13 “My eyes have seen all this,t
my ears have heard and understood it.
I am not inferior to you.u
3 But I desire to speak to the Almightyv
and to argue my case with God.w
4 You, however, smear me with lies;x
5 If only you would be altogether silent!a
For you, that would be wisdom.b
listen to the pleas of my lips.c
Will you speak deceitfully for him?d
8 Will you show him partiality?e
Will you argue the case for God?
9 Would it turn out well if he examined you?f
Could you deceive him as you might deceive a mortal?g
if you secretly showed partiality.h
11 Would not his splendori terrify you?
Would not the dread of him fall on you?j
your defenses are defenses of clay.k
then let come to me what may.n
and take my life in my hands?o
16 Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance,s
17 Listen carefully to what I say;v
let my words ring in your ears.
18 Now that I have prepared my case,w
I know I will be vindicated.x
19 Can anyone bring charges against me?y
and then I will not hide from you:
21 Withdraw your handb far from me,
and stop frightening me with your terrors.c
22 Then summon me and I will answer,d
or let me speak, and you reply to me.e
23 How many wrongs and sins have I committed?f
Show me my offense and my sin.g
24 Why do you hide your faceh
and consider me your enemy?i
and make me reap the sins of my youth.n
27 You fasten my feet in shackles;o
you keep close watch on all my pathsp
by putting marks on the soles of my feet.
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