Job Defends Himself

13 “Behold, my eye has seen all this,
My ear has heard and understood it.
(A)What you know, I also know;
I am not inferior to you.
(B)But I would speak to the Almighty,
And I desire to reason with God.
But you forgers of lies,
(C)You are all worthless physicians.
Oh, that you would be silent,
And (D)it would be your wisdom!
Now hear my reasoning,
And heed the pleadings of my lips.
(E)Will you speak [a]wickedly for God,
And talk deceitfully for Him?
Will you show partiality for Him?
Will you contend for God?
Will it be well when He searches you out?
Or can you mock Him as one mocks a man?
10 He will surely rebuke you
If you secretly show partiality.
11 Will not His [b]excellence make you afraid,
And the dread of Him fall upon you?
12 Your platitudes are proverbs of ashes,
Your defenses are defenses of clay.

13 “Hold[c] your peace with me, and let me speak,
Then let come on me what may!
14 Why (F)do I take my flesh in my teeth,
And put my life in my hands?
15 (G)Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
(H)Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
16 He also shall be my salvation,
For a (I)hypocrite could not come before Him.
17 Listen carefully to my speech,
And to my declaration with your ears.
18 See now, I have prepared my case,
I know that I shall be (J)vindicated.
19 (K)Who is he who will contend with me?
If now I hold my tongue, I perish.

Job’s Despondent Prayer

20 “Only(L) two things do not do to me,
Then I will not hide myself from You:
21 (M)Withdraw Your hand far from me,
And let not the dread of You make me afraid.
22 Then call, and I will (N)answer;
Or let me speak, then You respond to me.
23 How many are my iniquities and sins?
Make me know my transgression and my sin.
24 (O)Why do You hide Your face,
And (P)regard me as Your enemy?
25 (Q)Will You frighten a leaf driven to and fro?
And will You pursue dry stubble?
26 For You write bitter things against me,
And (R)make me inherit the iniquities of my youth.
27 (S)You put my feet in the stocks,
And watch closely all my paths.
You [d]set a limit for the [e]soles of my feet.

28 Man[f] decays like a rotten thing,
Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

Job Speaks of Life’s Woes

14 “Man who is born of woman
Is of few days and (T)full of [g]trouble.
(U)He comes forth like a flower and fades away;
He flees like a shadow and does not continue.
And (V)do You open Your eyes on such a one,
And (W)bring [h]me to judgment with Yourself?
Who (X)can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
No one!
(Y)Since his days are determined,
The number of his months is with You;
You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.
(Z)Look away from him that he may [i]rest,
Till (AA)like a hired man he finishes his day.

“For there is hope for a tree,
If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And that its tender shoots will not cease.
Though its root may grow old in the earth,
And its stump may die in the ground,
Yet at the scent of water it will bud
And bring forth branches like a plant.
10 But man dies and [j]is laid away;
Indeed he [k]breathes his last
And where is (AB)he?
11 As water disappears from the sea,
And a river becomes parched and dries up,
12 So man lies down and does not rise.
(AC)Till the heavens are no more,
They will not awake
Nor be roused from their sleep.

13 “Oh, that You would hide me in the grave,
That You would conceal me until Your wrath is past,
That You would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14 If a man dies, shall he live again?
All the days of my hard service (AD)I will wait,
Till my change comes.
15 (AE)You shall call, and I will answer You;
You shall desire the work of Your hands.
16 For now (AF)You number my steps,
But do not watch over my sin.
17 (AG)My transgression is sealed up in a bag,
And You [l]cover my iniquity.

18 “But as a mountain falls and crumbles away,
And as a rock is moved from its place;
19 As water wears away stones,
And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
So You destroy the hope of man.
20 You prevail forever against him, and he passes on;
You change his countenance and send him away.
21 His sons come to honor, and (AH)he does not know it;
They are brought low, and he does not perceive it.
22 But his flesh will be in pain over it,
And his soul will mourn over it.”

Eliphaz Accuses Job of Folly

15 Then (AI)Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

“Should a wise man answer with empty knowledge,
And fill [m]himself with the east wind?
Should he reason with unprofitable talk,
Or by speeches with which he can do no good?
Yes, you cast off fear,
And restrain [n]prayer before God.
For your iniquity teaches your mouth,
And you choose the tongue of the crafty.
(AJ)Your own mouth condemns you, and not I;
Yes, your own lips testify against you.

Are you the first man who was born?
(AK)Or were you made before the hills?
(AL)Have you heard the counsel of God?
Do you limit wisdom to yourself?
(AM)What do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that is not in us?
10 (AN)Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us,
Much older than your father.
11 Are the consolations of God too small for you,
And the word spoken [o]gently with you?
12 Why does your heart carry you away,
And [p]what do your eyes wink at,
13 That you turn your spirit against God,
And let such words go out of your mouth?

14 “What(AO) is man, that he could be pure?
And he who is born of a woman, that he could be righteous?
15 (AP)If God puts no trust in His saints,
And the heavens are not pure in His sight,
16 (AQ)How much less man, who is abominable and filthy,
(AR)Who drinks iniquity like water!

17 “I will tell you, hear me;
What I have seen I will declare,
18 What wise men have told,
Not hiding anything received (AS)from their fathers,
19 To whom alone the [q]land was given,
And (AT)no alien passed among them:
20 The wicked man writhes with pain all his days,
(AU)And the number of years is hidden from the oppressor.
21 [r]Dreadful sounds are in his ears;
(AV)In prosperity the destroyer comes upon him.
22 He does not believe that he will (AW)return from darkness,
For a sword is waiting for him.
23 He (AX)wanders about for bread, saying, ‘Where is it?
He knows (AY)that a day of darkness is ready at his hand.
24 Trouble and anguish make him afraid;
They overpower him, like a king ready for [s]battle.
25 For he stretches out his hand against God,
And acts defiantly against the Almighty,
26 Running stubbornly against Him
With his strong, embossed shield.

27 “Though(AZ) he has covered his face with his fatness,
And made his waist heavy with fat,
28 He dwells in desolate cities,
In houses which no one inhabits,
Which are destined to become ruins.
29 He will not be rich,
Nor will his wealth (BA)continue,
Nor will his possessions overspread the earth.
30 He will not depart from darkness;
The flame will dry out his branches,
And (BB)by the breath of His mouth he will go away.
31 Let him not (BC)trust in futile things, deceiving himself,
For futility will be his reward.
32 It will be accomplished (BD)before his time,
And his branch will not be green.
33 He will shake off his unripe grape like a vine,
And cast off his blossom like an olive tree.
34 For the company of hypocrites will be barren,
And fire will consume the tents of bribery.
35 (BE)They conceive trouble and bring forth futility;
Their womb prepares deceit.”


  1. Job 13:7 unrighteously
  2. Job 13:11 Lit. exaltation
  3. Job 13:13 Be silent
  4. Job 13:27 Lit. inscribe a print
  5. Job 13:27 Lit. roots
  6. Job 13:28 Lit. He
  7. Job 14:1 turmoil
  8. Job 14:3 LXX, Syr., Vg. him
  9. Job 14:6 Lit. cease
  10. Job 14:10 lies prostrate
  11. Job 14:10 expires
  12. Job 14:17 Lit. plaster over
  13. Job 15:2 Lit. his belly
  14. Job 15:4 meditation or complaint
  15. Job 15:11 Or a secret thing
  16. Job 15:12 Or why do your eyes flash
  17. Job 15:19 Or earth
  18. Job 15:21 Terrifying
  19. Job 15:24 attack

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