Job 13:1-28 NIV

Job 13:1-28 NIV [1] "My eyes have seen all this, my ears have heard and understood it. [2] What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you. [3] But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God. [4] You, however, smear me with lies; you are worthless physicians, all of you! [5] If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom. [6] Hear now my argument; listen to the pleas of my lips. [7] Will you speak wickedly on God's behalf? Will you speak deceitfully for him? [8] Will you show him partiality? Will you argue the case for God? [9] Would it turn out well if he examined you? Could you deceive him as you might deceive a mortal? [10] He would surely call you to account if you secretly showed partiality. [11] Would not his splendor terrify you? Would not the dread of him fall on you? [12] Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay. [13] "Keep silent and let me speak; then let come to me what may. [14] Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands? [15] Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face. [16] Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance, for no godless person would dare come before him! [17] Listen carefully to what I say; let my words ring in your ears. [18] Now that I have prepared my case, I know I will be vindicated. [19] Can anyone bring charges against me? If so, I will be silent and die. [20] "Only grant me these two things, God, and then I will not hide from you: [21] Withdraw your hand far from me, and stop frightening me with your terrors. [22] Then summon me and I will answer, or let me speak, and you reply to me. [23] How many wrongs and sins have I committed? Show me my offense and my sin. [24] Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy? [25] Will you torment a windblown leaf? Will you chase after dry chaff? [26] For you write down bitter things against me and make me reap the sins of my youth. [27] You fasten my feet in shackles; you keep close watch on all my paths by putting marks on the soles of my feet. [28] "So man wastes away like something rotten, like a garment eaten by moths.

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