Job 6
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1In rebuttal, Job replied:1Then Job answered and said:
2"If only my grief could be weighed; or my calamity piled together on a balance scale!2“Oh that my vexation were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances!
3It would weigh more than the sand on the seashore! Here's why I've talked so rashly:3For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea; therefore my words have been rash.
4"The arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit absorbs their poison; God's terrors have been arranged just for me!4For the arrows of the Almighty are in me; my spirit drinks their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.
5"Will the wild donkey bray from hunger if fresh grass is beside him? Will the ox low from distress if it is near its feed?5Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass, or the ox low over his fodder?
6Tasteless food isn't eaten without salt, is it? Is there any taste in an egg white?6Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt, or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow?
7I cannot bring myself to touch them; food like this makes me sick."7My appetite refuses to touch them; they are as food that is loathsome to me.
8"Who will grant my wish? I wish God would grant what I'm hoping for:8“Oh that I might have my request, and that God would fulfill my hope,
9that God would just be willing to crush me; that he would let loose and eliminate me!9that it would please God to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
10At least I could still take comfort and rejoice in unceasing anguish, for I didn't conceal what the Holy One has to say.10This would be my comfort; I would even exult in pain unsparing, for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
11"Do I have the strength to wait? And why should I be patient?11What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient?
12Am I as strong as a rock? Am I some kind of iron man? 12Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze?
13There is no help within me, is there? My resources have been driven away from me, haven't they?13Have I any help in me, when resource is driven from me?
14The friend shows gracious love for his friend, even if he has forsaken the fear of the Almighty.14“He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15But my brothers have acted treacherously like a cascading river, like torrential rivers that overflow.15My brothers are treacherous as a torrent-bed, as torrential streams that pass away,
16Filled with waters made cold by ice, they are where the snow goes to hide.16which are dark with ice, and where the snow hides itself.
17But then the snow melts, and they disappear; when warmed, they evaporate from their stream beds. 17When they melt, they disappear; when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18Travelers divert in their route; they go into a wasteland and die.18The caravans turn aside from their course; they go up into the waste and perish.
19Travelers from Tema search intently; caravans from Sheba hope to find them.19The caravans of Tema look, the travelers of Sheba hope.
20For all their expectations, they are doomed to disappointment; even though they have come and searched this far.20They are ashamed because they were confident; they come there and are disappointed.
21"And now you're all just like them, aren't you? You see my terror and are terrified.21For you have now become nothing; you see my calamity and are afraid.
22When did I ever ask you for anything, say 'Offer a bribe for me from your wealth?'22Have I said, ‘Make me a gift’? Or, ‘From your wealth offer a bribe for me’?
23or say 'Deliver me from my enemy's control,' or 'Redeem me from the domination of ruthless people'?"23Or, ‘Deliver me from the adversary’s hand’? Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the ruthless’?
24"Instruct me, and I'll remain silent. Help me understand where I've gone astray.24“Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray.
25The truth can be painful, but what has your argument proven?25How forceful are upright words! But what does reproof from you reprove?
26Did you intend your words to reprove, even though the speech of a desperate person is just wind?26Do you think that you can reprove words, when the speech of a despairing man is wind?
27Indeed, you would gamble to buy an orphan; and barter to buy your friend!27You would even cast lots over the fatherless, and bargain over your friend.
28Now be willing to face me, and I won't lie to your face.28“But now, be pleased to look at me, for I will not lie to your face.
29Repent! Let there be no injustice; Change your ways! My vindication is at stake.29Please turn; let no injustice be done. Turn now; my vindication is at stake.
30Have I said anything that's unjust? I can discern evil, can't I?"30Is there any injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?
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