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- Lo, all this my eye has seen; my ear has heard and perceived it.
- What you know, I also know; I fall not short of you.
- But I would speak with the Almighty; I wish to reason with God.
- You are glossing over falsehoods and offering vain remedies, every one of you!
- Oh, that you would be altogether silent! This for you would be wisdom.
- Hear now the rebuke I shall utter and listen to the reproof from my lips.
- Is it for God that you speak falsehood? Is it for him that you utter deceit?
- Is it for him that you show partiality? Do you play advocate on behalf of God?
- Will it be well when he shall search you out? Would you impose on him as one does on men?
- He will openly rebuke you if even in secret you show partiality.
- Surely will his majesty affright you and the dread of him fall upon you.
- Your reminders are ashy maxims, your fabrications are mounds of clay.
- Be silent, let me alone! that I may speak and give vent to my feelings.
- 1 I will carry my flesh between my teeth, and take my life in my hand.
- Slay me though he might, I will wait for him; I will defend my conduct before him.
- And this shall be my salvation, that no impious man can come into his presence.
- Pay careful heed to my speech, and give my statement a hearing.
- Behold, I have prepared my case, I know that I am in the right.
- If anyone can make a case against me, then I shall be silent and die.
- 2 These things only do not use against me, then from your presence I need not hide:
- Withdraw your hand far from me, and let not the terror of you frighten me.
- Then call me, and I will respond; or let me speak first, and answer me.
- What are my faults and my sins? My misdeeds and my sins make known to me!
- Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy?
- Will you harass a wind-driven leaf, or pursue a withered straw?
- For you draw up bitter indictments against me, and punish in me the faults of my youth.
- You put my feet in the stocks; you watch all my paths and trace out all my footsteps.
- 3 Though he wears out like a leather bottle, like a garment that the moth has consumed?
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1  The second half of the verse is a common biblical expression for risking one's life; cf Judges 12:3; 1 Sam 19:5; 28:21; Psalm 119:109; the first half of the verse must have a similar meaning. Job is so confident of his innocence that he is willing to risk his life by going to judgment with God.
2  From here to the end of Job 14 Job pleads his case, addressing God rather than his three friends.
3  (13:28)This verse has been transposed from Job 13.
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