1Behold, my eye has seen these things, and my ear has heard them.
2And I know all that you° too know; and I have not less understanding than you.
3Nevertheless I will speak to the Lord, and I will reason before him, if he will.
4But you° are all bad physicians, and healers of diseases.
5But would that you° were silent, and it would be wisdom to you in the end.
6But hear you° the reasoning of my mouth, and attend to the judgment of my lips.
7Do you° not speak before the Lord, and utter deceit before him?
8Or will you° draw back? nay do, you° yourselves be judges.
9For it were well if he would thoroughly search you: for though doing all things in your power you° should attach yourselves to him,
10he will not reprove you at all the less: but if moreover you° should secretly respect persons,
11shall not his whirlpool sweep you round, and terror from him fall upon you?
12And your glorying shall prove in the end to you like ashes, and your body like a body of clay.
13Be silent, that I may speak, and cease from my anger,
14while I may take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand.
15Though the Mighty One should lay hand upon me, forasmuch as he has begun, verily I will speak, and plead before him.
16And this shall turn to me for salvation; for fraud shall have no entrance before him.
17Hear, hear you° my words, for I will declare in your hearing.
18Behold, I am near my judgment: I know that I shall appear evidently just.
19For who is he that shall plead with me, that I should now be silent, and expire?
20But grant me two things: then I will not hide myself from your face.
21Withhold your hand from me: and let not your fear terrify me.
22Then shall you call, and I will listen to you: or you shall speak, and I will give you an answer.
23How many are my sins and my transgressions? teach me what they are.
24Therefore hide you yourself from me, and deem me your enemy?
25Will you be startled at me, as at a leaf shaken by the wind? or will you set yourself against me as against grass borne upon the breeze?
26for you have written evil things against me, and you have compassed me with the sins of my youth.
27And you have placed my foot in the stocks; and you have watched all my works, and have penetrated my heels.
28I am as that which waxes old like a bottle, or like a moth-eaten garment.