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My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
In this chapter Job accuses God of persecuting His own workmanship, Job_20:3; of pursuing him with repeated strokes, as if he had not time enough to wait between them, but must hurry on to achieve His design, Job_10:5; of reversing the careful providence which had watched over his earlier years, Job_10:12; of hunting and playing with him as a wild beast with his prey, Job_10:16-17; and asks that he may be allowed speedily to enter the land of Sheol, Job_10:18-22.
As we read these complaints, we may remember days in our lives when we uttered similar ones, but we are without excuse. And when we are tempted in this direction, it is for us to remember that probably we are being tried to teach the manifold wisdom of God, and that the works of God should be made manifest in us, Eph_3:10; Joh_9:3. It will enable us to endure, if we remember that God has conferred on us high honor, by choosing us to show that we can stand the fire, like those iron safes, blackened by smoke, which the makers place in the shop windows to prove the stability of their workmanship.