1Behold, mine eye has seen these things, And mine ear has heard them.
2And I know all that ye 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 ye are all bad physicians, And healers of diseases.
5But would that ye were silent, And it would be wisdom to you in the end.
6But hear ye the reasoning of my mouth, And attend to the judgment of my lips.
7Do ye not speak before the Lord, And utter deceit before him?
8Or will ye draw back? Nay, do ye yourselves be judges.
9For it were well if he would thoroughly search you: For though doing all things in your power ye should attach yourselves to him,
10He will not reprove you at all the less: But if moreover ye 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 mine 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 ye 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 thy face.
21Withhold thine hand from me: And let not thy fear terrify me.
22Then shalt thou call, and I will hearken to thee: Or thou shalt speak, and I will give thee an answer.
23How many are my sins and my transgressions? Teach me what they are.
24Wherefore hidest thou thyself from me, And deemest me thine enemy?
25Wilt thou be startled at me, as at a leaf shaken by the wind? Or wilt thou set thyself against me as against grass borne upon the breeze?
26For thou hast written evil things against me, And thou hast compassed me with the sins of my youth.
27And thou hast placed my foot in the stocks; And thou hast watched all my works, And hast penetrated to my heels.
28I am as that which waxes old like a bottle, Or like a moth-eaten garment.