Job Despairs of God’s Dealings
1“I loathe my own life;
2“I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me;
3‘Is it right for Thee indeed to oppress,
4‘Hast Thou eyes of flesh?
5‘Are Thy days as the days of a mortal,
6That Thou shouldst seek for my guilt,
7‘According to Thy knowledge I am indeed not guilty;
8‘Thy hands fashioned and made me altogether,
9‘Remember now, that Thou hast made me as clay;
10‘Didst Thou not pour me out like milk,
11Clothe me with skin and flesh,
12‘Thou hast granted me life and lovingkindness;
13‘Yet these things Thou hast concealed in Thy heart;
14If I sin, then Thou wouldst take note of me,
15‘If I am wicked, woe to me!
16‘And should my head be lifted up, Thou wouldst hunt me like a lion;
17‘Thou dost renew Thy witnesses against me,
18‘Why then hast Thou brought me out of the womb?
19‘I should have been as though I had not been,
20“Would He not let my few days alone?
21Before I go—and I shall not return—
22The land of utter gloom as darkness itself,