Job 6

Job Replies: My Complaint Is Just

1 Then Job answered and said:

2 "Oh, that my grief were fully weighed,
And my calamity laid with it on the scales!
3 For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea -
Therefore my words have been rash.
4 a For the arrows of the Almighty are within me;
My spirit drinks in their poison;
b The terrors of God are arrayed c against me.
5 Does the d wild donkey bray when it has grass,
Or does the ox low over its fodder?
6 Can flavorless food be eaten without salt?
Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
7 My soul refuses to touch them;
They are as loathsome food to me.

8 "Oh, that I might have my request,
That God would grant me the thing that I long for!
9 That it would please God to crush me,
That He would loose His hand and e cut me off!
10 Then I would still have comfort;
Though in anguish I would exult,
He will not spare;
For f I have not concealed the words of g the Holy One.
11 "What strength do I have, that I should hope?
And what is my end, that I should prolong my life?
12 Is my strength the strength of stones?
Or is my flesh bronze?
13 Is my help not within me?
And is success driven from me?

14 "To h him who is 1 afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend,
Even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15 i My brothers have dealt deceitfully like a brook,
j Like the streams of the brooks that pass away,
16 Which are dark because of the ice,
And into which the snow vanishes.
17 When it is warm, they cease to flow;
When it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18 The paths of their way turn aside,
They go nowhere and perish.
19 The caravans of k Tema look,
The travelers of l Sheba hope for them.
20 They are m disappointed 2 because they were confident;
They come there and are confused.
21 For now n you are nothing,
You see terror and o are afraid.
22 Did I ever say, 'Bring something to me'?
Or, 'Offer a bribe for me from your wealth'?
23 Or, 'Deliver me from the enemy's hand'?
Or, 'Redeem me from the hand of oppressors'?

24 "Teach me, and I will hold my tongue;
Cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
25 How forceful are right words!
But what does your arguing prove?
26 Do you intend to rebuke my words,
And the speeches of a desperate one, which are as wind?
27 Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless,
And you p undermine your friend.

28 Now therefore, be pleased to look at me;
For I would never lie to your face.
29 q Yield now, let there be no injustice!
Yes, concede, my r righteousness 3 still stands!
30 Is there injustice on my tongue?
Cannot my 4 taste discern the unsavory?

  1. Cross References
    Job 16:13
    His archers surround me. He pierces my heart and does not pity; He pours out my gall on the ground.
    Psalms 38:2
    For Your arrows pierce me deeply, And Your hand presses me down.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 88:15
    I have been afflicted and ready to die from my youth; I suffer Your terrors; I am distraught.
    Psalms 88:16
    Your fierce wrath has gone over me; Your terrors have cut me off.
  3. Cross References
    Job 30:15
    Terrors are turned upon me; They pursue my honor as the wind, And my prosperity has passed like a cloud.
  4. Cross References
    Job 39:5 - 8
    Who set the wild donkey free? Who loosed the bonds of the onager.
  5. Cross References
    Numbers 11:15
    "If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now - if I have found favor in Your sight - and do not let me see my wretchedness!"
    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 prayed that he might die, and said, "It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!
    Job 7:16
    I loathe my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone, For my days are but a breath.
    Job 9:21
    I am blameless, yet I do not know myself; I despise my life.
    Job 10:1
    My soul loathes my life; I will give free course to my complaint, I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
  6. Cross References
    Acts 20:20
    How I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house.
  7. Cross References
    Leviticus 19:2
    Speak to all the congregation of the children 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 High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
  8. Cross References
    Proverbs 17:17
    A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 38:11
    My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague, And my relatives stand afar off.
  10. Cross References
    Jeremiah 15:18
    Why is my pain perpetual And my wound incurable, Which refuses to be healed? Will You surely be to me like an unreliable stream, As waters that fail?
  11. Cross References
    Genesis 25:15
    Hadar, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.
    Isaiah 21:14
    O inhabitants of the land of Tema, Bring water to him who is thirsty; With their bread they met him who fled.
    Jeremiah 25:23
    Dedan, Tema, Buz, and all who are in the farthest corners.
  12. 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.
    Psalms 72:10
    The kings of Tarshish and of the isles Will bring presents; The kings of Sheba and Seba Will offer gifts.
    Ezekiel 27:22
    The merchants of Sheba and Raamah were your merchants. They traded for your wares the choicest spices, all kinds of precious stones, and gold.
    Ezekiel 27:23
    Haran, Canneh, Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Assyria, and Chilmad were your merchants.
  13. Cross References
    Jeremiah 14:3
    Their nobles have sent their lads for water; They went to the cisterns and found no water. They returned with their vessels empty; They were ashamed and confounded And covered their heads.
  14. Cross References
    Job 13:4
    But you forgers of lies, You are all worthless physicians.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 38:11
    My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague, And my relatives stand afar off.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 57:6
    They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They have dug a pit before me; Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah
  17. Cross References
    Job 17:10
    But please, come back again, all of you, For I shall not find one wise man among you.
  18. Cross References
    Job 27:5
    Far be it from me That I should say you are right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
    Job 27:6
    My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go; My heart shall not reproach me as long as I live.
    Job 34:5
    For Job has said, 'I am righteous, But God has taken away my justice.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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