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13 “Look! All this my eye has seen, My ear has heard and considers it. 2 What YOU men know I myself well know also; I am not inferior to YOU.*+ 3 However, I, for my part, would speak to the Almighty himself,+ And in arguing with God* I would find delight. 4 On the other hand, YOU men are smearers of falsehood;+ All of YOU are physicians of no value.+ 5 If only YOU would absolutely keep silent, That it might prove to be wisdom on YOUR part!+ 6 Hear, please, my counterarguments,+ And to the pleadings of my lips pay attention. 7 Will YOU men speak unrighteousness for God himself, And for him will YOU speak deceit?+ 8 Will YOU be treating him with partiality,+ Or for the [true] God will YOU contend at law? 9 Would it be good that he sound YOU out?+ Or as one trifles with mortal man will YOU trifle with him? 10 He will positively reprove YOU+ If in secrecy YOU try to show partiality;*+ 11 Will not his very dignity make YOU start up with fright, And the very dread of him fall upon YOU?+ 12 YOUR memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes; YOUR shield bosses* are as shield bosses of clay.+ 13 KEEP silent before me, that I myself may speak. Then let come upon me whatever it may be! 14 Why do I carry my flesh in my teeth And place my own soul* in my palm?+ 15 Even if he would slay me, would I not wait?*+ I would only argue to his face for my own ways. 16 He* would also be my salvation,+ For before him no apostate will come in.+ 17 HEAR my word clear through,+ And let my declaration be in YOUR ears. 18 Look! Please, I have presented a case of justice;+ I well know that I myself am in the right. 19 Who is the one that will contend with me?+ For now were I to become silent I should simply expire! 20 Only two things do not do* to me; In that case I shall not conceal myself just on your account;+ 21 Put your own hand far away from upon me, And the fright of you—may it not terrify me.+ 22 Either call that I myself may answer; Or may I speak, and you return me answer. 23 In what way do I have errors and sins? Make me to know my own revolt and my own sin. 24 Why do you conceal your very face+ And regard me as an enemy of yours?+ 25 Will you make a mere leaf driven about quiver, Or keep chasing after mere dry stubble? 26 For you keep writing against me bitter things+ And you make me possess [the consequences of] the errors of my youth.+ 27 You also keep my feet put in the stocks,+ And you watch all my paths; For the soles* of my feet you mark your own line. 28 And he* is like something rotten* that wears out;+ Like a garment that a moth actually eats up.+
^ “God.” Heb., ʼEl.
^ “Show partiality,” M; TSyVg, “treat him with partiality.”
^ Or, “your breastworks.”
^ “And . . . my own soul.” Heb., wenaph·shiʹ; Gr., psy·khenʹ; Lat., aʹni·mam. Compare Jg 12:3; 1Sa 19:5.
^ Or, “I would not wait,” M; MmarginTSyVg, “for him I would wait.”
^ Or, “That.”
^ “Do.” The Heb. verb is sing. to agree with “you” and “your(s)” addressed to God in vss 20-27.
^ Lit., “roots of.”
^ “He,” that is, Job.
^ “Something rotten (rottenness),” MVg; LXX, “skin bag”; Sy, “leather bag.”