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Job 10 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

10 “My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

I will say unto God: ‘Do not condemn me; show me why Thou contendest with me.

Is it good unto Thee that Thou shouldest oppress, that Thou shouldest despise the work of Thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

Hast Thou eyes of flesh, or seest Thou as man seeth?

Are Thy days as the days of man? Are Thy years as man’s days,

that Thou inquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?

Thou knowest that I am not wicked, and there is none that can deliver out of Thine hand.

“‘Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet Thou dost destroy me.

Remember, I beseech Thee, that Thou hast made me as the clay. And wilt Thou bring me into dust again?

10 Hast Thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?

11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast protected me with bones and sinews.

12 Thou hast granted me life and favor, and Thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

13 “‘And these things hast Thou hid in Thine heart; I know that this is with Thee:

14 If I sin, then Thou markest me, and Thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.

15 If I be wicked, woe unto me! And if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see Thou mine affliction,

16 for it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion, and again Thou showest Thyself marvelous upon me.

17 Thou renewest Thy witnesses against me, and increasest Thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.

18 Why then hast Thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!

19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.

20 Are not my days few? Cease then and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little

21 before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death”

22 a land of darkness, as darkness itself, and of the shadow of death without any order, and where the light is as 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.
I say to God: Do not declare me guilty,
    but tell me what charges you have against me.
Does it please you to oppress me,
    to spurn the work of your hands,
    while you smile on the plans of the wicked?
Do you have eyes of flesh?
    Do you see as a mortal sees?
Are your days like those of a mortal
    or your years like those of a strong man,
that you must search out my faults
    and probe after my sin
though you know that I am not guilty
    and that no one can rescue me from your hand?

“Your hands shaped me and made me.
    Will you now turn and destroy me?
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[a] 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.”

Footnotes:

  1. Job 10:15 Or and aware of
New International Version (NIV)

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