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1 Job responded: 1 Then Job replied:
2 Oh, that my grief were actually weighed, all of it were lifted up in scales; 2 "If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!
3 for now it's heavier than the sands of the sea; therefore, my words are rash. 3 It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas-- no wonder my words have been impetuous.
4 The Almighty's arrows are in me; my spirit drinks their poison, and 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 donkey bray over grass or an ox bellow over its fodder? 5 Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?
6 Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or does egg white have taste? 6 Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg ?
7 I refuse to touch them; they resemble food for the sick. 7 I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.
8 Oh, that what I've requested would come and God grant my hope; 8 "Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,
9 that God be willing to crush me, release his hand and cut me off. 9 that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut me off !
10 I'd still take comfort, relieved even though in persistent pain; for I've 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 is my strength, that I should hope; my end, that my life should drag on? 11 "What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?
12 Is my strength that of rocks, my flesh bronze? 12 Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?
13 I don't have a helper for myself; success has been taken from me. 13 Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?
14 Are friends loyal to the one who despairs, or do they stop fearing the Almighty? 14 "A despairing man should have the devotion of his friends, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15 My companions are treacherous like a stream in the desert, like channels that overrun their streambeds, 15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow
16 like those darkened by thawing ice, in which snow is obscured 16 when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,
17 but that stop flowing in dry times and vanish from their channels in heat. 17 but that cease to flow in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.
18 Caravans turn aside from their paths; they go up into untamed areas and perish. 18 Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go up into the wasteland and perish.
19 Caravans from Tema look; merchants from Sheba hope for it. 19 The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.
20 They are ashamed that they trusted; they arrive and are dismayed. 20 They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.
21 That's what you are like; you see something awful and are afraid. 21 Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.
22 Have I said, "Give me something? Offer a bribe from your wealth for me? 22 Have I ever said, 'Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom for me from your wealth,
23 Rescue me from the hand of my enemy? Ransom me from the grip of the ruthless?" 23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy, ransom me from the clutches of the ruthless'?
24 Instruct me and I'll be quiet; inform me how I've erred. 24 "Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.
25 How painful are truthful words, but what do your condemnations accomplish? 25 How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove?
26 Do you intend to correct my words, to treat the words of a hopeless man as wind? 26 Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat the words of a despairing man as wind?
27 Would you even gamble over an orphan, barter away your friend? 27 You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.
28 Now 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 Turn! Don't be faithless. Turn now! I am righteous. 29 Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.
30 Is there wrong on my tongue, or can my mouth not recognize disaster? 30 Is there any wickedness on my lips? Can my mouth not discern malice?