Job Continues: Still I Will Hope in God
1“Behold, my eye has seen all this,
my ear has heard and understood it.
2 # [ch. 12:3; 15:9] What you know, I also know;
I am not inferior to you.
3 # ch. 23:4; 31:35 But I would speak to the Almighty,
and I desire to #[ver. 15, 18]argue my case with God.
4As for you, #Ps. 119:69 you whitewash with lies;
# [ch. 16:2] worthless physicians are you all.
5Oh that you would #Prov. 17:28keep silent,
and it would be your wisdom!
6Hear now my argument
and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
7Will you #ch. 27:4speak falsely for God
and speak #ch. 27:4deceitfully for him?
8Will you show partiality toward him?
Will you #[Judg. 6:31]plead the case for God?
9Will it be well with you when he #Prov. 28:11 searches you out?
Or #Gal. 6:7can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
10He will surely rebuke you
if in secret you show partiality.
11Will not his #ch. 31:23majesty terrify you,
and the dread of him fall upon you?
12Your maxims are proverbs of #Isa. 44:20ashes;
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 #See Judg. 12:3put my life in my hand?
15 # [Prov. 14:32] Though he slay me, I will #ch. 14:14 hope in him;#13:15 Or Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope
yet I will #[ver. 3; ch. 27:5]argue my ways to his face.
16This will be my salvation,
that the godless shall not come before him.
17 # ch. 21:2 Keep listening to my words,
and let my declaration be in your ears.
18Behold, I have #See ch. 33:5prepared my case;
I know that I shall be in the right.
Isa. 50:8, 9 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 #[Gen. 3:8]hide myself from your face:
21 # ch. 9:34; Ps. 39:10 withdraw your hand far from me,
and let not #ch. 9:34; 33:7dread of you terrify me.
22 # ch. 14:15 Then call, and I will answer;
or let me speak, and you reply to me.
23How many are my iniquities and my sins?
# [Ps. 19:12] Make me know my transgression and my sin.
24Why #Deut. 32:20 do you hide your face
and #ch. 19:11; 33:10; [Lam. 2:5]count me as your enemy?
25Will you frighten #Lev. 26:36 a driven leaf
and pursue dry #ch. 21:18; Ps. 83:13chaff?
26For you #[Ps. 149:9] write bitter things against me
and make me inherit #Ps. 25:7the iniquities of my youth.
27You put my feet in #[ch. 33:11] the stocks
and #See ch. 10:14watch all my paths;
you set a limit for#13:27 Or you marked the soles of my feet.
28Man#13:28 Hebrew He wastes away like #Prov. 12:4; 14:30; Hab. 3:16 a rotten thing,
like a garment that is #ch. 4:19moth-eaten.