"1Behold, my eye has seenall this, My ear has heard and understood it.
"2What you know I alsoknow ; I am not inferior to you.
"But 3I would speak to athe Almighty, And I desire to 4argue with God.
"But you 5smear with lies ; You are all6worthlessphysicians.
5"O that you would 7be completelysilent, And that it would become your wisdom !
6"Pleasehear my argument And listen to the contentions of my lips.
"Will you 8speakwhat is unjust for God, And speakwhat is deceitful for Him?
"Will you 9showpartiality for Him? Will you contend for God ?
"Will it be wellwhen He examines you? Or10will you deceive Him as one deceives a man ?
"He will surelyreprove you If you secretly11showpartiality .
"Will not 12His bmajestyterrify you, And the dread of Him fall on you?
"Your memorablesayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.
"13Be silentbefore me so that I may speak ; Then let come on me what may.
14"Why should I take my flesh in my teeth And 14put my life in my chands ?
"15Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I 16will argue my waysdbefore Him.
16"Thisalso will be my 17salvation, For 18a godlessman may not come before His presence.
17"Listencarefully to my speech, And let my declaration fill your ears.
18"Beholdnow, I have 19prepared my case ; I know that 20I will be vindicated.
"21Who will contend with me? For then I would be silent and 22die.
20"Onlytwothings do not do to me, Then I will not hide from Your face :
2123Remove Your ehand from me, And let not the dread of You terrify me.
"Then call, and 24I will answer ; Or let me speak, then reply to me.
"25Howmany are my iniquities and sins ? Makeknown to me my frebellion and my sin.
24"Why do You 26hide Your face And consider me 27Your enemy ?
"Will You cause a 28drivenleaf to tremble ? Or will You pursue the dry29chaff ?
"For You write30bitterthingsagainst me And 31make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.
"You 32put my feet in the stocks And watchall my paths ; You gset a limit for the soles of my feet,
While hI am decaying like a 33rottenthing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten .