||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 6 [Commentary] [Map] |
||Then Job answered,
||"Oh that my grief were actually weighed
And laid in the balances together with my calamity!
||"For then it would be heavier than the sand of the seas;
Therefore my words have been rash.
||"For the arrows of the Almighty are within me,
Their poison my spirit drinks;
The terrors of God are arrayed against me.
||"Does the wild donkey bray over his grass,
Or does the ox low over his fodder?
||"Can something tasteless be eaten without salt,
Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
||"My soul refuses to touch them;
They are like loathsome food to me.
||"Oh that my request might come to pass,
And that God would grant my longing!
||"Would that God were willing to crush me,
That He would loose His hand and cut me off!
||"But it is still my consolation,
And I rejoice in unsparing pain,
That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
||"What is my strength, that I should wait?
And what is my end, that I should endure?
||"Is my strength the strength of stones,
Or is my flesh bronze?
||"Is it that my help is not within me,
And that deliverance is driven from me?
||"For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend;
So that he does not forsake the fear of the Almighty.
||"My brothers have acted deceitfully like a wadi,
Like the torrents of wadis which vanish,
||Which are turbid because of ice
And into which the snow melts.
||"When they become waterless, they are silent,
When it is hot, they vanish from their place.
||"The paths of their course wind along,
They go up into nothing and perish.
||"The caravans of Tema looked,
The travelers of Sheba hoped for them.
||"They were disappointed for they had trusted,
They came there and were confounded.
||"Indeed, you have now become such,
You see a terror and are afraid.
||"Have I said, `Give me something,'
Or, `Offer a bribe for me from your wealth,'
||Or, `Deliver me from the hand of the adversary,'
Or, `Redeem me from the hand of the tyrants'?
||"Teach me, and I will be silent;
And show me how I have erred.
||"How painful are honest words!
But what does your argument prove?
||"Do you intend to reprove my words,
When the words of one in despair belong to the wind?
||"You would even cast lots for the orphans
And barter over your friend.
||"Now please look at me,
And see if I lie to your face.
||"Desist now, let there be no injustice;
Even desist, my righteousness is yet in it.
||"Is there injustice on my tongue?
Cannot my palate discern calamities?
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