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Job 6 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Job’s Friends Are No Help

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:1 - Then Job responded,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:2 - “Oh if only my grief were actually weighed
And laid in the balances together with my disaster!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:3 - “For then it would be heavier than the sand of the seas;
For that reason my words have been rash.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:4 - “For the arrows of the Almighty are within me,
[fn]My spirit drinks their poison;
The terrors of God line up against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:5 - “Does the wild donkey bray over his grass,
Or does the ox low over his feed?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:6 - “Can something tasteless be eaten without salt,
Or is there any taste in the [fn]juice of an alkanet plant?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:7 - “My soul refuses to touch them;
They are like loathsome food to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:8 - “Oh, that my request might come to pass,
And that God would grant my hope!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:9 - Oh, that God would decide to crush me,
That He would let loose His hand and cut me off!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:10 - “But it is still my comfort,
And I rejoice in unsparing pain,
That I have not [fn]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 [fn]endure?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:12 - “Is my strength the strength of stones,
Or is my flesh bronze?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:13 - “Is it that my help is not within me,
And that a good outcome is driven away from me?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:14 - “For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend;
So that he does not abandon the [fn]fear of the Almighty.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:15 - “My brothers have acted deceitfully like a [fn]wadi,
Like the torrents of [fn]wadis which drain away,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:16 - Which are darkened because of ice,
And into which the snow [fn]melts.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:17 - “When they dry up, they vanish;
When it is hot, they disappear from their place.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:18 - “The [fn]paths of their course wind along,
They go up into wasteland and perish.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:19 - “The caravans of Tema looked,
The travelers of Sheba hoped for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:20 - “They were put to shame, for they had trusted,
They came there and were humiliated.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:21 - “Indeed, you have now become such,
You see terrors and are afraid.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:22 - “Have I said, ‘Give me something,
Or, ‘Offer a bribe for me from your wealth,’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:23 - Or, ‘Save me from the hand of the enemy,’
Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the tyrants’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:24 - “Teach me, and I will be silent;
And show me how I have done wrong.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:25 - “How painful are honest words!
But what does your argument prove?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:26 - “Do you intend to rebuke my words,
When the words of one in despair belong to the wind?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:27 - “You would even cast lots for the orphans,
And barter over your friend.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:28 - “Now please look at me,
And see if I am lying to your face.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:29 - “Please turn away, let there be no injustice;
Turn away, my righteousness is still in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:30 - “Is there injustice on my tongue?
Does my palate not discern disasters?
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit Whose poison my spirit drinks
Heb hallamuth, meaning uncertain
Lit hidden
Lit prolong my soul
Or reverence for
I.e., dry stream bed(s), except in the rainy season
I.e., dry stream bed(s), except in the rainy season
Lit hides itself
Or caravans turn from their course, they go up into the waste and perish

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