Job 6:14-30 NIV

14 "A despairing man1 should have the devotion2 of his friends,3 even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.4

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15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams,5 as the streams that overflow

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16 when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,6

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17 but that cease to flow in the dry season, and in the heat7 vanish from their channels.

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18 Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go up into the wasteland and perish.
19 The caravans of Tema8 look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba9 look in hope.

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20 They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.10

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21 Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.11

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22 Have I ever said, 'Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom12 for me from your wealth,13

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23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy, ransom me from the clutches of the ruthless'?14

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24 "Teach me, and I will be quiet;15 show me where I have been wrong.16

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25 How painful are honest words!17 But what do your arguments prove?

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26 Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat the words of a despairing man as wind?18

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27 You would even cast lots19 for the fatherless20 and barter away your friend.

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28 "But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?21

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29 Relent, do not be unjust;22 reconsider, for my integrity23 is at stake.a24

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    • b 6:29 - Or "my righteousness still stands"
      30 Is there any wickedness on my lips?25 Can my mouth not discern26 malice?

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