Job 6 TNIV


1 Then Job replied:

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      2 "If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!1

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      3 It would surely outweigh the sand2 of the seas-- no wonder my words have been impetuous.3

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      4 The arrows4 of the Almighty5 are in me,6 my spirit drinks7 in their poison;8 God's terrors9 are marshaled against me.10
      5 Does a wild donkey11 bray12 when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?13

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      6 Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallowa ?14

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        • a 6:6 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
          7 I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.15

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          8 "Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,16

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          9 that God would be willing to crush17 me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!18

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          10 Then I would still have this consolation19-- my joy in unrelenting pain20-- that I had not denied the words21 of the Holy One.22
          11 "What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?23

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          12 Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?24

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          13 Do I have any power to help myself,25 now that success has been driven from me?

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          14 "Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend26 forsakes the fear of the Almighty.27

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          15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams,28 as the streams that overflow

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          16 when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,29

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          17 but that cease to flow in the dry season, and in the heat30 vanish from their channels.

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          18 Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go off into the wasteland and perish.
          19 The caravans of Tema31 look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba32 look in hope.

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          20 They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.33

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          21 Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.34

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          22 Have I ever said, 'Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom35 for me from your wealth,36

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          23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy, rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless'?37

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          24 "Teach me, and I will be quiet;38 show me where I have been wrong.39

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          25 How painful are honest words!40 But what do your arguments prove?

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          26 Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat my desperate words as wind?41

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          27 You would even cast lots42 for the fatherless43 and barter away your friend.
          28 "But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?44

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          29 Relent, do not be unjust;45 reconsider, for my integrity46 is at stake.b47

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            • b 6:29 - Or "my righteousness still stands"
              30 Is there any wickedness on my lips?48 Can my mouth not discern49 malice?

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