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Job 13

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Job reproves his friends for partiality.

13:1 “Behold, my eye has seen all this.
My ear has heard and understood it.

13:2 What you know, I know also.
I am not inferior to you.

13:3 “Surely I would speak to the Almighty.
I desire to reason with God.

13:4 But you are forgers of lies.
You are all physicians of no value.

13:5 Oh that you would be completely silent!
Then you would be wise.

13:6 Hear now my reasoning.
Listen to the pleadings of my lips.

13:7 Will you speak unrighteously for God,
and talk deceitfully for him?

13:8 Will you show partiality to him?
Will you contend for God?

13:9 Is it good that he should search you out?
Or as one deceives a man, will you deceive him?

13:10 He will surely reprove you
if you secretly show partiality.

13:11 Shall not his majesty make you afraid,
And his dread fall on you?

13:12 Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes,
Your defenses are defenses of clay.

13:13 “Be silent, leave me alone, that I may speak.
Let come on me what will.

He professes his confidence in God; and entreats to know his own sins, and God's purpose in afflicting him.

13:14 Why should I take my flesh in my teeth,
and put my life in my hand?

13:15 Behold, he will kill me.
I have no hope.
Nevertheless, I will maintain my ways before him.

13:16 This also shall be my salvation,
that a godless man shall not come before him.

13:17 Hear diligently my speech.
Let my declaration be in your ears.

13:18 See now, I have set my cause in order.
I know that I am righteous.

13:19 Who is he who will contend with me?
For then would I hold my peace and give up the spirit.

13:20 “Only don’t do two things to me;
then I will not hide myself from your face:

13:21 withdraw your hand far from me;
and don’t let your terror make me afraid.

13:22 Then call, and I will answer;
or let me speak, and you answer me.

13:23 How many are my iniquities and sins?
Make me know my disobedience and my sin.

13:24 Why hide you your face,
and hold me for your enemy?

13:25 Will you harass a driven leaf?
Will you pursue the dry stubble?

13:26 For you write bitter things against me,
and make me inherit the iniquities of my youth:

13:27 You also put my feet in the stocks,
and mark all my paths.
You set a bound to the soles of my feet,

13:28 though I am decaying like a rotten thing,
like a garment that is moth-eaten.

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