Job Says His Friends' Proverbs Are Ashes
1 "Behold, R341 my eye has seen all this,
My ear has heard and understood it.
2 "What R342 you know I also know;
I am not inferior to you.
3 "But I R343 would speak to the F125 Almighty,
And I desire to argue R344 with God.
4 "But you smear R345 with lies;
You are all worthless R346 physicians.
5 "O that you would be R347 completely silent,
And that it would become your wisdom!
6 "Please hear my argument
And listen to the contentions of my lips.
7 "Will you speak R348 what is unjust for God,
And speak what is deceitful for Him?
8 "Will you show R349 partiality for Him?
Will you contend for God?
9 "Will it be well when He examines you?
Or will R350 you deceive Him as one deceives a man?
10 "He will surely reprove you
If you secretly show R351 partiality.
11 "Will not His R352 majesty F126 terrify you,
And the dread of Him fall on you?
12 "Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes,
Your defenses are defenses of clay.
Job Is Sure He Will Be Vindicated
13 "Be R353 silent before me so that I may speak;
Then let come on me what may.
14 "Why should I take my flesh in my teeth
And put R354 my life in my hands? F127
15 "Though R355 He slay me,
I will hope in Him.
Nevertheless I will R356 argue my ways before F128 Him.
16 "This also will be my salvation, R357
For a R358 godless man may not come before His presence.
17 "Listen carefully to my speech,
And let my declaration fill your ears.
18 "Behold now, I have prepared R359 my case;
I know that I R360 will be vindicated.
19 "Who R361 will contend with me?
For then I would be silent and die. R362
20 "Only two things do not do to me,
Then I will not hide from Your face:
21 Remove R363 Your hand F129 from me,
And let not the dread of You terrify me.
22 "Then call, and I R364 will answer;
Or let me speak, then reply to me.
23 "How R365 many are my iniquities and sins?
Make known to me my rebellion F130 and my sin.
24 "Why do You hide R366 Your face
And consider me Your R367 enemy?
25 "Will You cause a driven R368 leaf to tremble?
Or will You pursue the dry chaff? R369
26 "For You write bitter R370 things against me
And make R371 me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.
27 "You put R372 my feet in the stocks
And watch all my paths;
You set F131 a limit for the soles of my feet,
28 While I F132 am decaying like a rotten R373 thing,
Like a garment that is moth-eaten.
F125: Hebrew Shaddai
F126: Lit exaltation
F127: Lit palm
F128: Lit to His face
F129: Lit palm
F130: Or transgression
F131: Lit carve for
F132: Lit he is
R341: Job 1:12:9
R342: Job 1:12:3
R343: Job 1:13:22; 23:4
R344: Job 1:13:15
R345: Psalms 119:69
R346: Jeremiah 23:32
R347: Job 1:13:13; 21:5; Proverbs 17:28
R348: Job 1:27:4
R349: Leviticus 19:15; Proverbs 24:23
R350: Job 1:12:16
R351: Job 1:13:8; 32:21; 34:19
R352: Job 1:31:23
R353: Job 1:13:5
R354: Psalms 119:109
R355: Job 1:7:6
R356: Job 1:27:5
R357: Job 1:23:7; Isaiah 12:1,2
R358: Job 1:34:21-23
R359: Job 1:23:4
R360: Job 1:9:21; 10:7; 12:4
R361: Isaiah 50:8
R362: Job 1:7:21; 10:8
R363: Job 1:9:34; Psalms 39:10
R364: Job 1:9:16; 14:15
R365: Job 1:7:21
R366: Psalms 13:1; 44:24; 88:14; Isaiah 8:17
R367: Job 1:19:11; 33:10; Lamentations 2:5
R368: Leviticus 26:36
R369: Job 1:21:18
R370: Job 1:9:18
R371: Psalms 25:7
R372: Job 1:33:11
R373: Job 1:2:7