An Appeal for Revelation
10:1 “I1 am weary2 of my life;
I will complain without restraint;3
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
10:2 I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn4 me;
tell me5 why you are contending6 with me.’
10:3 Is it good for you7 to oppress,8
to9 despise the work of your hands,
while10 you smile11
on the schemes of the wicked?
Motivations of God
10:4 “Do you have eyes of flesh,12
or do you see13 as a human being sees?14
10:5 Are your days like the days of a mortal,
or your years like the years15 of a mortal,
10:6 that16 you must search out17 my iniquity,
and inquire about my sin,
10:7 although you know18 that I am not guilty,
and that there is no one who can deliver19
out of your hand?
Contradictions in God’s Dealings
10:8 “Your hands have shaped20 me and made me,
but21 now you destroy me completely.22
10:9 Remember that you have made me as with23 the clay;
will24 you return me to dust?
10:10 Did you not pour25 me out like milk,
and curdle26 me like cheese?27
10:11 You clothed28 me with skin and flesh
and knit me together29 with bones and sinews.
10:12 You gave me30 life and favor,31
and your intervention32 watched over my spirit.
10:13 “But these things33 you have concealed in your heart;
I know that this34 is with you:35
10:14 If I sinned, then you would watch me
and you would not acquit me of my iniquity.
10:15 If I am guilty,36 woe37 to me,
and if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head;38
I am full of shame,39
and satiated with my affliction.40
10:16 If I lift myself up,41
you hunt me as a fierce lion,42
and again43 you display your power44 against me.
10:17 You bring new witnesses45 against me,
and increase your anger against me;
relief troops46 come against me.
An Appeal for Relief
10:18 “Why then did you bring me out from the womb?
I should have died47
and no eye would have seen me!
10:19 I should have been as though I had never existed;48
I should have been carried
right from the womb to the grave!
10:20 Are not my days few?49
Cease,50 then, and leave51 me alone,52
that I may find a little comfort,53
10:21 before I depart, never to return,54
to the land of darkness
and the deepest shadow,55
10:22 to the land of utter darkness,
like the deepest darkness,
and the deepest shadow and disorder,56
where even the light57 is like darkness.”58