Job’s Friends Are No Help1Then Job ▼
▼ Lit answered and saidanswered, 2 b “Oh that my grief were actually weighed
And laid in the balances together with my calamity!
3“For then it would be c heavier than the sand of the seas;
Therefore my words have been rash.
4“For the d arrows of the Almighty are within me,
▼ Lit WhoseTheir f poison my spirit drinks;
The g terrors of God are arrayed against me.
5“Does the h wild donkey bray over his grass,
Or does the ox low over his fodder?
6“Can something tasteless be eaten without salt,
Or is there any taste in the ▼
▼ Heb hallamuth, meaning uncertain. Perhaps the juice of a plantwhite of an egg?
7“My soul j refuses to touch them;
They are like loathsome food to me.
8“Oh that my request might come to pass,
And that God would grant my longing!
9“Would that God were k willing to crush me,
That He would loose His hand and cut me off!
10“But it is still my consolation,
And I rejoice in unsparing pain,
That I l have not ▼
▼ Lit hiddendenied the words of the Holy One.
11“What is my strength, that I should wait?
And what is my end, that I should ▼
▼ Lit prolong my soul, o endure?
12“Is my strength the strength of stones,
Or is my flesh bronze?
13“Is it that my p help is not within me,
And that ▼
▼ So ancient versions, r deliverance is driven from me?
14“For the s despairing man there should be kindness from his friend;
So that he does not t forsake the ▼
▼ Or reverencefear of the Almighty.
15“My brothers have acted v deceitfully like a ▼
▼ Or brookswadi,
Like the torrents of ▼
▼ Or brookswadis which vanish,
16Which are turbid because of ice
And into which the snow ▼
▼ Lit hides itselfmelts.
17“When z they become waterless, they ▼
▼ Or ceaseare silent,
When it is hot, they vanish from their place.
▼ Or caravans turn from their course, they go up into the waste and perishpaths of their course wind along,
They go up into nothing and perish.
19“The caravans of ac Tema looked,
The travelers of ad Sheba hoped for them.
20“They ae were ▼
▼ Lit ashameddisappointed for they had trusted,
They came there and were confounded.
21“Indeed, you have now become such,
ag You see a terror and are afraid.
22“Have I said, ‘Give me something,’
Or, ‘Offer a bribe for me from your wealth,’
23Or, ‘Deliver me from the hand of the adversary,’
Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the tyrants’?
24“Teach me, and ah I will be silent;
And show me how I have erred.
25“How painful are honest words!
But what does your argument prove?
26“Do you intend to reprove my words,
When the ai words of one in despair belong to the wind?
27“You would even aj cast lots for ak the orphans
And al barter over your friend.
28“Now please look at me,
And see if I am lie to your face.
29“Desist now, let there be no injustice;
Even desist an my righteousness is yet in it.
30“Is there injustice on my tongue?
Cannot ao my palate discern ▼
▼ Or wordscalamities?
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