Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
1But Job answered, and said:
2O that my sins, whereby I have deserved wrath, and the calamity that I suffer, were weighed in a balance.
3As the sand of the sea this would appear heavier: therefore my words are full of sorrow :
4For the arrows of the Lord are in me, the rage whereof drinketh up my spirit, and the terrors of the Lord war against me.
5Will the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or will the ox low when he standeth before a full manger?
6Or can an unsavoury thing be eaten, that is not seasoned with salt? or can a man taste that which when tasted bringeth death?
7The things which before my soul would not touch, now, through anguish are my meats.
8Who will grant that my request may come: and that God may give me what I look for?
9And that he that hath begun may destroy me, that he may let loose his hand, and cut me off?
10And that this may be my comfort, that afflicting me with sorrow, he spare not, nor I contradict the words of the Holy One.
11For what is my strength, that I can hold out? or what is my end that I should keep patience?
12My strength is not the strength of stones, nor is my flesh of brass.
13Behold there is no help for me in myself, and my familiar friends also are departed from me.
14He that taketh away mercy from his friend, forsaketh the fear of the Lord.
15My brethren have passed by me, as the torrent that passeth swiftly in the valleys.
16They that fear the hoary frost, the snow shall fall upon them.
17At the time when they shall be scattered they shall perish: and after it groweth hot they shall be melted out of their place.
18The paths of their steps are entangled: they shall walk in vain, and shall perish.
19Consider the paths of Thema, the ways of Saba, and wait a little while.
20They are confounded, because I have hoped: they are come also even unto me, and are covered with shame.
21Now you are come: and now seeing my affliction you are afraid.
22Did I say: Bring to me, and give me of your substance?
23Or deliver me from the hand of the enemy, and rescue me out of the hand of the mighty?
24Teach me, and I will hold my peace: and if I have been ignorant in any thing, instruct me.
25Why have you detracted the words of truth, whereas there is none of you that can reprove me?
26You dress up speeches only to rebuke, and you utter words to the wind.
27You rush in upon the fatherless, and you endeavour to overthrow your friend.
28However finish what you have begun, give ear, and see whether I lie.
29Answer, I beseech you, without contention: and speaking that which is just, judge ye.
30And you shall not And iniquity in my tongue, neither shall folly sound in my mouth.