"My eyes have seen all this,1 my ears have heard and understood it.
What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.23
But I desire to speak to the Almighty3 and to argue my case with God.44
You, however, smear me with lies;5 you are worthless physicians,6 all of you!75
If only you would be altogether silent!8 For you, that would be wisdom.96
Hear now my argument; listen to the pleas of my lips.107
Will you speak wickedly on God's behalf ? Will you speak deceitfully for him?118
Will you show him partiality?12 Will you argue the case for God?
Would it turn out well if he examined you?13 Could you deceive him as you might deceive mortals?1410
He would surely call you to account if you secretly showed partiality.1511
Would not his splendor16 terrify you? Would not the dread of him fall on you?1712
Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.1813
"Keep silent19 and let me speak;20 then let come to me what may.2114
Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands?2215
Though he slay me, yet will I hope23 in him;24 I will surelya defend my ways to his face.2516
Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance,26 for no godless27 person would dare come before him!2817
Listen carefully to what I say;29 let my words ring in your ears.
Now that I have prepared my case,30 I know I will be vindicated.3119
Can anyone bring charges against me?32 If so, I will be silent33 and die.3420
"Only grant me these two things, God, and then I will not hide from you:
Withdraw your hand35 far from me, and stop frightening me with your terrors.3622
Then summon me and I will answer,37 or let me speak, and you reply to me.3823
How many wrongs and sins have I committed?39 Show me my offense and my sin.4024
Why do you hide your face41 and consider me your enemy?4225
Will you torment43 a windblown leaf ?44 Will you chase45 after dry chaff ?4626
For you write down bitter things against me and make me reap the sins of my youth.4727
You fasten my feet in shackles;48 you keep close watch on all my paths49 by putting marks on the soles of my feet.
"So humans waste away like something rotten, like a garment50 eaten by moths.51