Job Continues: Still I Will Hope in God

Job 13

1 "Behold, my eye has seen all this,
My ear has heard and understood it.
2 a What you know, I also know;
I am not inferior to you.
3 b But I would speak to the Almighty,
And I desire to reason with God.
4 But you forgers of lies,
c You are all worthless physicians.
5 Oh, that you would be silent,
And d it would be your wisdom!
6 Now hear my reasoning,
And heed the pleadings of my lips.
7 e Will you speak 1 wickedly for God,
And talk deceitfully for Him?
8 Will you show partiality for Him?
Will you contend for God?
9 Will it be well when He searches you out?
Or can you mock Him as one mocks a man?
10 He will surely rebuke you
If you secretly show partiality.
11 Will not His 2 excellence make you afraid,
And the dread of Him fall upon you?
12 Your platitudes are proverbs of ashes,
Your defenses are defenses of clay.

13 "Hold 3 your peace with me, and let me speak,
Then let come on me what may!
14 Why f do I take my flesh in my teeth,
And put my life in my hands?
15 g Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
h Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
16 He also shall be my salvation,
For a i hypocrite could not come before Him.
17 Listen carefully to my speech,
And to my declaration with your ears.
18 See now, I have prepared my case,
I know that I shall be j vindicated.
19 k Who is he who will contend with me?
If now I hold my tongue, I perish.
20 "Only l two things do not do to me,
Then I will not hide myself from You:
21 m Withdraw Your hand far from me,
And let not the dread of You make me afraid.
22 Then call, and I will n answer;
Or let me speak, then You respond to me.
23 How many are my iniquities and sins?
Make me know my transgression and my sin.
24 o Why do You hide Your face,
And p regard me as Your enemy?
25 q Will You frighten a leaf driven to and fro?
And will You pursue dry stubble?
26 For You write bitter things against me,
And r make me inherit the iniquities of my youth.
27 s You put my feet in the stocks,
And watch closely all my paths.
You 4 set a limit for the 5 soles of my feet.
28 " Man 6 decays like a rotten thing,
Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

  1. Cross References
    Job 12:3
    But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Indeed, who does not know such things as these?
  2. Cross References
    Job 23:3
    Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!
    Job 31:35
    Oh, that I had one to hear me! Here is my mark. Oh, that the Almighty would answer me, That my Prosecutor had written a book!
  3. Cross References
    Job 6:21
    For now you are nothing, You see terror and are afraid.
    Jeremiah 23:32
    Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams," says the LORD, "and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all," says the LORD.
  4. Cross References
    Job 13:13
    Hold your peace with me, and let me speak, Then let come on me what may!
    Job 21:5
    Look at me and be astonished; Put your hand over your mouth.
    Proverbs 17:28
    Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
  5. Cross References
    Job 27:4
    My lips will not speak wickedness, Nor my tongue utter deceit.
    Job 36:4
    For truly my words are not false; One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
  6. Cross References
    Job 18:4
    You who tear yourself in anger, Shall the earth be forsaken for you? Or shall the rock be removed from its place?
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 23:4
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
    Proverbs 14:32
    The wicked is banished in his wickedness, But the righteous has a refuge in his death.
  8. Cross References
    Job 27:5
    Far be it from me That I should say you are right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
  9. Cross References
    Job 8:13
    So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the hypocrite shall perish.
  10. Cross References
    Romans 8:34
    Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
  11. Cross References
    Job 7:21
    Why then do You not pardon my transgression, And take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust, And You will seek me diligently, But I will no longer be.
    Job 10:8
    Your hands have made me and fashioned me, An intricate unity; Yet You would destroy me.
    Isaiah 50:8
    He is near who justifies Me; Who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me.
  12. Cross References
    Job 9:34
    Let Him take His rod away from me, And do not let dread of Him terrify me.
  13. Cross References
    Job 9:34
    Let Him take His rod away from me, And do not let dread of Him terrify me.
    Psalms 39:10
    Remove Your plague from me; I am consumed by the blow of Your hand.
  14. Cross References
    Job 9:16
    If I called and He answered me, I would not believe that He was listening to my voice.
    Job 14:15
    You shall call, and I will answer You; You shall desire the work of Your hands.
  15. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:20
    And He said: 'I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end will be, For they are a perverse generation, Children in whom is no faith.
    Psalms 13:1
    How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?
  16. Cross References
    Lamentations 2:5
    The Lord was like an enemy. He has swallowed up Israel, He has swallowed up all her palaces; He has destroyed her strongholds, And has increased mourning and lamentation In the daughter of Judah.
  17. Cross References
    Isaiah 42:3
    A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.
  18. Cross References
    Job 20:11
    His bones are full of his youthful vigor, But it will lie down with him in the dust.
  19. Cross References
    Job 33:11
    He puts my feet in the stocks, He watches all my paths.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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