Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
as the palate tastes food.
Let us know among ourselves what is good.
God has taken away my right;
My wound is incurable, though I am without disobedience.’
who drinks scorn like water,
and walks with wicked men?
that he should delight himself with God.’
far be it from God that he should do wickedness,
from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
and cause every man to find according to his ways.
neither will the Almighty pervert justice.
Or who has appointed him over the whole world?
if he gathered to himself his spirit and his breath,
and man would turn again to dust.
Listen to the voice of my words.
Will you condemn him who is righteous and mighty?
or to nobles, ‘Wicked!’?
nor respects the rich more than the poor;
for they all are the work of his hands.
The people are shaken and pass away.
The mighty are taken away without a hand.
He sees all his goings.
where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
that he should go before God in judgment.
and sets others in their place.
He overturns them in the night so that they are destroyed.
in the open sight of others,
and would not pay attention to any of his ways,
He heard the cry of the afflicted.
When he hides his face, who then can see him?
Alike whether to a nation or to a man,
that there be no one to ensnare the people.
‘I am guilty, but I will not offend any more.
If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more’?
that you refuse it?
For you must choose, and not I.
Therefore speak what you know.
yes, every wise man who hears me:
His words are without wisdom.’
because of his answering like wicked men.
He claps his hands among us
and multiplies his words against God.”