Job Replies: My Complaint Is Just1Then Job answered and said:
2 “Oh that my vexation were weighed,
and all my calamity laid in the balances!
3For then it would be heavier than athe sand of the sea;
therefore my words have been rash.
4For bthe arrows of the Almighty are in me;
my spirit drinks their poison;
the terrors of God are arrayed against me.
5Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass,
or the ox low over his fodder?
6Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt,
or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow? ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
7My appetite refuses to touch them;
they are as food that is loathsome to me. ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
8 “Oh that I might have my request,
and that God would fulfill my hope,
9that it would eplease God to crush me,
that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
10This would be my comfort;
I would even exult ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertainin pain gunsparing,
for I have not denied the words of hthe Holy One.
11What is my strength, that I should wait?
And what is my end, that I should be patient?
12Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze?
13Have I any help in me,
when resource is driven from me?
14 “He who iwithholds ▼
▼Syriac, Vulgate (compare Targum); the meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertainkindness from a kfriend
forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15My lbrothers are mtreacherous as a torrent-bed,
as torrential nstreams that pass away,
16which are dark with ice,
and where the snow hides itself.
17When they melt, they disappear;
when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18The caravans turn aside from their course;
they go up into othe waste and perish.
19The caravans of pTema look,
the travelers of qSheba hope.
20They are rashamed because they were confident;
they come there and are sdisappointed.
21For you have now become nothing;
you see my calamity and are afraid.
22Have I said, ‘Make me a gift’?
Or, ‘From your wealth offer a bribe for me’?
23Or, ‘Deliver me from the adversary’s hand’?
Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of tthe ruthless’?
24 “Teach me, and I will be silent;
make me understand how I have gone astray.
25How forceful are upright words!
But what does reproof from you reprove?
26Do you think that you can reprove words,
when the speech of a despairing man is uwind?
27You would even vcast lots over the fatherless,
and bargain over your friend.
28 “But now, be pleased to look at me,
for I will not lie to your face.
29 wPlease turn; let no injustice be done.
Turn now; my vindication is at stake.
30Is there any injustice on my tongue?
Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?
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