13 “·Now [Look,] my eyes have seen all this; my ears have heard and understood it [C Job claims to be as wise as the three friends]. 2 What you know, I also know. ·You are not better than I am [L I am not inferior to you; 12:3]. 3 But I want to speak to ·the Almighty [Shaddai] and [L I would love] to ·argue my case with [reprove] God. 4 But you smear me with lies [C good doctors would smear their patients with healing lotions]. You are worthless ·doctors [physicians], all of you! 5 I wish you would just ·stop talking [shut up]; then you would really be wise [Prov. 17:28]! 6 Listen to my ·argument [reproof], and ·hear [L pay attention to] the ·pleading [L accusation] of my lips. 7 ·You should not speak evil in the name of [L Will you speak unjustly for…?] God; ·you cannot speak God’s truth by telling lies [L will you speak deceitful things about him?]. 8 ·You should not unfairly choose his side against mine [L Will you favor him…?]; ·you should not argue the case [L if you make an accusation] for God. 9 ·You will not do [Will it go…?] well if he examines you; you cannot ·fool [deceive] God as you might ·fool [deceive] humans. 10 God would surely ·scold [reprimand; reprove] you if you ·unfairly [or secretly] took one person’s side. 11 [L Does not…?] His ·bright glory [majesty] would scare you, and ·you would be very much afraid of him [L his fear fall on you]. 12 Your ·wise sayings [L proclamations] are ·worth no more than ashes [L are made of dust], and your ·arguments [responses] are ·as weak as [L made of] clay.
13 “Be quiet and let me speak. Let things happen to me as they will. 14 ·Why should I [or I will…] ·put myself in danger [L take my flesh in my teeth; C a metaphor for risk-taking] and take my life in my own ·hands [L palm]? 15 ·Even if God kills me, I have hope in him [or See, he will kill me; I have no hope]; I will ·still defend [reprove him concerning] my ways to his face. 16 This is my salvation. The wicked cannot come ·before him [into his presence]. 17 Listen ·carefully [closely] to my words; let your ears hear what I say. 18 See, I have prepared ·my case [for the judgment], and I know I ·will be proved right [or am righteous]. 19 ·No one can accuse [L Who is it that accuses…?] me of doing wrong. If someone can, I will be quiet and die.
20 “God, please just give me these two things, and then I will not hide from you: 21 Take your ·punishment [L palm] away from me, and stop frightening me with your terrors. 22 Then call me, and I will answer, or let me speak, and you answer. 23 ·How many [or What are the] ·evil things [faults] and sins have I done? ·Show [Make known to] me my ·wrong [transgressions] and my sin. 24 ·Don’t [L Why do you…?] hide your face from me; don’t ·think of me as [consider me] your enemy [Ps. 30:6–7]. 25 ·Don’t punish [L Will you frighten…?] a leaf that is blown by the wind; ·don’t [L and] chase after straw. 26 You write down ·cruel [bitter] things against me and make me ·suffer for [inherit] my boyhood sins. 27 You put my feet in ·chains [stocks] and ·keep close watch wherever I go [L guard all my paths]. You even ·mark [incise; cut] the soles of my feet [C to leave a distinctive footprint easily followed].
28 “Everyone wears out like something rotten, like clothing eaten by moths.
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the NIV Study Bible and the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible - is just a step away! Try it free for 30 days.