Job 6:1-20


Then Job replied:

“If only my anguish could be weighed

and all my misery be placed on the scales!

It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas—

no wonder my words have been impetuous.

The arrows of the Almighty are in me,

my spirit drinks in their poison;

God’s terrors are marshaled against me.

Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass,

or an ox bellow when it has fodder?

Is tasteless food eaten without salt,

or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow6:6 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.?

I refuse to touch it;

such food makes me ill.

“Oh, that I might have my request,

that God would grant what I hope for,

that God would be willing to crush me,

to let loose his hand and cut off my life!

Then I would still have this consolation—

my joy in unrelenting pain—

that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.

“What strength do I have, that I should still hope?

What prospects, that I should be patient?

Do I have the strength of stone?

Is my flesh bronze?

Do I have any power to help myself,

now that success has been driven from me?

“Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend

forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams,

as the streams that overflow

when darkened by thawing ice

and swollen with melting snow,

but that stop flowing in the dry season,

and in the heat vanish from their channels.

Caravans turn aside from their routes;

they go off into the wasteland and perish.

The caravans of Tema look for water,

the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.

They are distressed, because they had been confident;

they arrive there, only to be disappointed.

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