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Job 6 (English Standard Version)

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Job Replies: My Complaint Is Just

1 Then Job answered and said: 2 "Oh that my vexation were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances! 3 For then it would be heavier than 1the sand of the sea; therefore my words have been rash. 4 For 2the arrows of the Almighty are in me; my spirit drinks their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me. 5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass, or the ox low over his fodder? 6 Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt, or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow?a 7 My appetite refuses to touch them; they are as food that is loathsome to me.b 8 "Oh that I might have my request, and that God would fulfill my hope, 9 that it would 3please God to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and cut me off! 10 This would be my comfort; I would even exultc in pain 4unsparing, for I have not denied the words of 5the Holy One. 11 What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient? 12 Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze? 13 Have I any help in me, when resource is driven from me? 14 "He who 6withholdsd kindness from a 7friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. 15 My 8brothers are 9treacherous as a torrent-bed, as torrential 10streams that pass away, 16 which are dark with ice, and where the snow hides itself. 17 When they melt, they disappear; when it is hot, they vanish from their place. 18 The caravans turn aside from their course; they go up into 11the waste and perish. 19 The caravans of 12Tema look, the travelers of 13Sheba hope. 20 They are 14ashamed because they were confident; they come there and are 15disappointed. 21 For you have now become nothing; you see my calamity and are afraid. 22 Have I said, 'Make me a gift'? Or, 'From your wealth offer a bribe for me'? 23 Or, 'Deliver me from the adversary's hand'? Or, 'Redeem me from the hand of 16the ruthless'? 24 "Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray. 25 How forceful are upright words! But what does reproof from you reprove? 26 Do you think that you can reprove words, when the speech of a despairing man is 17wind? 27 You would even 18cast lots over the fatherless, and bargain over your friend. 28 "But now, be pleased to look at me, for I will not lie to your face. 29 19Please turn; let no injustice be done. Turn now; my vindication is at stake. 30 Is there any injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?
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