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Job 10 (English Standard Version)

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Job Continues: A Plea to God

1 "I 1loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my 2complaint; I will speak in 3the bitterness of my soul. 2 I will say to God, Do not 4condemn me; let me know why you 5contend against me. 3 6Does it seem good to you to oppress, to despise 7the work of your hands 8and favor the designs of the wicked? 4 Have you 9eyes of flesh? 10Do you see as man sees? 5 Are your days as the days of man, or your 11years as a man's years, 6 that you 12seek out my iniquity and search for my sin, 7 although you 13know that I am not guilty, and there is 14none to deliver out of your hand? 8 15Your hands fashioned and made me, and now you have destroyed me altogether. 9 Remember that you have made me like 16clay; and will you return me to the 17dust? 10 Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese? 11 You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews. 12 You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit. 13 Yet these things you hid in your heart; I know that 18this was your purpose. 14 If I sin, you 19watch me and do not 20acquit me of my iniquity. 15 21If I am guilty, woe to me! If I am 22in the right, I cannot lift up my head, for I am filled with disgrace and 23look on my affliction. 16 And were my head lifted up,a you would hunt me like 24a lion and again work 25wonders against me. 17 You renew your 26witnesses against me and increase your vexation toward me; you 27bring fresh troops against me. 18 28"Why did you bring me out from the womb? Would that I had died before any eye had seen me 19 29and were as though I had not been, carried from the womb to the grave. 20 30Are not my days few? 31Then cease, and leave me alone, 32that I may find a little cheer 21 before I go--and 33I shall not return-- to the land of 34darkness and 35deep shadow, 22 the land of gloom like thick darkness, like deep shadow without any order, where light is as thick darkness."
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