2 “Can a man be profitable to God?
Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.
3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if you are in the right,
or is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless?
4 Is it for your piety that he argues his case against you?
5 Is not your evil abundant?
There is no end to your iniquities.
- “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD YHWH our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” (Deut. 4:7)
- “The LORD YHWH is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Ps. 34:18-19)
- “The LORD YHWH is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” (PS 145:18)
- “’Am I only a God nearby,’” declares the LORD YHWH, ‘and not a God far away?’” (Jer. 23:23
8 “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there,
and backward, but I do not perceive him;
9 on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him; he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him.
2 “As God lives, who has taken away my right,
and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
3 as long as my breath is in me,
and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
4 my lips will not speak falsehood,
and my tongue will not utter deceit.
5 Far be it from me to say that you are right;
till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6 I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go;
my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.