|"Lo, my eye has seen all this, |
my ear has heard and understood it.
|What you know, I also know;|
I am not inferior to you.
|But I would speak to the Almighty, |
and I desire to argue my case with God.
|As for you, you whitewash with lies; |
worthless physicians are you all.
|Oh that you would keep silent, |
and it would be your wisdom!
|Hear now my reasoning, |
and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
|Will you speak falsely for God, |
and speak deceitfully for him?
|Will you show partiality toward him, |
will you plead the case for God?
|Will it be well with you when he searches you out? |
Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
|He will surely rebuke you|
if in secret you show partiality.
|Will not his majesty terrify you, |
and the dread of him fall upon you?
|Your maxims are proverbs of ashes, |
your defenses are defenses of clay.
|"Let me have silence, and I will speak, |
and let come on me what may.
|I will take my flesh in my teeth, |
and put my life in my hand.
|Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope; |
yet I will defend my ways to his face.
|This will be my salvation, |
that a godless man shall not come before him.
|Listen carefully to my words, |
and let my declaration be in your ears.
|Behold, I have prepared my case; |
I know that I shall be vindicated.
|Who is there that will contend with me? |
For then I would be silent and die.
|Only grant two things to me,|
then I will not hide myself from thy face:
|withdraw thy hand far from me, |
and let not dread of thee terrify me.
|Then call, and I will answer; |
or let me speak, and do thou reply to me.
|How many are my iniquities and my sins? |
Make me know my transgression and my sin.
|Why dost thou hide thy face, |
and count me as thy enemy?
|Wilt thou frighten a driven leaf |
and pursue dry chaff?
|For thou writest bitter things against me, |
and makest me inherit the iniquities of my youth.
|Thou puttest my feet in the stocks, |
and watchest all my paths;
thou settest a bound to the soles of my feet.
|Man wastes away like a rotten thing, |
like a garment that is moth-eaten.
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