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The New International Version

Job 6:14–27

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14 “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friendo

forsakes the fear of the Almighty.p

15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams,q

as the streams that overflow

16 when darkened by thawing ice

and swollen with melting snow,r

17 but that stop flowing in the dry season,

and in the heats vanish from their channels.

18 Caravans turn aside from their routes;

they go off into the wasteland and perish.

19 The caravans of Temat look for water,

the traveling merchants of Shebau look in hope.

20 They are distressed, because they had been confident;

they arrive there, only to be disappointed.v

21 Now you too have proved to be of no help;

you see something dreadful and are afraid.w

22 Have I ever said, ‘Give something on my behalf,

pay a ransomx for me from your wealth,y

23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy,

rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless’?z

24 “Teach me, and I will be quiet;a

show me where I have been wrong.b

25 How painful are honest words!c

But what do your arguments prove?

26 Do you mean to correct what I say,

and treat my desperate words as wind?d

27 You would even cast lotse for the fatherlessf

and barter away your friend.

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