2 It’s impossible to weigh my misery and grief! 3 They outweigh the sand along the beach, and that’s why I have spoken without thinking first. 4 The fearsome arrows of God All-Powerful have filled my soul with their poison. 5 Do oxen and wild donkeys cry out in distress unless they are hungry? 6 What is food without salt? What is more tasteless than the white of an egg?[a] 7 That’s how my food tastes, and my appetite is gone.
8 How I wish that God would answer my prayer 9 and do away with me. 10 Then I would be comforted, knowing that in all of my pain I have never disobeyed God. 11 Why should I patiently hope when my strength is gone? 12 I am not strong as stone or bronze, 13 and I have finally reached the end of my rope.
My Friends, I Am Desperate
14 My friends, I am desperate, and you should help me, even if I no longer respect God All-Powerful.[b] 15 But you are treacherous 16 as streams that swell with melting snow, 17 then suddenly disappear in the summer heat. 18 I am like a caravan, lost in the desert while searching for water. 19 Caravans from Tema and Sheba[c] 20 thought they would find water. But they were disappointed, 21 just as I am with you.[d] Only one look at my suffering, and you run away scared.
What Have I Done Wrong?
22 Have I ever asked any of you to give me a gift 23 or to purchase my freedom from brutal enemies? 24 What have I done wrong? Show me, and I will keep quiet. 25 The truth is always painful, but your arguments prove nothing. 26 Here I am desperate, and you consider my words as worthless as wind. 27 Why, you would sell an orphan or your own neighbor! 28 Look me straight in the eye; I won’t lie to you. 29 Stop accusing me falsely; my reputation is at stake. 30 I know right from wrong, and I am not telling lies.
6.6What is more tasteless. . . egg: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
6.14and you should help me. . . God All-Powerful: Or “and if you don’t help me, you no longer respect God All-Powerful.”
6.19Tema and Sheba: Tema was a region in northwest Arabia, and Sheba was probably a region in southwest Arabia.
6.21just. . . you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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