“Though He slay me,
I will hope in Him.
Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.
“Far be it from me that I should declare you right;
Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
The wicked is thrust down by his wrongdoing,
But the righteous has a refuge when he dies.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
And come to an end without hope.
‘According to Your knowledge I am indeed not guilty,
Yet there is no deliverance from Your hand.
“Behold now, I have prepared my case;
I know that I will be vindicated.
Although there is no violence in my hands,
And my prayer is pure.
“O that a man might plead with God
As a man with his neighbor!
“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
“I would present my case before Him
And fill my mouth with arguments.
“But He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
“Have the men of my tent not said,
‘Who can find one who has not been satisfied with his meat’?
“Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
Let him who reproves God answer it.”
“Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You?
I lay my hand on my mouth.
“Will you really annul My judgment?
Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.