Job 6-26New King James Version (NKJV)
Job: My Complaint Is Just
6 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Oh, that my grief were fully weighed,
8 “Oh, that I might have my request,
11 “What strength do I have, that I should hope?
14 “To him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend,
24 “Teach me, and I will hold my tongue;
Job: My Suffering Is Comfortless
7 “Is there not a time of hard service for man on earth?
6 “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
11 “Therefore I will not restrain my mouth;
17 “What is man, that You should exalt him,
Bildad: Job Should Repent
8 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “How long will you speak these things,
8 “For inquire, please, of the former age,
11 “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
19 “Behold, this is the joy of His way,
Job: There Is No Mediator
9 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Truly I know it is so,
14 “How then can I answer Him,
21 “I am blameless, yet I do not know myself;
25 “Now my days are swifter than a runner;
Job: I Would Plead with God
10 “My soul loathes my life;
8 ‘Your hands have made me and fashioned me,
13 ‘And these things You have hidden in Your heart;
18 ‘Why then have You brought me out of the womb?
Zophar Urges Job to Repent
11 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2 “Should not the multitude of words be answered?
7 “Can you search out the deep things of God?
10 “If He passes by, imprisons, and gathers to judgment,
13 “If you would prepare your heart,
Job Answers His Critics
12 Then Job answered and said:
2 “No doubt you are the people,
4 “I am one mocked by his friends,
7 “But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
13 “With Him are wisdom and strength,
13 “Behold, my eye has seen all this,
13 “Hold your peace with me, and let me speak,
Job’s Despondent Prayer
20 “Only two things do not do to me,
28 “Man[i] decays like a rotten thing,
14 “Man who is born of woman
7 “For there is hope for a tree,
13 “Oh, that You would hide me in the grave,
18 “But as a mountain falls and crumbles away,
Eliphaz Accuses Job of Folly
15 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2 “Should a wise man answer with empty knowledge,
7 “Are you the first man who was born?
14 “What is man, that he could be pure?
17 “I will tell you, hear me;
27 “Though he has covered his face with his fatness,
Job Reproaches His Pitiless Friends
16 Then Job answered and said:
2 “I have heard many such things;
6 “Though I speak, my grief is not relieved;
15 “I have sewn sackcloth over my skin,
18 “O earth, do not cover my blood,
Job Prays for Relief
17 “My spirit is broken,
3 “Now put down a pledge for me with Yourself.
6 “But He has made me a byword of the people,
10 “But please, come back again, all of you,[p]
Bildad: The Wicked Are Punished
18 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “How long till you put an end to words?
5 “The light of the wicked indeed goes out,
Job Trusts in His Redeemer
19 Then Job answered and said:
2 “How long will you torment my soul,
7 “If I cry out concerning wrong, I am not heard.
13 “He has removed my brothers far from me,
21 “Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends,
23 “Oh, that my words were written!
Zophar’s Sermon on the Wicked Man
20 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2 “Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer,
4 “Do you not know this of old,
12 “Though evil is sweet in his mouth,
20 “Because he knows no quietness in his heart,[s]
Job’s Discourse on the Wicked
21 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Listen carefully to my speech,
4 “As for me, is my complaint against man?
17 “How often is the lamp of the wicked put out?
22 “Can anyone teach God knowledge,
27 “Look, I know your thoughts,
Eliphaz Accuses Job of Wickedness
22 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2 “Can a man be profitable to God,
12 “Is not God in the height of heaven?
19 “The righteous see it and are glad,
21 “Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace;
Job Proclaims God’s Righteous Judgments
23 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Even today my complaint is bitter;
8 “Look, I go forward, but He is not there,
13 “But He is unique, and who can make Him change?
Job Complains of Violence on the Earth
24 “Since times are not hidden from the Almighty,
2 “Some remove landmarks;
9 “Some snatch the fatherless from the breast,
13 “There are those who rebel against the light;
18 “They should be swift on the face of the waters,
22 “But God draws the mighty away with His power;
25 “Now if it is not so, who will prove me a liar,
Bildad: How Can Man Be Righteous?
25 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “Dominion and fear belong to Him;
Job: Man’s Frailty and God’s Majesty
26 But Job answered and said:
2 “How have you helped him who is without power?
5 “The dead tremble,
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