Job 6

Job’s Friends Are No Help

1Then Job
Lit answered and said
answered,
2 b  Oh that my grief were actually weighed
And laid in the balances together with my calamity!
3For 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 Whose
Their 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?
6Can something tasteless be eaten without salt,
Or is there any taste in the
Heb hallamuth, meaning uncertain. Perhaps the juice of a plant
white of an egg?
7My soul j  refuses to touch them;
They are like loathsome food to me.

8Oh that my request might come to pass,
And that God would grant my longing!
9Would that God were k  willing to crush me,
That He would loose His hand and cut me off!
10But it is still my consolation,
And I rejoice in unsparing pain,
That I l  have not
Lit hidden
denied the words of the Holy One.
11What is my strength, that I should wait?
And what is my end, that I should
Lit prolong my soul
,
o  endure?
12Is 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 reverence
fear of the Almighty.
15My brothers have acted v  deceitfully like a
Or brooks
wadi,
Like the torrents of
Or brooks
wadis which vanish,
16Which are turbid because of ice
And into which the snow
Lit hides itself
melts.
17When z  they become waterless, they
Or cease
are silent,
When it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18“The
Or caravans turn from their course, they go up into the waste and perish
paths of their course wind along,
They go up into nothing and perish.
19The caravans of ac  Tema looked,
The travelers of ad  Sheba hoped for them.
20“They ae  were
Lit ashamed
disappointed for they had trusted,
They came there and were confounded.
21Indeed, you have now become such,
ag  You see a terror and are afraid.
22Have 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’?

24Teach me, and ah  I will be silent;
And show me how I have erred.
25How painful are honest words!
But what does your argument prove?
26Do you intend to reprove my words,
When the ai  words of one in despair belong to the wind?
27You would even aj  cast lots for ak  the orphans
And al  barter over your friend.
28Now please look at me,
And see if I am  lie to your face.
29Desist now, let there be no injustice;
Even desist an  my righteousness is yet in it.
30Is there injustice on my tongue?
Cannot ao  my palate discern
Or words
calamities?

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