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.1“I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will 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 condemn me; let me know why you contend against me.
3Does it delight you to oppress or despise what you have made, while you smile at the plans of the wicked? 3Does it seem good to you to oppress, to despise the work of your hands and favor the designs of the wicked?
4Do you have eyes made of flesh? Can you look at things as humans do?4Have you eyes of flesh? Do you see as man sees?
5Can you live only as long as a human being? Or live the years of a mortal man?5Are your days as the days of man, or your years as a man’s years,
6"'For you seek out my iniquity and search for my sin.6that you seek out my iniquity and search for my sin,
7Although you know that I'm not guilty, there's no one to deliver me from you! 7although you know that I am not guilty, and there is none to deliver out of your hand?
8Your hands formed and fashioned me, but then you have destroyed me all at once on all sides.8Your hands fashioned and made me, and now you have destroyed me altogether.
9"'Please remember that you've made me like clay and you'll return me to dust.9Remember that you have made me like clay; and will you return me to the 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 knit me together with bones and sinews.
12You gave life and gracious love to me; your providential care has preserved my spirit.12You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.
13But you've hidden these things in your heart— I know this was your purpose: 13Yet these things you hid in your heart; I know that this was your purpose.
14If I sin, you watch me and won't acquit me for my iniquity.14If I sin, you watch me and do 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 guilty, woe to me! If I am in the right, I cannot lift up my head, for I am filled with disgrace and look on 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.16And were my head lifted up, you would hunt me like a lion and again work wonders 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 renew your witnesses against me and increase your vexation toward me; you bring fresh troops against me.
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 from the womb? Would that I had died before any eye had seen me
19as if I had never existed; carried from the womb to the grave.19and were as though I had not 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 not my days few? Then cease, and leave me alone, that I may find a little cheer
21before I go, never to return, leaving for the land of deep darkness and shadow.21before I go—and I shall not return— to the land of darkness and deep shadow,
22It's a gloomy land, like deepest darkness; where there's no order, and where even the brightness is like darkness.'"22the land of gloom like thick darkness, like deep shadow without any order, where light is as thick darkness.”
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Job 9
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