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Job 13 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Job Continues: Still I Will Hope in God

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:1 - “Behold, my eye has seen all this,
my ear has heard and understood it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:2 - What you know, I also know;
I am not inferior to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:3 - But I would speak to the Almighty,
and I desire to argue my case with God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:4 - As for you, you whitewash with lies;
worthless physicians are you all.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:5 - Oh that you would keep silent,
and it would be your wisdom!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:6 - Hear now my argument
and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:7 - Will you speak falsely for God
and speak deceitfully for him?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:8 - Will you show partiality toward him?
Will you plead the case for God?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:9 - Will it be well with you when he searches you out?
Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:10 - He will surely rebuke you
if in secret you show partiality.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:11 - Will not his majesty terrify you,
and the dread of him fall upon you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:12 - Your maxims are proverbs of ashes;
your defenses are defenses of clay.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:13 - “Let me have silence, and I will speak,
and let come on me what may.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:14 - Why should I take my flesh in my teeth
and put my life in my hand?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:15 - Though he slay me, I will hope in him;[fn]
yet I will argue my ways to his face.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:16 - This will be my salvation,
that the godless shall not come before him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:17 - Keep listening to my words,
and let my declaration be in your ears.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:18 - Behold, I have prepared my case;
I know that I shall be in the right.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:19 - Who is there who will contend with me?
For then I would be silent and die.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:20 - Only grant me two things,
then I will not hide myself from your face:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:21 - withdraw your hand far from me,
and let not dread of you terrify me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:22 - Then call, and I will answer;
or let me speak, and you reply to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:23 - How many are my iniquities and my sins?
Make me know my transgression and my sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:24 - Why do you hide your face
and count me as your enemy?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:25 - Will you frighten a driven leaf
and pursue dry chaff?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:26 - For you write bitter things against me
and make me inherit the iniquities of my youth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:27 - You put my feet in the stocks
and watch all my paths;
you set a limit for[fn] the soles of my feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:28 - Man[fn] wastes away like a rotten thing,
like a garment that is moth-eaten.
ESV Footnotes
Or Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope
Or you marked
Hebrew He

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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