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Job 10 (New American Standard)

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Job Despairs of God's Dealings

1 "a1I 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 bright for You indeed to 4oppress, To reject 5the labor of Your hands, And cto 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 daltogether , 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 econscious 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; f25Hardship 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? g28Withdraw 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."
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