Job Continues I Know and Understand 13 1I know and understand every bit of this. 2None of you are smarter than I am; there's nothing you know that I don't. 3But I prefer to argue my case with God All-Powerful— 4you are merely useless doctors, who treat me with lies. 5The wisest thing you can do is to keep quiet 6 and listen to my argument. 7Are you telling lies for God 8and not telling the whole truth when you argue his case? 9If he took you to court, could you fool him, just as you fool others? 10If you were secretly unfair, he would correct you, 11and his glorious splendor would make you terrified. 12Your wisdom and arguments will blow away like dust. Be Quiet While I Speak 13Be quiet while I speak, and we'll see what happens. 14I will be responsible for what happens to me. 15God may kill me, but still I will trust him[H] and offer my defense. 16This may be what saves me, because no guilty person would come to his court. 17Listen carefully to my words! 18I have prepared my case well, and I am certain to win. 19If you can prove me guilty, I will give up and die. Job Prays I Ask Only Two Things 20I ask only two things of you, my God, and I will no longer hide from you— 21stop punishing and terrifying me! 22Then speak, and I will reply; or else let me speak, and you reply. 23Please point out my sins, so I will know them. 24Why have you turned your back and count me your enemy? 25Do you really enjoy frightening a fallen leaf? 26Why do you accuse me of horrible crimes and make me pay for sins I did in my youth? 27 You have tied my feet down and keep me surrounded; 28I am rotting away like cloth eaten by worms.
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