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Job 6

English Standard Version

1 Then Job answered and said: 2 “Oh that my vexation were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances! 3 For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea; therefore my words have been rash. (Pr 27:3) 4 For the arrows of the Almighty are in me; my spirit drinks their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me. (Ps 38:2) 5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass, or the ox low over his fodder? 6 Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt, or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow?[1] 7 My appetite refuses to touch them; they are as food that is loathsome to me.[2] 8 “Oh that I might have my request, and that God would fulfill my hope, 9 that it would please God to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and cut me off! (Nu 11:15; 1Ki 19:4) 10 This would be my comfort; I would even exult[3] in pain unsparing, for I have not denied the words of the Holy One. (Le 19:2; Isa 30:14; Isa 57:15; Ho 11:9) 11 What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient? 12 Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze? 13 Have I any help in me, when resource is driven from me? 14 “He who withholds[4] kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. (Pr 11:24; Pr 17:17) 15 My brothers are treacherous as a torrent-bed, as torrential streams that pass away, (1Sa 14:33; Ps 38:11; Ps 41:9; Jer 15:18) 16 which are dark with ice, and where the snow hides itself. 17 When they melt, they disappear; when it is hot, they vanish from their place. 18 The caravans turn aside from their course; they go up into the waste and perish. (Ge 1:2; Jer 4:23) 19 The caravans of Tema look, the travelers of Sheba hope. (Ge 25:15; 1Ki 10:1; 1Ch 1:30; Isa 21:14; Jer 25:23) 20 They are ashamed because they were confident; they come there and are disappointed. (Isa 1:29; Jer 14:3) 21 For you have now become nothing; you see my calamity and are afraid. 22 Have I said, ‘Make me a gift’? Or, ‘From your wealth offer a bribe for me’? 23 Or, ‘Deliver me from the adversary’s hand’? Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the ruthless’? (Job 15:20; Job 27:13) 24 “Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray. 25 How forceful are upright words! But what does reproof from you reprove? 26 Do you think that you can reprove words, when the speech of a despairing man is wind? (Job 7:7; Isa 41:29) 27 You would even cast lots over the fatherless, and bargain over your friend. (Joe 3:3; Na 3:10) 28 “But now, be pleased to look at me, for I will not lie to your face. 29 Please turn; let no injustice be done. Turn now; my vindication is at stake. (Job 17:10) 30 Is there any injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?