Job 6 CSB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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Holman Christian Standard (CSB) New International Version (NIV)
1 Then Job answered: 1 Then Job replied:
2 If only my grief could be weighed and my devastation placed with it on a scale. 2 "If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!
3 For then it would outweigh the sand of the seas! That is why my words are rash. 3 It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas-- no wonder my words have been impetuous.
4 Surely the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit drinks their poison. God's terrors are arrayed against me. 4 The arrows of the Almighty are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison; God's terrors are marshaled against me.
5 Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass or an ox low over its fodder? 5 Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?
6 Is bland food eaten without salt? Is there flavor in an egg white? 6 Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg ?
7 I refuse to touch [them]; they are like contaminated food. 7 I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.
8 If only my request would be granted and God would provide what I hope for: 8 "Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,
9 that He would decide to crush me, to unleash His power and cut me off! 9 that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut me off !
10 It would still bring me comfort, and I would leap for joy in unrelenting pain that I have not denied the words of the Holy One. 10 Then I would still have this consolation-- my joy in unrelenting pain-- that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.
11 What strength do I have that I should continue to hope? What is my future, that I should be patient? 11 "What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?
12 Is my strength that of stone, or my flesh made of bronze? 12 Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?
13 Since I cannot help myself, [the hope for] success has been banished from me. 13 Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?
14 A despairing man should receive loyalty from his friends, even if he abandons the fear of the Almighty. 14 "A despairing man should have the devotion of his friends, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15 My brothers are as treacherous as a wadi, as seasonal streams that overflow 15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow
16 and become darkened because of ice, and the snow melts into them. 16 when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,
17 The wadis evaporate in warm weather; they disappear from their channels in hot weather. 17 but that cease to flow in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.
18 Caravans turn away from their routes, go up into the desert, and perish. 18 Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go up into the wasteland and perish.
19 The caravans of Tema look [for these streams]. The traveling merchants of Sheba hope for them. 19 The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.
20 They are ashamed because they had been confident [of finding water]. When they arrive there, they are frustrated. 20 They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.
21 So [this] is what you have now become [to me]. When you see something dreadful, you are afraid. 21 Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.
22 Have I ever said: Give me [something] or Pay a bribe for me from your wealth 22 Have I ever said, 'Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom for me from your wealth,
23 or Deliver me from the enemy's power or Redeem me from the grasp of the ruthless? 23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy, ransom me from the clutches of the ruthless'?
24 Teach me, and I will be silent. Help me understand what I did wrong. 24 "Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.
25 How painful honest words can be! But what does your rebuke prove? 25 How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove?
26 Do you think that you can disprove [my] words or that a despairing man's words are [mere] wind? 26 Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat the words of a despairing man as wind?
27 No doubt you would cast [lots] for a fatherless child and negotiate a price to [sell] your friend. 27 You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.
28 But now, please look at me; would I lie to your face? 28 "But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?
29 Reconsider; don't be unjust. Reconsider; my righteousness is still the issue. 29 Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.
30 Am I lying, or can I not recognize lies? 30 Is there any wickedness on my lips? Can my mouth not discern malice?