Job Despairs of God's Dealings

1 "1I loathe my own life; I will give full * vent to 2my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2 "I will say to God, '3Do not condemn me; Let me know why * You contend with me.
3 'Is it right for You indeed to 4oppress, To reject 5the labor of Your hands, And to look favorably on 6the schemes of the wicked?
4 'Have You eyes of flesh? Or do You 7see as a man sees?
5 'Are Your days as the days of a mortal, Or 8Your years as man's years,
6 That 9You should seek for my guilt And search after my sin?
7 'According to Your knowledge 10I am indeed not guilty, Yet there is 11no deliverance from Your hand.
8 '12Your hands fashioned and made me altogether *, 13And would You destroy me?
9 'Remember now, that You have made me as 14clay; And would You 15turn me into dust again?
10 'Did You not pour me out like milk And curdle me like cheese;
11 Clothe me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews?
12 'You have 16granted me life and lovingkindness; And Your care has preserved my spirit.
13 'Yet 17these things You have concealed in Your heart; I know that this is within You:
14 If I sin, then You would 18take note of me, And 19would not acquit me of my guilt.
15 'If 20I am wicked, woe to me! And 21if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head. I am sated with disgrace and conscious of my misery.
16 'Should my head be lifted up, 22You would hunt me like a lion; And again You would show Your 23power against me.
17 'You renew 24Your witnesses against me And increase Your anger toward me; 25Hardship after hardship is with me.
18 '26Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Would that I had died and no eye had seen me!
19 'I should have been as though I had not been, Carried from womb to tomb.'
20 "Would He not let 27my few days alone? 28Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer
21 Before I go -29and I shall not return - 30To the land of darkness and 31deep shadow,
22 The land of utter gloom as darkness itself, Of deep shadow without order, And which shines as the darkness."