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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
XIII
 
 
[1]  LO, mine eye hath seen all this,
Mine ear hath heard and understood it.
[2]  What ye know, the same do I know also:
I am not inferior unto you.
 
[3]    Surely I would speak to the Almighty,
And I desire to reason with God.
[4]  But ye are forgers of lies;
Ye are all physicians of no value.
[5]  Oh that ye would altogether hold your peace!
And it would be your wisdom.
[6]  Hear now my reasoning,
And hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
[7]  Will ye speak unrighteously for God,
And talk deceitfully for him?
[8]  Will ye show partiality to him?
Will ye contend for God?
[9]  Is it good that he should search you out?
Or as one deceiveth 1 a man, will ye deceive 2 him?
[10]  He will surely reprove you,
If ye do secretly show partiality.
[11]  Shall not his majesty make you afraid,
And his dread fall upon you?
[12]  Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes,
Your defences are defences of clay.
 
[13]    Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak;
And let come on me what will.
[14]  Wherefore 3 should I take my flesh in my teeth,
And put my life in my hand?
[15]  Behold,  4 he will slay me; I have no hope:
Nevertheless I will maintain 5 my ways before him.
[16]  This also shall be my salvation,
That a godless man shall not come before him.
[17]  Hear diligently my speech,
And let my declaration be in your ears.
[18]  Behold now, I have set my cause in order;
I know that I am 6 righteous.
[19]  Who is he that will contend with me?
For then would 7 I hold my peace and give up the ghost.
 
[20]  Only do not two things unto me;
Then will I not hide myself from thy face:
[21]  Withdraw thy hand far from me;
And let not thy terror make me afraid.
[22]  Then call thou, and I will answer;
Or let me speak, and answer thou me.
[23]  How many are mine iniquities and sins?
Make me to know my transgression and my sin.
[24]  Wherefore hidest thou thy face,
And holdest me for thine enemy?
[25]  Wilt thou harass a driven leaf?
And wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?
[26]  For thou writest bitter things against me,
And makest me to inherit the iniquities of my youth:
[27]  Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks,
And markest all my paths;
Thou settest a bound to the soles of my feet:
[28]  Though 8 I am like a rotten thing that consumeth,
Like a garment that is moth-eaten.
 
Note 1. Or, mocketh. [back]
Note 2. Or, mock. [back]
Note 3. Or, At all adventures I will take &c. [back]
Note 4. Or, Though he slay me, yet will I wait for him. [back]
Note 5. Heb. argue. [back]
Note 6. Or, shall be justified. [back]
Note 7. Or, if I hold my peace, I shall give up &c. [back]
Note 8. Heb. And he is like. [back]
 

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