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Job 13 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

13 My eyes have certainly seen all this. My ears have heard it and understood it.
Whatever you know, I know every bit as well.
I do not fall short of you in any way.

But I want to speak to the Almighty.
I am eager to argue my case with God.
All you do is plaster over problems[a] with lies.
Such useless healers, all of you!
I wish you would shut up completely.
For you, that would be wisdom!

But now, listen to my rebuttal.
Pay attention to the arguments from my lips.
Will you misrepresent God?[b]
Will you speak deceitfully about him?
Will you show favoritism on behalf of God
and argue his case for him?
Will it turn out well when he cross-examines you?
Can you fool God as you can fool a man?
10 He will certainly rule against you if you hide your favoritism.
11 Won’t God’s majesty frighten you?
Won’t the dread he inspires overwhelm you?
12 Your axioms are proverbs made of ashes.
Your strong points are made of clay.

13 Silence! Let me speak.
I intend to speak up, no matter what happens.
14 Why do I bite my flesh with my teeth?
Why do I take my life in my hands?
15 Even if he slays me, I will wait for him with hope.[c]
No matter what, I will defend my ways to his face.
16 Even this may turn out for my salvation,
for no godless person would dare to face him.
17 Listen carefully to my words!
Give my testimony a hearing.
18 Please, listen. I have laid out my case.
I know that I am innocent.
19 Who can make a case against me?
If anyone can, I will be quiet and die.

20 Just do two things for me, God.
If you do, I will not hide from your face.
21 Take your hands off me,
and do not terrify me with your grandeur.[d]
22 Summon me, and I will answer.
Or, I will speak, and you can respond to me.
23 How much guilt and how many sins do I have?
Reveal my rebellion and my sin to me.
24 Why do you hide your face?
Why do you treat me like your enemy?
25 Will you toss me around[e] like a wind-blown leaf?
Will you chase me away like dry chaff?
26 You write bitter accusations against me,
and you hold me accountable for the guilt of my youth.
27 You lock my feet in stocks
and station guards along all my paths.
You put your brand on the soles of my feet.

28 So a man rots away like a garment eaten by moths.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 13:4 Or plaster me
  2. Job 13:7 Or will you charge injustice to God
  3. Job 13:15 Hebrew variant if he slays me, I will be without hope
  4. Job 13:21 Or transcendence or horrors
  5. Job 13:25 Literally torment me
Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version®, EHV®, © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc. All rights reserved.

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