1Call out if you please. Will anyone answer you? Which of the holy ones will you turn to? 2For anger kills a fool, and jealousy slays the gullible. 3I have seen a fool taking root, but I immediately pronounced a curse on his home. 4His children are far from safety. They are crushed at the [city] gate, with no one to defend [them]. 5The hungry consume his harvest, even taking it out of the thorns. The thirsty pant for his children's wealth. 6For distress does not grow out of the soil, and trouble does not sprout from the ground. 7But mankind is born for trouble as surely as sparks fly upward. 8However, if I were you, I would appeal to God and would present my case to Him. 9He does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number. 10He gives rain to the earth and sends water to the fields. 11He sets the lowly on high, and mourners are lifted to safety. 12He frustrates the schemes of the crafty so that they achieve no success. 13He traps the wise in their craftiness so that the plans of the deceptive are quickly brought to an end. 14They encounter darkness by day, and they grope at noon as if it were night. 15He saves the needy from their sharp words and from the clutches of the powerful. 16So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth. 17See how happy the man is God corrects; so do not reject the discipline of the Almighty. 18For He crushes but also binds up; He strikes, but His hands also heal. 19He will rescue you from six calamities; no harm will touch you in seven. 20In famine He will redeem you from death, and in battle, from the power of the sword. 21You will be safe from slander and not fear destruction when it comes. 22You will laugh at destruction and hunger and not fear the animals of the earth. 23For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field, and the wild animals will be at peace with you. 24You will know that your tent is secure, and nothing will be missing when you inspect your home. 25You will also know that your offspring will be many and your descendants like the grass of the earth. 26You will approach the grave in full vigor, as a stack of sheaves is gathered in its season. 27We have investigated this, and it is true! Hear it and understand [it] for yourself.
1Then Job answered: 2If only my grief could be weighed and my devastation placed with it on a scale. 3For then it would outweigh the sand of the seas! That is why my words are rash. 4Surely the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit drinks their poison. God's terrors are arrayed against me. 5Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass or an ox low over its fodder? 6Is bland food eaten without salt? Is there flavor in an egg white? 7I refuse to touch [them]; they are like contaminated food. 8If only my request would be granted and God would provide what I hope for: 9that He would decide to crush me, to unleash His power and cut me off! 10It would still bring me comfort, and I would leap for joy in unrelenting pain that I have not denied the words of the Holy One. 11What strength do I have that I should continue to hope? What is my future, that I should be patient? 12Is my strength that of stone, or my flesh made of bronze? 13Since I cannot help myself, [the hope for] success has been banished from me. 14A despairing man should receive loyalty from his friends, even if he abandons the fear of the Almighty. 15My brothers are as treacherous as a wadi, as seasonal streams that overflow 16and become darkened because of ice, and the snow melts into them. 17The wadis evaporate in warm weather; they disappear from their channels in hot weather. 18Caravans turn away from their routes, go up into the desert, and perish. 19The caravans of Tema look [for these streams]. The traveling merchants of Sheba hope for them. 20They are ashamed because they had been confident [of finding water]. When they arrive there, they are frustrated. 21So [this] is what you have now become [to me]. When you see something dreadful, you are afraid. 22Have I ever said: Give me [something] or Pay a bribe for me from your wealth 23or Deliver me from the enemy's power or Redeem me from the grasp of the ruthless? 24Teach me, and I will be silent. Help me understand what I did wrong. 25How painful honest words can be! But what does your rebuke prove? 26Do you think that you can disprove [my] words or that a despairing man's words are [mere] wind? 27No doubt you would cast [lots] for a fatherless child and negotiate a price to [sell] your friend. 28But now, please look at me; would I lie to your face? 29Reconsider; don't be unjust. Reconsider; my righteousness is still the issue. 30Am I lying, or can I not recognize lies?
1Isn't mankind consigned to forced labor on earth? Are not his days like those of a hired hand? 2Like a slave he longs for shade; like a hired man he waits for his pay. 3So I have been made to inherit months of futility, and troubled nights have been assigned to me. 4When I lie down I think: When will I get up? But the evening drags on endlessly, and I toss and turn until dawn. 5My flesh is clothed with maggots and encrusted with dirt. My skin forms scabs and then oozes. 6My days pass more swiftly than a weaver's shuttle; they come to an end without hope. 7Remember that my life is [but] a breath. My eye will never again see anything good. 8The eye of anyone who looks on me will no longer see me. Your eyes will look for me, but I will be gone. 9As a cloud fades away and vanishes, so the one who goes down to Sheol will never rise again. 10He will never return to his house; his hometown will no longer remember him. 11Therefore I will not restrain my mouth. I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. 12Am I the sea or a sea monster, that You keep me under guard? 13When I say: My bed will comfort me, and my couch will ease my complaint, 14then You frighten me with dreams, and terrify me with visions, 15so that I prefer strangling, death rather than life in this body. 16I give up! I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are a breath. 17What is man, that You think so highly of him and pay so much attention to him? 18You inspect him every morning, and put him to the test every moment. 19Will You ever look away from me, or leave me alone until I swallow my saliva? 20[If] I have sinned, what have I done to You, Watcher of mankind? Why have You made me Your target, so that I have become a burden to You? 21Why not forgive my sin and pardon my transgression? For soon I will lie down in the grave. You will eagerly seek me, but I will be gone.