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Job 6 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Then Job answered: 1 Then Job replied:
2 "I wish my suffering could be weighed and my misery put on scales. 2 "If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!
3 My sadness would be heavier than the sand of the seas. No wonder my words seem careless. 3 It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas-- no wonder my words have been impetuous.
4 The arrows of the Almighty are in me; my spirit drinks in their poison; God's terrors are gathered 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 A wild donkey does not bray when it has grass to eat, and an ox is quiet when it has feed. 5 Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?
6 Tasteless food is not eaten without salt, and there is no flavor in the white of an egg. 6 Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg ?
7 I refuse to touch it; such food makes me sick. 7 I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.
8 "How I wish that I might have what I ask for and that God would give me what I hope for. 8 "Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,
9 How I wish God would crush me and reach out his hand to destroy me. 9 that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut me off !
10 Then I would have this comfort and be glad even in this unending pain, because I would know I did not reject 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 "I do not have the strength to wait. There is nothing to hope for, so why should I be patient? 11 "What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?
12 I do not have the strength of stone; my flesh is not bronze. 12 Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?
13 I have no power to help myself, because success has been taken away from me. 13 Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?
14 "They say, 'A man's friends should be kind to him when he is in trouble, even if he stops fearing the Almighty.' 14 "A despairing man should have the devotion of his friends, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15 But my brothers cannot be counted on. They are like streams that do not always flow, streams that sometimes run over. 15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow
16 They are made dark by melting ice and rise with melting snow. 16 when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,
17 But they stop flowing in the dry season; they disappear when it is hot. 17 but that cease to flow in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.
18 Travelers turn away from their paths and go into the desert and die. 18 Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go up into the wasteland and perish.
19 The groups of travelers from Tema look for water, and the traders of Sheba look hopefully. 19 The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.
20 They are upset because they had been sure; when they arrive, they are disappointed. 20 They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.
21 You also have been no help. You see something terrible, and you are afraid. 21 Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.
22 I have never said, 'Give me a gift. Use your wealth to pay my debt. 22 Have I ever said, 'Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom for me from your wealth,
23 Save me from the enemy's power. Buy me back from the clutches of cruel people.' 23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy, ransom me from the clutches of the ruthless'?
24 "Teach me, and I will be quiet. Show me where I have been wrong. 24 "Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.
25 Honest words are painful, but your arguments prove nothing. 25 How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove?
26 Do you mean to correct what I say? Will you treat the words of a troubled man as if they were only wind? 26 Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat the words of a despairing man as wind?
27 You would even gamble for orphans and would trade away your friend. 27 You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.
28 "But now please look at me. I would not lie to your face. 28 "But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?
29 Change your mind; do not be unfair; think again, because my innocence is being questioned. 29 Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.
30 What I am saying is not wicked; I can tell the difference between right and wrong. 30 Is there any wickedness on my lips? Can my mouth not discern malice?