Will you show him partiality?1 Will you argue the case for God?
Would it turn out well if he examined you?2 Could you deceive him as you might deceive men?310
He would surely rebuke you if you secretly showed partiality.411
Would not his splendor5 terrify you? Would not the dread of him fall on you?612
Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.713
"Keep silent8 and let me speak;9 then let come to me what may.1014
Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands?1115
Though he slay me, yet will I hope12 in him;13 I will surelya defend my ways to his face.1416
Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance,15 for no godless16 man would dare come before him!1717
Listen carefully to my words;18 let your ears take in what I say.
Now that I have prepared my case,19 I know I will be vindicated.20