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.
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