the dread of him fall on you?17

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12 Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.18

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13 "Keep silent19 and let me speak;20 then let come to me what may.21

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      14 Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands?22

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      15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope23 in him;24 I will surelya defend my ways to his face.25

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        • a 13:15 - Or "He will surely slay me; I have no hope -- / yet I will"
          16 Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance,26 for no godless27 man would dare come before him!28

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          17 Listen carefully to my words;29 let your ears take in what I say.

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          18 Now that I have prepared my case,30 I know I will be vindicated.31

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              19 Can anyone bring charges against me?32 If so, I will be silent33 and die.34

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              20 "Only grant me these two things, O God, and then I will not hide from you:
              21 Withdraw your hand35 far from me, and stop frightening me with your terrors.36

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              22 Then summon me and I will answer,37 or let me speak, and you reply.38

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              23 How many wrongs and sins have I committed?39 Show me my offense and my sin.40

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              24 Why do you hide your face41 and consider me your enemy?42

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              25 Will you torment43 a windblown leaf ?44 Will you chase45 after dry chaff ?46

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              26 For you write down bitter things against me and make me inherit the sins of my youth.47

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              27 You fasten my feet in shackles;48 you keep close watch on all my paths49 by putting marks on the soles of my feet.

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              28 "So man wastes away like something rotten, like a garment50 eaten by moths.51

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