But Jobanswered and said ,
Oh that my grief were throughlyweighed , and my calamitylaida in the balancestogether!3
For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my wordsb are swallowed up .
For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.
Doth the wild assbray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?6
Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?7
The things that my soulrefused to touch are as my sorrowfulmeat.8
Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!9
Even that it would pleaseGod to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off !
Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare ; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.11
What is my strength, that I should hope ? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?12
Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?13
Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
To him that is afflictedcpity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.15
My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away ;
Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid :
What time they wax warm , they vanish :d when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.18
The paths of their way are turned aside ; they go to nothing, and perish .
The troops of Temalooked , the companies of Shebawaited for them.
They were confounded because they had hoped ; they came thither, and were ashamed .
For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid .
Did I say , Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?23
Or, Deliver me from the enemy'shand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?24Teach me, and I will hold my tongue : and cause me to understand wherein I have erred .
How forcible are rightwords! but what doth your arguingreprove ?
Do ye imagine to reprovewords, and the speeches of one that is desperate , which are as wind?27
Yea, ye overwhelme the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.28
Now therefore be content , look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie .
29Return , I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again , my righteousness is in it. f30
Is thereiniquity in my tongue? cannot my tastegdiscern perverse things?