Job's Friends Are No Help

1 Then Job answered,
2 "1Oh that my grief were actually weighed And laid in the balances together with my calamity!
3 "For then it would be 2heavier than the sand of the seas; Therefore * my words have been rash.
4 "For the 3arrows of the Almighty are within me, Their 4poison my spirit drinks; The 5terrors of God are arrayed against me.
5 "Does the 6wild donkey bray over his grass, Or does the ox low over his fodder?
6 "Can something tasteless be eaten without salt, Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
7 "My soul 7refuses to touch them; They are like loathsome food to me.
8 "Oh * that my request might come to pass, And that God would grant my longing!
9 "Would that God were 8willing to crush me, That He would loose His hand and cut me off!
10 "But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing * pain, That I 9have not denied the words of the Holy One.
11 "What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should 10endure *?
12 "Is my strength the strength of stones, Or is my flesh bronze?
13 "Is it that my 11help is not within me, And that 12deliverance is driven from me?
14 "For the 13despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; So that he does not 14forsake the fear of the Almighty.
15 "My brothers have acted 15deceitfully like a wadi, Like the torrents of wadis which vanish,
16 Which are turbid because of ice And into which the snow melts.
17 "When 16they become waterless, they are silent, When it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18 "The paths of their course wind along, They go up into nothing and perish.
19 "The caravans of 17Tema looked, The travelers of 18Sheba hoped for them.
20 "They 19were disappointed for they had trusted, They came there and were confounded.
21 "Indeed, you have now become such, 20You see a terror and are afraid.
22 "Have I said, 'Give me something,' Or, 'Offer a bribe for me from your wealth,'
23 Or, 'Deliver me from the hand of the adversary,' Or, 'Redeem me from the hand of the tyrants '?
24 "Teach me, and 21I will be silent; And show me how I have erred.
25 "How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove?
26 "Do you intend to reprove my words, When the 22words of one in despair belong to the wind?
27 "You would even 23cast lots for 24the orphans And 25barter over your friend.
28 "Now please look at me, And see if I 26lie to your face.
29 "Desist now, let there be no injustice; Even desist, 27my righteousness is yet in it.