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Job 6 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Job's Friends Are No Help

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:1 - Then Job [fn]answered,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:2 - “Oh that my grief were actually weighed
And laid in the balances together with my calamity!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:3 - “For then it would be heavier than the sand of the seas;
Therefore my words have been rash.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:4 - “For the arrows of the Almighty are within me,
[fn]Their poison my spirit drinks;
The terrors of God are arrayed against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:5 - “Does the wild donkey bray over his grass,
Or does the ox low over his fodder?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:6 - “Can something tasteless be eaten without salt,
Or is there any taste in the [fn]white of an egg?
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 longing!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:9 - “Would that God were willing to crush me,
That He would loose His hand and cut me off!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:10 - “But it is still my consolation,
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 [fn]deliverance is driven from me?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:14 - “For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend;
So that he does not forsake 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 vanish,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:16 - Which are turbid because of ice
And into which the snow [fn]melts.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:17 - “When they become waterless, they [fn]are silent,
When it is hot, they vanish from their place.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:18 - “The [fn]paths of their course wind along,
They go up into nothing 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 [fn]disappointed for they had trusted,
They came there and were confounded.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:21 - “Indeed, you have now become such,
You see a terror 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, ‘Deliver me from the hand of the adversary,’
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 erred.
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 reprove 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 lie to your face.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:29 - “Desist now, let there be no injustice;
Even desist, my righteousness is yet in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:30 - “Is there injustice on my tongue?
Cannot my palate discern [fn]calamities?
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: answered and said
Literally: Whose
Hebrew: hallamuth, meaning uncertain. Perhaps the juice of a plant
Literally: hidden
Literally: prolong my soul
So ancient versions
Or, reverence
Or, brooks
Literally: hides itself
Or, cease
Or, caravans turn from their course, they go up into the waste and perish
Literally: ashamed
Or, words

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