Job 6
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1But Job answered and said,1Then Job responded:
2Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!2"Oh, if only my grief could be weighed, and my misfortune laid on the scales too!
3For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.3But because it is heavier than the sand of the sea, that is why my words have been wild.
4For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.4For the arrows of the Almighty are within me; my spirit drinks their poison; God's sudden terrors are arrayed against me.
5Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?5"Does the wild donkey bray when it is near grass? Or does the ox low near its fodder?
6Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?6Can food that is tasteless be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
7The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.7I have refused to touch such things; they are like loathsome food to me.
8Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!8"Oh that my request would be realized, and that God would grant me what I long for!
9Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!9And that God would be willing to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and kill me.
10Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.10Then I would yet have my comfort, then I would rejoice, in spite of pitiless pain, for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
11What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?11What is my strength, that I should wait? and what is my end, that I should prolong my life?
12Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?12Is my strength like that of stones? or is my flesh made of bronze?
13Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?13Is not my power to help myself nothing, and has not every resource been driven from me?
14To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.14"To the one in despair, kindness should come from his friend even if he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;15My brothers have been as treacherous as a seasonal stream, and as the riverbeds of the intermittent streams that flow away.
16Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:16They are dark because of ice; snow is piled up over them.
17What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.17When they are scorched, they dry up, when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.18Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go into the wasteland and perish.
19The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.19The caravans of Tema looked intently for these streams; the traveling merchants of Sheba hoped for them.
20They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.20They were distressed, because each one had been so confident; they arrived there, but were disappointed.
21For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.21For now you have become like these streams that are no help; you see a terror, and are afraid.
22Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?22"Have I ever said, 'Give me something, and from your fortune make gifts in my favor'?
23Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?23Or 'Deliver me from the enemy's power, and from the hand of tyrants ransom me'?
24Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.24"Teach me and I, for my part, will be silent; explain to me how I have been mistaken.
25How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?25How painful are honest words! But what does your reproof prove?
26Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?26Do you intend to criticize mere words, and treat the words of a despairing man as wind?
27Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.27Yes, you would gamble for the fatherless, and auction off your friend.
28Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.28"Now then, be good enough to look at me; and I will not lie to your face!
29Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.29Relent, let there be no falsehood; reconsider, for my righteousness is intact!
30Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?30Is there any falsehood on my lips? Can my mouth not discern evil things?
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