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 own life; I will give full vent 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.2"I will say to God, 'Do not condemn me; Let me know why You contend with me.
3Does it delight you to oppress or despise what you have made, while you smile at the plans of the wicked? 3'Is it right for You indeed to oppress, To reject the labor of Your hands, And to look favorably on the schemes of the wicked?
4Do you have eyes made of flesh? Can you look at things as humans do?4'Have You eyes of flesh? Or do You see as a man sees?
5Can you live only as long as a human being? Or live the years of a mortal man?5'Are Your days as the days of a mortal, Or Your years as man's years,
6"'For you seek out my iniquity and search for my sin.6That You should seek for my guilt And search after my sin?
7Although you know that I'm not guilty, there's no one to deliver me from you! 7'According to Your knowledge I am indeed not guilty, Yet there is no deliverance from Your hand.
8Your hands formed and fashioned me, but then you have destroyed me all at once on all sides.8'Your hands fashioned and made me altogether, And would You destroy me?
9"'Please remember that you've made me like clay and you'll return me to dust.9'Remember now, that You have made me as clay; And would You turn me into dust again?
10Didn't you pour me out like milk and let me congeal like cheese?10'Did 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.11Clothe 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.12'You have granted me life and lovingkindness; And Your care has preserved my spirit.
13But you've hidden these things in your heart— I know this was your purpose: 13'Yet these things You have concealed in Your heart; I know that this is within You:
14If I sin, you watch me and won't acquit me for my iniquity.14If I sin, then You would take note of me, And would not acquit me of my guilt.
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 if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head. I am sated with disgrace and conscious of my misery.
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.16Should my head be lifted up, You would hunt me like a lion; And again You would show Your 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!17'You renew Your witnesses against me And increase Your anger toward me; Hardship after hardship is with me.
18So why did you bring me out from the womb? I wish I had died, before anyone had seen me,18'Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Would that I had died and no eye had seen me!
19as if I had never existed; carried from the womb to the grave.19'I should have been as though I had not been, Carried from womb to tomb.'
20My days are so few, aren't they? So leave me alone, then, so I can smile a little20"Would He not let my few days alone? Withdraw from me that I may have 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 utter gloom as darkness itself, Of deep shadow without order, And which shines as the darkness."
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