Job 6
New International VersionNew American Standard Bible 1995
1Then Job replied:1Then Job answered,
2"If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!2"Oh that my grief were actually weighed And laid in the balances together with my calamity!
3It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas-- no wonder my words have been impetuous.3"For then it would be heavier than the sand of the seas; 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.4"For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, Their poison my spirit drinks; 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?5"Does the wild donkey bray over his grass, Or does the ox low over his fodder?
6Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow?6"Can something tasteless be eaten without salt, Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
7I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.7"My soul refuses to touch them; They are like loathsome food to me.
8"Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,8"Oh that my request might come to pass, And that God would grant my longing!
9that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!9"Would that God were willing to crush me, That He would 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.10"But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing 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?11"What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should endure?
12Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?12"Is 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?13"Is it that my help is not within me, And that deliverance is driven from me?
14"Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.14"For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; So that he does not forsake the fear of the Almighty.
15But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow15"My brothers have acted deceitfully like a wadi, Like the torrents of wadis which vanish,
16when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,16Which are turbid because of ice And into which the snow melts.
17but that stop flowing in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.17"When they become waterless, they are silent, When it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go off into the wasteland and perish.18"The paths of their course wind along, They go up into nothing and perish.
19The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.19"The caravans of Tema looked, The travelers of Sheba hoped for them.
20They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.20"They were disappointed for they had trusted, They came there and were confounded.
21Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.21"Indeed, you have now become such, You see a terror and are afraid.
22Have I ever said, 'Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom for me from your wealth,22"Have I said, 'Give me something,' Or, '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, 'Deliver me from the hand of the adversary,' Or, 'Redeem me from the hand of the tyrants '?
24"Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.24"Teach me, and I will be silent; And show me how I have erred.
25How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove?25"How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove?
26Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat my desperate words as wind?26"Do you intend to reprove my words, When the words of one in despair belong to the wind?
27You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.27"You would even cast lots for the orphans And barter over your friend.
28"But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?28"Now please look at me, And see if I lie to your face.
29Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.29"Desist now, let there be no injustice; Even desist, my righteousness is yet in it.
30Is there any wickedness on my lips? Can my mouth not discern malice?30"Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern calamities?
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