Job 6
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1Then Job replied:1In rebuttal, Job replied:
2"If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!2"If only my grief could be weighed; or my calamity piled together on a balance scale!
3It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas-- no wonder my words have been impetuous.3It would weigh more than the sand on the seashore! Here's why I've talked so rashly:
4The arrows of the Almighty are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison; God's terrors are marshaled against me.4"The arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit absorbs their poison; God's terrors have been arranged just for me!
5Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?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?
6Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow?6Tasteless food isn't eaten without salt, is it? Is there any taste in an egg white?
7I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.7I cannot bring myself to touch them; food like this makes me sick."
8"Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,8"Who will grant my wish? I wish God would grant what I'm hoping for:
9that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!9that God would just be willing to crush me; that he would let loose and eliminate me!
10Then I would still have this consolation-- my joy in unrelenting pain-- that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.10At least I could still take comfort and rejoice in unceasing anguish, for I didn't conceal what the Holy One has to say.
11"What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?11"Do I have the strength to wait? And why should I be patient?
12Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?12Am I as strong as a rock? Am I some kind of iron man?
13Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?13There is no help within me, is there? My resources have been driven away from me, haven't they?
14"Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.14The friend shows gracious love for his friend, even if he has forsaken the fear of the Almighty.
15But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow15But my brothers have acted treacherously like a cascading river, like torrential rivers that overflow.
16when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,16Filled with waters made cold by ice, they are where the snow goes to hide.
17but that stop flowing in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.17But then the snow melts, and they disappear; when warmed, they evaporate from their stream beds.
18Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go off into the wasteland and perish.18Travelers divert in their route; they go into a wasteland and die.
19The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.19Travelers from Tema search intently; caravans from Sheba hope to find them.
20They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.20For all their expectations, they are doomed to disappointment; even though they have come and searched this far.
21Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.21"And now you're all just like them, aren't you? You see my terror and are terrified.
22Have I ever said, 'Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom for me from your wealth,22When did I ever ask you for anything, say 'Offer a bribe for me from your wealth?'
23deliver me from the hand of the enemy, rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless'?23or say 'Deliver me from my enemy's control,' or 'Redeem me from the domination of ruthless people'?"
24"Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.24"Instruct me, and I'll remain silent. Help me understand where I've gone astray.
25How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove?25The truth can be painful, but what has your argument proven?
26Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat my desperate words as wind?26Did you intend your words to reprove, even though the speech of a desperate person is just wind?
27You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.27Indeed, you would gamble to buy an orphan; and barter to buy your friend!
28"But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?28Now be willing to face me, and I won't lie to your face.
29Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.29Repent! Let there be no injustice; Change your ways! My vindication is at stake.
30Is there any wickedness on my lips? Can my mouth not discern malice?30Have I said anything that's unjust? I can discern evil, can't I?"
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