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Job 6 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Job Replies: My Complaint Is Just

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

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