Job 13 (Lexham English Bible)

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Job’s Fourth Speech Continues

1 "Look, my eye has seen everything; my ear has heard and has understood it. 2 {What youa know},b I myselfc also know-- I [am] not more inferior than you.d 3 But I would speak to Shaddai, and I desire to argue with God. 4 "Bute youf {whitewash with lies};g all of youh [are] {worthless healers}.i 5 {O that}j youk would keep completely silent, and [that] it would become wisdom for you.l 6 Please hear my argument, and listen attentively [to the] pleadings of my lips. 7 "Will youm speak falsely for God? And will youn speak deceitfully for him? 8 {Will youo show partiality for him}?p Or do youq want to plead God's case? 9 [Will it be] well, if he examines you?r Or can yous deceive him like deceiving a human being? 10 "Surely he will rebuke yout if {youu show partiality}v in secret. 11 Will not his majesty terrify you,w and his dread fall upon you?x 12 Youry maxims [are] proverbs of ashes; yourz defenses [are] defenses of clay. 13 "{Let me have silence},aa and I myselfbb will speak, and let come over me whatever [may]. 14 Why should I take my flesh in my teeth andcc putdd my life in my hand? 15 Look,ee [though] he kill me, I will hope inff him; however, I will defend my ways {before him}.gg 16 Moreover, this [is] salvation to me, that [the] godless would not come {before him}.hh 17 "Listen carefully [to] my words, and [let] my exposition [be] in your ears. 18 Please look,ii I have prepared [my] case; I know that I myselfjj will be vindicated. 19 Who [is] he who will contend with me? For {then} I would be silent, and I would pass away.

Job Argues His Case with God

20 "Only youkk must not do [these] two [things] to me; then I will not hide from your face: 21 withdraw yourll hand from me, and let not yourmm dread terrify me. 22 Thennn call, and I myselfoo will answer; or let me speak, thenpp reply to me. 23 "{How many}qq [are] my iniquities and sins? Make known to me my transgression and my sin. 24 Why do yourr hide yourss face and count me as yourtt enemy? 25 Will youuu terrify a blown leaf? And will youvv pursue dry stubble? 26 "Indeed, youww write bitter things against me, and youxx make me reap the iniquities of my childhood. 27 And youyy put my feet in the block, and youzz watch all my paths; you carve [a mark] on the soles of my feet.52 28 And he himself 53wastes away like something rotten, like a garment that [the] moth has eaten.
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