1“Now my eyes have seen all this;
my ears have heard and understood it.
2What you know, I also know.
You are not better than I am.
3But I want to speak to the Almighty
and to argue my case with God.
4But you smear me with lies.
You are worthless doctors, all of you!
5I wish you would just stop talking;
then you would really be wise!
6Listen to my argument,
and hear the pleading of my lips.
7You should not speak evil in the name of God;
you cannot speak God’s truth by telling lies.
8You should not unfairly choose his side against mine;
you should not argue the case for God.
9You will not do well if he examines you;
you cannot fool God as you might fool humans.
10God would surely scold you
if you unfairly took one person’s side.
11His bright glory would scare you,
and you would be very much afraid of him.
12Your wise sayings are worth no more than ashes,
and your arguments are as weak as clay.
13“Be quiet and let me speak.
Let things happen to me as they will.
14Why should I put myself in danger
and take my life in my own hands?
15Even if God kills me, I have hope in him;
I will still defend my ways to his face.
16This is my salvation.
The wicked cannot come before him.
17Listen carefully to my words;
let your ears hear what I say.
18See, I have prepared my case,
and I know I will be proved right.
19No one can accuse me of doing wrong.
If someone can, I will be quiet and die.
20“God, please just give me these two things,
and then I will not hide from you:
21Take your punishment away from me,
and stop frightening me with your terrors.
22Then call me, and I will answer,
or let me speak, and you answer.
23How many evil things and sins have I done?
Show me my wrong and my sin.
24Don’t hide your face from me;
don’t think of me as your enemy.
25Don’t punish a leaf that is blown by the wind;
don’t chase after straw.
26You write down cruel things against me
and make me suffer for my boyhood sins.
27You put my feet in chains
and keep close watch wherever I go.
You even mark the soles of my feet.
28“Everyone wears out like something rotten,
like clothing eaten by moths.