Job 13
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Listen to this chapter in Hebrew:

1  My eye has seen all this; My ear has heard and understood it.

א  הֶן־כֹּל רָאֲתָה עֵינִי שָׁמְעָה אָזְנִי וַתָּבֶן לָהּ׃

2  What you know, I know also; I am not less than you.

ב  כְּדַעְתְּכֶם יָדַעְתִּי גַם־אָנִי לֹא־נֹפֵל אָנֹכִי מִכֶּם׃

3  Indeed, I would speak to the Almighty; I insist on arguing with Hashem.

ג  אוּלָם אֲנִי אֶל־שַׁדַּי אֲדַבֵּר וְהוֹכֵחַ אֶל־אֵל אֶחְפָּץ׃

4  But you invent lies; All of you are quacks.

ד  וְאוּלָם אַתֶּם טֹפְלֵי־שָׁקֶר רֹפְאֵי אֱלִל כֻּלְּכֶם׃

5  If you would only keep quiet It would be considered wisdom on your part.

ה  מִי־יִתֵּן הַחֲרֵשׁ תַּחֲרִישׁוּן וּתְהִי לָכֶם לְחָכְמָה׃

6  Hear now my arguments, Listen to my pleading.

ו  שִׁמְעוּ־נָא תוֹכַחְתִּי וְרִבוֹת שְׂפָתַי הַקְשִׁיבוּ׃

7  Will you speak unjustly on Hashem’s behalf? Will you speak deceitfully for Him?

ז  הַלְאֵל תְּדַבְּרוּ עַוְלָה וְלוֹ תְּדַבְּרוּ רְמִיָּה׃

8  Will you be partial toward Him? Will you plead Hashem’s cause?

ח  הֲפָנָיו תִּשָּׂאוּן אִם־לָאֵל תְּרִיבוּן׃

9  Will it go well when He examines you? Will you fool Him as one fools men?

ט  הֲטוֹב כִּי־יַחְקֹר אֶתְכֶם אִם־כְּהָתֵל בֶּאֱנוֹשׁ תְּהָתֵלּוּ בוֹ׃

10  He will surely reprove you If in your heart you are partial toward Him.

י  הוֹכֵחַ יוֹכִיחַ אֶתְכֶם אִם־בַּסֵּתֶר פָּנִים תִּשָּׂאוּן׃

11  His threat will terrify you, And His fear will seize you.

יא  הֲלֹא שְׂאֵתוֹ תְּבַעֵת אֶתְכֶם וּפַחְדּוֹ יִפֹּל עֲלֵיכֶם׃

12  Your briefs are empty platitudes; Your responses are unsubstantial.

יב  זִכְרֹנֵיכֶם מִשְׁלֵי־אֵפֶר לְגַבֵּי־חֹמֶר גַּבֵּיכֶם׃

13  Keep quiet; I will have my say, Come what may upon me.

יג  הַחֲרִישׁוּ מִמֶּנִּי וַאֲדַבְּרָה־אָנִי וְיַעֲבֹר עָלַי מָה׃

14  How long! I will take my flesh in my teeth; I will take my life in my hands.

יד  עַל־מָה אֶשָּׂא בְשָׂרִי בְשִׁנָּי וְנַפְשִׁי אָשִׂים בְּכַפִּי׃

15  He may well slay me; I may have no hope; Yet I will argue my case before Him.

טו  הֵן יִקְטְלֵנִי לא [לוֹ] אֲיַחֵל אַךְ־דְּרָכַי אֶל־פָּנָיו אוֹכִיחַ׃

16  In this too is my salvation: That no impious man can come into His presence.

gam hu LEE lee-shu-AH kee LO l’-fa-NAV kha-NAYF ya-VO

טז  גַּם־הוּא־לִי לִישׁוּעָה כִּי־לֹא לְפָנָיו חָנֵף יָבוֹא׃

13:16   That no impious man can come into His presence

Iyov rebukes those who come to comfort him by telling them that although he challenges Hashem’s justice and they do not, he is still more righteous than they are. He, at least, approaches God honestly, not hypocritically. Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik explains that it was the prophet Yirmiyahu who set the precedent for challenging Hashem in difficult times. In Megillat Eicha, instead of merely accepting what has happened, Yirmiyahu demands of God an explanation for the ruin of Yerushalayim and the devastation of the land of Israel. While it is permissible to question Hashem, this must be coupled with the firm belief that although we might not understand His ways, they are ultimately for the good.

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17  Listen closely to my words; Give ear to my discourse.

יז  שִׁמְעוּ שָׁמוֹעַ מִלָּתִי וְאַחֲוָתִי בְּאָזְנֵיכֶם׃

18  See now, I have prepared a case; I know that I will win it.

יח  הִנֵּה־נָא עָרַכְתִּי מִשְׁפָּט יָדַעְתִּי כִּי־אֲנִי אֶצְדָּק׃

19  For who is it that would challenge me? I should then keep silent and expire.

יט  מִי־הוּא יָרִיב עִמָּדִי כִּי־עַתָּה אַחֲרִישׁ וְאֶגְוָע׃

20  But two things do not do to me, So that I need not hide from You:

כ  אַךְ־שְׁתַּיִם אַל־תַּעַשׂ עִמָּדִי אָז מִפָּנֶיךָ לֹא אֶסָּתֵר׃

21  Remove Your hand from me, And let not Your terror frighten me.

כא  כַּפְּךָ מֵעָלַי הַרְחַק וְאֵמָתְךָ אַל־תְּבַעֲתַנִּי׃

22  Then summon me and I will respond, Or I will speak and You reply to me.

כב  וּקְרָא וְאָנֹכִי אֶעֱנֶה אוֹ־אֲדַבֵּר וַהֲשִׁיבֵנִי׃

23  How many are my iniquities and sins? Advise me of my transgression and sin.

כג  כַּמָּה לִי עֲוֺנוֹת וְחַטָּאוֹת פִּשְׁעִי וְחַטָּאתִי הֹדִיעֵנִי׃

24  Why do You hide Your face, And treat me like an enemy?

כד  לָמָּה־פָנֶיךָ תַסְתִּיר וְתַחְשְׁבֵנִי לְאוֹיֵב לָךְ׃

25  Will You harass a driven leaf, Will You pursue dried-up straw,

כה  הֶעָלֶה נִדָּף תַּעֲרוֹץ וְאֶת־קַשׁ יָבֵשׁ תִּרְדֹּף׃

26  That You decree for me bitter things And make me answer for the iniquities of my youth,

כו  כִּי־תִכְתֹּב עָלַי מְרֹרוֹת וְתוֹרִישֵׁנִי עֲוֺנוֹת נְעוּרָי׃

27  That You put my feet in the stocks And watch all my ways, Hemming in my footsteps?

כז  וְתָשֵׂם בַּסַּד רַגְלַי וְתִשְׁמוֹר כָּל־אָרְחוֹתָי עַל־שָׁרְשֵׁי רַגְלַי תִּתְחַקֶּה׃

28  Man wastes away like a rotten thing, Like a garment eaten by moths.

 

כח  וְהוּא כְּרָקָב יִבְלֶה כְּבֶגֶד אֲכָלוֹ עָשׁ׃

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