Job's Reply to Eliphaz

1 Then Job answered:
References for Job 6:1
      2 If only my grief could be weighed and my devastation placed with it on a scale.a
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        • a 6:2 - Jb 31:6; Dn 5:27
          3 For then it would outweigh the sand of the seas! That is why my words are rash.
          4 Surely the arrows of the Almighty have piercedb me; my spirit drinks their poison. God's terrors are arrayed against me.c
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            • b 6:4 - Lit Almighty are in
            • c 6:4 - Jb 16:13; 30:15; Ps 38:2; 88:16
              5 Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass or an ox low over its fodder?
              6 Is bland food eaten without salt? Is there flavor in an egg white?d
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                • d 6:6 - Hb obscure
                  7 I refuse to touch [them]; they are like contaminated food.e
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                    • e 6:7 - Jb 33:20; Ps 107:18
                      8 If only my request would be granted and God would provide what I hope for:
                      9 that He would decide to crush me, to unleash His power and cut me off!
                      10 It would still bring me comfort, and I would leap for joy in unrelenting pain that I have not deniedf the words of the Holy One.g
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                        • f 6:10 - Lit hidden
                        • g 6:10 - Jb 23:12; Ps 119:102
                          11 What strength do I have that I should continue to hope? What is my future, that I should be patient?
                          12 Is my strength that of stone, or my flesh made of bronze?
                          13 Since I cannot help myself, [the hope for] success has been banished from me.
                          14 A despairing man should receive loyalty from his friends,hi even if he abandons the fear of the Almighty.
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                            • h 6:14 - Lit To the despairing his friend loyalty; Hb obscure
                            • i 6:14 - Jb 12:4; 19:19-21; Ps 38:11
                              15 My brothers are as treacherous as a wadi, as seasonal streams that overflow
                              16 and become darkenedj because of ice, and the snow melts into them.
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                                • j 6:16 - Or turbid
                                  17 The wadis evaporate in warm weather; they disappear from their channels in hot weather.
                                  18 Caravans turn away from their routes, go up into the desert, and perish.
                                  19 The caravans of Tema look [for these streams]. The traveling merchants of Sheba hope for them.
                                  20 They are ashamed because they had been confident [of finding water]. When they arrive there, they are frustrated.k
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                                    • k 6:20 - Jr 14:3; Am 4:8
                                      21 So [this] is what you have now become [to me].l When you see something dreadful, you are afraid.
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                                        • l 6:21 - Alt Hb tradition reads So you have now become nothing
                                          22 Have I ever said: Give me [something] or Pay a bribe for me from your wealth
                                          23 or Deliver me from the enemy's power or Redeem me from the grasp of the ruthless?
                                          24 Teach me, and I will be silent. Help me understand what I did wrong.
                                          25 How painful honest words can be!m But what does your rebuke prove?
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                                              26 Do you think that you can disprove [my] words or that a despairing man's words are [mere] wind?n
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                                                • n 6:26 - Jb 8:2; 15:3
                                                  27 No doubt you would cast [lots] for a fatherless child and negotiate a price to [sell] your friend.o
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                                                    • o 6:27 - Jl 3:3; Ob 11; Nah 3:10
                                                      28 But now, please look at me; would I lie to your face?p
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                                                        • p 6:28 - Jb 24:25; 27:4; 34:6
                                                          29 Reconsider; don't be unjust. Reconsider; my righteousness is still the issue.q
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                                                              30 Am I lying, or can Ir not recognize lies?s
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                                                                • r 6:30 - Lit Is there injustice on my tongue, or can my palate
                                                                • s 6:30 - Jb 12:11; 27:4