Job Chapter 6

Source: Septuagint
But Job answered and said,
Oh that one would indeed weigh the wrath that is upon me, and take up my griefs in a balance together! And in fact they would be heavier than the sand by the seashore: but, as it seems, my words are vain. For the arrows of the Lord are in my body, whose violence drinks up my blood: whenever I am going to speak, they pierce me. What then? will the wild ass bray for nothing, if he is not seeking food? or again, will the ox low at the manger, when he has fodder? Shall bread be eaten without salt? or again, is there taste in empty words? For my wrath cannot cease; for I perceive my food as the smell of a lion to be loathsome.
For oh that he would grant my desire, and my petition might come, and the Lord would grant my hope! Let the Lord begin and wound me, but let him not utterly destroy me. 10 Let the grave be my city, upon the walls of which I have leaped: I will not shrink from it; for I have not denied the holy words of my God. 11 For what is my strength, that I continue? what is my time, that my soul endures? 12 Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass? 13 Or have I not trusted in him? but help is far from me.
14 Mercy has rejected me; and the visitation of the Lord has disregarded me. 15 My nearest relations have not regarded me; they have passed me by like a failing brook, or like a wave. 16 They who used to reverence me, now have come against me like snow or congealed ice. 17 When it has melted at the approach of heat, it is not known what it was. 18 Thus I also have been deserted of all; and I am ruined, and become an outcast. 19 Behold the ways of the Thæmanites, you that mark the paths of the Sabæans. 20 They too that trust in cities and riches shall come to shame. 21 But you also have come to me without pity; so that beholding my wound you are afraid. 22 What? have I made any demand of you? or do I ask for strength from you, 23 to deliver me from enemies, or to rescue me from the hand of the mighty ones?
24 You teach me, and I will be silent: if in anything I have erred, tell me. 25 But as it seems, the words of a true man are vain, because I do not ask strength of you. 26 Neither will your reproof cause me to cease my words, for neither will I endure the sound of your speech. 27 Even because you attack the fatherless, and insult your friend. 28 But now, having looked upon your countenances, I will not lie. 29 Sit down now, and let there not be unrighteousness; and unite again with the just. 30 For there is no injustice in my tongue; and does not my throat meditate understanding?

Source: Masoretic Hebrew
 
But Job answered and said, Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together. For now 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, the poison whereof drinks up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me. Does the wild ass bray when he has grass? or lows the ox over his fodder? Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg? The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.
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 I yet have comfort; yes, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One. 11 What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life? 12  Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass? 13  Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
14  To him that is afflicted pity should be showed from his friend; but he forsakes the fear of the Almighty. 15  My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away; 16  Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid: 17  What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place. 18  The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish. 19  The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them. 20  They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed. 21  For now you are nothing; you see my casting down, and are afraid.
22  Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance? 23  Or, Deliver me from the enemy’s hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty? 24  Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. 25  How forcible are right words! but what does your arguing reprove? 26  Do you imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind? 27  Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless, and you dig a pit for your friend. 28  Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie. 29  Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yes, return again, my righteousness is in it. 30  Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

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