Then Job replied:
"If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!13
It would surely outweigh the sand2 of the seas-- no wonder my words have been impetuous.34
The arrows4 of the Almighty5 are in me,6 my spirit drinks7 in their poison;8 God's terrors9 are marshaled against me.105
Does a wild donkey11 bray12 when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?136
Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egga ?147
I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.158
"Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,169
that God would be willing to crush17 me, to let loose his hand and cut me off !1810
Then I would still have this consolation19-- my joy in unrelenting pain20-- that I had not denied the words21 of the Holy One.2211
"What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?2312
Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?2413
Do I have any power to help myself,25 now that success has been driven from me?
"A despairing man26 should have the devotion27 of his friends,28 even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.2915
But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams,30 as the streams that overflow
when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,3117
but that cease to flow in the dry season, and in the heat32 vanish from their channels.
Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go up into the wasteland and perish.
The caravans of Tema33 look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba34 look in hope.
They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.3521
Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.3622
Have I ever said, 'Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom37 for me from your wealth,3823
deliver me from the hand of the enemy, ransom me from the clutches of the ruthless'?3924
"Teach me, and I will be quiet;40 show me where I have been wrong.4125
How painful are honest words!42 But what do your arguments prove?
Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat the words of a despairing man as wind?4327
You would even cast lots44 for the fatherless45 and barter away your friend.
"But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?4629
Relent, do not be unjust;47 reconsider, for my integrity48 is at stake.b4930
Is there any wickedness on my lips?50 Can my mouth not discern51 malice?