Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard
and understood it.
2What ye know, the same do I know also: I
am not inferior unto you.
3Surely I would speak to the Almighty,
and I desire to reason with God.
4But ye are forgers of lies, ye
are all physicians of no value.
5Oh that ye would altogether hold
your peace! and it should be your wisdom.
6Hear now my reasoning, and
hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
7Will ye speak wickedly for God? and
talk deceitfully for him?
8Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for
9Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh
another, do ye so mock him?
10He will surely reprove you, if ye
do secretly accept persons.
11Shall not his excellency make you afraid?
and his dread fall upon you?
12Your remembrances are like unto
ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.
13Hold your peace, let me alone,
that I may speak, and let come on me what will.
14Wherefore do I
take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?
15Though he slay
me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
16He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come
17Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your
18Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall
19Who is he that will plead with me? for
now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.
20Only do not two
things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.
thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.
thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.
are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my
24Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?
25Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry
26For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to
possess the iniquities of my youth.
27Thou puttest my feet also in the
stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the
heels of my feet.
28And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment
that is moth eaten.