Job 10
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1"I am disgusted with living, so I'm going to talk about my complaint freely. I'll speak out from the bitterness of my soul.1I am disgusted with my life. I will give vent to my complaint and speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2I'll say to God, 'Don't condemn me! Let me know why you are fighting me.2I will say to God, "Do not declare me guilty! Let me know why you prosecute me.
3Does it delight you to oppress or despise what you have made, while you smile at the plans of the wicked? 3Is it good for you to oppress, to reject the work of your hands, and favor the plans of the wicked?
4Do you have eyes made of flesh? Can you look at things as humans do?4Do you have eyes of flesh, or do you see as a human sees?
5Can you live only as long as a human being? Or live the years of a mortal man?5Are your days like those of a human, or your years like those of a man,
6"'For you seek out my iniquity and search for my sin.6that you look for my iniquity and search for my sin,
7Although you know that I'm not guilty, there's no one to deliver me from you! 7even though you know that I am not wicked and that there is no one who can rescue from your power?
8Your hands formed and fashioned me, but then you have destroyed me all at once on all sides.8"Your hands shaped me and formed me. Will you now turn and destroy me?
9"'Please remember that you've made me like clay and you'll return me to dust.9Please remember that you formed me like clay. Will you now return me to dust?
10Didn't you pour me out like milk and let me congeal like cheese?10Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese?
11You covered me with skin and flesh, weaving me together with bones and sinews.11You clothed me with skin and flesh, and wove me together with bones and tendons.
12You gave life and gracious love to me; your providential care has preserved my spirit.12You gave me life and faithful love, and your care has guarded my life.
13But you've hidden these things in your heart— I know this was your purpose: 13"Yet you concealed these thoughts in your heart; I know that this was your hidden plan:
14If I sin, you watch me and won't acquit me for my iniquity.14if I sin, you would notice, and would not acquit me of my iniquity.
15"'Woe to me if I'm guilty! If I'm innocent, I cannot lift my head, because I am filled with disgrace. Look at my affliction!15If I am wicked, woe to me! And even if I am righteous, I cannot lift up my head. I am filled with shame and have drunk deeply of my affliction.
16But if I do lift up my head, you will hunt me like a lion! You will perform miracles in order to fight against me.16If I am proud, you hunt me like a lion and again display your miraculous power against me.
17"'You have brought new witnesses against me, you're even more angry with me— you've brought fresh troops to attack me!17You produce new witnesses against me and multiply your anger toward me. Hardships assault me, wave after wave.
18So why did you bring me out from the womb? I wish I had died, before anyone had seen me,18"Why did you bring me out of the womb? I should have died and never been seen.
19as if I had never existed; carried from the womb to the grave.19I wish I had never existed but had been carried from the womb to the grave.
20My days are so few, aren't they? So leave me alone, then, so I can smile a little20Are my days not few? Stop it! Leave me alone, so that I can smile a little
21before I go, never to return, leaving for the land of deep darkness and shadow.21before I go to a land of darkness and gloom, never to return.
22It's a gloomy land, like deepest darkness; where there's no order, and where even the brightness is like darkness.'"22It is a land of blackness like the deepest darkness, gloomy and chaotic, where even the light is like the darkness."
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Job 9
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