13 “Yes, my eye has seen all of this,
My ear has heard and understood it.
2 What you know, I also know;
I am not inferior to you.
6 Listen, please, to my arguments,
And pay attention to the pleadings of my lips.
7 Will you speak unjustly on God’s behalf,
And will you speak deceitfully for him?
9 Would it turn out well if he examined you?+
Will you fool him as you would a mortal man?
11 Will not his very dignity terrify you
And the dread of him fall upon you?
13 Keep silent before me, so that I may speak.
Then let whatever may come upon me come!
17 Listen closely to my word;
Pay attention to my declaration.
18 See, now, I have prepared my legal case;
I know I am in the right.
19 Who will contend with me?
I would die if I were to stay silent!*
22 Either call and I will answer,
Or let me speak, and you answer me.
23 What are my errors and sins?
Reveal to me my transgression and my sin.
25 Will you try to frighten a windblown leaf
Or chase after dry stubble?
26 For you keep recording bitter accusations against me,
And you make me answer for the sins of my youth.
27 You have put my feet in stocks,
You scrutinize all my paths,
And you trace out each of my footprints.