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Job 13 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 "Look, I have seen many instances such as you describe. I understand what you are saying. 1 "My eyes have seen all this, my ears have heard and understood it.
2 I know as much as you do. You are no better than I am. 2 What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.
3 Oh, how I long to speak directly to the Almighty. I want to argue my case with God himself. 3 But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God.
4 For you are smearing me with lies. As doctors, you are worthless quacks. 4 You, however, smear me with lies; you are worthless physicians, all of you!
5 Please be quiet! That's the smartest thing you could do. 5 If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.
6 Listen to my charge; pay attention to my arguments." 6 Hear now my argument; listen to the plea of my lips.
7 "Are you defending God by means of lies and dishonest arguments? 7 Will you speak wickedly on God's behalf ? Will you speak deceitfully for him?
8 You should be impartial witnesses, but will you slant your testimony in his favor? Will you argue God's case for him? 8 Will you show him partiality? Will you argue the case for God?
9 Be careful that he doesn't find out what you are doing! Or do you think you can fool him as easily as you fool people? 9 Would it turn out well if he examined you? Could you deceive him as you might deceive men?
10 No, you will be in serious trouble with him if even in your hearts you slant your testimony in his favor. 10 He would surely rebuke you if you secretly showed partiality.
11 Doesn't his majesty strike terror into your heart? Does not your fear of him seize you? 11 Would not his splendor terrify you? Would not the dread of him fall on you?
12 Your statements have about as much value as ashes. Your defense is as fragile as a clay pot." 12 Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.
13 "Be silent now and leave me alone. Let me speak -- and I will face the consequences. 13 "Keep silent and let me speak; then let come to me what may.
14 Yes, I will take my life in my hands and say what I really think. 14 Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands?
15 God might kill me, but I cannot wait. I am going to argue my case with him. 15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.
16 But this is what will save me: that I am not godless. If I were, I would be thrown from his presence." 16 Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance, for no godless man would dare come before him!
17 "Listen closely to what I am about to say. Hear me out. 17 Listen carefully to my words; let your ears take in what I say.
18 I have prepared my case; I will be proved innocent. 18 Now that I have prepared my case, I know I will be vindicated.
19 Who can argue with me over this? If you could prove me wrong, I would remain silent until I die." 19 Can anyone bring charges against me? If so, I will be silent and die.
20 "O God, there are two things I beg of you, and I will be able to face you. 20 "Only grant me these two things, O God, and then I will not hide from you:
21 Remove your hand from me, and don't terrify me with your awesome presence. 21 Withdraw your hand far from me, and stop frightening me with your terrors.
22 Now summon me, and I will answer! Or let me speak to you, and you reply. 22 Then summon me and I will answer, or let me speak, and you reply.
23 Tell me, what have I done wrong? Show me my rebellion and my sin. 23 How many wrongs and sins have I committed? Show me my offense and my sin.
24 Why do you turn away from me? Why do you consider me your enemy? 24 Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy?
25 Would you terrify a leaf that is blown by the wind? Would you chase a dry stalk of grass?" 25 Will you torment a windblown leaf ? Will you chase after dry chaff ?
26 "You write bitter accusations against me and bring up all the sins of my youth. 26 For you write down bitter things against me and make me inherit the sins of my youth.
27 You put my feet in stocks. You watch all my paths. You trace all my footprints. 27 You fasten my feet in shackles; you keep close watch on all my paths by putting marks on the soles of my feet.
28 I waste away like rotting wood, like a moth-eaten coat." 28 "So man wastes away like something rotten, like a garment eaten by moths.