“But now, Job, listen to my words; pay attention to everything I say.
I am about to open my mouth; my words are on the tip of my tongue.
My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know.
The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Answer me then, if you can; stand up and argue your case before me.
I am the same as you in God’s sight; I too am a piece of clay.
No fear of me should alarm you, nor should my hand be heavy on you.
“But you have said in my hearing— I heard the very words—
‘I am pure, I have done no wrong; I am clean and free from sin.