"Behold, my eye has seen all this,
My ear has heard and understood it. 2 a What you know, I also know;
I am not inferior to you. 3 b But I would speak to the Almighty,
And I desire to reason with God. 4 But you forgers of lies,
c You are all worthless physicians. 5 Oh, that you would be silent,
And d it would be your wisdom! 6 Now hear my reasoning,
And heed the pleadings of my lips. 7 e Will you speak 1 wickedly for God,
And talk deceitfully for Him? 8 Will you show partiality for Him?
Will you contend for God? 9 Will it be well when He searches you out?
Or can you mock Him as one mocks a man? 10 He will surely rebuke you
If you secretly show partiality. 11 Will not His 2 excellence make you afraid,
And the dread of Him fall upon you? 12 Your platitudes are proverbs of ashes,
Your defenses are defenses of clay.
"Hold 3 your peace with me, and let me speak,
Then let come on me what may! 14 Why f do I take my flesh in my teeth,
And put my life in my hands? 15 g Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
h Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him. 16 He also shall be my salvation,
For a i hypocrite could not come before Him.
17 Listen carefully to my speech,
And to my declaration with your ears. 18 See now, I have prepared my case,
I know that I shall be j vindicated. 19 k Who is he who will contend with me?
If now I hold my tongue, I perish. 20 "Only l two things do not do to me,
Then I will not hide myself from You: 21 m Withdraw Your hand far from me,
And let not the dread of You make me afraid. 22 Then call, and I will n answer;
Or let me speak, then You respond to me. 23 How many are my iniquities and sins?
Make me know my transgression and my sin. 24 o Why do You hide Your face,
And p regard me as Your enemy? 25 q Will You frighten a leaf driven to and fro?
And will You pursue dry stubble? 26 For You write bitter things against me,
And r make me inherit the iniquities of my youth. 27 s You put my feet in the stocks,
And watch closely all my paths.
You 4 set a limit for the 5 soles of my feet. 28 " Man 6 decays like a rotten thing,
Like a garment that is moth-eaten.