13:1  Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.

13:2  What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.

13:3  Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

13:4  But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.

13:5  O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

13:6  Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.

13:7  Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?

13:8  Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God?

13:9  Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him?

13:10  He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.

13:11  Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you?

13:12  Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

13:13  Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.

13:14  Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?

13:15  Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

13:16  He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

13:17  Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.

13:18  Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

13:19  Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.

13:20  Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.

13:21  Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.

13:22  Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.

13:23  How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.

13:24  Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?

13:25  Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?

13:26  For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.

13:27  Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.

13:28  And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.