if I have concealed1 my sin as men do, by hiding2 my guilt in my heart
because I so feared the crowd3 and so dreaded the contempt of the clans that I kept silent4 and would not go outside--
("Oh, that I had someone to hear me!5 I sign now my defense--let the Almighty answer me; let my accuser6 put his indictment in writing.
Surely I would wear it on my shoulder,7 I would put it on like a crown.8
I would give him an account of my every step;9 like a prince10 I would approach him.)--
"if my land cries out against me11 and all its furrows are wet12 with tears,
if I have devoured its yield without payment13 or broken the spirit of its tenants,14
then let briers15 come up instead of wheat and weeds16 instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.17
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