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Job 6:1-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Job Replies: My Complaint Is Just

Then Job answered:

“O that my vexation were weighed,
    and all my calamity laid in the balances!
For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea;
    therefore my words have been rash.
For the arrows of the Almighty[a] are in me;
    my spirit drinks their poison;
    the terrors of God are arrayed against me.
Does the wild ass bray over its grass,
    or the ox low over its fodder?
Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt,
    or is there any flavor in the juice of mallows?[b]
My appetite refuses to touch them;
    they are like food that is loathsome to me.[c]

“O that I might have my request,
    and that God would grant my desire;
that it would please God to crush me,
    that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
10 This would be my consolation;
    I would even exult[d] in unrelenting pain;
    for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
11 What is my strength, that I should wait?
    And what is my end, that I should be patient?
12 Is my strength the strength of stones,
    or is my flesh bronze?
13 In truth I have no help in me,
    and any resource is driven from me.

14 “Those who withhold[e] kindness from a friend
    forsake the fear of the Almighty.[f]
15 My companions are treacherous like a torrent-bed,
    like freshets that pass away,
16 that run dark with ice,
    turbid with melting snow.
17 In time of heat they disappear;
    when it is hot, they vanish from their place.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 6:4 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  2. Job 6:6 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  3. Job 6:7 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  4. Job 6:10 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  5. Job 6:14 Syr Vg Compare Tg: Meaning of Heb uncertain
  6. Job 6:14 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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