Job reproveth his friends of partiality.
Job 13:1 Lo, mine eye hath seen all [this], mine ear hath heard and understood it. Job 13:2 What ye know, [the same] do I know also: I am not inferior unto you. Job 13:3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God. Job 13:4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value. Job 13:5 Oh that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom. Job 13:6 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips. Job 13:7 Will ye speak unrighteously for God, and talk deceitfully for him? Job 13:8 Will ye respect his person? will ye contend for God? Job 13:9 Is it good that he should search you out? or as one deceiveth a man, will ye deceive him? Job 13:10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly respect persons. Job 13:11 Shall not his excellency make you afraid, and his dread fall upon you? Job 13:12 Your memorable sayings [are] proverbs of ashes, your defences [are] defences of clay. Job 13:13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what wilt.
He professeth his confidence in God,
Job 13:14 Wherefore should I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand? Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I wait for him: nevertheless I will maintain my ways before him. Job 13:16 This also shall be my salvation; for a godless man shall not come before him. Job 13:17 Hear diligently my speech, and let my declaration be in your ears. Job 13:18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I am righteous. Job 13:19 Who is he that will contend with me? for now shall I hold my peace and give up the ghost.
and intreateth to know his own sins, and God's purpose in afflicting him.
Job 13:20 Only do not two things unto me, then will I not hide myself from thy face: Job 13:21 Withdraw thine hand far from me; and let not thy terror make me afraid. Job 13:22 Then call thou, and I will answer; or let me speak, and answer thou me. Job 13:23 How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin. Job 13:24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy? Job 13:25 Wilt thou harass a driven leaf? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble? Job 13:26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to inherit the iniquities of my youth: Job 13:27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and markest all my paths; thou drawest thee a line about the soles of my feet: Job 13:28 Though I am like a rotten thing that consumeth, like a garment that is moth-eaten.