Job Despairs of God’s Dealings1 ▼
▼ Lit My soul loathes, b “I loathe my own life;
I will give full vent to c my complaint;
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2“I will say to God, ‘ d Do not condemn me;
Let me know why You contend with me.
3‘Is it ▼
▼ Lit goodright for You indeed to f oppress,
To reject g the labor of Your hands,
▼ Lit You shine forthto look favorably on i the schemes of the wicked?
4‘Have You eyes of flesh?
Or do You j see as a man sees?
5‘Are Your days as the days of a mortal,
Or k Your years as man’s years,
6That l You should seek for my guilt
And search after my sin?
7‘According to Your knowledge m I am indeed not guilty,
Yet there is n no deliverance from Your hand.
8‘ o Your hands fashioned and made me ▼
▼ Lit together round aboutaltogether,
q And would You destroy me?
9‘Remember now, that You have made me as r clay;
And would You s turn me into dust again?
10‘Did You not pour me out like milk
And curdle me like cheese;
11Clothe me with skin and flesh,
And knit me together with bones and sinews?
12‘You have t granted me life and lovingkindness;
And Your care has preserved my spirit.
13‘Yet u these things You have concealed in Your heart;
I know that this is within You:
14If I sin, then You would v take note of me,
And w would not acquit me of my guilt.
15‘If x I am wicked, woe to me!
And y if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head.
I am sated with disgrace and ▼
▼ Lit seeconscious of my misery.
16‘Should my head be lifted up, aa You would hunt me like a lion;
And again You would show Your ab power against me.
17‘You renew ac Your witnesses against me
And increase Your anger toward me;
▼ Lit Changes and warfare are with me, ae Hardship after hardship is with me.
18‘ af Why then have You brought me out of the womb?
Would that I had died and no eye had seen me!
19‘I should have been as though I had not been,
Carried from womb to tomb.’
20“Would He not let ag my few days alone?
▼ Lit Put, ai Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer
21Before I go— aj and I shall not return—
ak To the land of darkness and al deep shadow,
22The land of utter gloom as darkness itself,
Of deep shadow without order,
And which shines as the darkness.”
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