Job Challenges God
1“Indeed, my eye has seen it all, my ears have heard and understood it.
2What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.
3Still, I desire to speak to Shaddai and to argue my case with God.
4You, however, smear me with lies; you are worthless doctors—all of you!
5If only you would keep completely silent! For you, that would be wisdom.
6Hear now my argument; listen to the contentions of my lips.
7Will you speak unjustly on God’s behalf? Will you speak deceitfully for Him?
8Will you show Him partiality? Will you argue the case for God?
9Would it turn out well if He examined you? Could you deceive Him as you deceive a man?
10He would surely rebuke you if you secretly showed favoritism.
11Would not His majesty terrify you and the dread of Him fall on you?
12Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.
13Be silent and let me speak; then let come to me what may.
14Why should I take my flesh in my teeth and take my life in my hands?
15Even if He slays me, I will wait for Him; I will surely defend my ways before Him.
16This, too, will be my salvation for no godless can come before Him.
17“Listen carefully to my words, and let my declaration be in your ears.
18See now, I have prepared my case; I know that I will be vindicated.
19Who will contend with me? If so, I will be silent and die.
20“Only two things do not do to me; then I will not hide from Your face:
21withdraw Your hand far from me, and do not assail me with Your terror.
22Then call, and I will answer, or I will speak, and You respond to me.
23How many are my iniquities and sins? Show me my transgressions and sin.
24Why do You hide Your face and consider me Your enemy?
25Will You frighten a windblown leaf and chase after dry chaff?
26For You write bitter things against me and make me inherit the iniquities of my youth.
27You put my feet in shackles and watch all my paths; You put marks on the soles of my feet.
28“So he wastes away like something rotten, like a moth-eaten garment.