"Behold, my eye has seen all this, my ear has heard and understood it.
1What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.
2But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to 3argue my case with God.
As for you, 4you whitewash with lies; 5worthless physicians are you all.
Oh that you would 6keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!
Hear now my argument and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
Will you 7speak falsely for God and speak 8deceitfully for him?
Will you show partiality toward him? Will you 9plead the case for God?
Will it be well with you when he 10searches you out? Or 11can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
He will surely rebuke you if in secret you show partiality.
Will not his 12majesty terrify you, and the dread of him fall upon you?
Your maxims are proverbs of 13ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.
"Let me have silence, and I will speak, and let come on me what may.
Why should I take my flesh in my teeth and 14put my life in my hand?
15Though he slay me, I will 16hope in him; yet I will 17argue my ways to his face.
This will be my salvation, that the godless shall not come before him.
18Keep listening to my words, and let my declaration be in your ears.
Behold, I have 19prepared my case; I know that I shall be in the right.
20Who is there who will contend with me? For then I would be silent and die.
Only grant me two things, then I will not 21hide myself from your face:
22withdraw your hand far from me, and let not 23dread of you terrify me.
24Then call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and you reply to me.
How many are my iniquities and my sins? 25Make me know my transgression and my sin.
Why 26do you hide your face and 27count me as your enemy?
Will you frighten 28a driven leaf and pursue dry 29chaff?
For you 30write bitter things against me and make me inherit 31the iniquities of my youth.
You put my feet in 32the stocks and 33watch all my paths; you set a limit for the soles of my feet.
Man wastes away like 34a rotten thing, like a garment that is 35moth-eaten.