"1Oh that my grief were actuallyweighed And laid in the balancestogether with my calamity!
"For then it would be 2heavierthan the sand of the seas; Therefore my words have beenrash.
"For the 3arrows of the Almighty are within me, bTheir 4poison my spiritdrinks; The 5terrors of God are arrayed against me.
"Does the 6wilddonkeybrayover his grass, Or does the oxlowover his fodder?
"Can somethingtasteless be eatenwithoutsalt, Or is thereanytaste in the cwhite of an egg?
"My soul7refuses to touch them; They are like loathsomefood to me.
8"Oh that my request might come to pass, And that God would grant my longing!
"Would that God were 8willing to crush me, That He would loose His hand and cut me off!
"But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparingpain, That I 9have not ddenied the words of the HolyOne.
11"What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should e10endure ?
"Is my strength the strength of stones, Or is my fleshbronze?
"Is it that my 11help is not within me, And that f12deliverance is driven from me?
"For the 13despairingman there should be kindness from his friend; So that he does not 14forsake the gfear of the Almighty.
"My brothers have acted15deceitfullylike a hwadi, Like the torrents of iwadis which vanish,
Which are turbidbecause of ice And into which the snowjmelts.
17"When16they becomewaterless, they kare silent, When it is hot, they vanish from their place.
"The lpaths of their coursewindalong, They go up into nothing and perish.
"The caravans of 17Temalooked, The travelers of 18Shebahoped for them.
"They 19were mdisappointed for they had trusted, They camethere and were confounded.
21"Indeed, you have nowbecomesuch, 20You see a terror and are afraid.
"Have I said, 'Give me something,' Or, 'Offer a bribe for me from your wealth,'
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"Howpainful are honestwords! But what does your argumentprove?
"Do you intend to reprove my words, When the 22words of one in despair belong to the wind?
"You would even23cast lots for 24the orphans And 25barterover your friend.
28"Nowpleaselook at me, And see if I 26lie to your face.
29"Desistnow, let there be noinjustice; Even desist, 27my righteousness is yet in it.
"Is thereinjustice on my tongue? Cannot28my palatediscernncalamities?