Job 10–12; Psalm 39

Job Continues: A Plea to God

10  I uloathe my life;

I will give free utterance to my vcomplaint;

I will speak in wthe bitterness of my soul.

I will say to God, Do not xcondemn me;

let me know why you ycontend against me.

zDoes it seem good to you to oppress,

to despise athe work of your hands

band favor the designs of the wicked?

Have you ceyes of flesh?

dDo you see as man sees?

Are your days as the days of man,

or your eyears as a man’s years,

that you fseek out my iniquity

and search for my sin,

although you gknow that I am not guilty,

and there is hnone to deliver out of your hand?

iYour hands fashioned and made me,

and now you have destroyed me altogether.

Remember that you have made me like jclay;

and will you return me to the kdust?

10  Did you not pour me out like milk

and curdle me like cheese?

11  You clothed me with skin and flesh,

and knit me together with bones and sinews.

12  You have granted me life and steadfast love,

and your care has preserved my spirit.

13  Yet these things you hid in your heart;

I know that lthis was your purpose.

14  If I sin, you mwatch me

and do not nacquit me of my iniquity.

15  oIf I am guilty, woe to me!

If I am pin the right, I cannot lift up my head,

for I am filled with disgrace

and qlook on my affliction.

16  And were my head lifted up,1 you would hunt me like ra lion

and again work swonders against me.

17  You renew your twitnesses against me

and increase your vexation toward me;

you ubring fresh troops against me.

18  vWhy did you bring me out from the womb?

Would that I had died before any eye had seen me

19  wand were as though I had not been,

carried from the womb to the grave.

20  xAre not my days few?

yThen cease, and leave me alone, zthat I may find a little cheer

21  before I goand aI shall not return

to the land of bdarkness and cdeep shadow,

22  the land of gloom like thick darkness,

like deep shadow without any order,

where light is as thick darkness.

Zophar Speaks: You Deserve Worse

11 Then dZophar the Naamathite answered and said:

Should ea multitude of words go unanswered,

and a man full of talk be judged right?

Should your babble silence men,

and when you mock, shall no one shame you?

For fyou say, My gdoctrine is pure,

and I am clean in God’s2 eyes.

But oh, that God would speak

and open his lips to you,

and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom!

For he is manifold in hunderstanding.3

Know then that God iexacts of you less than your guilt deserves.

jCan you find out the deep things of God?

Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?

It is khigher than heaven4what can you do?

Deeper than Sheolwhat can you know?

Its measure is longer than the earth

and broader than the sea.

10  If he lpasses through and mimprisons

and summons the court, who can nturn him back?

11  For he knows oworthless men;

when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?

12  But a stupid man will get understanding

when pa wild donkey’s colt is qborn a man!

13  If you rprepare your heart,

you will sstretch out your hands toward him.

14  If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away,

and let not injustice dwell in your tents.

15  Surely then you will tlift up your face without ublemish;

you will be secure and will not fear.

16  You will vforget your misery;

you will remember it as waters that have passed away.

17  And your life will be wbrighter than the noonday;

its darkness will be like the morning.

18  And you will feel secure, because there is hope;

you will look around and xtake your rest in security.

19  You will xlie down, and none will make you afraid;

many will ycourt your favor.

20  But zthe eyes of the wicked will fail;

all way of escape will be lost to them,

and their hope is ato breathe their last.

Job Replies: The Lord Has Done This

12 Then Job answered and said:

No doubt you are the people,

and wisdom will die with you.

But I have bunderstanding as well as you;

I am not inferior to you.

Who does not know csuch things as these?

I am da laughingstock to my friends;

I, who ecalled to God and he answered me,

a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.

In the thought of one who is fat ease there is contempt for misfortune;

it is ready for those whose feet slip.

gThe tents of robbers are at peace,

and those who provoke God are secure,

who bring their god in their hand.5

But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;

the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;

or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;6

and the fish of the sea will declare to you.

Who among all these does not know

that hthe hand of the Lord has done this?

10  In ihis hand is the life of every living thing

and the breath of all mankind.

11  Does not jthe ear test words

as the palate tastes food?

12  Wisdom is with kthe aged,

and understanding in length of days.

13  lWith God7 are wisdom and might;

he has counsel and understanding.

14  If he tears down, none can rebuild;

if he mshuts a man in, none can open.

15  If he nwithholds the waters, they dry up;

if he osends them out, they overwhelm the land.

16  With him are strength and psound wisdom;

the deceived and the deceiver are his.

17  He leads qcounselors away stripped,

and rjudges he makes fools.

18  He slooses the bonds of kings

and binds a waistcloth on their hips.

19  He leads priests away stripped

and overthrows the mighty.

20  He deprives of speech those who are trusted

tand takes away the discernment of the elders.

21  He upours contempt on princes

and loosens the belt of the strong.

22  He vuncovers the deeps out of darkness

and brings wdeep darkness to light.

23  He xmakes nations great, and he destroys them;

he enlarges nations, and yleads them away.

24  He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth

and zmakes them wander in a trackless waste.

25  They agrope in the dark without light,

and he makes them bstagger like a drunken man.


What Is the Measure of My Days?

To the choirmaster: to vJeduthun. A Psalm of David.

39  I said, I will wguard my ways,

that I xmay not sin with my tongue;

I will yguard my mouth with a muzzle,

so long as the wicked are in my presence.

I was zmute and silent;

I held my peace to no avail,

and my distress grew worse.

My aheart became hot within me.

As I mused, the fire burned;

then I spoke with my tongue:

O Lord, bmake me know my end

and what is the measure of my days;

let me know how fleeting I am!

Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,

and cmy lifetime is as nothing before you.

Surely dall mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah

Surely a man egoes about as a shadow!

Surely for nothing1 they are in turmoil;

man fheaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!

And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?

gMy hope is in you.

Deliver me from all my transgressions.

hDo not make me the scorn of the fool!

iI am mute; I do not open my mouth,

jfor it is you who have done it.

10  kRemove your stroke from me;

I am spent by the hostility of your hand.

11  When you discipline a man

with lrebukes for sin,

you mconsume like a nmoth what is dear to him;

osurely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah

12  pHear my prayer, O Lord,

and give ear to my cry;

hold not your peace at my tears!

For I am qa sojourner with you,

qa guest, like all my fathers.

13  rLook away from me, that I may smile again,

sbefore I depart and tam no more!