1Eliphaz continued, "Call out if you want to, Job. But who will answer you? Which one of the holy angels will you turn to?2Anger kills foolish people. Jealousy destroys those who are childish.3I saw that foolish people were having success. But suddenly a curse came down on their houses.4Their children aren't safe at all. They lose their case in court. No one speaks up for them.5Hungry people eat up the crops of those who are foolish. They even take the food that grows among thorns. Thirsty people long for the wealth of the foolish.6Hard times don't just grow out of the soil. Trouble doesn't jump out of the ground.7People are born to have trouble. And that's just as sure as sparks fly up.8"If I were you, I'd make my appeal to God. I'd bring my case to be judged by him.9He does wonderful things that can't be understood. He does miracles that can't even be counted.10He sends rain on the earth. He sends water on the countryside.11He lifts up those who are lowly in spirit. He lifts up those who are sad. He keeps them safe.12He stops those who are tricky from doing what they plan to do. The work of their hands doesn't succeed.13Some people think they are so wise. But God catches them in their own tricks. He sweeps away the evil plans of sinful people.14Darkness covers them in the daytime. At noon they feel their way around as if it were night.15God saves needy people from the cutting words of their enemies. He saves them from their powerful hands.16So those who are poor have hope. And God shuts the mouths of people who don't treat others fairly.17"Blessed is the person God corrects. So don't hate the Mighty One's training.18He wounds. But he also bandages up those he wounds. He harms. But his hands also heal those he harms.19From six troubles he will save you. Even if you are in trouble seven times, no harm will come to you.20When there isn't enough food, God will keep you from dying. When you go into battle, he won't let a sword strike you down.21He will keep you safe from words that can hurt you. You won't need to be afraid when everything is being destroyed.22You will laugh when things are being destroyed. You will enjoy life even when there isn't enough food. You won't be afraid of wild animals.23You will make a covenant with the stones in the fields. They won't keep your crops from growing. Even wild animals will be at peace with you.24You will know that the tent you live in is secure. You will check out your property. You will see that nothing is missing.25You can be sure you will have a lot of children. They will be as many as the blades of grass on the earth.26You will go down to the grave while you are still very strong. You will be like a crop that is gathered at the right time.27"We have carefully studied all of those things. And they are true. So pay attention to them. Apply them to yourself."
1Job replied,2"I wish my great pain could be weighed! I wish all of my suffering could be weighed on scales!3I'm sure they would weigh more than the grains of sand on the seashore. No wonder I've been so quick to speak!4The Mighty One has shot me with his arrows. I have to drink their poison. God's terrors are aimed at me.5Does a wild donkey cry out when it has enough grass? Does an ox call out when it has plenty of food?6Is food that doesn't have any taste eaten without salt? Is there any flavor in the white of an egg?7I refuse to touch that kind of food. It makes me sick.8"I wish I could have what I'm asking for! I wish God would give me what I'm hoping for!9I wish he would crush me! I wish his powerful hand would cut off my life!10Then I'd still have one thing to comfort me. It would be that I haven't said no to the Holy One's commands. That would give me joy in spite of my pain that never ends.11"I'm so weak that I no longer have any hope. Things have gotten so bad that I can't wait for help anymore.12Am I as strong as stone? Is my body made out of bronze?13I don't have the power to help myself. All hope of success has been taken away from me.14"A man's friends should love him when his hope is gone. They should be faithful to him even if he stops showing respect for the Mighty One.15But my friends aren't faithful to me. They are like streams that only flow for part of the year. They are like rivers that flow over their banks16when the ice begins to break up. The streams rise when the snow starts to melt.17But they stop flowing when the dry season comes. They disappear from their stream beds when the weather warms up.18Groups of traders turn away from their usual paths. They go up into the dry and empty land. And they die there.19Traders from Tema look for water. Traveling merchants from Sheba also hope to find it.20They become troubled because they had expected to find some. But when they arrive at the stream beds, they don't find any water at all.21And now, my friends, you haven't helped me either. You see the horrible condition I'm in. And that makes you afraid.22I've never said, 'Give me something to help me. Use your wealth to set me free.23Save me from the powerful hand of my enemy. Set me free from the power of mean people.'24"Teach me. Then I'll be quiet. Show me what I've done wrong.25Honest words are so painful! But your reasoning doesn't prove anything.26Are you trying to correct what I'm saying? You are treating the words of this hopeless man like nothing but wind.27You would even cast lots for those whose fathers have died. You would even trade away your closest friend.28"But now please look at me. Would I tell you a lie right here in front of you?29Stop what you are saying. Don't be so unfair. Think it over again. You are trying to take my honesty away from me.30Has my mouth spoken anything that is evil? Do my lips say things that are hateful?"
1Job continued, "Doesn't every man have to work hard on this earth? Aren't his days like the days of a hired worker?2I've been like a slave who longs for the evening shadows to come. I've been like a hired worker who can hardly wait to get paid.3I've been given several months that were useless to me. My nights have been filled with suffering.4When I lie down I think, 'How long will it be before I can get up?' The night drags on. I toss and turn until sunrise.5My body is covered with worms and sores. My skin is broken. It has boils all over it.6"My days pass by faster than a weaver can work. They come to an end. I don't have any hope.7God, remember that my life is only a breath. I'll never be happy again.8The eyes that see me now won't see me anymore. You will look for me. But I'll be gone.9When a cloud disappears, it's gone forever. And anyone who goes down to the grave never returns.10He never comes home again. Even his own family doesn't remember him.11"So I won't keep quiet. When I'm suffering greatly, I'll speak out. When my spirit is bitter, I'll tell you how unhappy I am.12Am I the ocean? Am I the sea monster? If I'm not, why do you guard me so closely?13Sometimes I think my bed will comfort me. I think my couch will keep me from being unhappy.14But even then you send me dreams that frighten me. You send me visions that terrify me.15So I would rather choke to death. That would be better than living in this body of mine.16I hate my life. I don't want to live forever. Leave me alone. My days don't mean anything to me.17"What are human beings that you think so much of them? What are they that you pay so much attention to them?18You check up on them every morning. You put them to the test every moment.19Won't you ever look away from me? Won't you leave me alone even for one second?20If I've really sinned, tell me what I've done to you. Why do you watch people so closely? Why do you shoot your arrows at me? Have I become a problem to you?21Why don't you forgive the wrong things I've done? Why don't you forgive me for my sins? I'll soon lie down in the dust of my grave. You will search for me. But I'll be gone."