CHAPTER 6 6 Job’s First Reply. 1Then Job answered and said: 2Ah, could my anguish but be measured and my calamity laid with it in the scales, 3They would now outweigh the sands of the sea! Because of this I speak without restraint. 4For the arrows of the Almighty are in me, and my spirit drinks in their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me. 5Does the wild donkey bray when it has grass?[Z] Does the ox low over its fodder? 6Can anything insipid be eaten without salt? Is there flavor in the white of an egg? 7I refuse to touch them; they are like loathsome food to me. 8Oh, that I might have my request, and that God would grant what I long for: 9Even that God would decide to crush me, that he would put forth his hand and cut me off! 10Then I should still have consolation and could exult through unremitting pain, because I have not transgressed the commands of the Holy One. 11What strength have I that I should endure, and what is my limit that I should be patient? 12Have I the strength of stones, or is my flesh of bronze? 13Have I no helper, and has my good sense deserted me? 14A friend owes kindness to one in despair, though he has forsaken the fear of the Almighty. 15My companions are undependable as a wadi, as watercourses that run dry in the wadies; 16Though they may be black with ice, and with snow heaped upon them, 17Yet once they flow, they cease to be; in the heat, they disappear from their place. 18Caravans wander from their routes; they go into the wasteland and perish. 19The caravans of Tema[A] search, the companies of Sheba have hopes; 20They are disappointed, though they were confident; they come there and are frustrated. 21It is thus that you have now become for me;[B] you see a terrifying thing and are afraid. 22Have I said, “Give me something, make a bribe on my behalf from your possessions”? 23Or “Deliver me from the hand of the enemy, redeem me from oppressors”? 24Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have erred. 25How painful honest words can be; yet how unconvincing is your argument! 26Do you consider your words as proof, but the sayings of a desperate man as wind? 27You would even cast lots for the orphan, and would barter over your friend! 28Come, now, give me your attention; surely I will not lie to your face. 29Think it over; let there be no injustice. Think it over; I still am right. 30Is there insincerity on my tongue, or cannot my taste discern falsehood?
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