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Job 13:6-12

6-12"Listen now while I make my case,

consider my side of things for a change.

Or are you going to keep on lying 'to do God a service'?

to make up stories 'to get him off the hook'?

Why do you always take his side?

Do you think he needs a lawyer to defend himself?

How would you fare if you were in the dock?

Your lies might convince a jury—but would they

convince God?

He'd reprimand you on the spot

if he detected a bias in your witness.

Doesn't his splendor put you in awe?

Aren't you afraid to speak cheap lies before him?

Your wise sayings are knickknack wisdom,

good for nothing but gathering dust.

13-19"So hold your tongue while I have my say,

then I'll take whatever I have coming to me.

Why do I go out on a limb like this

and take my life in my hands?

Because even if he killed me, I'd keep on hoping.

I'd defend my innocence to the very end.

Just wait, this is going to work out for the best—my salvation!

If I were guilt-stricken do you think I'd be doing this—

laying myself on the line before God?

You'd better pay attention to what I'm telling you,

listen carefully with both ears.

Now that I've laid out my defense,

I'm sure that I'll be acquitted.

Can anyone prove charges against me?

I've said my piece. I rest my case.