Job Continues: Still I Will Hope in God1 “Behold, my eye has seen all this,
my ear has heard and understood it.
2 a What you know, I also know;
I am not inferior to you.
3 b But I would speak to the Almighty,
and I desire to c argue my case with God.
4As for you, d you whitewash with lies;
e worthless physicians are you all.
5Oh that you would f keep silent,
and it would be your wisdom!
6Hear now my argument
and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
7Will you g speak falsely for God
and speak h deceitfully for him?
8Will you show partiality toward him?
Will you i plead the case for God?
9Will it be well with you when he j searches you out?
Or k can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
10He will surely rebuke you
if in secret you show partiality.
11Will not his l majesty terrify you,
and the dread of him fall upon you?
12Your maxims are proverbs of m ashes;
your defenses are defenses of clay.
13 “Let me have silence, and I will speak,
and let come on me what may.
14Why should I take my flesh in my teeth
and n put my life in my hand?
15 o Though he slay me, I will p hope in him; ▼
▼Or Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope
yet I will r argue my ways to his face.
16This will be my salvation,
that the godless shall not come before him.
17 s Keep listening to my words,
and let my declaration be in your ears.
18Behold, I have t prepared my case;
I know that I shall be in the right.
19 u Who is there who will contend with me?
For then I would be silent and die.
20Only grant me two things,
then I will not v hide myself from your face:
21 w withdraw your hand far from me,
and let not x dread of you terrify me.
22 y Then call, and I will answer;
or let me speak, and you reply to me.
23How many are my iniquities and my sins?
z Make me know my transgression and my sin.
24Why aa do you hide your face
and ab count me as your enemy?
25Will you frighten ac a driven leaf
and pursue dry ad chaff?
26For you ae write bitter things against me
and make me inherit af the iniquities of my youth.
27You put my feet in ag the stocks
and ah watch all my paths;
you set a limit for ▼
▼Or you markedthe soles of my feet.
▼Hebrew Hewastes away like ak a rotten thing,
like a garment that is al moth-eaten.
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