Job 6
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1Then Job replied:1Then Job answered and said:
2"If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!2“Oh that my vexation were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances!
3It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas-- no wonder my words have been impetuous.3For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea; therefore my words have been rash.
4The arrows of the Almighty are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison; God's terrors are marshaled against me.4For the arrows of the Almighty are in me; my spirit drinks their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.
5Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?5Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass, or the ox low over his fodder?
6Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow?6Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt, or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow?
7I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.7My appetite refuses to touch them; they are as food that is loathsome to me.
8"Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,8“Oh that I might have my request, and that God would fulfill my hope,
9that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!9that it would please God to crush me, that he would let loose his hand 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.10This would be my comfort; I would even exult in pain unsparing, for 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 is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient?
12Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?12Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze?
13Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?13Have I any help in me, when resource is driven from me?
14"Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.14“He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow15My brothers are treacherous as a torrent-bed, as torrential streams that pass away,
16when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,16which are dark with ice, and where the snow hides itself.
17but that stop flowing in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.17When they melt, they disappear; when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go off into the wasteland and perish.18The caravans turn aside from their course; they go up into the waste and perish.
19The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.19The caravans of Tema look, the travelers of Sheba hope.
20They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.20They are ashamed because they were confident; they come there and are disappointed.
21Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.21For you have now become nothing; you see my calamity and are afraid.
22Have I ever said, 'Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom for me from your wealth,22Have I said, ‘Make me a gift’? Or, ‘From your wealth offer a bribe for me’?
23deliver me from the hand of the enemy, rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless'?23Or, ‘Deliver me from the adversary’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.24“Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray.
25How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove?25How forceful are upright words! But what does reproof from you reprove?
26Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat my desperate words as wind?26Do you think that you can reprove words, when the speech of a despairing man is wind?
27You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.27You would even cast lots over the fatherless, and bargain over your friend.
28"But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?28“But now, be pleased to look at me, for I will not lie to your face.
29Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.29Please turn; let no injustice be done. Turn now; my vindication is at stake.
30Is there any wickedness on my lips? Can my mouth not discern malice?30Is there any injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?
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