1 Truly, my eye has seen all this, word of it has come to my ear, and I have knowledge of it.
1 Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.
1 "Look, I've seen everything; I've listened carefully and I understand.
2 The same things are in my mind as in yours; I am equal to you.
2 What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.
2 What you know, I know, too; I'm not inferior to you.
3 But I would have talk with the Ruler of all, and my desire is to have an argument with God.
3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.
3 But I want to talk to the Almighty; and I'm determined to argue my case before God."
4 But you put a false face on things; all your attempts to put things right are of no value.
4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.
4 "But as for you, you whitewash with lies; all of you are worthless quacks.
5 If only you would keep quiet, it would be a sign of wisdom!
5 O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.
5 If only you would shut upand let that be your wisdom!
5 I wish you'd all just shut up. Then at least you would appear to be wise.
6 Give ear to the argument of my mouth, and take note of the words of my lips.
6 “Please hear my argumentAnd listen to the contentions of my lips.
6 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
6 "Now listen to my dispute! Pay attention to my arguments.
7 Will you say in God's name what is not right, and put false words into his mouth?
7 Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?
7 Would you testify unjustly on God’s behalfor speak deceitfully for Him?
7 Why do you speak falsely on God's behalf and speak deceitfully about him?
8 Will you have respect for God's person in this cause, and put yourselves forward as his supporters?
8 Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God?
8 Will you show partiality to him? Will you plead God's case?
9 Will it be good for you to be searched out by him, or have you the thought that he may be guided into error like a man?
9 Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him?
9 Will things go well for you under his cross-examination? Can you lie to him, as you would to a human being?
10 He will certainly put you right, if you have respect for persons in secret.
10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.
10 Surely He would rebuke youif you secretly showed partiality.
10 "He will be sure to rebuke you, if you show partiality in secret.
11 Will not his glory put you in fear, so that your hearts will be overcome before him?
11 Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you?
11 His splendor will petrify you with terror, paralyzing you with fear, won't it?
12 Your wise sayings are only dust, and your strong places are only earth.
12 “Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes,Your defenses are defenses of clay.
12 Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.
12 Your maxims are just worthless proverbs; your defensive arguments are made of clay."
13 Keep quiet, and let me say what is in my mind, whatever may come to me.
13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.
13 "Don't talk to me! It's my turn to speak; then whatever happens, happens.
14 I will take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand.
14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?
14 Why shouldn't I bite my flesh or take my life in my hands?
15 Truly, he will put an end to me; I have no hope; but I will not give way in argument before him;
15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
15 Even though he kills me, I'll continue to hope in him. At least I'll be able to argue my case to his face!
16 And that will be my salvation, for an evil-doer would not come before him,
16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.
16 I have this as my salvation: the godless person won't be appearing before him.
17 Give ear with care to my words, and keep what I say in your minds.
17 “Listen carefully to my speech,And let my declaration fill your ears.
17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.
17 Pay close attention to my words;let my declaration ring in your ears.
17 Pay attention to what I have to say and listen to my testimony with your own ears."
18 See now, I have put my cause in order, and I am certain that I will be seen to be right.
18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.
18 "Look, now! I've prepared my case for court. I know that I'm going to win.
19 Is any one able to take up the argument against me? If so, I would keep quiet and give up my breath.
19 Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.
19 Can anyone indict me?If so, I will be silent and die.
19 Who can oppose me? If they do, I'll be silent and die.
20 Only two things do not do to me, then I will come before your face:
20 “Only two things do not do to me,Then I will not hide from Your face:
20 Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.
20 Only grant these two things to me, God,so that I will not have to hide from Your presence:
20 Grant me only two things as you deal with me; then I won't hide from you.
21 Take your hand far away from me; and let me not be overcome by fear of you.
21 Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.
21 Withdraw your hand far from me and keep me from being petrified with terror.
22 Then at the sound of your voice I will give answer; or let me put forward my cause for you to give me an answer.
22 Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.
22 Then call and I'll answer, or let me speak and then you reply to me!"
23 What is the number of my evil-doings and my sins? give me knowledge of them.
23 How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.
23 "How many of my iniquities and sins have you counted? Show me my transgression and sin.
24 Why is your face veiled from me, as if I was numbered among your haters?
24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?
24 Why do you hide your face and regard me as your enemy?
25 Will you be hard on a leaf in flight before the wind? will you make a dry stem go more quickly on its way?
25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?
25 Will You frighten a wind-driven leaf?Will You chase after dry straw?
25 Are you a god who would make a leaf tremble or who would prosecute a dry straw?
26 For you put bitter things on record against me, and send punishment on me for the sins of my early years;
26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.
26 For You record bitter accusations against meand make me inherit the iniquities of my youth.
26 You've accused me of bitter things; you've caused me to reap the sins of my youth.
27 And you put chains on my feet, watching all my ways, and making a limit for my steps;
27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.
27 You've locked my feet in stocks; you watch all my steps; You've limited where I can walk.
28 Though a man comes to nothing like a bit of dead wood, or like a robe which has become food for the worm.
28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.
28 So I'm a man who wears out like something rotten, like a garment that has become moth-eaten."
Basic English, produced by Mr C. K. Ogden of the Orthological Institute - public domain
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