Job 8

Job Replies: My Complaint Is Just

Then Job answered and said:

Oh that my vexation were weighed,

and all my calamity laid in the balances!

For then it would be heavier than zthe sand of the sea;

therefore my words have been rash.

For athe arrows of the Almighty are in me;

my spirit drinks their poison;

the terrors of God are arrayed against me.

Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass,

or the ox low over his fodder?

Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt,

or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow?1

My appetite refuses to touch them;

they are as food that is loathsome to me.2

Oh that I might have my request,

and that God would fulfill my hope,

that it would bplease God to crush me,

that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!

10  This would be my comfort;

I would even exult3 in pain cunsparing,

for I have not denied the words of dthe 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 ewithholds4 kindness from a ffriend

forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

15  My gbrothers are htreacherous as a torrent-bed,

as torrential istreams 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 jthe waste and perish.

19  The caravans of kTema look,

the travelers of lSheba hope.

20  They are mashamed because they were confident;

they come there and are mdisappointed.

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 nthe 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 owind?

27  You would even pcast 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  qPlease 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?

Job Continues: My Life Has No Hope

Has not man ra hard service on earth,

and are not his sdays like the days of a hired hand?

Like a slave who longs for tthe shadow,

and like ua hired hand who looks for his vwages,

so I am allotted months of wemptiness,

xand nights of misery are apportioned to me.

yWhen I lie down I say, When shall I arise?

But the night is long,

and I am full of tossing till the dawn.

My flesh is clothed with zworms and adirt;

my skin hardens, then bbreaks out afresh.

My days are cswifter than da weaver's shuttle

and come to their end without hope.

Remember that my life is a ebreath;

my eye will never again see good.

fThe eye of him who sees me will behold me no more;

while your eyes are on me, gI shall be gone.

As hthe cloud fades and vanishes,

so he who igoes down to Sheol does not come up;

10  he jreturns no more to his house,

nor does his kplace know him anymore.

11  Therefore I will not lrestrain my mouth;

I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;

I will mcomplain in nthe bitterness of my soul.

12  Am I the sea, or oa sea monster,

that you set a guard over me?

13  pWhen I say, My bed will comfort me,

my couch will ease my complaint,

14  then you scare me with dreams

and terrify me with visions,

15  so that I would choose strangling

and death rather than my qbones.

16  I rloathe my life; I would not live forever.

sLeave me alone, for my days are ta breath.

17  uWhat is man, that you make so much of him,

and that you set your heart on him,

18  vvisit him every morning

and wtest him every moment?

19  How long will you not xlook away from me,

nor leave me alone till I swallow my spit?

20  If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of mankind?

Why have you made me yyour mark?

Why have I become a burden to you?

21  Why do you not pardon my transgression

and take away my iniquity?

For now I shall lie in zthe earth;

you will aseek me, bbut I shall not be.

Bildad Speaks: Job Should Repent

Then cBildad the Shuhite answered and said:

How long will you say these things,

and the words of your mouth be a dgreat wind?

eDoes God pervert justice?

Or does the Almighty pervert the right?

If your fchildren have sinned against him,

he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression.

If you will seek God

and gplead with the Almighty for mercy,

if you are pure and upright,

surely then he will hrouse himself for you

and irestore your rightful habitation.

And though your beginning was small,

jyour latter days will be very great.

For kinquire, please, of bygone ages,

and consider what lthe fathers have searched out.

For we are but of yesterday and know nothing,

for our days on earth are ma shadow.

10  Will they not teach you and tell you

and utter words out of their understanding?

11  Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh?

Can reeds flourish where there is no water?

12  While yet in flower and not cut down,

they nwither before any other plant.

13  Such are the paths of all who oforget God;

pthe hope of qthe godless shall perish.

14  His confidence is severed,

and his trust is ra spider's web.1

15  He leans against his shouse, but it does not stand;

he lays hold of it, but it does not endure.

16  He is a lush plant before the sun,

and his tshoots spread over his garden.

17  His roots entwine the stone heap;

he looks upon a house of stones.

18  If he is destroyed from his uplace,

then it will deny him, saying, I have never vseen you.

19  Behold, this is the joy of his way,

and out of wthe soil others will spring.

20  Behold, God will not reject a blameless man,

nor take the hand of evildoers.

21  He will yet xfill your mouth with laughter,

and your lips with shouting.

22  Those who hate you will be yclothed with shame,

and the tent of the wicked will be no more.

Job Replies: There Is No Arbiter

Then Job answered and said:

Truly I know that it is so:

But how can a man be zin the right before God?

If one wished to acontend with him,

one could not answer him once in a thousand times.

He is bwise in heart and mighty in strength

who has chardened himself against him, and succeeded?

he who removes mountains, and they know it not,

when he overturns them in his anger,

who dshakes the earth out of its place,

and eits pillars tremble;

who commands the sun, and it does not rise;

who seals up the stars;

who alone fstretched out the heavens

and trampled the waves of the sea;

who gmade hthe Bear and iOrion,

the Pleiades jand the chambers of the south;

10  who does kgreat things beyond searching out,

and marvelous things beyond number.

11  Behold, he passes by me, and I lsee him not;

he moves on, but I do not perceive him.

12  Behold, he snatches away; mwho can turn him back?

nWho will say to him, What are you doing?

13  God will not turn back his anger;

beneath him bowed the helpers of oRahab.

14  pHow then can I qanswer him,

choosing my words with him?

15  rThough I am in the right, I cannot answer him;

I must sappeal for mercy to my accuser.1

16  If I summoned him and he answered me,

I would not believe that he was listening to my voice.

17  For he crushes me with a tempest

and multiplies my wounds twithout cause;

18  he will not let me get my breath,

but fills me with bitterness.

19  If it is a contest of ustrength, behold, he is mighty!

If it is a matter of justice, who can vsummon him?2

20  Though I am in the right, wmy own mouth would condemn me;

though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.

21  I am xblameless; I regard not myself;

I yloathe my life.

22  It is all one; therefore I say,

He zdestroys both the blameless and the wicked.

23  When adisaster brings sudden death,

he mocks at the calamity3 of the innocent.

24  bThe earth is given into the hand of the wicked;

he ccovers the faces of its judges

dif it is not he, who then is it?

25  My edays are swifter than fa runner;

they flee away; they see no good.

26  They go by like gskiffs of reed,

like han eagle swooping on the prey.

27  If I say, iI will forget my complaint,

I will put off my sad face, and jbe of good cheer,

28  I become kafraid of all my suffering,

for I know you will not lhold me innocent.

29  I shall be mcondemned;

why then do I labor in vain?

30  If I wash myself with snow

and ncleanse my hands with lye,

31  yet you will plunge me into a pit,

and my own clothes will oabhor me.

32  For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him,

that we should pcome to trial together.

33  qThere is no4 arbiter between us,

who might lay his hand on us both.

34  rLet him take his srod away from me,

and let tnot dread of him terrify me.

35  Then I would speak without fear of him,

for I am not so in myself.

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.