He punishes them for their wickedness1 where everyone can see them,
because they turned from following him2 and had no regard for any of his ways.3
They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.4
But if he remains silent,5 who can condemn him?6 If he hides his face,7 who can see him? Yet he is over man and nation alike,8
to keep a godless9 man from ruling,10 from laying snares for the people.11
"Suppose a man says to God, 'I am guilty12 but will offend no more.
Teach me what I cannot see;13 if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.'14
Should God then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent?15 You must decide, not I; so tell me what you know.
"Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me,
'Job speaks without knowledge;16 his words lack insight.'17
Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!18