Job Says His Friends' Proverbs Are Ashes

1 "1Behold, my eye has seen all this, My ear has heard and understood it.
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2 "2What you know I also know; I am not inferior to you.
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3 "But 3I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to 4argue with God.
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4 "But you 5smear with lies; You are all 6worthless physicians.
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5 "O that you would 7be completely silent, And that it would become your wisdom!
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6 "Please hear my argument And listen to the contentions of my lips.
7 "Will you 8speak what is unjust for God, And speak what is deceitful for Him?
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8 "Will you 9show partiality * for Him? Will you contend for God?
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9 "Will it be well when He examines you? Or 10will you deceive Him as one deceives a man?
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10 "He will surely reprove you If you secretly 11show partiality *.
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11 "Will not 12His majesty terrify you, And the dread of Him fall on you?
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    • b 13:11 - Lit "exaltation"
      12 "Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.

      Job Is Sure He Will Be Vindicated

      13 "13Be silent before me so that I may speak; Then let come on me what may.
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      14 "Why * should I take my flesh in my teeth And 14put my life in my hands?
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      15 "15Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I 16will argue my ways before * Him.
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        • d 13:15 - Lit "to His face"
          16 "This also will be my 17salvation, For 18a godless man may not come before His presence.
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          17 "Listen carefully to my speech, And let my declaration fill your ears.
          18 "Behold now, I have 19prepared my case; I know that 20I will be vindicated.
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          19 "21Who will contend with me? For then I would be silent and 22die.
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          20 "Only two things do not do to me, Then I will not hide from Your face:
          21 23Remove Your hand from me, And let not the dread of You terrify me.
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          22 "Then call, and 24I will answer; Or let me speak, then reply to me.
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          23 "25How many are my iniquities and sins? Make known to me my rebellion and my sin.
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            • f 13:23 - Or "transgression"
              24 "Why do You 26hide Your face And consider me 27Your enemy?
              25 "Will You cause a 28driven leaf to tremble? Or will You pursue the dry 29chaff?
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              26 "For You write 30bitter things against me And 31make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.
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              27 "You 32put my feet in the stocks And watch all my paths; You set a limit for the soles of my feet,
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                • g 13:27 - Lit "carve for"
                  28 While I am decaying like a 33rotten thing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten *.
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