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6 And Job proceeded to answer and say: 2 “O that my vexation+ were altogether weighed, And that at the same time my adversity they would put on scales themselves! 3 For now it is heavier even than the sands of the seas. That is why my own words have been wild talk.+ 4 For the arrows of the Almighty* are with me,+ The venom of which my spirit is drinking;+ The terrors from God* range themselves up against me.*+ 5 Will a zebra*+ cry out over grass, Or a bull low over its fodder? 6 Will tasteless things be eaten without salt, Or is there any taste in the slimy juice of marshmallow? 7 My soul has refused to touch [anything]. They are like disease in my food. 8 O that my request would come And that God* would grant even my hope! 9 And that God would go ahead and crush me, That he would release his hand and cut me off!+ 10 Even it would still be my comfort; And I should leap [for joy]+ at [my] labor pains, [Though] he would have no compassion, for I have not hidden the sayings+ of the Holy One.+ 11 What is my power, that I should keep waiting?+ And what is my end, that I should keep prolonging my soul?* 12 Is my power the power of stones? Or is my flesh of copper? 13 Is it that self-assistance is not in me, And effectual working itself has been chased away from me? 14 As regards anyone who withholds loving-kindness* from his own fellow,+ He will also leave off even the fear of the Almighty.+ 15 My own brothers have dealt treacherously,+ like a winter torrent, Like the channel of winter torrents that keep passing away. 16 They are dark from ice, Upon them snow hides itself. 17 In due season they become waterless,+ they have been silenced; When it grows hot they are dried up from their place.+ 18 The paths of their way are turned aside; They go up into the empty place and perish. 19 The caravans of Teʹma+ have looked, The traveling company of Sa·beʹans*+ have waited for them. 20 They certainly are ashamed because they had trusted; They have come clear to the place and they get disappointed.+ 21 For now YOU men have amounted to nothing;+ YOU see terror, and YOU become afraid.+ 22 Is it because I have said, ‘GIVE me [something], Or from some of the power of YOU men make a present in my behalf; 23 And rescue me out of the hand of an adversary,+ And out of the hand of tyrants YOU men should redeem me’?+ 24 Instruct me, and I, for my part, shall be silent;+ And what mistake I have committed make me understand.+ 25 The sayings of uprightness have been—O not painful!+ But what does reproving* on the part of YOU men reprove?+ 26 Is it to reprove words that YOU men scheme, When the sayings of one in despair+ are for mere wind?+ 27 How much more will YOU cast lots even over someone fatherless,+ And barter over YOUR companion!+ 28 And now GO ahead, pay attention to me, [And see] whether I shall lie+ to YOUR very faces. 29 Return, please—let no unrighteousness arise— Yes, return—my righteousness is yet in it.+ 30 Is there unrighteousness on my tongue, Or does my own palate not discern adversity?
^ “Jehovah,” LXXVg.
^ “God.” Heb., ʼElohʹah.
^ “Cast me out from social intercourse,” by the transposition of two letters in M.
^ Or, “onager; wild ass.”
^ “God.” Heb., ʼElohʹah.
^ Or, “my life [as a soul].” Heb., naph·shiʹ; Gr., psy·kheʹ.
^ Or, “loyal love.”
^ Lit., “Sheba.”
^ “Reproving.” In Heb. this is a verb in the infinitive absolute, indefinite as to time and impersonal.