10 “I uloathe my life;
I will give free utterance to my vcomplaint;
I will speak in wthe bitterness of my soul.
2 I will say to God, Do not xcondemn me;
let me know why you ycontend against me.
3 zDoes it seem good to you to oppress,
to despise athe work of your hands
band favor the designs of the wicked?
4 Have you ceyes of flesh?
dDo you see as man sees?
or your eyears as a man's years,
6 that you fseek out my iniquity
7 although you gknow that I am not guilty,
and there is hnone to deliver out of your hand?
8 iYour hands fashioned and made me,
9 Remember that you have made me like jclay;
and will you return me to the kdust?
I know that lthis was your purpose.
14 If I sin, you mwatch me
and do not nacquit me of my iniquity.
15 oIf I am guilty, woe to me!
If I am pin the right, I cannot lift up my head,
and qlook on my affliction.
and again work swonders against me.
17 You renew your twitnesses against me
you ubring fresh troops against me.
18 v“Why did you bring me out from the womb?
19 wand were as though I had not been,
20 xAre not my days few?
21 before I go—and aI shall not return—
11 Then dZophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2 “Should ea multitude of words go unanswered,
and I am clean in God's2 eyes.’
Know then that God iexacts of you less than your guilt deserves.
7 j“Can you find out the deep things of God?
and summons the court, who can nturn him back?
11 For he knows oworthless men;
13 “If you rprepare your heart,
you will sstretch out your hands toward him.
16 You will vforget your misery;
17 And your life will be wbrighter than the noonday;
you will look around and xtake your rest in security.
19 You will xlie down, and none will make you afraid;
many will ycourt your favor.
20 But zthe eyes of the wicked will fail;
and their hope is ato breathe their last.”
3 But I have bunderstanding as well as you;
Who does not know csuch things as these?
4 I am da laughingstock to my friends;
I, who ecalled to God and he answered me,
5 In the thought of one who is fat ease there is contempt for misfortune;
6 gThe tents of robbers are at peace,
who bring their god in their hand.5
8 or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;6
that hthe hand of the Lord has done this?
10 In ihis hand is the life of every living thing
11 Does not jthe ear test words
12 Wisdom is with kthe aged,
if he mshuts a man in, none can open.
15 If he nwithholds the waters, they dry up;
if he osends them out, they overwhelm the land.
16 With him are strength and psound wisdom;
17 He leads qcounselors away stripped,
and rjudges he makes fools.
18 He slooses the bonds of kings
tand takes away the discernment of the elders.
21 He upours contempt on princes
22 He vuncovers the deeps out of darkness
and brings wdeep darkness to light.
23 He xmakes nations great, and he destroys them;
he enlarges nations, and yleads them away.
and zmakes them wander in a trackless waste.
25 They agrope in the dark without light,
and he makes them bstagger like a drunken man.
2 cWhat you know, I also know;
3 dBut I would speak to the Almighty,
and I desire to eargue my case with God.
4 As for you, fyou whitewash with lies;
gworthless physicians are you all.
5 Oh that you would hkeep silent,
7 Will you ispeak falsely for God
and speak ideceitfully for him?
Will you jplead the case for God?
9 Will it be well with you when he ksearches you out?
Or lcan you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
11 Will not his mmajesty terrify you,
12 Your maxims are proverbs of nashes;
and oput my life in my hand?
yet I will rargue my ways to his face.
17 sKeep listening to my words,
18 Behold, I have tprepared my case;
19 uWho is there who will contend with me?
then I will not vhide myself from your face:
21 wwithdraw your hand far from me,
and let not xdread of you terrify me.
22 yThen call, and I will answer;
zMake me know my transgression and my sin.
24 Why ado you hide your face
and bcount me as your enemy?
25 Will you frighten ca driven leaf
and pursue dry dchaff?
26 For you ewrite bitter things against me
and make me inherit fthe iniquities of my youth.
27 You put my feet in gthe stocks
and hwatch all my paths;
you set a limit for9 the soles of my feet.
like a garment that is jmoth-eaten.
 10:16 Hebrew lacks my head
 11:4 Hebrew your
 11:6 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
 11:8 Hebrew The heights of heaven
 12:6 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
 12:8 Or or speak to the earth, and it will teach you
 12:13 Hebrew him
 13:15 Or Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope
 13:27 Or you marked
 13:28 Hebrew He