12 Job Chides His Accusers
1 Then Job responded,
2 "Truly then you are the people,
And with you wisdom will die!
3 "But I have intelligence as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
And who does not know such things
4 "I am a joke to my friends,
The one who called on God and He
The just and blameless man is a joke.
5 "He who is at ease holds calamity in
As prepared for those whose feet slip.
6 "The tents of the destroyers prosper,
And those who provoke God are secure,
Whom God brings into their power.
7 "But now ask the beasts, and let them
And the birds of the heavens, and let them
8 "Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
9 "Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
10 In whose hand is the life of every living
And the breath of all mankind?
11 "Does not the ear test words,
As the palate tastes its food?
12 "Wisdom is with aged men,
With long life is understanding.
Job Speaks of the Power of God
13 "With Him are wisdom and might;
To Him belong counsel and understanding.
14 "Behold, He tears down, and it cannot
He imprisons a man, and there can be
15 "Behold, He restrains the waters, and
they dry up;
And He sends them out, and they inundate
16 "With Him are strength and sound wisdom,
The misled and the misleader belong to Him.
17 "He makes counselors walk barefoot
And makes fools of judges.
18 "He loosens the bond of kings
And binds their loins with a girdle.
19 "He makes priests walk barefoot
And overthrows the secure ones.
20 "He deprives the trusted ones of speech
And takes away the discernment of the elders.
21 "He pours contempt on nobles
And loosens the belt of the strong.
22 "He reveals mysteries from the darkness
And brings the deep darkness into light.
23 "He makes the nations great, then destroys
He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.
24 "He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of
the earth's people
And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
25 "They grope in darkness with no light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
13 Job Says His Friends' Proverbs Are Ashes
1 "Behold, my eye has seen all this,
My ear has heard and understood it.
2 "What you know I also know;
I am not inferior to you.
3 "But I would speak to the Almighty,
And I desire to argue with God.
4 "But you smear with lies;
You are all worthless physicians.
5 "O that you would be completely silent,
And that it would become your wisdom!
6 "Please hear my argument
And listen to the contentions of my lips.
7 "Will you speak what is unjust for God,
And speak what is deceitful for Him?
8 "Will you show partiality for Him?
Will you contend for God?
9 "Will it be well when He examines you?
Or will you deceive Him as one deceives
10 "He will surely reprove you
If you secretly show partiality.
11 "Will not His majesty terrify you,
And the dread of Him fall on you?
12 "Your memorable sayings are proverbs
Your defenses are defenses of clay.
Job Is Sure He Will Be Vindicated
13 "Be silent before me so that I may speak;
Then let come on me what may.
14 "Why should I take my flesh in my teeth
And put my life in my hands?
15 "Though He slay me,
I will hope in Him.
Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.
16 "This also will be my salvation,
For a godless man may not come before
17 "Listen carefully to my speech,
And let my declaration fill your ears.
18 "Behold now, I have prepared my case;
I know that I will be vindicated.
19 "Who will contend with me?
For then I would be silent and die.
20 "Only two things do not do to me,
Then I will not hide from Your face:
21 Remove Your hand from me,
And let not the dread of You terrify me.
22 "Then call, and I will answer;
Or let me speak, then reply to me.
23 "How many are my iniquities and sins?
Make known to me my rebellion and my sin.
24 "Why do You hide Your face
And consider me Your enemy?
25 "Will You cause a driven leaf to tremble?
Or will You pursue the dry chaff?
26 "For You write bitter things against me
And make me to inherit the iniquities of
27 "You put my feet in the stocks
And watch all my paths;
You set a limit for the soles of my feet,
28 While I am decaying like a rotten thing,
Like a garment that is moth-eaten.