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Job 6:1-30

6  But Job answered 2  “If only my vexation were to be weighed and they were to take up my catastrophe altogether on the scales, 3*  Because it would then outweigh the sand of the sea! that is why my words were so rash. 4  For I have Shaddai’s arrows in me, their poison drinking out my spirit; God’s overwhelmings are in the field against me. 5  Will a wild ass bray over greensward or a cow moo over its mess of barley? 6*  Is flour paste to be eaten without salt, or is there flavor in marshmallow? 7*  My appetite refuses to touch, loathes my food like the discharges of my disease. 8  If only what I ask would come, and God would give what I am hoping for, 9  And God would be pleased to fell me, would turn his hand loose and finish me off! 10*  And it would yet be my comfort, and I should break away in the pang that he does not spare, because I have never hushed up the say of the Holy One. 11  What is my strength, that I should wait? and what is my end, that I should be patient? 12  Or is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh bronze? 13  —Or do I have in me no help for myself and are sensible ideas knocked out of me? 14*  One who fails to get friendship from his friend will leave off the fear of Shaddai. 15  My brothers have played false like an arroyo, like a bed of arroyo-streams that run off, 16  That are black with winter weather, on which snow goes out of sight; 17*  At the scorching time they are wiped out; in the heat they disappear from their place; 18  The line of their course twists about, they go up into nothingness and are lost. 19  The wayfarers from Teman were looking, the caravans from Sheba were hoping for them; 20**  They were disappointed because they had relied on them; they came to them and were discomfited. 21*  You have now been the same to me; you see a horror and are afraid. 22  Was I saying ‘Give me’ or ‘Pay a tip for me out of your means 23  And get me off out of a foeman’s hands and ransom me out of the hands of ruffians’? 24  Instruct me and I will be silent; make it clear to me what missteps I have made. 25*  How telling are frank utterances! but what does correction from you correct? 26  Do you think of correcting talk? but a despairing man’s say amounts to wind. 27*  Will you even fall upon a man of conscientious life and charge down upon your friend? 28  Now please face me; I will not lie to your faces. 29*  Come back; let us have no foul play; come back, I still have my honesty in it. 30  Is there foul play on my tongue? or does my palate not discriminate catastrophes?


6:3 Lit. were rash
6:6 (flour paste) Unc.
6:7 Codd. loathes my food like a lion Var. they are loathing the diseased state of my food
6:10 Susp.
6:14 Codd. withholds friendship from his friend Var. One who is breaking down should get friendship from his friend even if he leaves off (unc.)
6:17 Lit. At the time they (or men) are scorched
6:20 Lit. had relied; they
6:20 Codd. came to it
6:21 Codd. Because you have now been to me, you Var. Because you have now become it (var. become not), you
6:25 (first half) Unc.
6:27 Codd. You would even cast lots over an orphan and bargain over your friend
6:29 Or still have right on my side Conj. still have my honesty in me