"Let me have silence, and I will speak, and let come on me what may.
I will take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand.
Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope; yet I will defend my ways to his face.
This will be my salvation, that a godless man shall not come before him.
Listen carefully to my words, and let my declaration be in your ears.
Behold, I have prepared my case; I know that I shall be vindicated.
Who is there that will contend with me? For then I would be silent and die.
Only grant two things to me, then I will not hide myself from thy face:
withdraw thy hand far from me, and let not dread of thee terrify me.
Then call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and do thou reply to me.
How many are my iniquities and my sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)