Job 10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Job Despairs of God’s Dealings
10 “I am disgusted with my life and loathe it!
I will give free expression to my complaint;
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
“I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me [and declare me guilty]!
Show me why You contend and argue and struggle with me.
‘Does it indeed seem right to You to oppress,
To despise and reject the work of Your hands,
And to look with favor on the schemes of the wicked?
‘Do You have eyes of flesh?
Do You see as a man sees?
‘Are Your days as the days of a mortal,
Are Your years as man’s years,
That You seek my guilt
And search for my sin?
‘Although You know that I am not guilty or wicked,
Yet there is no one who can rescue me from Your hand.
‘Your hands have formed and made me altogether.
Would You [turn around and] destroy me?
‘Remember now, that You have made me as clay;
So will You turn me into dust again?
‘Have You not poured me out like milk
And curdled me like cheese?
‘[You have] clothed me with skin and flesh,
And knit me together with bones and sinews.
‘You have granted me life and lovingkindness;
And Your providence (divine care, supervision) has preserved my spirit.
‘Yet these [present evils] You have hidden in Your heart [since my creation]:
I know that this was within You [in Your purpose and thought].
‘If I sin, then You would take note and observe me,
And You would not acquit me of my guilt.
‘If I am wicked, woe to me [for judgment comes]!
And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head.
For I am sated and filled with disgrace and the sight of my misery.
‘Should I lift my head up, You would hunt me like a lion;
And again You would show Your marvelous power against me.
‘You renew Your witnesses against me
And increase Your indignation and anger toward me;
Hardship after hardship is with me [attacking me time after time].
‘Why then did You bring me out of the womb?
Would that I had perished and no eye had seen me!
‘I should have been as though I had not existed;
[I should have been] carried from the womb to the grave.’
“Would He not let my few days alone,
Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer
Before I go—and I shall not return—
To the land of darkness and the deep shadow [of death],
The [sunless] land of utter gloom as darkness itself,
[The land] of the shadow of death, without order,
And [where] it shines as [thick] darkness.”
Job 10 New International Version (NIV)
10 “I loathe my very life;
therefore I will give free rein to my complaint
and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.
2 I say to God: Do not declare me guilty,
but tell me what charges you have against me.
3 Does it please you to oppress me,
to spurn the work of your hands,
while you smile on the plans of the wicked?
4 Do you have eyes of flesh?
Do you see as a mortal sees?
5 Are your days like those of a mortal
or your years like those of a strong man,
6 that you must search out my faults
and probe after my sin—
7 though you know that I am not guilty
and that no one can rescue me from your hand?
8 “Your hands shaped me and made me.
Will you now turn and destroy me?
9 Remember that you molded me like clay.
Will you now turn me to dust again?
10 Did you not pour me out like milk
and curdle me like cheese,
11 clothe me with skin and flesh
and knit me together with bones and sinews?
12 You gave me life and showed me kindness,
and in your providence watched over my spirit.
13 “But this is what you concealed in your heart,
and I know that this was in your mind:
14 If I sinned, you would be watching me
and would not let my offense go unpunished.
15 If I am guilty—woe to me!
Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head,
for I am full of shame
and drowned in my affliction.
16 If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion
and again display your awesome power against me.
17 You bring new witnesses against me
and increase your anger toward me;
your forces come against me wave upon wave.
18 “Why then did you bring me out of the womb?
I wish I had died before any eye saw me.
19 If only I had never come into being,
or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave!
20 Are not my few days almost over?
Turn away from me so I can have a moment’s joy
21 before I go to the place of no return,
to the land of gloom and utter darkness,
22 to the land of deepest night,
of utter darkness and disorder,
where even the light is like darkness.”