Passage: Job 13, 14 (RSV)

Job 13

1"Lo, my eye has seen all this, my ear has heard and understood it.
2What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.
3But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God.
4As for you, you whitewash with lies; worthless physicians are you all.
5Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!
6Hear now my reasoning, and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
7Will you speak falsely for God, and speak deceitfully for him?
8Will you show partiality toward him, will you plead the case for God?
9Will it be well with you when he searches you out? Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
10He will surely rebuke you if in secret you show partiality.
11Will not his majesty terrify you, and the dread of him fall upon you?
12Your maxims are proverbs of ashes, your defenses are defenses of clay.
13"Let me have silence, and I will speak, and let come on me what may.
14I will take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand.
15Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope; yet I will defend my ways to his face.
16This will be my salvation, that a godless man shall not come before him.
17Listen carefully to my words, and let my declaration be in your ears.
18Behold, I have prepared my case; I know that I shall be vindicated.
19Who is there that will contend with me? For then I would be silent and die.
20Only grant two things to me, then I will not hide myself from thy face:
21withdraw thy hand far from me, and let not dread of thee terrify me.
22Then call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and do thou reply to me.
23How many are my iniquities and my sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.
24Why dost thou hide thy face, and count me as thy enemy?
25Wilt thou frighten a driven leaf and pursue dry chaff?
26For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me inherit the iniquities of my youth.
27Thou puttest my feet in the stocks, and watchest all my paths; thou settest a bound to the soles of my feet.
28Man wastes away like a rotten thing, like a garment that is moth-eaten.

Job 14

1"Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
2He comes forth like a flower, and withers; he flees like a shadow, and continues not.
3And dost thou open thy eyes upon such a one and bring him into judgment with thee?
4Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? There is not one.
5Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with thee, and thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass,
6look away from him, and desist, that he may enjoy, like a hireling, his day.
7"For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.
8Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stump die in the ground,
9yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth branches like a young plant.
10But man dies, and is laid low; man breathes his last, and where is he?
11As waters fail from a lake, and a river wastes away and dries up,
12so man lies down and rises not again; till the heavens are no more he will not awake, or be roused out of his sleep.
13Oh that thou wouldest hide me in Sheol, that thou wouldest conceal me until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my release should come.
15Thou wouldest call, and I would answer thee; thou wouldest long for the work of thy hands.
16For then thou wouldest number my steps, thou wouldest not keep watch over my sin;
17my transgression would be sealed up in a bag, and thou wouldest cover over my iniquity.
18"But the mountain falls and crumbles away, and the rock is removed from its place;
19the waters wear away the stones; the torrents wash away the soil of the earth; so thou destroyest the hope of man.
20Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passes; thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
21His sons come to honor, and he does not know it; they are brought low, and he perceives it not.
22He feels only the pain of his own body, and he mourns only for himself."

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