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Job 13 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Job Defends Himself
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 reason with God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:4 - But you forgers of lies,
You are all worthless physicians.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:5 - Oh, that you would be silent,
And it would be your wisdom!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:6 - Now hear my reasoning,
And heed the pleadings of my lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:7 - Will you speak wickedly for God,
And talk deceitfully for Him?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:8 - Will you show partiality for Him?
Will you contend for God?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:9 - Will it be well when He searches you out?
Or can you mock Him as one mocks a man?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:10 - He will surely rebuke you
If you secretly show partiality.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:11 - Will not His excellence make you afraid,
And the dread of Him fall upon you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:12 - Your platitudes are proverbs of ashes,
Your defenses are defenses of clay.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:13 - “Hold your peace with me, and let me speak,
Then let come on me what may!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:14 - Why do I take my flesh in my teeth,
And put my life in my hands?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:15 - Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:16 - He also shall be my salvation,
For a hypocrite could not come before Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:17 - Listen carefully to my speech,
And to my declaration with your ears.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:18 - See now, I have prepared my case,
I know that I shall be vindicated.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:19 - Who is he who will contend with me?
If now I hold my tongue, I perish.
Job’s Despondent Prayer
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:20 - “Only two things do not do to me,
Then I will not hide myself from You:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:21 - Withdraw Your hand far from me,
And let not the dread of You make me afraid.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:22 - Then call, and I will answer;
Or let me speak, then You respond to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:23 - How many are my iniquities and sins?
Make me know my transgression and my sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:24 - Why do You hide Your face,
And regard me as Your enemy?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:25 - Will You frighten a leaf driven to and fro?
And will You pursue dry stubble?
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 closely all my paths.
You set a limit[fn] for the soles of my feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:28 - Man[fn] decays like a rotten thing,
Like a garment that is moth-eaten.
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