Job 6
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1Then Job spoke again:1Then Job responded:
2“If my misery could be weighed and my troubles be put on the scales,2"Oh, if only my grief could be weighed, and my misfortune laid on the scales too!
3they would outweigh all the sands of the sea. That is why I spoke impulsively.3But because it is heavier than the sand of the sea, that is why my words have been wild.
4For the Almighty has struck me down with his arrows. Their poison infects my spirit. God’s terrors are lined up against me.4For the arrows of the Almighty are within me; my spirit drinks their poison; God's sudden terrors are arrayed against me.
5Don’t I have a right to complain? Don’t wild donkeys bray when they find no grass, and oxen bellow when they have no food?5"Does the wild donkey bray when it is near grass? Or does the ox low near its fodder?
6Don’t people complain about unsalted food? Does anyone want the tasteless white of an egg?6Can food that is tasteless be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
7My appetite disappears when I look at it; I gag at the thought of eating it!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 my desire.8"Oh that my request would be realized, and that God would grant me what I long for!
9I wish he would crush me. I wish he would reach out his hand and kill me.9And that God would be willing to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and kill me.
10At least I can take comfort in this: Despite the pain, I have 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.
11But I don’t have the strength to endure. I have nothing to live for.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 a stone? Is my body made of bronze?12Is my strength like that of stones? or is my flesh made of bronze?
13No, I am utterly helpless, without any chance of success.13Is not my power to help myself nothing, and has not every resource been driven from me?
14“One should be kind to a fainting friend, but you accuse me without any 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.
15My brothers, you have proved as unreliable as a seasonal brook that overflows its banks in the spring15My brothers have been as treacherous as a seasonal stream, and as the riverbeds of the intermittent streams that flow away.
16when it is swollen with ice and melting snow.16They are dark because of ice; snow is piled up over them.
17But when the hot weather arrives, the water disappears. The brook vanishes in the heat.17When they are scorched, they dry up, when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18The caravans turn aside to be refreshed, but there is nothing to drink, so they die.18Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go into the wasteland and perish.
19The caravans from Tema search for this water; the travelers from Sheba hope to find it.19The caravans of Tema looked intently for these streams; the traveling merchants of Sheba hoped for them.
20They count on it but are disappointed. When they arrive, their hopes are dashed.20They were distressed, because each one had been so confident; they arrived there, but were disappointed.
21You, too, have given no help. You have seen my calamity, and you are afraid.21For now you have become like these streams that are no help; you see a terror, and are afraid.
22But why? Have I ever asked you for a gift? Have I begged for anything of yours for myself?22"Have I ever said, 'Give me something, and from your fortune make gifts in my favor'?
23Have I asked you to rescue me from my enemies, or to save me from ruthless people?23Or 'Deliver me from the enemy's power, and from the hand of tyrants ransom me'?
24Teach me, and I will keep quiet. Show me what I have done wrong.24"Teach me and I, for my part, will be silent; explain to me how I have been mistaken.
25Honest words can be painful, but what do your criticisms amount to?25How painful are honest words! But what does your reproof prove?
26Do you think your words are convincing when you disregard my cry of desperation?26Do you intend to criticize mere words, and treat the words of a despairing man as wind?
27You would even send an orphan into slavery or sell a friend.27Yes, you would gamble for the fatherless, and auction off your friend.
28Look 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!
29Stop assuming my guilt, for I have done no wrong.29Relent, let there be no falsehood; reconsider, for my righteousness is intact!
30Do you think I am lying? Don’t I know the difference between right and wrong?30Is there any falsehood on my lips? Can my mouth not discern evil things?
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