Job, Chapter 6

6:1 Then Job answered and said,
6:2 Oh that my vexation were but weighed, And all my calamity laid in the balances!
6:3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas: Therefore my words have been rash.
6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are inside me, The poison of which my spirit drinks up: The terrors of God set themselves in array against me.
6:5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? Or does the ox low over his fodder?
6:6 Can that which has no savor be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
6:7 My soul refuses to touch [them]; They are as loathsome food to me.
6:8 Oh that I might have my request; And that God would grant [me] the thing that I long for!
6:9 Even that it would please God to crush me; That he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
6:10 And be it still my consolation, Yes, let me exult in pain that does not spare, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
6:11 What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that my soul should be patient?
6:12 Is my strength the strength of stones? Or is my flesh of bronze?
6:13 Is it not that I have no help in me, And that wisdom is driven quite from me?
6:14 To him who is ready to faint, kindness [should be shown] from his friend; Even to him who forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
6:15 My brothers have betrayed as a wadi, As a channel of wadis, they pass away;
6:16 Which are black by reason of the ice, [And] in which the snow hides itself:
6:17 What time they wax warm, they vanish; When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
6:18 The caravans [that travel] by the way of them turn aside; They go up into the waste, and perish.
6:19 The caravans of Tema looked, The companies of Sheba waited for them.
6:20 They were put to shame because they had hoped; They came there, and were confounded.
6:21 For now you+ are nothing; You+ see a terror, and are afraid.
6:22 Did I say, Give to me? Or, Offer a present for me of your+ substance?
6:23 Or, Deliver me from the adversary's hand? Or, Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors?
6:24 Teach me, and I will hold my peace; And cause me to understand in what I have erred.
6:25 How forcible are words of uprightness! But your+ reproof, what does it reprove?
6:26 Do you+ think to reprove words, Seeing that the speeches of one who is desperate are as wind?
6:27 Yes, you+ would cast [lots] on the fatherless, And make merchandise of your+ companion.
6:28 Now therefore be pleased to look at me; For surely I will not lie to your+ face.
6:29 Return, I pray you+, let there be no injustice; Yes, return again, my cause is righteous.
6:30 Is there injustice on my tongue? Can't my taste discern mischievous things?

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