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
and swollen with melting snow,r
and in the heats vanish from their channels.
they go off into the wasteland and perish.
19 The caravans of Temat look for water,
the traveling merchants of Shebau look in hope.
they arrive there, only to be disappointed.v
you see something dreadful and are afraid.w
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?
and treat my desperate words as wind?d
and barter away your friend.