Job 6
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1Then Job replied:1Then Job responded:
2"If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!2"Oh, if only my grief could be weighed, and my misfortune laid on the scales too!
3It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas-- no wonder my words have been impetuous.3But because it is heavier than the sand of the sea, that is why my words have been wild.
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 within me; my spirit drinks their poison; God's sudden terrors 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 when it is near grass? Or does the ox low near its fodder?
6Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow?6Can food that is 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.7I have refused to touch such things; 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 would be realized, and that God would grant me what I long for!
9that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!9And that God would be willing to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and kill me.
10Then I would still have this consolation-- my joy in unrelenting pain-- that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.10Then I would yet have my comfort, then I would rejoice, in spite of pitiless pain, for I have not concealed 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 prolong my life?
12Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?12Is my strength like that of stones? or is my flesh made of bronze?
13Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?13Is not my power to help myself nothing, and has not every resource been driven from me?
14"Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.14"To the one in despair, kindness should come from his friend even if he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow15My brothers have been as treacherous as a seasonal stream, and as the riverbeds of the intermittent streams that flow away.
16when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,16They are dark because of ice; snow is piled up over them.
17but that stop flowing in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.17When they are scorched, they dry up, when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go off into the wasteland and perish.18Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go into the wasteland and perish.
19The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.19The caravans of Tema looked intently for these streams; the traveling merchants of Sheba hoped for them.
20They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.20They were distressed, because each one had been so confident; they arrived there, but were disappointed.
21Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.21For now you have become like these streams that are no help; 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 ever said, 'Give me something, and from your fortune make gifts in my favor'?
23deliver me from the hand of the enemy, rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless'?23Or 'Deliver me from the enemy's power, and from the hand of tyrants ransom me'?
24"Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.24"Teach me and I, for my part, will be silent; explain to me how I have been mistaken.
25How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove?25How painful are honest words! But what does your reproof prove?
26Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat my desperate words as wind?26Do you intend to criticize mere words, and treat the words of a despairing man as wind?
27You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.27Yes, you would gamble for the fatherless, and auction off your friend.
28"But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?28"Now then, be good enough to look at me; and I will not lie to your face!
29Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.29Relent, let there be no falsehood; reconsider, for my righteousness is intact!
30Is there any wickedness on my lips? Can my mouth not discern malice?30Is there any falsehood on my lips? Can my mouth not discern evil things?
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