Job 6:8-18 NIV

8 "Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,1

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9 that God would be willing to crush2 me, to let loose his hand and cut me off !3

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10 Then I would still have this consolation4-- my joy in unrelenting pain5-- that I had not denied the words6 of the Holy One.7

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11 "What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?8

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12 Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?9

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13 Do I have any power to help myself,10 now that success has been driven from me?

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14 "A despairing man11 should have the devotion12 of his friends,13 even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.14

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

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

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17 but that cease to flow in the dry season, and in the heat17 vanish from their channels.

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18 Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go up into the wasteland and perish.