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Job 6 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Then Job answered: 1 Then Job replied:
2 "O that my vexation were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances! 2 "If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!
3 For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea; therefore my words have been rash. 3 It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas-- no wonder my words have been impetuous.
4 For the arrows of the Almighty are in me; my spirit drinks their poison; the terrors of God 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 the wild ass bray when he has grass, or the ox low over his fodder? 5 Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?
6 Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt, or is there any taste in the slime of the purslane? 6 Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg ?
7 My appetite refuses to touch them; they are as food that is loathsome to me. 7 I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.
8 "O that I might have my request, and that God would grant my desire; 8 "Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,
9 that it would please God to crush me, that he would let loose 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 This would be my consolation; I would even exult in pain unsparing; for 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 is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, 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 the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze? 12 Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?
13 In truth I have no help in me, and any resource is driven from me. 13 Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?
14 "He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes 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 brethren are treacherous as a torrent-bed, as freshets that pass away, 15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow
16 which are dark with ice, and where the snow hides itself. 16 when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,
17 In time of heat they disappear; when it is hot, they vanish from their place. 17 but that cease to flow in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.
18 The caravans turn aside from their course; they go up into the waste, and perish. 18 Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go up into the wasteland and perish.
19 The caravans of Tema look, the travelers of Sheba hope. 19 The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.
20 They are disappointed because they were confident; they come thither and are confounded. 20 They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.
21 Such you have now become to me; you see my calamity, 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, 'Make me a gift'? Or, 'From your wealth offer a bribe for me'? 22 Have I ever said, 'Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom for me from your wealth,
23 Or, 'Deliver me from the adversary's hand'? Or, 'Ransom me from the hand of oppressors'? 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; make me understand how I have erred. 24 "Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.
25 How forceful are honest words! But what does reproof from you reprove? 25 How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove?
26 Do you think that you can reprove words, when the speech of a despairing man is wind? 26 Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat the words of a despairing man as wind?
27 You would even cast lots over the fatherless, and bargain over your friend. 27 You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.
28 "But now, be pleased to look at me; for I will not lie to your face. 28 "But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?
29 Turn, I pray, let no wrong be done. Turn now, my vindication is at stake. 29 Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.
30 Is there any wrong on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern calamity? 30 Is there any wickedness on my lips? Can my mouth not discern malice?