Job Replies: My Complaint Is Just

Job 6

1 Then Job answered and said:

2 "Oh that my vexation were weighed,
and all my calamity laid in the balances!
3 For then it would be heavier than z the sand of the sea;
therefore my words have been rash.
4 For a the arrows of the Almighty are in me;
my spirit drinks their poison;
the terrors of God are arrayed against me.
5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass,
or the ox low over his fodder?
6 Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt,
or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow? 1
7 My appetite refuses to touch them;
they are as food that is loathsome to me. 2

8 "Oh that I might have my request,
and that God would fulfill my hope,
9 that it would b please God to crush me,
that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
10 This would be my comfort;
I would even exult 3 in pain c unsparing,
for I have not denied the words of d the Holy One.
11 What is my strength, that I should wait?
And what is my end, that I should be patient?
12 Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze?
13 Have I any help in me,
when resource is driven from me?

14 "He who e withholds 4 kindness from a f friend
forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15 My g brothers are h treacherous as a torrent-bed,
as torrential i streams that pass away,
16 which are dark with ice,
and where the snow hides itself.
17 When they melt, they disappear;
when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18 The caravans turn aside from their course;
they go up into j the waste and perish.
19 The caravans of k Tema look,
the travelers of l Sheba hope.
20 They are m ashamed because they were confident;
they come there and are m disappointed.
21 For you have now become nothing;
you see my calamity and are afraid.
22 Have I said, 'Make me a gift'?
Or, 'From your wealth offer a bribe for me'?
23 Or, 'Deliver me from the adversary's hand'?
Or, 'Redeem me from the hand of n the ruthless'?

24 "Teach me, and I will be silent;
make me understand how I have gone astray.
25 How forceful are upright words!
But what does reproof from you reprove?
26 Do you think that you can reprove words,
when the speech of a despairing man is o wind?
27 You would even p cast lots over the fatherless,
and bargain over your friend.

28 "But now, be pleased to look at me,
for I will not lie to your face.
29 q Please turn; let no injustice be done.
Turn now; my vindication is at stake.
30 Is there any injustice on my tongue?
Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?

  1. Cross References
    Proverbs 27:3
    A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 38:2
    For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me.
  3. Cross References
    1 Kings 19:4
    But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, "It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.
    Numbers 11:15
    If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 30:14
    And its breaking is like that of a potter's vessel that is smashed so ruthlessly that among its fragments not a shard is found with which to take fire from the hearth, or to dip up water out of the cistern.
  5. Cross References
    Leviticus 19:2
    Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
    Isaiah 57:15
    For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
    Hosea 11:9
    I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:24
    One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
  7. Cross References
    Proverbs 17:17
    A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 38:11
    My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague, and my nearest kin stand far off.
    Psalms 41:9
    Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
  9. Cross References
    1 Samuel 14:33
    Then they told Saul, "Behold, the people are sinning against the Lord by eating with the blood." And he said, "You have dealt treacherously; roll a great stone to me here.
  10. Cross References
    Jeremiah 15:18
    Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail?
  11. Cross References
    Genesis 1:2
    The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
    Jeremiah 4:23
    I looked on the earth, and behold, it was without form and void; and to the heavens, and they had no light.
  12. Cross References
    Genesis 25:15
    Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.
    1 Chronicles 1:30
    Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema.
    Isaiah 21:14
    To the thirsty bring water; meet the fugitive with bread, O inhabitants of the land of Tema.
    Jeremiah 25:23
    Dedan, Tema, Buz, and all who cut the corners of their hair.
  13. Cross References
    1 Kings 10:1
    Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions.
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:29
    For they shall be ashamed of the oaks that you desired; and you shall blush for the gardens that you have chosen.
    Jeremiah 14:3
    Her nobles send their servants for water; they come to the cisterns; they find no water; they return with their vessels empty; they are ashamed and confounded and cover their heads.
  15. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:29
    For they shall be ashamed of the oaks that you desired; and you shall blush for the gardens that you have chosen.
    Jeremiah 14:3
    Her nobles send their servants for water; they come to the cisterns; they find no water; they return with their vessels empty; they are ashamed and confounded and cover their heads.
  16. Cross References
    Job 15:20
    The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless.
    Job 27:13
    This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage that oppressors receive from the Almighty:
  17. Cross References
    Job 7:7
    Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good.
    Isaiah 41:29
    Behold, they are all a delusion; their works are nothing; their metal images are empty wind.
  18. Cross References
    Joel 3:3
    And have cast lots for my people, and have traded a boy for a prostitute, and have sold a girl for wine and have drunk it.
    Nahum 3:10
    Yet she became an exile; she went into captivity; her infants were dashed in pieces at the head of every street; for her honored men lots were cast, and all her great men were bound in chains.
  19. Cross References
    Job 17:10
    But you, come on again, all of you, and I shall not find a wise man among you.
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