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Job 6 Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)

¶ And Job answered and said,

Oh that my grief and calamity were justly weighed and laid equally in the balances!

For it would be heavier than the sand of the sea; therefore, my words are swallowed up.

For the arrows of the Almighty are within me; my spirit drinks of the poison; and terrors of God combat me.

Does the wild ass bray when he has grass? Does the ox low over his fodder?

Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

The things that my soul refused to touch before, now by my sorrow are my food.

¶ Oh, that I might have my request and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

Even that it would please God to destroy me, that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!

10 Then should my comfort grow; I would hold on to sorrow without mercy; for I have not contradicted the words of the Holy One.

11 What is my strength that I should hope? What is my end that I should prolong my life?

12 Is my strength the strength of stones? Or is my flesh of steel?

13 Am I not doing all that I can, and even with all this I lack the power to do anything?

14 ¶ He that is afflicted deserves mercy from his friend; but he has forsaken the fear of the Almighty.

15 My brethren have lied to me as a brook; they passed away as an impetuous stream,

16 which was hidden by ice and covered by snow.

17 Which in the time of heat, they vanish; when they are heated, they disappear out of their place;

18 they turn aside out of the paths of their way; they go to nothing and perish.

19 The travelers of Tema looked; the traveling companies of Sheba waited for them.

20 They were put to shame because of their hope; they came there and found them confused.

21 Now ye are certainly as they; ye have seen the torment and are afraid.

22 ¶ Did I say, Bring unto me and pay for me out of your substance

23 and deliver me from the enemy’s hand and ransom me from the hand of the mighty?

24 Teach me, and I will be silent; and cause me to understand in what I have erred.

25 How forcible are the words of rectitude! But what does your argument reprove?

26 Are ye not thinking up words of reproof and throw to the wind words that are lost?

27 Ye also overwhelm the fatherless and dig a pit before your friend.

28 Now, therefore, if ye desire, look upon me and see if I shall lie in your presence.

29 Turn now, and there is no iniquity; return again to look for my righteousness in this.

30 If there is iniquity in my tongue or if my taste cannot discern the torments.

Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)

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Job 6 New International Version (NIV)


Then Job replied:

“If only my anguish could be weighed
    and all my misery be placed on the scales!
It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas—
    no wonder my words have been impetuous.
The arrows of the Almighty are in me,
    my spirit drinks in their poison;
    God’s terrors are marshaled against me.
Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass,
    or an ox bellow when it has fodder?
Is tasteless food eaten without salt,
    or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow[a]?
I refuse to touch it;
    such food makes me ill.

“Oh, that I might have my request,
    that God would grant what I hope for,
that God would be willing to crush me,
    to let loose his hand and cut off my life!
10 Then I would still have this consolation
    my joy in unrelenting pain
    that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.

11 “What strength do I have, that I should still hope?
    What prospects, that I should be patient?
12 Do I have the strength of stone?
    Is my flesh bronze?
13 Do I have any power to help myself,
    now that success has been driven from me?

14 “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend
    forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams,
    as the streams that overflow
16 when darkened by thawing ice
    and swollen with melting snow,
17 but that stop flowing in the dry season,
    and in the heat vanish from their channels.
18 Caravans turn aside from their routes;
    they go off into the wasteland and perish.
19 The caravans of Tema look for water,
    the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.
20 They are distressed, because they had been confident;
    they arrive there, only to be disappointed.
21 Now you too have proved to be of no help;
    you see something dreadful and are afraid.
22 Have I ever said, ‘Give something on my behalf,
    pay a ransom for me from your wealth,
23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy,
    rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless’?

24 “Teach me, and I will be quiet;
    show me where I have been wrong.
25 How painful are honest words!
    But what do your arguments prove?
26 Do you mean to correct what I say,
    and treat my desperate words as wind?
27 You would even cast lots for the fatherless
    and barter away your friend.

28 “But now be so kind as to look at me.
    Would I lie to your face?
29 Relent, do not be unjust;
    reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.[b]
30 Is there any wickedness on my lips?
    Can my mouth not discern malice?


  1. Job 6:6 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  2. Job 6:29 Or my righteousness still stands
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