Hear now my argument; listen to the plea of my lips.1
Will you speak wickedly on God's behalf ? Will you speak deceitfully for him?2
Will you show him partiality?3 Will you argue the case for God?
Would it turn out well if he examined you?4 Could you deceive him as you might deceive men?5
He would surely rebuke you if you secretly showed partiality.6
Would not his splendor7 terrify you? Would not the dread of him fall on you?8
Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.9
"Keep silent10 and let me speak;11 then let come to me what may.12
Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands?13
Though he slay me, yet will I hope14 in him;15 I will surely defend my ways to his face.16
Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance,17 for no godless18 man would dare come before him!19
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