Job 6
New International VersionChristian Standard Bible
1Then Job replied:1Then Job answered:
2"If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!2If only my grief could be weighed and my devastation placed with it on the scales.
3It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas-- no wonder my words have been impetuous.3For then it would outweigh the sand of the seas! That is why my words are rash.
4The arrows of the Almighty are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison; God's terrors are marshaled against me.4Surely the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit drinks their poison. God's terrors are arrayed against me.
5Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?5Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass or an ox low over its fodder?
6Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow?6Is bland food eaten without salt? Is there flavor in an egg white?
7I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.7I refuse to touch them; they are like contaminated food.
8"Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,8If only my request would be granted and God would provide what I hope for:
9that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!9that he would decide to crush me, to unleash his power and cut me off!
10Then I would still have this consolation-- my joy in unrelenting pain-- that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.10It would still bring me comfort, and I would leap for joy in unrelenting pain that I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
11"What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?11What strength do I have, that I should continue to hope? What is my future, that I should be patient?
12Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?12Is my strength that of stone, or my flesh made of bronze?
13Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?13Since I cannot help myself, the hope for success has been banished from me.
14"Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.14A despairing man should receive loyalty from his friends, even if he abandons the fear of the Almighty.
15But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow15My brothers are as treacherous as a wadi, as seasonal streams that overflow
16when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,16and become darkened because of ice, and the snow melts into them.
17but that stop flowing in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.17The wadis evaporate in warm weather; they disappear from their channels in hot weather.
18Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go off into the wasteland and perish.18Caravans turn away from their routes, go up into the desert, and perish.
19The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.19The caravans of Tema look for these streams. The traveling merchants of Sheba hope for them.
20They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.20They are ashamed because they had been confident of finding water. When they arrive there, they are disappointed.
21Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.21So this is what you have now become to me. When you see something dreadful, you are afraid.
22Have I ever said, 'Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom for me from your wealth,22Have I ever said: "Give me something" or "Pay a bribe for me from your wealth"
23deliver me from the hand of the enemy, rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless'?23or "Deliver me from the enemy's hand" or "Redeem me from the hand of the ruthless"?
24"Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.24Teach me, and I will be silent. Help me understand what I did wrong.
25How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove?25How painful honest words can be! But what does your rebuke prove?
26Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat my desperate words as wind?26Do you think that you can disprove my words or that a despairing man's words are mere wind?
27You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.27No doubt you would cast lots for a fatherless child and negotiate a price to sell your friend.
28"But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?28But now, please look at me; I will not lie to your face.
29Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.29Reconsider; don't be unjust. Reconsider; my righteousness is still the issue.
30Is there any wickedness on my lips? Can my mouth not discern malice?30Is there injustice on my tongue or can my palate not taste disaster?
New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

The Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
Job 5
Top of Page
Top of Page