Job 6

Job Replies to Eliphaz

6:1 Then Job responded:1

6:2 “Oh,2 if only my grief3 could be weighed,4

and my misfortune laid5 on the scales too!6

6:3 But because it is heavier7 than the sand8 of the sea,

that is why my words have been wild.9

6:4 For the arrows10 of the Almighty11 are within me;

my spirit12 drinks their poison;13

God’s sudden terrors14 are arrayed15 against me.

Complaints Reflect Suffering

6:5 “Does the wild donkey16 bray17 when it is near grass?18

Or19 does the ox low near its fodder?20

6:6 Can food that is tasteless21 be eaten without salt?

Or is there any taste in the white22 of an egg?

6:7 I23 have refused24 to touch such things;25

they are like loathsome food to me.26

A Cry for Death

6:8 “Oh that27 my request would be realized,28

and that God would grant me what I long for!29

6:9 And that God would be willing30 to crush me,

that he would let loose31 his hand

and32 kill me.33

6:10 Then I would yet have my comfort,34

then35 I would rejoice,36

in spite of pitiless pain,37

for38 I have not concealed the words39 of the Holy One.40

6:11 What is my strength, that I should wait?41

and what is my end,42

that I should prolong my life?

6:12 Is my strength like that of stones?43

or is my flesh made of bronze?

6:13 Is44 not my power to help myself nothing,

and has not every resource45 been driven from me?

Disappointing Friends

6:14 “To the one in despair, kindness46 should come from his friend47

even if48 he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

6:15 My brothers49 have been as treacherous50 as a seasonal stream,51

and as the riverbeds of the intermittent streams52

that flow away.53

6:16 They54 are dark55 because of ice;

snow is piled56 up over them.57

6:17 When they are scorched,58 they dry up,

when it is hot, they vanish59 from their place.

6:18 Caravans60 turn aside from their routes;

they go61 into the wasteland62 and perish.63

6:19 The caravans of Tema64 looked intently65 for these streams;66

the traveling merchants67 of Sheba hoped for them.

6:20 They were distressed,68

because each one had been69 so confident;

they arrived there,70 but were disappointed.

6:21 For now71 you have become like these streams that are no help;72

you see a terror,73 and are afraid.

Friends’ Fears

6:22 “Have I74 ever said,75 ‘Give me something,

and from your fortune76 make gifts77 in my favor’?

6:23 Or ‘Deliver me78 from the enemy’s power,79

and from the hand of tyrants80 ransom81 me’?

No Sin Discovered

6:24 “Teach82 me and I, for my part,83 will be silent;

explain to me84 how I have been mistaken.85

6:25 How painful86 are honest words!

But87 what does your reproof88 prove?89

6:26 Do you intend to criticize mere words,

and treat90 the words of a despairing man as wind?

6:27 Yes, you would gamble91 for the fatherless,

and auction off92 your friend.

Other Explanation

6:28 “Now then, be good enough to look93 at me;94

and I will not95 lie to your face!

6:29 Relent,96 let there be no falsehood;97

reconsider,98 for my righteousness is intact!99

6:30 Is there any falsehood100 on my lips?

Can my mouth101 not discern evil things?102

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