But Job answered and said,
Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!
Heb. lifted up.
For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.
my words are swallowed up
that is, I want words to express my grief.
For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.
Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?
when he hath grass
Heb. at grass.
Can that which is unsavoury 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.
as my sorrowful meat
Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
the thing that I long for
Heb. my expectation.
Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
that it would
that he would
Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
let him not
have not concealed
the Holy One
What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?
Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?
Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
Is not my
and is wisdom
To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
Heb. melteth. he forsaketh.
My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;
as the stream
What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
Heb. are cut off. when it is hot they are consumed. Heb. in the heat thereof they are extinguished.
The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.
They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.
For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.
ye are nothing
or, ye are like to them. Heb. to it.
Heb. not. ye see.
Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?
Bring unto me
Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?
Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?
Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?
Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.
Heb. cause to fall upon. the fatherless.
Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.
evident unto you
Heb. before your face. if I lie.
Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.
that is, in this matter.
Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?