61But Job answered and said, 2Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!6.2 laid: Heb. lifted up 3For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.6.3 my words…: that is, I want words to express my grief 4For 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. 5Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?6.5 when he…: Heb. at grass? 6Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg? 7The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.
8Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!6.8 the thing…: Heb. my expectation 9Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off! 10Then 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. 11What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life? 12Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?6.12 of brass: Heb. brasen? 13Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
14To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.6.14 is afflicted: Heb. melteth 15My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away; 16Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid: 17What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.6.17 vanish: Heb. are cut off6.17 when…: Heb. in the heat thereof6.17 consumed: Heb. extinguished 18The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish. 19The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them. 20They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed. 21For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.6.21 ye are…: or, ye are like to them: Heb. to it6.21 nothing: Heb. not
22Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance? 23Or, Deliver me from the enemy’s hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty? 24Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. 25How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove? 26Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind? 27Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.6.27 ye overwhelm: Heb. ye cause to fall upon 28Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.6.28 evident…: Heb. before your face 29Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.6.29 in it: that is, in this matter 30Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?6.30 my taste: Heb. my palate
71Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?7.1 an appointed…: or, a warfare 2As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:7.2 earnestly…: Heb. gapeth after 3So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me. 4When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.7.4 the night…: Heb. the evening be measured? 5My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome. 6My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.
7O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.7.7 shall…: Heb. shall not return7.7 see: to see, that is, to enjoy 8The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.7.8 I am…: that is, I can live no longer 9As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. 10He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more. 11Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. 12Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me? 13When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint; 14Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions: 15So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.7.15 life: Heb. bones 16I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.
17What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? 18And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? 19How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? 20I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself? 21And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.
81Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, 2How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind? 3Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice? 4If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;8.4 for…: Heb. in the hand of their transgression 5If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; 6If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous. 7Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
8For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers: 9(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)8.9 nothing: Heb. not 10Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart? 11Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water? 12Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb. 13So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish: 14Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web.8.14 web: Heb. house 15He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure. 16He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden. 17His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones. 18If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee. 19Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.
20Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:8.20 help…: Heb. take the ungodly by the hand8.20 come: Heb. shall not be 21Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.8.21 rejoicing: Heb. shouting for joy 22They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.8.22 shall come…: Heb. shall not be