Job reproveth his friends of partiality.
Job 13:1 Behold my eye hath seen all these things, and my ear hath heard them, and I have understood them all. Job 13:2 According to your knowledge I also know: neither am I inferior to you. Job 13:3 But yet I will speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God. Job 13:4 Having first shewn that you are forgers of lies, and maintainers of perverse opinions. Job 13:5 And I wish you would hold your peace, that you might be thought to be wise men. Job 13:6 Hear ye therefore my reproof, and attend to the judgment of my lips. Job 13:7 Hath God any need of your lie, that you should speak deceitfully for him? Job 13:8 Do you accept this person, and do you endeavour to judge for God? Job 13:9 Or shall it please him, from whom nothing can be concealed? or shall he be deceived as a man, with your deceitful dealings? Job 13:10 He shall reprove you, because in secret you accept his person. Job 13:11 As soon as he shall move himself, he shall trouble you: and his dread shall fall upon you. Job 13:12 Your remembrance shall be compared to ashes, and your necks shall be brought to clay. Job 13:13 Hold your peace a little while, that I may speak whatsoever my mind shall suggest to me.
He professeth his confidence in God,
Job 13:14 Why do I tear my flesh with my teeth, and carry my soul in my hands? Job 13:15 Although he should kill me, I will trust in him: but yet I will reprove my ways in his sight. Job 13:16 And he shall be my saviour: for no hypocrite shall come before his presence. Job 13:17 Hear ye my speech, and receive with your ears hidden truths. Job 13:18 If I shall be judged, I know that I shall be found just. Job 13:19 Who is he that will plead against me? let him come: why am I consumed holding my peace?
and intreateth to know his own sins, and God's purpose in afflicting him.
Job 13:20 Two things only do not to me, and then from thy face I shall not be hid: Job 13:21 Withdraw thy hand far from me, and let not thy dread terrify me. Job 13:22 Call me, and I will answer thee: or else I will speak, and do thou answer me. Job 13:23 How many are my iniquities and sins? make me know my crimes and offenses. Job 13:24 Why hidest thou thy face, and thinkest me thy enemy? Job 13:25 Against a leaf, that is carried away with the wind, thou shewest thy power, and thou pursuest a dry straw. Job 13:26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and wilt consume me for the sins of my youth. Job 13:27 Thou hast put my feet in the stocks, and hast observed all my paths, and hast considered the steps of my feet: Job 13:28 Who am to be consumed as rottenness, and as a garment that is motheaten.