13:1 Lo, mine eye hath seen all [this], mine ear hath heard and understood it.
13:2 What ye know, I know also: I am not inferior to you.
13:3 But I will speak to the Almighty, and will find pleasure in reasoning with łGod;
13:4 For ye indeed are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.
13:5 Oh that ye would be altogether silent! and it would be your wisdom.
13:6 Hear now my defence, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
13:7 Will ye speak unrighteously for łGod? and for him speak deceit?
13:8 Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for łGod?
13:9 Will it be well if he should search you out? or as one mocketh at a man, will ye mock at him?
13:10 He will certainly reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.
13:11 Shall not his excellency terrify you? and his dread fall upon you?
13:12 Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, your bulwarks are bulwarks of mire.
13:13 Hold your peace from me, and I will speak, and let come on me what [will]!
13:14 Wherefore should I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?
13:15 Behold, if he slay me, yet would I trust in him; but I will defend mine own ways before him.
13:16 This also shall be my salvation, that a profane man shall not come before his face.
13:17 Hear attentively my speech and my declaration with your ears.
13:18 Behold now, I have ordered the cause; I know that I shall be justified.
13:19 Who is he that contendeth with me? For if I were silent now, I should expire.
13:20 Only do not two things unto me; then will I not hide myself from thee.
13:21 Withdraw thy hand far from me; and let not thy terror make me afraid:
13:22 Then call, and I will answer; or I will speak, and answer thou me.
13:23 How many are mine iniquities and sins? Make me to know my transgression and my sin.
13:24 Wherefore dost thou hide thy face, and countest me for thine enemy?
13:25 Wilt thou terrify a driven leaf? and wilt thou pursue dry stubble?
13:26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth;
13:27 And thou puttest my feet in the stocks, and markest all my paths; thou settest a bound about the soles of my feet; --
13:28 One who, as a rotten thing consumeth, as a garment that the moth eateth.