Job 6
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1But Job answered and said,1Then Job replied:
2Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!2"If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!
3For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.3It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas-- no wonder my words have been impetuous.
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.4The arrows of the Almighty are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison; God's terrors are marshaled against me.
5Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?5Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?
6Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?6Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow?
7The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.7I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.
8Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!8"Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,
9Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!9that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!
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 still have this consolation-- my joy in unrelenting pain-- that I had not denied 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?11"What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?
12Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?12Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?
13Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?13Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has 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"Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;15But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow
16Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:16when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,
17What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.17but that stop flowing in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.
18The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.18Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go off into the wasteland and perish.
19The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.19The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.
20They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.20They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.
21For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.21Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.
22Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?22Have I ever said, 'Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom for me from your wealth,
23Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?23deliver me from the hand of the enemy, rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless'?
24Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.24"Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.
25How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?25How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove?
26Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?26Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat my desperate words as wind?
27Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.27You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.
28Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.28"But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?
29Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.29Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.
30Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?30Is there any wickedness on my lips? Can my mouth not discern malice?
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