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Job 6:4–8

4 aFor the arrows of the Almighty are within me;

My spirit drinks in their poison;

bThe terrors of God are arrayed cagainst me.

5 Does the dwild 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!

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Job 6:4–8 — The New International Version (NIV)

The arrows of the Almighty are in me,

my spirit drinks in their poison;

God’s terrors are marshaled against me.

Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass,

or an ox bellow when it has fodder?

Is tasteless food eaten without salt,

or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow?

I refuse to touch it;

such food makes me ill.

“Oh, that I might have my request,

that God would grant what I hope for,

Job 6:4–8 — English Standard Version (ESV)

For the 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?

My appetite refuses to touch them;

they are as food that is loathsome to me.

“Oh that I might have my request,

and that God would fulfill my hope,

Job 6:4–8 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

For the arrows of the Almighty are within me,

The poison whereof drinketh up my spirit:

The terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass?

Or loweth the ox over his fodder?

Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt?

Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

The things that my soul refused to touch

Are as my sorrowful meat.

Oh that I might have my request;

And that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

Job 6:4–8 — New Living Translation (NLT)

For the Almighty has struck me down with his arrows.

Their poison infects my spirit.

God’s terrors are lined up against me.

Don’t I have a right to complain?

Don’t wild donkeys bray when they find no grass,

and oxen bellow when they have no food?

Don’t people complain about unsalted food?

Does anyone want the tasteless white of an egg?

My appetite disappears when I look at it;

I gag at the thought of eating it!

“Oh, that I might have my request,

that God would grant my desire.

Job 6:4–8 — New Century Version (NCV)

The arrows of the Almighty are in me;

my spirit drinks in their poison;

God’s terrors are gathered against me.

A wild donkey does not bray when it has grass to eat,

and an ox is quiet when it has feed.

Tasteless food is not eaten without salt,

and there is no flavor in the white of an egg.

I refuse to touch it;

such food makes me sick.

“How I wish that I might have what I ask for

and that God would give me what I hope for.

Job 6:4–8 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

For the arrows of the Almighty are within me,

The poison whereof my spirit drinketh up:

The terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass?

Or loweth the ox over his fodder?

Can that which hath no savor be eaten without salt?

Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

My soul refuseth to touch them;

They are as loathsome food to me.

Oh that I might have my request;

And that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

Job 6:4–8 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, their poison drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of †God are arrayed against me. Doth the wild ass bray by the grass? loweth an ox over his fodder? Shall that which is insipid be eaten without salt? Is there any taste in the white of an egg? What my soul refuseth to touch, that is as my loathsome food.

Oh that I might have my request, and that †God would grant my desire!

Job 6:4–8 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

because the arrows of the Almighty have found their target in me,

and my spirit is drinking their poison.

God’s terrors line up in battle against me.

“Does a wild donkey bray when it’s eating grass,

or does an ox make a sound over its hay?

Is tasteless food eaten without salt,

or is there any flavor in the white of an egg?

I refuse to touch such things.

They are disgusting to me.

“How I wish that my prayer would be answered—

that God would give me what I’m hoping for,

Job 6:4–8 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Surely the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me;

my spirit drinks their poison.

God’s terrors are arrayed against me.

Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass

or an ox low over its fodder?

Is bland food eaten without salt?

Is there flavor in an egg white?

I refuse to touch them;

they are like contaminated food.

If only my request would be granted

and God would provide what I hope for:

Job 6:4–8 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

For the arrows of the Almighty are in me;

my spirit drinks their poison;

the terrors of God are arrayed against me.

Does the wild ass bray over its grass,

or the ox low over its fodder?

Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt,

or is there any flavor in the juice of mallows?

My appetite refuses to touch them;

they are like food that is loathsome to me.

“O that I might have my request,

and that God would grant my desire;

Job 6:4–8 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

for the arrows of Shaddai are in me;

my spirit drinks their poison;

the terrors of God are arrayed against me.

Does the wild ass bray over grass,

or the ox bellow over its fodder?

Can tasteless food be eaten without salt,

or is there taste in the white of a marshmallow plant?

I refused to touch them;

they are like food that will make me ill.

“O that my request may come,

and that God may grant my hope,

Job 6:4–8 — New International Reader’s Version, 1998 ed. (NIrV) (NIrV)

The Mighty One has shot me with his arrows.

I have to drink their poison.

God’s terrors are aimed at me.

Does a wild donkey cry out when it has enough grass?

Does an ox call out when it has plenty of food?

Is food that doesn’t have any taste eaten without salt?

Is there any flavor in the white of an egg?

I refuse to touch that kind of food.

It makes me sick.

“I wish I could have what I’m asking for!

I wish God would give me what I’m hoping for!

Job 6:4–8 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

“For the arrows of the Almighty are within me,

Their poison my spirit drinks;

The terrors of God are arrayed against me.

“Does the wild donkey bray over his grass,

Or does the ox low over his fodder?

“Can something tasteless be eaten without salt,

Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

“My soul refuses to touch them;

They are like loathsome food to me.

Oh that my request might come to pass,

And that God would grant my longing!