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Job Answers Zophar

12 Then Job answered {them}: 2“I’m sure you think you are the only wise people. You think when you die, wisdom will be gone with you. 3But my mind is as good as yours. I am as smart as you are. Anyone can see this is true. 4“My friends laugh at me now. They say, ‘He prayed to God, and he got his answer. {That is why all these bad things happened to him.}’ “I am a good man. I am innocent. But still they laugh at me. 5People that don’t have troubles make fun of people who do have them. Those people hit a man when he is down. 6But robbers’ tents are not bothered. People who make God angry live in peace, and their own strength is their only god! 7“But ask the animals, they will teach you. Or ask the birds of the air, they will tell you. 8Or speak to the earth, it will teach you. Or let the fish in the sea tell you their wisdom. 9Everyone knows the Lord made those things. 10Every animal that lives, and every person that breathes, is under God’s power. 11But just like the tongue tastes food, the ears test the words they hear. 12{We say,} ‘Wisdom is to be found in old people. Long life brings understanding.’ 13But wisdom and power belong to God. Good advice and understanding are his. 14If God tears down anything, people can’t build it again. If God puts a person in prison, people can’t free the person. 15If God holds back the rain, the earth will dry up. If God lets the rain loose, it will flood the earth. 16God is strong and always wins. Winners and losers all belong to God!  17God strips advisors of their wisdom and makes leaders act like fools. 18Kings might put people in prison, but God sets those people free and makes them powerful. 19God strips priests of their power and fires the bureaucrats who feel so secure in their jobs. 20God makes the trusted advisers be silent. He takes away the wisdom of old people. 21God makes leaders not important. He takes power away from rulers. 22God knows even the darkest secrets. He sends light into places that are as dark as death. 23God makes nations big and powerful, and then he destroys them. He makes nations grow large, then he scatters their people. 24God makes leaders foolish. He makes them wander aimlessly through the desert. 25Those leaders are like a person feeling his way in the dark. They are like a drunk person who doesn’t know where he is going.”

13 {Job said,} “I have seen all this before. I have already heard everything you say. I understand all of those things. 2I know as much as you do. I am as smart as you are. 3But I don’t want to argue with you. I want to speak to God All-Powerful. I want to argue with God about my troubles. 4But you three men try to cover up your ignorance with lies. You are like worthless doctors that can’t heal anyone. 5I wish you would just be quiet. That would be the wisest thing you could do. 6“Now, listen to my argument. Listen to what I have to say. 7Will you speak lies for God? Do you really believe your lies are what God wants you to say? 8Are you trying to defend God against me? You are not being fair—You are choosing God's side simply because he is God. 9If God checked you very closely, would he show you are right? Do you really think you can fool God the same as you fool people? 10You know God would criticize you if you chose a person’s side in court simply because he was important. 11God’s majesty (importance) scares you. You are afraid of him. 12Your arguments are worth nothing. Your answers are worthless. 13“Be quiet and let me talk! I accept whatever happens to me. 14I will put myself in danger, and take my life in my own hands. 15I will continue to trust God even if God kills me.* But I will defend myself to his face. 16And if God lets me live, it will be because I was brave enough to speak. No evil person would dare meet God face to face. 17Listen carefully to what I say. Let me explain. 18I am ready now to defend myself. I will carefully present my arguments. I know I will be shown to be right. 19If any person can prove I am wrong, then I will shut up immediately. 20“God, just give me two things, and then I won’t hide from you: 21Stop punishing me, and stop scaring me with your terrors. 22Then call to me and I will answer you. Or let me speak, and you answer me. 23How many sins have I done? What have I done wrong? Show me my sins and my wrongs. 24God, why do you avoid me, and treat me like your enemy? 25Are you trying to scare me? I am only a leaf blowing in the wind. You are attacking a little piece of straw! 26God, you say bitter things against me. Are you making me suffer for the sins I did when I was young. 27You have put chains on my feet. You watch every step I take. You watch every move I make.  28So I am becoming weaker and weaker like a piece of wood rotting away, like a piece of cloth eaten by moths.”

I will … kills me Or, “If he decides to kill me, I have no hope.”

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