Job 6
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1Then Job spoke again:1Then Job answered and said:
2“If my misery could be weighed and my troubles be put on the scales,2“Oh that my vexation were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances!
3they would outweigh all the sands of the sea. That is why I spoke impulsively.3For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea; therefore my words have been rash.
4For the Almighty has struck me down with his arrows. Their poison infects my spirit. God’s terrors are lined up against me.4For the arrows of the Almighty are in me; my spirit drinks their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.
5Don’t I have a right to complain? Don’t wild donkeys bray when they find no grass, and oxen bellow when they have no food?5Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass, or the ox low over his fodder?
6Don’t people complain about unsalted food? Does anyone want the tasteless white of an egg?6Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt, or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow?
7My appetite disappears when I look at it; I gag at the thought of eating it!7My appetite refuses to touch them; they are as food that is loathsome to me.
8“Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant my desire.8“Oh that I might have my request, and that God would fulfill my hope,
9I wish he would crush me. I wish he would reach out his hand and kill me.9that it would please God to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
10At least I can take comfort in this: Despite the pain, I have not denied the words of the Holy One.10This would be my comfort; I would even exult in pain unsparing, for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
11But I don’t have the strength to endure. I have nothing to live for.11What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient?
12Do I have the strength of a stone? Is my body made of bronze?12Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze?
13No, I am utterly helpless, without any chance of success.13Have I any help in me, when resource is driven from me?
14“One should be kind to a fainting friend, but you accuse me without any fear of the Almighty.14“He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15My brothers, you have proved as unreliable as a seasonal brook that overflows its banks in the spring15My brothers are treacherous as a torrent-bed, as torrential streams that pass away,
16when it is swollen with ice and melting snow.16which are dark with ice, and where the snow hides itself.
17But when the hot weather arrives, the water disappears. The brook vanishes in the heat.17When they melt, they disappear; when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18The caravans turn aside to be refreshed, but there is nothing to drink, so they die.18The caravans turn aside from their course; they go up into the waste and perish.
19The caravans from Tema search for this water; the travelers from Sheba hope to find it.19The caravans of Tema look, the travelers of Sheba hope.
20They count on it but are disappointed. When they arrive, their hopes are dashed.20They are ashamed because they were confident; they come there and are disappointed.
21You, too, have given no help. You have seen my calamity, and you are afraid.21For you have now become nothing; you see my calamity and are afraid.
22But why? Have I ever asked you for a gift? Have I begged for anything of yours for myself?22Have I said, ‘Make me a gift’? Or, ‘From your wealth offer a bribe for me’?
23Have I asked you to rescue me from my enemies, or to save me from ruthless people?23Or, ‘Deliver me from the adversary’s hand’? Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the ruthless’?
24Teach me, and I will keep quiet. Show me what I have done wrong.24“Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray.
25Honest words can be painful, but what do your criticisms amount to?25How forceful are upright words! But what does reproof from you reprove?
26Do you think your words are convincing when you disregard my cry of desperation?26Do you think that you can reprove words, when the speech of a despairing man is wind?
27You would even send an orphan into slavery or sell a friend.27You would even cast lots over the fatherless, and bargain over your friend.
28Look at me! Would I lie to your face?28“But now, be pleased to look at me, for I will not lie to your face.
29Stop assuming my guilt, for I have done no wrong.29Please turn; let no injustice be done. Turn now; my vindication is at stake.
30Do you think I am lying? Don’t I know the difference between right and wrong?30Is there any injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?
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