Job 6 NIV


1 Then Job replied:

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      2 “If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!

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      3 It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas— no wonder my words have been impetuous.

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      4 The arrows of the Almighty are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison; God’s terrors are marshaled against me.
      5 Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?

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      6 Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallowa ?

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        • h 6:6 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
          7 I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.

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          8 “Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,

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          9 that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!

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          10 Then I would still have this consolation— my joy in unrelenting pain— that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.

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          11 “What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?

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          12 Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?

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          13 Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?

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          14 “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

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          15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow

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          16 when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,

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          17 but that stop flowing in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.

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          18 Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go off into the wasteland and perish.
          19 The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.

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          20 They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.

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          21 Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.

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          22 Have I ever said, ‘Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom for me from your wealth,

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          23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy, rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless’?

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          24 “Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.

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          25 How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove?

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          26 Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat my desperate words as wind?

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          27 You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.

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          28 “But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?

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          29 Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.b

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            • i 6:29 - Or "my righteousness still stands"
              30 Is there any wickedness on my lips? Can my mouth not discern malice?

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